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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1912, Image 2',
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from them grudingly and swam
A strand of hair caught in his
fingers. ' He turned, and rescuer
and rescued "rose to the surface
: like a shot. Johns shook the
water from his eyes and gulped
the air greedily. The woman, too
- sucked the air into her lungs and
i Then a grim struggle ensued,
for the woman was but half con
scious and mad -with fright. She
threw her arms about Johns'
" neck and together they disap-
peared again beneath the surface.
Her grip was vice-like; it shack
led his arms. With a tremendous
effort he broke her hold.
"Slack !" he shouted to the man
on the dock, who w&s holding the
other nd of the rope. Fighting,
he passed the rope about the
Johns was the first of the res
cuers in the water, and the last to
leave it. The water was filled
with struggling people. Johns
swam to a woman who seemed to
be tiring. Somebody from the
Flyer threw a cork ring, and the
bootblack caught it.
He tried to pass it over the
woman's head, and finally suc
ceeded, though her struggles hin
dered him. He gave the signal
and the woman was drawn to
A third and a fourth woman he
caught-as they were sinking, and
helped them into lifeboats.
A little girl came next. Though
frightened, she kept her wits and
seeme"d to "know what John want
ed'her to do. He tregan toltread
water, with the girl sitting on his
knee." A life-belt was 'thrown
from-the boat.' "Lift your.arms,"
and the girl obeyed. ,
The life-belt was adjusted and
the girl was hoisted to thedeck
of-the steamer. Johns had com
pleted his fifth rescue.
- A mass- of hair floajed on the
water. Near it a woman's hat,
Johns caught a rope, raised the
woman's head out of the water,
so that it rested on his shoulder,
and passed the lineunder her
arms. She was unconscious.
"I think she's the one that
died," said Johns later, "but I
can't be sure."
The water now was full of res
cuers. Four women .Johns help-