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Description: A Schoolmaster's Pluck - Pushed House Through EuropeDate: October 29 1886
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee Co., MS Library
Page/Column: Page 4, Column 6
A SCHOOLMASTER’S PLUCK
How He Pushed His House Before
Him Through Northern Europe
[N. Y. Sun.]
James Ricalton, a school-teacher of Maplewood. New Jersey, returned recently from a remarkable journey through the frozen north of Europe. He took his hotel with him. He had a portable lodging house built, which contained a sleeping apartment and a box for blankets and necessaries. It was on throe wheels and was pushed along. It had a rubber awning, which sheltered him in wet weather. In his baggage was a photograph apparatus. Mr. Ricalton traveled through the section lying between Archangel and St. Petersburg to obtain material for magazine articles.
A reporter found Mr. Ricalton at his home in Maplewood. He is a Scotch- American, and told the reporter that he had traveled through France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland on a salary of eight hundred dollars a year. Mr. Ricalton left Maplewood on June 12 for Liverpool. He went to Archangel on a sailing vessel and was two weeks in the Arctic Ocean.
The American Consul and the Governor of the Custom House at Archangel warned him against the wolves and escaped convicts from Siberia, but he traveled with his peculiar vehicle through eight hundred miles of wild and desolate region, armed only with a spear and a revolver.
He found the wilderness full of large and savage wolves, but; was fortunate enough to keep clear of them. Frequently, when he awoke in the morning, he would find his cart surrounded by natives, who stared at him open-mouthed. The peasants he found simple and willing to assist him. They obeyed his orders as though he were a superior being. In the city the people were different and treated him with suspicion.
Mr. Ricalton was frequently compelled to hire horses to carry his wagon across the marshes. At one time he was attacked by a robber armed with a club. It was in the center of a dense wilderness, and the robber laughed when the school-master put up his spear to defend himself. Mr. Ricalton dropped the spear and brought his revolver into play. He fired once, and, although the bullet did not hit the robber, it frightened him and he disappeared.
Mr. Ricalton reached St. Petersburg on August 11, a month after leaving Archangel. He also visited Norway and Sweden. He got back on the day his school reopened. He says the trip cost him only two hundred dollars.