The Tragedy of the Lusitaniaby Captain Frederick D. Ellis
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Full Title: The Tragedy of the Lusitania, A Vivid and Graphic Description of the Torpedoing of the Lusitania, The "Queen Of The Seas," and the Heartrending Account of the Panic-Stricken Men, Women and Children, who were Separated from their Loved Ones to Face Death, and were Hurled into Eternity Without Warning. Embracing Authentic Stories by the Survivors and Eyewitnesses of the Disaster Including Atrocities on Land and Sea, in the Air, Etc. . Written by Captain Frederick D. Ellis and published in 1915. With many illustrated with Photographic Pictures and Pencil Drawings. (356 pages)
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PREFACE — INTRODUCTION — Chapter I. A STEALTHY ASSASSIN. — Chapter II. A WORLD AROUSED. — Chapter III. A NATION ACCUSED. — Chapter IV. A DAY OF MOURNING. — Chapter V. THOSE WHO WENT DOWN TO DEATH. — Chapter VI. STRANGE FATE OF ELBERT HUBBARD. — Chapter VII. THE BLACK CRIME OF THE SEAS. — Chapter VIII. HEROES IN THE FACE OF DEATH. — Chapter IX. AN INDIGNANT PRESS. — Chapter X. BUFFETED BY THE SEA. — Chapter XI. UNCLE SAM'S DECLARATION. — Chapter XII WARNINGS AND PREMONITIONS. — Chapter XIII. LITTLE STORIES OF HEROES. — Chapter XIV. THE LURKING SUBMARINE. — Chapter XV. THE RIGHTS OF THE INNOCENT. — Chapter XVI. THE SUBMARINE'S DEADLY WORK. — Chapter XVII. EUROPE SHAKEN BY CONFLICT. — Chapter XVIII. WAR'S NEW TERRORS. — Chapter XIX. THE SHIP THAT WENT DOWN. — Chapter XX. CAMPAIGN OF MURDER ON LAND AND SEA. — Chapter XXIECHOES OF THE LUSITANIA. — Chapter XXII. SUBMARINES BORN IN SECRECY, — Chapter XXIII. SUBMARINE'S HAVOC AMONG TRAWLERS. — Chapter XXIV. GERMANY'S EVASIVE ANSWER. — Chapter XXV. PAYING THE COSTS. — LESSONS OF THE WAR —THE SECOND NOTE TO GERMANY
...The flash of lightning, the anger of the waves, the burst of the tornado, the swirling of the water spout, and the silent movement of the lurking iceberg, have for ages brought terror and destruction to men of the seas, and to those who have put their faith in the great hulks and vessels designed to carry human cargoes across the waters of the universe; but it has remained for a device of men to show the weakness of men-made things and precipitate another sea disaster approximated in its awfulness only by the destruction of the great transatlantic steamship. Titanic, on April 12, 1912, when 1600 souls out of 2300 on board the palace vessel went to death in the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
...Shocking as was that terrible disaster to the entire world, it offers no parallel to the destruction of the beautiful Cunard Line Steamship Lusitania, which was ruthlessly plunged to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Ireland and within sight of Queenstown, on the aftenoon of May 7, 1915, with 1917 men, women and children on board.
...When the fateful hour arose and the Queen of the Seas went to her destruction in the broad light of a Spring day, the class lines which sometimes separate men disappeared on board the craft. All were human beings, victims of the same circumstances, for the War Gods are no respecters of persons. The grimy stoker and the millionaire occupied comparatively relative positions, and together they sacrificed their lives, as did the martyrs of old, that innocent women and children might be saved. Heroism is not a matter of nationality or of geographical location. The conduct of those strong men of many nations in the face of death is but an added evidence that the human impulse is for justice and protection to the weak, and that wanton destruction shall not be permitted.
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