VAN STACK, HARRY

Special Collections

Collection ID: 287
Location: SP 10

(Description ID: 594115)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center


Harry Van Stack


SP-10

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Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory


Introduction


The Harry Van Stack Collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 1963 by Louise Beaulieu Van Stack, widow of Harry Van Stack. Additional information on Van Stack may be found in the Vertical File of the Charles E. Frohman Collection. The Center’s Local History File, in the Library’s Reading Room, contains articles about the convict ship, Success. The Center also holds a copy of the three-part documentary produced in 1998 by photojournalist Phil Dreschler of Channel 11, WTOL-TV of Toledo. Artifacts for this collection were transferred to the Museum whiles books and pamphlets may be found in the Library’s general collection.


Biographical Sketch


The son of missionary parents, Harry Van Stack was born in Transvaal, Africa. He was educated by private tutors at an isolated mission station. Van Stack worked as an author, columnist, courthouse reporter, and lecturer. Many of his travelogue presentations were based on his early African experiences.. While speaking in Lewiston, Maine, Van Stack met his wife, Louise Beaulieu, a school teacher. He continued to lecture throughout New England and write for the Lewiston Journal. Flames of Darkness, Adventures in South Africa, African Reminiscences, Echoes of Sessalong, and Life Aboard a Prison Ship were a few of his published works. Life Aboard a Prison Ship was a compilation of Van Stack’s experiences aboard the convict ship Success where he lectured for twenty years (ca. 1925 to 1943). The Van Stacks eventually settled in Sandusky, Ohio where he continued to lecture and work as a reporter for the Sandusky Register-Star News from 1945-1963. Mrs.Van Stack taught at the Monroe Elementary School. Harry Van Stack died in Sandusky, Ohio October 20, 1963.


Success

 

The bulk of the Van Stack Collection is devoted to documents, artifacts, and memorabilia related to the ship Success. An East Indiaman built of teak in 1840 in Burma for Cockerell and Co. of Calcutta, the Success carried trade from Southeast Asia to England. Within a few short years, she was transporting settlers to Australia’s Swan River area. But in 1852, the Success’ crew, overtaken by gold fever, abandoned her at Melbourne. The Victorian government soon purchased the vessel along with four others to confine its burgeoning “criminal” population. Moored off Williamstown, the Success first housed prisoners and then women and boys held in government detention.. When the Australian government deemed its “felon fleet” inhumane, the ships were ordered broken up. The Suiccess escaped this fate. She was acquired by Alexander Phillips who converted her into a floating museum, featuring all of the horrors of Australian prison life. Despite his efforts, his venture was less than successful.


Purchased by a syndicate, the Success sailed to England in 1895. She toured ports throughout the British Isles. Curious visitors flocked to the ship to see her cells, torture chambers, and wax figures. Captain D. H. Smith, an American purchased the ship in 1910. He overhauled the vessel in preparation for a world tour. The Success left England on her world cruise April 10th, 1912, the same day the Titanic departed on her maiden voyage. The ship hosted thousands of tourists at hundreds of ports of call throughout the world.


Fact and fiction blurred as her devoted crew of showmen thrilled visitors with horror stories and tours of ghoulish exhibits. Eventually, truth went by the wayside altogether. The Success became known erroneously as the “Convict Ship” that had transported English prisoners to Australia.


In 1915, the Success sailed through the Panama Canal to take part in San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific Exposition. She then toured the West Coast before returning the Panama Canal and ports along the Gulf, the Mississippi, and the East Coast. In 1923, she made her first tour of the Great Lakes.


After a decade on the Great Lakes, the ship found a permanent home at Cleveland, Ohio. Neglected, more than a century old, and no longer seaworthy, the Success was towed to Sandusky, Ohio through the efforts of Harry Van Stack. A South African native, Van Stack had hired on in 1925 as a lecturer. After a heavy storm, the Success settled alongside her moorings in Sandusky. In 1945, her final owner, Walter Kolbe, had her towed to Port Clinton, Ohio. Kolbe hoped to, once again, restore her and dock her permanently near the Erie Islands. While towing the Success to Port Clinton, Ohio, she ran aground. Fall storms, ice, and vandals took their toll. On July 4, 1946, the ship burned to the waterline at Port Clinton, Ohio. .


Scope and Content


The Van Stack Collection consists of early English penal documents (1779-1874), correspondence, news clippings, images (photographs, engravings, and drawings), advertisements, brochures, pamphlets, postcards, articles, posters, signage, and programs related to the Success. The collection’s original material documents only the Success’s years (1902-1945) as a tourist attraction. Its history as a trading vessel and erroneously as a convict ship is described in the numerous articles found throughout the collection. The bulk of the material dates from 1925 to 1943, and was probably preserved by Van Stack from the years he lectured aboard the vessel. Many of the items were generated by the owners and crew for exhibit and advertising purposes as the ship toured the world. To a lesser extent, the collection offers insights into the life and interests of Van Stack. The photograph albums and scrapbooks, created by Van Stack, contain images of the ship’s crew, ports of call, and tourist attractions visited by Van Stack in the U.S. and Canada in the 1920's. It is presumed that many of the newspaper articles preserved in the scrapbooks were written by Van Stack for the Sandusky Register-Star News from 1946 to 1963.


Inventory


Ac. 4188

6 ˝ linear ft.


Box 1

Old Documents:


1. Postmarks, and seals pasted on a sheet.

2. An order committing Private John Kerr of the 50th Regiment under sentence by a garrison

         court martial to His Majesty’s Gaol at Lancaster Castle. October ? Portions missing.

         Numerous seals pasted on back.

3. A warrant authorizing the apprehension’ and committal of Joshua Bryer to the Castle of

         Lancaster by reason of insanity. September 4, 1779.

4. A court order authorizing the transfer of Charles Caldwell from Somersetshire Prison to the

         gaol in Lancaster County. February 12, [1780].

5. A court order sentencing James Astley to His Majesty’s Gaol the Castle of Lancaster, and

         requiring that he be whipped upon the Public Rogues’ Post in Manchester by reason of the

         commission of a felony. January 22, [1789].

6. A court order sentencing John Astley to prison, and requiring him to occupy the pillory for

         one hour by reason of the commission of perjury. August 30, [1794].

7. A court order authorizing the transfer of Henry Burton (otherwise called Henry Barnitt) from

         Middlesex prison to the gaol in Lancaster County. June 12, [1799].

8. A warrant authorizing the committing of James Chadwick to the Castle of Lancaster by

         reason of seditious utterances, and failure to produce sureties. November 3, 1800.

9. A court order sentencing John Wheeler, Henry Draine, Edmund Bradshaw, Samuel Highton,

         Richard Ashley, William Darlington, James Fazaherley, Thomas Valens, and William

         Harley to His Majesty’s Gaol the Castle of Lancaster by reason of participation in escapes,

         misdemeanors, and riots. Wednesday next after the Octave of Sam’1 Martin [1809].

10. A report from the sheriff (William Hulton?), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (T. S. Shuttleworth) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. March 24?, [1810].

         Jackson, printer, New-Street, Lancaster. 3pp.

11. A report from the sheriff (William Hulton), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (for Mr. Thomas Starkie Shuttleworth, R. W. Hopkins) re prisoners at the

         Castle of Lancaster. September 10, [1810]. Jackson, printer, New-Street, Lancaster. 3pp.

12. A report from the sheriff (Samuel Chetham Hilton), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (T. S. Shuttleworth) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. September 4,

         [1811]. Printed by John Jackson, New-Street, Lancaster. 3pp.

l3. A Calendar of the Crown Prisoners, Confined in His Majesty’s Gaol, the Castle of Lancaster,

         the 5th Day of March. 1814. Lawrence Rawstorne Esquire, sheriff. Lancaster: Printed by

         John Jackson, New Street. 11pp.

14. A court order committing John Arkwright and Elizabeth his wife to His Majesty’s Gaol the

         Castle of Lancaster by reason of a misdemeanor. January 12, [1815].

15. A report from the sheriff (Le Gendre Starkie), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (T. S. Shuttleworth) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. March 25, [1815].

         (Jackson, printer, Lancaster). 3pp.

16. A report from the sheriff (William Townley), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (T. S. Shuttleworth) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. August 31, [1816].

         (Jackson, printer, Lancaster). 3pp. Addressed to Thomas Stanley, Esq. Pall Mall, London.

17. A court order detaining William Standring, George Grimshaw, Thomas Leigh, Peter Lever,

         Matthew Lythgoe, John Williams, George Murray, Samuel Blackshaw, and William flood

         in the custody of the keeper of His Majesty’s Gaol of Lancaster by reason of

         misdemeanors, and failure to produce sureties. April 3, 1817.

18. A Calendar of the Crown Prisoners, Confined in His Majesty’s Gaol, the Castle of Lancaster,

         the Twenty-Seventh Day of August, 1817. Robert Townley Parker, Esquire, sheriff.

         Lancaster: Printed by J. Jackson, New-Street. 14pp.

19. A report from the sheriff (Joseph Feilden), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (T. S. Shuttleworth) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. August 15, [1818].

         (Jackson, printer). 3pp.

20. An order from Lord Sidmouth authorizing the transfer of 7 male convicts under sentence of

         transportation in the Gaol at Lancaster to the hulk at Woolwich in the river Thames

         (September 8, 1818), and a receipt (September 19, 1818) from the overseer of the “Justitia”

         for these convicts.

21. An order from Lord Sidmouth authorizing the transfer of 20 male convicts under sentence of

         transportation in the Gaol at Lancaster to the hulks at Sheerness in the River Medway

         (February 16, 1819), and a receipt (February 26, 1819) from J. Hears, captain of the ? for

         these convicts.

22. A report from the sheriff (John Walmsley), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (T. S. Shuttleworth) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. March 20, [1819].

         Jackson, printer, Lancaster. 3pp.

23. An order from Lord Sidmouth authorizing the transfer of 13 male convicts under sentence of

         transportation in the Gaol at Lancaster to the hulk in Portsmouth Harbour (September 16,

         1819), and a receipt (September 23, 1819) from Charles Stedman of the “Leviathan” for

         twelve of these convicts.

24. A report from the sheriff (Robert Hesketh), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (R. W. Hopkins) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. March 20, [1820].

         Jackson, printer, Lancaster. 3pp.

25. A Calendar of the Crown Prisoners, Confined in His Majestv’s Gaol, the Castle of Lancaster,

         the Twenty Third Day of August, 1820. Robert Hesketh, Esquire, sheriff. Printed by J.

         Jackson, New Street, Lancaster. 14pp.

26. A report from the sheriff (Thomas Richmond Gale Braddyll), and the Deputy Clerk of the

         Crown for Lancashire (R. W. Hopkins) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. March 24,

         [1821]. [Jackson, printer, Lancaster]. 3pp.

27. An order from Lord Sidmouth authorizing the transfer of 11 male convicts under sentence of

         transportation in the Gaol at Lancaster to the hulks at Woolwich (April 10, 1821), and

         receipts (April 18 & 19, 1821) from the overseer of the “Justitia” for these convicts.

28. An order from Lord Sidmouth authorizing the transfer of 5 female convicts under sentence

         of transportation in the Gaol at Lancaster to the General Penitentiary for Convicts at

         Milbank (May 8, 1821), and a receipt (May 19, 1821) from the Penitentiary’s Governor for

         these convicts.

29. An order from Lord Sidmouth authorizing the transfer of 8 female convicts from the Gaol at

         Lancaster to the vessel “Mary Ann” under sentence of transportation to New South Wales

         (November 17, 1821), and a receipt (November 28, [18213) from the “Mary Ann”’s Chief

         Officer for these convicts.

30. A report from the Sheriff (James Shuttleworth), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (R. W. Hopkins) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. March 23, [1822].

         Jackson, printer, Lancaster. 3pp.

31. A Calendar of the Crown Prisoners, Confined in His Majesty’s Gaol, the Castle of Lancaster,

         the Twenty-First Day of August, 1822. James Shuttleworth, Esquire, sheriff. Lancaster:

         Printed by John Jackson, New-Street. 23pp.

32. An order from the High Sheriff of the County of Lancaster authorizing the transfer of 22

         male convicts from the Gaol at Lancaster to the vessel “Leviathan” (August 14, 1824), and

         receipts (August 25 & 28, September 11 & 17, 1824) from the “leviathan”’ s first mate,

         and captain for these convicts.

33. A court order for the imprisonment of Thomas Leaver in the Castle of Lancaster by reason

         of rioting, etc. August 8, 1826.

34. A court order for the imprisonment of William Winder in the Castle of Lancaster by reason

         of rioting, etc. August 8, [1826].

35. An order from the High Sheriff of the County of Lancaster authorizing the transfer of 19

         male convicts from the Gaol at Lancaster to the vessel “Retribution” (May 11, 1827), and

         receipts (May 24-26, 1827) from the “Retribution”' s overseer for these convicts.

36. An order from the High Sheriff of the County of Lancaster authorizing the transfer of ten

         male convicts from the Gaol at Lancaster to the vessel “Retribution” (May 24, 1827), and

         receipts (June 1 & 8, 1827) from the “Retribution”' s overseer for these convicts.

37. A court order sentencing John Dearden, Joseph Hurst’ Joseph Woolley, Benjamin

         Broadbent, Isaac Leach, John Ratcliffe, James Halkyard, Addington Booth, Frederick

         Howarth, James Newton, John Hanson, Aaron Jones, George Challender, Henry

         Challender, Samuel Knott, John Pollard, and Thomas Booth to His Majesty’s Gaol the

         Castle of Lancaster by reason of participation in assaults, misdemeanors, and riots. Friday

         on the Morrow of the Ascension of Our Lord [1827].

38. A court order sentencing Thomas Dyson, Joseph Woolley, Robert Garland, Benjamin Clegg,

         and Isaac Wilde to His Majesty’s Gaol the Castle of Lancaster by reason of participation in

         assaults, misdemeanors, and riots. Friday on the Morrow of the Ascension of Our Lord

         [1827].

39. A court order sentencing Isaac Wilde, Robert Garland, Benjamin Clegg, Joseph Marsland,

         Enoch Dunkerley, John Crosly, Edward Hill, and Thomas Patten to His Majesty’s Gaol the

         Castle of Lancaster by reason of participation in assaults, misdemeanors, and riots. Friday

         on the Morrow of the Ascension of Our Lord [1827].

40. A report from the sheriff (Henry Bold Hoghton), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for

         Lancashire (R. W. Hopkins) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. August 29, [1829].

         Jackson, printer, New-Street, Lancaster. 6pp.

41. A warrant authorizing the apprehension of Barney Lenon (December 16, 1829), and a court

         order committing him to His Majesty’s Gaol in Lancaster County (January 13, 1830) by

         reason of assaulting and escaping from tax collectors.

42. A report from the sheriff (Peregrine Edward Towneley), and the Clerk of the Crown (R. W.

         Hopkins) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. March 5, [1830]. Holme & Jackson,

         printers, Herald Office, Lancaster. 8pp.

43. A report from the sheriff (Peter Hesketh), and the Deputy Clerk of the Crown for Lancashire

         (R. W. Hopkins) re prisoners at the Castle of Lancaster. August 21, [1830]. W. Holme,

         printer, New-Street, Lancaster. 6pp.

44. A court order sentencing William Dixon to immediate transportation beyond the seas for the

         term of his natural life by reason of burglary. August 9, [1834].

45. A court order sentencing Thomas Jolly to immediate transportation beyond the seas for the

         term of his natural life by reason of robbery. August 9, [1834].

46. A Calendar of the Crown Prisoners Confined in Her Majesty’s Gaol, the Castle of Lancaster,

         the Twentieth Day of March, 1840. Thomas Fitzherbert 8rockholes, Esquire, sheriff.

         Lancaster: Printed by A. Milner, Church-Street. 23pp.

47. Marriage License, Robert Anthony Maclean and Eliza Heath-Registered at Hobart Town,

         Tasmania (October 17, 1848).

48. Second Report from the Select Committee on Transportation; Together with the Minutes of

         Evidence and Appendix. [Communicated from the Commons to the Lords.] Ordered to be

         printed 6th June 1856. 204pp. (w/enclosures)

49. An English penal account re the issuance and receipt of footwear and its components, and

         leather goods. November 6-28, 1874. 6pp.


Clippings:

“Speaking Of” newspaper column (The Sandusky Register-Star News)

50. 1948, 50 pieces

51. 1949, 49 pieces

52. 1950, 51 pieces

53. 1951, 49 pieces

54. 1952, 51 pieces

55. 1953, 52 pieces

56. 1954, 53 pieces

57. 1955, 48 pieces

58. 1956, 23 pieces

         From March 25 to October 5 - No columns

59. 1957, 51 pieces

60. 1958, 50 pieces

61. 1959, 52 pieces

62. 1960, 52 pieces

63. 1961, 52 pieces

64. 1962, 52 pieces

65. 1963, 41 pieces

         To October 19, 1963 - Died on October 20, 1963.


Engravings:

66. “Hunting the Kangaroo”, 1852

      “Illawarra, a Salt Lagoon”, 1852

      “Mounted Police and Blacks”, [1852]

      “Huron River, - Rocking the Cradle”, 1852

      “Earl Ferrers, Shooting Mr Johnson His Steward”

      “James Hall, (Executed for Murder, 1741)”

      “Mattw. Mahoney, & Chas. White”

      “Prisoners Stopping at the Baptist’s Head in St. John’s Lane, on the Day of Removal

         From the ? w - Prison to Newgate ?”

      “The South East Prospect of the Chapel Royal of St. Peter in the Tower”

      6 unidentified items.


Pen and Ink Drawing, drawn by Vernon:

67. “Alone on the Ocean”

      “The Black Hole”

      “The Body Iron Punishment”

      “Children Accompanied Their Convict Mothers”

      “The Crouch Iron”

      “Kelly’s Armor”

      “Men Preferred Death”

      “Raised From the Bottom of the Sea”

      “Savages Were Freer Than These Men”

      “The Six Men of Dorset”

      “They Went to Church on Sunday”

      “When Murder was Justified”


Photographs:

68. Photographic negative -A billboard publicizing a visit of the convict ship “Success” to

         Atlantic City. (removed)

      Photographs of the convict ship “Success” (5).

      Photographs of people waiting to board the “Success” (4).

      Photographs of groups aboard the “Success” (8).

      Miscellaneous photographs (23) - Undated.

      Photograph of an engraving - “The King of Aden Hang ‘d Aboard Soliman Bassus

             Galley”.

      Photograph of drawings: A woman wearing a muzzle-like device, and the device itself.

      Photograph of a drawing - “A Woman With Her Sucking Infant Tied Together in a Bag”.

      “Board of Inspectors of the Eastern Penitentiary Who Visited the Convict Ship as Guests

             of Director Porter. L to R Robert A. Balfour, Chas. Carver, Dr. Chas. D. Hart, John E.

             Hannifen, Cand] Warden Robert McKenty”.

      Cells aboard the convict ship “Success”.

      The compulsory (coffin) bath aboard the “Success”.

      “Prisoner in Crouch Iron - One of the Flogging Frames is Seen at Rear Against the Rail.”

     The flogging of a prisoner.

      “‘Howard House,’ Mill Street, Bedford (Formerly ‘Howard Cottage’) The Above is the

             House in Which the Immortal John Howard, the ‘Prison Philanthropist’ Lived then in the

             Town of Bedford, Where He Used to Preach Occasionally at a Chapel, Now Known as

             ‘Howard Chapel.’ He also had a Residence at Cardington, 1˝ Miles from Bedford. This

             House Bears an Exceptionally Strong Historic Interest, as at the Back of it, and Running

             Right Along Contiguously is John Bunyan’s (‘Pilgrim’s Progress’) Old Chapel Where he

             Used to Preach When he Lived at Elstow, 1 mile from Bedford. Photograph Presented by

             a Gloucester Visitor”.

      “Home of Thomas and John Standfeld, Where Union Meetings Were Held in 1834, Which

      Led to the Transportation of the Six Men of Dorset”.

      The iron maiden - A torture device aboard the “Success”.

      “The Memorial to the Six Men of Dorset Unveiled by Sir Arthur Henderson, M.P. in 1912

             in the Village of Tolpuddle’ Dorsetshire, England”.

      “Portland Black Hole” - Group photo aboard the convict ship “Success”.

      Portrait of a man and woman in irons aboard the “Success”.

      “An Historic Prison. Old Yarmouth Gaol. 1790 Ere Sarah Martin & Elizabeth Fry, dtd

             Noble Work as Christian Missionaries.”

      “The Punishment Ball” - A torture device aboard the convict ship “Success”. (2)

      “Taking Exercise on the Convict Ship When the Convict Ship was Used as a Floating

             Prison, the Convicts Were Permitted One Hour’s Exercise Each Day. For Various

             Infractions of the Rules, Numerous Appliances Were Manacled to Them. If a Man

             Attempted to Escape by Jumping Overboard and was Re-captured, He Would be

             Compelled to Wear the Iron Straitjacket Depicted Above, and Also to Drag a Heavy

             Punishment Ball During His Period of Exercise.”

      Group photo - Louise Quinn, Thos. L. Boyce, Capt. D. H. Smith, Marion York, and John

             Prola.

      The original safe aboard the convict ship “Success”.

      “Captain D. H. Smith. Commander of the Old British Convict Ship, ‘Success’ on

             Exhibition at State Street Bridge. It is the Oldest Ship Afloat, Having Been Launched in

             1790, and has had a Remarkable Career as Queen Ship of the British Felon Fleet’

             Transporting Prisoners from England to Australia for Fifty Years, and Later as a

             Receiving Prison Anchored at Hobson’s Bay. She was Raised from the Bottom of

             Sydney Harbor and Sailed from Australia to England and Later from England to Boston

             Harbor Entirely Under Her Own Sail”.

      Capt. D. H. Smith.

      “The Stocks”.

69. Miscellaneous photographs (11) - Partially dated & 1912?-1925.

         “Fireman William J. Wagner and Lillian Schaefer, With Captain D. H. Smith of the

              Convict Ship, Now at the Battery, Who are to be Married in Condemned Cell 13 on a Friday (June 23rd) to Defy Superstition”.

         “Anti-Superstitious: The Convict Ship at the Battery Will be the Scene Today (Friday) of

              the Wedding of Fireman William J. Wagner of Hook and Ladder 107 and Miss Lillian

              Schaefer (above) Who Lives Across the Street from the Truck House at 78 New Jersey

              Avenue, Brooklyn. They are to be Married in Condemned Cell 13 from Which

              Hundreds of Men Went to Their Doom in the Old Prison Days of the Ship. To Prove

              They, Also, are Not Superstitious Bob Bernstein and Betty Spector of 452 East 171 St.

              Street Will be Parties to the Ceremony at the Same Time. Rev. Thomas R. Lawler of the

              Grace Reformed Episcopal Church of Brooklyn Will Tie the Double Knot”.

         “Convict Ship ‘Success’ Providence. R.I. 20/11/12 With Compliments D. H. Smith”.

         “Miss Jeanne DuBrul, the Eighteen Year Old Brooklyn School Girl Who Remained in the

              Black Hole of the Convict Ship, ‘Success’ for Twenty-Four Hours, Chained to a Ring

              Bolt in a Stooped Position. The Feat had Never been Accomplished by a Voluntary

              ‘Prisoner’.

         Miss DuBrul was Chosen for her Physical Fitness from a Thousand Applicants Desiring to

              be Called ‘the Bravest Woman in New York’”.

         “Yours Convicted, Jeanne DuBrul. Black Hole Girl N.Y. 1921”

         “J. J. McNamara from San Quentin Prison N.Y. 1922”.

         “Handcuffed Through the Ring Bolt in the Black Hole of the Convict Ship in the

              Uncomfortable Position Shown Above, Anna Case, 22 Year Old Detroit Girl, Will

              Attempt to Break the World’s Endurance Record by Voluntary Imprisonment for

              Twenty-Seven Hours Beginning at One O’clock Monday. If she Wins, she Will Receive

              $100.00 Reward Offered by Captain D. H. Smith and This She Will Devote Towards a

              Business College Course. Miss Case was Selected from 753 Applicants Because she

              was Declared One Hundred Per Cent Physically Perfect. Picture for Release One P.M.

              Monday July 14”.

         “Anna Case Detroit B[lack] H[ole] 1924”.

          Anna Case in the Compulsory Bath Aboard the Convict Ship “Success”. 

         “Marguerite Townsley - Second Choice In the Event that Miss Case Fails to Remain in the

              Black Hole Twenty-Seven Hours, Miss Townsley Will Attempt the Feat and Thus

              Break the World’s Endurance Record. The Black Hole was Considered Worst of the

              Convict Ship Tortures and Many Died in the Cell”

         “Henry James Brine, Nephew of James Brine’' One of the Six Men of Dorset Fame. The

              Only Man Alive Today [January 9, 1925] Who Personally Knew All of the Tolpuddle

              Martyrs”.


Miscellaneous

70. Convict ship “Success”

      Clippings re a visit to Saginaw of the convict ship “Success”. 2 pieces.

      Clippings - 8 drawings re the convict ship “Success”.

         “fifteen Men on a Dead Man’s Chest.”

         “For Stealing a Yard of Linen.”

         “Mutiny!”

         “Put Him in Irons!”

         “The Six Men of Dorset”.

         “To Be Hanged at the Yard Arm”.

         “To Be Transported Over the High Seas”.

         “With the British Broad Arrow”.

      The Convict Ship “Success”: The Last of England’s Famous Felon Fleet. The Oldest Ship

         Afloat. Launched at Moulmein, British India, In 1790, Now Touring the Principal Ports of

         the World as an Educational Object Lesson. Visited by Over Fifteen Million People. 20pp.

         (Official catalog)

      A clipping from the Sarnia Canadian Observer for August 18?, ?. Contains: “Grandson,

         Trade Union Martyr is Sarnia Resident”, and “Last Chance to See Infamous Convict Ship”

         (Incomplete).

      A page from the Boston Sunday Post pictorial section for October 22, 1922.

      Official Catalog: The Convict Ship “Success”: The Last of Enqland’s Infamous Felon Fleet.

         The Oldest Ship Afloat. Launched at Moulmein, British East India, in 1790. Now Touring

         the Principal Ports of the World as an Educational Object Lesson. Visited by over Twenty-

         One Million People. “n.p.”: Convict Ship “Success”,1924.

      A clipping from the Cleveland News for [1928] re the marriage of Miss Ellen Mark and Mr.

         Robert D. Strong aboard the convict ship “Success”.

      A clipping from the Richmond News Leader for November 20, 1929.

      Clipping - “Minor Fire Hits Convict Vessel”. 1938.

      Clipping - “Convict Ship Made Ready for 150th Year on Seas”. 1939.

      Clipping - “To Move Convict Ship to Drydock”. 1939.

      A clipping from the Cleveland News for August 3, 1939 re Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Strong 11

         years after their marriage aboard the convict ship “Success”.


Miscellaneous clippings:

1. A brochure from the Fingerprint Identification Service Co. (Sandusky) re the “Footprints for

      the Future” system. 2 copies. (w/postcard, and envelope).

2. Clippings re South Africa, 8 pieces (1952 & 1960)

3. Poem - “Washington” by Harry Stack. 1953.

4. Book advertisements (3) - Flames of Darkness.

5. Clippings re Sandusky, 7 pieces (1955 & 1958)

6. Notice of Harry Van Stack’s hospitalization. 3/12/56.

7. Clipping - “Sanduskians Recall Epidemic in America”. 11/11/57.

8. Clippings re U. S. currency, 2 pieces (1957 & 1958)

9. Clippings - Court house news, 2 pieces (1958)

10. Clipping - “Lincoln Thrills Three Ohio Farm Boys”. 2/12/58.

11. Clipping - “Surrender of General Lee 93 Years Ago Related in Account by Local Woman”.

      April 9, 1958.

12. Program “Annual Examination of the Sandusky High School. March 14th and 15th, 1861.

      Order of Exercises.” 1p.

13. A clipping from the [Toledo Blades] for January 9, 1971. A portion of the “Zip Line” column

      re the convict ship “Success”. 2 copies.


Correspondence:

71. To D.H. Smith

         From Eugene N. Foss, Governor dtd Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 28, 1912. 1p TL

      To D.H. Smith

         From Henry Fletcher, Mayor dtd Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 18, 1912. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From R.J. Pothier (?) Governor dtd Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 20, 1912. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Clifford B. Wilson, Mayor dtd Bridgeport, Connecticut, Aug. 25, 1913. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From ?, Mayor dtd Norfolk, Virginia, Dec. 5, 1913. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Wm. Hodges Mann, Governor dtd Richmond, Virginia, Jan. 22, 1914. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From James H. Preston, Mayor dtd Baltimore, Maryland, June 18, 1914. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Edwin W. Abbott dtd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sept. 25, 1914. 1p TLS

      To Collector of Customs (San Francisco)

         From N.S. Parley dtd Dept. of Commerce, Washington, D.C., Feb.5, 1915. 1p TL

      To Collector of Customs (San Francisco)

         From E.T. Chamberlain dtd Dept. of Commerce, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 1915. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Frank K. Mott, Mayor dtd Oakland, California, Apr. 27, 1915. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Charles Whitman dtd Albany, New York, Nov. 8, 1916. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From S.M. Russell dtd Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 14, 1917. 3p TLS

72. To Mr. Heerey

         From Chas. E. Childers dtd Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1919. 1p TLS plus an 8 page

         manuscript

      To D.H. Smith

         From Webster Achey dtd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oct. 4, 1920. 3pp TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Webster Achey dtd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oct. 4, 1920. 3pp TLS (copy)

      To D.H. Smith

         From Frederick W. Donnelly dtd Trenton, New Jersey, Oct. 14, 1920. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From John L. Hylan, Mayor dtd New York City, New York, May 2, 1922. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From John L. Hylan, Mayor dtd New York City, New York, May 2, 1922. 1p TLS (copy)

      To D.H. Smith

         From William S. Flyn, Governor dtd Providence, Rhode Island, June 14,1923. 1p TLS

         with enclosure

      To D.H. Smith

         From William S. Flyn, Governor dtd Providence, Rhode Island, June 14, 1923. 1p TLS

         with enclosure (copy)

      To D.H. Smith

         From Bernard F. Brough, Mayor dtd Toledo, Ohio, May 1, 1924. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From W.J. Lynch, Harbour Master, dtd Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 19, 1925. 1p TLS with

         enclosure

73. To D.H. Smith

         From W. Frank Dunn dtd Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 1926. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From H.L. Dollinger dtd South Haven, Michigan, Sept. 8, 1926. 1p TLS

      To Mr. Mortimer

         From Mrs. John Glazbrook dtd Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 20, 1926. 1p ALS

      To Harry Van Stack

         From D.H. Smith dtd Worthington, Indiana, Apr. 2, 1927. 2p ALS

      To D.H. Smith

         From J.J. Beckeman dtd Detroit, Michigan, July 26, 1927. 1p TLS

      To Homer (Harry) C. Wooten, Captain

         From H.N. Spaulding, Governor dtd New Hampshire, Aug. 9, 1927. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Dept. of Public Service dtd Cleveland, Ohio, May 1, 1928. 2p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From John M. Gill dtd Oswego, New York, Aug. 26, 1928. 1p TLS

      To HVS

         From D.H. Smith dtd New Haven, Connecticut, Mar. 30, 1929--telegram

      To D.H. Smith

         From N. Joseph Houghton dtd Alexandria Bay, New York, Sept. 4, 1928. 1p TLS

      To Charles D. Gaither

         From D.H. Smith dtd Yonkers, New York, Sept. 4, 1929. 1p TL

      To D.H. Smith

         From Charles D. Gaither dtd Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 6, 1929. 1p TLS

      To D.H. Smith

         From Charles D. Gaither dtd Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 6, 1929. 1p TLS (copy)

      To D.H. Smith

         From C.E. Hines dtd Worthington, Indiana, Oct. 23, 1929. 1p TLS

      To HVS

         From D.H. Smith dtd (no place) Jan. 19, 1930. 1p ALS

      To HCW

         From George Akerson dtd The White House, May 16, 1930. (also a photographic

         copy of the same item) 1p TLS

      To Convict Ship “Success”

         From Wm. J. Conway dtd New York, July 14, 1930. 1p TLS

      To HCW

         From H.K. Latley (?) dtd Philadelphia, Pennsylv