I Battled An OCTOPUS For Treasure
No legendary treasure was ever guarded by a more terrifying dragon than the one which the author encountered when he searched below the sea for silver bullion.
by Lieut. Harry E. Rieseberg
WHEN George Harding, an ex-diver, asked me to join him on a treasure salvage expedition I jumped at the opportunity.
I had been laid up in John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas, as a result of an accident, and upon my discharge I was eager to find any way to bolster my sadly depleted finances. Since I have long been a diver and treasure salvor, Harding’s offer was practically perfect.
The tale Harding told was one to whet the adventurous appetite of any man, much less one of my profession. He told me of a steel hulk, the liner Columbia of the one-time American Panama Mail Company, which was now lying in shallow waters off lower California with more than $100,000 in silver bars some place inside her.
Heh, could you imagine this club now? The liability for the city would be insane if someone ever got hurt.
“So, let me get this straight…. you had the children build their own diving suits made out of water heaters and garden hoses, then sent them down into dangerous wrecks. Didn’t you think it might be a bit dangerous?”
“No? Um…. what as the name of that club again?”
“Suicide Club” Makes Own Diving Suits
THE “Suicide Club” is an apt title for a group of eight Cali-fornian youths who, assisted by friends at the air pumps, indulge in small scale deep sea diving.
Under the direction of Jack Cheaney of the Los Angeles playground department, the amateur divers have equipped themselves with complete homemade outfits constructed from odds and ends. Sections of water heating tanks, fitted with windows, provide suitable helmets for the sub-surface workers. Ordinary garden hose is attached to bicycle pumps which furnish up to 20 pounds of air pressure.
Salvaging sunken craft, retrieving lost anchors and freeing fouled lines are the everyday jobs of this venturesome group.
OCTOPUS! Terror of the Deep
How would you like to battle a 24-ft. octopus 20 fathoms under the sea? That’s the thrilling adventure of Lieut. Rieseberg whose diving bell was attacked by a monster squid. Read how the battle was filmed and the octopus killed. These authentic pictures are the most spectacular filmed in underwater history.
It would have never occurred to me to explain a diving snorkel by referencing a submarine, rather I would do it the other way around. What do you think they called it before a “Snorkel”?
Swimmers Get a “Snorkel”
Breathe through the mouthpiece of a midget “snorkel” like a submarine’s, and you can stay under water by the hour. For locating fish, or just for fun, it’s sold at $7.50 by Abercrombie and Fitch, New York. At right, a well equipped swimmer uses snorkel, underwater-vision mask and foot fins.