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The Saturday JfeWs
haB a larger paid cir
culation than all the
other weekly papers ta
Uie city combined
^flvOL. 10 NO 40.
-Captain of Steamer CaBfornian
Totally Ignored Distress Signals
of the Sinking Titanic.
Califoniian Only a few Miles
from the Sinking Ship But
A&aid to Move.
Washington, April 2fl.—A sworn
^statement that the captain of the iiner
Callforniaa refused to go to the aid
of the Titanic, although only a few
miles" away/was filed by Ernest 0111,
donkey engineman on the Californian,
with the senate committee Investigat
ing the Titanic disaster.
Gill said that the distress rockets
were plainly visible from the deck of
the Californian and must have been
visible to bothithe bridge and the
out. He tried to organize a commit
tee of the crew to go to the captain
and protest against his course, but he
said, they were "afraid they would.lose
their Jobs."
Gill's affidavit was listened to with
the deepest interest by the commlt
itee. Gill was present and was placed
Jon the witness stand immediately af
5 ter Senator Smith, the chairman, had
finished reading the affidavit.
"I saw the ship, wfcich I took to be
the Titanic," said GK11, after being
sworn, some time before midnight."
Conflicting Stories of Seamen.
Out of the mass of testimony taken
from members of the crew of the ill
fated steamship Titanic by individual
members of the senate committee who
worked nearly all night came several
conflicting statements as to t&e judg
ment of the officers and 'sailors on the
gravity of the vessel's condition ofter
colliding with the iceberg Sunday
night, April 14.
The declaration that he was warned
fifteen minutes after the crash that he
did not have half an hour to live, and
to keep the Information quiet, and that
"this warning- came indirectly from
Manager Andrews of the firm of Hart
& Wolff, builders of the Titanic, Who
went down with the ship, was made
by Samuel S. Hemming, a seaman.
Hemming declared he had been awak
..: ened by the slight shock of the col
lision and again had gone back to
bed, but was soon alarmed by one of
the. ship's joiners, who rushed in* and
ordered him to turn out.
Boatswain's Grim Messaged,
Then the boatswain came and'said
-1 You fellows have not half an hour
to live." Hemming said he was told
this information came from* Mr. An
drews. Other witnesses from.-among
.-5s the crew declared they did not get
', .. ''"such a warning, and that many of
^vthem were "skylarking and joking"
.v- ''Rafter the accident.
tf Several sailors told of seeing J.
Bruce Ismay, managing director of
the International Mercantile Marine,
sup Rafter the accident, and of his escape
from the ship. One of them said Is
t'! may aided women and children into
III the boats.
George Rowe, a quartermaster in
charge of the lifeboat in which Mr.
fllP Ismay left the Titanic said Mr. Ismay
fordid not get into the ooat Until women
$$$ and children had ..failed, to respond to.
a call.
.j ysS
Ismay, he declared, "was not ordered
'VSa&.i into the boat but stepped in just be
fore it was lowered. Ismay, be said,
-issued no orders in the lifeboat, leav
ing him (Rowe) in absolute charge.
Clear Lake Woman
Granted .Dhroitf
Judge Seward granted Mrs. Ed. Ar
tus an absolute i(lyorce at Watertown
last. Wednesday, on the ground of de
sertion, and the judge also gave the
mother the custody of the-child. fid
Arttts left his family here some two
or more years ago and went ttfest,
since whieh tlme he has n«t contribut
ed to their ,supporfc and Mrs. Artua
rtiought it #ae ti^ie sike severed all
relatlons flrith iilm.—Lake Cour-
Candidate Curtis
Talks to Citiezns
Ira B. Curtfes, of Aberdeen, who is
a candidate tor congress from this
district with. Chas Buifee and W. S.
Glass as opposing candidates spoke
in the band stand in the court house
square to a good sized crowd Wednea-*
flay evening
Mr. Curtiss was a member of the
state senate from Brown county two
years ago and succeeded tar passing a
bill through (the legislature which cut
oft a nice little piece of "pie" from the
newspapers of the state and conse
quently he has been the "target: for the
press of the state to flboot at. When
ever a South Dakota editor felt a little
bad or had a Bour stomach he would
immediately grab 'his pencil and pro
ceed to perforate Curtiss' hide full of
Mr Curtiss Is an active and ,vigor
ous man and a scrapper 'from the end
of his toes up and there is no question
but he did soma very good and effect
ive work to 'the legislature. In_ fact
he was mainly instrumental in placing
on our statute boots a number of
good laws.
Notwithstanding the fact that he did
not work in the lnteress.of'the news
papers of the state, we believe that he
is honest and .sincere in ihls convic
tions and any man who has the nerve
to come out in tihe open and 'fight as he
does certainly deseryes some recogni
tion at the hands of the ejectors
this congressional .distrioti &
Wakefield Candidate
for County Surveyor
W. W. Wakefield, deputy state sur
v«s5pr, who is a resident of ^atertown,
tm» formally announced his candidacy
l'or the office of county surveyor for
Codington county on the republican
ticket and will be a candidate for the
nomtoatSon at the. June primaries
Mr. Wakefield canie to this county
about a year ago from Sioux City.
Iowa, where he was actively engaged
in his profession for ten years. He is
a young man of pleasing address, and
there is no question regarding his
ability as a surveyor and civil engin
eer. He is at present acting in the
capacity of deputy state surveyor.
If nominated and elected there is
ao" question 6it that he'wiU make'the firleiids and admirers in this city
to see that he is coming to the front.
Young Bond will make a mark in the
best county surveyor Codington county
has "ever had. He is careful and
painstaking with his work and when
his work is finished it will not be nec
essary for a person to have the work
done over several times in order to
feel that it eicorrect.
Don Slawson issSvij
V- Married at Huron
Pon SlawBon, son of Mr. and Mrf.
L.. R. Slawson, of this city, was united
in marriage to Miss Cora Vrenegor,
also ,Watertown, at Huron on.Tuee
r? iS
Both'of'tne'"young people'are" well
and favorably known In this city
where they have hosts of friends.
They will make their home for the
present at Huron, where Mr. Slawson
has a position as musician in the or
chestra of a motjM plcture.iiea.tre in
that city
Otto Spies, of Minneapolis, an ex
pert accountant, has been engaged by
the city of Watertown to go over the
books of the city and get everything
in shape for Btartlng off the new com
mission plan of city government in the
.proper shape. ThisIs certainly a wise
move on the part of the new city com
missioners as a great deal depends on
starting everything right from the
Taft and Roosevelt Divide Dele
gation Equally in the Old
Say State.
While Colonel Roosevelt Gets Half
the Delegates Bat Preferen
tial Vote is for Taft.
Boston, Mans., May 1.—The outoon^b
of the presidential primary here yes
terday as between Taft and Roosevelt
Was practically an even break. The
very latest returns available this af
ternoon indicate that each won eight
een of the st&te's thirty-six delegates.
The returns from 1,040 of the 1,080
election distfiotB in the state give Taft
84,948 votes. Roosevelt 79,564 and La
Follette 1,960. The preferential lead
for Taft is 5,-384.
s® Ira
Michaels Out for
iCo. Commissioner
J. R. Michaels, of German town townv
ship, one of the solid farmers in that'
part of the county &ae shied MB hat
into the ring as a republican condi
qate for county commissioner from
that district. Mr. Michaels is a good
sound, level headed man and if nomi
nated and elected will make a splen
did county commissioner and the tax'
payers of that district can cast aspured
that their interests will he well safe
guarded by him. 1®^.
First Honors Go
to Ralph Bond
Ralph Bond, one of the senlor clafis
of the Watertown high school, carried
off first honors at the state oratorical
contest which was held at Brookings
last week. Mr. Bond is a poor young
man who is making his own way in
the world and it is a pleasure for his
Audit the Book
A change will be made in the United
States flag on July 4th this year when
two stars will tie officially added to
it The state that were admitted this
year are Arizona and New Mexico, 4Mb
being the first time since 1890 that
more- than one atate has been added
to the TJnioa In one year^ The stars
will be. arranged on ,JJ»vblue field
after Independence day in dx row* of
eight "stars,, writing forty-eight, the.
number of states there "are at present
What kind of an idea would it be for
the school board to cause to be pub
lished in one or more of the local pa
pers, after each meeting of that august
body, a transcript of its proceedings?
Our schools are our very most import
ant institution, "the bulwark of the
nation," as someone has aptly expres
sed it, and the general public has a
right to know how the Interests of
education are gelng guarded.
Shaw has sold his Brge resi­
dence on the north side to P. L. Smith.
James Patterson, one of the live
wires of Henry, was as Watertown
visitor Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. A1 Bailey and Mrs.
Archie Tuller and' son, spent Sunday
with Carl Loomis.'
Pat Walsh, the democratic wheel
horBe of Henry, was a county seat
visitor last Saturday and attended the
meeting of the Codington cOimty dem
Mrs. Amanda Johnson entertained
the ladies of the W. R. C. on Tuesday
afternoon at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. E B. Kneedy. A contest furnish
ed amusement and a nipe luncheon
was served.
Mrs. Emma Wilson, sister-in-law of
P. M. Wilson ot this city, arriyed in
the city Tuesday from Atigusta, Wis.,
and will spend several weeks in this
city and county visiting- relatives and
Peter Michael, one of the successful
farmers residing southeast c.of Water
town, was a pleasant caller at the Sat
urday News office Wednesday and re
newed his subscription, for another
year.. Mr. Michael says th^flelda,are
in splendid condition 'far a crop" this
year and that he looks, for a bumper
crop next falL
The United States Senate Investi
gates die Horror' of the Sea,
Ae Titanic K$a«tefi.4fi^
Other Interesting Topics Discussed
by Our Special Washington
Washington. D. C., May _1—One o'f
•the things that the United States sen
ate usually avoids, is hasty or precipi
tates-action, no matter how urgent the
case may be. But for once this great
est deliberative body of the world "got
hustle on," and the way the senators
promptly busied themselves in In
vestigating the Titanic disaster, has
won the applause of people every
where. There has been no such inten
sity of feeling known in Washington
In New York and Washington Ismay
has commanded the highest price at
tention, and his money has bought
the best accomodations in the most
expensive hotels. While the feeling
of prejudice against the man as indi
cated by the daily press has not been
overstated, yet to the credit of the
American people it con \e truthfully
said that nowhere was any discourtesy
abown .Ismay and the White Star of
ficials, and judgment in every quarter
was held in abeyance pending the out
come of the great investigation which
the senate has so effectively carried
on. The wreck of the Titanic has
brought.lts sorrows and grief strongly
home to the people of Washington
and the entire eastern portion of the
country, where friends and families of
unfortunate^ ones who perished have
been bowed down with grief. Memor
ial iBxercises have been held every
where and the nation has passively
waited the relating of the story as it
has been brought out by the senators.
And whll«( little has or can be done to
alleviate the condition produced by
Qie tremendous, catastrophe that has
shocked the world, yet It is apparent
that every .effort is being made to ar
rive at the facts and to utilize them
in framing leglslaion that will prevent
recurrence of such^a thing ..aggba
^on the'high seas/'
Mexican Situation SerloMS.
There is no attempt to conceal the
Jact: that the situation in regard to
Mexico is extremely serious, and the
American authorities are using every
strategy to avoid intervention -The
problem of maintaining "national hon
or" Is sometimes very difficult, but
who will say but that the eclipse of
all other -matters by the story of the
Titanic tragedy, has not served to ,take
tbe attention of the American pimple
from the affairs of Mexico and avoid
ed dwelling too much upon the insults
that ittave been heaped upon Uncle
£&n.' .The established form of gov-'
ernqwnt in Mexico seems helpless in.
controlling the situation, and the revo
lutionists are showing no respect-for
kicked Arotind,and notWith'standlhs
tftte %ag^rness of this country to keej}
"hand^ ofl," it is questionable whether
the j»ifoipi across the border Will long
pfermit a policy of non-interference,
matter how much this coofti
wish to avoid responsibility^
Along about the time that the Su
preme Court ol the United States gave
its decisions in the Standard Oil and
American Tobacco oases, a few mem
bers of Congress sprung into promi
nence tarough advocating criminal
prosecutions of individuat defendants
who wire at the' head of those giteat
organizations that were brought to
thoir knees by the power ofitlje Sher-"
man antitrust,law. Most ot ttfei'tnem
bers, of- Congress finally dropped the
saltation for criminal prcsocntloO^'
•on becoming entirely satisfied that
there was.n^ public demand for any
action of so drastic a nature. How
ever, there, is one insistent senator
who still clings to this viewpoint and
that is Mr. Pomerene fll Ohit, ajad- ^e
still makes occasional speeches ^in
support of his contention, but the
newspapers have ceased to print his
remarks his colleagues in the.senate
show no interest in what he has to say
eince the day of the assassination of and there is In the reception of the
President McKiniey, as that produced
by the great horror of the sea. The
correspondent of the Saturday News
sat -close to the great Marconi,: in
ventor of wireless telegraphy, met aul
conversed.with members of the Titan
ic crew, and had ample opportunity to
observe J. Bruce Ismay, who has be
come the central figure of attention
throughout the world since the an-,
nouncement of the hearings at the
Senate Office Building,-and inasmuch
as it has .not been published before,,
it may be told to the readers of this
paper that the palm of the hand of
this British pluocrat appears to. verify
his claim that he pulled an oar of the
iifeboat in which he escaped.Tsmay
is not typically English. His com
^plexipn is so dark as to be aljnost
swarthy, and his' features and black
curly hair, cause him to resemble
more the Hebrew, from which race he
is said to have come, than the English,
and in the early period of his arrival
in this' country, he wore the look of a
nerve-wrecked man making supreme
©ttort. to "put up a bold front. On
board the Carpathla he occupied one
of the choicest staterooms, while wo
men slept upon tbe floors of the shop.
views- of the Buckeye gentleman every
location that his complaints have
been falling on the ears of .uninter
ested listeners.
It is the custom of Congress when a
member dies to hold a ppecial session,
on a Sunday set apart for this purpose,
at whic^ speeches in eulogy of the
deceased are made. These sessions!
of the .bouse are usually attended only
by members of the family and the
members who make the speecheB, a|id
thelritmpoftance MBta upon thp fact.
that l}e ^nlogies are preserved In
prlaWd fjsrtn apd placed in shape fo't
dieti^ttti^n among the friends of the
decetCsed congressmen. Several such"
sessions, have been &eld 'du#jbg,fthe
pr«B6w^ ol Congress, and while
It' domes to' conslderlng'theTr liniK)rt
pnee as a real part of the proceedings
of Congress, memorial exercises have
become somewhat of a misnomer.
A great deal ot sympathy is being
extended to Jonathan Bourne, who
failed in his re-election as Senator
from Oregon. Bourne Is one of the
most progressive. of all progressives,
and he even went to the extreme of
putting it up to the people of- Oregon"
as to whether they would elect'him or
not, leaving the whole matter to
chance, with the result that be came
out at the little end of the horn. On
a former occasion when Bourne was
elected, he made a vigorous campaign,
and had ho done so in the year 1912,
it is unlikely that there would be s-t
many faults found with Oregon re
The Department of- Commerce and
Labor has figured it out that more
than 16,000,000 persons in the United
States will record their votes in the
campaign for president the present
year, and this suggests that the prom
inence given to individual opinions in
capital, metropolis, hamlet, or in the
remote backwoods, is quite likely to
be' somewhat magnlfled In lmportance.
When it is considered what a minute
portion the Individual is in making up
this grand total of Americans who will
settle the Issues, the power of thft
human voice becomes lessened in im
portance. X.'K
In the. face' of the criticism of-^the
small number of life' boats on the Ti
tanic, it has been pointed out that the
Itfe boats upon the transports of the
American navy are fully as Inadequate
as those upon privately owned ves
sels. Congress has taken cognizance
of the fact that internal co-operation
to bring about more complete opera
tion of ocean traffic is desired^ The
president has advised that he is in
favor of co-operating with other mar
time powers to regulate lanes of
ocean .travel, speed, life boats, wire
less, searchlights, and other equipment
-di^pMSjenger vessels.
It will cost the United' S&tfll'iltlO?
.700,000 to maintain the Navy Depart
ment the coming year, exclusive of the
building of any new battleships. And
yet some people say it is too expen
sive to give adequate pensions to the-'
surviving varans
the Cvll War.
A kiss in haste may be worth two
at leisure-^and it may not
Don't be a quitter. There is still
plenty of room in the hall-of fame,
Tha Meat' Market It ,a Tota^i
ittd Heegaard Bnildbg il
&-1® W&t!
Last SlibSa/ morning
and 1 o'clock ,flre ^as discovei^A by
Night OHoer (Jraiig in the- old DioK
Jones meat market oli,.AiMtli'-Oak
The building, wliich was |tR old frama"
Structure, was ownei by ,MrB- PiP"
Hopkins ^f 'ttiB city j&diWf&,sccu,i$|d
by WlllifltS Dockeidorf, «ho bought
out Mr. Jones' meat market severe^
The lire department on ^je
scene promptly, but it took -quitff i%
while to locate -the seat of 1&6 tire?
on account of the dense smoke-which
seemed to come trom the ^neat
ltet and the Heegaird hardware stor^
Meat -Market Totally Destroyed
The meat market and contents wera^li
totally destroyed by the fire. Mrtr.i|,j
Hopkins, the owner of the building
places, the. value ot the building at
^vered by insu*/
anoe aUHMi^t of |2,00(^» $1m
is undeejS^" iis to whether^ ihe wUV
rebuild ttys year.
^MCr. Doclfepdorft the oflfner of the/
meat *ays his loss on
^tnrea^jfbf^icjilnery^ and meats,
ietfo r&mr *2,700, with ifi##
tfie ontire .jumper
and alsfHa^part of 'the floor ~jh
second story,' a large part of it being
so badly burned that it fell -to :-Jaar
ground floor an# destroyed| e^nside:
able stock.
It is believed?that the Heegaard
building is so. badly wrecked by the
fire that the owners will not attempt
io repair it but will erect a new mod-..
crn brick building on. its site ti4Mun»v
The principal sufferers by tbe fire
are tjie Heegaard coinpany, who own
ed the building occupied by their
hardware store, who place their loSs
at $10,001), building about. $3,000 with
$7,000 loss and damages to their stooic
of goods, which is fully pver$d-.by.:
&•&-. Younn Women Escape."
TJpajtaire over tUe building occu
pied by the meat market Miss Nellie
Jorgenson, who conducts a millinery
parlor-, over Tarbell &- Williamson's
drug store, with her sister Miss Alice,
maintained living rooms, and they
barely escaped with their lives, all
their furniture, clothing, et?., being
destroyed, excepting that which they
hastily put on and the contents of one
small trunk. Their loss will be be
tween $500 and $600, covered by $300
insurance. ,•
If the wiffd had beeti ln the south
there is no doubt that the row of old
traine buildings across the alley which
are occupied by Geo. Christion as/a
Bhoe shop and by "One Lung" as.'*
laundry would have went up in smoke.
Origin of Fire Unknown.
Fire Chief McLaughlin says that he
Is at a IOBS to understand how the
fire started and adds that it was one of
the most stubborn fires to fight that
he has experienced since he has been
on the fire department. The firemen
did valiant work and deserve much
Carpenters Lose Tools.
Oscar Hgge and several of his men
were at work in the basement of the
Jneat market making-some repairs .the
day before the fire and the carped
tera are minus thair tools, they having
been destroyed with the building.
It is hoped that tbe old buidinga
will be replaced, by two modern busi
ness blocks in the near future.
Oldeat Building In Watertown7
The meat market building which
was destroyed was one of the pioneer
Watertown. This Irafld-
ing' was erected by Onnder Shold of
this city thirty-three yean ago and
the lumber was bron^t by teun from

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