Monday, August 03, 2015

Mother with nine children

A TERRIBLE VOYAGE.---The steamer WilliamPenn, from London and Havre to
New York,with 500 passengers, has arrived after a terriblepassage. On
Tuesday, the 10th of November,when the steamer was in the mid-Atlantic,
aheavy storm came on and continued with greatviolence for five days. The
432 steerage passengers were of necessity confined to their berths.The
strength of the gale would lift large massesof foam from tho crests of
the great waves andspread them over the entire length and breadthof the
ship, drenching everything and every-body. The ship behaved admirably,
with theexception of her dreadful rolling. At about 6a.m. on the 12th,
and before the passengers hadleft their berths, those of the first cabin
werearoused from their vigils by a tremendous crashon the starboard side
of the ship and the dashof waters down upon them. All, of course,
wasconsternation and dismay until the extent ofthe injury or danger
could be distinctly ascertained. They had shipped a heavy sea thatstove
in about ten feet of the dining saloonabove, and the water, flooding the
floor, wasmaking its way through the openings for ventilation and light
to the cabins below, whichwere flooded to the great discomfort of the
in-mates. The incident created the greatest alarmamongst the passengers,
which was increasedalmost to a frenzy when a second tremendoussea broke
into the fore saloon, and flooded thecabin so much that it was found
necessary totake the women and children to the after-saloon.One mother
of nine was in a state of franticalarm. Having left the aft-saloon with
heryoungest child she took her station at the opendoor, and there stood
counting her children ---one, two, three, as one by one they arrived
untilseven of the nine had been counted in,

but seeing nothing of the other two, cried out, as if in bitter agony,
"But where, oh where are the twins ?" Ina moment more the twins also
were safe.