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over the antenna switch for transmitting
started to send out a distress call. "Dit--
barked the quenched gap as Prescott
cautiously and breathlessly formed the
dots and dashes and sent this message:
"U.S.S. Alaskan heading for mussel
shoals. Captain and mate attempt to sink
boat and escape with money on board.
As he finished the message a sudden
jar of the ship knocked Prescott off his
feet. A sound of a ship's hull striking
sand was heard. The ship shook from
stern to stem, and he knew that the
crash had split the bow in two. Frantically
he sent out another S.O.S.
"Alaskan hit Mussle Shoals and sink-
ing fast. Bow under water and crew im-
prisoned below. All life boats smashed."
The ship was now sinking rapidly.
Prescott ran to the port hole and saw
that the water was covering the ship. He
knew that immediate help was the only
thing that could save anyone. Running
back to his set, he heard the British Ship
"Peebles," She was coming to their res-
cue. He breathed a sigh of relief, and
cz refully picking his way below, Prescott
planned a way to free the imprisoned
crew. As he reached the last step of the
ccmpanionway, he came face to face
with the captain. Suddenly the Alaskan
gave a mighty shake. She rose up on her
nose, and, with a last effort to right
herself, she slid silently into the sea,
making the innocent suffer for the guilty.
When the English ship "Peebles"
reached the spot in grey dawn an expanse
of undisturbed sea greeted the captain's
eyes. Somewhere there at the bottom
lay the Alaskan and her crew. The real-
ization that he had come to late surged
thru the captain and he turned away
from the bridge to go below. As he did
so, a dark object, bobbing persistently at
the ship's very side, attracted his notice.
Quickly ordering the crew to investigate,
he hurried to the lower deck and stood
waiting by the rail. The object proved to
be one of the Alaskan's victims, and as
the sailors lifted the half-conscious man
to the deck they found, tied about his
neck, a sack of money in which was the
treasury record kept by the ship's com-
pany. The name found in the wallet was
that of John Prescott, chief operator of
the U.S.S. Alaskan.
Charles Vanoncini '23
I was sitting half asleep in a rocking
chair, petting the Persian cat and trying
to study my history. Her purring was so
loud and different from that of other
cats that I began to wonder. Suddenly
the purring took on a new note and be-
came more like a foreign language, then
it changed into good American. This is
what she said:
"You say I am a cat. Well, Iam and
also the Princess Hathu.You know that
the Egyptians, thousands of years ago
believed that when a person died his soul
was transformed into the body of some
"I lived thousands of years ago in
Egypt. My father's palace was near the
delta of the Nile among tall palm trees.
You have no idea of the splendor of the
palaces built by large numbers of slaves
taken captive in the wars waged by my
famous father. Many times with him I
have ridden on expeditions to discover
unknown countries. The results of these
expeditions were all carved on the walls
of the temple.
"As a child I was instructed in
geometry and arithmetic. Iabominated
both, but loved the music of the pipes
and harp in which I was very excellent."
"We had beautiful boats rowed by
negro boatmen, andI was attended by
negro women on my pleasure trips. On
such occasions we often gathered the lo-
tus flowers to decorate the palace and
"We had large glass manufacturing
plants, and colored glass much better
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But the mate had scoffed, while
Prescott pressed his ear against a crack
in the wall. "Pooh, never mind that
fellow, he's perfectly harmless. Those
wireless guys don't know anything, ex-
cept sparks and dots and dashes. I'll
take the wheel at ten or when it gets
good and dark, and you have the boat
ready. When you signal I'll lash the
wheel and head her for the shoals. After
that we'll strike out for land. It's only
twenty miles east, and then we'll hit for
South America or Alaska. Easy as fall-
ing off a log, I call it."
The captain had aquiesced, "Sure
that'll be fine, I'm expecting foggy wea-
ther in a few days and then we'll turn
the trick. You see that the wireless is out
of commission in case that Prescott fel-
low should get wise to us."
Prescott laughed to him self as he
thot of it. "Going to sink the ship and
then beat it with the money. Well, I'll
see if I can't have a little fun out of this
too. I wonder whose money they have on
board. It must belong to the company.
That old crook of a captain will get sal-
vage off the Alaskan too. I'd like to send
him up for this."
He sat down in his chair and put the
receivers on his head. The air was empty
and after he had given his position to
K.F.S., the Federal Telegraph Co's sta-
tion in San Francisco, Prescott threw
over his antenna switch for transmitting
and called N.P.G., the station at Mare
Island, and asked for the U.S.W.B. N.
P.G. gave him the report and Prescott
took it to the second mate, who had the
watch at that hour.
"I guess we are due for some foggy
days," the mate replied to his query
about the weather.
"Yes and I bet something is going to
happen," answered Prescott.
Two days later, after slow progress,
the "Alaskan" was off cape Mendocino
and the barometer was falling. About
eight o'clock that night Prescott gave his
position to Radio N. P. W., Table Bluff,
as 256 miles north of San Francisco.
A dense fog was coming in from the
west and soon the ship was enveloped in
a grey mist. One could not see ten feet
The mate called the captain and
said, "Everything is ready to turn the
trick tonight. "
"All right," the captain said, "I'll
get the money .and lower a boat and
send the crew below, on some pretext,
and you go and cut the wires so as to
stop any messages Prescott might send
In the meantime Prescott was at his
set calling Table Bluff for radio compass
hearings. As he signed off he noticed
the antenna ammeter drop to 1 ampere,
and finally his set went out of commis-
sion. Generally the ammeter read 18
amperes with a 2 k.w. and Prescott won-
dered what had happened. "Ah ha,"
he exclaimed, "I bet it's the mate trying
to cut my lead in. I'd better go out and
He stepped out side the door and
looked at the antenna. The lead in was
dangling in the air and he knew that the
mate had done his trick. He stepped a-
round the corner of the radio room
where the lead in enters the wall through
a large bushing insulator, and at the foot
of the bridge steps he saw a man lying
prone on his face clutching a pair of wire
cutters. Prescott turned the body over
and the outline to the third mate's face
could be seen distinctly. What a sight!
The electrical shock had turned the face
purple and his hands were badly burned.
Prescott tried to take the cutters from
his grasp but the cold hand held them so
tight that he could not move a finger.
Leaning down, Prescott put his hand over
the mate's heart. He did not feel a pulse
or any sign of life. Suddenly steps were
heard behind him, and Prescott saw the
captain carrying a satchel. Quietly he slid
out of sight.
Hurreidly fixing the lead in, Prescott
ran to the wireless room, and, throwing
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than can be done to-day. All the nations
came to Egypt to get treasures of glass
and brightly polished stones.
"We had no paper like that which
you have now, but used papyrus man-
ufactured from a reed which grew in
the marshes along the Nile.
"There were three forms of writing:
the hieroglyphics or picture writing, the
hieratic, a simplified form used in man-
uscriptsg and another form which was
still more simple.
"Our cloudless, brilliant skies at
night sparkled with stars: hence many
men studied the heavenly bodies and
could tell by their movements the times
of the annual overflow of the Nile.
These men were the ones who divided
the year into 365 days of twelve months.
"You would like me to tell you about
the embalming, I know, but you would
weary of hearing about the long process.
The wealthy people were preserved by
costly aromatic and resinous substances
and wrapped in bandages of linen. The
face was sometimes gilded or covered
with a golden mask. Since this would
cost about 31,000 of your money, the
poor could not afford it. Instead, they
were salted and dried, then wrapped in
"I was condemmed to death because
I opposed the cruel oppression of my fa-
ther and his brothers who burdened his
poor subjects in building the immense
monuments of stone which had to be
transported for hundreds of miles. These
pyramids were fitting tombs for our
family, but my sympathies were with
the poor laborers.
"I was condemmed to die in spite of
all my prayers to the Great Osiris and
my soul entered the hody of a cat. My
mummy rested in one of the great Pyr-
amids which was ravaged by some sou-
venir-hunting Americans who took me to
a museum. I was hunting for this so that
I could enter the mummy again, for my
time has nearly expired."
Just then my book fell to the flcor
and I started up surprised to find I had
Here after, my cat will be Princess
llathu and I will treat her with all res-
pect. The daintiest morsels will be hers
and the softest cushions will be her bed.
Kathleen Anderson '24
Uhr llnmunrr nf ei tbhnut.
On my last tour through Spain I
stopped at La Manska. The little town
was in a turmoil. Every one whom you
met hastened to ask if you had heard of
the ghost which haunted the Alhambra.
My interest got the better of me and I
set out at once for the palace.
Upon my arrivalI was met by an
old Spanish lady who, with her husband
and daughter, occupied the Alhambra.
Others, she declared, were frightened
away by the ghost which, whining and
groaning, paraded every night through
the rooms and halls. She told me that
they had made up their minds to move,
but one night the ghost had swooped
upon them, and had declared that they
would be haunted the rest of their days
if they left the palace.
Entering the Alhambra, I was intro-
duced to the daughter, a beautiful Span-
ish maid who captured my heart at once.
She was not only most beautiful,but her
eyes were very sad and there were traces
of grief in every feature. Sorrow is not
usually a becoming garment, but she
wore it as a queen wears precious stones.
My first night in the palace was
terrible. The ghost rampaged wildly
shrieking and moaning in a blood curdl-
ing way. Itried to forget it and to fix
my thoughts on the Spanish maid whose
name was Jacinta. My admiration for
her was unlimited and I thought it a
shame for her to be in the palace where
this mad thing was tearing about.
The next day as I walked aboutl
ran into an old servant and soon was
hearing Jacintafs history. She had al-
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