The steamship “Central America,” while on a voyage from New York to San Francisco, sprang a leak and was going down. She therefore hoisted a distress signal. A vessel came in answer. Its captain asked through a trumpet, “What is wrong?”
“We are going down; stay by until morning,” was the answer.
The captain on board the rescue ship said, “Let me take your passengers on board now.”
“Stay by until morning,” was the message again.
Once more the captain cried, “You had better let me take your passengers on board now.”
“Stay by until morning,” the reply came back. An hour and a half later the “Central America” and all on board went down.
By Stanley Combridge, Present Truth, Vol. 26, No. 23.