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HI.A UKS COLLI KK STOKSTAD
FOR IHSVSTKK TO KMl'HKSS
CapHain of Lost Ship Tells Hi*
Slory?Struck l>j Stem While
Riniouski, Que., 'May 30.?While
final abulations of casualties in the
sinki :g of the steamer Empress of
Ireland were being made today showins
t'.:at 403 of her passengers and
crew had been rescued and IMtJ had
perished, ('apt. Henry George Kendall
cf the liner was telling his story of
the disaster at an inquiry conducted
by Coroner Pinault here.
Capt. Kendall in substance declared
h - had taken all possible, precautions
against a collision. His ship had been
stopped and he gave the requisite signal
when ' lie Danish c:llier S >rstad,
which sank the Empress, was two
mile< away, but the collier had kept
on through the fog that settled down
soon after h w vessels sighted
each other and had rammed the Empress
while the latter vessel was mot:
Then trie End.
T !( , despite 1 is plea to the muster
of the-colli r ha he run his engines
nil speed ahead to keep the
hole in the liner's sde plugged with
the St rstad's b:*w. said Capt. Kencall.
the Danish vessel backd away
the water rush d in and he Empress
Cap'. Kendall rook up his story o:
the disaster from t.:e p int at whic-li
the Empress oi' Ireland bound from
Quebec for Liverpool had, dropped
her pilot Thursday night at Fa iiei
"We then proceeded full spe'd,''
c.; tinned Cape. Kendall. "Af er passing
R ck F3o:i;t gas buoy i sighted
the steamer Storstail. i: then being
"The S:orsiad was ai>-ut one point
12 degrees, 0:1 my s arboard bow. ]
saw a slight fog bank coming gradually
from the land and knew il
would pass between the S orstad ant."
myself. Tae Storstad was ab:ut twc
miles away. Then t>.e fog came and
the S'^rs ad's lights disappeared. I
stopped my ship.
"At ihe same time 1 blew three
short blasts on the steamer's whistle,
meaning 'I am g> ing full speed astern.'
The S orstad answered.
. Answered it Again.
"I then blew two long blasts,
meaning 'My ship was under way bu'
tsopped and has no way upon her."
He answered me again.
"It was still foggy. About two
minutes afterward I saw r- d ' and
green lights. He would :he:i be
about one ship's leng a away from
me. I shouted to him through ihe
megaphone to go full speed astern.
At the same time I had my engine
full speed ahead with my helm hard
apor with the object o'. avoiding, i:
r?os?ible. he shock. Almost at the
same time she came nght in and cut
me down in a line between the funnels.
"I shouted to the St:rs ad to keep
full speed aiiead to fill the hole he
"had made. He backed away. The
-hip bega 1 t* fill and listed over rapidly.
When he struck me I had
stopped my engines. 1 then rang full
speed ahead again, wi h the object
of running her on s: ore. Almost immediately
the engines stopped, the
ship filling and going o?er all riie time.
Ordered Out Boats.
"I had in the meantime, given or
ders to ge: the lifeboats Iauncaed. I
told the chief officer to tell the wireless
perator to send out distress signals.
He t:?!d me this had been done.
I said: "Ge the boats o t as quick
as possible.' That was the last I saw
of the office". In about t.:re? to five
minutes aft^r that the ship ;urned
over and foundered. I was shot into
the sea myself anu taken down with
the suctio ". The nex thing i rcmem
D r was - .1 ,n u ?u; . .
Seme men pulled me into a Iceboat,
which already h i'.! about 30 people
"We pll!1 v'l :* air! v! -: :::>
20 or 2" more and put about 10
around tin- side in tijo wa or w: h
. rones around th^ir wrists, hanging
on. \Ye*t>n puiU-d to the Storstji-i.
I got all the people on board ; ae
Storstad a d then left her with six
of the crew and went DacK. \\ new
we get there everybody had gone."
"What caused the collision?'' asked
Hammed the Empress.
"The Storstad running into the Empress,
which was stopped." answered
Capt. Kendall, when he shouted to
the S orstad's captain to stand fast,
he received no answer. It was impossible
for him not to have heard, he
"I shouted five times; I also shouted:
'Keep ahead,'*' said Capt. Kendall,
"and if he did not hear me ne snouia
have done it -anyway, as a seamaa
should have krr >wn thar."
"It was quite still."
"How manv boars u.Tf then; on tl.tr !
, "Between o?> or 40. There were ;
boats for everybody. She had boa s ;
lor i'jmmi people."
"There was no panic among the |
passengers or crew. Abou four boats 1
were launched. As the ship sank
i th'se boats floated away. The people ;
who were saved were saved by the i
K'nnress" boats and the wreckage.
Storstad Picked l"j? Few.
"The Stors ad with three or four
; boars pulled around unci took people!
off the wreckage. He did net get!
I many. 1 passed a couple of his boats ,
1! and he only had1 tiiee people in !
James Rankin a passenger from !
Vancouver, 15. C\, a marine engineer, i
"I was armsed by he noise and j
rant out. There was a bis Ktch to I
the decs:. I can not tell .1. .. .he ac- :
. . I
eulont occurred. I neard ho wnistie ;
blow when 1 reached the deck. Five
: minutes after the collision a h-avy (
I fog lifted. Four or live boats got
j away and saved many pe pie.
'"I think that if the collier had kept j
, ; her bow in the h.-le she made i;i the
Ireland's side she would have been
. able to make the shore and probably
have saved eve'v one. The officers 011
; ! the Empress did everything they j
could. The engineers remained below
until 'they could get no more steam
and the lights went cut."
; Cine'.' Engineer Sampson was too ill j
' | to appear. His testimony was taken |
; at his bedside. j
Stuck to ti?e Last.
"I was in the engine room un'il th?
I lights went out and there was 110 more
steam," he said. "I had great diffi'
culiy in reaching the deck lowing ;o
: the g:eat list 01* the ship. Xo sooner;
: had 1 got on deck tha.i the boas of!
! ~ :
. the port side, which had broken j
- loose, swept down on op of lis and
"When i came to the surface I
. fcund mvself under a lifeboat and 1
I en'angled. I finally was pulled into:
>i one of the boats. Immediately before
I 1 v.e collision we went full speed astern
and then stopped. Then I get the j
; order, 'Full speed ahead,' but had j
1 i only started the engines when th?
. crash came. We then kept her full
! speed ahead to try to reach the shcre,
; as long as we had steam.
! ''We could keep the engines going j
1 only for a few minutes. There was j
| r-.o explosi n. I know no reason why j
the CJl-ier did not keep much closer ;
| than she did. If she had many lives I
would have been saved. 1 am also of |
the opinion that had she stuck to us [
we should have reached the shore." i
The Rescue Work.
'William James, wireless operator at;
Father Point, told c:* forwarding news
| that the Empress had been- in col- '
! lision with another ship to the Lady
| Evelyn and Eureka. Capt. Belanger !
o: the Eureka told of gathering what;
uuuit*s ue uia iiiiu.
The jury adjourned the inquest for 1
; one week. In the meantime Ccroner i
| Pinault will consult with the district;
j attorney to de ermine what may be i
done toward obtaining the evidence:
of the captain and crew of the Stor- j
sad, which a'rived at Quebec today,'
: and proceded to Montreal to land her
I During the day the coroner gave an
| order for the removal of all the h diesj
, brought ashore. Rela ives who had ,
j identified b:dies were allowed to re-j
i move them and others' were taken to j
PLANT STARTS IT
1'arr Shoals (Jerieratiiier Station is
Opened?Celebration is Held.
j The S ate, 31st.
Br:ad river lias been harnessed and j
ultimately 2-~>,000 horse power will be :
developed to aid in the industrial dc-i
j .e'opment of Columbia and central,
: Sonth Carolina. The feast of putting
he pow'T of he river to the u> of
: ',:)< <> industry was com pic! o i y >' :
r'i:, . v, -I : plan: at Parr >.. ! .
wTv !i *.. . v."'n .? t: ? ' n. t'lirc - i
i> r 'inry. was g.i'-j:
' Misses Kildi" Mae Parr and Frances :
;ioV . :> . A lar'A-.' n^mbi r O. I'oi
-:".inl:ans were he aues s i" E.hvin
Wales Robertson a: the formal open - j
! ins: df the plant. The party of several }
! hundred perscuis traveled to Parr sta- i
j tion by special train over the South- i
ern railway and returned last night
after a pleasant day.
An interesing programme was carried
out by the managemen of the!
j power station. Tne party left Colum- i
j bia at 9 o'clock yesterday morning;
and arrived a: 'he station shortlv
j after 10 o'clock. At 11 o'clock there
! was an open meeting when addresses !
were made. Henriy W. Fair delivered ;
the principal address, in which he :
stressed the importance of the development
to the industrial future cf
Sou'h Carolina. A; 11:30 o'clock the
guests assembled in the power house
| for the official inauguration of the |
baseball gani^ when tin* Boy Scouts
defeated 'Ue.Mas cr school by a
score i f Ij to I.
At 2. o'clock yesterday afterno n the
visitors attended a b; jecu which
\<-o^ dii'ii i )n- r!ii. . fticvilc il' tlio /-Mm
panv. .1. T. Meridian. construction
superintenden , ac <>d as toastmaster
and introduced the various speakers.
He told in a modest way of the completion
of a big j 1). Short address, s
were made by May r Griffith. Henry
Pa.-sns and He^ry U Parr. Music
during the day was furnished by the
Tne visitors yes:erday inspec:ed the
plant and the big d:i 111 was greatly
auimreu. IL i:-> iuhmuciuu a nuuutiful
T.ie 'jffioers of the- Parr Shoals
Power company are: Edwin W. Robertson,
pr sident : Henry Parsons, vice
president: G. M. Berry, assistant
tro.isu:er: R. C ar! o : Wri^h . .socreary:
Alfred Wallace. c.vher.\l manager:
W. M. Shannon. chiof engineer;
Klliot & Herbert, counsel. The engineers
are the .1. G. White Engineering
corporati n. Geo. G. Shedd, resi
dent engineer, and J. T. McClellan,
Work on the plant was begun durinf
June of 1912 and was completed
May 30, 1914. The firs: water weat
ever the crest oi' the dam May 10.
The ultimate capacity is 2."),000 horsepower.
The total length of the dam,
including power h .use. is 2.740 feet.
The spillway section is 2.000 beet
long. The p wer bouse is 300 by r?l
feet. The current genera ed is -.300
volts. The transmission line to C
lumbia is 27 mil.-s long and it is statec
th(;t power will lie brought to Columbia
f r distribution a an early da c.
The distributing station on l:-wer
Gervais street is j> actlcally complete.
Following are some statistics which
show the size d." the plan . Average
heigh of dan), jS foot: av rage depili
of excava ion for foundation, three
feet, width of dam at base, 43 feet;
six flo:d gates, each seven feet by
nine fee , discharging 2,300 cubic feet
cf water per second; the power house
is .">1 by 300 feet, con.ains 2.1,000 cu
hie yards cf concrete and ^14 tons of
The first survey to determine the
practicability of developing Parr
Shoals was begun in 189G by the Lockwood
G:een Engineering company.
The survey was made Tor Hnry L.
Pnrr TIip enrvov fnr i li p nrf?s'>nf
work were begun in September, 1903.
Shor:ly after the report cif the engineers
the property was purchased by
The power he use at Parr Shoals is
equipped to develop five units and
provision has been made to use eventually
eig.it units. Each unit is a
complete power plant, having an 86inch
iurbine capable :;f developing 3,6c<)
The plant at Parr Sh:als is one of
the largest in South Carolina. The
company has extended several million
dollars and more than 1,000 men have
been employed during the past two
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Xew York, May 29.?Charles Becker
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the week b ginning .July G l:or the
murder of Herman Rosenthal.
When he received sentence Becker
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friends in the court ro -m and smiled.
Prior to the sen eyeing Martin P.
)\!anton, Becker's lawyer, cited ten
reasons whp death should not be pronounced.
iio said mat an appeal wuiuu uc
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