From an article in The Illustrated American, October 1, 1892 entitled "The Fijis of Fire Island:"
... the Surf Hotel, destined for the accomodation of the Normannia's passengers, some wretches had attempted to burn down the night before....
The treatment the unfortunate passengers of the Normannia received from the inhabitants of Islip and Babylon has roused
the indignation of two continents. That such a tale of sufferieng, on the one
side, and of brutal selfishness on the other, should be possible toward the
close of the nineteenth century, is almost incomprehensible. It is enough to
make Americans hide their heads with shame.
Ed. Note: We will be enclosing some more illustrations from the article in the next couple of days
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