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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 21, 1889)
AN OCEAN WAIF.
A Sl.UillT, (illtl.ISM FKH'IIK m--l r.Htl.snly
r tin- fiirf Mini ruin drenched lunch just beyond
tin- rt :i1h of tin' (inlilni (iali'. Kvi r iiml anon
flu- i!iii(uil, iiiiiniiiilfiil uf wind and storm, to
giuc out mi tlif Hilary, surging billows. Tlirrc was 11
prayer in In r heart that wan voiced in broken snatch
es by tin' quivering, white lips.
Hark! A ilull sound like the mil uf far-away
thunder mimic mi In r cur. Wililly she pressed to the
very water's edge, straining eye ami car, all unheeding
tin- white fuiiiii that broke in spray over her feet.
house wan Ix'side her now, and a strong hand assisted
her to rise.
"Oh, Max, save him I save him ! Tis Tom's shin
' I know, and she is signaling for help. There I don't
! you hear it? For heaven's sake Max, if you ever
1 loved in, get out the men and boats."
" I will do what I can Mildred, and now you go
! home; this is no place for you."
" Never mind almut me, Max, I should die at home;
; hut I entreat you hurry."
I A moment only he paused to fold the scarlet shawl
alHiut the slender form, and was off on a run.
: All was done that could be; but night was fast
coming on and the storm momentarily increasing in
I violence. Hoat after boat put out only to swamp, and
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rom um fiirr mi Ut. ly in tl. lm,w ,'lf M, u J
" viral men narrowly eseaped drowning. MiMn-d,
h-vrriiig near, heard an old sailor say : " Heats all
llie gales ever I see on the Pnliforiii.i' rmmt.. no Wt
kiii live in Hech a sea," and her heart seemed turning
' " Tom, Tom 1" he sobln-d piteously.
I he morning Un rose nlmve the calm waters of the
'"'Hie. 10) fn,w ij,,,. nt (lu, ,uy t,ii(m.g ring
j traniuilly outside the harlmr, would imagine that
. the hist few hours they had lashed in fury, and
drawn down to death a staunch vessel with its freight
i "f "iinmn 1-eings ? N0 sign of the wrvck was visibW
,,ut tl' "hv was strewn with broken tiinl'r
'"( 'lead UHlic. vith a twny 1(Hlk ()f l(Hrilir oll lur
; f '-v Mildn'd Mason Unt over eaeh form, only t'
'"otinue her drvnry m-areh unsum-ssfully. A sudden