Death Stares Us In

Found 22 March 1892, Dog Island, near Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Picked up by fishing boat captain Samuel Chance, in a moss-grown, long-necked and tightly-corked bottle, hastily scrawled on a piece of wrapping paper, with $15 in paper money:

The finder, whosoever it may be, will use this money as his own. We are sinking. Death stares us in —

“Here the note breaks off, and there is no signature, neither is the name of the vessel given,” reported the New York Times. The bottle appeared to have been in the water for a “very long time”.

[New York Times, 24 March 1892]

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