The Wapanucka Press (Wapanucka, Okla.), Vol. 21, No. 29, Ed. 1 Friday, December 9, 1921 Page: 3 of 8
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w A P A N UCKA PRESS
PETER B. KYNE
Copyright, by Peter B. Kyne
— aAuthor of II-
HICKS AND FLAHERTY ON VEN-
Synopsis.—Captain Phlneas P. Scraggs
ftas grown up around the docks of San
Francisco, and from mess boy on a river
steamer, risen to the ownership of the
Bteamer Maggie. Since each annual In-
•pectlon promised to be the last of the old
weatherbeaten vessel, Scraggs naturally
has some difficulty In securing a crew.
When the story opens, Adelbert P. Glbney
likable, but erratic, a man whom nobody
but Gcragss would hire, Is the skipper.
Neils Halvorsen, a solemn Swede, consu-
med It to the counter, wet his tarry
index fitter and started turning the
pages In a vain search for the Ameri-
can steamer Yankee Prince. Presently
he looked up at Jack Flaherty.
"Flaherty," he said, "I think you're
The same to you and many of
them," Flaherty replied, not a bit
abashed. "You said she was an eight
"I never went so far as to say Pd
Sy^lSf o'^^bnTtyTe -„endadrcdUthder °Yr,aJ ^
relsns In the engine room. With this i " r n her tonnage, show-
motley crew and his ancient vessel, Cap- got the fragments of a con-
den truTVoVnHTfmin0nre,lKhtl^f,ar- 8c£nce,,eft" Hl<** defended himself.
Francisco. The Inevitable hap^ns ?the ^ b°°k W,Ul ° Sigh Bn(1
MagRle going ashore In a fog A P' d 11 hapk On the shelf, Just as
passing vessel hailing the wreck, ' Mr. the door Opened to admit no less
£ £ancUcodthVthl°?MK 7Wny W afe than Bartholomew McOuf-
a"1' 8econd assistant, third assistant
wiper, oiler, water-tender and stoker
of the S. S. Maggie. With a brief nod
to Jack Flaherty Mr. McGuffey ap-
proached Dan Hicks.
"I been lookin' for you, captain," he
"Here's where we collect the tow-
age bill on the S. S. Yankee Prince,"
Dan Hicks Informed him, and leaped
from the bulkhead straight down at
?|r' G,bney- Jack Flaherty followed.
Mr. Glbney welcomed Captain Hicks
with a terrific right swing, which
missed; before he could guard, Da
Hlckij had planted left and right
where they would do the most good
and Mr. Glbney went into a clinch to
save himself further punishment.
"Scraggsy," he bawled, "Scragg
sy-y-y! Help! Murder! It's Hicks
and l< laherty I Bring an ax!"
He flung Dan Hicks at Jack Fla
herty; as they collided he rushed In
and dealt each of them a powerful
poke. However, Messrs. Illcks and
Flaherty were sizeable persons and
while, indlviduaJly, they were
match for the tremendous Glbney
That'll do, bosun," Glbney thun-
dered. Then, In his natural voice, to . >
Scraggs: "All set, Scraggsy. Guess I nnnounced. "Say, I hear the chief o
we're ready to be pulled off. Get down the APhrodIte's goln' to take a three
in the engine room and stand by for months' layoff to get shet of his rheu-
full speed ahead when I give the rnat,sm- Is that straight?"
word." "I believe it is, McGuffey."
"Quick ! Hurry!" Scraggs entreated "w®". say, Pd like to have a chance
as he disappeared through the little "unstitoot for him. You know my
engine-room hatch, for the tide was cnPablMtIes, Hicks, an* If it would be
now at the tip of the flood and the a*reeab,e to you to have me for your
Maggie was bumping wickedly and chlef your recommendation would go
driving further up the beach. Mr. Gib- a, lonK way toward landin' me the Job.
ney turned his stovepipe seaward and rd 8ure make them engines behave."
•houted: "Tugboats, ahoy!" "What vessel have you been on late-
"Ahoy!" they answered in unison. iy?" Hlcks demanded cautiously, for
"All ready I Let'er go-o-o-o 1" knew Mr. McGuffey'g reputation for
The Squarehead stationed himself at n®"-rellabll|ty around pay day.
the bltts with a lantern and Mr. Glbney I ^een ^reflhwater scaven-
hastened to the pilot house and took *er' Sc(raggs' ,n the Maggie for most
his place at the wheel. When the haw- 1 * year'
sers commenced to lift out of the sea,
The Squarehead gave a warning shout!
you ?*'d y°U qUU °r d'd Scngga flre
"He flred me," McGuffey replied
honestly. "If he hadn't Pd have quit
toss-up. Comln' in from
further back Into the shaft alley and
out of range.
The towboat men held a council of
war and decided to drown Scraggs out.
Dan Hicks ran up on deck and re-
turned dragging the deck fire hose be-
hind him. He thrust the brass nozzle
Into the shaft-alley entrance and in
ted Scraggs to surrender uncondl
tlonally or be drowned like a kitten
Scraggs, knowing his own flre hose,
defied them, so Dan Hlcks started the
pump while Flaherty turned on the
water. Instantly the hose burst up on
deck and Scraggs' Jeers of triumph
filled the engine room. The enemy
was about to draw lots to see which
one of the two should crawl Into the
shaft alley and throw a cupful of
chloride of lime (for they found a can
of this In the engine room) In Captain
Scruggs' face, when a shadow dark-
ened the hatch .and Mr. Bartholomew
McGuffey demanded belligerently
"What's goln' on down there? Who
the devil's takin' liberties in my en-
Dan Hicks explained the situation
and the Just cause for drastic action
which they held against the fugitive
in the shaft alley. Mr. McGuffey con-
sidered a few moments and made his
"If what you say Is true—an' I ain't
in position to dispute you, not havln'
been present when you hauled the
Maggie off the 'beach; I don't blame
you for feeling sore. What I do blame
you for., though, |« earn-In' the war
aboard the Maggie. If you wanted to
whale Gib an' Scraggsy'you should ha'
laid for 'em on the dock. Under the
circumstances, yo make this a per-
8 nal affair.( an' as a member, o' the
crew o' the Maggie I got to take a
hand an' defend my skipper ajfin youse
two Fact is gentlemen, I got a date
to lick him first for what he done to
me last night. Howsumever. that's a
private grouch. The fact remains that
you two Jumped my pal Bert Glbney
an' licked him somethin' scandalous.
Hlcks, I'll take you on first. Come up
out of there, you swah, and fight. Fla-
herty, you stay below until I send for
you; If you try to climb up an' horn In
my fight with Hicks, Gibney'U brain
Only for an instant, however; —-V
his sense of fair play conquered.
"No, Scraggsy," he replied sadly.
'She ain't worth it, an' your duplicity
can't be overlooked. If there's any-
thing I hate It's duplicity. Here goes,
Scraggsy—and get yourself a new
Scraggs twisted and flinched In-
stantly, and Mr. Gibney's great boot
missed the mark. "Ah," he breathed,
' I'll give you an extra for that."
"Don't 1 Please don't," Scraggs
howled. "Lay ofTn me an' I'll put in
a new boiler an' have the compass ad-
The words were no sooner out of
CALOMEL IS 1
Next Dose May Salivate You,
Loosen Teeth or Start
Calomel Is mercury; quicksilver. It
crashes Into sour bile like dynamite,
his mouth than Mr. McGuffey swung I cramP'ng and sickening you. Calomel'
him clear of Mr. Gibney's wrath, i stacks the bones and should never be
"Swear it," he hissed. "Baise your ! pu_t.lnto y°ur system.
right hand an' swear It—an' I'll pro-
tect you from Gib."
Captain Scraggs raised a trembling
right hand and swore It. "I'll get a
new fire hose an' fire buckets; I'll fix
the ash hoist and run the bedbugs an'
cockroaches out of her," he added.
"You hear that. Gib?" McGuffey
pleaded. "Have a heart."
If you feel bilious, headachy, consti-
pated and all knocked out, Just go to
your druggist and get a bottle of Dod-
son's Liver Tone for a few cents which
is a harmless vegetable substitute for
dangerous calomel. Take a spoonful
and If it doesn't start your liver and
straighten you up better and quicker
than nasty calomel and without making
"Not unless he gives her a coat of "V0U slck* you JU8t go back and get your
paint an' quits bickerln' about the i money-
overtime. Bart." Don't take calomel! It makes you
"I promise," Scraggs answered him 8'Ck1 the Dext day' ,oses you a day's
Pervlded," he added, "you an' dear : W Dodson's Liver Tone straightens
oP Mac promises to stick by the ship." y°,U rIght up and you feel great. No
"It's a whack," yelled McGuffey Joy- faIts nec®ssary. Give it to the children
because It is perfectly harmless and
can not salivate.—Advertisement.
Cause for Flight. ,
"I know as well as you do that the
grand Jury hain't In session now,"
fully, and whirling, struck Dan Hicks
a mighty blow on the Jaw. "Off our
ship, you hoodlums." He favored
■lack Flaherty with a hearty thump
and swung again on Dan Hicks. "At
Dsanraw!e5Sn!!aM„beKe" ^ "d wtfeV Se^Sj
whereupon Mr. Glbney called the
glne room. "Give her the gun," he
commanded Scraggs. "Pull against , . , - -
« them tugs for all you're worth Re- "alfmoon bay >ast night we got In the
member this Is the steamer Yankee plled up on the b*ach Ju>
Prince. We must not come off too w the c,lff house—"
readily." "This Is Interesting," Jack Flaherty
Captain Scraggs opened the throttle m"rmure(1- "To" say she walked
and while the two tugs steadily drew k ™ y°U' McGuffey? Well, I'll
her off Into deep water, the Maggie e..|h° .M _
fought valiantly to stick to the beach pi.k ♦ r, RfrS b,ampd It on me.
and even to continue her Interrupted , " ^7 nVn,fl 1 dldn't obey the
Journey overland. She merely sue- ^®brIdse' one wor«l led . Ilevertneieg8 _.hnt ..
fifteen minutes' steady pulling, Mr Gib- k ® " shp's to powder frlehteiied fnnl u Uthrust
ney could restrain himself no longer I ** a I could do was obey. ^'"e-
He rang for full speed astern—and got i hopfK'<1 overboard an' waded ashore. royai takI ' " 8 g ,of t!" battle
It promptly. Then, calling Nells Hal- \ 8upP°se a" my clothes an' things Is hlg bl!ld t°n aft*
vorsen to aid him. he Knne hy now- 1 '^ft everything aboard .v. ® ' turned to water and he
"Scra0g*y," He Bawled, "Scraoo«y.y.y!
Help! Murderl It's Hicka and Fla-
hertyl Bring an Ax!"
[ nevertheless what they lacked
and as the ends disappeared . , nk " over« Mar. an' let you
with a swish over the stern he ran ,w'' Hlcks reP ed evasively.
. eYBSlveiy , . ®ackwa«-d and forward the tide of
Mr. McGuffey, sensing his defeat S? TI ' For near,y three nil°-
retired forthwith to hide his embar- " ^CrnR/s 8aw was an 'ndls-
rassment and distress; as the door £ , I leRS and arms: then
closed behind him, Hlcks and Flahertv ^ * combatants disengaged
faced each other. * thehiselves and Scraggs beheld Mr
Jack," quoth Dan Hicks "can two 7 Pr°ne Upon the deck w b n
towboat men, holdln' down two hun \v? 1" up,urned t0 the fOKK.v skies.
dred-doUar Jobs an' presumed to have I - essa2'ed t0 rlse and continue
been out o' their swaddlln* clothes for
at least thirty years, afford to be
laughed off the San Francisco water-
'I know one of them that can't,
the contest, Flaherty kicked him in
the ribs and Hicks cursed him; so
Mr. Glbney, realizing that all was
over, beat the deck with his hand In
token of surrender. Hicks and Fla
in protest at this added touch of bar-
barity. and Dan Hlcks, turning, be-
held Scraggsy's white face at the
Mr. Gibney Turned HI* Stovepipe Sea-
ward and Shouted:
Dnn. At the same time, can a rat "ike tor^h ?'°'ted ■ «' gladia-
Phlneas P. Scraggs and a beachcomb- 8lt up ^enThT SUffl°,e"t hreath
er like his mate Glbney make a pair lifted hin ^ , " P0Un°ed Hpon hlni
of star-spangled monkeys out of sal.l lit? ^ ' and droPPod him
two towboat men and get away "tJ ' °>erboard- Captaln Scraggs shrieked
"They did that last night. Still, I've
known monkeys that would fight an'
was human enough to settle a. grudge.
Follow me, Jack."
Together they repaired to Jackson
street bulkhead. Sure enough, there
luy the Maggie, rubbing her blistered
sides against the bulkhead. Captain
Scraggs was nowhere In sight, but Mr
Glbney was at the winch, swinging
ashore the crates of vegetahles which
The Squarehead and three longshore-
men loaded Into the cargo net.
"We're outnumbered." Jack Flaherty
whispered. "Let's wait until she's un-
loaded an' Glbney an' Scraggs are
Aack to the pilot house, rang for full
•peed ahead, put his helm hard over,
«nd headed the Maggie in the general
direction of China, although as a mat-
ter of fact he cared not what direction
he pursued, provided he got away from
the beach and placed dlstnnce between
the Maggie and two soon-to-be-furlous
The crew, of the Aphrodite nnd the
Bodega slept late, for they were
weary and, fortunately, no calls for
a tug came Into the office of the Ited
Stack company all morning. About
ten o'clock Dan Hlcks and Jack Fla-
herty breakfasted and about ten-thlr-
ty both met In the office. Apparently
they were two aouls with but a single
thought, for the right hand of each
sought the shelf whereon reposed the
l>lue volume entitled "Moyd's Ilegfr-
ter." Dan Hlcks reached It first, car-
without having at-
tracted the attention of Mr. Glbney.
Promptly at twelve o'clock the long-
shoremen knocked off work for the
lunch hour and Nells Halvorsen
drifted across the street to cool his
parched throat with steam beer
While waiting for Scraggs to come up
out of the engine room, and take him
to luncheon, Mr. Glbney sauntered aft
and was standing gazing reflectively
upon a spot on the Maggie's si era
where the hawsers had chafed awav
the paint, when suddenly his fore-
bodings of evil returned to him a thou-
sand fold stronger than they had been
since Scraggs' return to the little ship
He glanced up and beheld gazing
down upon him Captains Jack Fla-
herty and Daniel Hlcks. Battle was
Imminent and the valiant Glbney
kneMf It: wherefore he determined In-
stantly to meet It like a man
"Howdy, men." he saluted them.
"Olad to have you aboard the yacht"
and he stepped backward to give him-
self fighting room.
loure next. Scraggs," he called
cheerfully, and turned to peer over the
rail. Mr. Gibney had emerged on the
surface and was swimming slowly
away toward an adjacent float where
small boats landed. He climbed
wearily up on the float and sat there
gazing across at Hlcks and Flahertv
without animus, for to his wav of
thinking he had gotten off llghtlv.'con.
slderlng the enormity of his offense
The least he had anticipated was three
months In hospital, and so grateful
was he to Hlcks and Flaherty for
their forbearance that he strangled ,,
resolve to "lay" for Hicks and Fla
herty and thrash them Individually—
something he was fully able to do—
and forgot his aches and pains In a
lively Interest as to the fate of Cap
tain Scraggs at the hands of the tow
hoat men. He was aware that Cap
tain Scraggs had failed Ignomlnlouslv
to rally to the Glbney appeal to repe'l
boarders, and In his own expressive
terminology he hoped that what the
enemy would do to the dastard would
The enemy, meanwhile, had turned
their attention upon Scraggs, who had
dodged below like a frightened rabbit
and sought shelter In the shaft alley
He had sufficient presence of mind, as
he dashed through the engine room to
snatch a large monkey wrench off the
tool rack on the wall, and. kneeling
Just Inside the alley entrance he
turned at bay and threatened the In-
vadera with his weapon. Thereupon
Hlcks and Flaherty pelted him with
Uimp. of coal, but the sole result of
thl« assault was to force Scragg.
A faint cheer came from the shaft
alley. "Good old Mac. At-a-boy!"
"You're on, McGuffey. Nobody ever
had to beg me to fight him," Dan
Hicks replied cordially, and climbed
to the deck. To his great surprise
Mr. McGuffey winked at him and drew
him off to the stern of the Maggie.
"There'll be no flght," he declared,
"although we'll thud around on deck
an* yell a couple o' times to make
Scraggs think we're goln' to It. He
Aggers that by the time I've fought
you an' Flaherty I won't be fit for
combat with him, even If I lick you
both; he's got it all flggered out that
I'll wait a couple o' days before
tacklln' him, an' he thinks my tem-
Pefll cool by that time an' he can
argy me out o' my revenge. Savey?"
Mr. Glbney had returned to the
Maggie by this time and he now took
his station at the engine-room hatch
and growled at Flaherty and abused
him. "Keep up your courage,
Scraggsy." he called, as Hicks and Mc-
Guffey pranced around the deck in
simulated combat. "Mac's whalln* the
whey out o* Hlcks an' Hlcks couldn't
touch him with a buggy whip."
At the conclusion of the three min-
utes of hosce-play. Mr. McGuffey came
to the hatch again. "Up with you
Flaherty," he called loud enough for
Captain Scraggs to hear, "up with you
before I go down after you."
Flaherty was about to possess him-
self of a hatchet when the face of his
confrere. Dan Hlcks, appeared over
McGuffey's shoulder and grinned
knowingly at him. Immediately, Fla-
herty hurled defiance at his enemies
and came up on deck, and once more
to Captain Scraggs came the dull
sounds of apparent conflict overhead.
Suddenly a cheer broke from Mr."
Glbney. "All off an' gone to Cooper-
town. Scraggsy," he shouted. "Come
up an' take a look at the fallen."
Out of the shaft alley came Scraggs
with a rush, tossing his wrench aside
the better to climb the ladder. He was
half way up when Mr. Glbney reached
down a great hand, grasped him bv
the collar, and whisked him out on
deck with a single Jerk. Here, to his
horror, he found himself confronted
by a singularly scathless trio who-
grinned triumphantly ht him.
"Seeln* |s bellevJn',' Scraggs," Dan
Hlcks Informed him. "That's a lesson
you taught me an' Flaherty last night,
hut evidently you don't profit bv ex-
perience. You're too miserable to
beat up, but Just to show you it ain't
possible for a dirty bay pirate like
you to skin the likes o' me an' Fla-
herty we purpose hangin' the seat 9'
your pants up around your coat cul-
ler. Face him about. Gibney."
With a quick twist. Mr. Glbney pre-
sented Captain Scraggs for his pen-
ance; Flaherty and McGuffey followed
Dan Hlcks promptly and Captain
b raggs screamed at every kick. And
now came Mr. Gibney's turn. "For
fallin' to stand up like a man
Scraggsy. an' battle Hlcks an' Fla-
herty," he Informed th« culprit, and
tossed him over to McGuffey to be
held In position for him.
"Don't, Gib. Please don't," Scraggs
walled "It ain't comln' to me from
.vou. I never heard you callln' a-tall
Honest, I never. Gib. Have mercy
Adelbert. You saved the Maggie last
night nn' a quarter Interest In her Is
yours—If you don't kick me!"
Mr. Glbney paused, foot In midair-
surveyed the Maggie from stem to
stern, hesitated, licked, his lower lip,
and glanced at the fommon enemy
For an Instant It ntge Into his mind
to call upon the viflarit and able Mc-
Guffey to support him In a fierce coun-
ter-attack upon Hlcka and Flaherty.
he sprawled on his back on deck, he peculiar^
appeared to Captain Scraggs to offer right up in the tree tops over nuth'n
at least an even chance for victory. So a-tall. Night before last I was se '
Scraggs, mustering his courage, flew there, not lookln* for tronhio
best°wasH'Ck,8 ^ KDd t0enaU- H,s more thanf a sucking dove when "fe
as not much but It served to spoke up and said that next day was
aSt°p0T^re:ini hJ_8J?Urase'"fl!w th^' not'LloUoking 'for trouble8*"11'
rai? " ' ss i s sr&'i.-ir ^
hain t to blame for something that
happened twenty years ago.' And then
well, I Just sorter came away."
MOTHER, QUICK! GIVE
CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP
FOR CHILD'S BOWELS
to the float, crawled up on it and de-
parted, vowing vengeance.
"All's well that ends well, gentle-
men," Mr. McGuffey announced.
"Scraggsy's goln' to buy a drink an'
the past Is buried an' forgotten.
Gib?" °ld Scragg8y put up a fight.
No, but he tried to, Mac. I'li tell
the world he did," and he thrust out
the hand of forgiveness to Scraggsy,
who, realizing he had come very hand-
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| Millions of mothers keep "California
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The Envious Parent.
"Has his schooling been of benefit
to your boy Josh?"
"Some," replied Farmer CorntosseL
"I often wish I had had his advan-
tages so's I could say 'agriculture' In-
stead of farmin' without stoppin' to
"I'll Fix the Ash Hoist and Run the
Bedbug, and Cockroachea Out 0/
somely out of an unlovely situation.
clasiHHl the hands of Mr. Gibney and
McGuffey and burst Into tears. While
Mr. McGuffey thumped him between
the shoulder blades nnd cursed him af-
fectionately. Mr. Glbney retired to
change Into dry garments; when he
reappeared the trio went ashore for
the promised grog and a luncheon a!
the skipper's expense-
On the Stage.
"Girlie, what are you doing in a
bareknee chorus?" "I promised mother
I wouldn't wear tights."
Hub Scragg* person ia some
fine little promiser.
lTO BE CUNTlNHK.i l f
An American visitor was giving the
other day some examples of the ex-
traordinary speed and completeness
with which the process of American-
nation is carried out, even in the case
of extreme allen types. Perhaps the
most extraordinary Instances occurred
n the newly erected mansion built
in the style of an E-shaped Eliza-
bethan manor of a Chicago multi-mil.
Ilonaire. He decided to Import a
ghost to heighten the Illusion of an-
tiquity, and after a prolonged search
and the expenditure of .a considerable
*um of money, a satisfactory spec!-
men was picked up In Devonshire and
shipped to Chicago !n cold storage. It
walked by daylight and had every ap-
pearance. both as regards garb and
figure, of having Just missed the sail-
ing of the Mayflower. The millionaire
and his friends, some of the best peo-
ple In Chicago, were delighted with Its
old-world looks and solemn deport-
ment. On the third day, unfortnnate-
y. It was seen eating a doughnut,
London Morning Monitor.
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