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About The Madras pioneer. (Madras, Crook County, Or.) 1904-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 29, 1904)
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Tollers of the Columbia.
"How la tlie storm?"
"Pretty high, father, but not bo high
m It wae a -week ago."
"I do not believe I can go today, my
"Well, father, I will try It alone.
Dan Lapham flohea a trap alone, and I
believe I can do bo, too."
"Oh, no, my child. Dan 1b a strong
young man. He has not an equal on
the. bay, and you. are my frail little
girl. I Know you are wiliing-and your
strength at times enema to- be super
natural, but you could not flab, a trap
alone. It is out of the question."
"But Dan's trap is near ours. You
know he often bolpe mo when yon aro
tired and I would help him this morn
ing in jeturn. for his servicos. You
am not able to go, my father."
"But I will no,'' said the old man
as he drew himself feebly from the
"My child, this work is getting too
severe for you. For more than a year
jsott have had to pull at the oars and
your task has grown greater until your
strength iB overtaxed. Day by day I
grow more feeble and day by day the
burden, is increased upon your should
ers. If I could only complete the link
that still is missing I would place you
wJbere.you could continue your studies
and the old man' that I am would-opend
hlflifew remaining days in comfort as
your ward. I know, Sankala,. tbatyou
would' not begrudge me so small an
amount if it were yourst"
"No, father, it should all bo yours.
I have only one desire,, and that is to
place you where you skalL have rest-.
You need rest, father, you need rest.
No one nearly so old as you- toils on tbo
.Columbia, and yet you go day after
day, and often when you are too lecuio
even to stir. Listen., the storm rages
tbis morning! You should not go at
Thus spoke Sankala to Ringwold.
Another year had passed in their lives.
The price ofHuh had gone down under
the hard times and close competition
and illngwold had for many months
been unable to make a support for the
two alone. In fact, he had struggled
beyond his strength to keep Sankala in
school and the crasn was close at band.
He was now giving aathislaststiength.
Often he would become completely ex
hauBted aatllie foe a lime. in the bow
of the fishing boat while the girl work
ed on alone. It was on these occasions
that good-hearted Dan Lapham had
come to their leacue and assisted poor
Bankala to do her work.
She had become hardened to the
work, however, and frail as she was
she could handle a boat and draw in
the web ot the fish trap with, the skill
of the average man. It was not her
strength that did it, however. It wan
her will power aud a nimble, quick
motion of an expert nature that women
possess over men.
Twice this morning bad Siawgold
faiated while Sankala assisting Itlm
to dreM and she had ravivrtxl him and
carried on the work. Ti child was
accustomed to this and'did not reallro
how serious was tbo condition of the
"When the -fishermeR reached; the
beach tho waves wore coming in with a
rash. They threw the drift wood fur
ther back with each pulsation. Out in
the darkness through the mist and tho
rain the white caps could be seen leap-,
ing about like the salmon tbey wero
pursuing. The stiongcst fisherman
paused this morning. They were often
compelled to remain ashore until lato
aad even over-day. But this was
always a disappointment. The fish
ran better when there was a storm and
the hard times now urged the toilers
on their duty.
While the men were thus pausing
from indecision Bingwold and Sankala
appeared. Withoat seeming to notice
the diiturbed condition' of the bay thoy
shoved their boat into the watei and
while Bingwold steered Sankala threw
her oars against the seething current.
They gradually mingled with tho dark
phantoms whieh danced.upon the- sea
until they were lost from view.
The fishermen had become so accus
tomed to the dangers of their life that
they thought but little about it; What
to the stranger would, have appeared
foolhardy was to tbea duty and choice.
But the storm this morning was unusu
ally high and that intuit ion akin to the
isetinot that protects animals from de
struction, warned the fishermen to be
But when Sankala braved- the wators
with her aged companion the most dar
ing of the fishermen followed. Dan
Lapham, smarting under his former
timidity, was first seen to shoot out in
his boat la pursuit of the two who
worked a trap near his own. Then one
by one the others followed.
The fish traps weie constructed along
th entire north shore of the river,
Wflleh is Baker's ha, from Cape Dis
appointment to MeGowan's Point, a
distanea of a dosen miles or more.
The middle of the river was the dlvld.
ing line. Tha river, istlia dividing. line
between the two states and the fisher
men from the two- states claim their
rigbti, even to a haWureadtb.
The fishermen on the north had trapi
while those on the south had nets.
The oaanerymen oa the south side of
tkarlvM: owned most of the aets and
W gWdeg owned most of the traps on
the north. The fishermen were, em
ployed by the day on tbeaetsaadi gives,
so much for eacn fish captured. The
trappers were employed by the day or
worked the traps on shares. All tho
fishermen used row boats peculiar for
their work. Save with rare excep
tions the boats were mannedby two,
both, at tho nets and the traps. One
wbb called tho puller and the-other the
fishorman, While the latter tended
his nets or traps tho puller guided' the
boat b suit the work.
Tho nets wero known as gill nets.
Thcso were stretched out their full
lengtn in tho water,, which was. many
feet and even yards. Floaters were
placed along the top of the net at
proper distances to hold it in position
while sinkerB carried the bottom of
tho net deep into tho water. The mesh
es of tho net wero of such size as would
permit tho entrance of the a verge fishes
head. When once it entered the mesh
es tho gills. wore fastened and the fish
hold prisoner until removed by the
The traps, one of which Ringwold and'
sankala tended, were constructed diff
erently. A larga figure was formed in
the shallow water by the driving of
piles. It represented a heart and on
oither side extended long wings. Tbo
wings enclosed a eemi-circlo facing the
ocean and immediately in the rear of
Where they come togother was the large
heart. A netting, called web,, was
stretched along the piles from tho sur
face of the water to the bottom ot I ho
bay. By this means a perfect heart
with wings was perfected.
Tho yalvo of the heart opened im
mediately at tbo conjunction of the
wings. This was at the sharp point of
tlie "V" which, is formed at the top
of tho heart.
Ab a trap for fish it is a success.
Tho salmon come up from tho ocean
and enter the mouth of the river fresh
and strong. They run in great schools
and follow tho shallow channels laying
their spawn as they go farther up the
When tho noses cf the fish strike the
web forming the wings of the heart,
they follow the wings to the center.
Hore they find their way through the-
openlng into the heart. When once
into the heart their capture 1b com
plete. Thoy circle about the place
passing the same apex ot the heart
through which they entered without,
ever discovering itasa-means of escape,
and are thus held as captives until the
fishermen take them into their boats.
Thoy sometimes enter these traps by
the hundreds within 24i hours. They
range in weight from five, to 20 pounds
It was Buch a trap, as this that San
kala and Ringwold tended for old Sea
dog at wages barely sufficient to sus
tain them at beat.
A Morning, of Disaster.
"The sea is high and the fishermen-
are venturing out."
"All right, Iwlllsend out the men."
Capo Disappointment lite saving
station nestled beneath the rocks of tho
cliffs that extended far out over the sea.
Many a mariner had met disappoint
ment here. For from the sea the spot
looked like a place of refugo from tho
storm. But lie who dared to trust it
had often been dashed to death against
Shaken and addled, as it were, whilo
crossing the river bar, the mightiest
rovers of the deep had been broken up
hero like glass upon tho rocks.
It was the treachery of Its appearance
that gavo name to the place. It was
the great loss of life that bad caused
the government to establish a life sav
ing station at the foot of the cliffs.
But the life savers had a double duty
to perform. The purpose for which
they wero originally placed there was
insignificant to the duty that later de
veloped. They were provided, by tbe
government to watch incoming vessels
and save the lives of ship wrecxed Bea
men and travelers on the deep, but
later it was found that a hundred calls
camo fro.v those whoso lives were spent
on the river to whore one came from1
thote who lived on the sea.
Liko guardians of children the life
tavors stood upon watch and as the
fishormen came and so were they on
From the early hours of morning un
til nearly noon, and from early after
Ml Info In the evenlhff the flak-
ermen dotted the river in their tiny
boats and struggled witn ineir nois
verging on tho vory danger line where
ocean and river met. Once aoiosa this
line and tho frail craft of tlie-fisherman
was at the mercy of the undertow and
many a toiler was dragged to his death
oro tho government protectors of life
could reach tlie spot In boats prepared
for tho purpose.
Tlie lighthouse stood upon the high
oat point of the capo overlooking the
sea. Beneath its shadow stood a small
etruoturo barely large enough Inside
for one man to stand, turn about' and
sit-down. It was built of glass save
that its framowork and roof was made1
of iron. The glass was thick and al
moat as strong as iron for it required
strength to withstand the terrible
storms that beat upon It from the sea.
Its furnishings were a small stove a
itool, a pair of strong glses and' a
telephone, Itwas ooeUpied'aight and
day by one man at a time. One was
on watch, from noon until, midnight
and the other from midnight until
noox. Not even a light was allowed
for it was not needed by day and by
night it would blind the watch so that
he cottfd not look out upon the ocean
Throughout the day he peered out'
through his glaeser over the sea and
river and bay. At night he followed
the great revolving light in the light
house above hie head and watched for
objects on the water while he looked
further out for the smaller lights' of
It war on the morning that Sankala
and Ringwold had put forth into the
storm that tho conversation took place
over the telephone between the look
out and tho captain of tbo life saving'
crew recorded at tho beginning of this
Tho lookout had seen tho small
craft battling with the surf on the
bosom of tho bay in tbo dim light
shot out from overhead. Ho could
feel the Btorm blowing against the
structure which enclosed him; be
sides tho register showed a high ve
locity of wind.
It foreboded a day of hard work,
FiBhermen would venture forth in
dangerous storms and this compelled
the life savers to stand on constant
guard. They would enter their boats1
and beat along tho danger line like
sentinels to keep tho fishermen from
rowing to their drath. And' in spite
of this precaution scores find watery
graves at the mcuth of the Columbia
i ab me usiiermen iougnt ineu war
cut on this stormy morning' the life
severs shot out from under the cliffs
Howard the bar. Here bordering on
itho danger line themselves they pa
trolled the river to rescue those less
capable than themselves to- withstand
the receding tide.
"Signal distress off west end of Jetty
Sand Spit. A boat is heading for the
"Bing, bing, bing!" went three
"Hello, captain 1"
"Signal distress off Pacific rocks.
Boat eeemB to bo capsized and. men'
clinging to upturned bull!"
"Bing", bingl" went two guns.
After a few minuntes panes the cap
tain's 'phone rang again
"Hello, captain I"
"Signal distress off Disappontment;
rocks I Boat shoving for breakers
like a rocxetl Girl at the oars; is
powerless think it is Sankala, tha
old chemist's daughter."
"Bing, bing, bing, bing, bingl"
rang ont five ohots from the cliffa be
low. This was the most dangerous
point at the mouth of the river and
was called the hell gap, for it was here
that so many fishermen had lost their
Tho swift receding current for jned a
sorb of 'maelstrom at the point of the
rocks and when once fairly in its
clutches boats' were swept like chaff
into the breakers and disappeared like
shot thrown into tho water.
The lifo savers knew the. signals ar
well as their alphabet and rushed to
the rescue like firemen to the call of
fire. And when the signal came for
Disappointment rocks the sturdy beys
lying off that point bent to their oars
with all their might.
The life' savers were divided np into
crewa and each of these divisions cov
ered given points. The men selected
for the most dangerous places wore the
most experienced and dared the ele
ments sb veteran soldiers face the death
While the- rescnera were hurrying- to
the calls of distress thb captain had as
cended to the lookout's station. Day
was already dawning and while signals
wero given ab night by the discharge of
firearms, they were given in day time
with flags from lookout point.
With the- advancing day the river
and bay presented a busy appearance.
A speck here to the natural eye was
revealed through the strong glasses to-be-a
fisherman's boat struggling with the'
nets or waves. Some wero going, some
were coming. Each was oblivious of
the other. One wsb dashing to its
ruin at another point and life savers
were going to its rescue, while the men
in danger were often unconscious of thr
But in tho work which was so com
mon aa to- bring no excitement to the
veteram captain of the crew he- sur
veyed tho waters , as a general does- hia
This morning, however, a change
came over his face. He saw a frail
fisberman'a boat being swept toward
Disappointment rocks. Standing up.
working her useless oars with all her
strength was Sankala. The glasses. re
vealed her firm features and while she,
looked into the jaws of death she was
aacalm as the rocks which awaited her
approach. Ringwold lay motionless
in the boat. Whether dead or asleep
the glasses did not disclose. It was
ovident. that tbey had never reached
the fish trap for tho boat, was as- empty
aa it had been when they had first
The captain raised the signal flag,
high above his head and waved it. five
timea in succession. But here the lite
boat which was giving Sankala's boat a
stern chase, passed behind some rockti
that had just hidden her and several
Beconds must pass before they would
(To be continued)
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