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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 21, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta VEST of a Sunken Treasure Trove Led the. Unstts peeling Man to. the Monster's' Lair in the Hold of a' Wreck Sixteen Fathoms Deep story, concerning one of the strangest I and most1 desperate single combata of thero is knowledge, is one of the best yarns of 'Captain Albeit Ilenriraann, who has- now retired, after more than forty years of 1 'active faring, to _. Sailors' Snug Harbor, Stateii Island. For some. time nfter he gave up running vessels. in the merchant innrine he was agent .for Jihe .San Francisco Ecard of Marine UnderwriLerG. lu this position he had charge of the .Northern district, out of Sau Francisco, examination and salvage of 'wrecks along the Pacific coast -to Behring Sea falling "to 'his care. -He worked' among his own divers, one of whom was the this tale, and Captnin Heninjann vouches 'for the details of the en- counter which "Lou" had' with the giant octo- ''pus, as herein described. fcy th> New Yort Co.' All ricbts 11EASURE of sunken doV I- lar-V 0" Jhc.'. reef, that ,'ljns drawn and will tl ra w-men to the uttermost parts of the through ami and saml -and ice and storm', through crime and death. the will the -wisp of the seas; Unit has danced aud will dauce In tbe eyes of aJl who have the lust of romance, ad- venture nnd'red gold. bleak- bluffs of. 'cape '-Blanco. where.. the misnamed Pacific: ranges 'In white shore- ward- ranks-above one of its'" deadly 'HHCcle ship bud_ gone clown Awrecks. She had cleared 'from San Francisco almost a half ceritiiry in the days When California was send- ,5ns sreat, consignments of berruilcly wealth of the'Horn: Fast locke'd in her .chests were bars upon bars of the" pure, soft naetnl.. Buffeting Into a., tempest far 'beyonrj her power to meet... she U riven for days northward, to crumble on the rocks at Bianco and iuM .-moiht-r to the tragedies of the oarly But in her Electric light in diving operations was uukuown at that time. Lou.depended upon his of touch ami the faint, lie: had -gro.ppd and waded or so. ivhon lie-found his progress'imiK'defl :by n'tuound of i.'jatcrliil' of some y graveyards, a amous the forgotten. vp.gue, misty twilight place ho caught n dim glimpse of ..the fearful enemy that had so cunningly waylaid him. ]ji the wall, across the hold', cargo or .sediment or bulkhead, us it ralght' JJG, in the that bad burred his path, he Ktiw two round flue eyes. bfdeqiis, 'malignant, terrible. It was itu octopus- of eyorjnous size, aud wedged1 there in Its crevice It watched him "with unwinking hate hunger; prey. The quality, of olem.eutal feasteduponbiiu in anticipation. Witli-a quJver of repulsion awl terror "Lou'forced -liiqis-elf to fionie degree of control, resistance .could win him "nothing. He .-wns fighting against a own, and, inoro than thai, he was b'rain. fast locked, was still" the pure. soft on bars, am! the story of her loss iad passed mtn tradition In the swift growth of the new country, arid the sorrow of it had faded to a.curl- pus..-tale, memory.of. her. wealth remained.- Tho llst'bf'ber dead "was but ftbf 'ivelght' of her Kiiipmeut was known to an ounce..-And so from a word.of sadness herr name passed into the years as au- ottier lure-to those who dream on treasure In the sens. Off the CHhe she My, though, the exact spot had never been learned, and of che'rlepHis watciied over her while restless seek'ers plied and urged one flQOtber with the oft Repeated richness of her--niani- fcst, ani-the. Pacific-ranked nbove. ._' A. company was.formed In San Francisco .to be in- vestigated, and he began a cautious prow! about the drr-Ii, 'fcoling his the niaxe of marino thicker. He dtecoverwl "nothing that could aid came to the main hatch. It was open. Standing tiicro on the he peered down into the biack wnicry mystery of tim hold. EVPH to the unemotional Lou tliero was a moment of pleasurable expectation as he prepared to swing oiT Into the lower depths, for WBS the fascira- t'on of his traiie. jVnytbing might lie hidden within thi; ribs of tho foundered ship. She mic'it prove after nil lo he the treasure carrier. She might he some even richer ilnd. a calieon freighted with doubioous He into the ooze with his r.x-r hail to surmount, whether thubors or rlirsis. or. perchance, baled .stnir, Ansl a? lie stood in tin1 hril'linp of this cavorn he feU s'lau'tiilnir Hirht ainl ireutle :is :i caressiuj- slip ulouy iiisluot and close ubuut his nukie. The Monster's Attack. Lou. possibly, i-nt ns nicrt as ii more nervou-! would have- in a likfe situation. He t'orrr.inl no fears f tin? (loop ami the creepinc: that lurked thore Ho Jau.diPil at PtnrifS tif tk-r Jidveniurc flu1 ocean world as tales to frui'ilon vhildro'.j. has tlni; ftvit: iVi-ucd kiiTfe as a iisiui! ;virl of Iii? equipment ;i> a tonl lauiripd or the deep water So it was tluit for pi-rii.ii's a minute he friod to i'r'o liis iivn with otlicr thought than lie be- Then, like n Olric.i :i dim object whipped across his vision and his wnN; wa? seizpcl it) firm, embrcvc. ITo Ivick at that'tor.ob Instanr- ly the bond ;ip.ii whilr? .swift ns another .Icslicd towani Intu and closed about bis thicii. There was Tor IP. the aasp of hor- ror with which hi- understood !ie snatched bis kuife from bis belt in i.hf action his haRil CJIUK: apitast the sljppcry. viscous his body. It was cliill jjtvl rcpejiiut, snakelikc and muscu- lar. It awoke to n frenzy of loathinc. despair and action. up his weapon, he slasboil at the that. uripp-il him. with Uic ni'-lioii a fourth 1hong writhed out of the shadows and across his c'ic-si. his left arm Iiolpiessly. His instinct was to break away instantly, from tbL- captivity. he st.rug- madiy. striking without direction, bending his his weight back ward, he set. -iliout severing the from whiclt in.- sutteren most, tliat wuicn his chest and left :irm. lie knew now why bis luul wrought no dainasc-. TliL- skin of tin- devil tish w.-is like wet leather in texture and touyh ns wire under the Tlie knife, none too sharp. pressed Into H; it pivc. but did iiot part. With