The Sailor – The Story of Paul Erling Johnson


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Gray Gardens

And now for the transformation of Gray Gardens


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Miles Davis Quintet – Teatro dell’Arte, Milan, Italy, October 11th, 1964


The Band:

  • Miles Davis (trumpet),
  • Wayne Shorter (sax),
  • Herbie Hancock (piano),
  • Ron Carter (bass),
  • Tony Williams (drums)


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Ovation Guitars Factory Tour

Click here to visit Ovation Guitars

Ovation Patent Drawing 1975


Click here to read a copy of the 1975 Patent for the Ovation Guitar


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Jerry Lee Lewis – Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1983


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Saving Notre Dame


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There’s a Lesson or Two in Here Somewhere if you pay attention


Absolutely Brilliant!  And as I am quite certain you will become a fan, there’s more!



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Krieghoff Shotguns Factory Tour

German made shotguns by Krieghoff, founded in 1886.



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Marchmont House – The Genius of Sebastian Cox

Sebastian Cox is one of the UK’s premier custom furniture makers with a unique background and love for the forest.

Click here to visit


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Watch Fraud on eBay


EBay has had a problem with fraudulent sellers since its inception back in 1995.   Some aspects of the platform have improved with algorithms and automation, but others such as customer service and fraud have gotten worse.  Small sellers have definitely been hurt by eBay’s “enhanced buyer experience”, but  more on that later.


My view about eBay is that it has been fully captured by Wall Street.  In 2014 eBay employed over 34,000 people.  Today that number hovers around 12,000.  In a fair world, one where corporations “took care” of their employees, one would expect the employee head count to grow with profits.  Shamefully, in America today, Wall Street can actually force a corporation into making detrimental decisions not only for their employees, but in the long run, the quality of the customer service that the business delivers.

Let me share with you the number one most common Wall Street scam perpetuated on unsuspecting corporations.  I will use eBay for example.  It goes as follows:

  1. One day, CNBC’s Jim Cramer or others such as David Faber, the Mergers and Acquisitions reporter at CNBC,  begin planting the idea in the publics’ head that eBay and PayPal—(you may insert any corporation listed on the stock exchanges here)—would be better off as separate companies.  They proclaim that investors are not getting proper value out of the entities remaining combined.  This pressure drives the stock price of eBay down until their executives acquiesce to Wall Street’s will and split PayPal off as a separate entity.
  2. They accomplish this by corrupting the CEOs and others within PayPal and EBay (example only)  by constructing a bonus arrangement into the divestiture agreement whereby the executives reap millions for carrying out the transaction which includes of course convincing the major shareholders that it is the right thing to do.  This happens over and over on Wall Street with dozens of corporations each and every year.  Then, one day Wall Street bankers come calling once again and suggest the companies should consider merging again or acquiring another corporation of some sort.  All of this is done not for the good of the corporations, but for fee generation to line the banker’s pockets with. This is what is known the Financialization of Capitalism, or the Financialization of Wall Street…choose your term; this is where money is no longer going into capital formation for new companies and progress, but for the mere purpose of stripping profitable companies of the their cash by bankers and corporate raiders, i.e., hedge funds, etc.,

Thus we are now left with a very dysfunctional eBay and PayPal where the once stellar customer phone service has all but disappeared for both companies.  And with eBay, they can no longer adequately police their own auctions.  They simply do not have enough employees to address the growing fraud problem.   OK, so what about the watch fraud?


Looking at various watch auctions tonight,  I ran across two interesting auctions;  one by a seller in Japan, the other by a seller located in India.  The Japanese seller has 200 plus feedbacks and the Indian seller only has two.  My intuition tells me it is most likely that the Indian seller committing the fraud here, but I will let the reader decide.  So please take a look at the photos of the two listings below.  The first one is from the Japanese seller (3 screen shots)  The second listing is from the Indian seller (3 screen shots).  It is my belief that the Indian seller is stealing the Japanese sellers photographs and posting false listings.  Of course, it could be the Indian seller has a cousin living in Japan selling from the same inventory, but that is highly unlikely.

Conclusion: See his feedback below…it is more likely that this is one and the same seller and is located in India but stating that the watch is in Japan as a “marketing” ploy.  Or, he is attempting to establish a second account in order to outrun his rather long string of negative feedback.



Japan 1

Japan 2

Japan 3

Now for the Indian listing.  The last two photos are identical to the ones provided by the Japanese seller….same movement, same description:

India 1

India 2

India 3


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So You Bought a Rolex Tulip but Now It’s Time to Move On


Today I shall share a bit of market wisdom that will be hard to swallow for some Rolex owners, especially if they bought their Submariner at the top of the magical Covid Watch Bubble that has now collapsed.

History often repeats itself, even in the stock market, but when it comes to the World-Wide Tulip Bazaar & All Night Casino & Bubble Chase(WWTBCBC for short)—the asset class always changes. 

Bubbles will continually be created as the puppet masters seek out one more grift to push the unsuspecting masses into in order to inflate the price of the newly targeted asset class with the goal of reaping massive profits. 

What the grifters will never tell the average man on the street is when they intend to sell. 

In fact, they, more likely than not, can be found encouraging the average punter(sucker) to buy while they in fact are selling in order to obtain the highest price possible on their way out the back door. 

Over the past four years we have amazingly witnessed no less than four bubbles:

  • Meme Stock Tulips
  • Crypto Coin Tulips
  • Rolex Watch Tulips, and
  • AI Stock Tulips

The astute speculator could have made a fortune off of any one of the above.  But, it is unlikely the next bubble will involve any of the above.  So if you think the value of your Rolex will once again shoot to the moon, I would advise buying a good bottle of scotch, drink your blues away, sober up, and then chalk it down to valuable lesson learned.  Tulips anyone?



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This…is inspiration…


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King James Bible – Knights Templar Edition

Full Cover, rear, spine, and front

Published by Piranesi Press in collaboration with Country House Essays, this beautiful paperback version of the King James Bible is now available for $79.95 at Barnes and

This is a limited Edition of 500 copies Worldwide.  Click here to view other classic books produced for this site.  Continue reading King James Bible — Knights Templar Edition


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King Arthur Legends, Myths, and Maidens

King Arthur, Legends, Myths & Maidens is a massive book of Arthurian legends.   This limited edition paperback was just released on Barnes and Noble at a price of $139.00.  Although is may seem a bit on the high side, it may prove to be well worth its price as there are only 150 copies being printed.   The book has 674 pages and is in a 6″ x 9″ format.

This edition is published by Piranesi Press in collaboration with Country House Essays.  They have put a lot of effort into the layout which book lovers are sure to enjoy. Continue reading King Arthur Legends, Myths, and Maidens


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Abingdon, Berkshire in the Year of 1880

St.Helen’s on the Thames, photo by Momit


From a Dictionary of the Thames from Oxford to the Nore. 1880 by Charles Dickens

Abingdon, Berkshire, on the right bank, from London 103 3/4miles, from Oxford 7 3/4 miles. A station on the Great Western Railway, from Paddington 60 miles. The time occupied by the trains varies from one hour and threequarters upwards ; the station is about twelve minutes’ walk from the river. Population, 6,506. Soil, gravel.

Abingdon is situated at the junction of the Ock with the Thames, and can boast very considerable antiquity. It appears to have grown up round a great abbey which was founded here so far back as the 7th century, but it is probable that much of the early history of Abingdon is entirely of a legendary kind, and that. little is known about it with absolute certainty until the time of the Conquest. The evidence of Domesday Book goes to show that the abbey at that time was rich in landed property. Desperate quarrels occurred between the monks and the citizens, and in 1327 n great part of the abbey was burnt in a riot in which the Mayor of Oxford and certain disorderly students of that University took the part of the inhabitants of Abingdon.

The town gradually grew into importance, principally through its extensive cloth trade, but received a severe blow when the abbey was abolished in 1538 and its large revenues diverted into other channels. Another reason for the importance of the town in ancient days was the building of its bridge by John Huchyns and Geoffrey Barbur in 1416. In the reign of Queen Mary, 1557, a Charter of Incorporation was granted to the town at the instigation of Sir John Mason, an influential inhabitant, and it has ever since been represented in Parliament, the original number of two members being now reduced to one. The borough is now represented by Mr. John C. Clarke, a Liberal. The number of voters on the register in 1878 was 890. The town is governed by a mayor, four aldermen, and twelve councillors. The principal business centre is the Marketplace, with High street, Stert-street, East St. Helen’s-street, the Square, and Ock-street. It is a clean, quiet little place — quiet even to the point of dulness—with many good houses both modern and ancient. Among the latter may be instanced an excellent example of old timbering in a house in Stert-street. Notwithstanding its apparent quiet a fair amount of trade is carried on in Abingdon, and one of its principal industries is that of the manufacture of ready-made clothing, thus, oddly enough, carrying out the old traditions of the place, which, as Leland says, atone time “stood by clothing.” The market-house stands on an open arcade of stone pillars with a timbered roof, and is the work of Inigo Jones. Built in 1667, it was restored in 1853, and stands on the site of the famous old market cross which was destroyed by the Parliamentary General Waller in 1644.

A curious picture of the cross is on the outside of the south wall of Christ’s Hospital, facing the river, The abbey gateway still stands to the eastward of the market-place, and a little beyond it, on the right, are some very interesting remains of the old abbey itself, now in the occupation of a brewer, but readily accessible to visitors. Here, at the extreme end of the yard, on the right, some crumbling steps with a time-worn wooden balustrade at the top lead to the abbot’s apartments, now used as lofts, in which are the remains of a fine fire-place, said to be of the time of Henry III., with a capacious chimney, some good windows, and well-preserved pointed arches to the doorways. The roofs are lofty and the walls of immense thickness. Underneath this room is a remarkable crypt, also unusually lofty, which is at present used for the storage of bitter ale.

The entrance to the crypt is close to the backwater of the Thames, and is shaded by some splendid chestnuts—for which indeed Abingdon is remarkable. The upper windows facing the river at this point are in good preservation, and, from a lane between the brewery and the abbey gateway, is a very picturesque view of the great chimney above mentioned. The church of St. Nicholas ad joins the abbey gateway, and will well repay a visit. Close to the pulpit is a painted mural monument, with a carved stone base, reaching from the floor almost to the ceiling, dedicated to the memory of John Blacknail and Jane his wife, “who both of them finished an happy course upon earth, and ended their days in peace on the 2ist day of August, 1625.” They are represented by two figures in black kneeling on red and gilt cushions, she with her two children praying behind her; and the epitaph runs as follows :

When once the liv’d on earth one bed did hold
Their bodies, which one minute turned to mould,
Being dead, one grave is trusted with that prize,
Until the trump doth sound, and all must
Here death’s stroke, even, did not part this pair,
But by this stroke they more vnited were :
And what left they behind you plainly see,
One only davghter, and their charity.
What thovgh the first by death’s command did leave us,
The second, we are sure, will ne’er deceive us.

Blacknall was a great benefactor to the town, and among his charities is a dole of forty-seven loaves of bread, which are distributed from his tomb every Sunday. There is a small brass with an inscription, to the Bostock family (1669), some curious old stained glass panes with an almost undecipherable inscription, and an old carved stone font. Behind the altar, hidden by a wooden screen, is an old reredos, unfortunately considerably mutilated. The registers date back to 1558, are in splendid order, and most carefully bound and preserved, and contain many curious entries ; among others, the records of several civil marriages, after publication of the names three times in the market, attested by John Bolton and others, mayors of the town in 1657. The church has a tower with a singular square turret attached, and a good Norman doorway.

A much finer church is St. Helen’s, close to the river, the spire of which, with its flying but tresses, is a landmark to this portion of the Thames. This really handsome church has a nave and chancel of equal breadth, and side aisles, with timbered roof good throughout, and in the nave and chancel very elaborate. In the north aisle the roof is still decorated with curious paintings, many of which are gradually but surely fading. There is a new carved marble font and modern oak roodscreen, both of considerable beauty.

John Roysse – (1500-1571) Photograph of a portrait copy of John Roysse at Abingdon School by unknown artist. photo by Racinemanager

Among the monuments is the stone memorial in the north aisle to John Roysse, the founder of the Abingdon Grammar School, who died in 1571, leaving express orders that the great stone in his arbour in his London garden should be the upper stone of his tomb at Abingdon, round about which four-and-twenty pensioners should for ever kneel on Sundays to receive alms; and with further careful provision that ” twelve pence in white bread, being good, sweet, and seasonable,” should be distributed every Sunday at his tomb, to twelve old widows, ” women or men,” of whom every one, at the receipt thereof should say, ” The blessed Trinity upon JOHN ROYSSE’S soul have mercy ! “

Another stone monument in the west of the north aisle, bears the following inscription: “This tombe is honord with the bones of our pious benefactour, Richard Curtaine, gent., a principall magistrate of this Corpâ, hee was buried July ye 18, Ano Dominy 1643;” and elsewhere on the tomb are these lines, which at the time were no doubt considered to embody a quaint conceit :

   Our Cvrtaine in this lower press, Rests folded vp in natvre’s dress.

At the foot of this tomb is a brass, with, a half-length figure in action of prayer, Galfridus Barbur, 1417; and behind the organ is another brass, nearly obliterated, displaying a full-length female figure. In the east of the south aisle is a curious painting of the genealogical tree of W. Lee, 1637. Mr. Lee was five times Mayor of Abingdon, and “had in his life time issue from his loins two hundred lacking but three.” The organ displays a quaint woodcarving of King David, with gilded harp and crown. The tomb of Mrs. Elizabeth Hawkins, 1780, is a capital example of what should be avoided in the way of monumental sculpture. It is crowded with busts of fat naked children, weeping tears of colossal size, and ail the usual devices and properties of the most conventional stone mason. The perpetrator of this work of genius was, it appears, one Hickey, who was fortunate enough to receive for it £400 under the deceased lady’s will.

In the churchyard of St. Helen’s is a row of almshouses in memory of Charles Twitty, 1707, who gave ,£1,700 for building and endowing “an hospital for maintayning in meate, drinke, and apparrel, and all other necessarys of life 3 poor aged men, and the like number of poor aged women.” Abutting off the churchyard also are the cloistered buildings of the charity at Christ’s Hospital, which was refounded in 1553—having been dissolved by Henry VIII.—at the instance of Sir John Mason, who procured for it a charter frorti Edward VI. Over the central porch of the hospital are ‘ some curious old paintings, representing such subjects as the giving of alms, the story of the Good Samaritan, and other scripture subjects, as well as a portrait of Edward VI. The picture of the old market cross has already been noticed. The oak-panelled hall, which is lighted by a lofty lantern, has several odd pictures, among them one representing the building of Abingdon Bridge, in memory of ” Jefforye Barbur and John Howchion.” On the frame is inscribed : ” Frauncis Little, one of ye governors of this hospital, gave this table, An. Dm. 1607,” and underneath the picture stands the table in question, a fine one of oak, with curiously carved legs. A portrait of Edward VI. hangs, with several others, in the hall ; and there is also preserved the original charter, which shows considerable signs of age. The later portion of the hospital buildings, which runs parallel to the river, dates from 1718, and it is just below this point that the waters of the Ock and of the Wilts and Berks Canal join the Thames.

At the north side of the town is the Albert Park, presented to the town by the trustees of Christ’s Hospital is 1864. It is well laid out and planted, and in it stands a monument to the late Prince Consort, with his statue in the robes of the Garter. Adjoining the park are the new buildings of the grammar school, founded by John Roysse in 1563. The profligacy of John Roysse’s son was the immediate cause of the foundation of Abingdon Grammar School. It is said that nothing but the universal estimation in which men held his father, ” as well in the west country as also in Kent or otherwise,” saved the criminal from the penalties of the law. Roysse disinherited him, and, after making provision for his grandson and making certain other bequests, bequeathed the residue of his fortune, directing that as it was endowed A.D. 1563, and in the 63rd year of its founder’s life, it should educate 63 boys for ever.

Thomas Teesdale, the first scholar admitted into this school, endowed an ushership in the school, and left funds for purchasing lands for the maintenance of fellows and scholars from Abingdon school at Balliol College, Oxford. His trustees, however, combined with Richard Wightwick to found Pembroke College, Oxford, at which college the school possesses five of the incorporated scholarships. Of these one is filled up annually, and two boys who have been educated at the school for two years are nominated as candidates. Each scholarship is of the value of £50 per annum, with rooms rent free, and is tenable for five years. The fees for boarders under the age of 13 are £57 ; over 13, £63. Hard by Roysse’s school is Sir Gilbert Scott’s elaborately decorated church of St. Michael,1 which Serves as a chapel-of-ease to St. Helen’s. The street leading to the park from Ock-street is by the side of the alms houses founded by Benjamin Tompkins in 1733.

Sir George Gilbert Scott

Link is to the website of the Scott family.  They have quite fascinating family history.  Claims to fame include:

  1. The Scott family have designed cathedrals on 5 continents including Africa, Asia, Europe,  North America & Australia.

  2. Two members of the Scott family feature on the new British passport. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and Elizabeth Scott.

  3. Sir George Gilbert Scott is buried in Westminster Abbey in a grave, which he would have been pleased to learn, unearthed some of the earliest Roman remains discovered in the Abbey

  4. The iconic red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who took inspiration from Sir John Soane’s wife mausoleum.  Click here to view additional British Telephone Box designs and history.

  5. Sir George Gilbert Scott at the age of just 33 built the tallest building in the world (At the time, St Nicholas’s Cathedral in Hamburg)

    The Scott family run the London based Watts and Co. 

Mausoleum from which the British red telephone box was design inspired. George Basevi’s painting of Sir Soane’s Tomb – 1816

The angler should not be afraid of fishing near the town, as there are some excellent swims close by. In Blake’s Lock -pool there are arbel, chub, perch, &c., and on the tow-path side, opposite Thrup, just past the overfall, there is a swim of considerable length, and full six feet deep, reachable from the bank.

  • BANKS.—Gillett and Co., the Square ; London and County, Market-place.
  • FAIRS. — First Monday in Lent, May 6, Junes 20, July I, September 19 and 30, December 11.
  • FIRE ENGINE.—Abbey – gate-way.
  • HOTEL.—”Crown and Thistle”(landing-stage at the “Nag’s Head’); “Lion,” High-street; “Queen’s,” Market-place (landing-stage at the “Anchor”)
  • MARKET DAY. —Monday.
  • PLACES OF WORSHIP.—St. Helen’s: Sunday, 11 a.m., 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion, 8 or 11 a.m.   St. Michaels’s: Sunday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. (shildren) and 6.30 p.m. Daily, 5 p.m.  Holy Communion 8 a.m.   St. Nicholas: Sunday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m.  Daily, 10 a.m.   Catholic, Vineyard: Our Lady and St. Edmund. Sunday, 11 a.m, 6.30 p.m.   Baptist, Ock – street: Sunday, 11 a.m., 6.30 p.m.  The minister receives 30s. per annum for preaching a sermon to commemorate the death of Queen Anne.   Baptist (Particular), Abbey: Sunday, 10.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. (summer), 2 p.m. (winter).  Independent, Ock-street: Sunday, 10.30 a.m., 6.30 p.m., and Monday evening.  Primitive Methodist, Spring-road: Sunday 11 a.m., 6.30 p.m.  Wesleyan, Albert-park Sunday 11 a.m., 6.30 p.m.
  • POLICE.—Borough, Abbey-gateway; County, Bridge-street, close to the bridge.
  • POSTAL ARANGEMENTS.—Post Office (money order, savings bank, telegraph, and insurance), Marketplace.  Mails from London, 7 and 11.30 a.m., 5 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. Mails for London, 11.10a.m, 3.40 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 p.m.
  • NEAREST Bridge, Ferry, Lock, and Railway station, Abingdon.  Nearest Bridges, up, Oxford 7 3/4 miles; down, Sutton 2 miles.  Locks, up Sandford 5 mile; down, Culham 2 miles.
  • FARES to Paddington; 1st, 10/10, 18/3; 2nd, 8/2, 13/9; 3rd, 5/6.


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Dicken’s Dictionary of the Thames from Oxford to Nore

Charles Dickens wrote much more than novels.  In fact he turned out several very interesting dictionaries to include one of London, one of Paris and one on London’s long meandering river Thames.

Click here to read a copy of the Dictionary of the Thames.


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Catholic Religious Orders

Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the mendicant Order of Friars Minor, as painted by El Greco.

Catholic religious order

Catholic religious orders are one of two types of religious institutes (‘Religious Institutes’, cf. canons 573–746), the major form of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church. They are organizations of laity and/or clergy who take solemn vows (in contrast to the simple vows taken by the members of religious congregations) and who live a common life following a religious rule or constitution under the leadership of a religious superior. According to the Annuario Pontificio, there are four branches of religious orders: Continue reading Catholic Religious Orders


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Vitruvius Ten Books on Architecture


The Ten Books on Architecture





Beauty is produced by the pleasing appearance and good taste of the whole, and by the dimensions of all the parts being duly proportioned to each other.  Vitruvius

Book I


    1. While your divine intelligence and will, Imperator Caesar, were engaged in acquiring the right to command the world, and while your fellow citizens, when all their enemies had been laid low by your invincible valour, were glorying in your triumph and victory,—while all foreign nations were in subjection awaiting your beck and call, and the Roman people and senate, released from their alarm, were beginning to be guided by your most noble conceptions and policies, I hardly dared, in view of your serious employments, to publish my writings and long considered ideas on architecture, for fear of subjecting myself to your displeasure by an unseasonable interruption.

Continue reading Vitruvius Ten Books on Architecture


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Popular Mechanics Archive

Click here to access the Internet Archive of old Popular Mechanics Magazines – 1902-2016

Click here to view old Popular Mechanics Magazine Covers


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The Rise and Fall of Tower Records


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Zulu Yawl

Dec. 10, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 477-479


The little ship shown in the accompanying plans needs no description, as she speaks for herself, a handsome and shipshape craft that a man may own for years without any fear that she will go to pieces under him or that she will become obsolete and out of date in appearance. She is intended as a day sailing boat, with large cockpit, but at the same time she has a snug little house for “week end” cruises; and as a proof of her capabilities at sea, she made the trip from Cobourg, Ont., on Lake Ontario, to Erie, Pa., a distance of 200 miles, early last May, in fairly heavy weather, running into Erie in a N. E. gale and big sea. On this trip she accommodated four very comfortably, and her performance showed an excellent sea boat. In the summer races of a mixed fleet she has shown very good speed, though not regularly raced.

Zulu was designed and built by Mr. H. K. Wicksteed, of Cobourg, Ont., for Mr. F. W. Grant, of Erie. Her dimensions are:

  • Length—Over all 30ft.
  • L.W.L 19ft. 4in.
  • Beam 7ft. ran.
  • Draft-Hull 3ft.
  • With board 6ft. 6in.
  • Displacement—Total 4,350! bs. Per inch at L.W.L 484I0S.
  • Ballast-Keel (iron) 1,920lbs
  • Inside (lead) 5oolbs
  • Sail Area—Total

Though thoroughly well built, the total cost was but $600, including 8ft. dinghy, spinaker, side lights, anchor, cable and small fittings; less than one-half the cost of a racing 2o-footer with nothing save racing outfit.


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The Standard Navy Cutter and a Whale Boat Design

Dec. 24, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 513-514

The Standard Navy Boats.

Above we find,

The accompanying illustrations show further details of the standard navy boats, the lines of which appeared last week. In all of these boats, as stated previously, the quality of speed has been given but a subordinate place, the consequence is that the boats in all classes represent a high degree of serviceability and real efficiency. Great attention has been paid to the construction, to insure
strength and lightness and general adaptability to hard service. The designs cannot fail to prove useful to the many who require boats of various kinds for other purposes than racing.

Below we find the design for a whaleboat.


Whale Boat



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Target Practice

Nov. 12, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 396

The Veterans to the Front.

Ironton. O., Oct. 28.—Editor Forest and Stream: I mail you a target made here today by Messrs. E. Lawton, G. Rogers and R. S. Dupuy. Mr. Dupuy is seventy-four years old, Mr. Lawton seventy-two. Mr. Rogers sixty-four. They used a Stevens Sure Shot .22cal. U. M. C. long rifle. The shot in the center of  No. 1 is Mr. Dupuy’s. There was a tack in the top of the paper; Mr. Lawton drove it for his last shot. 1 don’t think you can
find three more men of their age anywhere who can beat these three men. Messrs. Dupuy and Lawton have been shooting matches for thirty-five year”. Can you tell which is ahead? They can’t. I thought you would be interested, so mail this to you. James Dupuy


The annual meeting and election of officers of the Brooklyn Revolver Club will take place on Thursday of this week.


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The Black Grouper or Jewfish.


Nov. 5. 1898  Forest and Stream Pg. 371-372

The Black Grouper or Jewfish.

New Smyrna, Fla., Oct. 21.—Editor Forest and Stream:

It is not generally known that the fish commonly called jewfish. warsaw and black grouper are frequently caught at the New Smyrna bridge on the North Indian River. The depth of water (23ft.), the velocity of the tide, and the protective facilities afforded by the numerous piles composing the foundation of the draw, together with the enormous numbers of sheepshead which frequent that locality and vicinity, and which appear to be among its choicest food, render this place its favorite feeding ground.

The beginning of the present season for sheepshead fishing demonstrated by the number of lines, sinkers and hooks lost that some unweildy denizen of the deep was entering a vigorous protest against relinquishing its share of the sheepshead supply. After exhausting his patience in renewing his fishing outfit, Capt. Alf. Sharp, of the sharpie Coronado, resolved to capture the voracious monster. Having a line specially prepared, baited with a live sheephead, after an entire day of patient waiting he hooked the fish, and while laboring to bring it to shore the line fouled round a spile covered with barnacles, cutting it, allowing the fish to escape, not, however, without revealing itself to be over 5ft. in length and heavy in proportion. Not to be discouraged, the next day found him patiently awaiting the convenience of the fish to take the bait proved, when late in the evening his perseverance was rewarded by a successful strike, and with the combined efforts of several men the fish was by main strength pulled to the surface of the water, thence over the railway of the bridge, thereby preventing the repetition of the experience of the day previous, On being weighed, it was found to tip the beam at 110lbs., and was over 5ft. long and nearly 20in. diameter.

During the past “season a number of the same variety of fish were taken, one colored man coming with his wheelbarrow in regular anticipation of his catch.

The following, from the “Fisheries and Fishing Industries of the United States.” published by the United States Fish Commission, relative to the above-mentioned fish, may be of interest:

“A very large jewfish will follow and finally swallow a hooked fish, usually a red snapper, with hooks, lead, line and all. If the line then does not break, the fish may be hauled in with gaffs. The jewfish attains an enormous size, and specimens weighing from 80 to 1oolbs. have been caught. The smaller fish are quite choice, but large ones are too coarse and tough to be salable.”

Nowhere on the East Coast of Florida are there better facilities for obtaining sport of a piscatorial nature than in the vicinity of New Smyrna. With suitable lines and reel the varieties of fish to be taken may be anticipated by the use of bait. Fiddlers or shrimp are commonly used for sheepshead, and cut bait or mullet for the majority of the other varieties of fish. Of the size of the strings taken in one day by one person, 125lbs. have been recorded. Sheepshead range from 1 to 7lbs. in weight. Other fish, consisting of choper, cavally, sea bass, trout, whiting and bluefish, arc commonly caught by our winter visitors. Fishing parties in launches and sail boats from Daytona frequently visit these celebrated fishing grounds. Suitable accommodations for sojourning fishermen can be had in New Smyrna and near the fishing grounds at reasonable rates. The most desirable method for those who can afford the time and expense is to engage a boat with suitable cabin accommodations and cruise about the waters adjacent, breathing the pure salt atmosphere and enjoying nature free from the unhealthful and contaminating influences of city life.

John Y. Detwiler.

A modern photo of the jewfish


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A Record Alaskan Moose Head and Fighting Porcupines

Oct. 22, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 324

An Alaskan Moose Head.

Tacoma, Washington; Oct. 1.—Editor Forest and Stream: In your issue of March 6, 1897, you showed cut of a pair of moose horns belonging to me that spread 73 1/2 in.— at that time the largest moose head on record, I have the pleasure of sending you photograph of a set of moose horns that break all previous records, and stand to-day the largest and most massive moose head on record. Spread of the horns is 78 1/2in.; width of the blades following the curve. i8in.; with 40 prongs, four of the prongs on the under side not showing in photograph.

I have some seventy-five moose heads, and have handled and seen hundreds of them, but this discounts by far any moose head I have seen. The horns, as you will notice, are on the natural skull, and just as the animal was killed.

In showing this photograph to the readers of Forest and Stream. I wish you would make the cut large enough to show the figures on the tape line, and also show that the skull has not been cut.

When you published the former cut of moose horns, although the cuts were splendid, they were not large enough to show figures on the tape, and I received hundreds of letters asking if the horns really spread that much, and what size was the man standing alongside, and all manner of questions. While it showed that Forest and Stream is read far and wide, it caused me to answer a great many letters, and if you will show the figures on the tape it will save me lots of writing. You might also mention that the horns are not for sale.

W. F. Sheard.

Fighting Porcupines.

Oct. 8.—Editor Forest and Stream: One characteristic of the Canada porcupine, which I have never seen noted, but which no doubt is common enough, is its pugnacity at certain seasons. As the two instances which I have noticed occurred in October, I suppose the manifestation is directly connected with the rutting season.

In both instances I had stopped to listen while still hunting deer, having heard some noise made by the porcupine. The animal approached from a distance of 30 or 40yds., moving quite slowly, its quills erect and making a snapping noise with its teeth. In the first case, which happened four years ago, it gave utterance also to a kind of noise like the clicking of a small hydraulic ram, but in the latest instance, two days ago, no such noise was made.

In both cases the porcupine came within 6in. or so of my foot, and not wishing to lose any of my toes, for the animal could easily have bitten through my moccasins, I gave it a tap on the first dorsal vertebra with the end of my rifle barrel. In the first case I killed the porcupine, but in the other instance I purposely did not hit very hard, and after it had regained its feet it waddled off at a pretty fast gait along its runway, under a slash of fallen trees. I am curious to know how the porcupine would have given fight. It is possible it might have wheeled at the last thought and given me a slap with its tail, as it fights dogs, but I rather imagine it would have tried to bite my feet or legs, judging from the way it was snapping its teeth. Its action impressed me as being mote than a bluff; if it was a bluff the porcupine certainly had the nerve of a monumental poker player.

J. B. Burnham.


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How to Distinguish Fishes


Sept. 3, 1898. Forest and Stream Pg. 188-189

How to Distinguish Fishes.

The average angler knows by sight all the fish which he captures, but ask him to describe one and he is puzzled, and will get off on the color of the fish, which is of the least value of all its points. Some time ago a letter came from Sullivan county, N. Y., saying: “We hare a fish in our streams which we call whitefish; it grows to a length of 8 or 10in., and is dark on the back and light on the belly; can you tell us what it really is?” As the description will fit a” catfish, an eel or a black bass, I gave it up. I asked the man if the fish had hard or soft fins, scales, and other questions, but he “hadn’t noticed.” This habit of not noticing is very common. Not one angler in a hundred can tell you how many fins a black bass or a yellow perch has on its back, yet he knows the fishes well by sight. Continue reading How to Distinguish Fishes


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Indian Modes of Hunting – Musquash

Hudson Bay: Trappers, 1892. N’Talking Musquash.’ Fur Trappers Of The Hudson’S Bay Company Talking By A Fire. Engraving After A Drawing By Frederic Remington, 1892.

Indian Modes of Hunting.


In Canada and the United States, the killing of the little animal known under the several names of water rat, musquash and muskrat is so well understood by the average frontier boy that any information I can give would be perhaps a repetition. Still there is one way that the Indian practices which is certainly not known to the whites, and is at a certain time very successful. That is spearing them on the ice; and another mode in which the Indians are very successful in the fall is digging them out, or “trenching” them, in the same way they do the beaver, only with much less labor, as it is done before the ponds and creeks freeze up. I will describe the latter way first, see ing it comes before that of spearing. Continue reading Indian Modes of Hunting — Musquash


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Indian Mode of Hunting – Beaver

Jul. 30, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 87

Indian Mode of Hunting.


Wa-sa-Kejic came over to the post early one October, and said his boy had cut his foot, and that he had no one to steer his canoe on a proposed beaver hunt. Now nice, fat beaver, just before the ice takes, is one of the tidbits that come to the trader’s table, and having spare time just then I volunteered to accompany him, knowing I would get a share of the game. As we made our way over the several small portages between the large lake on which the post is built and the one in which he had located the beaver, he told me there were two lodges on the lake to which we were making our way. We pitched our tent on the last portage, so as not to make a fire near the beaver. Beavers have very poor eyesight, but very acute hearing and smell, and once they are frightened the sport for that night at all events is finished.

We had something to eat and then started for the lake, leaving our tent and things ready to return to after dark. Smoking and talking are forbidden when one is in a beaver lake; care also must be taken that the paddle does not rasp the side of the canoe. The beavers had built an immense dam across the discharge of the lake, and left a small cut in the middle for the overflow to pass. Here Wa-sa-Kejic placed a No. 4 Newhouse trap in about 4in. of water. On a twig 9in. high and set back about a foot from the trap he placed a small piece of castorum. The smell of this attracts a beaver. Then he lengthened the trap chain with three strands of No. 9 twine, tying it to a stout pole, which he planted very, very securely in deep water, out from the dam.

The beaver, when he finds himself caught, springs backward into the deep water and dives to the bottom; here he struggles to get away until shortness of breath compels him to rise to the surface, and this is repeated until the weight of the trap is too much for his exhausted condition, and he dies at the bottom, from whence he is hauled up by the hunter when next visiting his traps. After placing the trap on the dam Wa-sa-Kejic opened another ready for setting, tied the poles, and had every thing ready; then giving me implicit injunctions not to make the last noise, told me to steer the canoe quietly
to the lodge, which was fixed in a small bay out in the lake. When we reached the beaver’s house, he carefully placed the trap in the same depth of water as he had done the previous one, with this difference, that he omitted the castorum, because, as he told me after ward, the beavers went on top of the house every night, the young ones to slide down into the water, and the old ones to do any necessary plastering. Another trap was set at the next house, and from there we paddled the canoe a considerable distance from the beaver works, and figuratively rested on our bars until sundown.

We were now going to try still-shooting them. Be fore night sets in about sundown each fine evening in the fall the beavers leave their lodge, first, to eat the young willows along the shore, and after satisfying their Hunger to patch the dam, plaster their houses and cut young trees to store up for their next winter’s food!

They come to the surface on leaving the lodge, and unless something frightens them swim on the surface in and out along the borders of the lake until they see a favorable spot to go ashore; and here they set to nibbling the bark of young birch or poplar, and if the hunter is careful may be shot at close range.

As I said before, talking while hunting beaver is forbidden; and the hunter conveys his wishes to the steersman by signs, thus: To draw his attention he oscillates the canoe slightly; to move the canoe ahead the motion of paddling made by throwing the open hand inboard; to alter the course of the canoe is done by signing with the hand either to the right or to the left, as desired; to stop the canoe’s headway when getting too close to the game is done by gentle downward patting of the hand, etc.

Being already versed in this dumb language, we shoved away and took up a position near the lodge, but to the leeward of it, and waited. The sun having already gone down behind the forest, on the other side of the lake, we had not long to wait until a beaver broke water and swam away in a direction from us. Wa-sa-Kejic shook his head, as much as to say, “We will go after that fellow later on.” The first was followed quickly by a second, a third and a fourth! Then, after waiting for fully fifteen minutes and no other appearing, Wa-sa-Kejic made signs to go ahead; this we did slowly, without taking the sharp-bladed paddle from the water. Presently we heard a noise as if a pig were supping up from a trough. This was one of the beavers crunching up young twigs in the water. The canoe was edged slowly toward the land, with Wa-sa-Kejic on the alert, both dogheads full-cocked and ready for action. Presently the downward motion of the hand was given, the gun brought deliberately up to the shoulder, and the next instant the explosion, followed almost as one shot by the second barrel! A thick smoke hung between us and the shore, but we could hear kicking and splashing of the water; that told the shot was true. The beaver had ceased to struggle by the time we reached the shore. ‘”But for what was the other shot?” I asked Wasa-Kejic.

“For that,” he answered, pointing to another beaver, stone dead on the bank; and then he laughed, for there was no necessity of keeping quiet any longer, for the shots had frightened any other beaver in the vicinity.

“We may as well go to camp now,” continued Wasa-Kejic, “and we will see our traps in the morning.” From the fact of our having come ashore late, and perhaps more because of the hearty supper we made off of roast beaver, we did not awake until the sun was high. We, Immediately partook; of a hasty breakfast of tea Gallette and pork and went to see the traps. “Fortunate?” Well, yes! We found one in each trap; and returned during the afternoon to the post.

The Indian gave me the meat of two beavers for myself. He left his traps set to visit at some future time, because there were several animals yet in the lake. Describing the mode of killing beaver would not be complete unless we explained that of “trenching.” This method of killing them is largely practiced by the Indians after the lakes and rivers are frozen over. I cannot do better than to describe a small lake that Wasa-Kejic and I went to trench in December. This beaver lodge I had found the very last day of open water, for that night the wind turned round north and froze up everything! As it was close to the post, and I had found it, I simply made a bargain with Wa-sa-Kejic to do the trenching for a pound of tea. In those days tea was tea in the remote interior, and meant many a cheering cup to the Indian.

Wa-sa-Kejic whistled his dogs after him when we left camp in the morning. The lake lay in the hollow of a mountain of considerable height, and could be compared to an inch of water in the bottom of a teacup. Before we were half down the precipitous sides we saw the dogs nosing around the shore, scenting for the beavers in their “washes” or breathing holes. Wa-sa-Kejic, when he cast his eye around the small body of water, said, “This is an easy lake, and the beaver will soon all be dead.”

He now produced an ordinary socket chisel of 1 in. point, and in a few minutes had this handled with a young tamarack about 6ft. long. We each carried an axe, and the first order I got was to cut some dry sticks that stood at the discharge, each stick to be about 4ft. long. These, as fast as cut. the Indian drove across the creek after he had cut a trench in the thin ice from shore to shore. This was to prevent the beaver from going down the creek. The next thing was to break open the lodge from the top. This was done to scare the beavers out into the lake and make them resort to the washes. The
beaver washes have their entrances under water, and go up sometimes a considerable distance from the shore, terminating generally under the roots of a tree. The beavers flee from wash to wash, as the hunter finds them out, and as each wash is discovered by the dogs (which scent the beavers through the frozen surface) the hunter stakes up the entrance to prevent them from returning.

Beaver washes vary in number according to the formation of the lake, from two to three up to twenty. The practiced eye of the hunter tells him at once ‘if the lake has few or many. And this is why Wa-sa-Kejic said we would soon kill the beaver. At last the three dogs remained pointing and listening about 12ft. from the shore under a spruce of considerable size. The Indian set to work to stake up the entrance, which he did as fast as I could furnish the sticks. On the shore of this barricade he cleared away the ice and snow, making an opening about the size of a bar rel head, and then he paused, and pointing to the water said, “See frat! That’s the beaver breathing!” This was shown by the water’s surface gently rising and falling.

He now took off his coat, and baring his right arm up to the shoulder he gave me the ice chisel and told me to pierce the ground where the dogs were pointing. I had hardly given a blow or two before I saw Wa-sa-Kejic stoop over the hole and plunge his naked arm into the water. Instantly it was withdrawn, and a big fat beaver, securely seized by the tail, was struggling in his grasp. A blow of his axe on the spine finished him in quick order, and this was repeated from time to time as I continued to enlarge the hole where the beavers were huddled together under the roots. We got six out of this wash, and two out of another, which constituted all that were in the lake. Two each made a very good load for us going home, and the next day I sent a man with a flat sled to bring home the remaining four. The three principal modes of killing beavers are by shooting, trapping, trenching.

Martin Hunter.
Saguenay County, Quebec.


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Horn Measurement

Jul. 23, 1898 Forest and Stream, Pg. 65

Horn Measurements.

Editor Forest and Stream:
“Record head.” How shamefully this term is being abused, especially in the past three years; or since the giant moose from Alaska made his appearance in public and placed all former records (so far as moose are concerned) far in the shade.

What constitutes a record head? Certainly not the one that merely has the widest spread across the horns after being mounted, which seems to be the most popular plan of deciding by some innocent though wily taxidermists. Providing the head, or rather the horns, of a moose, elk or deer are measured fairly and squarely (for with these animals it is really the horns that are considered, generally speaking), several measurements are necessary. Many claim the largest head on record in consequence of the horns spreading to a greater width than any recorded. This means nothing unless . one simply wishes to claim the record for spread alone. This single measurement is of little consequence when taking into consideration general size, beauty, massiveness, number of points and weight. Continue reading Horn Measurement


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Highlander Bible

Beef Jerky



Slice 5 pounds lean beef (flank steak or similar cut) into strips 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick, 1 to 2 inches wide, and 4 to 12 inches long. Cut with grain of meat; remove the fat. Lay out in a single layer on a smooth clean surface (use [...] Read more →

Clairvoyance – Methods of Development


by C. W. Leadbeater

Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Pub. House



When a men becomes convinced of the reality of the valuable power of clairvoyance, his first question usually is, “How can [...] Read more →

Chinese 9 Course Dinner

The following recipes form the most popular items in a nine-course dinner program:


Soak one pound bird’s nest in cold water overnight. Drain the cold water and cook in boiling water. Drain again. Do this twice. Clean the bird’s nest. Be sure [...] Read more →

The Kalmar War

Wojna Kalmarska – 1611

The Kalmar War

From The Historian’s History of the World (In 25 Volumes) by Henry Smith William L.L.D. – Vol. XVI.(Scandinavia) Pg. 308-310

The northern part of the Scandinavian peninsula, as already noticed, had been peopled from the remotest times by nomadic tribes called Finns or Cwenas by [...] Read more →

AB Bookman’s 1948 Guide to Describing Conditions

AB Bookman’s 1948 Guide to Describing Conditions:

As New is self-explanatory. It means that the book is in the state that it should have been in when it left the publisher. This is the equivalent of Mint condition in numismatics. Fine (F or FN) is As New but allowing for the normal effects of [...] Read more →

Indian Mode of Hunting – Beaver

Jul. 30, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 87

Indian Mode of Hunting.


Wa-sa-Kejic came over to the post early one October, and said his boy had cut his foot, and that he had no one to steer his canoe on a proposed beaver hunt. Now [...] Read more →

King James Bible – Knights Templar Edition

Full Cover, rear, spine, and front

Published by Piranesi Press in collaboration with Country House Essays, this beautiful paperback version of the King James Bible is now available for $79.95 at Barnes and

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Target Practice

Nov. 12, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 396

The Veterans to the Front.

Ironton. O., Oct. 28.—Editor Forest and Stream: I mail you a target made here today by Messrs. E. Lawton, G. Rogers and R. S. Dupuy. Mr. Dupuy is seventy-four years old, Mr. Lawton seventy-two. Mr. Rogers [...] Read more →

44 Berkeley Square

The Clermont Club

Reprint from London Bisnow/UK

At £23M, its sale is not the biggest property deal in the world. But the Clermont Club casino in Berkeley Square in London could lay claim to being the most significant address in modern finance — it is where the concept of what is today [...] Read more →

The Billesden Coplow Run

*note – Billesdon and Billesden have both been used to name the hunt.


[From “Reminiscences of the late Thomas Assheton Smith, Esq”]

The run celebrated in the following verses took place on the 24th of February, 1800, when Mr. Meynell hunted Leicestershire, and has since been [...] Read more →

A Crock of Squirrel


4 young squirrels – quartered Salt & Pepper 1 large bunch of fresh coriander 2 large cloves of garlic 2 tbsp. salted sweet cream cow butter ¼ cup of brandy 1 tbsp. turbinado sugar 6 fresh apricots 4 strips of bacon 1 large package of Monterrey [...] Read more →

Country Cabbage and Pea Soup

Add the following ingredients to a four or six quart crock pot, salt & pepper to taste keeping in mind that salt pork is just that, cover with water and cook on high till it boils, then cut back to low for four or five hours. A slow cooker works well, I [...] Read more →

A Couple of Classic Tennessee Squirrel Recipes


3-4 Young Squirrels, dressed and cleaned 1 tsp. Morton Salt or to taste 1 tsp. McCormick Black Pepper or to taste 1 Cup Martha White All Purpose Flour 1 Cup Hog Lard – Preferably fresh from hog killing, or barbecue table

Cut up three to [...] Read more →

Cleaner for Gilt Picture Frames

Cleaner for Gilt Frames.

Calcium hypochlorite…………..7 oz. Sodium bicarbonate……………7 oz. Sodium chloride………………. 2 oz. Distilled water…………………12 oz.


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Blackberry Wine


5 gallons of blackberries 5 pound bag of sugar

Fill a pair of empty five gallon buckets half way with hot soapy water and a ¼ cup of vinegar. Wash thoroughly and rinse.

Fill one bucket with two and one half gallons of blackberries and crush with [...] Read more →

A History of the Use of Arsenicals in Man

The arsenicals (compounds which contain the heavy metal element arsenic, As) have a long history of use in man – with both benevolent and malevolent intent. The name ‘arsenic’ is derived from the Greek word ‘arsenikon’ which means ‘potent'”. As early as 2000 BC, arsenic trioxide, obtained from smelting copper, was used [...] Read more →

History of the Cabildo in New Orleans

Cabildo circa 1936

The Cabildo houses a rare copy of Audubon’s Bird’s of America, a book now valued at $10 million+.

Should one desire to visit the Cabildo, click here to gain free entry with a lowcost New Orleans Pass.

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Christmas Pudding with Dickens

Traditional British Christmas Pudding Recipe by Pen Vogler from the Charles Dickens Museum


85 grams all purpose flour pinch of salt 170 grams Beef Suet 140 grams brown sugar tsp. mixed spice, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, &c 170 grams bread crumbs 170 grams raisins 170 grams currants 55 grams cut mixed peel Gram to [...] Read more →

Vitruvius Ten Books on Architecture


The Ten Books on Architecture




Coffee & Cigarettes

Aw, the good old days, meet in the coffee shop with a few friends, click open the Zippo, inhale a glorious nosegay of lighter fluid, fresh roasted coffee and a Marlboro cigarette….

A Meta-analysis of Coffee Drinking, Cigarette Smoking, and the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

We conducted a [...] Read more →

Preserving Iron and Steel Surfaces with Paint

Painting the Brooklyn Bridge, Photo by Eugene de Salignac , 1914


Excerpt from: The Preservation of Iron and Steel Structures by F. Cosby-Jones, The Mechanical Engineer January 30, 1914


This is the method of protection against corrosion that has the most extensive use, owing to the fact that [...] Read more →

Guaranteed 6% Dividend for Life. Any takers?

Any prudent investor would jump at the chance to receive a guaranteed 6% dividend for life. So how does one get in on this action?

The fact of the matter is…YOU can’t…That is unless you are a shareholder of one of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks and the banks under [...] Read more →

Books Condemned to be Burnt








WHEN did books first come to be burnt in England by the common hangman, and what was [...] Read more →

Cup of Tea? To be or not to be

Twinings London – photo by Elisa.rolle

Is the tea in your cup genuine?

The fact is, had one been living in the early 19th Century, one might occasionally encounter a counterfeit cup of tea. Food adulterations to include added poisonings and suspect substitutions were a common problem in Europe at [...] Read more →

A Cure for Distemper in Dogs


The following cure was found written on a front flyleaf in an 1811 3rd Ed. copy of The Sportsman’s Guide or Sportsman’s Companion: Containing Every Possible Instruction for the Juvenille Shooter, Together with Information Necessary for the Experienced Sportsman by B. Thomas.



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The Perfect Salad Dressing

The following recipes are from a small booklet entitled 500 Delicious Salads that was published for the Culinary Arts Institute in 1940 by Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc. 153 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill.

If you have been looking for a way to lighten up your salads and be free of [...] Read more →

On Bernini’s Bust of a Stewart King

As reported in the The Colac Herald on Friday July 17, 1903 Pg. 8 under Art Appreciation as a reprint from the Westminster Gazette


The appreciation of art as well as of history which is entertained by the average member of the [...] Read more →

Peach Brandy


2 gallons + 3 quarts boiled water 3 qts. peaches, extremely ripe 3 lemons, cut into sections 2 sm. pkgs. yeast 10 lbs. sugar 4 lbs. dark raisins

Place peaches, lemons and sugar in crock. Dissolve yeast in water (must NOT be to hot). Stir thoroughly. Stir daily for 7 days. Keep [...] Read more →

The Public Attitude Towards Speculation

Reprint from The Pitfalls of Speculation by Thomas Gibson 1906 Ed.


THE public attitude toward speculation is generally hostile. Even those who venture frequently are prone to speak discouragingly of speculative possibilities, and to point warningly to the fact that an [...] Read more →

Pickled Eels

Vintage woodcut illustration of a Eel


This dish is a favorite in Northern Europe, from the British Isles to Sweden.

Clean and skin the eels and cut them into pieces about 3/4-inch thick. Wash and drain the pieces, then dredge in fine salt and allow to stand from 30 [...] Read more →

Tuna Record


July 2, 1898. Forest and Stream Pg. 11

The Tuna Record.

Avalon. Santa Catalina Island. Southern California, June 16.—Editor Forest and Stream: Several years ago the writer in articles on the “Game Fishes of the Pacific Slope,” in [...] Read more →

The Snipe

THE SNIPE, from the Shooter’s Guide by B. Thomas – 1811

AFTER having given a particular description of the woodcock, it will only. be necessary to observe, that the plumage and shape of the snipe is much the same ; and indeed its habits and manners sets bear a great [...] Read more →

Sir Joshua Reynolds – Notes from Rome

“The Leda, in the Colonna palace, by Correggio, is dead-coloured white and black, with ultramarine in the shadow ; and over that is scumbled, thinly and smooth, a warmer tint,—I believe caput mortuum. The lights are mellow ; the shadows blueish, but mellow. The picture is painted on panel, in [...] Read more →

Why Beauty Matters – Sir Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton – Why Beauty Matters (2009) from Mirza Akdeniz on Vimeo.

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Chinese Duck Cooking – A Few Recipes

Chen Lin, Water fowl, in Cahill, James. Ge jiang shan se (Hills Beyond a River: Chinese Painting of the Yuan Dynasty, 1279-1368, Taiwan edition). Taipei: Shitou chubanshe fen youxian gongsi, 1994. pl. 4:13, p. 180. Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei. scroll, light colors on paper, 35.7 x 47.5 cm


British Craftsmanship is Alive and Well

The Queen Elizabeth Trust, or QEST, is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of British craftsmanship through the funding of scholarships and educational endeavours to include apprenticeships, trade schools, and traditional university classwork. The work of QEST is instrumental in keeping alive age old arts and crafts such as masonry, glassblowing, shoemaking, [...] Read more →

Shooting in Wet Weather


Reprint from The Sportsman’s Cabinet and Town and Country Magazine, Vol I. Dec. 1832, Pg. 94-95

To the Editor of the Cabinet.


Possessing that anxious feeling so common among shooters on the near approach of the 12th of August, I honestly confess I was not able [...] Read more →

Tobacco as Medicine

The first published illustration of Nicotiana tabacum by Pena and De L’Obel, 1570–1571 (shrpium adversana nova: London).

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The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Reprint from the Royal Collection Trust Website

The meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I, known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold, took place between 7 to 24 June 1520 in a valley subsequently called the Val d’Or, near Guisnes to the south of Calais. The [...] Read more →

Modern Slow Cookers, A Critical Design Flaw

Modern slow cookers come in all sizes and colors with various bells and whistles, including timers and shut off mechanisms. They also come with a serious design flaw, that being the lack of a proper domed lid.

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Bess of Hardwick: Four Times a Lady

Bess of Harwick

Four times the nuptial bed she warm’d, And every time so well perform’d, That when death spoil’d each husband’s billing, He left the widow every shilling. Fond was the dame, but not dejected; Five stately mansions she erected With more than royal pomp, to vary The prison of her captive When [...] Read more →

JP Morgan’s Digital Currency Patent Application

J.P. Morgan Patent #8,452,703

Method and system for processing internet payments using the electronic funds transfer network.


Embodiments of the invention include a method and system for conducting financial transactions over a payment network. The method may include associating a payment address of an account [...] Read more →

Money Saving Recipe for Gold Leaf Sizing

Artisans world-wide spend a fortune on commercial brand oil-based gold leaf sizing. The most popular brands include Luco, Dux, and L.A. Gold Leaf. Pricing for quart size containers range from $35 to $55 depending upon retailer pricing.

Fast drying sizing sets up in 2-4 hours depending upon environmental conditions, humidity [...] Read more →

Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois and the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Noel Desenfans and Sir Francis Bourgeois, circa 1805 by Paul Sandby, watercolour on paper

The Dulwich Picture Gallery was England’s first purpose-built art gallery and considered by some to be England’s first national gallery. Founded by the bequest of Sir Peter Francis Bourgois, dandy, the gallery was built to display his vast [...] Read more →

The American Museum in Britain – From Florida to Bath

Hernando de Soto (c1496-1542) Spanish explorer and his men torturing natives of Florida in his determination to find gold. Hand-coloured engraving. John Judkyn Memorial Collection, Freshford Manor, Bath

The print above depicts Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his band of conquistadors torturing Florida natives in order to extract information on where [...] Read more →

Herbal Psychedelics – Rhododendron ponticum and Mad Honey Disease

Toxicity of Rhododendron From

“Potentially toxic chemicals, particularly ‘free’ phenols, and diterpenes, occur in significant quantities in the tissues of plants of Rhododendron species. Diterpenes, known as grayanotoxins, occur in the leaves, flowers and nectar of Rhododendrons. These differ from species to species. Not all species produce them, although Rhododendron ponticum [...] Read more →

Mrs. Beeton’s Poultry & Game – Choosing Poultry

To Choose Poultry.

When fresh, the eyes should be clear and not sunken, the feet limp and pliable, stiff dry feet being a sure indication that the bird has not been recently killed; the flesh should be firm and thick and if the bird is plucked there should be no [...] Read more →

The Master of Hounds

Photo Caption: The Marquis of Zetland, KC, PC – otherwise known as Lawrence Dundas Son of: John Charles Dundas and: Margaret Matilda Talbot born: Friday 16 August 1844 died: Monday 11 March 1929 at Aske Hall Occupation: M.P. for Richmond Viceroy of Ireland Vice Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Lord – in – Waiting [...] Read more →

Cocktails and Canapés

From The How and When, An Authoritative reference reference guide to the origin, use and classification of the world’s choicest vintages and spirits by Hyman Gale and Gerald F. Marco. The Marco name is of a Chicago family that were involved in all aspects of the liquor business and ran Marco’s Bar [...] Read more →

The Legacy of Felix de Weldon

Felix Weihs de Weldon, age 96, died broke in the year 2003 after successive bankruptcies and accumulating $4 million dollars worth of debt. Most of the debt was related to the high cost of love for a wife living with Alzheimer’s. Health care costs to maintain his first wife, Margot, ran $500 per [...] Read more →

The English Tradition of Woodworking

THE sense of a consecutive tradition has so completely faded out of English art that it has become difficult to realise the meaning of tradition, or the possibility of its ever again reviving; and this state of things is not improved by the fact that it is due to uncertainty of purpose, [...] Read more →

The Human Seasons

John Keats

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year; There are four seasons in the mind of man: He has his lusty spring, when fancy clear Takes in all beauty with an easy span; He has his Summer, when luxuriously Spring’s honied cud of youthful thoughts he loves To ruminate, and by such [...] Read more →

Origin of the Apothecary


The origin of the apothecary in England dates much further back than one would suppose from what your correspondent, “A Barrister-at-Law,” says about it. It is true he speaks only of apothecaries as a distinct branch of the medical profession, but long before Henry VIII’s time [...] Read more →

Clairvoyance and Occult Powers

Vishnu as the Cosmic Man (Vishvarupa) Opaque watercolour on paper – Jaipur, Rajasthan c. 1800-50



By Swami Panchadasi

Copyright, 1916

By Advanced Thought Pub. Co. Chicago, Il


In preparing this series of lessons for students of [...] Read more →

Country House Christmas Pudding

Country House Christmas Pudding


1 cup Christian Bros Brandy ½ cup Myer’s Dark Rum ½ cup Jim Beam Whiskey 1 cup currants 1 cup sultana raisins 1 cup pitted prunes finely chopped 1 med. apple peeled and grated ½ cup chopped dried apricots ½ cup candied orange peel finely chopped 1 ¼ cup [...] Read more →

Chantry Chapels

William Wyggeston’s chantry house, built around 1511, in Leicester: The building housed two priests, who served at a chantry chapel in the nearby St Mary de Castro church. It was sold as a private dwelling after the dissolution of the chantries.

A Privately Built Chapel

Chantry, chapel, generally within [...] Read more →

What is the Meaning of the Term Thorough-bred Fox-hound

Reprint from the Sportsman Cabinet and Town & Country Magazine, Vol.1, Number 1, November 1832.

MR. Editor,

Will you allow me to inquire, through the medium of your pages, the correct meaning of the term thorough-bred fox-hound? I am very well aware, that the expression is in common [...] Read more →

The Hoochie Coochie Hex

From Dr. Marvel’s 1929 book entitled Hoodoo for the Common Man, we find his infamous Hoochie Coochie Hex.

What follows is a verbatim transcription of the text:

The Hoochie Coochie Hex should not be used in conjunction with any other Hexes. This can lead to [...] Read more →

Life Among the Thugee

The existence of large bodies of men having no other means of subsistence than those afforded by plunder, is, in all countries, too common to excite surprise; and, unhappily, organized bands of assassins are not peculiar to India! The associations of murderers known by the name of Thugs present, however, [...] Read more →

The Preparation of Marketable Vinegar

It is unnecessary to point out that low-grade fruit may often be used to advantage in the preparation of vinegar. This has always been true in the case of apples and may be true with other fruit, especially grapes. The use of grapes for wine making is an outlet which [...] Read more →

Audubon’s Art Method and Techniques

Audubon started to develop a special technique for drawing birds in 1806 a Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. He perfected it during the long river trip from Cincinnati to New Orleans and in New Orleans, 1821.

Home Top of [...] Read more →

Fruits of the Empire: Licorice Root and Juice

Liquorice, the roots of Glycirrhiza Glabra, a perennial plant, a native of the south of Europe, but cultivated to some extent in England, particularly at Mitcham, in Surrey.

Its root, which is its only valuable part, is long, fibrous, of a yellow colour, and when fresh, very juicy. [...] Read more →

Abingdon, Berkshire in the Year of 1880

St.Helen’s on the Thames, photo by Momit


From a Dictionary of the Thames from Oxford to the Nore. 1880 by Charles Dickens

Abingdon, Berkshire, on the right bank, from London 103 3/4miles, from Oxford 7 3/4 miles. A station on the Great Western Railway, from Paddington 60 miles. The time occupied [...] Read more →

The Racing Knockabout Gosling

The Racing Knockabout Gosling.

Gosling was the winning yacht of 1897 in one of the best racing classes now existing in this country, the Roston knockabout class. The origin of this class dates back about six years, when Carl, a small keel cutter, was built for C. H. [...] Read more →

Books of Use to the International Art Collector

Hebborn Piranesi

Before meeting with an untimely death at the hand of an unknown assassin in Rome on January 11th, 1996, master forger Eric Hebborn put down on paper a wealth of knowledge about the art of forgery. In a book published posthumously in 1997, titled The Art Forger’s Handbook, Hebborn suggests [...] Read more →

What’s the Matter?

A rhetorical question? Genuine concern?

In this essay we are examining another form of matter otherwise known as national literary matters, the three most important of which being the Matter of Rome, Matter of France, and the Matter of England.

Our focus shall be on the Matter of England or [...] Read more →

Why Beauty Matters

Roger Scruton by Peter Helm

This is one of those videos that the so-called intellectual left would rather not be seen by the general public as it makes a laughing stock of the idiots running the artworld, a multi-billion dollar business.

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Fortune, Independence, and Competence

THE answer to the question, What is fortune has never been, and probably never will be, satisfactorily made. What may be a fortune for one bears but small proportion to the colossal possessions of another. The scores or hundreds of thousands admired and envied as a fortune in most of our communities [...] Read more →

Fed Policy Success Equals Tax Payers Job Insecurity

The low level of work stoppages of recent years also attests to concern about job security.

Testimony of Chairman Alan Greenspan The Federal Reserve’s semiannual monetary policy report Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate February 26, 1997

Iappreciate the opportunity to appear before this Committee [...] Read more →

Proper Wines to Serve with Food

Foie gras with Sauternes, Photo by Laurent Espitallier

As an Appetizer

Pale dry Sherry, with or without bitters, chilled or not. Plain or mixed Vermouth, with or without bitters. A dry cocktail.

With Oysters, Clams or Caviar

A dry flinty wine such as Chablis, Moselle, Champagne. Home Top of [...] Read more →

Historic authenticity of the Spanish SAN FELIPE of 1690

San Felipe Model

Reprinted from with the kind permission of Dr. Michael Czytko

The SAN FELIPE is one of the most favoured ships among the ship model builders. The model is elegant, very beautifully designed, and makes a decorative piece of art to be displayed at home or in the [...] Read more →

Watch Fraud on eBay


EBay has had a problem with fraudulent sellers since its inception back in 1995. Some aspects of the platform have improved with algorithms and automation, but others such as customer service and fraud have gotten worse. Small sellers have definitely been hurt by eBay’s [...] Read more →

Sea and River Fishing

An angler with a costly pole Surmounted with a silver reel, Carven in quaint poetic scroll- Jointed and tipped with finest steel— With yellow flies, Whose scarlet eyes And jasper wings are fair to see, Hies to the stream Whose bubbles beam Down murmuring eddies wild and free. And casts the line with sportsman’s [...] Read more →

Harry Houdini Investigates the Spirit World

The magician delighted in exposing spiritualists as con men and frauds.

By EDMUND WILSON June 24, 1925

Houdini is a short strong stocky man with small feet and a very large head. Seen from the stage, his figure, with its short legs and its pugilist’s proportions, is less impressive than at close [...] Read more →

Cocillana Syrup Compound

Guarea guidonia


5 Per Cent Alcohol 8-24 Grain – Heroin Hydrochloride 120 Minims – Tincture Euphorbia Pilulifera 120 Minims – Syrup Wild Lettuce 40 Minims – Tincture Cocillana 24 Minims – Syrup Squill Compound 8 Gram – Ca(s)ecarin (P, D, & Co.) 8-100 Grain Menthol

Dose – One-half to one fluidrams (2 to [...] Read more →

CIA 1950s Unevaluated UFO Intelligence



INROMATION FROM FOREIGN DOCUMENT OR RADIO BROADCASTS COUNTRY: Non-Orbit SUBJECT: Military – Air – Scientific – Aeronautics HOW PUBLISHED: Newspapers WHERE PUBLISHED: As indicated DATE PUBLISHED: 12 Dec 1953 – 12 Jan 1954 LANGUAGE: Various SOURCE: As indicated REPORT NO. 00-W-30357 DATE OF INFORMATION: 1953-1954 DATE DIST. 27 [...] Read more →

Here’s Many a Year to You

” Here’s many a year to you ! Sportsmen who’ve ridden life straight. Here’s all good cheer to you ! Luck to you early and late.

Here’s to the best of you ! You with the blood and the nerve. Here’s to the rest of you ! What of a weak moment’s swerve ? [...] Read more →

King Lear

Edwin Austin Abbey. King Lear, Act I, Scene I (Cordelia’s Farewell) The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dates: 1897-1898 Dimensions: Height: 137.8 cm (54.25 in.), Width: 323.2 cm (127.24 in.) Medium: Painting – oil on canvas

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The Character of a Happy Life

How happy is he born and taught. That serveth not another’s will; Whose armour is his honest thought, And simple truth his utmost skill

Whose passions not his masters are; Whose soul is still prepared for death, Untied unto the world by care Of public fame or private breath;

Who envies none that chance [...] Read more →

Proper Book Handling and Cleaning

Book Conservators, Mitchell Building, State Library of New South Wales, 29.10.1943, Pix Magazine

The following is taken verbatim from a document that appeared several years ago in the Maine State Archives. It seems to have been removed from their website. I happened to have made a physical copy of it at the [...] Read more →

Fresh Water Angling – The Two Crappies


July 2, 1898 Forest and Stream,

Fresh-Water Angling. No. IX.—The Two Crappies. BY FRED MATHER.

Fishing In Tree Tops.

Here a short rod, say 8ft., is long enough, and the line should not be much longer than the rod. A reel is not [...] Read more →

Chronological Catalog of Recorded Lunar Events

In July of 1968, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), published NASA Technical Report TR R-277 titled Chronological Catalog of Recorded Lunar Events.

The catalog begins with the first entry dated November 26th, 1540 at ∼05h 00m:

Feature: Region of Calippus2 Description: Starlike appearance on dark side Observer: Observers at Worms Reference: [...] Read more →

The Real Time Piece Gentleman and the Digital Watch Vault

Paul Thorpe, Brighton, U.K.

The YouTube watch collecting world is rather tight-knit and small, but growing, as watches became a highly coveted commodity during the recent world-wide pandemic and fueled an explosion of online watch channels.

There is one name many know, The Time Piece Gentleman. This name for me [...] Read more →

Traditional JuJutsu Health, Strength and Combat Tricks

Jujitsu training 1920 in Japanese agricultural school.



In the writer’s opinion it becomes necessary to make at this point some suggestions relative to a very important part of the training in jiu-jitsu. [...] Read more →