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The Indian Sage who developed Atomic Theory 2, years ago. Ancient Places. The Dark Underworld of the Paris Catacombs. McCarthy said he agreed to this and that the officers and men of the Adams , in their haste to get him out of the way, threw his casket into the sea, but that it was hoisted aboard again and that, as all the native boats had left by that time, he went to Leone Bay, a few miles distant, on the Adams , where he was landed on the following day.

He stated that at Leone Bay his casket was again tumbled into the water and floated ashore and that he was left at the place with a few light goods and a warning that the natives would steal everything he had. As soon as McCarthy made these charges Secretary Tracy forwarded them to the Captain and officers of the Adams and asked for in explanation.

A despatch was received in this city from Washington a few days ago stating that Secretary Tracy had just written a letter to McCarthy informing him that he had made an investigation and found that his charges against the officers of the Adams were groundless. A correspondent in Apia, Samoa, who is acquainted with the circumstances of the case, sent by the steamer Zealandia , which arrived here Saturday night, the following account of McCarthy's arrival at Tutuila last October, and the treatment he received from the officers of the Adams.

The Zealandia arrived off Tutuila last October, about 9 o'clock, on a very dark night. The Adams was waiting off the island for the mail from San Francisco and also for her surgeon, who was expected to arrive from Honolulu. Wiley, a young man who was aboard the U. Vandalia during the disastrous hurricane in Apia harbor, in March, , and who was washed from the deck of his vessel and gallantly rescued by the natives after he had been tossed about in the waves for over an hour.

When the boat returned to the Adams, Cadet Wiley informed the Captain that he had brought the surgeon and an undertaker with a large, heavy casket. Wiley said that he had objected to bringing the casket at first as it was too heavy to put in the boat, there being a heavy sea on at the time and the casket occupying bo much space in the small boat that only two of the oars could be worked. The captain of the Zealandia , however, informed him that if he did not take the casket he would have to carry it on to Auckland, so Wiley acted on his own discretion and concluded to take it in the boat.

The coast at Tutuila is dangerous, and Lieutenant Hunker was on the bridge directing the movements of the ship when McCarthy came aboard. McCarthy rushed up to Lieutenant Hunker, and the latter asked him what he could do for him. McCarthy replied by flourishing a paper, saying, "read that. McCarthy, however, insisted that the paper be read at once, and the officer read it, and found it was an order from the Secretary of the Navy.

He accordingly gave orders to have McCarthy and the casket looked after at once. Some native boats were passing the ship at the time, and Lieutenant Hunker, thinking that McCarthy could get ashore at once in one of these boats, asked him if he would like to go that way. McCarthy assented readily to this arrangement, and the casket was slung and passed over the side of the ship. The vessel was rolling heavily, and owing chiefly to the darkness, the slings had not been adjusted properly and the casket dropped into the water.

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McCarthy, exclaimed: "Oh, that is all right. Water won't hurt it! The casket was accordingly hoisted on the ship again, and the Adams , with McCarthy aboard, proceeded to Leone Bay. When the Adams arrived at Leone a boat was lowered and McCarthy and the casket sent ashore. A native who was aboard, and who knew the passage through the reef, accompanied the boat.

The tide being low, the boat was not able to gee up to the shore and, as McCarthy had said that water would not hurt the casket, it was lifted out of the boat and floated ashore. A French priest, who was aboard the Adams at the time, had given McCarthy a letter to the French priest at Leone, asking the latter to give McCarthy all the assistance possible in the way of procuring labor, so the undertaker had no difficulty in getting men to carry the casket to the private house. This was no easy task, as it required twenty men to carry the casket up the hill.

McCarthy completed his work of disinterring and embalming Chief Engineer Hall's remains, and when all was in readiness for his departure for San Francisco the Adams returned to Leone, according to the promise of Lieutenant Hunker when he sent the undertaker ashore. McCarthy went aboard the Adams again and was treated as the guest of the wardroom officers, his entertainment being provided entirely at their personal expense. He seemed to appreciate the attentions shown him, and when he left the ship to take the steamer he asked for a broken knife as a souvenir of his stay on the vessel.

The only thing that could have given him offense was a request from one of the officers that he would not appear at the table in his shirt-sleeves and without a collar, and a gentle hint that his ghostly stories of resurrection were not appreciated. The officers of the Adams were greatly astonished a month later to receive newspapers from America containing statements from McCarthy to the effect that he had been ill-treated by them. Proper explanations were made to the Secretary of the Navy at once. C, December The British gunboat Goldfinch , which recently returned to Sydney, took part in annexing Duff Islands, Cherry Islands and other places.

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News from Samoa states that German and British warships have landed parties of bluejackets with the expectation of making a demonstration in consequence of a large number of natives congregating at Mulinuu. They marched through the main streets and back again to the place of embarkation.

No news about the election of a King was received. It is the intention of the French Government to make Noumea the naval headquarters of the French ships in the Pacific, and a large dock and workshops are to be established there. Hartford, formerly British Consul at Noumea, has been transferred to Manila in a similar capacity. Captain Mclntyre of the bark Strathgryfe reports that while sailing close to the island of Tristan da Cunha he was hailed by a boat, which put off from the island.

The boat contained Captain Shaw of the missing ship Glenhuntly, four half-caste islanders and another white man who had been shipwrecked on the island five years ago. Penguin has been surveying in the neighborhood of Haapi. The principal change will be the disappearance altogether of Metis Island from the chart. This island in was feet high, and there was now no sign of it beyond a reef which was beneath it. Further advices from Apia, Samoa, say that on the arrival of the British cruiser Tauranga at Apia the British and American Consuls issued a proclamation to give Mataafa a last chance, and that the French priests also used their influence, but all efforts failed, and the rebels continued their depredations.

Property was destroyed and bridges and roads were barricaded. On March 29 the enemy was sighted at Maguigi and machine guns and a seven-pounder were used. The friendlies, Malietoa's men, also attacked the enemy during the latter's retreat and several rebels were killed or wounded. The friendlies carried one head through Apia, which made Captain Stuart so furious that he went to the King and threatened to shoot any man found taking heads.

The King then issued a proclamation, forbidding the practice. The German Consul wrote to Admiral Kautz, asking if two great Christian nations approved of this inhuman and barbarous practice against the laws of Christianity and the decree of the Supreme Court. The admiral replied, agreeing with the Consul as to the inhumanity of the practice, and pointed out that had "the German Consul upheld the decree of the Supreme Court in January there would have been no bloodshed; that the custom was an old Samoan one, but first made known to the world ten years ago, when the heads of honest German sailors were cut off by the barbarous Chief Mataafa, whom the representative of the great Christian nation, Germany, is now supporting.

Expeditions in armed cutters belonging to the Tauranga and Porpoise are doing considerable execution, against Mataafa's strongholds along the coast. The British forces are being assisted by Samoans. About forty-six of Mataafa's boats and several villages have been destroyed. In the meantime flying columns are being sent daily.

Tutuila, Samoa. About 9 o'clock at night some of the native guard were calling upon some Samoan school-girls at the native mission' house at Fagatoto, not far from the Commandant's residence.

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Some of the young men of Fagatoto were passing by, and, aroused with a spirit of jealousy, cast a shower of stones in and around the house. One of the native soldiers was severely wounded in the head. The rest of the guard came out of the house, and a free fight ensued between them and the young men of the village. Some of the chiefs, hearing of the disturbance, came out and stopped the row. But later it was resumed. Then the whole company became riotous, and many were injured by the flying stones.

Native Governor Manga, who was on the New Zealand steamer, hearing of the disturbance, immediately went ashore, and, finding that the young men and soldiers would not heed the voice of the Commandant, he dashed in with a club, and, vigorously slashing it around indiscriminately, quickly dispersed the rioters. The disturbers of the peace were taken before the Court, and after several days' trial the ringleaders were found guilty. A Footnote to History Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa Robert Louis Stevenson As did so many writers of the day, Stevenson's comments reflected his lack of understanding through patronizing and critical view of an entire people.

However, as did others, he gives a view of Samoan culture and customs. He lived at Vailima for a number of years, spent much time with his Samoan friends, is captured in photos with both Hawaiian and Samoan rulers, yet seems puzzled by the social customs, native ways, etc. In spite of his prejudices, he was an excellent writer and captured key historical events of interest to history buffs. Various Authors. Hunkin A modern Samoan language resource.

Designed for both classroom and personal use, it features a methodical approach suitable for all ages; an emphasis on patterns of speech and communication through practice and examples; 10 practical dialogues covering everyday social situations; an introduction to the wider culture of fa'asamoa through photographs; more than exercises to reinforce comprehension; a glossary of all Samoan words used in the coursebook; and oral skills supplemented by an optional CD.

This single-volume history of the Pacific traces the global interactions and remarkable peoples that have connected these regions with each other and with Europe and the Indian Ocean, for millennia. From ancient canoe navigators, monumental civilizations, pirates and seaborne empires, to the rise of nuclear testing, Matt Matsuda ranges across the frontiers of colonial history, anthropology and Pacific Rim economics and politics, piecing together a history of the region. Baxter and Clark documented their two-week odyssey from Apia to Saleapaga, and from thatched-roofed huts to the legendary mansion of Robert Louis Stevenson.

The book displays this unspoiled home of turquoise reefs, volcanic beaches, misty green waterfalls, and vermilion sunsets, where hand-tapped tribal tattoos are still a normal form of body art and ritual. McDougall Author of "Freedom Just Around the Corner" and the Pulitzer Prize winning "the Heavens and the Earth" "Four centuries of exciting voyages of discovery, pioneering feats, engineering marvels, political plots, business chicanery, racial clashes and brutal wars.

Lloyds Register of Shipping gives the entire fleet of the world as 28, steamers and sailing vessels, with a total tonnage of 27,,, of which 39 perent are British. Ship Captains. The Naval Order of the United States has a history dating from Membership includes a wide range of individuals, many with highly distinguished career paths.

Dillon Stephan Talty. Morrison Stephan Talty. Dillon D. Michael Abrashoff. In a panic Tavy jumped up and ran around and around calling her name. He looked high and low for her but he could neither see her, or hear her. He did notice that a very pretty little spring of pure water was bubbling up from the ground singing a sad murmuring song. He could not say that he remembered it being there when he fell asleep, but he paid it no heed to it. Instead he went rushing hither and zither looking for his lost love Tamara.

I cannot return her to you, but I can send you to her, though I too will probably regret it forever and my grief will be endless. I can see you too suffer endless pain at her loss so I will do this for you. Instantly, Tavy was turned into a clear, pure, spring whose water burst and gushed from the ground to form a river.

The River Tavy ran helter skelter around hills and through valleys, over the rocks and across bleak Dartmoor, seeking, out his lost Tamara. Dashing down into a beautiful valley he found her lingering among water meadows filled with flowers and butterflies. Happily he called to her and she to him and reaching out to each they flowed onward together as one to the sea where they mingled together for eternity. Meanwhile Torridge was waking from the sleeping spell and had been dreaming that Tamara had chosen him to be his love forever.

Opening his eyes with a smile on his face he found to his dismay she was gone and so was Tavy. He remembered her mother and father coming to take her home and he thought she must have gone back with them and Tavy, in his grief had killed himself. He was filled with sorrow for the loss of Tamara and Tavy both friends he loved dearly and now he was left all alone.

Filled with grief poor Torridge ran as fast as he could a sorcerer who lived nearby and begged him to tell him the truth of what had happened to his friends. So the sorcerer told Torridge that Tamara and Tavy had now become beautiful rivers that joined together to flow into the sea where they mingled together for eternity.

The sorcerer was reluctant to help at first thinking Torridge was driven mad by grief, but after a great deal of begging from Torridge he consented. Reluctantly he cast a spell that turned Torridge into a fast flowing river that rapidly sped after his friends. The River Torridge sped after them calling and crying for them to wait for him.

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In his grief and blinded by tears he took the wrong turning and instead of catching them he went off in the wrong direction and ended up going the opposite way so he could never find them and never catch them, flowing always further and further from his love and his friend and sadly, he would never see either again and eventually joined the estuary of the River Taw and flowed into the Bristol Channel. This story is a simple way of explaining the origins of the three rivers. It tells why the River Torridge, whose source is less than a third of a mile from that of the Tamar, runs in the opposite direction to Tamar to the sea and why the Tavy eventually meets up with the Tamar and they flow together into the sea.

Chapbooks were cheap publications that were written to appeal to the common people. Rather than mad the people of Gotham became known as the Wise Men of Gotham and for good reason. The chapbook does not give reasons for their absurd behavior but medieval legend and tradition say there are at least two versions of how this came to be.

The first says that King John wanted to build a hunting lodge, or castle and make the surrounding area subject to strict Forest Laws for hunting and its use. The people of Gotham would probably have not welcomed this as it would have place restrictions on the use of the forest and its resources. Its maintenance and upkeep became the responsibility of the parishes it passed through. This was perceived as bad news by the people of Gotham who not surprisingly, really did not want to pay for the privilege of maintaining it.

To dissuade the king from his plan the people of Gotham hatched a remarkable plan of their own. In those days madness was believed to be catching so the villagers came up with a plan where they would be carrying out a series of acts of apparent madness. With that the cuckoo flew out of the bush and away over the countryside. Wherever they went they found the people engaged in some absurd or hopeless task. At a local pond they found a group of villagers trying to drown an eel. We are drowning it to teach it a lesson!

From what they saw of the villagers they were convinced they had all fallen sick with it. They returned to King John and reported that the whole population was afflicted with madness. Not wanting to risk catching their affliction King John decided not to go to Gotham and either found a way round the village, or decided to have his hunting lodge elsewhere. The former Duchy of Brittany was a small feudal state in medieval times before it became part of France.

Like most other such states it had its own Coat of Arms. There are at least two legends as to how this came about. The first concerns Anne de Bretagne the last independent ruler of the duchy and the other King Arthur, the King of Britain. This work deals with the Arthurian version. This legend goes back to the time King Arthur ruled Britain. As well as being a mighty warrior and leader of men he was also a good and wise king who was devoted to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. It tells how Flolo was an unjust and cruel ruler who persecuted Christians and frequently blasphemed against the Virgin Mary ordering the desecration and destruction of her statues, shrines and relics.

During this period Arthur had lost control of Gaul and was back in Britain at his court. It was said to be towards the end of summer when a knight stood up in his court and called Arthur a coward because he had lost Gaul to his enemies. He told Arthur that he would now die without being King of the fair and that beautiful land that the Pope himself had given him.

Angry and embarrassed Arthur swore before God and the Virgin Mary that he would retake Gaul and be its King once again. He vowed that within twelve months he would challenge Flolo man to man.

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  8. Arthur set about planning and preparing his army for the invasion of Gaul. In Spring-time the land of Gaul was a marvelous place with oceans of sunshine and lush greenery and it was indeed a most beautiful land. Arthur was expecting fierce resistance in its defense but no army appeared to confront him. Bemused, Arthur sent five hundred of his warriors and two thousand archers to seek out the defending army but all they could report was that everywhere they went people fled from them. Now unlike Flolo, Arthur was not a cruel man and he began to regret that his arrival with such a huge and warlike host of armed men had frightened the local people.

    They were simple peasants who worked the land for their living and they themselves were victims of the cruelty of Flolo and he felt sorry for them. Just as he was pondering what he should do he heard the sound of trumpets and a party of messengers rode into his camp. They were the heralds of Flolo who he had sent to lay down a challenge. The winner would rule Gaul. Flolo was a giant of a man with incredible strength and endurance and was completely fearless in battle. As a sleight to Arthur he had challenged him to pick his bravest, strongest and best warrior to fight for him, rather than face him himself.

    He told them that he would fight Flolo and it was he alone who could be King of Gaul. Arthur told the herald to go back to Flolo and tell him that he himself would fight him to the death. There would be no quarter asked and none would be given and that God alone would grant the most righteous victory. So with the terms agreed the place of the combat was to be the Island of Notre Dame of Paris. In the morning Arthur knelt in prayer to God and the Holy Virgin Mary that he may acquit himself with honour and courage and for protection.

    Flolo appealed to the god Bacchus for strength and courage and the death of Arthur. Both men then mounted their warhorses and faced each other waiting for the signal from the herald. The herald stood in the middle of the field waiting for the two to be ready and then blew on a trumpet to let the fight begin. Flolo spurred his horse forward and Arthur did the same. Flolo raised his sword for the final blow but that blow never came. So pure and white was the ermine cloak that Flolo was temporarily blinded and stunned with terror.

    Arthur, although wounded seized his chance and with his last strength took off the head of his enemy with his sword, Excalibur. Not until the fight was over did Arthur learn from his knights of the apparition of the Virgin Mary. To give thanks and to honor her he ordered that a Church be built on the island. Today the Church of Notre Dame of Paris is said to stand on that same spot.

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    Arthur then ordered that his nephew, Hoel, the sixth Duke of Brittany should incorporate the cloak of ermine on his Coat of Arms also. Public Domain. An extraordinary and very short account, of King Bladud, one of the early legendary Celtic kings of the Britons, is written in the Historia Regum Britanniae , by Geoffrey of Monmouth. This very briefly tells the story of a king who practiced necromancy and built himself a pair of wings in an attempt to fly.

    Geoffrey says of him Next succeeded Bladud, his son, and reigned twenty years. He builtn Kaerbadus, now Bath, and made hot baths in it for the benefit of the public, which he dedicated to the goddess Minerva; in whose temple he kept fires that never went out nor consumed to ashes, but as soon as they began to decay were turned into balls of stone.

    About this time the prophet Elias prayed that it might not rain upon earth; and it did not rain for three years and six months. This prince was a very ingenious man, and taught necromancy in his kingdom, nor did he leave off pursuing his magical operations, till he attempted to fly to the upper region of the air with wings which he had prepared, and fell upon the temple of Apollo, in the city of Trinovantum, where he was dashed to pieces.

    There is also a later legend about how he was cured of leprosy while working as a swineherd which also links him to the ancient founding of the city of Bath. Bladud was supposed to have ruled for about twenty years somewhere between and BC. Later writers further added to and embellished legends about him.

    However, rather than an all powerful, warrior as many kings of the age were presented he is more the scholar, magician, or even the eccentric inventor, which was to lead to his final downfall. The legend tells how Bladud in his youth was sent by his father to be educated in Athens. On the death of his father he was said to have returned home bringing with him four philosophers and founding a university in what is now Stamford, Lincolnshire.

    This university was alleged to have taught heresies and necromancy and was later closed by Saint Augustine of Canterbury. When Bladud returned home from his studies in Athens it was found that he was suffering from a severe skin condition that was taken as leprosy. Because of this he had to leave the Royal court and became an outcast.

    He lost his status as heir to the throne and was forced to make his way in the world the best way he could. The legend says that before he left the court his mother gave him a gold ring. This was as a keepsake and also a means to identify himself should there become a need. Sadly, everywhere he went he was shunned and forced to move on as people did not want to risk catching his disease. To support himself the took a job as a swineherd at a place about two miles from Bath known today as Swainswick.

    Fearing the worst and to prevent his employer from finding out he drove the pigs across a river. There he noticed the pigs were attracted to a boggy area of ground wallowing in mud which was warm because the area was fed by warm water springs. According to the story when the pigs came out of bog he scraped them clean and discovered their skin condition was cured. With nothing at all to lose Bladud decided to try the warm mud himself and bathed in it. To his great joy he found that this also cured his skin condition. Bladud returned to court where he was identified by the gold ring his mother had given him.

    Another version tells how while tending the pigs he noted that during cold weather the pigs would go to a bog and come back covered in black mud which he discovered was warm. From observing them he saw that they appeared to like the warmth. He also noticed that it appeared to work wonders for their skin as they suffered no blemishes or disease as pigs that did not use it suffered. With nothing much to lose he tried it for himself and found the warm mud cured his leprosy, or skin condition.

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    Returning to his home his father restored him to be his heir and he founded the spas at Bath to benefit others with skin conditions. According to legend Bladud was strongly linked to the founding of the spa town of Bath in Somerset. In later times as it grew it became known as Bath. There is a legend that it was Bladud who founded the city and created the the thermal springs the city is famous for by magic.

    Geoffrey says that undying fires were lit whose flames transformed into balls of stone as they died with new flames springing from them to take their place 2. This may have been a description of how coal was used as a source of fuel for the flames in the temple altars. According to legend Bladud practiced and encouraged necromancy and trying to communicate with the dead. From this came the inspiration to built a pair of wings for himself. He tried them out but collided with the temple of Apollo in Trinovantum, now known as London and reputedly founded by his ancestor Brutus of Troy.

    He fell to earth and was killed. The legend tells he was buried in Trinovantum and succeeded by his son Leir, who William Shakespeare wrote his famous play about. In more modern times the people of Bath have celebrated their legendary founder in a brilliantly creative way. More than one hundred beautifully decorated pig sculptures were displayed throughout the summer around the Bath area. Anne Bonny — By Anushka. Anne Bonny was certainly not like most women of her era breaking just about all the social conventions there were. The history, legends and folklore that surround pirates of the sea throughout the ages, paint a picture of a male dominated world with most women playing a traditional, subservient, non-aggressive role where they do appear.

    Anne Bonny was different. She and shipmate, Mary Read, gained fame as female pirates actively engaged in piracy in the Caribbean alongside the infamous Calico Jack. Whether this ploy was to affect Anne in later life is uncertain but the disguise was eventually discovered. In the process he also changed his name to Cormac in the hope of finding a fresh start. He succeeded in building a new career and business as a lawyer and plantation owner.

    By all accounts Cormac loved his daughter dearly and when Mary died she took over the running of the household at an early age. At 13 years of age Anne was said to be an attractive girl with red hair and a fiery temper to match. Some accounts say that later on she stabbed and killed a maid with a table knife and had almost beaten an attempted rapist to death. She also became the center of a string of accusations and rumors of her drinking in taverns and sleeping with drunks and fishermen.

    Her father, did not approve of the marriage and disowned her. It was rumoured that Bonny retaliated by setting fire to his plantation though there appears little evidence to support this. They mixed freely with pirates and vagabonds and to her dismay her husband became an informant for Governor Woodes Rogers as a means of earning money. Anne had become friends with many pirates and appeared to spend a lot of time carousing with them in bars and seducing them.

    On one occasion she was caught in bed with one by her husband. There was one named Pierre who was a well known homosexual.