TRAGEDY OF THE SEA
Two continents are still sorrowing over the recent dreadful tragedy of the sea. Nor is it unlikely that this sorrowing will cease for years to come. And even then - and long thereafter - perhaps, too, as long as ships shall sail the North Atlantic - will there be retelling of the going down of the great Titanic by those who pass that way.
They who survive seem unable to tell the story of horrors. They who are not of that number cannot imagine it.
Yet in almost every line that has been written, and in every sentence that has been spoken, there stands boldly out above every other expression a picture of sublime heroism that will be copied into the pages of history. And well it may, for it is deserving of that honor.
But when it is, mention should be made of one whom pens and tongues have almost forgotten in their accounts of this awful sea tragedy. Among those who safely reached the land again no one seems to have been aware of his presence on the ship, but we may hope that many who meet him in a blissful eternity will praise God that Father Thomas Byles was there to administer absolution unto them.
To his soul and to the souls of all who went down with him in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic on that memorable early morning may God grant eternal rest.
THE CHURCH PROGRESS; St. Louis, Missouri - Thursday, April 25, 1912
This is the first publication of this
article since April 25, 1912.