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ships, then as passenger ships, then
as hospital ships."
HOY DEMANDS MOTHER AND
SISTER BE AVENGED
Washington, Feb. 28. The dra
matic plea of Austin Y. Hoy, son of
Mrs. Mary Hoy and brother of Miss
Elizabeth Hoy, who were killed in
unwarned torpedoing of the great
Cunarder Laconia, demanding that
the United States avenge the death
of his loved ones was received today
by cable by President Wilson.
Speaking as "an. outraged Amer
ican," Hoy demands that the United
States "preserve its citizens' self
respect." The cablegram sent from London
"I am an American citizen, repre
senting the Sullivan Machinery Co.
of Chicago, living abroad not as an
expatriate, but for the promotion of
"I love the flag, believing in its sig
nificance. "My loved mother and sister, pas
sengers on the Laconia, have been
foully murdered on the high seas.
"As an American citizen outraged
and as such, fully within my rights
as an American son and brother,
bereaved, I call upon my government
to preserve its citizens' self-respect
and save others of my countrymen
from such deep grief as I now feel.
"I am of military age, able to fight
"If my country can use me against
these brutal assassins, I am at its
"If it stultifies my manhood and
my nation by remaining passive un
der outrage, I shall seek a man's
chance under another flag."
PERHAPS AN AMERICAN AMONG
MISSING OF CREW
London, Feb. 28. With two Amer
icans known dead, American embas
sy was directing energies toward ob
taining definite information whether
six other Americans listed in Laco
nia's crew were among mtesing.
Thos. Coffey, Baltimore, negro trim
mer, has not been accounted for.
Four of crew missing, according to
the Cunard Co.'s list and eight ac
cording to unofficial check.
Number of the Laconia survivors
reached here today on special train,
but had nothing new to add to sur
vivors' stories told in Queenstown
London. England expects Amer
to act Editonal comment in all
newspapers reflected attitude of gen
eral public today that Laconia can
not be construed otherwise than an
TELLS HOW AMERICANS LOST
LIVES IN LIFEBOAT
Washington, Feb. 28. How Laco
nia lifeboat Number Eight in which
Mrs. and Miss Hoy died of exposure
at sea was "raked and flung against
the Cunarder's port side by a. moun
tainous swell" was briefly but dra
matically told today in two more
state department dispatches from
Conswl Frost at Queenstown, and
Ambassador Page at London.
The dispatch from Consul Frost
"Have separate affidavits, Floyd
Gibbons, Arthur Kirby, Father Jos.
Waring, Mrs. Colonel Harris and
Robert Gillis, and joint affidavits of
15 American negroes, joint affidavits
of six senior officers and joint affi
davit of crew survivors boat No. 8,
and sworn memorandum from Third
Officer Coppin, who conversed with
the submarine commander.
"Gillis was night watchman from
Scotland, naturalized in New, York,
Dec. 8, 1906.
"Deaths of Hoy ladies and Negro
Coffey, covered by affidavits, shows
boat No. 8 was racked and flung by
lowering against port side and filled
with water at once, but floated away
by its tanks; became separated from
other boats and was picked up by
the second patrol, the 26th, at 7 a.
m. Eight of its 22 occupants suc
cumbed during the night