Log of the tenth annual cruise of the Second Presbyterian fishing club of Philadelphia, July 3d to 14th, 1880, [book]

Clifford Paynter] [Allen
1880 unpublished
& Dunbar during the morning, accompanied by numerous friends and acquaintances, who filled the deck of the schooner and the end of the pier at which she was lying. As the stores and baggage of the members arrived, they were stowed below until all preparations were complete. It had been rumored among the members that Ranch, the quiet man, intended leaving the Club at the last minute, and as he moved up the gangway, when the word was passed for landsmen to leave the vessel, he was promptly seized
more » ... was promptly seized and handcuffed to the shrouds, RAUCH HANDCUFFED. steamers, by means of our fog-horn, as they met or passed us. (Note. -When Smith's Island was reached, being beyond the reach of habeas corpus, Ranch was released.) By the time Gloucester was reached, the members had torn all the lining out of their throats by cheering, and were ready to quiet down a little until the roll was called, and the following muster made : -J. L. Smith, Commodore. Our artist brother, Packard, had 'been detained in New York by press of business, and was to join us in a day or two. Eisenhower was forced to stay at home by a de^th in his family at the last moment, and received the sympathy of the entire party in his affliction. Off Red Bank, were passed by the steamer "Juniata," whose passengers were greatly entertained by the music of our hand-organ, and greeted us heartily. At 2.30 P. M., the Steward set out a cold collation for the benefit of those members who had had no dinner. The deviled crab §, which formed the mainstay of this meal, were donated by one of the lady members of the Club, and her memory is held in grateful remembrance by those partaking thereof, as one who knew " how to devil a crab." None of the ladies were behindhand in kind acts, as the number of cakes, buns, pies, and other delicacies sent on board bore witness. In fact, the only drawback to this lunch was the miserable apology for lemonade made by Sixsmith and Wehn, who were promptly ordered not to touch the lemon-squeezer again during the voyage. After lunch, a general drawing for berths took place, and each member, as he drew his number, took possession and stowed his bedding and baggage for the trip. With blankets rolled at the head of the mattresses, valises at the foot, and spare clothes hung around, the ship made a decidedly home-like appearance. At 3 P. M., off the upper end of Tinicum, the little steam yacht " River Queen" passed us with a number of ladies aboard, who received our uproarious greetings smilingly, and waved their farewells to us. The stiff breeze hung to us, and at 3.30 P. M. we were off Chester, with everything flying straight out, including the huge fish of last year, which attracted universal attention wherever we went. The inaugural game of "Poke" had already been commenced, and the veterans were beginning to look to their laurels, as Rauch had already drawn four aces, which hand, to his great disgust, netted him the enormous sum of one cent. Off Roach's ship-yard, we had a good send-off from tug "Dorie Emory," and a three-masted schooner which she had in tow, with her ship's bell. At 4.05 P. M., off Lindenthorpe Club-house, were passed by steamer "Reybold" with a large crowd of excursionists, among whom we were glad to see our old friend and fellow-member Williams. The exchange of greetings was kept up long and enthusiastically as we sailed side by side for some distance. Passed Ledge Light at 7.30 P. M., the wind still freshening. Anchored off Fortescue Beach at 8.30 P. M., pretty well away from shore. After anchoring and making everything CHAS. MOUSLEY GETS THE BEST OF THE MOSQUITOES TEMPORARILY.
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