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. THE BLIND FLEET J
"Ne-"doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with
you." Job xii:2.
Job's bitter jibe comes home to us now.
After 30 centuries its sarcasm is at pat and incisive as it was
when Job flung it in the teeth of his smug comforters.
It has been but a matter of days since Capt. Smith, the veteran
admiral of the White Star fleet, said : .
"I cannot conceive any vital disaster happening to this vessely
Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that."
And now Capt. Smith lies 2,000 fathoms deep in the cold waters
of the North Atlantic and with him the hulk of the great ship of
which he spoke these words.
That triumph of human skill and cunning, the last cry in
marine architecture, the steamer with both turbines and recipro
cating engines and with safeguarding bulkheads that close auto
matically .to make her absolutely unsinkable well, she is now
where none but the strange blind creatures that dwell in the deep
sea of two mile down can ever report her.
And somewhere in the North Atlantic floats a bottle-green
berg a random fragment from some nameless northern glacier
that has brought to naught this marvel of human fabrication that
has made our boats vain andivoid in the twinkling of an eye.
Everyihuman expedient failed. Eventhe wireless, our crown
ing life-saving device, could not gave the "unsinkable" Titanic.
Everything failed. Everything "but the blind, blundering ice
'berS- ... i
Which goes to show how childish we are in our boasts when
we say we have bridled the sea. We may indeed boast with a little
justice that we have conquered the wave and can now defy old
ocean's storm, but we jeckon like children when we forget her fleet
her blind, careless navy that sweeps down each spring upon our
ocean lanes. '
Now that fleet has wrecked the pride of the fleet of man, per
haps just to remind -us 'that we are not quite THE people yet, and
that wisdom may not die with us after all.
o o - i
Learn to listen but not
at the keyhole. Henry W.
A Philadelphia judge recom
mends drowning ina vat of beer
for men that get soused That's
our idea of a capital punishment,
says the Washington Post.