The Scio tribune. (Scio, Linn County, Or.) 1919-19??, December 03, 1925, Page 6, Image 6

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THE SCIO TRIBUNE
Page Six
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Charles W Morqan If]
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By JOHN DICKINSON »HERMAN
ANT of the whalers • of
the old time aqua re rigged
rhtpa that
sailed the
Seven Sen» for whale
oil, whalebone, »pertmicell
and ambergrin — la the
f'hariro W. Morgan of
New Redford Eight) four
yearn old. she'» In her
home l<irt Io »lay. Hut
■tie'a no dismantled hulk,
with which the element«
will have their Way. Nhe’a
spick and »pan with frrah point and
a new ault of canvas and «lie II**« in
a concrete cradle on tlx- waterfnmt of
the t-»t >le of fol I' II It Grown at
Itound llllla Henceforth her mission
la that of object lesson of one of the
country** greatest Industries, of which
•lie «aw the rlae, decline and fall New
lledford went out her first whnler In
IWi. For many years «he was the
great whaling |a>rt of I lie world. Now
tile Morgan la as much a rurioslty
to most of her people aa to (he lands­
man visitor from the Middle West
who thinks of a whale as ’th» big
fish that ■«allowed Jonah."
Here's how Gol. KB ward Howland
Robinson 'irwn come« to be Inter-
estvd In the old whaler. Hh* wa»
named for Charles W. Morgan, her
first owner. Her second owner was
Edward Mott Robinson, father of
Colon*) Green's mother, the fauioua
Hetty Green.
Capt. George Fred Tilton la the
crowning touch, Ilea a veteran New
lledford whaling «kipper who looks
the part. And when he spina whaling
yarns why,
again.
'Die old
Visitors? Well, rather
whaler has br>-n alive with visitors
all summer from all juirt* of the
country. Most of them frankly admit
complete Ignorance on the «objects of
whales and whaling and listen round
eyed Hut lota of them have rend
"Moby lHck" or the •Vruiae of the
Cachalot" or "Stray hmm from a
Whaler's t.<><"—or ail three. No they
take on airs.
The Morgan's the real thing, all
right. Old as site In. she was built
tn last. Jethro and Zacharlnh Hill­
man of New Redford built her of live
oak. with copper fastenings and
sheathing. Nhe has cruised over every
whaling ground from the Arctic to
the Antarctic. For twenty years or so
she sailed out of Nan Francisco, until
the Meant whalers put her out of busi­
ness Those Meant whalers use modern
methods and there's no adventure or
romance In the business any more—It's
Just slaughter.
Here « about the way a whale was
captured and handled on the Morgan
In the old days: When the lookout at
the masthead halls the deck with
"There she blows I" the whaleboats
are lowered. There are five or sit
boats each requiring at least «1«
men. The boats now for the whale.
The Aral boot runs almost up against
the huge bulk. The har|*»oner In the
tow hurls the barbed weapon. The
rowers back the t*oat frantically. The
whale plunge« down, sometimes to a
depth of 200 fathoms
The line
amokea out of the tuba Finally the
whale cornea up to breathe, usually
In twenty minutes or so. Other boats
fig harpoons. Again the whale goes
•town and so on. Finally the whale
la killed by lances The boats then
tow the carcass to the ship, where It
Is made fast to the chains so that It
will not sink. Unless there are other
whale« In sight, the men then cut up
the outer layer with "blubber spades "
Great cubical chunks are hoisted to
the deck to be "tried out" In huge
kettles, strained and stored In casks.
Rut sometimes It doewn't happen
Just exactly this way. Suppose the
line gets around a man -that's the
end of him. Suppose the whale takes
out all the line. The aiman cuts—
and that's the last of a thousand
feet of line. Suppose In the dying
flurries the great tall—2ft feet by T—
hits a boat—that's the end of that
boat and maybe several of her crew.
Nupt«*sr a toothed whale bites the
ooat Into splinter«—that's one boat
leas. Nni i*o«e a big sperm whale gets
mad and rams the whaler Itself—that
may t»e the end of the whaler.
Now, all of those things used to
bnppeu In the old days. Once a whale
•mashed a twist nnd the crew floated
•II night on the cares«»—that's «
whaling classic.
In J. T. Brown's
book, "Stray Is-aves from a Whaler's
lx>g" Is told In detail how Vers, the
Portuguese boat Meerrr, uttered a cry
and "the Immense glistening lower
Jaw, armed with two rows of polished
teeth, tin «bed from the water when
the gigantic whale leaped into the
air, carrying with It the head of the
boat, which had «napped ■»Under, anI
the unfortunate Vera. wlmac head and
long arms were suspended from the
corner» of th* monster'« mouth . . .
Two other men. the bow and midship
oarsmen. were never seen again "
Ttie E mwx of Nantucket in 181» met
this fate: The captain and first mate
being fast to n big sperm whale. Owen
Chase, second mate, beaded the ship
toward them. The what* came to the
surface and flerrely rammed the »hip
bow on. stopping her as If »lie had
struck a rock. It passed under the
■hip. scraping her keel, and coming
up astern. After snapping Its Jaws
i an*l thrashing th* water with Its tall.
! the monster rammed the second time,
with Its head half out of water. It
•truck the ship directly under the
cathead and completely atove in her
hows. It then went under the ship
and disappeared to leeward. The
Eoacx sank. After ninety days of hor­
rifying experiences tn two boats, th*
crew were picked up, the mate's boot
by the brig India of London and the
captaln'a by the whaler Dauphin.
There's no chance for anything Ilk*
this In modern »learn whaling. The
high speed boat can run rlnga around
th* fastest whale. A big gun In the
bow shoots n barbed harpoon carrying
a bomb timed for three aevonda. The
explosion Inside the whale kills In­
stantly. The carcass la then pumped
full of air. Ultimately the steamer
tows Ils capture« to Its shore station
where the oil Is extracted and the
meat canned by modern machinery.
And there's Ice. Tn 1871 a fleet of
forty-two whalers was caught tn th*
Arctic nnd ouly one escaped. More
than l.'JOO men were shipwrecked, but
escaped In boats And New Redford's
lose was more than a million dollars.
Nt. Peter, so goes the old story,
peeked out through the Pearly Gate«
and asked. "Who knocks an loudly T"
"John Nmlth. th* famous fisherman."
was the answer.
"Well, I can't keep you out for that,
but go easy on your fl«h stortea."
Rut John Nmlth told 'em. morning.
no»n and night, to admiring throngs.
But always there was a man on the
edge of th* circle who sneered and
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walked away. It got on John Smith's
nerves and he asked NL Peter. "Who’*
that Uppity chap who trie* to queer
my best fl»h stories?"
"Oh. that's Jonah." said Nt. Peter.
Which raise« th* question. Has
Jonah any right to take on airs? In
other words, did the whale swallow
Jonah?
Not wishing to be caught between
the upper and nether mlllstonea of
th* fundamentalists and modernists,
thia deponent further «ayeth not Rut
aa to whether th* whale rould have
■wallowed Jonah, why. bless you, that
all dei*cn<b> Upon the kind of whale
It was. If Jonah's whale was like the
on* shown In the old print reproduced
—why. on* gulp could have done It.
For thia Is a toothed whale (cacha­
lot, iqwrtn whale. s|*enuacetl whale).
Its length often run« to sixty feet. Its
head forms about one-half its bulk
and extends mor* than one-third of Its
length. Its mouth Is very large and
wide and Its throat la large enough to
¡ miss a man with ease.
Incidentally, there's a new book out
OBV NBWBl Heritage." by Lieu
teuant t'ommander Fltahugh Green.
tJ. N. N.. F. A. G. N, M. Sc. The
Jacket aaya It's "officially approved;
rend and checked by the historical
section of the Nsvy department." And
in the very first chapter w* And this:
Moreover, It Is really surprising how
many of the early saa tales were
founded on fact» that d-fled eaa<s*-ra-
tlon
Take the whale and Jonah
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Our own Literary Digest
h»> printed a true »lory of a whaler
laun* hlna two whale boat» of • full
equipment of men In an attempt to
capture a «Iganlle »perm whale, tn
the battle with the monster the whale
capalsed one of the boats All of the
men were saved except two who were
supposed to have been drowned The
whale was subsequently killed. Two
day« later It was cut up. and to their
vast aatonlehment. the men found one
of their shipmate» whom they had
thousht dead lying unconscious In ths
belly of the whale The man a name
wa» John IlartUy, and he Anally re*
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tin th* other hand. If Jonah met np
with a toothle«» whale--why. there
«*«« nothing doing, except by way of
tnlracl*. Th* toothless whale may b*
Just as big as a toothed whal* and
bar* Just aa large a mouth, but that
mouth 1« chock full of whalebone,
through which 1» strained the food.
Besides, the gullet Is absurdly email
for so huge a creature.
Those who think of • whale aa a
"big fish" should think again
It's
big enough —the only bigger living
thing Is th* Rig Tree of California.
Rot th* whal* la aa much an animal
as a horse or a sheep. It has lungs;
breathes air; given birth to Ita young
and suckle* It. Moreover, th* mother
whal* displays groat affection for b*r
12 foot offspring
Variety and Chic
in New Neckline
Bright Colored Fur» to
Trim New Winter Coats
Mode Include» Scarf, Miii*
tary Collar and Bow» at
Front, Back, Side».
Th* line« about th* neck play an
Important rot* in th* frock and costa
notes a fashion writer in th* Chicago
Daily News
The evening gown Is more varied In
Ita selection of lltx-e about tb* neck.
Th* back Is generally cut lower than
ths front but them f» n*. definite stop­
ping place at either point And. wbll*
tb* square-cut neck la seen In many
new models tb* < j < j round or V-shaped
lines ar* Mill used with becomingnesa
• nd chic.
Frequently a scarf accomplishes
much that la smart in the lines of th*
neck In th* afternoon frocks. It Is
tied In a graceful knot and hangs
down th* back In two becoming folds
or In careless fashion la tied In front
In a soft knot.
The military collar, which la up­
standing in Ita newness. Is another fa­
vorite of th* new mode. It la used
with much aucceaa In the frock* of
heavy materials In allks too. 1t Is to
t-e found. with long rtbtxms »•■' < nlng
Its stlffneaa and hanging In colorful
strands down the front to the waist-
!in*.
Rows at front, bows at back, and
bows at the side are all notes of chic
In the new mode. The scarf bow
hanga a bit longer than the ribbon bow
Bright cdor«d fur« ar« appearing
In Paris as ths trimming on winter
easts Also, elimnssa is a fsaturs o4
many cf ths n«w«r wraps, with wid«
Aar* «fleet around the skirt In the
long coat frock outfit.
night with th«- consciousness of twdng
’ entirely In step with tn* mode.
As everywhere els* In th* world of
furs, fox I* used a great deal to trim
both American broadtail and caracul.
Colors allow n are black for the older
woman, with all the brown and cocoa
shade» a general favorite and a strong
leaning toward gray. A clenr. silvery
gray called platinum la handsome and
Is seen a great deal.
Hudson seal, of which femininity
' never aeeina to tire, la to be had In a
number of smart new models one
very swagger affair for tbe debutante
la a wrappy sort of thing with one aide
coming up »lightly above the other at
the front. And It la Itordered nil round
by a narrow edging of very tine nat
ural mink. In a searon where we »e*
very wide fur» on every hand, thia
model achieve» extreme distinction by
Ita very simplicity.
Taffeta 1» Charming in
Dainty Youthful Model»
»caria. Collars and Bows That Ara in
Fashion.
and Is mor* frequently used in the
chiffon or cro;>* frocks ns a contrast In
color.
Th* lltti* low, flat collars which
spell youth so successfully are used In
a new way. They begin higher up at
the neck and ruffle Into a decided flare
and are no longer simple In their ap-
peal but have taken on a note uf ao-
ptdstlcation
American Broadtail or
Caracul for New Coat
Taffeta 1» a material which we a»me-
tltues tlduk of as a material belonging
especially to grandmothers alnce it
did in the day» when they wore volum­
inous skirts. In reality It now is or
should tie, almost th* exclusive prop­
erty of youth. It Is a pity everyon*
cannot wear taffeta. It Is such a pleas­
ant feeling malvrlnl. If on* tteeda new
proof, however, that It looks Its t>eM
In youthful modela oim < ba» but to see
the new evening models with the triple
plaited frills around th* skirt N->m*-
times these frills are of the taffeta
pinked, and on some frocks thty are
inaile of mailn*« In several shades
Noinetltnes tbe taffeta fr<« k Is opened
at one side, a malines gotiei wet In with
tbe frills al tbe bottom, and th* frill
la carried all »round the bottom of
tbe dross and up the opening on eack
aide. The frock Is draped »lightly at
tbe top of thia opening and bended by
» ro** or some other flower made uf
tbe taffeta.
Many women are selecting a coat of
American broadtail or one of the love­
ly moire caraculs Thea* furs are Im­
mensely popular this year, and they
are conservative enough for business
wear, at the same time being quite
smart enough for dross Most womrn
of today In th* business world have
Innumerable occasion» when they must
•pi>ear ss smartly attired as their but­ Velvet Combined With Tweed
Smart little dresses for the school­
terfly sisters And a coat of thia type
enables them to step from the »flic* to girl are made of dark brown velvet
a hotel luncheon or a theater party at | combined with lighter tweed.
Ita origin Is an American rat. Anoth­
er novelty la a peroxtded moleskin, la
which « golden shade la Induced by
Velvet continues Ils aucvesaful reign tbe same treatment the hairdressers
tn tbe world of fashion, and has been use to lighten milady's trees*«. (Julia
seen worn by the moat strikingly a number of women at the races wor*
dressed women tn tb* crowds attend­ henn«-color«d hats.
ing tb* Longctiampa race«, aaya a
Faria fashion correspondent. A wider
Vogue of Lace
silhouette and slightly molded line
It seems safe to any that lac* la
have been adopted by practically to be mor* fashionable than ever dor-
everyone except, of rouroa, for the Ing the season, especially for evening
tailored suit, which remain* severe wear. Afternoon dresae» of ere,** em­
and masculine In Ita lines. Tbe races ploy lace for an effective trimming,
also displayed smart coats In broad- ittack chantilly lace In used over gold
clotIv. and even some la Rgbl-abaded cloth for striking effect«. Argeotln*
tweeds
red and gold lac* Is another effectlv«
One green velvet ensemble seen la combination in a d«n>w frock.
A
the Jockey dub's ludoaure had a coat white satin evening cape ha* a full-
full In the back, a sable collar an-! length flounce of bla<k lace faMened
cuffs and a Ruaalan toque of green Just below tb* shoulder
A whit*
velvet. Reald* It was a dark laveo ermine collar adds charm to this hand-
der blue t»**d dress and coat. Thia ■om>- garment.
coat bad three box plaits ■« tb» aide«,
collar and cuffs of gray fox and a
Hat» for Fall
lavender rayon fell for a hat.
For autumn wear there are fascinat­
Another fur of grayish tones, re- ing fall hats of sky blue. Others of
| e*mbtlng chinchilla. Is popular fa» , tin same shade are made of velour*
i season It la knuam aa "suallkl." and which promt»« to b* a wlnt«r favorita.
Popularity of Velvet
Gown» Still Continue»