Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta
TMRILLING Experience of a Passer, Who, After Swept Overboard, poughi for Hours Slaying Monsters of Ihe Deep Thai Attacked Him with a Clasp Knife NDKBW AHDEHSON wau born, .in Aaniua, Dunmark, thirty-lire y r n ago, When fourteen years old he went 'to yoa nrid he is following ths life. He wan OH t j r u :i d snya nlfJi he iwmn bo- lore he walked, for wlilch he In very thankful. Arideraon greav reader i.ntl la well informed. He t c 1 A I h11 story to represenvu- tive of this paper in Oalvwton, Texns. 'die log' books of the Nolls ement the Helton hear liln out. Ht, with a companion, adrift or. the Pa-.ifle Down for two day. but a ,rMl- water t o drink. BY AKDKEW ANDERSON1. fC..nirlcht. mill M'-ijie Kr. Co. I' DO noPknWit'hat all'! saw was R ls now to UClicvc. liwe where all Is rational anil-coin- monsters live oven In I Ho sounded depths of sen. Perhaps some of the sights which tortured my fever metal iirnln were ciilldren (if my own Imagination, lint, whatever ni.iy ho inie of the sights I. saw the things I felt were real. The great wishes cut I" ray naked body were dealt by imaginary teeth, nor was the block spiked lln that cleaved [he water close lo my side Mid cut deep Inlo my muscles a hallucination, for when'I was taken from the water my-body was tattooed, with-Jagged, wounds. I was fourteen .when I wenfto sea before the mast, willl tlie passing of the sailing vessels1 .took to steam- chips, but the life was not the same: I wns not "tied for the work. After varying fortunes 1 became a coal passer-on board the Hrlrlsb steamship Melton, bound for St. Vincent The work Isn't Hint of il seaman. more like mining. Down In il grimy; dark tunnel you lift nnd wheel and shovel Hie lilncl: food on which the groat vessel .lives, nnd tho dust chokes your nos- tril's and blinds your eyes and soaks ftto your skin when the pores ore open with perspiration. Some- limes you have to fire the boilers. Jl Is light In the boiler room, at .any rate, and the shafts pump down air that just you there must bo a real world somewhere with fresh, ness and light aud.s.m'h, ,liut evarytflmc the great fur- nace doors nre opened the heat of an inferno blasts against your dripping body "anil face. After two or three years of that you BO crazy, 'and unless you die- yoil cither rto'.some ohi5 harm or are shut up in am It was rout1 o'clock one morning, on hoard lite Mol- to'lij when, my .shift belug- relieved, I (.-limbed through one' of''the diner. Hatches to tlle fl'csh nlr and just reminded myself that here were stars ami sunrises and things that a sailorman lovea. They always'save ua .'coffee.at 'he end ot a spell In the holil, and I was iii ths liablt ot going on .deck to drink mine. We wore in n heavy sale 'bat day, and of Hie waves against the side, the sting ot the sxlt spray jii'tlio face and the black, angry, scud- ding clouds exhilarated me. With my CUP; lu ouc .hand i ieaued over the rail, watching the water surge and roll. I stood to lee- ward. Suddenly a giant mound o( water lifted the olbcr side of the vessel high above me. The deck seemed almost like a wall, rising sheer from the sea. 1. gloried In it for n fraction of a thin' the rjill dipped. A mound of water, green and cold, swashed over the side and deck. 1 was caught and misled and wrenched. I felt myself sweeping away from tile vessel. Some mysterious force dragged downward till I tboilgllt illy, lungs would burst with tiic holding ot my breath. The twisting and turning dizzied me; then as suddenly I was shot upward and thrashed wildly about at-lhc surface of the water. Jlollllig through tho seas, a heavy black itrail drag- glng low over her the Melton was pounding along under full speed. At times. I'.could see the propeller race and.churn tho water, which It only Iialf ciutclKKl. 1 knew the noise it was making and the grinding of the machinery, yet I foolishly wanted breath shouting and yelling it the top of my voice. H was the unthinking strength wasting of i madman, and when Ihe first shock of my catas- iropho bad passed I began to collect my thoughts. There was little use to yell. I hod stood entirely alone'on the duck. Nonu would mUs uie for an hour or more, and there was not tlie slightest chance of the Captain putting ba.ek, not for the life of a coal passer could tell how that tur- bulent sea, Beins nu old sailor, 1 carefully followed the course of.the vessel and I'knew that we were about two bun- dred miles from laud. In a calm sea I would perish Itself out. Dark liiirrylng patches of clouds skittled -across tliu Kkies, uiul ucri! and there glimpse of dull blue Kliowed. llglil grow, and then ull Uio glory of 811111-180, breaking Ilirongh tlio.wnlery heavens, thu .seilPv. Tlici scono was beautiful beyond description, but all warm, live loveliness struck-terror Into my- heart. Tlio light and Ihe nlr and tlie great salt sea I loved, and nil these I should have to give up for dai-liuoss and gloom and'strange surroundings In thetcrrlllc-dcptlu water. Life seemed good and 1 did uol want to loxu It. Then pii-lured Hut would en- sue, saw the battle would lie fought out there luuld nil tnat cheery light and tlie tcrrlii of the sun. 1 felt In my fancy the of Ihlrst, tlio i -Perilous' Adventures Told by 'and of Living Persons, o retain my trousers at Ihe expeuse of :i little physical fntlgue... in them was a great clasp kplfe, large enough ip bo a formidable weapon aaalnst imin or bract. Kicking strong to keep myself afloat. I man- aged to'Wrench opou llio ugly blade ami wailed for tlio return of the horror I was sura would come. With oai-h stroke of arms and legs I Imagined silmy, wriggly sides sloshing agalnsl me. The terror of suspense wns worse by far than the actual contact had been. Thru somolhlng thudded, with a live motion, against my ribs, and I would ralher have been bitten. I shuddered so that I could scarcely swim. A great black brown body lumbered lo the surface auoail of me and 1 struck out with my knife. At tho same instant a terrific pain shot up my left leg un my sulnc. Somelhiuir bail gripped Ihe flesh just above the ankle and was pulling Insist- ently. 1 doubled In tho water and stnick a terrific Mow wltb the knife. The steel 'sank Into something, which wriggled free of Ihe blade and swam away, leaving a dull, dispersing trail or red In Iks wake. Hungrily I scanned the horizon for the smoke ot a T.essel or the sunlit white of n sail. 1 shrieked and nailed aloud, and cursed the men who bad steamed ;o eaten alive. A sjenses. Some horrid flesh under my arm- the knife, and In second I thrashed and kicked lln. Into something :t of it steadied me a the ujht i lo die, to had to i tb fliisiiV'Ko was thery wbftn the kiiift; sank debp info; the creature which seemed iind .1 phrlekefl tvith terror 1 struck ..iml my. Iiniid and, arin sank, straight through the bud'y'of the thiiip. _ I'or ajrcs. ifci'seeined.-l HWIKJI In pnrsuit of a big jirtifin tliiiiff wljicli turned'a laughed lit from 'its tho red ibiru of. furnaues. liaiU.it wns to me, exhausted myself pursuing it until at last.it in the acit of switllowliigme fnded IniO'tlie air.'1.' Slimy crea tit res.play Jii tuo.wfives about me. To soiiiu 1 tried to talk, but they only jaugli.cd and mocked and 1 rased agnlnst Iliern and tried-to stab them with my knife, but in'twnUr.where 1 struck, and then. Die parts swimming fogRtlier again nnd iiKick'.'d 'I''ldaknd and the skies, 11 nd the Hcecy-clouds tantalised' my in the wilier and tho sights I the dur- fnpo were Jmlcscribable. Then I 8iiw land close by, and wondered how I bad infosed ft for so long. I was thirsty and tired and thought I must have stayed IB rwimniuif too loag. As I struck out for the shore my thoughts turned to my clotlifjs. I tried to re member where t bad left them. How was I io go home if I could not find my clothes? As 1 looked a foamy white HtreiBi cascidfld over the .side of a cliff and I could not-thioit it WHS, J Iiad not noticed'thnt ftt first. Visions of a Crazed Man. The land began to dunce toward me, then, rolled with thu motion of a ship tuid I could hear water over the fnlla. My parched tbrcMt yeemed for H. Sudtlonly (he rushing water langhed and whole scene 'disappeared. Yet I could hoar ftreani fulling over the cliff. First behind rne, then to thai sJdos, the water sounded, but -when I turned' to. look it not there. Time had coasetl and atniggled on throufh eternity of sutferinir.' Then chore located in the dis- tance a monster. Black uod JJJjrli out of the water it was, and ploughed up foam if, so fust did it forge ahead. It flw distance, but I (JutchGd my knife more (irmly and swam to meet it. Closer and closer Jt rtrrw, and Its breatJi was black nnd dirty and streninad out behind It 1 knew I must kill the thing and swam sturdily for it, I was now nnd astounded at the size of it Then I tbfJ it WHS not one monster I must fight, but many, for out from the side of the mother animal darted a floet little >viiito monster with many legs and white sides. This I swam toward to despatch It before atUcklni: the greater ouc. As it approached It rbiircd with many voices arid Its many legjs churned the water. One of Ihe voices roared In a sing-song, regular manner, and I tliougnL had heurd something of the kind before. Then we closed. Viciously I stubbed with my knife.; but It struck a side like steel iind WHS battered frouT my hand. Now all would he over. In a dreamy way I felt something warm and strong wrapped about my body. I knew 1 gasped as I was lifted from the wntcr.'imd thmi I saw a pair of thy ijycs of :i man; the eyes of my own Uiml. That was (he last I remembered- I nwokfc In n cabin of Urn UrHfsli steamship' Xolirftment, bound for llnaiuis Ay res. I had lost my knife attacking the wooden side of the whale boat wlilcli had neon sent lo drug me from the sea. Cnp- taln VOUIIK luld me It was only by chance the first mate had sighted me had watched me for an hour through, tin; glass, thinking I was some strange tish. The Xollsonicnt had passed Uiu Melton At six o'clock In morning, two lioura after I bad fallen firom the vessel. The log of shows tbat'l was pinked nt half-past nine in Ihe morning, t w'us In tho water tivo hours nnd .a. half. 1 say where tlm veal and the imiglaivy, bfiUles liiignn 1 do not know, but my wounds wero' i-eal j enough and gave the surgeon of the NoUseincnt deal oC trouble.