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into the sea at -his post on the
He swore he did not see the
passengers and crew who were
left behind preparing for the finat
Captain Rostron, in blunt, sea-"
going Jerms, told of turning his
vessel at the first wireless distress
signal from the Titanic
"I swung out all lifeboats," he
said'. "I broke out all spare gear.
I ordered up the doctors. I moved
the Carpathia's passengers all to
gether to make roont for the sur
vivors, and had tKe Steward and
purser arrange for taking care of
those picked up. I ordered all
work suspended on the Carpathia.
"Maybe I'll he criticized for
running my ship so fast through
those fee fields to get to the Ti
tanjc," he Said. "But I believe
I was justified."
"Myself and the committee be
lieve you desere only the high
est praise," said Senator Smith.
Captain Rostron said thr.ee of
the boats of the Titanic were,
rowed by women. One boat had
only a single officer and a single
Rostron said Captain Smith, of
the Titanic,"Cwas following the
safest cqurseior the season of the
year, and was not attempting a
As Ismay finished his explana
tion of how he left the sinking
Titanic, Senator Smith put the.
question to him, flatly,, brutally:
"Were all the women and chil
The eyes of the millionaire
fiSncr qf the"wrecked ship fell
He flushed, and replied fnlow
"f'ra afraid not." " '
. "What proportion were saed?"
asked Senator Smith. ,
"I don't laiow," said Ismay. . .
Ismay, as managing director of
the Mercantile Marine Company,
owners of the Titanic, was the
first witness before the investiga
tion committee today.
Ismay arrived on tinc He was
very dapper, -and neatly dressed
in a black frock coat with white
piping on the vest.
He twirled the ends of his little
military mustache nervously as
he was questioned by Smith.
Sometimes he turned, a bewil
dered look upon Vice President
Franklin, of the Whijte Star, ate
if he desired-help.
And he displayed, a most re
markable bad .memory.
- Ismay first told his age, which
he remembered and his occupa
tion, and then he expressed his
Y Then he reviewed the entire
history of the Titanic, and told
how it was built. And after that,
he began to tell the real story;
and, coincidentally, his memory
began to fail him.
"I was asleep in my stateroom
when the accident happened.
"I understand it has been stat
ed that the ship was going at full
speed when she crashedSnto' the
berg. She never went at full
Smith then asked Ismay to de
scribe what happened after the
"I lay in my bed," Ismay. Said,