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On the Face of the Waters: After the Sinking of the Great Liner "Lusitania"

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IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE “LUSITANIA” HAD GONE DOWN: THE STRUGGLE FOR LIFE.

The scene on the face of the waters after the ” Lusitania ” had disappeared beggars description. It was too terrible for words in the heartrending pathos of the awful tragedy. We see depicted above, from material given to our artist by one of the survivors, something of what those saved had to witness and go through, and how those the overladen boats could not take in strove to susport themselves on anything that was floating within reach until rescuers might come to them, and also the endeavours of all to help one another. How succour could reach them, or whence it might come, none could knew. One outstanding feature of the after-scene at the loss of the ” Lusitania,” brought out in our drawing here, must ever remain an indelible

memory and a permanent consolation. We can never, of course, know of the acts of self-sacrifice that were performed, of lives given for others, such as the act of Mr. Vanderbilt, who. though unable to swim, gave up his life-belt to a woman, and remained on board looking death steadfastly in the face, or that of the drowned sailor of the ” Lusitania,” found afterwards with, strapped on his back, a little child whose added weight had plainly cost a swimmer his heroic life. Such incidents add poignancy to the Prime Minister’s assertion that thss war has been carried on with “a progressive disregard ” of the previously accepted rules of warfare.-[Drawing Copyrigdsed in Ute Unded Steis and Canasa.)


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Issue 3969. - Vol CXLVI

May, 15 1915

Illustrated London News