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SMITH PILES TITANIC '
Washington, May 28. Sena
tor Smith, of Michigan, chairman
of the Senate investigating com
mittee on the Titanic disaster, to
dayfiled his formal .report.
The most startling charge in
that report is that every Soul
aboard the'liner might have been
saved but for the indifference,. in
attention and almost criminal
ntgleGt of Captain Stanley Lord
and the other officers of the Cal
Five hundred lives lost ate
charged up as a needless sacri
fice to the lack of discipline, which
allowed the lifeboats to leave the
liner only partly filled.
-The shipping laws of the Brit
ish Board of Trade are called ob
solete and antiquated, the regula
tions of the Board lax, and its
Captain Smith is blamed for
ignoring ice warnings and forc
ing the Titanic through the
Northern waters at a speed of
24 miles, but the report says
that Smith expiated his fault by
a heroic death.
Phillips and Bride, the ttwo
wireless operators of the Titanic,
are praised for their heroism.
Theiack of discipline among the
crewand the cowardice .that was
shown by some of its members
are bitterly arraigned.
There is no blame for L" Bruce
Ismay the managing director of
the White Star line, who escaped
with the women. But the line is
blamed for withholding the news
Those ih the half-filled life
boats who stood py, just waiting
for the cries to stop, are con
Legislation requiring liners to
carry more lifeboats, to have
trained, disciplined' crews and to
keep them Under regular drills, is
SAYS THE NATION NEEDS'
Washington, May 28 When
the investigating committee re
port on the Titanic disaster had
been filed today, Senator Rayner
of Maryland, one of. the most
forceful speakers in the country,
arose and called the nation to an
swer for that disaster.
"The sooner we awaken to a
realizing sense of our resoohsibil-
ity the better it will be for the ele
vation of the country. We are
running mad with the lust of
wealth and of power and ambi
tion," he said.
''May the heartrending scenes
upon that night of anguish and!
woe on which the Titanic sank
give us faith and lead us hack to
the altars of our father's.
"What this nation needs are se
vere lesions that will strengthen
the pillars and the altars of its
faith, "We are today -defying the or
dinances of God. We are separat
ing society into castes, with fabu- '
lous fortunes' upon "the one side :
and destitution and poverty on :
"It takes a terrible warning1 to
bring us back to our senses. If