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HEROIC 3ATTIS OP THE
LI FE-SMNG SERVICE
F YOU run through tho history
of the United States life saving
'service, ou will find that, with
the exception of occasional
widely separated years, tho
coaat of Massachusetts lays
claim to more disasters than
any stretch of seaboard within
tho scope of beach patrol, Long
Island and New Jersey not ex
cepted. This Is partly on ac
count of tho particularly heavy
, Ecu-traffic In the vicinity, but It
is chlelly duo to Capo Cod. It
Is this crooked finger of land that has beckoned
thousand ships to their doom and which In the
"hollows of Its dunes holds many a tragic story
of lives snuffed out In desperate grapple with
wavo and wind.
Tho night of Tuesday, March 11, 1902, was
wild and storm-strown. Running up along the
coast, the ocean-going tug Sweepstakes was mak
ing bad weather with her tow of the two big
barges. Wadena and John C. Fitzpatrlck. For
hours tho triple-expansion engines of tho tug bad
been churning her screw In tho drift of the
heavy head sea and shortly beforo daylight her
captain discovered that she was making no head
way. Ho then decided to He to and, whllo feel
ing about for an anchorabo in tho gloom, tho
barges ran aground on tho edgo of Shovelful
Shoal, off the southern end of Monomoy Island,
When daylight came, the crow of tho Monomoy
life saving station boarded tlHTbargca, but finding
It impossible to float thorn on the flood tide, took
their crews OBhoro.
It was six days' later that tho disaster oc
curred. Wreckers sent from ttoston were at
work on the barges. The tug Peter Smith was
on tho ground, having replaced the Sweepstakes.
On tho night of tho 16th the weather thickened
and a gale swept in from the sea.
The night passed without Incident, but early
on the morning of the 17th Keeper Eldrldge of
the Monomoy station received a telephone from
the captain of tho Smith asking him If every
thing was all right on the Wadena. This alarmed
Eldrldge, as be did not know any one had been
left on the barge all night. He started at once
for the point of the Island, three miles away, to
look over the situation. The Wadena lay half
a mile off shore from the point. She seemed to
be riding easily on the bar, but the distress was
flying from her rigging. This was a signal Eld
rldge could not Ignore.
It was a terrific pull through the breakers that
rolled in acroas the shoals to the Wadena, but.
the life-savers accomplished it and put their boat
under the leo of tho barge at about noon. Keen
er Eldrldge then directed the men to get into the
aurfboat and told thm that he would take them
ashore. Tho rail of the big barge was a dozen
feet from the water and it was here that the
The men on the barge lowered themselves over
side on a ropo, but as Captain Olsen, a very large
man, waB halfway down, he losUhls hold and foil
on the second thwart of the lifeboat, breaking
It, and making It impossible for tho rowers to
use It. In addition, the boat was crowded and
the wind, which had been momentarily increas
ing, "was tumbling hugo combers into the wind
ward of the barge. It was Into this maelstrom
of breakers that it was necessary for the hand!-
capped crew of the life-saving station to pull
their overloaded boat, and they made a swift
and able attempt to accomplish it. At the Instant
the starboard oarsmen were swinging the head of
the lifeboat to meet the sea, a giant comber lifted
under the quarter and dashed a barrel of water
overside. That was the signal for a panlo among
the rescued men that, before It subsided, cost
The Portuguese wreckers, in a frenzy of fear,
stood up in the boat, rocking It to and fro In
their endeavors to escape the momentary Inrush
of water, and though the life-savers fought to
force them Into the bottom of the craft, this
could not be done before the next shouldering
wave caught the bow of the boat, swung her
broadside and turned her over.
Then ensued a desperate struggle for life. A
hundred yards to leoward the breakers were
smashing themselves Into white foam on the bar.
There was just one chance In a million that the
N boat could he righted before the sea carried her
Into them. Once she reached them It would be
all over. Hampered by the wreckers, the life
savers fought desperately In those few minutes
left before the combers should be reached. Three
times they righted the boat and strove heroically
to ball her, but each time she was again over
turned. They were fighting the last tragic fight
when they were swept Into the smothering foam
of the bar.
At that Instant seven men, including all from
the Wadena, went to face their maker. Five of
the hardiest of the life-savers still clung to the
capsized boat. They were Keeper Eldrldge and
Surfmen Ellis, Kendrlck, Foyo and Rogers. By a
superhuman effort Kendrlck crawled to the bot
tom of the overturned craft, but the next sea
swept him to Join the seven who had gone a mo
ment before. Foye was the next. "Oood-by,
boys," he gasped as a smother of foam'took him.
That left Ellis, Rogers and Eldrldge the keeper,
and Eldrldge was fast losing strength.
In a brief lull In the wash of the sea, Ellis
crawled to the bottom of the boat. Below htm, a
foot away, was the keeper, a friend since boy
hood. At the risk of bis own life, Ellis dropped
Into the water again, pushed Eldrldge up on the
bottom with his last strength, and again crawled
out himself. The nex.t second a sea washed both
off and the keeper, after losing and regaining his
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(By K. O. HKI.I.imH, Director of Kve
nlntr Department, Tho Moody BlbU
Inotltuto of Clilcnjro.)
LESSON FOR AUGUST 4.
THE WORTH Of; THE KINGDOM.
I.KHSON TKXT-Mnttlmw 13, 44-B3.
aoi.nr.N Ti:xT-"Spck yo nmt hit
xlnKdom, anil liln righteousness; nml nil
tlimo thltiKi sliull bo nddcil unto you."
Boy Answered Collier.
John Mulr, California's naturalist
and explorer, relates tho following
story of Col. D. 0. Collier, director
general of tho Panama-California ex
position of San Dlcgo:
Whllo riding atong a mountain road
In San Dlcgo, Cnl., Mr. Collier came
upon a dilapidated corral fence upon
which hung a Blgn bearing the follow
Ing announcement: "For Sail." A'
bright-looking small boy sat on the
fence hcsldo the sign, and Mr. Col
ller asked him, "When docs this
Tho small boy glanced up quickly
at Mr. Collier, smiled, and said,
"When somo sucker comes along who
can rnlso tho wind." Mr. Collier
doffed bis sombrero, thanked the lad
for his information, and rode on hi
way feeling greatly enlightened.-"
grasp on tho gunwale several times, 'disappeared
In tho maelstrom ofjwater. That left Ellis auu
Rogers, a big and very strong nnn.
In this desperate moment Rogers throw nis
arms around the other surfmnn's neck In a death
grip. For moments, while tho sea battered and
tho foam strangled them, they fought tho last
grim fight for life, EIUb to break the grip of his
frenzied comrade, Rogers to retain it. Suddenly,
when It seemef thnt both must drown, Rogers
strength left him. His arms relaxed; bis eyes
glazed. "I'm going!" he gasped and sank.
A moment later tho bbat drifted inshore of the
outer breakers and fora brief space was In
smoother water. Ellis once more crawled out on
the bottom and succeeded In pulling the center
board out so that he could hold on to it and bet
ter maintain his position.
Now, you will remember that at the time of
the stranding of the Wadena, the John O. Fitz
patrlck, her 'sister barge had also gone aground.
She had gone over the outer bar and was lying
between It and the Inner breakers. On board her
was Cnpt. Elmer F. Mayo, of Chatham, who was
In chargo of lightening her. The Fitzpatrlck was
so far away from the Wadena that Captain Mayo,
and two other men who were with him, did not
Bee tho life-saving boat go out, nor did they have
any knowledge of the grim tragedy that was being
enacted, until, glancing over the rail, Captain
Mayo saw an overturned life-boat with a single
man clinging to it. r
The capsized boat wsb some distance from the
barge, but Mayo did not hesitate. "I'll get that
fellow," he announced coolly.
On tho deck of the Fitzpatrlck lay a small
twelve-foot dory, the only boat aboard, a totally
unfit craft for the furious sea that was thundering
acrosB the shoals. Kicking off bis boots, Mayo
nnd the other men, who begged him not to go as
It would be certain death, ran the dory overside.
How the captain of the wrecking crew kept his
fragile crart afloat, those who watched him from
the Fitzpatrlck could nover understand. But he
did keep her afloat, and the set of the tide and
the gale carried him down toward the capsized
life-boat to which Ellis clung now with the last
of bis ebbing strength.
The life-saver said afterward that he saw a
dory thrown over the side of tho Fitzpatrlck as
be drifted near her, but that a moment later the
scud and the spindrift were driven so thick and
ceaselessly before bis eyes that be saw nothing,
until suddenly out of the mist a tiny, bobbing
boat loomed a dozen feet away. Then the occu
pant of this boat' shot her skilfully alongside the
swamped life-boat and the exhausted surfman top
pled Into her.
Mayo, with the half-conscious life-saver lying
limp In the bottom of the dory, had kept his word
to his mates on the Fitzpatrlck.
Necessarily, the most thrilling stories of the'
coast-watchers are those In which loss of life is
entailed, and therefore, In a measure, they are
accounts of the failures of the men of the serv
ice. But they are stories of noble failures ana
sea which froze In tholr clothing, cut and bruised
from tho buffeting thoy received.
"And then," enya tho Servlco Report of tho oc
currence, "tho luBt tlmo tho launch was attempted
tho boat wno hurled high on tho shore, her crow
were spilled out llko matches from tho box nnd
tho boat was shatterod. And Captain AtklnB and
hlB men, having cnten nothing since tho even
ing before, spent, faint, heart-sick, had boon baf
fled and had to enduro the mortification of see
ing a rescue effected by an un-worn volunteer
crew In a fresh boat brougnt from tne town, ine
Investigation revealed that the men upon the
wreck might have been properly landed by the
life-lines but for Keeper AtklnB' failure to employ
the Lyle gun which had recently been furnished
the station, through a singular Inapprehenslon of
It was a bitter pill for the service the defeat
of its men by a volunteer crew.
The night of November 80. 1880, was clear but
windy. A heavy gale was piling the surf over
the outer bar off the Peaked Hill Bar station.
Surfmen Fisher and Kelley left the station nt four
o'clock to make the eastward and westward
patrol. Kelley started from the dobr first. As
he did so he heard the slatting of satis and the
banging of blocks above the wind. At the west
ward ho saw the lights of a vessel close Inshore.
Shouting to Fisher to give the alarm, he ran
down the beach, burning his Coston light. Keep
er Atkins glanced at tho surf and ordered out
the boat. The men dragged It eastward until
they were opposlto the stranded vessel, which
proved to be the sloop C. E. Trumbull of Rock
port. The crew manned the boat.
The Btory of what took place out there under
the darkness on Keeper Atkins' last errand of
rescue Is best told, perhaps, In tho personal ac
count of Isaiah Young, one of the survivors. The
narrative of this man, In bis own words, la taken
from tho Life Saving Report of 1881. It reads:
"When we launched, the vessel was still some
to the eastward. We wont oft In this manner to
take advantage of the tide that waa running to
the eastward between the bar and the shore. It
was low tide. The sea was smooth on tho
shore, but. on the bar, where the vessel lay, it
was rough enough to be dangerous.
"We hauled up from the boat until the bow
lapped on to her quarter. Keeper Atkins called
to them to Jump In.
"We landed four persons. This trip could not
have consumed more than fifteen minutes.
"When we pulled up again, after being thrown
back, Taylor stood in the bow with the line ready
to heave. I cautioned Keeper Atkins to have a
care for the boom. He said, 'Be ready with the
boat-hook; I will look out for the boom.' I was
Just taking up the hook when a sea came around
the stern, threw the stern of the boat more
toward the boom as the vessel rolled to leeward
and the boom went Into the water.
"As the vessel rolled to windward and the boom
rose it caught under the cork belt near the
stroke rowlock and threw us over, bottom up.
"We rolled the boat over, right side up, and I
was the first to get into her. Others got in; 1
am not positive how many. She did not keep
right side up more than two minutes when a sea
bohlnd some of them lie tragedies other than roHed u. 0Ter Bn We not on attain and were
tnose or aeam.
Perhaps one of the greatest of these 1b woven
about the career of Captain David H. Atkins, un
til November 30, 1880, keeper of the Peaked Hill
Bar station, Cape Cod.
This man had followed the sea from boy-hoodr
whaling, fishing and coasting. In 1872 he bpcame
keeper of the Peaked Hill Bar station.
Then came a wild day in April, 1879, and, as
It appears In tho chronicles of the department
at Washington, "a blot fell across the record of.
On this April day tho Schooner Sarah J. Fort
stranded near Peaked Hill Bar. A terrlflo sea,
coupled with an onshore hurricane and a tempera
ture very low for tho time of the year, faced At
kins and bis crew as they discovered the schooner
and took their apparatus to the beach. ,
Without hesitation the keeper ordered tho surf
boat launched, but tho sea was so heavy that It
was thrown back on the beach. Time and again
In the twenty hours of watching and battling with
the storm that followed the keeper led his men
Into the breakers with the boat, but each time
they were beaten back, drenched with the winter
washed off two or three times before I struck out
for the shore. I asked May? to strike with me",
as I knew him to be an excellent swimmer; but
he said that we could not hold out to reach the
shore and he would stay by the' boat. Keeper
Atkins waa holding by the boat.
"Kelley had already struck out I beard Taylol
groan near me as I started, but did not see him
"I saw a gap In the beach which must have
been Clara Bell Hollow, two miles from Station
No, 7. When about three seas from the shore
my sight began to fall and soon I could see noth
ing; but Tkept swimming.
"I recollect Surfman Cole saying, 'For God's
sake, Isaiah, is this you 7' nnd of his taking me
up. I knew nothing more until I found myself
in tho station, after botng resuscitated. I should
think that I remained by the boat half nn hour
before I struck out, Tho cork belt was all that
enabled roe 'to reach tho shore The cork belts
in the boat are a good thing and should be kept
Thus Keeper Atkins died with his boots on, as
be said he would die If necessary, in the, pen
formance of his duty.
Wo have studied somo of tho prln
clples that arc to obtain in tho es
tabllshlng and tho working out of this
now kingdom Jesus camo to found,
and tho question naturally nrisos, "Is
it of sufllclent vtiluo for mo to con
Hldor or seek to enter It, or to possess
It?" In our lesson today there 1b et
beforo us four parables (Jesus' favorite
uuy of teaching) which ho gavo priv
ately to IiIh dlaclpleB and not to tho
multitude, thnt ought to answer any
such questioning In our hearts.
Tho first two huvo to do with the
great valuo of tho kingdom, tho sec
ond Its mixed character nnd final sepa
ration, nnd tho hint, tho great respon
sibility of those who possess Its
truths. In this cntlro group of pnr
ables found In tho thirteenth chapter
of Mntthow nro four that nro for men
who nro careful to observe tho out
ward development, and four others
that nro for thoso men of faith who
soo beneath tho surface the hidden
things -of tho kingdom. Those men
who view tho kingdom in each par
ticular ago ns Qod sees rather than
as man observes.
Today's lesson sots forth tho pur
chaso of things of great valuo, tho ac
quisition nnd disposition of things ot
n mixed value, nnd lastly, tho uso ot
theso values after comlug into tho pos
session of them.
I. Tho hidden treasure, v. 44. Per
haps moro properly this should bo
termed tho parnblo of tho bought field.
Wo need to remember that In all ot
these parables tho Master himself is
tho Important personage Ho Is the
ono who sows tho seed, etc. llonce
wo understand that ho Is tho one
who discovers this great trcasuro hid
den In tho field. Ho has already told
us that "the field is tho world" (Matt
Symbolism of Pearls.
II. Tho pearl of grcatprlce, vs. 45,
10. This parable Is very much tho
same as tho foregoing, yet It adds great
strength and forco to this study In
values. Wo ought to be very clear In
our study and application. The pearl
of great price may perhaps be taken
as a symbol of our salvation, but if
no for us to interpret tho merchant
man as tho commonality of man would
bo for tho sinner to purchase his own
salvation, a thing as far as possible
for tho New Testament teaching,
, Why does Jesus speak of pearls to
tho Hobrows who did not esteem them
at all? What 1b the symbolism of a
pearl? Tho pearl is the one precious
Btone thnt Is tho result of a living
organism; It Is the result of an Injury
done to the life of tho oyster. It has
always stood for purity nnd for In
nocence. Is It then illogical for us to
nssumo that. Christ Is tho merchant
man who gave all to redeom (o. g.,
buy back) tho lost souls of mankind?
III. Tho drag net, vs. 47-50. This
pnrablo Is another that deals with the
mixed character of the kingdom here
upon tho earth and of tho final separa
tion incident thereto. It Is notlcenblo
that this 1b collective, not Individual,
flshlnp;. There will bo many move
ments that will ostensibly be for the
gathering ot men Into this kingdom,
but the principle hero laid down is
that one considered In the lesson ot
tho wheat and the tares, viz., that ul
timately there shall be cast out all
things that do offend. In the finality
of all things the kingdom shall be
without spot or blemish. Henco w
So not read Into this parable ompha
Us upon any phase of evangelism.
Search the Scriptures.
IV. The householder, vs, 61-53. In
Iho first of theso parables we hod tho
Word as the seed of this new kingdom!
Jn this the eighth ot tho kingdom par
'ables we revert as it wero to the mat
ter of the Word. Jesus asks hi
disciples If they understand tho Won
he has spoken to them. Their re
sponse is, "Yes, we do." Then Jesus
shows them what a burden of respon
sibility due to possession rests uposj
them. Jesus refers to the Scribes
whose work under the Jo'wlsh econ
omy was to transcribe and to interpret
and tells the disciples that they in a
like manner are to Interpret the king
dom to all men. They are to "brine
forth" hidden treasures. We must re
member that Jesus taught In parables
that "hearing thoy might not hear,"
etc., hence wo are to search the
Scriptures and bring forth these hid
den treasures of truth aa we go about
doing our part.
Aro we willing to pay the price for
the sako of tho pearl? Are we willing
to pay the prlco ot the field that oth
ers may possess the great treasure ol
eternal life In Christ? He paid tin
prlco to purchase eternal life for us,
Do not forget the kingdom Is not oat
ing and drinking, but righteousness
and Joy and peace in the Holy Spirit
The treasure was discovered, the
jearl sought after; both methods
lave their place and significance in
our lives that are to bo hid with
Christ In God. We must reveal to UH
world great treasures.
"Gholly told mo solomnly yesterday
that ho onco had a brainstorm."
"Pooh, pooh! I'd Just as soon be
Hove that a Jolly fish could have the
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