Arcata High School - Advance Yearbook (Arcata, CA)

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over the antenna switch for transmitting started to send out a distress call. "Dit-- dit---dit---dah--dah--dah---dit--dit--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. Help--hurry. " 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 25 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 lirinrnm lllathu 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 animal." "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 temple. "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 ahead. 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 out. 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 see. 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 24



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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 coarse mats. "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 ' 26 been asleep. 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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