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About Cloverdale courier. (Cloverdale, Tillamook County, Or.) 190?-19?? | View Entire Issue (Jan. 25, 1917)
vented tin* tragedy which followed.
few nig’ its later ltrlstol Rob calle]
tin* mate forward, and shortly after-
warti In* came to nit* ami said:
••Roy. run down and tell the captain
that tlu* lirst mate is 111."
I found the captain sound asleep,
last as soon as 1 hail told him what i
lis i overheard in the fo’castle and
what I suspected had just happened
< n deck :t was wonderful how coollv
he tool; Hit* exciting news.
reached for his pistols lie ordercil me
to holt Ila* doors t»f the companion-
way. The riten stot si at lln* entrance,
and as they caught sight of me they
stepped back, supitosing tin* captain
j was following* I slammed and ltotted
tin* sw inging doors.
'i'lu* fellows cursed and yelled, anil,
though we coniti hear them moving
armimi the decks from that time until
daylight, they made no attack. .Final
ly we hoard some on«* working with
an ax on the culliti door, and tin* cap
tain made ready to tire n bullet through
it. R.v some carel -sness tin* weapon
was prematurely dis.lmrged. and lie
r«»ci*ivetl tin* bulle; in liis throat, dying
a lew moments later. I was so over-
conn* and frightened now that the cap
tain was gone that I Ititi in his state
lo*. ni. anti tin* mutineers no longer cad
any one to resist them.
The first thing I km*»v it was night,
ami it was so very tpdev that 1 knew
then* eeuId la* no wind outside.
crept out into Mu* cahin. hut every
thing remained as I had left it. For
; two hours I listened for sounds from
lite deck, hut heard nothing anti final
ly fell asleep. 1 was aroused by men
dropping into tin* cabin through Mu* 3
skylight. They belonged t > tin* Scotch
whaler Rrttee. which was lying near
by and Itati Itati us in view since day- j
1 Tin* mutineers hail taken tIn* long
I mat ami abandoned t lit* trig. which
was driving at her own sweet will.
And to this day no one o f the men
lias i*ver been heard of
they met «vitti stn ie accident ami idi
perished at sen
'I’ll«* other day 1 saw n notice in u
Liverpool puper to the cfiVrt that the
courts hud decided to rehear the ease
of the brig Countess. To the gent* rul
render tlies«* lint's ri"i nt nothing.
do not suppose there are fifty people In
nil Fughimi today who inn recall the
• •use of the Countess, ulthuiigh the par
ticulars were published far and wide
Hi d finally appeared in lunik form.
The Countess was n I tristo! brig,
own«*d In part and conuimnded by
Captain Thomas, who was not only a
thorough seaman, hut a man of excel
We were hound out to
tieorgetown, In Itritish (¡ninna, with
orders to «all at Jamaica. Thi* was
tn.v third voyage with Captain Thomas,
tin* other two extending only to ports
In Spain and return. I was an appren
tice, or ship’s hoy, having nothing to
do with tI k * «•»bin. hut living with the
crew In the fo’castle and learning to l»o
After we left port and got things
shipshape I had opportunity to look
over tin* crew and sc<* what they were
made of, and I was not long in making
up my mind, boy as I was. that we had
shipped a hard lot. There Is always a
leader in the to’eastle. and in those
days it was the best tighter. Seaman
ship and education had to how to brute*
strength. It wasn’t three days before
a big. burly fellow, who went by the
name of ltrlstol Iloh, hut whose real
name was Havens, had established
himself as “ boss." If In* had Itati tin*
good of tin* brig In view this would
Imve been for her henoMf. but It soon
transpired that In* had plans of his
Ilefore reaching Jamaica tin* crew-
hud been on the point of mutiny half ,
Wonmn are seldom «« hat thev seem—
a dozen times.
we ought to lie glad of it.
<)m> afternoon it was on the fourth j
«lay, I ht'lh've I was aroused from my
sleep by a conversation between Hob
A «vornan could keep a secret if títere
ami a man named Jackson.
were no one to tell it to.
knew I was in the bunk, but believe«!
nit* to be sleeping soundly.
“ This Is the plan as 1 have tnoiight
It «nit," Rob was saying. “ Aft«*r we
have got tin* brig w e will «nils«* to tin*
(*astward for a spell Tin* Island I am
after Is not down «ni tin* chart. It is
northeast of Trinidad ami maybe iluO
miles away from hero."
"l>on’ t Mlxner know?" asked the
“ \«>«i>i heard o f It, but tills is his J
first trip this way."
Tin* nn*n presently went about their
business, but I made tin* pretensi* of
C«*«*ping soniidly until called to rellev«»
tin* other wutch. I was all In a treni :
bit* ov«*r what I hail heart! ami had no
iih'a of what cours«» I should take
While it s«*emcd prop«*r fur me to go
to tin* captain or male with my Infer
mntion. the rentier must not ««verha.k
tin* dltllcnlth's in the way. I planned
a dozen ilKTerent ways t«* leach hcatl-
U iin rtc rs . ami that I didn't put tile cap
tain on Ids guarii was bis own fault.
i »in* night during our watch lit* call
ed to me to bring something from his
Rob and his frn*uds were for
Safe and Comfortable
ward at tin* lit***I o f th«* bow sprit, unti
as I cam«* out of th«* cabin tin* mat«*
Leave Cloverdale daily at
was at iln* water * ask
\s I rcaclnsl
a. m . arriving at Tilla
him I whisp«*r«*tl:
at 1(1 a. in — in time for
" I should very much Ilk«* t«> sjH>ak
morning train to Portland.
t«» you *<r tin* captain, sir.”
“ If you don’t get forward I’ ll speak
Leave Tillamook at 3 p. tr
to you in a way you’ll renu*mlw*r for * 1 arriving at Cloverdale at 5
«ear to com«*!" he gn*wl«*«l.
No doubt In* Imaciiusl I hail soni«» ♦
.F M T R A X L K R . Prop \
complaint to make, but if h«* had p«*r- »
milted in«* to »i < nk it might Un«c pro-
large stock is in every instance the hest that can he had
and our aim will he to keep the high standard up.
I Builders’ Hardware,
Shell and Heavy Hardware
Stoves Ranges, Farm and
everything usually kept in a first-class hardware store, and
all goods are of the hest quality.
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The Evening Telegram, daily,
and the Cloverdale Courier, both
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