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September 26, 1939 - Image 12

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The Michigan Daily, 1939-09-26

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ing heavy. The waves seem heavier.
An oarsman throws down his oar
and drops his face against the stem.
"It's no use. It's no use." In a
second the boat is in an uproar.
"Come on. Come on. We're almost
there." The oars are taken up again.
Gradually the lights of the ship
appear brighter; we can make out
her shape. Near her loom two black
hulks of warships standing by. Jack,
the steward's, throat is hoarse with
joy. "Come on, let's go," he yells.
"Let 'er go. We're there!" The sea
seems easier now and all our fast'
ebbing energy is forced into the job.
We row 'round the stern of the first
"Ahoy!" yells the coxswain. "We're
making for the next ship standing by.

Thank you!" The refugees start to
get up. They cannot understand
why we do not stop. The ship that
waits is a yacht, a slim, proud craft
lying like a huge gull upon the water.
Her ' decks blaze lights! her flag,
thank God, a Swedish one.
* * *
Morning, Sept. 4
Lying alongside the Swedish 'ship
is a lifeboat unloading its passengers.
We row close to the stern in an at-
tempt to hold by. By the ship's side
another lifeboat bobs -up. and down,
a handful of terrified people clutch-
ing vainly at the smooth sides of the
The next few moments pass as a
flash, too quickly for details. There
is a lurch and we ram alongside the

half-filled boat. Seven or eight ter-
ror-stricken passengers stare fren-
ziedly at us. Their boat is half filledi
with water. Rope cable lines are
thrown to us. In vain the coxswain
shouts, "Push away with your oars."
Closer and closer we are pushed
by the swell; the people in the next
boat can see themselves crushed to
death, mangled between our boat and
the ship. Their screams are drowned
by the crash of the waves. Without _
warning they jump-one, two,.three
four until all except one girl are
aboard our boat. A wave draws us
away again; the girl slips and falls
between the two lifeboats- I reach
over to help her but already she has
gone under.
A few in our boat are holding fast.

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