commissioned in the field, was mentioned four times in dispatches.
He was gassed in the second Battle of Ypres, was hospitalized for
two years, and then discharged.
And he set sail for home, for Tobago, alone in the _Lady's
When only eighty miles from home, he was stopped and searched
by a German submarine, the _U-99_. He was taken prisoner, and his
little vessel was used by the Huns for target practice. While
still surfaced, the submarine was surprised and captured by the
British destroyer, the _Raven_.
Johnson and the Germans were taken on board the destroyer and
the _U-99_ was sunk.
The _Raven_ was bound for the Mediterranean, but it never got
there. It lost its steering; it could only wallow helplessly or
make grand, clockwise circles. It came to rest at last in the Cape
Johnson stayed in those islands for eight months, awaiting
some sort of transportation to the Western Hemisphere.
He got a job at last as a crewman on a fishing vessel that
was carrying illegal immigrants to New Bedford, Massachusetts. The
vessel was blown ashore at Newport, Rhode Island.
By that time Johnson had developed a conviction that
something was trying to get him somewhere for some reason. So he
stayed in Newport for a while to see if he had a destiny there. He
worked as a gardener and carpenter on the famous Rumfoord Estate.
During that time, he glimpsed many distinguished guests of
the Rumfoords, among them, J. P. Morgan, General John J. Pershing,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Enrico Caruso, Warren Gamaliel Harding,
and Harry Houdini. And it was during that time that the First
World War came to an end, having killed ten million persons and
wounded twenty million, Johnson among them.
When the war ended, the young rakehell of the Rumfoord
family, Remington Rumfoord, IV, proposed to sail his steam yacht,
the _Scheherazade_, around the world, visiting Spain, France,
Italy, Greece, Egypt, India, China, and Japan. He invited Johnson
to accompany him as first mate, and Johnson agreed.
Johnson saw many wonders of the world on the voyage. The
_Scheherazade_ was rammed in a fog in Bombay harbor, and only
Johnson survived. He stayed in India for two years, becoming a
follower of Mohandas K. Gandhi. He was arrested for leading groups
that protested British rule by lying down on railroad tracks. When
his jail term was over, he was shipped at Crown expense to his
home in Tobago.
There, he built another schooner, which he called the _Lady's