Tag: travel

Dravel Tream

And how would it be  … ?  Being away, “free”, floating ?
No obligations, no “other half”, no persons no job no limits. Nothing that pins one down to a certain situation or designation, a place on earth or on mind. Free to move, to follow whims – and, let’s assume, no monetary limits – ? Unbehaust, perhaps ?
With the smallest bag for essentials and spare clothes, a very useful west with pockets to carry stuff at the body, some electronic devices to keep you connected. And the best shoes one can buy for money : Shoes are essential !
I’d carry a pair of dancing shoes in a spare bag. Don’t laugh. I’m a terrible dancer, but I try, and know how to use my a**e.
Using cabs, buses, planes, boats – all transport where you do not drive yerself – I’m a passenger. (YES ! Of course it’s Iggy.) I want to look out, see the scenery, watch the light … driving is work, I do not want to work, I want to travel : Going places, hey !
How much would a cabby charge in a place like London / Paris / Barcelona / Turino / Vienna / Rome (!) / Berlin / Warszawa or Athens when you ask for being driven around for some hours ? Of course one should have a basic idea about the place, but wouldn’t it be great to just sit and watch – as life pulses by, as architecture changes from imperial via bourgeois to wtf, just being allowed to look at things as they happen.
I’d ask cap drivers in NewYork, Frisco, KualaLumpur, Jakartha, Delhi, Bombay, Peking, Kairo, Tehran, Moscow – and a lot of other places – “just show me the place” : Here is a map, this place’s name sounds nice, oh and here is even a picture of something – let’s go !
I would not snap pictures then – I’d be too overwhelmed with all : I’d just sit and look and allow it all storm at me. I’d take pictures at some points of this voyage, not outer locations, but when it feels right to me, and would have no idea what they’d show.
I’d need some kind of electronic supervisor, something that would record where I’d be. I think I’d get lost after the second aeroplane latest – especially because I hate to fly by aeroplane and it would need some severe drugs to calm me down. At least I want to be stoned beyond recognition when the effing tin can hits the ocean.
Going by ship would be something different : More time, more reflection, better pictures – and my liver would also appreciate.
Is travelling the art of getting lost ?
I doubt. Usually it is about getting from A to B, without hassle, in style, and without too much unwanted surprises.
What I am dreaming of is blowing up the bubble and then pushing it onwards until it bursts, perhaps finding a new direction.
Hey, it’s a dream. And i’m just jabbering …

Moustapha Morgan, the second and last (promised)

Wonders of digitalisation. If one likes to spend time with it & has a licensed access, one can read through a lot of strange magazines, like Triangel oder Akazienzweige am Lebensbaume ächten Maurerthums, a German publication (Brooklyn, Long Island, 7.IV.1855-16.XII.1865, ZDB-ID 2612362-9) or Masonic Mirror and American Keystone (Philadelphia, 05.I.1853-26.XII.1860, ZDB-ID 2613335-0).
As you may remember from the last boring post, dear reader, I wanted to know what it is about the claim that the notorious William MORGAN was found alive and kicking in Smyrna in 1831. I cited the article on Morgan in a German handbook of masonry from 1865 that itself cited the TriangelJahrgang V, Nr. 21, S. 465, vom 19. November 1859. This is correct, except for the number of the page, it is “165”, not “465”, but this is negligible ; important is that year, number and date are correct. See the pdf here: Morgan 1 Triangle. (The link opens a new page with the link to the pdf – not very elegant, sorry about that, I am not used to link pdfs.) The German text gives a correct summary of what is taken from Masonic Mirror and American Keystone, of course we want to read the source.
According to the search-result for “Morgan” in the electronic resource, “Morgan” is the subject of five articles in said title (17.I.1855, 28.II.1855, 7.III.1855, 23.XI.1859 and 14.XII.1859). Important are the first and the last, the others are reactions to readers & the public and bring nothing new. The informant is a certain Joseph Alexander BLOOM, “now [January 1855] in his seventieth year of his age, in the full vigor of his intellect”. BLOOM and Moustapha MORGAN “dined at the same house, and had frequent conversations”.

This house was a public place of entertainment, and was kept by one Salvo. It is situated on the bay, and it was near this place where Mr. Costa was taken.
Bro. Bloom further states that Morgan left this country in the ship “Mervine “, which sailed from Boston to Smyrna, and belonged to the firm of Langdon & Co. The captain’s name of the “Mervine ” was Welch; this was all told by Morgan to Bro. B.

(Morgan 17 01 1855, unelegant as above)

In November 1859 the ship’s and the captain’s name are corrected :

There is, however, some slight mistake in names. The vessel in which the person believed to be Morgan, sailed from this country to Smyrna, was the Brig Minerva, which was owned by Ezra Weston,* of Duxbury, Massachusetts. The captain’s name was Martin Waterman, We knew him from our early childhood, and think he is still living.

“* The Grandfather of the editor of  “The Ashler ” [from where this is taken]. (Morgan 14 12 1859). I have no clue whether it is this Minerva. This could be the house of Ezra WESTON II (about, about). Here‘s a link to the materials about the WATERMAN family, captain Martin WATERMAN lived from 1793 until 1860.

Brother GOODALL appears in the number from 23rd of November 1859, he states that he met two people in Constantinople who knew Moustapha MORGAN and one was tought English by him (Morgan 23 11 1859). Interestingly at the end of the article is mentioned that MORGAN was still alive in the early 1850s, he would have been in his late seventies then (born 1774) :

The last seen or known of him was five or six years ago, when he was still in Smyrna, had quit teaching, and was living in habits, manners and costume as a Turk.

The William Morgan pillar, dedicated to the “respectable citizen” & “martyr to the freedom of writing, printing, and speaking the truth” is still standing. Now I wonder who Mr. COSTA was ?

Batavia – Smyrna, via Boston

When there’s nothing else to do I read a bit, blindly grabbing a book from the shelf – Die geheimen Gesellschaften, Verbindungen und Orden von Dr. Georg SCHUSTER, Archivrat am Königlichen Preussischen Hausarchiv, 1905. I could not find more about archivist SCHUSTER, except that his year of birth on one site is given as 1859, no year of death mentioned (perhaps 1922 ?) – he has no article in the Deutsche Biographie, what is strange for a well published archivist. The mentioned Hausarchiv seems to be a part of the Geheime Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz today. In volume II of his book about secret societies SCHUSTER describes the history of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (pp. 190-213), and when he delineates how the order spread through Northern America pretty successfully, he mentions that this development is suddenly disrupted in 1827 following what he calls die unselige Freimaurerhetze (1827-1833), an agitation against freemasonry that affected all kinds of secret societies.
These incidents are connected with the name of a certain William MORGAN (Eng., no German article available) (1774-1826 ?), SCHUSTER gives a brief description in a footnote. MORGAN of Batavia, New York, seemingly was preparing a publication about the masons, spilling out all the “secrets” and “mysteries” of the society. What ever his reasons were, he was kidnapped and held captive in Canada – his fate remains unknown : Some say the kidnappers preferred easy solutions & simply threw him into the Niagara. Some men were tried for the crime of kidnapping, not for murder. The whole affaire has an additional political dimension, anti-masonry even became a platform for a presidential candidate, a certain William WIRT (Ger., Eng.) ; in 1827 an “Anti-Masonic-Party” (Ger., Eng.) was founded – all this became a process with its own internal dynamics for some years, in the mid 1830s this strange tempest was over. All this for the proclamation of an “exposing” book (read it on gutenberg.org) – as if there would be terrible secrets to be exposed. “Verräterschriften” btw are published since the early 18th century, mainly books by ex-members of lodges who were dis-satisfied, felt disgruntled, or simply had problems with reality, blaming the big conspiracy as origin of all evil.
Nevertheless MORGAN vanished, but SCHUSTER mentions that the “murder victim” was found leading a quiet and easy life under the name “Mustapha” in Smyrna, wo er noch 1843 gelebt haben soll (where he is said to have been found alive still in 1843). SCHUSTER relates on the Handbuch der Freimaurerei, II. Bd., S. 53 f. – what leads us nowhere, or better to the article about “Jehova”.
The trusted Internationales Freimaurerlexikon by Eugen LENNHOFF and Oskar POSNER from 1932 under the lemma Morgan-Affäre (sp. 1060-1062) repeats the claim that MORGAN resurfaced 1831 in Smyrna (“tauchte 1831 in Smyrna wieder auf”), sadly without further annotation of the source or any explanation given.
Google’s scan-orgies at least enable us to reach some remote, out-of-print-literature, like this : Allgemeines Handbuch der Freimaurerei. Zweiter Band : Honolulu – Pythagoras, Leipzig 1865 (= Zweite völlig umgearbeitete Auflage von LENNING’s Encyklopädie der Freimaurerei). “Honolulu to Pythagoras” – one has to love it !
On page 349 we find the article Morgan, and this seems to be the source for the claim that MORGAN is alive and kicking in Smyrna 1831 :

Erst in neuerer Zeit schien sich der Schleier, der über dem ganzen Vorfall lag, einigermassen zu lüften. In der von E. Röhr in Neuyork herausgegebenen Zeitschrift “Der Triangel ” (Jahrg. V, Nr. 21, S. 465) findet sich eine Mittheilung vom 19. Nov. 1859, wonach in der amerikanischen Zeitschrift “Mirror and Keystone” ein gewisser Br. Bloom, welcher lange Zeit in Beirut gelebt, erklärt habe, er sei 1831 in Smyrna, wo er längere Zeit gewohnt, mit einem Amerikaner bekannt geworden, der sich zu dem mohammedanischen Glauben bekannt, Mustapha genannt und im Englischen Unterricht ertheilt habe; derselbe habe sich ihm als jener W. Morgan zu erkennen gegeben und treffe damit auch das Porträt des letzteren ganz überein, das sich vor der “Aufdeckung der Geheimnisse der Freimaurer” befindet; er habe ihm auch das Schiff benannt, mit welchem er von Boston nach Smyrna gefahren sei. Demselben Blatte zufolge hat ein anderer amerikanischer Bruder und gleichfalls sehr geachteter Mann, Goodall, versichert, er habe während seines Aufenthalts in Konstantinopel mit zwei noch dort lebenden Personen gesprochen, welche beide den W. Morgan in Smyrna gekannt und deren eine sogar Unterricht im Englischen und Französischen bei ihm gehabt habe. M habe ihnen gestanden, dass er direct von den Vereinigten Staaten nach Smyrna gesegelt, dort türkische Kleidung angelegt, türkische Sitten angenommen und den Namen Mustapha sich beigelegt habe; er sei in Smyrna als Lehrer des Englischen und Französischen wohl bekannt gewesen. [Vgl. Lat XVIII, 266 f.]

The author of the article emphasises that nothing of the above is officially established – in fact he cites from second hand.
In an article in the magazine “Der Triangel” (The Triangle), volume V, number 21, page 465, edited by a certain E. RÖHR in New York, dated 19th of November 1859, another article is mentioned – sadly without date or bibliographical details : In the American publication “Mirror and Keystone” brother BLOOM, who lived for “a long time” in Beirut, explains that he was also living in Smyrna. There he met a Western person in 1831, an American who called himself “Mustapha” and followed the Islam, making his living by teaching English. This “Mustapha” revealed his true identity to BLOOM, and declared to be MORGAN. Also the image of the author in MORGAN’s book would be fitting. Mustapha / MORGAN named the ship he used to travel from Boston to Smyrna. Another brother called GOODALL stated in the same magazine that he met two persons in Constantinople, who not only knew MORGAN / Mustapha in Smyrna, but at least one was also tought by him in the use of English and French. He confessed to them that he sailed directly from the US to Smyrna, changed clothes there, adapted Turkish manners and the name Mustapha ; he was seemingly well-known as teacher of foreign languages in Smyrna. Sadly I could not identify the bibliographical details in brackets.
“Mirror and Keystone” seems to be “The Masonic Mirror and American Keystone”, a periodical published in Philadelphia from 1852 until 1860, at least that is what the KVK says. It is available as electronic resource via my library here, maybe I will go there on Monday. I wonder whether there was a direct sailing service Boston-Smyrna ?

What I saw Yesterday

I spent yesterday in Middle Franconia – spent is right as I had scrapped together my last money to go there for business reasons, but this is not interesting here. It was a kind of country fare, so there was a lot of technical tools for the grown up boys. Something like this :

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Amazone
I have no clue what AMAZONE is good for. But it’s huge.

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Of course there were other things to watch. I am generally very bad with the photographing of humans. Really everybody I ever took a picture of was disappointed with the result. I generally prefer to photograph non-animated objects, this is an excuse for the following pictures.

They do not raise pigs in this area, at least not very much. There were some piglets on show, but they simply lay around and had no intention to do anything but sleep – a good choice. I could not take a picture because it was too dark in their shed, I generally avoid the flash light.
What they take pride in the area is their cows. Lovely animals. From the 17th century onwards there was even a local “Schlag”,  a special breed, distinguished by colour, appearance and character. It started with experiments in the 17th century and lasted until cow plagues at the beginning of the 20th century thinned the herd, and a second wave through WWI finally eradicated them. Some individuals of this old – well I do not know the right term, sorry, it was no “race” – “Schlag” survived in other areas, and there always was talk about re-breeding, but it was not possible. There were simply too few left.
Anyway, they have cows there, they are proud of them, and they are lovely.

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The right one was licking her "Maul" with her very large tongue.
The right one was licking her “Maul” with her very large tongue.

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Another kind of animal they took pride in & were always very interested in is sheep.

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Sheep family, resting

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That’s ME !

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I also had a look at the poultry. They have a lot of different races, sorts etc. These are just out of the egg and rest under a warming light.

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Glickala

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“Glickala” is the name for these small creatures in my native language. Finally there were some stalls with rabbits and generally lovely furry animalcula. I have no clue how to distinct them, like hare from rabbit and so on. I like their air of friendliness.

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Brown Rabbit full frontal

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White Rabbit
White Rabbit

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Of curse the local gentry showed up.

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Herr Markgraf geben sich die Ehre
Herr Markgraf geben sich die Ehre

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It rained a bit now and then, on some corners the wind got nasty. So I went back to the station and jumped on the train home.

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Here you sit
Here you sit
and here you go
and here you go

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