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Mornington dromana Standard 14th january 1911
Hermit in the Hospital. AN OLD SEA CAPTAIN. The following interview is reprinted from the "Herald" of Monday last: "Bad news I've heard to-day. Yes, bad news indeed," sail an old man with a kindly, ruddy face fringed with long white whiskers, as he sat in his bed at the Melbourne Hospital. "They tel, me," he continued, "that it has been rumored that I am dead, and my fear is that people will get running over my property on the beach, about which there has been much curiosity on the part of the pub- lic." The old man, who is suffering from heart affection, was made to laugh by the old gag that was first played off by Mark Twain about the rumor being exaggerated and by the expression of opinion that he looked good enough to last out many a year. This patient is an imnteretring man, and his abode in a scrub clearing on the beach between Carrum and Frank ston is well-known owing to its quaint decorative scheme, which is severely nautical and highly ingenious. The place is one of the sights of the dis district, and the "Hermitage"' has a reputation far and wide. The old man's name was unknown to most people until recently, and when questioned to-:day he seemed dis appointed at finding that who he was is now known outside the Hospital ward. "But," he sighed, "I suppose it is another of my tribulations." He is given to the quotation of scripture, and when asked if he were a religious man his eyes fired as he replied, "Aye, I have tried to be. I've had my tribulations, and I know they've been visited on me for some good purpose by an a'l-wise Providence. I thought that I would keep my name to myself, but I have been unable to do so. Policemen, detectives and lots of other people have tried to find out what it was, but without success. Eleven years ago T stamped it out, but now that it has come out there are many people in Melbourne who will remem- her John Maddon who knew him not as 'the Hermit' " Maddon states that he followed the humble, lonely life because "it was or- dained." He had suffered greatly, but was always buoyed up by spiritual guidance. He lived by the sale of carved cuttle fish shells, and by doing any odd jobs that might come his way. Once, he states, he was without food at Frankston for nine days. He went into Frankston and sold some of his earings and so was enabled to buy bread. Though people in the district thought he was a shipwrecked sailor and flippantly called him 'captain,' the old man says that in reality he was a captain, and had sailed his own ship, a vesse of 900 tons, and named the Mary Moore, which he states he sold in Sydney in 1899. Maddon is 65 years of age, and came from Swansea, Wales.