Quincy High School - Goldenrod Yearbook (Quincy, MA)

 - Class of 1924

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THE GOLDEN -ROD 13 around her in amazement. People were pouring out of the shops and fleeing in all directions. Cries and shouts of 'fEarth- qual-ielw filled the air. Clutches which she made to hold onto posts, the window ledges, or walls were in vain, for the very buildings were rocking and cracking. Sui San was speechless with fright. Her small, dark eyes were opened wide, her face was colorless. She felt as if she were in a very small boat on a rough and choppy sea. 'fVVakasa, Wa-" but she said no more, for she was pushed into a waiting bus by a hurrying ofhcial and was rushed through streets where houses were falling, walls were tumbling, and worst of all, where fiames were eating their way from one house to another. Fire gongs pealed. while engines rushed by, shrieking their awful message. Poor Sui San covered her eyes and tried to think. What was hap- Dening? VVhere was Xllakasa? XYas he hurt? But there was little time to think, for they were being driven at a terrific speed across the city, away from the fiames and over rough and cracked ground. After several hours of such rid- ing, she and her companions were hurried out of the bus and into various halls and houses in a town called Karuizawa, among the hills. To Sui San came the realiza- tion that, as she was unhurt, she might do something to help, so she ran to a woman who seemed to be in charge. Her services were gladly accepted, and for hours fol- lowing little Sui San was busy cheering the homeless, hushing crying babies, ban- daging the wounded, and running about on errands of mercy which she gladly performed. Vvhen at last she did have a minute's rest, she incoherently put into expression the thoughts which had been foremost in her mind for the past forty- eight hours. VVhere was Xllakasa? Should she ever see him again? And to VVakasa came the realization that Sui San was lost only after he had been rushed aboard the 'flimpress of japan," which was now anchored in Yo- kohama Bay. The official to whom he had been talking when the earthquake had come had taken him by the arm, hurried him into his own private car, gone toward the docks and, in spite of VVakasa,s pro- test and cries of opposition, had pushed him aboard the ship. Now. as he watched the lurid sky with the large moon, which stood out against the red so plainly. and saw the puffs of smoke from the city, he was nearly frantic with anxiety for the safety of Sui San. For him there seemed to be no hope of ever seeing her again, his bride of only an hour! With the iiames which were sweeping the city, leaving de- struction and death in their wake, there was no possible chance of searching for her. Sampa-ns were plying back and forth, loading the ship with all the refugees which she could hold. For the following two days, Hiakasa went back and forth in one of these sampans, assisting wherever he could, and each time wandering as far inland -as he dared. in the hope of finding someone who knew of Sui San. During these two days the sun was blood-red when it rose and lemon color when it set. llessages came to him that Tokyo and Yokohama were dead cities. He had only to look to see the devastation wrought in the latter. And then, the "Empress of Japann pulled up her anchor and sped across the great Pacific to America. Un the morning of a week later, she docked at San Francisco. and emptied herself of the great load of homeless refugees from the stricken country. llany of these found friends in "Little Japan," and others were cared for in hospitals and homes. For lYakasa, there seemed only one way to pursue. Consequently he journeyed alone across the vast country which he and Sui San had planned to visit together. He established himself in the eastern univer- sitv to which he had planned to come and occupied himself with his studies. All his time outside of school was spent in trac- ing. in any feeble way he could. his wife. .-Xfter months of helping in Karuizawa. Sui San had decided to return to Aoyama, if possible, and find whether her home and any of her friends remained. She soon journeyed over devastated areas, back to the city of Yokohama. which already was in the slow process of rebuilding, thence to Tokyo, and at last to Aoyama. She found by some miracle her own portion of the citv safe and her own little home unharmed. To her friends she told the sad story of her loss, and was gratefully welcomed home again. Sad, Zad days

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