The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Intelligencer (Belleville, ON), Aug. 13,1917

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Solemn Services at St. Thomas' Church in Memory of Those whose lives Went Out in the Storm "Suffer Little Children"

Sunset and evening star,
and one clear call for me,
and may there be no moaning of the bar,
when I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
too full for sound and foam,
when that which drew from out the boundless deep,
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark,
And may there be no sadness of farewell.
When I embark.
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face,
When I have crost the bar.

The memorial service held last evening is St. Thomas Church for the Belleville residents who were called by death in the sinking of the schooner George A. Marsh was solemn and impressive. The service was conducted by the rector, Ven. Archdeacon Beamish, assisted by Rev. Mr. Jones, clerical secretary of the Ontario Synod, while the musical service conducted by Prof. Wheatley and the choir was very appropriate.

The victims of the sad lake tragedy were nearly all members and communicants of St. Thomas church and the rector feels very keenly and sorrow which had descended so suddenly upon the relatives, the church and community generally.

Those whose lives were so quickly taken in the wreck of the Marsh were:
Cap. John W. Smith aged 48 years
His wife aged 22 years
Their children Greta aged 12, Eva aged 8, John aged 6, Clarence aged 4, Lorraine aged one year.
Mrs. Neil MacClellan aged 25
Her son, Douglas aged seven months.
Her nephew George Greaves of Toronto aged 4 years.
Mate William J. Watkins aged 66.
George Cousins aged 59

Those who survived were Neil MacClellan*, whose wife perished in the gale; and William Smith brother of Capt. Smith.

The thoughts of the congregations as they took part in the solemn memorial service turned with sadness to the main picture of that early morning scene on the mist-enshrouded storm-swept waters of Lake Ontario when the Belleville schooner, buffeted by the waves, was vanquished by the Elements and carried men, women and little children to a watery grave.

The thought of the little group clinging to the storm swept deck in the cold and misty morning, facing inevitable death, must have turned longingly to the safety and comfort of their homes in Belleville, such a short distance away, and the manner of their death was such as to arouse the deepest sympathy of all.

The beautiful service of the Anglican church was never more solemnly carried out or more impressive, and the music was particularly appropriate, the hymns being as follows:
783 What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
735 Perfect Jewels
592 ON the Resurrection Morning.
18 Abide With Me

The address of Ven. Archdeacon Beamish was full of feeling expressing respect of the dead and the greatest sympathy for the bereaved relatives. The consolation of God's promises was held out to the bereaved in the certainty of the better life beyond and the resurrection. The great heart of the Man Of Sorrows which held sympathy for all suffering and sorrow, was pictured by the speaker wich especial reference to the Savior's love for children. "Jesus Wept" at the tomb of Lazarus, in the Garden of Gethsemane and shed bitter tears over the impending fate of Jerusalem. A tender, loving Savior who doeth all things well and to whom the souls of those who perished in the storm can safely be entrusted.

The rector's address was most fitting and he urged all to so pattern their lives that whether the summons comes quickly or slowly no apprehension need be felt of a glorious awakening in the Better land.

The drowning of the seven little children in the wreck of the Marsh was perhaps its saddest feature, making particularly appropriate the selection of the hymn "Perfect Jewels" which was sung with deep sympathy and tender feeling by the congregation inspired by the sad circumstances.

Little children, little children,
Who live their Redeemer,
Are the jewels precious jewels,
His love and His own,
Like the stars of the morning.
His bright crown adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright stars for His crown.

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*Note the different spelling of the name. McLellan' MacCLellan
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Aug. 13,1917
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Richard Palmer
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Daily Intelligencer (Belleville, ON), Aug. 13,1917