The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, September 11, 1912, Page PAGE SIX, Image 6
jcAGE SIX THE CITIZEN, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER n, 1912. ry 1 am Joe Sturgis A Alan Who Could Pilot a Boat In a Fog I By F. A. M1TCHEL g 9 v w w vvvi8 AVhcu 1 was a student at a New Eng land eollepe I used to spend my vaca tions on the seacoast. I was fond of water snorts boatliiK, fishing, bathing and in the autumn shooting, though since the season for the latter came when 1 was engaged nt my studies I could only enjoy it for n day or two at n time. My favorite place for enjoying an outing was a village on the coast of Maine. There is no coast In America so sought during the hot months, for there is none so beautiful. There are Islands nnd estuaries without number, while the air Is pure and bracing. The only drawback is the fogs, which will occasionally sweep suddenly in from the ocean and at times last several days. The villagit" of B., which came to bo the usual scene of my summer outings, looked out upon a bay beyond which was the boundless ocean. Sometimes I lay in a hammock hung between trees, watching ships pass far out on the horizon, dreaming of the people walking nlwut on them, shifting their sails, nt meals, or idling as I was. I had but to turn my eyes nearer, to an Island beautiful as a fairyland rising out of a fairy pea, or, still nearer, to a strip of ground In Its native state, brown, yellow and green patches lead ing up to a snow white cottage, be hind which was a thicket of cedars. Captain Joe Sturgis, a man who had acquired his title as master of a fish ing smack, was my principal compan ion. He Ilshed for a living, but In July and August, the fishing being poor, ho rested, for he had made enough money at his vocation to build himself a snug home and have more invested at in terest Sturgis was a plain, quiet, thought ful, uneducated man, but I always felt that if he and 1 were obliged to float for our lives and there was but one plank between us he would leave me the plank. lie used a single mast ed boat about twenty feet long for fishing purposes, and during my vaca tions that boat was my second home. The captain and I made cruises in her among the islands of the coast. There were four bunks in her, n small cook stove and mess kit. At night we would anchor in some inlet or little bay and after supper be lulled to sleep by the sound of wavelets beating against the side of the boat. That was years agone, but to this day I can bear the soothing splash. In the morn ing we would be up with the sun, nnd I would take a cold water plunge while the captain was frying the fish and making the coffee for breakfast. Then up would come the anchor and we would be off, wo cared not where, since the whole of these beautiful wa ters with their green promontories and Islands were ours. During these cruises I was as near heaven ns it is possible for one on earth to be. Storms we had, of course, but we were either scudding before the wind, racing with the white caps, or beating up against them, now nnd again get ting a ducking, buckets of spray dash ing over us. But what did we care, protected as wo were by our oilskins? The fogs, I admit, I never liked, 'lho coast in that region Is full of reefs, and if our boat should strike a sunken point of rock it would go down, leav lng us to struggle with the waves nnd likely to find a sepulcher in the bellj of some flsh. The coast within u dozen or twenty miles of B. Sturgis knew so well that ho could navigate his boat even in a fog. I once asked him how ho did it, and he replied in tho s.imo way he walked In his own house at night. A current here, the sound of water leating against rocks, there nnd other indications were val uable assistants in keeping tho course and avoiding tho rocks. Sturgis seemed to bo n part of the region he Inhabited and felt that after death ho would still bo a part of it. lie would say to mo: "I've often thought how I'd like to be free from my body and go whero I like, to hover above the ledges over which tho waves dash in a storm that we dare not go near in n boat and on which there is 110 footing. It would be fine to skim with tho crest of a wavo till It begins to curl on a beach, watch It break and scatter in foam on tho sand." "In a fraction of n second," I sug gested, "you might be n thousand miles nway." "I wouldn't care for that. I'm n homo body and never want to go nway from homo." "You mean not moro than fifty miles from homo." "This Is nil homo to me. I sleep Just ns well In tho boat o' nights as In my cottago on tho shore. Tho cottago Is Well anchored for a storm, but some how I feel safer on tho water, espe cially on a lee shore. You see, there's nothing to break tho force o' tho wind whero my houso 13 built, but In a storra If I'm near shoro I can run Into nny snug cove nnd go to sleep peace ful." "And if you'ro out nt sea?" "Oh, then I tnko In nnd closo all sal) nnd let her rldo. If I'm to tho wind jvnrd of a shore I Crop tho anchor." wapi "Don't need even n Jib for steerage?" "No; with sails nil In sho won't go over. She's well ballasted." Theso conversations with the cap tain led me to think that those who llvo near to nature, though uneducat ed, have a moro comprehensive, view of the universe, Including themselves, not ns brief existences, but as appear ing under different forms. Houses nnd books tend to destroy this more ex tended view of ourselves. The' louses exclude what Is grand In nature; the books lead us to reason. And, exclu sive of revelation, what basis havo wo for our reasoning? Is not one who takes his inspiration from nnturo mtire free to follow his higher instincts? During the first winter after I was graduated from college I heard of tho death of my old friend Captain Joe Sturgis. lie died. In his bod, and It at once occurred to mo that his spirit, freed from tho clay of his physlcnl body, went right out over tho wotcr nnd the islands among which he had so often sailed in his slower going boat. After his death I did not enre to go to B. and did not see tho plnco for ten years. Then It occurred to me that I would like to revisit the scenes I had so much enjoyed during my youth. I had long been Immersed In business, and If I got an outing It was seldom for more than u fortnight. Tho influ ence of nature had long ago passed from me. aud If I thought of tho skip per who had been my companion It was not flitting In spiritual form over the waves, but mouldering In the church yard at B. 1 found the place but little changed. I doubt If twenty houses had been added to those that had composed tho town ten years before. I met persons whom I hud known, but they, as well as I, had grown older. Sturgis' old boat was still in existence nnd in use. I had sailed her in fair weather both with the captain nnd alone, nnd I re membered the coast for n distance of, sny, ten miles from B. sulllclently to take the boat over it. So I got into her one morning Intending to revisit some of the nearby scenes of former years. I took no ono with me, preferring to go nlouc. Tho morning was bright and beauti ful. I spent a couple of hours cruising about noticing old landmarks, or, rath er, old sea marks, when, suddenly look ing eastward, I saw the fog bank. There was little breeze, and I could not roach land before I was enveloped in ono of those fogs so thick thnt they are really flue rain. I drifted for hours, hoping all tho while that it would lift, but it did not. It camo upon mo nt noon, and when night fell I was still enveloped in it. That night is ever to be remembered as the most frightful of ray life. There was no wind, nnd if there had been I would not have dnred avail myself of It, fur I had no compass and, in nny event, was beset with sunken rocks. I passed tho afternoon and tho night till near morning in an agony of sus pense, without food or water, then fell Into either n stupor or a sleep. I had taken position near tho bow where I could watch, sitting on the deck with my back resting against tho insist. It must havo been near dawn that, looking aft, I saw, or thought I saw, a dim form at the tiller, while tho sail was filled, though the fog had not lifted. I have never since been quite sure whether I was awake, half asleep or asleep and dreaming. Nevertheless some one was at the helm and the boat was moving. It did not occur to me to get up and go aft to see who my pilot was, and this has led mo to think that I dreamed. I sat whero I was, looking Into the mist now nnd again, hearing the swish of waves over protruding rocks, at times sailing near enough to them to sco their dim, dark bulk. I knew that there was or had been but one man at B. who could sail a boat in those waters in a fog, and that man was Captain Sturgis. I was pos sessed with tho Idea that time had been turned back ten years and I was again sailing with my old frleud. Yet I know that Captain Sturgis wns dead. How long I sailed thus I don't know, but when It camo light enough for me to see, tho fog lifted, nnd I recog nized on either side of mo rocks, by which I know that I was emerging from one of tho most tortuous, dan gerous chnnnels on this coast. There was a fair breeze, nnd tho tide was with me. I was not far from B. and saw persons on tho shore, evidently looking out nt mo. I sprang to tho tiller, which was de serted, and pointed my course townrd B. In half an hour I reached tho land ing nnd wns welcomed by anxious friends, who had feared for my safe ty. They asked me how in tho name of conscience I hnd got through tho channel from which they had seen me emerge, wrapped in fog, without strik ing the rocks. I told them I didn't know; It must havo been either luck or rrovldenec. I did not sny wlint I believed nnd havo since often partly believed that I had been piloted by the disembodied spirit of my beloved friend, Captain Joo Sturgis. I left B. tho samo day, nnd I havo never cared to go thero since. Not only was I unstrung by having been tossed helpless on an ocean without being nblo to seo half a dozen yards, but there was something frightful In my narrow escape. I did not shudder at having been piloted, na I believed, by my old friend; but, taking my ex perience altogether, I had no deslro to sail in those waters ngaln. TImo has taken awny tho horror of tho situation and strengthened, or, rather, wnrmed my soul toward him whom I ennnot but consider to bo living a renewed lifo among tho scenes ho so well loved during his physical llfo nnd who, remembering mo affectionately, came to my help in the hour of my trouble. Farm and Garden FARM POULTRY HOUSE. Convenient, Sunny Location and Good Drainage Are Essential Points, Good growth of poultry nnd heavy egg production depend to a largo ex tent upon the proper housing of tho stock. A bulletin issued by the Iowa agricultural experiment station seU forth the essentials of 11 good houso In brief form. The first consideration in building a poultry house Is its location. It Is of greatest Importance to select n slto having well drained soil. It Is next im portnnt to have a convenient location. The poultry house may be nearer tho resilience than tho live stock barns, and JSSw SSw T'i'&i !; ? it Photograph by Iowa agricultural experi ment station. FRONT VIBW OP A-BHArED PORTABLE POULTRY IIOCSE. as women have a large share in tho management of tho flock on tho aver age farm it should bo so located. It is undesirable to build tho poultry houso near granaries, cribs or bams which may furnish n harbor for rats aud oth er vermin which prey on poultry. A sunny location well sheltered from tho north winds is highly desirable when ever it is possible to obtain it without sacrificing good ground drninuge. Tho A-shaped movable colony homo illustrated is cheap and light and has been thoroughly tried out nnd found to bo very satisfactory for raising chicks in flocks of 200 to 300. It will winter from fifteen to twenty hens. Tho house is S by 10 feet and because of its lightness nnd substantial construc tion it can bo readily moved from plnco to place on tho skids which furnish tho foundation for tho house. It is wurtn and convenient, and tho fowls nro well protected from drafts. -K NEEDS OF THE FARM. There are two crying needs of J tho farm at tho present time, the $ need of better methods of pro duction and a more satisfactory manner of disposing of the prod ucts. The Foot and Mouth Disease. An English board of agriculture handbill states that "in tho early stages of tho foot and mouth diseaso the animal frequently smacks Its lips nnd shows by tho movement of its tongue that tho mouth is tho seat of suffering, and tho saliva flows freely from tho mouth. "An examination of the mouth shows tho existence of vesicles on tho tonguo nnd on tho inner part of tho upper Hp nnd on tho pad. Theso vesicles show themselves in the form of a tough white skin which can bo easily stripped off, nnd n red, raw surface is found beneath. Tho animal seldom re fuses fowl, but rolls It about In its mouth nnd often drops it instead of swallowing It. In most Instances tho feet nro affected ns well as tho mouth." Tho Horse's Hoofs. If tho horse's hoxfs aro hard nnd In cllncd to bo "shelly" do not let anybody put oil or grease on them, for this only clogs tho hoof material, which should absorb water Instead of repelling It Such hoofs nro best treated by soaking them several hours together In warm water slightly salted or by turning out tho liorso at night in n pasture whero ho will have the hoofH wet in tho dew. Farm Progress. "Critter" Wisdom. Lack of caro makes tho cow kick, and sho always hits tho tenderest spot tho pocketbook. With mnturo hogs, whero it is desir ed to ndd fat to tho body, potntoes may bo fed with good results, but they nro not as good ns corn. A firm, hard collar thnt fits is invari ably better as Vvell ns easier on tho horse's shoulder than tho 111 fitted' con traption that hns to bo padded. In truing a separator in tho dairy al ways start It slowly nnd nover run it at a higher speed than your instructions specify. Itunnlng It too fast is not only throwing the butter fat away in tho 8klmmllk, but tho separator bowl ia liublo to burst nnd kill tho operator. Try to glvo every horso n good mate to work with. You havo nil seen horses that wcro mado as ugly ns sin Just becnuso tho horso they had to work with walked slower than thoy did or for sotno equally good reason. A ninto Is n horso that Is congenial to tho other ono In all respects. p BUTTON MAKING. This la an Otcupatlon That Calls For No Special Skill. Buttons hnvo nn Irresistible fascina tion In theso days for the clever homo drcssmnker, for they put within her reach n practically Infinite number of effective touches for her frocks which will tnko from her very llttlo In the way of cither time or iniey. A pretty button can be mado by first covering tho padded mold with whlto sllc and putting over this two thick nesses of sliver gauze decorated with 0 little cluster of steel beads lu the cen terfrom which radiate half n dozen or moro loops of rescdn green chenille. Narrow shaded ribbon can bo woven Into a charming button cover. A foun dation should be cut from white silk. On this lay short lengths of tho ribbon, tho edges touching, nnd sew tho ends securely. Then, with n needle thread ed with ribbon, dam in tho roverso pieces. If liked a tiny frill mado of slightly gathered ribbon muy be sewed around the edge of the button. Motifs cut from lnco which has pass ed Its days of usefulness In the ordi nary way can do their part townrd making fancy buttons. A small daisy pattern tncked to white silk and work ed over in satin stitch In nny color pre ferred with 11 few French knots added will make an embroidered button that Is decidedly expensive lu appearance. On cloth or velvet n button covered with velvet nnd trimmed with n fine braid In n fancy mixture of colors tuny be used. Tho braid can be knotted in tho center nnd radiate toward tho out er rim, where the separate bits should be connected by a single strand of tho braid, with knots to keep all In place. SEASONABLE RECIPES. Corn Souflle. Green com and cheese son 111 0 is little known, possibly, to most housekeepers, but its acquaintance Is worth making. Have ready a cupful of corn cut from the cob, a cupful of grat ed American cheese, n tablespoonful or two of minced green pepper, threo eggs, a tablespoonful of butter, half a cupful of flour, two cupfuls of milk and half n tenspoonful of snlt Melt tho butter nnd cook tho pepper soft in it Make n sauce with the flour, milk, but ter and snlt. Beat the eggs separately, turn the yolks Into tho sauce, stir in the corn nnd fold in the whites. Turn into a buttered dish nnd bake in a mod erate oven about half an hour. Whltefish Fritters. When you have nny cold whltefish on hnnd you can make a very tasty dish in this way: To a cupful of the fish Uaked up fine add half a cupful of mashed potatoes, half a cupful of grated breadcrumbs, half a cupful of cream, the beaten yolks of two eggs, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well together nnd then mnko Into ob long shapes and flatten on both sides. Bent the whites of tho two eggs and dip the cakes In this, then into bread crumbs, and fry n nice brown in ba con fnt or vegetable oil. Serve at once, gurnlshed with parsley. Sliced Peaches. Four pounds of peaches, one cupful of vinegar, ono tablespoonful of cinnamon, ono table spoonful of cloves, threo pounds of brown sugar, one tenspoonful of gin ger, one tenspoonful of salt and one eighth of n teaspoonful of red pepper. Boll tho sugar and the vinegar. Scald the peaches, remove the skins nnd cook In the sirup. Tie spices In n bag and cook with tho peaches. When tho peaches are tender pour Into stone Jars. Reheat tho sirup every day for a week, pouring when boiling over the peaches. All kinds of small fruits may bo spiced in this manner. Use of "Mountain Peak" Braid, Braid is much used on the new hats and used not in plain bands or bind- A DA8IIINO HAT FOR FAI.Ii. Ings, but lu nil sorts of queer and unex pected convolutions. This now hat displays tho "mountain peak" braid used as edging, and tho black and whlto quill is placed in a dashing manner. Men's Card Prizes. Prizes for card parties aro easily chosen for women, but for a man's prizo thero is usually somo dlfllcuity in selection. A paper cutter Is gonorally acceptable, and ono can now bo had for n very moderate sum, Just 05 cents, which is excellent for tills purpose. It shows a Japanese warrior in full ar mor, mounted on horseback, carved as tho handlo of a good sized paper knife. Tho ltnlfo Itself is mado of bono. This Is stained a brownish tint, which takes off tho crudo appearance. Another pa per cutter, suitable for a "booby prize," Is of wood nnd shows on its surface u tiny monkey which la reaching up for two npples Just out of his reach. This ona ia but 10 rnta. Stop Look Do You want Electric Lights in your home, boarding house or hotel? If so we will put them in. Let me know how many and I will tell you what it will cost. Electricity beats them all, It's Dean Home Electric Lighting Plant Our store In tho Grambs Building, Is lighted by it. Let us show It to you. Reo the Fifth, Ford and Brush AUTOMOBILES John Deere Sulky Plows, Success Manure Spreader, Hoosier Grain Drills, Dain Vertical Lift Mower, Ireland Wood Saw, Kant Klog Hand Sprayers, The Famous "New Way" Air Cooled Engine, lortesdaSe, Pa. H. F. Weaver' Architect and Builder Plans & Estimates Furnished Residence, 1302 EastSt. OVER 65 YEARS' EXPERIENCE Trade Marks Designs Copyrights fcc. Anrnno sending n nketi-h nnd descrlptlnn mar qntcklr aaceruilu our opinion free whether an Invention la probably imientnhlo. Comniunlca tlonlrlcll7contldcntliil. HANDBOOK on Patents Bent free, oldest airency for eocurmtr patents. Patents taken through Munn & Co. receive tpttlal notice, without charge, la tho Scientific American. A handiomelr llluatrateil weekly. T.arcest dr. cnlatloit of any pclontltlo Journal. Terms. 13 a year: four months, ft. Bold hyall newsdealer. MUNN &Co.3'. New York Urancb. offlco. 625 P 8t Wuhloiiton, I). C. J. E. HALEY AUCTIONEER Havo mo nnd save money. AVI attend sales nnywhero in State. Address WAYMART, PA.CR. D. 3 JOSEPH N. WELCF Fire Insurance The OLDEST Fire Insurance Agency in Wayne County. Offlco: Second floor Masonic Build ing, over C. C. Jadwln'a drug store, Honesdnlo. This Is good weather for illos. They nro around waiting to glvo your little ono typhoid fever. Kill him and don't delay. Duy a awnttor at tho hardware storo and got busy at onco. Advertise in THE CITIZEN TRY A CENT-A-WORD Read the PROFESSIONAL CAKDS. Attorneys-at-Lnw. H WILSON, . ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW. Office adjacent to Post Office In Dlmmlcfc office. Honesdale. Pa. TJM. II. LEE, T T ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW. Office over io9t office. All legal business promptly attended to. Honesdale, Pa. 171 C. MUMFORD, L. ATTORNEY A COUNSELOR-AT-LAW, Office Liberty Hall building, opposite tbe Post Office. Honesdale. Pa. 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