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disbanding at Shelter Island after a most de regular club-houses, maintain “annexes” at lightful outing. The association has been a favorite resorts, which they use as general success from the start, and has given the small. meeting-places during the yachting season. yachters opportunities which they never could The New York Yacht Club and the Pavonia have got in any other way, because the lack and Jersey City Clubs of New Jersey have such of uniformity in racing rules made it impossible buildings, and find them very convenient, the for the boats of one club to race with those of location of their homes not being near enough another. Whether the racing rules of the as- to the sea to meet the requirements of their sociation are technically perfect is a mooted sailing. These annex club-houses are plain question, but they certainly satisfy the yacht- and substantial. ers, and leave no room for those rancorous Yachting in small yachts is, then, the real feelings which always grow out of a race American yachting. The “big boat" has its sailed under “the rules with a plus in 'em,” to place in the yachting world, but it is not the which genial “Captain Joe" of Puritan fame typical American yacht. It is the small-yachter once strongly objected, on the ground that who gives to the sport its wide popularity, they were not seamanlike, and that no two peo- and makes yachting so universally loved by ple could ever read them the same way. men who are fond of aquatic pleasuring. The
A word should be said, before closing, of the small-yachter is everywhere upon the waters. homes of the yachters, for it is in these places From the coast of Maine, from the shores that they spend much of their time when ashore, of the harbor of the Golden Gate, from the receive their friends, give their banquets, and beaches of the Atlantic seaboard, and from “ spin yarns ” during the long winter evenings, the borders of the inland lakes, he can be seen, while their boats are abandoned upon the shores, all summer long, sailing about in his little vesor in the snug hibernation of some quiet cove, sel, and enjoying in all its fullness the exciteawaiting the springtime revival and the bustle ment and delight of this most noble and of preparation for the next summer's sailing. health-giving sport. With a pluck and enEvery yacht-club has a home of some sort, if ergy that mark the true lover of the sea, and it be merely a small hut with a set of lockers a tact and skill that bespeak the real sailor, and some chairs; but most clubs erect really he handles his little craft, in fair weather and useful houses, and take great pride in having in foul, in a manner that leaves no room for them cozy and well furnished. Some of these doubt as to his fitness for the work which buildings are expensive, well-designed struc- he is doing; for, whether he sail alone, or tures. Such houses as those of the Atlantic with the help of his friends, or that of a hired and Brooklyn Clubs of Brooklyn; the Pavonia man to run his boat, he is always the master Club at the Atlantic Highlands of New Jersey; of his vessel,— which is seldom the case with the Eastern Club at Marblehead, Massachu- the proprietor of the big boat, - and is in realsetts; the Larchmont and New Haven Clubs of ity a“ yachtsman" under all circumstances, at the Sound; and the Minnetonka Club of Min- all times, and in all weathers. He must be neapolis, are admirably adapted for yachting cool-headed and calm in times of peril, affable purposes. These club-houses are, of course, and courteous on all social occasions, and genconstructed primarily with a view to the needs erous and prompt to respond to all calls upon of the yacht-owners, and contain ample locker his courage -- in brief, a gentleman; and, with accommodations, sail-lofts, and store-rooms for rare exceptions, he comes up to that standard. small boats, oars, spars, etc.; but they also con- There is no profit in yachting, and its' trophies tain fine meeting-rooms, ladies' parlors, and are, like those of the old Greek arena, always quarters for the stewards, who prepare many a marks of merit and prowess, never the rewards good dinner for the hungry sailors and their of sharp practice and dishonest trickery. No friends — and who ever saw a yachting man who race-winner among yachters expects his prizes was not hungry? Some of these club-houses also to pay for his outlay, and this feature of its have sleeping-rooms in which one who desires contests has always kept yachting from drawing to slumber on shore may pass the night, al- to itself the kind of men who disgrace many though the yachter himself generally prefers other forms of sport. Yachting is a pastime a bunk in his boat to any hotel, no matter that appeals only to those traits of character how fine. Some clubs, in addition to their which are found in the manly man.
Frederic W. Pangborn.
A GRAY JACKET.
By the Author of “ Marse Chan," “ Meh Lady,” “ Elsket,” etc.
Y meeting with him was nearly night. That's when I got jabbed. I accidental. I came across picked up another horse, and with my foolishhim passing through the ness went over there. That evening, you know, square. I had seen him
you all charged us— we were dismounted then. once or twice on the street, We lost more men then than we had done all each time lurching along day; there were forty-seven out of seventy-two so drunk that he could killed or wounded. They walked all over us;
scarcely stagger, so that I two of 'em got hold of me (you see, I went to was surprised to hear what he said about the get our old flag some of you had got hold of), war. He was talking to someone who evidently but I was too worthless to die. There were lots had been in the army himself, but on the other of 'em did go though, I tell you ; old Joe in the side- a gentleman with the loyal legion button lead. Yes, sir; the old company won that day, in his coat, and with a beautiful scar, a saber- and old Joe led 'em. There ain't but a few of cut across his face; was telling of a charge in us left; but when you want us, colonel, you some battle or skirmish in which, he declared, can get us. We 'll stand by you." his company — not himself; for I remember He paused in deep reflection; his mind evihe said he was “ No. 4,” and was generally dently was back with his old company and its told off to hold the horses; and that that day gallant commander “old Joe,” whoever he he had had the ill luck to lose his horse and might be, who was remembered so long after get a little scratch himself, so he was not in the he passed away in the wind and smoke of that charge— did the finest work he ever saw, and unnamed evening battle. I took a good look really, so he claimed, saved the day. It was at him, at “ No. 4,” as he called himself
. He this self-abnegation that first arrested my atten- was tall, but stooped a little ; his features were tion, for I had been accustomed all my life to good, at least his nose and brow were; his mouth hear the war talked of; it was one of the inspir- and chin were weak. His mouth was too ing intiuences in my humdrum existence. But stained with the tobacco which he chewed to the speakers, although they generally boasted of tell much about it,—and his chin was like so their commands, not of themselves individu- many American chins, not strong. His eyes ally, usually admitted that they themselves had looked weak. His clothes were very much worn, been in the active force, and thus tacitly shared but they had once been good; they formerly in the credit. “ No.4,” however, expressly dis- had been black, and well made; the buttons claimed that he was entitled to any of the praise, were all on. His shirt was clean. I took note declaring that he was safe behind the crest of of this, for he had a dissipated look, and a rumthe hill (which he said he “hugged mighty pled shirt would have been natural. A man's close"), and claimed the glory for the rest of linen tells on him before his other clothes do. the command.
His listener had evidently been impressed by It happened just as I have told you here,” him also, for he rose and said abruptly, “ Let's he said, in closing. “Old Joe saw the point go and take a drink.” To my surprise“ No.4" as soon as the battery went to work, and sent declined. “No, I thank you,” he said, with Binford Terrell to the colonel to ask him to promptness. I instinctively looked at him again let him go over there and take it; and when to see if I had not misjudged him; but I conJoe gave the word the boys went. They did n't cluded not, that I was right, and that he was go at a walk either, I tell you; it was n't any simply “not drinking.” I was flattered at promenade: they went clipping. At first the my discrimination when I heard him say that guns shot over 'em; did n't catch 'em till the he had “sworn off.” His friend said no more, third fire; then they played the devil with 'em: but remained standing while “No. 4" expabut the boys were up there right in 'em before tiated on the difference between a man who is they could do much. They turned the guns on drinking and one who is not. I never heard 'em as they went down the hill (oh, our boys a more striking exposition of it. He said he could handle the tubes then as well as the ar- wondered that any man could be such a fool as tillery themselves), and in a little while the rest to drink liquor; that he had determined never of the line came up, and we formed a line of to touch another drop. He presently relapsed battle right there on that crest, and held it till into silence, and the other reached out his hand
“ No. 4
to say good-by. Suddenly rising, he said: “Well, trate took it doubtfully. He looked down at suppose we go and have just one for old times the prisoner half kindly, half humorously. sake. Just one now, mind you; for I have not “You 'll just break it.” He started to lay touched a drop in—” He turned away, and the book down. I did not catch the length of the time mentioned; “No; I want to take the pledge,” said “No. but I have reason to believe that “No. 4 4,"eagerly. "Did I ever break a pledge I made overstated it.
to your honor?" The next time I saw him was in the police “ Did n't you promise me not to come back court. I happened to be there when he walked here ?" out of the pen among as miscellaneous a lot I have not been here for nine months. Beof chronic drunkards, thieves, and miscreants sides, I did not come of my own free will,” said of both sexes and several colors as were ever “No. 4,” with a faint flicker of humor on his gathered together. Hestill had on his old black perspiring face. suit, buttoned up; but his linen was rumpled “You promised not to take another drink.” and soiled like himself, and he was manifestly “ I forgot that. I did not mean to break it; just getting over a debauch, the effects of which indeed, I did not. I fell in with — " were still visible on him in every line of his The justice looked away, considered a moperspiring face and thin figure. He walked with ment, and ordered him back into the pen with, that exaggerated erectness which told his self-“Thirty days under the hill, to cool off.” deluded state as plainly as if he had pronounced
" stood quite still till the officer it in words. He had evidently been there be- motioned him to the gate, behind which the fore, and more than once. The justice nodded prisoners sat in stolid rows. Then he walked to him familiarly :
dejectedly back into the pen, and sat down by " Here again ?” he asked in a tone part a drunken negro. His look touched me, and I pleasantry, part regret.
went around and talked to the magistrate priYes, your honor. Met an old soldier last vately. But he was inexorable; he said he night, and took a drop for good fellowship, and knew more of him than I did, and that thirty before I knew it—” A shrug of the shoulders days in jail would “ dry him out and be good completed the sentence, and the shoulders did for him.” I told him the story of the battle. not straighten any more.
He knew it already, and said he knew more The tall officer who had picked him up said than that about him: that he had been one of something to the justice in a tone too low for the bravest soldiers in the whole army; did not me to catch; but "No.4" heard it,-it was evi- know what fear was; had once ridden into the dently a statement against him,- for he started enemy and torn captured standard from its to speak in a deprecating way. The judge in- captors' hands, receiving two desperate bayoterrupted him :
net-wounds in doing it; and had done other “I thought you told me last time that if I acts of conspicuous gallantry on many occalet you go you would not take another drink sions. I pleaded this, but he was obdurate; for a year.”
hard, I thought at the time, and told him so; “I forgot," said “ No. 4" in a low voice. told him he had been a soldier himself, and “ This officer says you resisted him.” ought to be easier. He looked troubled, not
The officer looked stolidly at the prisoner as offended; for we were friends, and I think he if it were a matter of not the slightest interest liked to see me, who had been a boy during to him personally. “ Cursed me and abused the war, take up for an old soldier on that me,” he said, dropping the words slowly as if ground. But he stood firm. I must do him the he were checking off a schedule.
justice to say that I now think it would not " I did not, your honor; indeed, I did not," have made any difference if he had done othersaid “ No.4,” quickly. “I swear I did not; he wise. is mistaken. Your honor does not believe I “No. 4"must have heard me trying to help would tell you a lie! Surely I have not got so him, for one day about a month after that he low as that.”
walked in on me quite sober, and looking someThe justice turned his pencil in his hand what as he did the first day I ever saw him; doubtfully, and looked away. "No. 4" took thanked me for what I had done for him; de
4. in his position. He began again.
livered one of the most impressive discourses “I fell in with an old soldier, and we got to on intemperance that I ever heard; and asked talking about the war - about old times.” His me to try to help him get work. He was willing voice was very
soft.“ I will promise your honor to do anything, he said ; that is, anything he that I won't take another drink for a year. could do. I got him a place with a friend of Here, I 'll take an oath to it. Swear me." He mine which he kept a week, then got drunk. seized the greasy little Bible on the desk before We got hold of him, however, and sobered him him, and handed it to the justice. The magis- up, and he escaped the police and the justice's
court. Being out of work, and very firm in his vial habits (I have heard that he was very disresolution never to drink again, we lent him sipated, though not openly so, and “ No. 4" some money-a very little — with which to never admitted it). He was killed at the batkeep along a few days, on which he got drunk tle of Bull Run. His mother, he always spoke immediately, and did fall into the hands of the of her with unvarying tenderness and reverpolice, and was sent to jail as before. This, in ence—had suffered enough, he said, to canfact, was his regular round: into jail, out of jail; onize her if she were not a saint already; she a little spell of sobriety, “ an accidental fall,” had brought him up to have a great horror of which occurred as soon as he could get a drop liquor, and he had never touched it till he went of liquor, and into jail again for thirty or sixty into the army. In the army he was in a convidays according to the degree of resistance he vial crowd, and they had hard marching and gave the police, - who always, by their own ac- poor rations, often none, and drinking got to count, simply invited him politely to go home, be held the proper thing. Liquor was scarce, and, by his, insulted him,- and to the violence and was regarded as a luxury; so although he of the language he applied to them. In this he was very much afraid of it, yet for good fellowexcelled; for although as quiet as possible when ship's sake, and because it was considered manhe was sober, when he was drunk he was a ter- nish, he used to drink it. Then he got to like it ; for, so the police said, and his resources of vi- and then got to feel the need of it, and took it tuperation were cyclopedic. He possessed in to stimulate him when he was run down. This this particular department an eloquence which want brought with it a great depression when was incredible. His blasphemy was vast, illim- he did not have the means to satisfy it. He itable, infinite. He told me once that he could never liked the actual taste of it; he said few pot explain it; that when he was sober he ab- drunkards did. It was the effect that he was al- • horred profanity, and never uttered an oath; ways after. This increased on him, he said, when he was in liquor his brain took this turn, until finally it was no longer a desire, but a pasand distilled blasphemy in volumes. He said sion, a necessity; he was obliged to have it. He that all of its energies were quickened and con- felt then that he would commit murder for it. centrated in this direction, and then he took “Why, I dream about it,” he said. “I will tell not only pleasure, but pride in it. He felt in- you what I have done. I have made the most spired like one of the old prophets denouncing solemn vows, and have gone to bed and gone the sins of Israel.
to sleep, and waked up and dressed and walked He told me a good deal of his life. He had miles through the rain and snow to get it. I got very low at this time, much lower than he believe I would have done it if I had known had been when I first knew him. He recog- I was going next moment to hell.” He said it nized this himself, and used to analyze and dis- had ruined him; said so quite calmly; did not cuss himself in quite an impersonal way. This appear to have any special remorse about it; was when he had come out of jail, and after at least, never professed any; said it used to having the liquor“ dried out” of him. In such trouble him, but he had got over it now. He a state he always referred to his condition in had had a plantation,—that is, his mother had the past as being something that never would had,—and he had been quite successful for a or could recur; while on the other hand, if he while; but he said, “A man can't drink liquor were just over a drunk, he frankly admitted his and run a farm," and the farm had gone. absolute slavery to his habit. When he was I asked him how? getting drunk he shamelessly maintained, and “I sold it,” he said calmly; “ that is, perwas ready to swear on all the Bibles in creation, suaded my mother to sell it. The stock that that he had not touched a drop, and never ex- belonged to me had nearly all gone before. A pected to do so again,-indeed, could not be man who is drinking will sell anything," he said. induced to do it, when in fact he would at “ I have sold everything in the world I had, or the very time be reeking with the fumes of li- could lay my hands on. I have never got quite quor, and perhaps had his pocket then bulging so low as to sell my old gray jacket that I used with a bottle which he had just emptied, and to wear when I rode behind old Joe. I mean would willingly have bartered his soul to refill. to be buried in that — if I can keep it.” He had
I never saw such absolute dominion as the been engaged to a nice girl; the wedding-day love of liquor had over him. He was like a had been fixed; but she had broken off the enman in chains. He confessed it frankly and gagement. She married another man. “She calmly. He said he had a disease, and gave was a mighty nice girl," he said quietly. “Her me a history of it. It came on him, he said, people did not like my drinking so much. I in spells; that when he was over one he ab- passed her not long ago on the street. She did horrel it, but when the fit seized him it came not know me.” He glanced down at himself suddenly, and he was in absolute slavery to it. quietly. “She looks older than she did." He He said his father was a gentleman of convi- said that he had had a place for some time,
did not drink a drop for nearly a year, and then was investigated it transpired that the house got with some of the old fellows, and they per- was a bar-room over which the man lived, - he suaded him to take a little. “I cannot touch was the same man who had pitched the dog it. I have either got to drink or let it alone into the water,—and that“ No. 4,” after being one thing or the other," he said. “But I am given whisky enough to make him a madman, all right now," he declared triumphantly, a lit- had been put out of the place, had broken into tle of the old fire lighting up in his face. “I the bar during the night to get more, and was never expect to touch a drop again.” found fast asleep in a chair with an empty bot
He spoke so firmly that I was persuaded to tle beside him. I became satisfied that if any make him a little loan, taking his due-bill for money had been taken the barkeeper, to make it, which he always insisted on giving. I have out a case against “ No.4," had taken it hima pile of these valuable securities now filed away self, and the jury thought so too. But there with a somewhat smaller number of pledges of was a technical breaking, and it had to be got various degrees of asseveration which he made around; so his counsel appealed to the jury, tellfrom time to time. I had not then come to ing them what he knew of “No. 4,” together know him so well as I did afterward. That with the story of the child's dog, and “ No. evening I saw him being dragged along by 4's" reply. There were one or two old soldiers three policemen, and he was cursing like a on the jury, and they acquitted him, on which demon. The maledictions of Ezekiel and Jer- he somehow managed to get whisky enough to emiah mingled with the language of Billings- land him back in jail in twenty-four hours. gate were being poured forth in the street in a resistless torrent.
In May, 1890, there was a monument unIn the course of time he got so low that he veiled in Richmond. It was a great occasion, spent much more than half his time in jail. and not only all Virginia, but the whole South, He became a perfect vagabond, and with his participated in it with great fervor, much enclothes ragged and dirty might be seen reeling thusiasm, and many tears. It was an occasion about, or standing around the street corners for sacred memories. The newspapers talked near disreputable bars, waiting for a chance about it for a good while beforehand; prepadrink, or sitting asleep in doorways of unten- rations were made for it as for the celebration anted buildings. His companions would be one of a great and general ceremony in which the or two chronic drunkards like himself, with red whole South was interested. It was interested, noses, bloated faces, dry hair, and filthy clothes. because it was not only the unveiling of a monuSometimes I would see him hurrying along with ment for the old commander, the greatest and one of these as if they had a piece of the most loftiest Southerner, and, as the South holds, important business in the world. An idea had man, of his time; it was an occasion consestruck their addled brains that by some means crated to the whole South, now strongly and they could manage to secure a drink. Yet in henceforth forever for the Union as it is; it was some way he still held himself above these crea- the embalming in precious memories, and laytures, and once or twice I heard of him being ing away in the tomb of the Southern Confedunder arrest for resenting what he deemed an eracy, the apotheosis of the Southern people. impertinence from them.
As such all were interested in it, and all were Once he came very near being drowned. prepared for it. It was known that all that reThere was a flood in the river, and a large crowd mained of the Southern armies would be there: was watching it from the bridge. Suddenly a of the armies that fought at Shiloh, and Bull Run, little girl's dog fell in. It was pushed in by a and Fort Republic; at Seven Pines, Gaines's ruffian. The child cried out, and there was a Mill, and Cold Harbor ; at Antietam, Fredcommotion. When it subsided a man was seen ericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, swimming for life after the little white head go- Atlanta, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, ing down the stream. It was “No.4.” He had Spotsylvania, the Wilderness, and Petersburg; slapped the fellow in the face, and then had and the whole South, Union as it is now to sprung in after the dog. He caught it, and got the core and ready to fight the nation's batout himself, though in too exhausted a state to tles, gathered to glorify Lee, the old commanstand up. When he was praised for it, he said, der, and to see the survivors of those and other “ A member of old Joe's company who would bloody fields in which the volunteer soldiers not have done that could not have ridden be- of the South had held the world at bay, and hind old Joe.” I had this story from eye-wit- added to the glorious history of their race. nesses, and it was used shortly after with good Men came all the way from Oregon and Calieffect; for he was arrested for burglary, break- fornia to be present. Old one-legged soldiers ing into a man's house one night. It looked at stumped it from West Virginia. Even “ No.4," first like a serious case, for some money had though in the gutter, caught the contagion, and been taken out of a drawer; but when the case shaped up and became sober. He got a good