Honey-Grove Enterprise (Honey Grove, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 3, 1870 Page: 1 of 4
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IIONEY-GEO VE ENTERPRISE.
ne Dollar a Year .
Principles, and vot Policy; Measure*, and not Men; the Greatest Good to the Greatest Number.
Invariably in Advance.
HONEY-GROYE, FANNIN Co., TEXAS, DECEMBER 3,
isro. No. ««.
LPTI8T—Rev. Mr. Mitchell, first Sunday
berland PrESB yteriak —Rev.
Williams, second Sunday.
Presbyterian—Rev. Robt McCoy, third
-Rev. Jolin W. Finer, fourt
I. G. O: F.—Honey Grove Lodge, No. 91,
Bet* ttverv Wednesday night at. the Masonic
LOSS OF THE V.IK UNA.
FULL P ARTICITLARS.
- O. G. X.—Money
ds it meetings every Saturday r.ighi at
n Masonic Hall.
•, > v i.-! ail— was carried
Grove Lodji<\ No b ¡
stíI, while the other
Friends or Tembbranck—Meet n
try Tuesday night at the Masonic Hall.
fu*e> of Hope—Meets every Sunday
«Ring, 4 o'clock, at the Masonic Hall.
Jioney-Grove Lodge No. LB4 A. F. dfc A
holds ivgolar communication Saturday
ght «■ or before full m« on in each: month.
T. B. Yarbrough, W. M.
Gee. A. Daily, Sec.
GEO. W. WAIL,
Jttr « I* IT AT I. AW
J Art M long
VTT'YS AT LAW,
^®co at Enterprise.
James B. Barnett,
laddie So. Harness Maker,
Honey Grove,. Texas.
U kinds of work done with neatness and
DR. WM, 6AMBILL
Physician and Surgeon,
H,OKEY GROVE, TEXAS.
X3T All calli attended to, day or night.
DR. W, E. DAILEY
THYSICIAN AND SURGEON
Honey Grove, Texas.
Office i the Drug- Store.
DR. Sr R. SLAUGHTER,
Ffejwielan * Surgeon.
Offers his protesaieoaJ service* to the
Savam.ah, G.Í., Nov. 5.—Ou the
20th of Oct., at ten a. m , the steam
hliiip "Varona foundered in the Gulf
Stream, thirty miles from Jupiter
Inlet, on the Florida coast, during
one of the most terrible hurricanes
ever witnessed in that latitude. The
steamer was thrown on her beam
ends, and weal down only allowing
time for two little boats to put off;
.one of these, containing Capt. Spen-
ser, the engineer and fireman —ten in
d<;wn with the ves-
Kjven of the crew, was finally
beached on Jupiter Inlet, two of the
men, Sain McUormic, fireman, and
Join* Fly mi losing tfcw'ú' lives in the
breakers; the remaining five, W Kiik-
land, second mate; Wrn. Wallace,
«^Lutein aster; The*. Glennon, «Tas.
Bimmib and Geo. Watson, seemeu, ar-
rived here to d y by Nick King, Irom
Florida, and left for New York on
the magnolia. Quartet master Wal
luce gives an account of the disaster
in which In* says:
We left New York on Saturday
night, Oct. 15th, at 1 o'clock, and
had fine weather up to Thursday
morning, when a wind sprung up
from the south; at noon there was a
moderate gale, and as the sun wen t
down it was blowing a perfect hur ri.
cane. AS went well until 8 o'clock,
P. when the wind shifted sudde il-
ly to southwest. At this time the
ship became unrnauagable, and nav
Uig a li -.t to port,the sea commenced
ruahing on board on the lee side of
the ship, staving in bulwarks nd
cabin door. We tried to get her ofl
befone the wind and put on all the
steam we could, but it was no use
I was at the wheel, and we managed
to bring her up to the wind again
and tried to fix the cabin door, but
the sea was rushing on board to such
a degree that the men could not
work. We then hoisted her j'b t<
pay her head off, but it was blown
i;;to ribbons. as though it had been
snugly furled. By this time the sea
had stove m the engine bo use, and
was rusiiing down into the eng ;iie
moms at the rate of several tons
minute, while the ship was lyng
over more to port side and was fast
tilling, I lashed the wheel after I felt
tue engu.e stop, and went aft to get
some water, I was very thirsty. I
then j nr i^ed to g'it on the hu rri
cane deck, when 1 found the two life
boats were gone from the ship, and
the men were getting the other two
boats ready. I was still so thirsty
that I went back to the captain's
room and got a drink there, ana open-
ed the weather cabin door to see
how the passengers were behaving,
but did not eee a soul, as they were
all in their state rooms, unable to
c -me out, on account of the ship's
lying on her beam ends. I then
went to the hurricane deck and got
into the after boat, with six others
then in it. ll was lying on the deck
waiting for the ^hip to go down, she
being thru nearly on her beam ends.
The captain, mate and engineers,
ten in all, were in the other boat
I n less thau five minutes the boats
wer: afloat, but in such a heavy sea
that I was afraid we would get afoul
of the ship'* rigging. While the
vessel was sinking, the other boat
hailed ns «nd asked if we were all
right. Just' after this the steamer
got foul of their boat and took her
down with the ship.
The boats were ingei soil's metalic
ife boats. I think the Captain's
boat got clear of the ship and came
up again, as a boat bottom up was
seen two hours alter, but no person
was on t. After the ship's mast-
head was out of sight we thought
ourselves all right, as the ship was
clear of us, but we counted without
a host, for a heavy sea capsized the
boat, but all maneged, after great
exertions, to right her and get in
again. The ship went down at 2
P. M.f and at midnight the weather
m oderated and was still.
We bailed the boal out, after re-
maing in her full of water during
all the night, using for that puipose
the rudder and our shoes, there be-
ing nothing else ou board—our hats
and everything else having been lost.
We then went with the sea; which
was heavy, to the northeast. At 10
j'clock we got on the Bahama banks
and so intended to steer south for Ab-
aco. About 3 o'clock we saw a ship
and pulled for her, but darknesss
set in we did not catch her. We be
gan by this time to feel pretty thii's
t>, but still had hopes for the morrow:
so we let the boat drift and weut to
¡■deep Next moruing the wind wa*
springing up from the northeast,
when we saw a brig at anchor ou the
hanks, und pulled tor her, but the
wind increased so that we could eot
reach her. We tier squared' a way
for Florida coast, with an oar for a
mast, and two shirts and' a pillow
case for a sail. We .ado Jupiter
11.let Light-house about 8 o'clock.
At 10:30 on the 221, we were near
the beach, and took down sail an :
put our shirts on our backs, and then
prepared to beach the boat. The
first breaker was passed, whicli did
no harm; the next breaker which
struck us was a most dreadful one,
and it swept McCormic and Flynn
oil the boat. The poor fellows could
not reach it again, being so exhaust-
ed. The others, five in number,
succceeded in keeping the boat and
were safely landed. W slept un-
der the boat that night and next
morning, having beeu sixty hours
withott food or water.
The hardships encountered by the
five men were terrible, and the
tongue fails- to express the sufferiug
endured by tneni while braving the
f ury of the elements for sixty hours
in an open boat, without food or <tya>
ter, except an onion, which served to
moisten the parched and acting lips.
After.being cast on the beach by
the breakers, in view of the light-
house at Jupiter Inlet, the second
mate and a seaman were the only
persons in the boat strong1 enough
to feebly drag themselves to the
building for assistance. The rest lay
exhausted until the keeper seut a
boat to take them away. The party
remained at the lighthouse until
Tuesday, when they wore carried up
to Indian River and lauded at Smd's
Point. From Sand's Point the party
was kindly sent on by mail steamer,
by the agent, to Enterprise and then
transported to Jacksonville, the pAr-
ty lauded at Savauuah on «the 4th.
The passengers, thiity-six in num-
ber, without doubt all perished in
their state rooms.
When the steamer suddenly lurch-
ed over on her beam ends, the water
poured into he cabin, where they
were securely fastened, to die a
horrible death, without even battling
for existence. It would havj been
madness, in the survivors state, to
have attempted to rescue them, as
the cabin was a trap into which it
was certain death to venture. Hor-
rible as the thought is nothing could
be done by the officers and crew but
to save themselves.
A feeling of apprehension and un-
easiness seems to have existed a-
iriong the passengers. According
to the statemeut of the surv.vors,
for one or two days previous to tue
disaster, during the tumult of the
hurricane when it was at its fiercest,
iheir demeanor was the extreme of
fear at.d terror, and many were pain-
fully apprehensive'of their coming
late This is uno of the m >st terri-
'•le disasters that has* occurred, yu
the Atlantic coast since the lo<s of
the Eveoiug Star, though tue fury f
rhe hurricane m this instance is
never to have beeu surpassed by a.iy
-vt-r witnessed in the latitude of the
Gulf Stream. - ,
Cn t. Spei.cer was injured while
standing ou deck, just before the
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Burnett, Tom R. Honey-Grove Enterprise (Honey Grove, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 3, 1870, newspaper, December 3, 1870; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth178832/m1/1/: accessed August 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.