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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 23, 1912, Image 2

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Pittma .h.egan bis story with
the trials of the Titanic at Bel
fast, aijd tjiet; went on through
th? -whple voyage "Up tothe'time
oi the accjdent. ,
- "The collision woke me up,"
he said. "Ijf sounded as if we
wet-p coniigvto anchor-
"I rushed on deck'. I saw noth
ing, ah'd I went back to )ny bunk,
belijsving1 I had been dreamipg.
"Boxhall. came to Jmy rfcom ja
few minutes later. He tqld ne
We had siruck aa iceberg. I got
out on fleck, atid found boats be
ing" lowered. Moody told mehe
had spen ice bn a forward lper
'deck. I went down, and saw a
Btfli, " '
"Then I saw firemen coming up
with their bags, '
"taw a Woman eta wling pain
fully over a hatch, and I went out
to help in loading the boats.
1 "I helpeVta lower boat No. 5,
whVh was the one assigned to
jneu before we sailed A man in
' a dressing gown said 'You had
better get w6men and "children
over hereto load -fne boat I
found out laterTte was Mr. Ismay.
, "I shouted 'Are there any more
women V There did not seem to
be, so I let in some men. I jump-j
'ed out of, the boat agam.vl
thought I would be more use on
deck.
"There were 40 in my bot. in
eluding six men. There would
have "been no men, had there beeh
t any women to go.
"First nicer Murdock told me
to go in chaiMfe bfthe boat He
shook h1ibllllmifr,v meV saying, I
Goodbye did man, gQ0.dly:.k "
The witness stopped. His face
paleri under the bronze of the sea.
TJhen he addeoJ in a lower voice ?i
"I never saw him again.
"I thought the Titanic had fill
ed only two or three compart
ments andthat she woulaTflot?'
"Did any person 'try to getan-
lio your 4ioat af tel- it struck the
water? ' Senator btmth asked.
ftNp, sir; none trie dto get in
or ouf of it, All behaved admir
ably. None of the Xvomenwere
permitted to raw, although Nsohe
xjfdiem wanted to in order- to
keep warm.
"It wasn't zero weather it
was about 35 or 40 degree's.-Bjit
it was chilly.
We drew awayyfrom the ship,
and Lheard four reports. They
sounded like big guns in the djs
tance. J think-it probably was the
,bulkheads bursting.
I uoa t think the boilers ex
ploded. From where I wasI
could not .see any people on the
afterdee.k as she' wen down. Ev
eryone I saw on the ship had la
lifebelt, except a few stray mem
bers of the crew. "
"There were no xplosions unl
th whole of the ship'-was sub
merged." -
"'When ypu shook hands wiiK
Murdock) did you fever expect to
see him again?" asked Smith. v
"certainly did."
"Do you thinkhe expected to
see you again?" - -
"Apparently not. I th&Ught we
would come back to the ship in-a
short time. I had no idea she was
going down." ' .
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