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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta DAILY HERALD a 'Plucky Ameritan Swam After a Vengeful Mowboat, Captured It in a Desperate Com- and Thus Was Enabled to Rescue His Comrades dorsal flu cutting the water tike a broad knlfo point mil, bj (Up NOT York lU-rnia CD. All WJtem'il. jjAPTAIN HOBACE SHERMAN, one of E the oldest sea adventurers who have come port In comfort at Sailors' Snug r, hue many good yarno of hla experiences, was a whaler for some forty years and Is t ,survivor of times that have passod Into dim tradition. In hifc day .he- famed for tlio nuccessful. voyages lie had made and for Ills remarkable skill'in pursuit of: the prey. Ha Jias seen'shipwreck, arctic perils and scores of encounters with and adventure 'enough-to satisfy fifty i', but is still sound ii'ntl sturdy at eighty-four, The story ho likes '.b.'est to tell IB the capture of tho whaling fleet by ,tlie Shenandotth, tho Confederate privateer, when the crows were crowded aboard a few of ihe poorest vessels, and the rest of the "ships, with their valuable stores of oil, went up in smoke. But more remarkable in his personal history is tho tale his visit to the Galapagos Island, In 1848. the belaying plu was uo uxtenuutloil, for the JMaor! was not the man to accept attentions of the kind from nny one below tlw rank of an oflicer. At the Tropical Island. como tlw't'tvay headed Horn, There wns no "Who can naked thp mute. fortheni, but they anlupeU siild Sherinan, but I'lrrrc and the Dune juriMU nlth his course Hut be felt the presence, of time by, looking the contents of the bnri'ul. ubool: their heads! Like many gullum they had never 'more. It was not the warning of sight that told'hlm. reading thumbing -tho. imckugcs curiously learnoiUlmt prized of landsmen. lint the Instinct of the bunted. He was surrounded. 05 and envying luckier'-obcsWlib would here pick up gahi, the mutt, Hitting down hoinllj slnrka 'Jiicj all nldM of him uniting, readj cheering'word. Then back for the boat, "YOU could never work thioiigh that'jungJo and to snatch him under held oft onlj bj tho violence ot Ills movements and tlie smother be lashed about-blm, Kaw'hla.wtts sliyullng and Icnplug H'lth frantic delight, The Battle at the Boat. meaning' tit row across to the larger island mid those rocks und signal the bark In time, up quarters 'or their turtle hunt. men, said the Dane stupidly. The way led up a slight rise that hid the crnft from came the shout from dm Maori, them. The mate WHS ahead. As la- came to tho sum- 'nicy watched the boat out from thy laud, mlt tho, others heard him bellow anil they joined him' swory polyglot oaths. The lient was Intense, at a run. 'The same thought came to them all at the moment. I'lio boat was ducking on tho ground swell soms They were thirsty. There no water. And In Kawhla responded .by drawing a knife and turning nfly fcct fl.mjl there, standing in her itantly thirst Increased; became Intolerable, n torture, a nipllap that landed him on Pierre's In p. Before lie and waving dorfslye gestures, wus the Maori. Sherman hail been st Hiding apart his eyes on could get action, however, the second mute Interfered XevM-'was recovery more sudUen or couvlucing. They ihe retreating boat ho wilkcl to the oirs, for tbe second time. Springing, from the stern -sheet M he grabbed the Maori's abandoned oar and brought It down on Knwhln's shoulder. Just beside, tbe neck, it was a neat blow and well planted, Kawhla collapsed. Pierre was for finishing him on the spot, but the inuto would.not have It, and so the Maori lay among foot of the rowers for the rest of tbe journey to the post office, and Pierre was forced to content bis soiil wlUi driving bis heel surreptitiously into Kawhin's ribs. TJicy got about noon to th office stood. It was ri a' light, did not'.umlcrsfand at first, "Hey, you lubber, wbat'ro you doing out shouted tbe .mate. "Jtow bat'k horo. and he quick it bout lt.'v -1 The Maori did a very-creditable imitation of a shullle. Atf Sherman brushed tbe tangle of net hair from eves oiul whipped info another spurt In the frenzy terror lie'notlewl sometliliis, -Tho distance be- him uid the bo i 'lad (shortened The rtpplen that finwlcd upon the ground STvell were smoother nns falling A tii yns sojit islion, n ihe surf boat. The Minerva, bark, had left New Bedford on n, whaling voyage early In 1S43. It was IIOTV near the rml pf the year and she had at Charles Island of tho Galapagos well ofyhe bend where the coast-of .South America sweep's nround to the Isthmus, i The Galapagos still form one of the mysteries of tiie rartli and afford naturalists and geologists material ror n uch spcuititijii but in tho veil ifi-iS the} were tie etiang st 'ind loneliest bits of lind in the seven seas There use'd three of tlu isl uids for p nnl s el agents but the prlsoneil hid deputed with their Jailers and the little clustei of )lcino penl s wis left to the turtles ind foitolses tint pi} an It i imi c and to tht, weird pi inK tuil inodKes that found there and JIG plate else in thp 1} orld J he w Intel paused off the benches OCCT ElonnHy to make repairs.or gather terrapin. -But th? only institution 'of the Galiipagbs that gave them-au Impoitancc was the post oflic Tlic postipfficfi was a-barrel. It was bound with Iron bnmls1 in the shelter of the rocks ou a tiny- islet bounded on', till'sides by the sea. Its roof was a hinged head that shed the heavy mists that uo duty for rain-in the Galapagos, and its postmaster was a land-wltb a sailor's eagerness, leaped ashore a handy club about three feet long calmly to "trip after him' he said almost qualities a man as a creature of the sea, "Are jcm j was no hanging back now, no resenlng of jiower or nuMe in He was headed for boat ind [mining with every trick and twist liuew I'orspood. Ho closed tbe leaps, bringing his free up over .his head In long sweeps und plunging llke-a porpoise at-every stroke. had, ceased to shout... He was soarchlng hoit foi i weapon Uhe boat made for is ell and bolldh built, no loose Btrlpt boards to cnnie luai In and upset in the surf QLUers was: nothing, on board biit the tiro ;watcr iMaori, in wrath, hca'ved one of tlfese rcndj Shennan was pausing for no itek The sharks ahoufc him. He could never swim back to the sabre'' in safety. The boat meant not only "the rescue of bis comrades but his fromJustant and terrlbla He swnm with his eves on the Maori. ICawbiaV wfth UK? cask poised, gauged the closing distance. Then, with n thrust of all bis body, he launched it fuli at Sherman. As tho unwieldy missile hurtled toward him (the white man checked and dived deep. The cask splashed into, tho sea, nnd up through the foam cama the face of Sherman. He struck out again for the boat. But the Maori was not yet ready for the grapple. He snatched up the second cask, juggling it as lightly an If At hud been "a cardboard toy. He was almost over Sherman 'tis 'he dropped it. The -white boy dodged aside and went down. This time he did not recppenr, and the Maori-witched the fleece ringed spot as disturbance subsided. She.nuan was unlmi't. He swam under water, feel- ing h naj beneath tbe keel and came up cautiously on tht other the stein The first Intimation tbfe Maoil hud of his wastwhcn the boftt'Vaa tilted Molentlj and he "w hlrlcd to flnd the naked, stieamlug body of the white Inlf over tho gunwale With a yeirhe" Sung at'SheVman. The white boy was balanced on the edge but hafl not jet Secured his hold and swas in rib posItloiiUo wrestling with the powerful M ion Hcjuis weakened by his iong swim, inn Kiwhla wib quite capable of dragging him to the dt-iiths at the sacrifice of his o-.n life He threw himself clem of the boat, swinging oat with hla club and fitting the Maori a smart blow over elbow as Kawhla grabbed for At a safe distance he paused and the two. men ghucd at each othei Presently Sherman Disappeared beneath the surface and once more the po gucijS of liis notions Ihen begra a' strmnge game Shermin coming up close to the boat, sought to con- ceal himself until he could take other at a dis Kan bin, rrnnllng from side to side nnd from bow to stern, tried to keep track of bloi; Twice Ivawhla's clutching fingers slipped from Sherman's flesh is the Maori sought to gut a throttling hold I3ach tlino the white boy won clear and nent down, ind the sinnge was left to chatter bis ivrath and Then he began .They had no word cither of encouragement in ad- for tbe PIncc tluU vice to offer him as be stood on the shore.-naked in-tbe conic up. sunlight Norba'd they any when he .w'aded.into Ibo Ibe Maori, wiought up by his inability to comt> to water and presently lay foiwnrd and began to swim, grips, became Incautious In his rage and disappoint- carrying the club In life left Imml The think- was ment lie rim about tbe boat, rocking it and veiling' but It was thch only hope They sat on He rcndy at the nut while they watched. .Sherman wa6 a ropy, litl.e Hmbefl boj, toughened bv Thc'Maon.TH Wrath, Heaved One'of These Up and'Stood "Fia turtle of falmlons age which led "a hermit existence about ihe shores and: was never curious about Imncl- A ship snlllng. those jonely waters left nmil at the post office and-took thence all letters addressed to points toward.'w'hlchJts course would be laid. 'Ships to the whaling grounds brought'to the post thereabouts, and ships homeward bound stopped to t.ike-on messages posted in by rthose that still c'rufscd with empty Jioiils, "H.'was a leisurely office, that of the Galapagos. Letters sometimes, rested, in .Its care for months, for years, before coming to the hands they wore meant for! And--some never came 'to those hands, but-re- mained In the post office uu.til they decayed to pulp This office'was'its own dead letter department.. and pulled the boat up on the strand. Sherman and the mate'were concerned with Kawhiu. The Maori refused to move. He lay stretched ou the bottom of the boat with bis eyes closed, breathing he yelled, "go hale." definite and quite intelligible. The "Come back 'here." "Go repeated ICawhia, "all go hale." se of nis foe to sprmg tbe rocks'; the three of them; and fought off their thirst "P011 ulm' him ln and with iiim But he could not find Sherman The is hits boy, able to follow Kaubia's movements by the life, sod an Dimmer Lungs and ler lu> Wraself coraplet.lj, muscles bad- boon tested In many a race aud ftollc lu the awrn and dialing hldnelt Hi undei corcr llic surf rind lie was as much at Iiome in tlie water as Maori caino that v a He hit out the driftins boat with long, He united Ills chance and, Kawfcl. bad: easy strokes, content to map his attack upon the Maori to b01v, slipped afong tbe swell of UK .Ide imid wliea ho should come wituln distance llMn. catchlns the gunwale h. pulled Kawhla had Inut'lial to see a white man stirt in backw-ud The llaori standing up and peeiiBB pursuit and he laughed mqre while Mierman swept over tbe oUi" It" Imw Tke listing of smoothly on. And presently tho nuisuei saw that ciaft toot him be was thrown Irom his Knwhla' mii'bt well Innjrb for he as Kamiuc not nn ancc and spiawled cr tliy edge, liuldlug on and trying to himself baclc S.erman up 1 in land tint tbe breeze played upon her smartly and she one smooth beave aud ivlth his club raised at was ducking merrily awaj on the pound swell It the Maori before he wm In posture of dofente Ho m on oaov hnalnoeo Tho hm wlsflv had no more compunction In striking than if he hail from him. Sherman suited .tat he might be -u -interrupted. can't row bad, I took the tolN, an been witu tt nlartman H, brought h- club hard, and they could get no sign of consciousness The mate was about to explode again, when Sher- oars out." "What'd you do that seriously injured. Tho mate held that Kawhia was shflinming, nnd proceeded to prove it and to cover an unacknowlpdged anxiety In the same direction by ap- plying some of Pierre's treatment. Still the Maori that's what he's (loliig right now without the oars." did not budge. f Watching the dancing figure' of the.cxuitnnt Maori "He's insisted Sherman, who winced n't the brutality, but could not protest. "He's he will be if lie. don't got out. of said the mate. ITe pounded the Maori, pinched him, head, aud the for did, eh, said ,he mate, ou hlu, Tlie wind to speak of, the airs ibout the islands false "Because I'thought he might try "to maroon us, and and shifting arid it must be bis to aiMtit a turn of ensib in the cool blue fll cnrtaln upon coming on like the falling of a i copper Sbermiin they eon kl sec-that the light land breeze was slowly Abovi him blazed the sun in the burning brass finished tsiiiff the Maoil bh. belt tud bad .....account of his position The lind brceza time to t twisted his cars.'without result. Kawhia lay like a log, his tattooed face with the Tbe suffered In the pas- chevroned lixed ns tho moments of tagc from the last port, Cullao, was 'to remain off Charles Island fOr- u week or more, while her top- toward the shore Aftei restlntf and making sure thftt Kawhla, who bamper was oyerhanled ami whs prepared for the next leg in pursuit of the whales. Four.mcm .were told olT, under command of the 'second to visit the post lettct'S amVget the Minerva's nmil If any. On their wny back they were to have shore liberty, lo paint the town red (gentle and to gather up a turtles, to which tlie Captain WHS partial: '1'hey were not oxpecle.d to return, for four or Ove days. Ity some mischance, as' said, the Caplain Included' both Pierre and the Mnori hi the inail The others wcro a big, biird headed, slow wlttorl Dan In the crew, i one of his.own carved idols. ij.clipi like that couldn't Jay out a man'like the male., It seemed scarcely likely. Tlie Maori was hardy, strongly built, mid the "blow had not fallen to knock him out of his senses. "Pcrhapy he's gone under with the suggested commanded flic mnte. Tbe only answer was a laugh. "Where d'yon think you're mute. Again the Maori laughed and waved his arms with a wild sweep. "You be called back, "All damn die. All go hale." And (lien they understood. Tho savage, with the single devotion of bis wild nature to revenge, meant to carrying the craft The 9trip of blue water no, fallen and the all from each Instant. Sw b" nt'-tbd boat. They each other. But. could not abandon that, hlb sole weapon against what still they could not grasp Iliis thing. must bo very long odds if It came to fighting the "Kawhia, you jump ami swim asl.ore wHh that .islet was far behind after he bad MS urn for hours to and legardlug him wlU, He could no longer distinguish his compinloiis on thr could not molest him, he wsnt outboard rock Always, last ahead of him, Iho boit Jhjtrcd and pilnter mid so hastcnL-d fLe return It was tllrk who i shouted tbe weltered in the gentle wash home on by the persistent he balled the iskt, after hailne been in tbe Wlter, oft breeze. At times IK gained upon It, again he fell and on, foi more than eight Husky and un behind, nut lie beld on qulotH, resen Ing ills stoidy voices icnched him In sn.wer, atlast be got strength wltbni his deptb He stagffred up the shore, to fall Kawhia mocked the punuei until he uns'tliefl etlmugted and to sleep the night throufh without mo- 1'bo.white mnn gave lio sign Jbtn Kahlua luj down on a tlnvart aiid amused hinWelf nltb a so iff of his achievement in haunting nnbal minors, He ibin- doiicd this, however, when lie nolijfil that the ubite the iriorning the tlnee atheii, leaving Kawlm, Hig from the spot he had fallen Forgiving the Savarc Revenge of the Maori. standing In the bow, gesticulated wildly stabbing with They took it In" with slow coniprohciidion, what It bis forefinger toward the water bheimm rend the would menu In 1 In-ill. no on tho islet filininent slcu liiliKUnce bpforc he before ItWis over Uie revolt of Kawhii Ind bn threshed ovorfnnd settled It w is considered that tho what Kaubl'i Maori uas a ihit he was onfimrilj the nd cheeilest of shipmates and that he h id been driven J knew that the about tin Gall to extremes under rt ptovocution Sherniau.J pngos wei'o Infested with tho wolves of the sea. He brought about a of these earnest! hnd known It ami had fought the knowledge from blm. pleadings, and .at his insistence reconciliation was Jit! threw a despairing glance back-ward. There was fected. Pierre made a formal apology, every one shook, bfs companions, time enough and to sparo for all to perish on that lift help. Ho was miles from tlu; land. Then ho hands with Kawhla, and when th'ey came back- to the. The' po'stmavior was not visible, but (he office was blnr.lnq rock of thirst. They stared out over the heard Knwhla laugh ngnlu. and ho sttnck out lashing ship the loss of an oar, which they hid burn mis-, was Pior.-e's second exhibition of bad opened transncted. A tuindlo of letters strait, Kawhla's clamor of I' tn his own strange the sea to a foam about him. He'swnm with all his laid on tho lurtlo hunt, wns the only Indication iiidzmcnt, 'i'lie fnct thai his head was still sore from for homo left for the ne.-t vessel tJat should tonsue rlnehic In their ears.' ttrenjth now, ticking and splashins. Once he glimpsed adventure which hail nearly cost them their As they stepped ashore Sherman, ghiuciiii' back, KIT.V. the eyelids of 1he stricken man quiver. Ho slopped. ICawhla was again as still ns nil .linage, not so nliich as a bhnlu of grass or any growth except bail sten. and his limbs grew suddini) si ick with fe it1 Sherman, movn'l bv a sudden thought, climbed back gome dwarfed cacti. Xn rafns fall .upon the shores The trouble began again as soon as they had rowed 'jigalnand picked up the oarp. These he carrjed ashore of the Uahip.'igos, the larger Islands depending for wrolind n hcadbind out of sight of Ibo hark. Pierre and with a last look at the motionless Maori went on moisture upon tho Ion- clouds tbat gather ,'ibout their wlisTrowing on (he ibw.-irt forward of Raivhla and, n'.ia "'e rofi-T H" stowed them rnvay safely peaks. They would not loolml for within five days, took advantage of that posiljon lo kick the Maori in ;