33 – “A Thousand Guineas if You’ll Take Me In”
When the steamer London, which was bound for Melbourne, with some hundred passengers on board, foundered in the Bay of Biscay, a thrilling tale was told by the few survivors, of a lady who offered a thousand guineas to be saved. The great steamship was fast settling down amidst the heavy seas, and all hope was given up except for those in the only boat that was safely launched. The lady had refused to get into the boat when she had a chance, but after it had got but a very little way from the side of the sinking steamer, seeing that she must go down with all the rest on board, with a face livid with horror, she piteously cried out “A thousand guineas if you’ll take me in”. But money – even millions – then was valueless. It was too late – she was lost, through rejecting the offer.