Heroes of Everyday Life: A Reader for the Upper Grades

9780217220774: Heroes of Everyday Life: A Reader for the Upper Grades

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... THE LIFE-SAVER Every year there is published at Washington a slender, black-bound volume that contains as thrilling tales of heroism as have ever been chronicled in the world's history. These are the deeds of the United States life-savers who daily and nightly, at all seasons and in all weathers, patrol our coasts, ready on the instant to battle to the death for the life of any imperiled seaman. The combat is ceaseless; at times victory is with the surfman; at other times the pitiless ocean swallows up not only seamen in peril but also those who have gone forth to save. The life-saver knows his danger. Yet, taking his life in his hands, as he does, he fares forth to suffer, to endure, and to perform feats of well-nigh incredible valor. It is but in the line of duty. Let us read a few of these plain accounts of service along the perilous borders of the deep. The St. Lawrence, a steamer of 1437 tons burden, was laden with a cargo of corn. She had on board a crew of fifteen men, and was bound from Chicago, Illinois, to Prescott, Ontario. This voyage would take her through Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, into the St. Lawrence River. Every vessel bound in this direction must pass Point Betsey on the starboard bow. Point Betsey is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, and here is located a life-saving station. On the particular afternoon of our story, snow was falling thick and fast. It may be that the storm had bewildered the master of the St Lawrence. He was out of his course, for, at half past five in the afternoon, his vessel suddenly struck bottom and held fast. The sea was running high, and although there was no immediate danger to the steamer, the captain began to blow the steam whistle at short intervals. These sounds were heard at the Point Be...

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