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A Rare Titanic Family: How the Caldwells Survived the by Julie Hedgepeth Williams

By Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Of the households that boarded the unsinkable great in 1912, just a fourth stayed jointly throughout the sinking and arrived properly in big apple. Albert and Sylvia Caldwell and their 10-month-old son, Alden, have been a kind of infrequent vast households. writer Julie Williams attracts on first-person debts from her great-Uncle Albert and huge examine to inform the attention-grabbing tale of the younger family members who have been stored through a mixture of success, pluck, Albert's outgoing nature, Sylvia's affliction, and Alden's helplessness. Their designated tale of the fast lifetime of the vast and their fortunate rescue aboard the ill-starred Lifeboat thirteen hasn't ever been absolutely advised in immense literature. a unprecedented huge kin incorporates a picture taken of them on deck an strange surviving keepsake despatched to them after the catastrophe. however the journey at the great used to be just one a part of a much bigger nightmare for the Caldwells.

Albert and Sylvia, idealistic younger Presbyterian missionaries from the yank Midwest, had got down to Bangkok, Siam, at the very day in their marriage ceremony in 1909, desirous to serve God and spot the realm. yet issues went awry. in spite of everything, they fled Bangkok in a determined trip all over the world to avoid wasting Sylvia's health and wellbeing. Fellow missionaries, besides the fact that, believed that the couple had plotted to renege on their agreement and contrive an excuse to move domestic early, at nice monetary loss to the church. The journey all over the world hence constructed right into a grim online game of cat and mouse, with the Caldwells because the prey. no longer even the lack of the tremendous ended the quest. a unprecedented sizeable kinfolk follows the true-life plot twists in a biographical account of a kinfolk that survived the significant yet may by no means break out the shadow the send forged over them.

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On the next play Jim took the handoff and followed Tony Moore through the line. Tony leveled the defensive lineman, and Jim ran over the linebacker. Two defensive backs hit him hard at the 10-yard line—but they couldn’t tackle him! He dragged the two players into the 50 A Rush to the Stadium • 9 end zone for Rockdale’s first score! The half ended with the Rockdale Rams trailing, 17–7. In the locker room, Coach Brocko had trouble getting the team’s attention. Everyone was eager to hear all the details of Jim’s kidnapping.

Aaron watched the football floating down toward him. He snatched the ball and hugged it to his chest. The referee raised his arms. The game was over. The final score was Rockdale 18, Morgantown 17. There wasn’t a person on the Rams side of the field who wasn’t screaming. In their living room, Paul and Ann were jumping up and down and cheering. Jim was still buried under a pile of players. He had no idea what had happened. When he saw Aaron riding on the 57 THE PASS Rams’ shoulders, he couldn’t believe it!

Jim figured that each one weighed about 40 pounds. He picked one up and walked over to the crack in the panel wall. Maybe this is a weak point, he thought to himself. Then Jim lifted the pallet and started to use it as a battering ram! Again and again he pounded the heavy pallet against the truck wall. Gradually, parts of the panel crumpled. Finally , he’d punched a jagged hole that was big 44 The Abduction • 8 enough to poke his head through. Jim continued to pound at the hole with the pallet.

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