In Chase of a Burning Boat.
Four men struggled for their lives on a burning tug three miles from shore yesterday morning in the gathering dawn The men were the crew of the tug John A. Miller, suddenly aroused to find the engine house a mass of flames. A gallant struggle to check the flames was of no avail. With a full head of steam on the boat was headed for the shore, but the rapid fire drove the wheelsman from the pilot house, and then the blazing and unmanageable tug ploughed the choppy waves in a great circle, the flames swiftly eating their way to the stern, where the four men stood helpless against the fury of two elements. They had fought the fire Sill almost exhausted. their hands and faces were burned, and in despair they glanced in every direction for a sign that help was coming.
open, and the little boat with the whistle tooting hope for the imperilled crew, plunged through the heavy sea toward the bit ruing tug. Blazing almost to the water’s edge it was runnmg a mad race through the waves. Two brothers of the eicome s captain were on the burning boat, and, in danger of a collision or of catching fire, the Welcome shot after the Miller on its course.
It was a thrilling race. Round and round the boats went before the Welcome could touch the Miller. The four men crouched astern. 1 he flames leaped toward them. They were scorching the faces of the men. With a spurt the Weicome crashed into the Miller. Three pairs of arms shot out over the bow and in a moment two of the four exhausted men were on the Welcome and it steered clear of the burning boat, Another spurt and the rescuers managed to haul out the other men .—Chicago Tribune.