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P. N. JOHNSTON, Reference Librarian, New York Public Library. THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY,

CHICAGO, June 7th, '04. Scientific American, New York City.

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Assistant General Superintendent, United States Life-Saving Service

RGANIZED EFFORT for the rescue of life from the perils of the sea is decidedly modern. In England, the foremost maritime nation of the world, it developed no earlier than here.

Origin and Early Growth Although the Humane Society of Massachusetts established houses of refuge on the coast of that Commonwealth as early as 1789, and began placing lifeboat stations there in 1807, the Government of the United States, strange to say, took no hand in life-saving affairs until 1847, when an appropriation of $5,000 was made for furnishing lighthouses on the Atlantic coast with means for assisting shipwrecked mariners. The next year, Congress appropriated $10,000, to be expended on the coast of New Jersey, between Sandy Hook and Little Egg Harbor. The importance-or unimportance. -of the stations established with the help of this paltry sum, may be estimated from the fact that eight stations were erected and put in working order. They were little more than rough board shanties 16 by 28 feet, scantily equipped. An appropriation of $20,000, made in March, 1849, proved sufficient to build and equip eight stations on Long Island, and six on

the New Jersey coast between Little Egg Harbor and Cape May.

Among the appliances furnished was a life-car, which was destined to be tested soon and successfully. During a savage storm on the night of January 12, 1850, the emigrant ship Ayrshire stranded at Squan Beach, having on board many people for those days of small things. They were more than 200; and, since the surf ran so high that no boat could be launched, a line was shot out from a mortar, and the life-car, with a rope attached to each end, was then drawn forth to the ship and back to the land many times, finally rescuing the entire ship's company. Instantly the invention of the car came into hot dispute between Mr. Joseph Francis and Capt. Douglas Ottinger, it having been constructed under the supervision of Mr. Francis, a practical machinist, with the coöperation of Captain Ottinger, of the Revenue Cutter Service, who had charge of the life-saving stations. Francis lived to be 92 and Ottinger to be 94 years old, but neither could prove his claim. In 1859 Congress recognized that of Ottinger, and voted. him $10,000 in consideration of his services to humanity. Twenty-eight years afterwards, another Congress awarded a huge gold medal to Mr. Fran

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