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STORIES OF SCHLEY. |
INCIDENTS WHICH REVEAL THE MAN'S |
He Is a Horn Fighter of Southern Stock
But He Stood by tlie Flajt When It Came
to the l'artlng of the Waji in 1861—Hi«
First Uriel Command of a Ship.
"I do not send my men where I will
not go myself."
It was Commodore Wiufleld Scott
Schley who said this. He was then
commander of the New York and stood
on the forward bridge of his ship, out
ward bound from one of the ports of
the Atlantic seaboard. Ten minutes
before a badly frightened man had run
up to him, calling out:
"Captain, the forward port magazine
is on fire."
"Then shut your mouth," said the
captain. The man, thus recalled to
his senses, touched his cap and re- |
lapsed into silence, while his com
mander quietly ordered a fire drill, and :
a moment later commanded the flood
ing of the magazine. Both orders, a !
part of the daily routine on every
American warship, were promptly car
ried out, but it was not until all dan
ger was past that the officers and men
obtained knowledge of the true state
of affairs. When they did find out
they realized that their captain had
been standing all the time just over
the magazine, and one of the officers
begged him to come down from the ;
bridge and let him take his place. It
was then that the captain made the
remark quoted above. His course in
front of Santiago later proves that he
is always as good as his word.
The story of Commander Schley is
the story of a man who did, and one
good for patriot ears. In one of the
closing days of April. 1861, the sloop
of war Niagara, returning from a long
foreign cruise, sighted Minsto Ledge
light off Boston Harbor. Half an hour
later a pilot came aboard, and making
his way to the quarter deck, saluted
the commander, Capt. McKean, who
put the usual query:
"Well, pilot, what's the news?"
"Sumter's been fired on,"was the
reply, "and the United States has gone
Slowly the listening officers fell back
and instinctively made two groups—
the North and South, but the captain,
with a steady voice said:
"Mr. Pilot put us into Boston as soon
as you can."
Then lifting his hat he added:
"The flag's servants and yours, gen
tlemen," and went to his cabin. Late
that night the anchor chains hurtling
through the hawser holes chanted
"Home Again." Early next morning
all the officers were called together and
Capt. McKean said:
"Gentlemen we have come to the
parting of the ways. Some of us will
never meet again, and some of us will
die in doing what we believe is right.
The government has educated, fed and
clothed us and we have sworn to stand
by it, but no oath can bind a man j
beyond the strength of bis conscience i
and changed conditions make changed j
men. On that table 1 have written out |
the old oath of allegiance and signed j
It. For my part,"--they buried him |
years ago in an admiral's uniform —"1 ;
stand by the flag. Let each one of you i
goto his cabin and think it over; then
let him come back here and sign below
me or —let him go his way."
So saying, he went on deck, while
one by one the officers came back un
til nine names stood under that of their
commander; ttoe rest were going the
other way. At the end of an hour the
captain returned to his cabin and took
the paper in his hand. As he did so,
he looked tip and saw before him a tall,
young midshipman from Maryland.
"Do you sign, Winnie?" asked the
old man with a perceptible tremor in
"Aye, aye, sir. Same flag and same
Uncle Sam in Massachusetts as in
Maryland, you know."
"God bless you, boy. Your father
and 1 fought side by side, as lads in
the war of 1812, and while there are
some of us who are going away, I
prayed God your father's son would
stick to us."
Commodore Schley had been five
years in the navy wheii he took this
resolution to stand by the flag—a reso
lution which saved to the service as
alert, dashing and accomplished an of
ficer as ever reached Hag rank. Born
near Frederick, Md., In 1839, he came
from a line of sailors, his father hav
ing achieved distinction a? a naval of
ficer in the war with Mexico. Appoint
ed acting midshipman in 1856, he was
graduated at the naval academy in
1860, and made his first cruise on the
Niagara. He was promoted to be mas
ter in May, 1861, and went with the
Niagara to the blockade off Charleston,
whence being already a thorough sea
man, he was sent by Capt. McKean as
master of the first prize taken by the
navy in the war between the states.
It was a British cotton ship, the Gener
On July 18, 1862, Commodore Schley
received his commission as lieutenant,
and with it an assignment as execu
tive officer, to the gunboat Owasco of
the west Gulf squadron. It was while
serving on the Owasco that he got his
first command, and the story of how It
came to him is too good a one to be
left untold. The Owasco was stationed
off Mobile and was one of the small
squadron commanded Capt. James
Alden, of the Richmond. Her captain,
dqad long eince, was over fond of his
cups, and at frequent periods had to
retire to his cabin for a week's re
One day a quartermaster of the
Richmond reported to Capt Alden that
the captain's gig of the Owasco was
approaching, with the captain's pen-
nant flying. Supposing his visitor to be
the captain of the Owasco, Allien put
on his uniform coat, the side boys
were ordered and the boatswain's mate
made ready for his thiee pipes at the
gangway. But when the Owasco's gig
came alongside the man who sprang
up the ladder was Lieut. Schley.
"I expected to see Capt. Jones"—
that was not his name —"of the Owas
co," said Alden, with slight sarcasm.
"I am commander of the Owasco,
sir," was-Schley's matter of fact re
"Since when?" asked Alden.
"An hour ago, sir," said Schley.
"Where is Capt. Jones?"
"Locked up in his cabin, sir, drunk."
"Who locked him in?"
"I did. I first put him under arrest
and then shut him up in his cabin.
Then I took command of the ship, and
here I am to report for orders."
A broad smile crept over Alden's
face, but instantly assuming an air of
severity, he said:
"Well, the first order I'll give you is
for you to lower that pennant in the
gig; go back to your ship; unlock that
cabin door and restore Capt. Jones to
duty. Then report to me in writing if
the captain's illness still incapacitates
him and I will know what to do. Don't
be in too great a hurry to get command
of a ship, Mr. Schley."
As a matter of fact. Commodore
Schley did not get command of a ship
until several years later, but before he
did, he had fairly earned it. He served
gallantly in all the engagements which
led up to the capture of Port Hudson,
and for his part in cutting out, under
heavy fire, two schooners' engaged
In supplying the Confederates, he was
honorably mentioned in special or
ders. From 18(14 till lKtiti be was at
tached to the Wateiee as executive of
ficer, and served with her on the Pa
cific station. In ISO! be helped to sup
press a revolt of Chinese coolies in the
Middle Cincha islands, and a year lat
er he landed at La Union, San Salva
dor with 100 men to protect American
interests imperiled by revolution.
Commodore Schley was promoted to
be lieutenant commander in July,
1866, and during the following three
years was on duty at Annapolis. His
next post was on the Benieia of the
Asiatic squadron, with which he par
ticipated in the attack upon and over
throw of the forces defending the forts
on the Salee river in Corea. This was
in 1871, and a year later he returned
to the United States and became the
head of the department of modern lan
guages at the navy academy. Com
missioned commodore in 1874, he was
for five years on the North and South
Atlantic stations and the western coast
of Africa. When the Greely relief ex
pedition was organized he was called
from duty with the lighthouse board
and placed in command of it, again
proving himself the right man in the
right place by snatching Lieutenant
Greely and his comrades from the
clutches of death and conveying them
safely to their homes.
For this service Commodore Schley
was awarded a gold medal by con
gress and promoted by President Ar
thur to lie chief of tbi bureau of equip
ment and repairs, whit h position he
held until 188!). While holding this
post he was made captain. When the
cruiser Baltimore was putin commis
sion he was assigned to command her,
and carried back to Sweden the re
mains of John Eriacson, inventor of
the Monitor, for which service the
king of Sweden presented liiin with a
gold medal. He was in command of
the Baltimore at Valparaiso, Chili, in
1891. when a number of American sail
ors were attacked and some of them
done to death by a mob. The compli
cations between the United States and
Chill which arose from this affair were
disposed of by him in a manner that
earned the express gratitude of the
navy department. One incident of the
affair, however, never found its way in
to the naval records. Let ine tell the
story as Commodore Schley told it only
a few weeks ago.
"It was 0 o'clock," said he. "when
the men left the ship, and it was only
10 when I received the news of what
had happened. Suddenly attacked
from the rear, they were cut down be
fore they could defend themselves. It
almost broke my heart to them
brought back in such sorry condi
tion, but we gave them the best of
care. There was one Jackie, a faithful
sturdy fellow, who had been with me
before. He was in a sad plight and as
I went to him he said to me:
" 'Captain, I guess I'm done for. I
hate going this *vay. from a blow In
the dark from a sneaking heathen; but
it's the last voyage I'll make with
"I could not stand that, I told him
that he was not serious?;<r hurt, and
that the doctor had said '-i would come
out all right.
" 'Did the doctor say that?' asked
the man, eagerly.
"To be sure he did," said I."This
was a bold face lie, but I am sure the
Lord has forgiven y. because of the
good it did. I told the surgeon, and he
seconded me in my efforts to encour
age the man. I used togo twice a day
to that man and stay an hour at a
time, telling him what we would do
when he got well. And he did get
well. The surgeon says I pulled him
back to life; perhaps I did, for I
couldn't bear to think of such a splen
did fellow so near to death by a blow
in the dark from a hulking cowdrd who
did not dare to take the consequences
of a fair standup fight."
What 1 have written, says R. R. Wil
son, of Commodore Schley has missed
its purpose if it has failed to portray
him as a Yankee sailor of the best
type. Cool, intrepid, brave, clear
headed and sound in judgment, he is an
officer of whom any navy might well
Body of Free-MillingOre Eighl
Miles Wide is Found in
Output of Gold on the Yukon Saic
to be Much Less Than Was
Twenty Returning Miners Hrlng Out $750
000 However au<l 4 Otlier Successful I'artici
Are Koporteil—Much of tlie Alaskan Field
lias Not Been Properly Worked and
There is Much Gold There—Warning foi
Those Securing Transportation.
A dispatch from Butte, Montana.
Bays: A lodge of frte-inilliutf gold ore
lias been discovered on the south fork
of the Flathead river, thirty-live milca
from Kallspel and twenty-two miles
from Coram. The ore is found in a
great blanket ledge eight miles wide.
A shaft lias been sunk twenty-four
feet without linding the foot wall. The
discovery was made by K. 11. Seeley.
Last fall placer gold was discovered
near Burned Cabin, Acting on the
theory that the gold came down the
river. Mr. Seeley started up stream tu
find (lie mother lend, lie was re
warded when he found this tremen
dous ledge of (juarty. cement, carrying
both gold and silver. At the point of
discovery the river cuts the lead so
that the vein shows oil either side of
the river. The ore is hematite. The
shaft has been sunk near the edge of
the river to a depth of twenty-four
feet. Average samples of the last six
feet proved to be very rich, showing
(500 in gold and SI.HB in silver to the
ton. The ore is free milling. The
river cuts this ledge for eight miles,
and ore is shown up 011 both sides of
the river. Forty-four claims have
been located, all 011 the same ledge.
At Mr. Seeley's solicitations a num
ber of Dulutli. Chicago, and New
York men will arrive to examine the
ledge with a view to organizing a
company. The neighborhood lias been
organized into a new mining district,
which is styled the Cold lteed mining
I,easers are taking out some good
looking copper ore from tile Clinton
mine in Butte.
A party of Butte capitalists have se
cured control of the Williams coal
mine, near Livingston, which was
abandoned some years ago. A force
of men is now at work 011 the proper
ty. The lead shows up well, and the
property may become an important
A pretty vein of ore was laid bare in
the Bonanza mine, Zosel district, last
week. An assay gare a total value of
$44.30 a ton. yielding a high percent
age in lead and silver, with a little
gold. The vein is about a foot wide.
The south drift of the 500 foot cross
cut tunnel of the Keystone mine in
the Yalik district, i« m nearly 100 feet
on the lead and shows the best ore to
lie found anywhere in the mine. The
development work now in progress
*' rnpw are i^c
,' Im I drenthissummer? j>.
«' 158 I Are they doing s
1 I ™ well? Do they
' 1 get all the benefit they 7
", should from their food ? )■
■ Are their cheeks and lips >
of good color? And are
,' they hearty and robust in <,
', If not, then give them ,"
\ Sett's Emulsion
, 1 of cod liver oil with hypo- 1 ,
> phosphites. <
! It never fails to build \
,' up delicate boys and girls. ',
t » It gives them more flesh <
' > and better blood. ,'
\ It is just so with the
■ ( baby also. A little Scott's ■
! Emulsion, three or four 1 ,
times a day, will make ',
the thin baby plump and <
u 7] necessary for ',
i'J II growing bones <
' 1 an d nerves. <'
I All Druggists, 50c. and |i. I
1 SCOTT & BOWNE, Chemists, N.Y. 1
Try The News Item Job Office Once.
Kine I 3 rinting
NEAT WORK \\T |S * 4-
MODERN FACILITIES. VV 0 1 TIFIL
25c 50c DRUGGISTS
and you cure its consequences. These are !
some of the consoquences of constipation :
Biliousness, loss of appetite, pimples, sour
stomach, depression, coated tongue, night
mare, palpitation, cold feet, debility, diz
ziness, weakness, backache, vomiting,
jaundice, piles, pallor, stitch, irritability, ,
nervousness, headache, torpid liver, heart
burn, foul breath, sleeplessness, drowsi- '
ness, hot skin, cramps, throbbing head.
£7 /of Constipation
Dr. .T. C. Ayer's Pills are a specific for |
all diseases of the liver, stomach, and
"I suffered from constipation which as
sumed siK-h an obstinate form that I feared j
it would cause a stoppage of the buA-els. j
After vainly trying various remedies, I be- \
gun to take Ayer's l'ills. Two boxes effected j
a complete cure."
D. BURKE, Saco, Me. |
"For eight years I was afflicted with |
constipation, which became so bad that tha |
doctors could do no more for me. Then I :
began to take Ayer's l'ills, and soon tlia I
bowels recovered their natural action."
WM. H. DKLAUCETT, Dorset, Ont.
THE PILL THAT WILL.
promises tnnt tins will become one or
the big miuiug propositions of the
state. The ore is c>| superior quality.
In about ten days the drift will be
crosscut to the hanging wall, when tho
width of the vein .'n the lower level
will be known.
The success attetdlng the explora
tions at the Liverpool mine In Lump
Ctilch has stiinulatKjl tbA reopening of
Dome other mines it: that locality. Tho
Little Nell will resume at once. It
was closed down a» the time of the
miners' strike two y?ars ago, the own
ers preferring to iliut down rather
than submit to the wages asked. Since
tlieu parts of the mint' have been
worked on lease, and the leasers are
said to have discovered new bodies of
A letter from Dawson City, under
date of June 25. say j the output of tho
mines of the Yukou region this year,
while it has reachet® between SIO,OOO, •
000 and $15,000,000. has disappointed
even the more conservative estimates
made last fall, based on the prospects
then existing. Tlire; things have con
tribute! 1 to shorten Ih's spring's clean
up -the Canadian r< yalty, the lack of
men and *he lack of strengthening
The steamship Cottage City, which
touched on her waj to Seattle from
Alaska, had 011 twenty miners
from Dawson City .vitli about three
quarters of a inllliui dollars In gold
dust and drafts, unytly drafts. They
came tip the Yul;oi_ in a steamer to
White Horse Hnp'.ds. where they
transferred to a Inks steamer.
The passenger ttnllic between tho
Western Pacitic States is not so heavy
as it was before the war began, but It
is still great enough to make timely
and interesting the warning published
by the State Department from a recent
report by United SMtes Consul Dud
ley, at Vancouver. Colonel Dudley
Care should be tafeen by those who
contemplate going to the gold fields In
entering into transportation contracts.
It appears that certain companies
have obtained a considerable sum of
money (generally $"«J)0 for each per
son) upon very Ingeniously worded
contracts that th» person paying
should be transported to the gold
fields in the north, Vlth all necessary
outfit furnished and expenses paid. In
three cases In which men have paid
their money they have been brought,
at slight expense, to this and other
ports, and then abandoned.
Turkey'* l*c>*tal System.
Although Turkey some years ago en
gaged a German official to reorganize
its postal system, it lias not yet been
able to win the confidence of foreign
residents, who continue to make use
of the Austrian, German, English,
French and Russian postoffices in pref
erence to the Turkish.
is upon us again. We are better
prepared to serve you than ever.
The factories have greatly improved our Heaters
and Ranges. No Range can equal the RED
CROSS assortment. No COOK STOVE does
better work than RED CROSS Champion.
Single Heaters Double Heaters
Office Heaters -Fully guaranteed.
For Wood Room Stoves we can give you none better than
the MAPLE CLEMONT, keeps good tire all night; burns
green or dry wood,
Stove Repairs a specialty with us.
Onr Declaration of War
Has been in effect for a number of
years and our
Bombardment of High Prices
Has created havoc of late in the sale of
MOWING MACHINES, DRILLS, HARROWS,
PLOWS, LUMBER WAGONS, BUGGIES,
and ROAD WAGONS
all at the lowest cash price.
PHOSPHATE, ThiJty tons of different grades will be
sold at a low figure.
W. E. MILLER, Sullivan County, Pa.
Esk no Questions
Why We Sell So Cheap.
All We Ask You
is to come ami examine our large Kali ami Winter stock of Clothing, .Shoes
and Ladies' Coats and Capes, and convince yourself about our prices being
the lowest in this section.
Thousands of people have been convinced that we are the lowest priced
store and we surely appreciate your trade. We are always studying about
giving the best goods at the lowest prices. Head and see for yourself.
Men's black suits at 2.75. Youth's suits at 2.50. Children's suits
well made, at 1.25. Overcoats in black and blue, best ever ottered, at 5.00
Children's overcoats at 1.25. lvnee pants, 35c, are strictly all wool.
Top shirts and undershirts at wholesale prices. Heavy cotton undershirts
LADIES' COATS AND CAPES
at prices when you see them you will surely buy them. Shoes for
ladies. Shoes for men. Shoes for misses and children, at special
t *ur store is crowded with new goods and we are still getting in more.
We must sell the goods and the prices will suit the purchaser. Come anil
see. We advertise exactly as we intend to sell.
i The Reliable Dealer in Clothing
jaCOH rCI Boots and Shoes.