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Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea DisastersEdited by Logan MarshallJanuary, 1997 [Etext #781]Sinking of the Titanicand Great Sea DisastersEdited by Logan MarshallPre-Frontispiece Caption:THE TITANICThe largest and finest steamship in the world; on hermaiden voyage,loaded with a human freight of over 2,300 souls, shecollided witha huge iceberg 600 miles southeast of Halifax, at 11.40P.M. SundayApril 14, 1912, and sank two and a half hours later,carrying over1,600 of her passengers and crew with her.Frontispiece Caption:CAPTAIN E. J. SMITHOf the ill-fated giant of the sea; a brave and seasonedcommanderwho was carried to his death with his last and greatestship.}Sinking of the TitanicandGreat Sea DisastersA Detailed and Accurate Account of the MostAwful Marine Disaster in History, Constructedfrom the Real Facts as Obtained from Those onBoard Who Survived .. .. .. .. ..ONLY AUTHORITATIVE BOOKINCLUDINGRecords of Previous Great Disasters of the Sea,Descriptions of the Developments of Safety andLife-saving Appliances, a Plain Statement ofthe Causes of Such Catastrophes and How toAvoid Them, the Marvelous Development ofShipbuilding, etc.With a Message of Spiritual Consolation byREV. HENRY VAN DYKE, D.D.
 EDITED BYLOGAN MARSHALLAuthor of "Life of Theodore Roosevelt," etc.DedicationTo the 1635 souls who were lost with theill-fated Titanic, and especially to thoseheroic men, who, instead of trying tosave themselves, stood aside that womenand children might have their chance; ofeach of them let it be written, as it waswritten of a Greater One--"He Died that Others might Live""I stood in unimaginable tranceAnd agony that cannot be remembered."--COLERIDGEDr. Van Dyke's Spiritual Consolationto the Survivors of the TitanicThe Titanic, greatest of ships, has gone to her oceangrave. What has she left behind her? Think clearly.She has left debts. Vast sums of money have been lost.Some of them are covered by insurance which will be paid.The rest is gone. All wealth is insecure.She has left lessons. The risk of running the northerncourse when it is menaced by icebergs is revealed. Thecruelty of sending a ship to sea without enough life-boats andlife-rafts to hold her company is exhibited andunderlinedin black.She has left sorrows. Hundreds of human hearts andhomes are in mourning for the loss of dear companions andfriends. The universal sympathy which is written in everyface and heard in every voice proves that man is morethanthe beasts that perish. It is an evidence of the divineinhumanity. Why should we care? There is no reason inthe world, unless there is something in us that isdifferentfrom lime and carbon and phosphorus, something that makesus mortals able to suffer together--"For we have all of us an human heart."
But there is more than this harvest of debts, andlessons,and sorrows, in the tragedy of the sinking of theTitanic.There is a great ideal. It is clearly outlined and setbeforethe mind and heart of the modern world, to approve andfollow,or to despise and reject.It is, "Women and children first!"Whatever happened on that dreadful April night amongthe arctic ice, certainly that was the order given by thebraveand steadfast captain; certainly that was the law obeyedbythe men on the doomed ship. But why? There is no statuteor enactment of any nation to enforce such an order.Thereis no trace of such a rule to be found in the history ofancientcivilizations. There is no authority for it among theheathenraces to-day. On a Chinese ship, if we may believe thereportof an official representative, the rule would have been"MenFirst, children next, and women last."There is certainly no argument against this barbaricrule on physical or material grounds. On the average, amanis stronger than a woman, he is worth more than a woman,he has a longer prospect of life than a woman. There isnoreason in all the range of physical and economic science,noreason in all the philosophy of the Superman, why heshouldgive his place in the life-boat to a woman.Where, then, does this rule which prevailed in thesinkingTitanic come from? It comes from God, through the faithof Jesus of Nazareth.It is the ideal of self-sacrifice. It is the rule that"thestrong ought to bear the infirmities of those that areweak."It is the divine revelation which is summed up in thewords:"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay downhis life for his friends."It needs a tragic catastrophe like the wreck of theTitanic

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