r LONG I SLAND FORUM r "f fe>*^ iSfi'i'** '.%4^*s H*-,^ ^. tst* ^h™ St. John's Church, Oakdale, Second Oldest Church Building in Suffolk County. (Story Page 149) n TABLE of CONTENTS STARS OVER LONG ISLAND THE BATTLE OF ST. GEORGE'S MANOR ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, OAKDALE THE HOUSE THAT CAME DOWNHILL WHALER WILLIAM TELL DISASTER LETTERS FROM FORUM READERS Robert R. Coles Roland Lohse H. P. Horton Kate Wheeler Strong Wilson L. Glover AUGUST 1954 .00 a year by Mail; Single Copies 25c VOL. XVII, No. 8 H. E. Swezey & Son, Inc. GENERAL TRUCKING Middle Country Rd., Eartport Telephones Riverhead 2350 Eastport 250 Louden-Knickerbocker Hall A Private Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases ■ 1 Louden Ave. AmitjrTille AMityville 4-0053 Farmingdale Individual Laundry Dry Cleaning - Laundering Rug Cleaning Brond Hiilluw Uoad FarmiiiKdale Phone FArmingdale 2-0300 Chrysler - Plymouth Sal. s and Service MULLER Automobile Corp. Merrick Road and Broadway AMityville 4-:028 and 4-2029 BRAKES RELINED on Passenger Cars and Trucks Power Brake Sales Service Suffolk County Brake Service 314 Medford Avenue, Patehogue Tel. 1722 FURNITURE S. B. HORTON CO. (Establiihed 1862) 821 Main St. Greenport Tel. 154 ii^ SCHWARZ FLORIST PHONE FArmingdale 2-0816 SUNRISE Division Household Fuel Corp 'Blue Coal' Fuel Oil Amityville Farmingdale 1060 12 Lindenhurst 178 LcNG Island TCCLM Pablished Monthly at AMITYVILLE, N. Y. POR LONG ISLANDERS EVERYWHERE Entered aa sccand-clast matter May 31, 1947. at the post office at Amityville. New Yoric, under the Act of March i. 1879. Paul Bailey, Puilis/nr-EJiUr Contributing Editors Clarence A. Wood, LL.M., Ph.D. Malcolm M. Willey, Ph.D. John C. Huden, Ph.D. Julian Denton Smith, Nature Tel. AMityville 4-0554 Whaler William Tell Disaster I thought perhaps the following might be of interest to Forum readers. If anyone doubts that the ■whaling industry of a century ago was indeed big business, let him look at the record! The whaler William Tell, of which my grandfather Captain James Austin was captain on the ilWated voyage of 1S59, earned oil and whalebone revenue of $227,000 from five voyages. Now- adays we speak glibly in terms of billions, but I ven|ture to say that a quarter-million dollars was far from "hay" in that era. Entered for service with the Long Island fleet in 1843, the William Tell was successively skippered by Captains Glover, J. Madison Tabor and Smith. The 370-ton Tell, later to be lost off East Cape in 1859, sailed one September day in 1857 with Captain Austin, my grandfather, in command. He was born at Poxa- bogue, near Bridgehampton, in 1825 and died in 1884. He secured his master's license at the age of 21. Following retirement from whaling he carried on at farming. His children are now entirely gone with the exception of a daughter, my mother, now 88, and her brother, Emmett Austin of Cutchogue, 76. The late Lewis C. Austin, editor and publisher of the Riverhead News, was another of my mother's brothers. According to the journal of Captain Nathan P. Hand, long since gone, he was a crew mem- ber on the Wiliam Tell's voyage which ended in disaster. His jour- nal stated: "When 15 years of age, I sailed as cabinboy of the William Tell. I shipped for a voyage around tiie globe. It would take too long to describe all of my adventures. Merely let me say that after a severe drubbing in the Gulf Stream, we visited the Island of Ascension, St. Helena and Tristan, where I saw Governor Glass, a descendant of a mutineer. "We rounded Cape Good Hope, visited Amsterdam and St. Paul Island in the Indian Ocean, leav- ing New Zealand astern, we visited Contiimed on pag-e 148 NICHOLS RUG CLEANING Freeport 86 E. 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At the Triangle Amityville AMityville 4-0212 LEIGH'S TAXICABS MOTOR VANS - STORING WAREHOUSE Auto Busses For Hire AMityville 4-0225 Near Amityvill* Depot 142 AUGUST 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM ^he Rattle of jt- Qeorge's (fM.anor TN the autumn of 1780, an- -'• other opportunity to an- ji.oy the enemy on Long Island presented itself to Benjamin Tallmadge. The young major was attached to Co-lonel Elisha Sheldon's Second Light Dra- goons, who were stationed in Connecticut, and for two years he had been jabbing across the Sound at British and Tory strong points. There had ccaie into his hands from William Booth of Fireplace a rough plan of a fortification near Smith's Toint at Mastic on the south side of the island. It had been established by Sir Henry Clinton and was manned by refugee loyalists from Rhode Island under the command of a man named Hazard. Fort St. George, as it was called, was being used as a receiv- ing and distributing center rfor Suffolk, supplied by ships which came through a then- existent inlet in the barrier beach south of the point. The conscientious major checked his intelligence per- sonally. He had himself taken across one night and went down to have a look at the place. Local tradition has it that he disguised himself as a pack peddler. In later years his children talked him into writing a "Memoir", and he recalled "a triangular inclos- ure of several acres of ground, at two angles of which was a strong barricade house, and at the third, a fort, with a deep ditch and wall encircled by an abatis of sharpened pickets, projecting at an angle of 45 degrees. The fort and houses were entirely connected by a strong stockade, quite high, and every post sharpened and fastened to each other by a transverse rail strc-ngly bolted to each." There were embraz- ures for six guns, but as yet 4^ only two, and these on the ■ water side, were mounted. The regular garrison consist- ed of about 50 mihtiamen, Roland Lohse Editor's Note The author, a native Nassau Countyite, is an engineer with Station WNEW, New York, and a commuter between there and Massapequa. Descended from sev- eral local colonial families,- a more recent descent was by parachute during the Second World War whose unsuccessful landing put him out of active service. Having lived most of his life on the island, he has a keen interest in its early history and counts the attendant research his chief hobby. --r^- who had their families with them. Back at Fairfield, Tall- madge wrote to Washington, telling him of the luscious plum and, knowing his caval- ry- c o n s c i o u s commander, clinched the matter by men- tion of a British forage col- lection point at Coram. It lay only a little off the route to Smith's Point. In a few days he had his answer. "Head-Quarters, Nov. 11th, 1780 Sir: — I have received your letter of the 7th instant. The destruction of the forage col- lected for the use of the Brit- ish army at Coram upon Long Island, is of so much conse- quence, that I should advise the attempt to be made. I have written to Col. Shelden to furnish you a detachment of dismounted dragoons, and will commit the execution to you. If the party at Smith's house can be attempted with- out frustrating the other de- sign, or running too great a hazard, I have no objection. But you must remember that this is only a secondary ob- ject, and in all cases, you wiH take the most prudent means to secure a retreat. Confiding entirely in your prudence as well as enterprise, and wish- ing you success, I am your's &c., G. Washington" In 1780 Mount Sinai was known as Old Man's, because the land had once belonged to a Major Gutherson, who v/as old. It was here that Tall- madge landed. On a Tuesday afternoon, November 21st, the major mustered his two com- panies of dismounted dra- goons on the beach at Fair- field, Ct., along with some other men, boatmen and spe- cialists. They embarked at 4 in eight whaleboats, reaching the grassy harbor of Old Man's five hours later. The boats were hauled out of the water and concealed in the woods, under guard of twenty disgruntled men. At 10 the rest moved off on Pipe Stave Hollow Road. The dark trees were stirring with the rush of an approaching storm. The day had been gray, and warm for the season, but quiet. Now the wind was ris- ing, and by the time they had covered five miles a full- fledged sou'easter was upon them, driving bone-chilling horizontal -^sheets of rain in their faces. Following the road became difficult, and the flint- lock muskets ai.d rifles were wet and useless. Reluctantly, 14.^ LONG ISLAND FORUM AUGUST 1954 Tallmadge turned his men around. Putting their backs to the wind, they went back to the overturned boats and crawled wetly under them for shelter. All night, and into the early afternoon of the 22nd, the gale howled, the Continentals peering out impatiently, or sleeping the time away. In midafternoon the wind fell, the gray sky brightened to yellow and then was patched with blue. At nightfall, one historian says, "the troops were again put in motion." They marched quietly past a little group of houses in Pipe Stave Hollow, and then through uninhabited country- side until they reached Swezey Pond, where there was a small settlement. Then the raiders followed the River Road south on the east bank of the Con- necticut River, passing the dark, unlit home of Captain William Phillips and the two mills, Christopher Swezey's and Homan's, which gave its name to Millville, today's Yaphank. Carman's Mill, a squarish, gray-shingled, con- crete-based building, still stands beside the little river, as silent as it must have been when the Continentals swung past in the night. The dis- mounted horsemen were foot- sore, hungry and thirsty, but eager to get at their king-lov- ing cousins. Two miles from the fort, Tallmadge wrote, they "halt- ed for a short time to take a little refreshment". The uni- forms of the troopers; blue coats, buff breeches, white cross-belts; were muddy and stained from the rain and the long forced march. Their mus- cles ached, but they had four long years of war behind them, and this looked like a measure of revenge for many retreats. The major made his dispo- sitions for the attack, plac- ing "two small detachments under the command of sub- altern officers of high spirit". One of these was Benajah Strong; the other Thomas Tredwell Jackson. 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LEhigh 4-2076 BRookville 5-0020 144 AUGUST 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM jtars Over L^ong Island T^HIS August everyone on ■*■ Long Island may enjoy the drama of the skies in all its vivid pageantry. Such a spectacle becomes increas- ingly impressive as we leave the haze and glow of metro- politan New York and travel through Nassau and Suffolk Counties toward Orient and Montauk. Little that we experience inspires greater wonder than a star-filled sky as seen from one of our Long Island beaches in mid-summer. Such a sight has a special meaning to the historian when he con- siders that the star patterns he observes are identical with those that shone overhead in the days of the Indians and that the light from some of the stars in tonight's sl-y began its long journey to the earth when the first Euro- pean settlers were building their homes on our shores. Since the constellations are one feature of our environ- ment that has changed hardly at all in recent centuries, they provide an ideal brid<re, joining the living present with the past. You will find it worthwhile to take a little time out frorn the mad scrambi'e of this Editor's Note The author, a native son of Glen Cove and descended from one of its founders of 1668, has been associ- ated with the American Museum of Natural History and beginninj? in 1936 with the Hayden Plane- tarium of which he became the head several years ago. He has led numerous astronomical expedi- tions and has delivered more than 5,000 lectures on the subject as well as on general natural history at Columbia, West Point and other educational institutions. He is a Cantain (inactive) in the U. S. Air Force, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, a member of The Ameri- can Astronomical Society and of the Explorers Club. Mr. Coles wrote for Bailey's L. I. History, the only complete history of Glen Cove ever produced. He is avail- able as a speaker for Long Island groups. Robert R. Coles modern age and become ac- quainted with a few of the actors in this great sky drama who will be performing their role long centuries after our civilization has been forgot- ten. Now let us survey these summer skies over Long Island and see what they reveal. As we look into the heavens after sundown and watch the half light of even- ing blend into the full dark of night, it is like standing on the threshold of the infinite and peering into the mysteri- ous depths of space and time. Exactly what we see de- pends, of course, on the hour and season. In early August this year we shall discover our nearest celestial neighbor, the moon, a mere quarter of a Constellation of the Scorpion, with Star Antares in Heart American Muteum of Natural History Photo 145 LONG ISLAND FORUM million miles away. Farther out in space we shall also see the planets Venus, Saturn and Mars, moving slowly against the background of distant stars, which are ar- ranged in squares, rectangles, half-circles and other familiar geometrical figures that we recognize as the constella- tions. And if we look sharply in the late night sky of mid- August, we may discern a hazy blob of light in the con- stellation of Andromeda, that astronomers tell us is a so- called island universe bevond the farthest outposts of our own galaxy. These are a few of the actors in this season's drama of the skies. Let us see just how they fit into the sky picture. During the first two weeks of August we shall have an excellent opportunity to he- come acQuainted with the moon's behavior in the sum- mer sky. As you probably know, the moon travels around the earth from west to east against the background of distant stars in a little less than a calendar month, changing phase as it changes its angle to the sun. Its path is generally through the twelve constellations of the zodiac, which is also the highway of the planets. If the skies are clear on August first we shall discover a crescent moon hanging low above the western horizon and some distance above it will appear the beautiful p'anet Saturn. This brilliant world of mystery will domin- ate our early evening sides through the rest of the sum- mer and early autumn. It will reach its greatest bril- liancy on October eleventh and by the end of autumn will have shifted to the other side of the sun, to appear in the eastern sky before sun- rise next winter as morning star. As we look for the moon every evening after sunset we shall find that it has shifted somewhat farther east than at that time on the previous AUGUST 1954 night and changed slightly in phase. Very conveniently, this eastward progress of the moon through the sky pro- vides us with an ideal means of identifying many of the interesting objects along its route. By evening twilight, on August second, the moon will have moved below Venus and be entering the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin. While important because it belongs to the Zodiac, this constella- tion is not particularly im- pressive and contains only one really bright star. This is called Spica, and you can spot it by the moon's position on the night of August fourth, when it will be seen passing just a short distance south of the star. The next con- spicuous object to the east of Spica is the planet Saturn, under which the moon wiM pass on the following night, August fifth. While admit- tedly beautiful, even through a small telescope, Saturn must take second place when compared with Venus and Mars, as observed with the naked-eye. By this time the moon will have just attained its first quarter phase and will be found low in the south at sunset. You will find it interesting to note how our satellite changes color from silver to gold as darkness sets in. This is but one of the many subtle and interesting color changes that occur in the heavens at nightfall. After passing Saturn the moon will cross through an- other very inconspicuous zodiacal group, called Libra, the Scales, and enter the con- stellation of Scorpius, the Scorpion, one of the most im- pressive star groups in the summer skies. This is shaped very much like a large baling hook, with the handle to the west and the long, curved hook just skirting the horizon to the east of it. Not far east of the handle, and well above the curved hook, is a very Continued on page 155 TRAPHAGEN SCHOOL t\ ^ OF FASHION For Results \J%J TKAINING HEKt PAYS Uff UVIDENDS n^k/ Summer, Fall aad Winter Courses ))^H Professional methods day or eve. All ^^U branches of Fashion for beginners or ^■^ advanced students. Regents" Credits. DAY, EVENING < SATURDAY COURSES Now forming for Design. 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AMityville 4-0033 146 AUGUST 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM # ^he \}iouse Hohat Qame 'Dotunhill pEOPLE driving on the north shore of Long Island may have noticed at the foot of the hill leading into East ISetauket an old gray house, its end facing the road. Some may recognize it as one of the houses in Mr. William Mount's picture "Long Island Farm Houses." This is the old Brewster house. Tradition says that it was first built on top of the hill, opposite where the Meth- odist church now stands. I wonder if they did not build it in summer time when cooling breeizes made it a delightful spot. Then came winter and only in front of the great open fires could one keep warm. Even then their backs froze unless they were sitting on a high-backed K^te Wheeler ^trong settle. Can't you imagine them saying "We can't stand this another winter. Let's slide the house down the hill where the back at least will be protected from the icey winds." And so it seems they did, for from old records it appears people thought noth- ing of moving their houses in those days. If you stand in front of the house you will see that the front door is not in the middle of the house which is because at some later date a whole new end was added to it near- est the road. I have been told that the fashion of long slop- ing roofs started when there Vv^as a tax on windows. As you enter the house, the room on the right was where my great-grandfather Thomas S. Strong married Hannah Brewster Nov. 11, 1770. Miss Davis, last of the family to occupy the old house, showed me a tiny secret closet beside the mantle where they hid their silver. She also said that under some loose boards in the attic they found a place big enough to hide a trunk. In the stormy days of the Revolution the backdoor was fastened with a great bar across it. I never went up- stairs, but Miss Davis told me one of the tiny windows high up on the side of the house was in the loom room. There I suppose was spun the linen Miss Davis showed me with great pride. Another of her treasures was a very huge wooden spoon with which she had been told, they ladled out the Continued on page 153 ^ William S. Mount's "Long Island Landscape" 147 LONG ISLAND FORUM Reminders Pleasure Boat Insurance Specialist GEORGE C. EARTH n4A Broadway, next to Post Office AMityville 4-1688 (Res. 4-0855) Automotive Supplies E. Clayton Smith, jobber. Re- placement parts, tools and equip- ment. 218-220 East Main Street, Babylon. Tel. 551. Visitors Welcome The General Museum-Library of the Suffolk County Historical So- ciety, at Riverhead, is open daily (except Sundays and Holidays) from one to five P. M. Visitors always welcome (no charge) at this educational insti- tution where items connected with Long Island's history, culture and natural sciences are on display. Wines and Liquors Large assortment of Popular Brands at the Lowest Possible Prices and in various size con- tainers to suit your needs. Losi's Liquor Store, 170 Park Ave., Amity- ville. AMITYVILLE DAIRY, Inc. AMITYVILLE ROCKVILLE CENTRE BLUE POINT STILL ,t CALSO GASOLINE - FUEL OIL DISTRIBUTOR Tel. SElden 2-3512 Cash and Carry Service 15% Off UNQUA LAUNDRIES AMityville 4-1348 Dixon Avenue Copiague William Tell Disaster Continued from page 148 ^^^ .Society Islands in the South f^<=^i<=:. Thence to the Sandwich (Hawaii) Islands and on to Alaska and the Arctic Ocean. * * * "We visited New Zealand again returning to the Arctic Ocean! where the ship was lost. All of the crew escaped. We lived in Eski- mos caves and ice huts for weeks. Finally rescued by the Hibernian. New Bedford, Gapt. Edwards, bound for Honolulu. There three moinths. Got chance to work my way home on the barque Midas Reached Sag Harbor safely" Captain Nathan P. Hand, quoted above, was later for many years a school janitor at Sag Harbor and greatly beloved and idolized by the schoolchildren. It was said that some pupils were prone to accept Capt. Hand's opinion on geogra- phical matters above that of their school^mistress. Wilson L. Glover Southold The Year 1872 Reference to Babylon Town being set up in 1872 reminds me that that was the year the old life- saving service built their first sta- tions on the beach, and also the year that the Riverhead Savings Bank was founded. A great-uncle of mine was farming thereabouts then and he told me how he started an account in a Doctor's office in vrhich the bank first opened. He said that although Riverhead was the county seat it wasn't much of a village then. Greenport and Sag Harbor were both bigger. (Mrs.) Phyllis Snowden, Hicksville. Note: From a booklet issued by the bank in 1947, for its 75th anni- versary, we learn that Dr. Richard H. Benjamin was its first presi- dent, elected May 18, 1872. Hon John S. Marcy and Dr. Abraham B. Luce were the vice-presidents, Orville B. Ackerly secretary, James H. Tuthill attorney and counsel, and John R. Corwin, John Downs and Simeon S. Hawkins, finance committee. — Editor. AUGUST 1954 Head Librarian Wanted For Amityville Free Library. Good working conditions. Full time assistant. One month vacation. New York State retirement. Over 18,000 books. Over 40,000 circula- tion. Write or phone for appoint- ment Paul Bailey, President, Box 805 Amityville. Tel. AM 4-0554 #^ "Hindsights and Highlights", a history of the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department, 1852-1952, by Estelle Valentine Newman, assisted m research by Leslie E. Peckham, l# ^ ^®'' executed achievement. Mrs. Newman's historical articles m the Forum have won much praise. Editor. Schrafel Motors, Inc. NASH Sales and Service NEW and USED CARS Merrick Road, West Amityville ' Leo F. Schrafel AM 4-23 06 FAMILY HISTORY Start yours now with our Simpli- fied Worksheets and Directions . . . Complete Set, punched for three- ring binder, postpaid $1. . . . GIDEON STIVERS ^^ Box 382 Riverhead, L. I. W The Bowne House Historical Society Judge Charles S Colden, President presents The Bowne House Built 1661 Bowne St. and Fox Lane FLUSHING, N. Y. A Shrine to Religion Freedom ADMISSION FREE Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays 1 to 6 P.M. Sponsored by HALLERAN AGENCY ^«»'«°" Flushing, N. Y. Farmingdale Federal Savings and Loan Association 312 CONKLIN STREET First Mortgage Loans Insured Savings 21% Dividend Phone FArmingdale 2-2000 FARMINGDALE, N. Y. 148 I AUGUST 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM t jt. John's Qhurch, Gakdale^ m J£. T. jTorton CT. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL ^ CHURCH at Oakdale, now being restored, was built in 1765 by William NicoU, grandson of Islip town's original patentee and great- grandson of Mathias NicoU, first secretary of the province of New York. It was dedi- cated as The Charlotte Church and its initial mass was said by the Rev. (Samuel Seabury, then rector at Jamaica and to be consecrated in 1784 America's first Anglican Bishop, The earliest rector of the little church was the Rev. James Greaton who jour- neyed by horseback from his resident charge at Hunting- ton on infrequent occasions. During the last year of the Revolution, in 1783 he was succeeded by the Rev. Thomas Lambert Moore who came from St. George's in Hemp- stead to have charge of the Oakdale parish and that of Caroline Church at Setauket. One of Mr. Moore's, earliest tasks was to see that The Charlotte Church building was purged of the effects of the war and seven years of enemy occupation. At the same time it was enlarged and on October 21, 1784 was rededicated as St. John's of Islip. Four years later it was admitted into the Diocese of New York and in 1806 its title passed from the NicoU family to corporate ownership. From 1816 to 1842 the Rev. Charles Seabury, the Bishop's son, was in charge of St. John's of Islip as well as of the Setauket parish. He was succeeded by the Rev. D. F. M. Johnson who served five years and during whose rsas- torate the Oakdale building was enlarged in 1843 to its Rear View, Showing Old Gravestones present capacity. As in the case of the enlargement of 1783, however, the original structure was preserved as it is today. It is therefore the oldest church building still in use as such anywhere along the south side. It is also the second oldest in the County of Suffolk, being antedated only by Setauket's Caroline. The first step in the restor- ation project is to strengthen the roof and restore its ori- ginal character with old-style hand-hewn shingles. The pro- ject includes a complete re- storation of the building's interior, the entire work be- ing in the hands of Nicholson & Galloway of New York and Brookville, Nassau County. It is possible that some readers do not know that St. John's of Islip, standing on Montauk highway in Oakdale, is the parent church of St. Paul's, Patchogue ; St. Mark's, Islip; St. Ann's, SayviUe, and Emanuel, Great River. Among the eighty marked graves in its churchyard is that of Rear-Admiral NicoU Ludlow, a native of Islip who with his brother Edwin beques ted sub- stantial sums to the support and maintenance of this truly historic church. 149 LONG ISLAND FORUM AUGUST 1954 Leading Real Estate Brokers of Sayville Lillian H. Robinson, Realtor Real Estate, Insurance, Furnished Cottages Farms - Homes - Acreage 169 W. Main St. SAyville 4-1900 Member of L. I. Real Estate Board Munsey Park See Wile for Worth While Real Estate General Brokerage Manhasset and vicinity DAVID T. WILE JR. & CO. 8393 Northern Blvd. Manhasset 667 Mineola J. ALFRED VALENTINE Real Estate - Insurance 148 Mineola Boulevard Phone Garden City 7-7200 Hicksville SEAMAN & EISEMANN, Inc. 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But Claudius Smith, born on Long Island, was hanged at Goshen on January 22, 1779, as a convicted outlaw, after which his severed skull was bricked into the keystone of a doorway in the Goshen courthouse. Years later, when the building was de- molished, the skull being found intact, it was broken up and the many small pieces became sou- venirs. Claudius, whose crimes ran the gamut to include several murders, had three sons, who followed in his wild footsteps. Richard aiid James were also hanged and Wil- liam was shot to death as a fugi- tive on Schunemunk mountain in the Ramapos. The two caves used as hideouts by Claudius and his gang which included the three sons were located in the Ramapos and are still shown as local points of interest in the Revolutionary era. According to Albert B. Brusha- ber writing in the December 1943 issue of the Appalachia, Claudius was born at Brookhaven. I have never heard of any Long Island Smith claim descent from this in- famous "Cowboy of the Ramapos" as he was called. Aaron R. Smith (no descendant) , Richmond HUl Farmingdale GREGORY SOSA AGENCY, Inc. Real Estate and Insurance Serving The Community Since 1921 FArmingdale 2-0321—2-1286 Hubbell, Klapper 6- Hubbell LONG ISLAND REAL ESTATE 65 Hilloti Avenue Garden City, N. Y. REAL ESTATE Insurance Mortgages JOHN T. PULIS 101 Richmond Ave , Amityville AMiiyville 4-1489 1 EASTPORT Edward B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street EAstport S-0164 Port Washington Howard C. Hegeman Agency, Inc. Real Estate and Insurance 185 Main Street Tel. POrt Washington 7-3124 4t> Commack JOHN W. NOTT Established 1925 Wanted: Large flat wooded acre- age eastern L. I. to Riverhead. Jericho Tpk. FOrest 8-932Z Huntington HENRY A. MURPHY INSURING AGENCY, Inc. Real Estate, Insurance, Mortgagre Loans, Appraisals Steamship Tickets Cornelius L. Murphy Tel. Hunt. 176 Wyandanch HAROLD S. ISHAM All Lines of Insurance Real Estate Straight Path, Wyandanch Tel. Midland 7755 Mastic Realtor — Insurer BENJAMIN G. HERRLEY MONTAUK HIGHWAY Phone ATlantic~l-8110 Glen Head M, O. HOWELL Real Estate - Insurance 25 Glen Head Road Telephone GLen Cove 4-0491 Bay Shore Auto and Other Insurance — Real Estate — HENNING AGENCY, Realtor 86 E.Main BayShore 7-0876 & 0877 Central Islip ROBERT E. O'DONOHUE Carleton Ave. Tel. 6317 Central Talip Real Estate - Insurance Established 1911 Hampton Bays JOHN H. SUTTER Licensed Real Estate Broker 1 East Main Street HAMPTON BAYS 2-0420 Tel. BAbylon 6-0266 w. E. MAGEE, APPRAISER Inc. Real Estate and insurance || Brokers Babylon. N. T. #^, 150 J AUGUST 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM Long Island's Suburban Homeland Uniondale PETER P. ROCCHIO The Town Agency For Real Estate and Insurance 889 Nassau Road, Uniondale Phone HEmpstead 2-6858 Patchogue Realtors — Insurers JOHN J. ROE & SON 125 E. Main St. Patchogue 2300 Glen Cove HAROLD A. JACKSON CO. Insurance and Real Estate 7 W. Glen Street Telephone 4-1500 Westbury HAMILTON R. HILL Insurance - Real Estate WEstbury 7-0108 249 Post Ave. For Westbury and Vicinity Floral Park EDMUND D. PURCELL REALTOR Sales - Appraisals - Insuranc* 111 Tyson Ave. FLoral Park 4-0333 Lake Ronkonkoma CLIFFORD R. YERK Lots, Farms, Shore Frontage Homes Acreage Rosedale Ave. and Richmond Blvd. Telephones Ronkonkoma 8543 and 8859 East Norwich RICHARD DOWNING & SONS Real Estate & Insurance Brokers North Hempstead Turnpike Tel. OYster Bay 6-0592 Real Estate Insurance East Tetauket Lond island. New York ■ miOl SoUuket ■ Unqua Agency, Inc. General Insurance Real Estate GORDON W. FRA.SER, Mgr. 199-A Broadway AMityvillc 4-0876 That Walk to Plum Island How many years ago could one walk from Orient Point to Plum Island at low tide ? I read this in the Forum, I think by Ezra Hal- lock Young of Orient. Is that right? This will be interesting to know about and this subscriber will watch for the answer in the Forum. K. L., Brooklyn Note: Mr. Young gave it as handed-down hearsay, but did not vouch for its accuracy. Dr. Wood, our senior contributing editor, once told of his ancestor Squire Chase while lighthouse-keeper on Little Gull Island hiking from there to Shelter Island on the ice. Can some reader supply further data on the Plum Island walk? Editor. Franklin; Not Frank Dr. Clarence Ashton Wood sent word, too late to appear in his story in the July number, "South- old's Versatile Physician", that his full name was Franklin Charles Tuthill. However, he was best known as Dr. Frank. The Forum is as good as ever. J. Robert Bailey Jr., Patchogue. Miller Place ALFRED E. BEYER Licensed Real Estate Broker Member, Suffolk Real Estate Board North Country Road Miller Place Tel. POrt Jefferson 8-1204 Massapequa TOM ABBOTT Massapequa Cor. Merrick Rd. and Ocean Ave. Massapequa, N. Y. BELLPORT Ed*vard B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street BEIIport 7-0143 Robert A. 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Incorporated 1858. Southold Savings Bank Southold, New York Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 151 LONG ISLAND FORUM Battle of St. George's Continued from page 144 groups were each to go against a side of the triangu- lar stockade, while Tallmadge led the rest against the main gate, preceded by Caleb Brewster and some pioneers, who were to make the breach. Complete silence was to be observed while the enemy gave the alarm, and the ma- jor made sure of it by order- ing all guns left unloaded. They moved off in this fashion, and a Tory picket outside the fort did give the alarm, with immediately dis- astrous results for himself. Brewster's men had got past him unno-ticed when the un- fortunate sentry heard the rustle of Tallmadge's section in the brush. He cried, "Who comes there?", hesitated ner- vously, and then fired wildly into the darkness. Tallmadge himself was only a few steps away, and a sergeant at his side lunged forward and bay- oneted the Tory to a sudden death. Discarding silence, the Continentals rushed the stockade. The pioneers' axes, wielded lustily, cut a way through the gate, and Tall- madge led straight across the "Grand Parade" against the main building, leaving a pla- toon at the breach to prevent any escape from the trap. Similarly, the two smaller groups had come over the stockade on their assigned sides, and each immediately surrounded one of the houses at the triangle's corners. The assault against the first ob- jective went quickly and suc- cessfully, the Americans, guns still empty, climbing through the ditch and abatis. In ten minutes the building was taken, at bayonet point. The captives were herded out onto the Grand Parade and jubilantly two young of- ficers clambered to the top of AUGUST 1954 the stockade shouting the watchword, "Washington and Glory!" Into their elation crashed a volley from one of the still untaken corner houses. The standard of Fort St. George, which had flown over the main building was down, and this subsequent re- resistance was completely against the rules of warfare, according to which the house's occupants had forfeited their lives. The tough dragoons, with this in mind, loaded their guns, and returned the fire with a will while the axes again forced an entry. Inside, the fighting was hand-to-hand, the "confusion and conflict" great. The de- fenders were driven to the second floor where the Con- tinentals, when they got to them, began hurling them out of the windows. This was all permissible, and by the rule- book, but Tallmadge, shouting over the uproar, put a stop to MORTGAGE MONEY HOME OWNERS Mortgage Loans to refinance existing mortgages or to purchase and /or renovate homes INDIVIDUAL MORTGAGE HOLDERS Existing mortgages purchased or refinanced RIVERHEAD SAVINGS BANK RIVERHEAD. N. Y. RIVERHEAD 8-3600 #^ ^^ 152 AUGUST 1954 it. When this struggle had quieted, there was a further ^ burst of excitement. A cry It arose fhat the supply ships under the waterside wall were preparing to make a run for it. Brewster, an ex-artilleryman, led the rush to the Tory can- non, which were quickly run out, and the intention made The ships were secured as the sun rose pleasantly (for the Am.ericans) and the job of destroying the works got under way. While it went up in flames, the prisoners were pinioned in pairs, loaded with "some valuable dry goods", and set to the m.arch north across fhe island. Captain Edgar was in command of their escort, which consisted of most of the Americans. Tallmadge picked a dozen men for the Coram ra:d, among, them Brewster and Jackson. They were mounted on horses captured in the fort, and rode off ahead of the prisoner caravan. They turned away from the River Road at tMillville, riding through the heavy oak and pine forest that covered the middle of the island. Galloping through the thin November sunlight into Coram, they quickly put to rout the small forage guard. The 300 tons of hay and corn- stalks made a fine, if smoky, blaze and they went happily on to the rendezvous at Old Man's, reaching it in about an hour and a half. The timing was perfect. Captain Edgar's column was just arriving, and "all sat down for nearly an hour and refreshed." There was time to waste, as they were ahead of Major Tallmadge's careful timetable, which caPed for another right crossing. In daylight, even eight heavily armed whaleboats were by no means a safe convoy. Heavy British warships in- fested the Sound. By 4 P.M. all were at the boats, and at sunset they were afloat. They slipped away into the twilight, ^ passing through an opening at " the east end of Old Man's Harbor which has long since filled in. In the dark on the Sound, the boats were sep- arated, but one by one they straggled up to the beach at Fairfield, the first at 11, the last two hours later. In a little over thirty hours, the expe- dition had covered, with no sleep, about forty miles on land and tv.enty on water. An engagement had been fought, a magazine destroyed, and over most of the distance they'd been hampered by a body of prisoners nearly as numerous as themselves. No Continental was lost, and only one seriously wounded. Jack- son wrote that the prisoners were, "1 Lt. Coin, ard 1 Capt, half pay. One lieutenant and 50 rank and file." iSome of these were quickly paroled, and on Monday, the 27th, Jackson took about 40 off to West Point for incarceration. Washington wrote to Tall- madge : "Morristown, Nov. 28, 1780 Dear Sir-^I have received with much pleasure the re- port of your successful en- terprise upon Fort George, and the vessels with stores in the bav, and was particularly well pleased with the destruc- tion of the hay at Coram, which must, I conceive, be se- verely felt by the enemy at this time. I beg you to accept my thanks for your judicious planning and spirited execu- tion of this business, and that you will offer them to the officers and men who shared the honors of the enterprise with you. . . . Yours, &c. G. Washington" LONG ISLAND FORUM House Downhill Continued from page 147 soup for the slaves. One spoonful would certainly have filled a good-size bowl. Mr. John Mount wrote for the Port Jefferson Times years ago an account of some- thing that happened at the old house in Revolutionary times. While Mr. Joseph Brewster secretly contributed to the American cause, he found it wiser to keep on friendly terms with the Brit- ish who occupied most of the Island at that time. One day when Mr. Brews- ter and his son John were cutting wood for the fire- places, a number of Col. Hew- lett's troopers came into the yard. Son John, having no love for the redcoats and not realizing the danger, jokingly remarked, "Father, see that nice tall straight tree oyer there; it would make a fine liberty pole." His father, see- ing the angry looks of the troopers, replied sternly, "We have no room for liberty poles round here. Cut it down and saw it up for firewood." So all passed off peacefully. Mr. John Mount's grandfather, the John Brewster of this tale, told him of this incident many years later. The old house has passed out of the family, but kindly hands saved it from being turned into a gas station or something of that sort. We hope some day its old front door may swing open in wel- come, as it did in the days M^'^^U .. JUv WvU/. kv, jMv*w*h«'^^><'^ ^'^■^^■ 153 LONG ISLAND FOEUM when Mr. William Mount parked his studio there and enjoyed the friendship and the delicious food within its hospitable doors. The Past 65 Years The Forum's collection of histori- cal booklets has been augmented by one recently issued by the Columbia Savings and Loan Asso- ciation of Woodhaven to commem- orate the bank's 65th anniversary and the dedication of its new edi- fice at 93-22 Jamaica avenue. It is more than the story of an institu- tion's growth from its humble inception in the then city of Brooklyn in 1889, its removal to Woodhaven a decade later, its steady growth in spite of national financial panics and the great depression, through wars and poli- tical upheavals, to its present pinnacle. This really is the story, briefly told, of the age through which the institution grew. "With a fine sense of things historic, the author (unfortunately without byline) lists those outstanding events that were contemporary with the bank's year-by-year progress. Thus the h.ist;ory of a bank, which could have been only a compilation of bigger and better annual reports, becomes an interesting narrative of the past 65 years which most anyone would enioy reading. We take the liberty of quoting the general data from one year, that of 1937, the year the Forum was first printed, and Columbia's present president, Mr. Harry L. R. Clapp, was first elected: "President Roosevelt began his seconid term. There were more sit-down strikes: industry fell off again. This was the year that r. D. R. battled the nine old men on the Supreme Court. He tried to enlarge the court to fifteen Justices but the 'packing plan' ^eHjxtL STOP in and let us demonstrate the NEW ZENITH very V small model (very \ small I model / HEARING AID In Stock: Batteries for all Types of Aids PICKUP & BROWN GUILD OPTICIANS 18 Deer Park Ave. Babylon Tel. Babylon 927 was beaten. Spain was in the midst of civil war; Japan was attacking China; Hitler repudiated the Versailles Treaty. The Duke of Windsor married Wallis Simp- son. A DuPont chemist patented nylon. Charlie McCarthy appeared on radio. Youngsters were dancing 'The Big Apple'. The Lincoln Tun- nel opened, an,d there was a mad- ness for candid cameras." Which is just a sample of a job very well done. AUGUST 1954 Yes, Greenport, Southold Town The sketch "Sterling Creek, Southold", in t,he March issue, looks to me very much like what used to be Ketcham's boatshop on Sterling Creek to be sure, but that is in Greenport, next to the Presbyter- ian Church. Am I right? Mrs. C, Brooklyn. Frank and Seth Cwrwin Your April Forum enjoyed as per usual, especially the letter from Frank W. Corwin, Esq. (of Sag Harbor). I would gather therefrom that his father was captain of a sea-going vessel in 1854. Allowing for the fact that he made this grade at the tender age of 30, he must have been born around 1824. My father, Seth, was born in 1827. Virile men, them Corwins. Hilary Corwin Counselor at Law Huntington GLEN COVE'S Largest Ethical Prescription PHARMACY Economy Drug Co. 1 School Street Tel. GLen Cove 4-1616 DRY CLEANING FUR STORAGE JiMMeJikMiV' RUG CLEANING AMITYVILLE 4-3200 ''The Long Island Indian" By Robert R. Coles With 20 Line Drawings How our Indians looked and lived. The names and distribu- tion of their chieftaincies. Their contribution to our civilizatoin and many other interesting facts about those first Long Islanders. Send $1 to Robert R. Coles, 7 The Place, Glen Cove, N. Y. f^ if^^ "Long Island Whalers" By Paul Bailey The history of whaling by L. I. ships and men for more than 200 years, briefly told. Showing the begin- ning, the rise, the peak and the decline and finish of the industry between the 1640's and 1870's. Well illus- trated. Postpaid $1. Address LONG ISLAND FORUM, Box 805, Amityville 154 AUGUST 1954 • Stars Over Long Island Continued from page 146 briffht red star, called Ant- ares. On the night of August eighth the moon will be pass- ing just north of Antares. Two nights later, on August tenth, our satellite will have entered the zodiacal constella- tion of Sagittarius, the Archer, and have passed to the north of Mars, which will then be sojourning m that part of the sky. To many, Sagittarius resembles an oia fashioned tea kettle more closely than an archer. An asterism of four stars to the east forms the handle, and a group of three to the west is the spout. Mars will appear low m the southeast at twilight during early August and be seen to move slowly westward through the southern sky during the night as the earth rotates on its axis. If /ou watch it carefully from night to night you will discover that it is also slowly shifting east- ward among the stars of Sag- ittarius, as it follows its orbit around the sun. On August fourteenth a full moon will rise in the east about sunset and by the twenty-first it will have at- tained first quarter phase and appear among the wmter con- stellations. As a resutt of the earth's orbital motion around the sun the constellations change slowly in reference to the horizon from night to night. Each star rises about four minutes earlier on any given night than the night before, about 28 minutes earlier after a week, and nearly two hours earlier at the end of a month. This changes the sky picture greatly from season to sea- son. If you would like to enjoy a preview of the autumn skies in mid-summer it is merely necessary to search the east- ern heavens at about 10 p.m. in the middle of August. At that time you will see the familiar Autumn Constella- tions high above the horizon. One of the most famous ot these is the constellation of Pegasus, the Winged Horse. The most conspicuous part ol this is a large and almost per- fect square of stars that is known as the Great Square of Pegasus. A double chain of stars that extends across the sky from the northeast cor- ner of this square forms the principal part of the constel- lation of Andromeda, the Chained Lady. While not an impressive constellation, this is of special interest because there exists within its area one of the most amazing ob- jects visible to the unaided eye. This is a hazy and rather indistinct little patch of light a short distance to the west of the double chain of stars and about half way of its length. Astronomers call this the Great Nebula in Andromeda and tell us that it is the most distant object that we can observe with the naked-eye. Our great tele- scopes reveal it to be another galaxy of stars, with billions of suns like those in our own Milky Way system. Its dis- tance has recently been deter- LONG ISLAND FORUM mined as in the order of 1,500,000 light-years. In other words, the light reaching us from that island universe to- night began its long journey through space long before man inhabited the earth and we see it as it existed count- less millenia before the dawn of human history. Here we have mentioned but a few of the many won- ders that adorn our summer skies over Long Island. Their number may b© multiplied almost without end. In the northern sky there is the interesting circumpolar wheel that turns about the celestial pole, reflecting the earth's rotation. Overhead during these August nights are such splendid sights as the famous constellation of Cygnus, the Swan, the blue- white star Vega, in the con- stellation of Lyra, the Harp, and the magnificent arch of the Milky Way. Perhaps you would like to explore these skies on your own with the aid of a good star chart and learn the thrill of discovering these wonders of the summer night. The stars belong to all who can enjoy and appreciate them. L. I. Limericks I recall that about a dozen years ago the Forum had its readers sending in four-line stanzas on Why Do I Love Long Island So. Why not get them started on lim- ericks. Here's one: There was an old man m Moriches Who suffered the seven-year itches. He scratched and he tore Till he finally wore A hole in his corduroy britches. C.F.D., Queens. • Village House Arts, Crafts, Americana Museum of the Oysterponds Historical Society at Orient, L. I. Open July 1 to October 31 Tuesdays. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 5 P. M. Free Admission ESTABLISHED 1887 SOUTH SIDE BANK BRENTWOOD Suffolk 6- 4th Phone BR 3-45 1 1 BAY SHORE Mam <&• Bay Shore Av. Phone BA 7-7100 Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 155 AUGUST 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM The Making of a Mode How colors from past eras influence today's mode is shown most vividly in this exhibit in the reception room at the Traphagen School of Fashion, 1680 Broadway, New York. The display illustrates how the rich shades of moyen age costume were chosen and drama- tized by the Forstmann Woolen Compan,y in a successful style promotion. Tod Draz was the artist selected by them to execute this outstanding series of period murals — a few of the finished paintings are shown in the illus- tration here. Draz, who has been called by the press "the aristocrat of illus- trators," is a graduate of Trap- hagen. He went back to his alma mater to borrow the authentically created costumes seen m the pic- tures. These gowns were made at Traphagen after months of re- search by the students ^ the costume library of over 15.flOO volumes on the history of fashion. From sketches made by the art students, the theatrical class, thus prepared, combined forces witti the clothing construction depart- ment in the art of pattern cutting and draping for the making of this extraordinary collection. The artist also used the school's "Ladies of History" dolls — the one on the table is the Traphagen trade mark, the li5th century lady.. Beside this miniature manikin lies the textile manufacturer s flnishea color book, filled with swatches of fabrics keyed to the new — old colors and reproducing the Draz. paintings. , The exhibit thus points up the practical tie-up of all the different fields of art and fashion that enter into the making of the 20th cen- tury mode, and an exquisite vol- ume that America may well be proud of as an example of art wedded to industry. ^ Gifts For Everyone IN CHINA Minton Bone, Spode, Doulton Syracuse, Lenox IN STERLING Towie Gorham IN GLASS Fostoria Tiffin Duncan And in Other Quality Lines TOOMEY'S GIFTS 85 Main St. BAY SHORE 253 W. Main St. Smithtown Branch COLUMBIA SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 93-22 JAMAICA AVENUE WOODHAVEN 21, N. Y. VIRGINIA 7-7041 FOREST HILLS OFFICE 15 STATION SQUARE - AT FOREST H.LLS iNN CHARTERED 1889 SAVINGS ACCOUNTS MORTGAGE LOANS SAFE DEPOSn BOXES Safety of your Savings insured up to $10,0«« 156 AUGUST 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM • "Shrine to Religious Freedom" Long Island is known in many- faraway places chiefly as the locale of The Bowne House, People have come from abroad to see and enter this monument to men and wwnen of 300 years ago who helped to make religious worship free to all faiths in the New World. Surely every Long Islander Fhould visit this venerable one- time home of Quakers John and Hannah Feake Bowne which stands at Bowne street and Fox lane in historic Flushing. The Bowne House, built in 1661, is open Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays from one to five p.m. and no admission fee is charged. It is an easy drive by way of the Northern State Parkway. The Bowne House Historical Society, headed by Supreme Court Justice Charles S. Colden, is making a tremendous contribution to the great cause of religious and racial tolerance, by having acquired and preserved this simple structure whose place in American history is not surpassed by any building anywhere in the land. Long Islanders especially owe much to Judge Colden and his fel- low officoT-s who are: Vice-Presi- dents LeRoy T. Stratton and Laurence B. Halleran, Treasurer Franklin F. Regan, Secretary Mrs. Edward J. Streator and Historian Miss Margaret L. Carmen. Best wishes for the continued success of your publication. Charles Huguenin, New York (author of "General Emory Up- ton"). TBanb of amitptJille Incorporated 1891 2% on Special Interest Accounts Compounded Quarterly Hours: 9 to 3 except Saturday Friday Evening, 6:30 to 8:30 Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. 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I. whale- ship, the brig Myra, operating until 1'871. It called to mind a brig built on Long Island in 1872 that was engaged in whaling from 1907 to 1914 This vessel is interestingly described by Dr. Robert Cushman Murphy of Crystal Brook, LI. Dr. Murphy is chairman of the Depart- ment of Birds of the American Museum of Natural History and in 1947 published his fascinating book ''Log Book for Grace describing his voyage m 1911-16 on the whaling brig Daisy to South Georgia Island. "The brig Daisy," writes Ur. Murphy, "was built at Setauket Harbor and launched in October 1872. Nehemiah Hand, with whose descendants I used to play, was her builder. She was the twenty- sixth, and seventh from the largest, of the thirty-two staunch wooden hulls that came off his Continued on back cover AUGUST 1954 Telephone AMityville 4-2126 FIRESTONE Motor Sales, Inc. 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LONG ISLAND LrGHTING COMPANY ■T For Luncheons and Dinners The Patchogue Hotel Centrally located on the South Shore for Banquets and other functions Modern Rooms and Suites Montauk Highway Phones Patchogue 1234 and 800 Wining and Dining in the Continental Tradition, superb, leisurely, inexpensive, will be yours to enjoy, at the entirely new RENDEZVOUS Restaurant 292 Merrick Rd. Amilyville Phone AMityville 4-9768 J r ^ For the Sea Food Connoisseur It's SNAPPER INN on Connetquot River OAKDALE Phone SAyville 4-0248 CLOSED MONDAYS STERN'S Pickle Products, Inc. Farmingdale, N. Y. Tela. 248 ; Night 891 Complete Line of Condiments for the Hotel and Restaurant Trade Prompt Deliveries Quality Since 1890 Factory conveniently located at Farmingdale Dr. Murphy's Daisy Continued from page 158 ways between 1836 and 1882. Technically the Daisy is a half- brig of 384 gross tons, 123 feet overall length, two-decked, framed with oak and chestnut, planked with yellow pine, and copper f a,stGii6cl " "Having been sailed in merchant service for 35 years," continues Dr. Murphy, "the Daisy was bought by a New Bedford group. She was then refitted as a whaler, with accommodations for a crew four or five times as large as that of a merchant vessel of her ton- nage, and the Old Man (Captain Benjamin Cleveland) has taken her on several voyages in the southern oceans, including expeditions for sea-elephant oil to Kergueleu Island and South Georgia." In the preface to his book Dr. Murphy writes the epitaph of the 44-year old Daisy: "During the first World War the old brig was restored to merchant service. Laden with beans for Europe, she sprang a leak in the eastern Atlantic on October 29th, 1916. The ocean water caused such an incontinent swelling of her cargo that the decks bulged and the planking was sprung. Her hull was vetrily rent asunder by expansion of beans, and she sank." Meade C. Dobson Kew Gardens, L. I. Note: Dr. Murphy's fine book was reviewed in the Forum of July 1947 by Walter K. Earle, curator of the Cold Spring Harbor Wlial- ing Museum. The Daisy was a merchant vessel. Converted to whaling by New England owners, she never sailed as a Long Island whaleship, as Dr. Murphy makes clear in his book. The brig Myra which cleared Sag Harbor in 1871, never returned as she was con- demned at Barbadoes on Decem- ber 14, 1874, and officially destroyed. She was indeed Long Island's last whaleship — Editor. Peconic's Old Gristmill I have enjoyed the Forum so very much in the short time I have been a subscriber. After only two issues it was interesting to note (in June number) that my great-grandfather Martin Gold- smith was one of the shareholders of the old gristmill at Peconic. Mrs. Foster F. Kobin Comstock Hill Norwalk, Ct. 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