"The Life Saving Station was a popular institution at the World's Fair. At a certain hour every afternoon the crowd assembled on the lakeshore and gazed out over the water, out of which, at a considerable distance, rose a mast, theoretically, that of a vessel submerged beneath. To the mast clung one or more supposably shipwrecked people awaiting help from land. The help soon came. From the Life Saving Station dashed down the rescuers. A mortar was fired seaward, to the projectile of which lines were attached, and these lines fell so that they could be seized by those on the mast and fastened, and then the breeches buoy "" was drawn out"