The lights went out, the heat went off, the U. S. liner President Harding floundered in the Atlantic Ocean like a toothpick in an inky brook. Passengers groped about their staterooms in search of fur coats; the cooks burned hatch covers and dunnage in their stoves. The President Harding was completely out of oil. No land was in sight. Captain Theodore van Beek assured everyone that Halifax (Nova Scotia) was only 19 miles away, that he had dropped anchor, that tugs were bringing oil. . . . The President Harding finally reached...

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