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to make that Sunday midnight when the hand of death was reach
ing out for its cargok)f human souls.
My cousin, Nathalie Wick, and I were lying in our berths, half
asleep, when the blow came. It was terrific...
For a second the whole boat just stood still in its swift tracks,
and then it gave a great shiver all through.
Everything was deathly quiet for a minute.
"Oh! She's hit an iceberg," came ringing in our ears in a
- woman s shrill voice.
; ,ror ten minutes rtatnaue ana i jay m Deq, ojscussmg wnetner
or no we should get up to see the berg.
Nathalie was sleepy, but I had been up to fijl a hot water bottle,
-and was wide awake.
Finally we decided to "go up' as we had been wanting to see
an ice ber all the way over, but had been told that we would not
get a chance.
We just slipped on our shoes and stockings and put on some
heavy outside wraps and went up. ,
When we reached the deckjt was as calm as an August after
noon. The sea was' smooth; there wasn't an ice berg or a floe in
sight, and the sky was just thick with stars. I never saw so many
stars inthe heavens in all my life before. The water itself glittered
blue with their glow.
' (We were going "back to bed when an officer came to usT
"Go below and put on your life belts," he said. "You may neeil
We went down at once . and told my aunt and uncle, Mrs.
and Mrs. George Wick, what we had been told. Uncle George
laughed at us.
"Why, that's nonsense, girls,'" he said. "This -boat is all right.
She's going along finely. She just struck a glancing blow, I guess.'1
That was the way evejiyonCseemed to think, and we went to
A minute later an officer knocked at the door and told us to
go up on the "A" deck. ,
We took a few clothes and went up. I picked up my eyeglasses
and left my watch lying on the dresseY in my excitement.
When we got on deck uncle and aunt were there I went to
another part of the steamer and got my Aunt Elizabeth. When
T got back with her, there weje crowds of people standing all around.
No one seemed very excited; everyone was talking, and it
"'eemed to be the general opiniori that we soon would be ordered
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