They Were Nearly Dead
January 28, 1892


Three Gentlemen Saved From the Delaware Near Burlington.

Special Dispatch to The North American.

BURLINGTON, N. J., Jan. 28.—The breaking up of the ice in the Delaware to-day was attended with two exciting and perilous episodes. Commodore Rogers, of the Burlington Ice Yacht Club, was sailing, accompanied by Edward Wooden. The moving ice warned him too late of his danger, for when he headed the ice-yacht for the Jersey shore there was fifty feet of water between the ice and the land. He tacked and ran for Burlington Island, but before reaching terra firma the ice broke up and the commodore and young Wooden had to cling to the capsized yacht until the water chilled them and they became almost helpless.

Dr. R. G. Stowell, of Burlington, who was crossing to Bristol on foot, was clinging desperately to an ice floe which was growing every moment smaller. Barney Williams saw the desperate plight of the three men and went at once to the rescue of Dr. Stowell in a batteau. When that feat was accomplished he turned his attention to the unfortunate yachtsmen and succeeded in getting them safely into his little craft.

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook

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