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READ THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE TIMES’ GREAT PRIZE VOTING CONTEST ON PAGE 5
No Tainted Ada.
NINTH YEAR. NO xoi.
CHILDREN SHOULD
FEEL INFLUENCE
OF HOME
' V k
INDIVIDUALS MUST UP
LIFT OF UNFORTUNATES^AYS
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT —WIS
DOM MUST BE EXERCISED.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 26 President
Rcosevelt delivered an address at the
conference on the care of dependent
children, which was formally opened
at the White Houee yesterday. The
historic east room wus the scene of
ibe meeting. The 200 delegates were
received by the president In the east
room before the conference wus call
ed to order. The Importance of tho
preservation of the home was the cen
tral theme around which the discus
sion* revolved. The subject under
consideration was ’’Should the break
ing of a home be permitted for rea
sons of poverty, or only for reasons of
Inefficiency or Immorality?”
President Roosevelt said in part:
“There can be no more Important
subject from the standpoint of the
nation than that with which you are
to deal; becuuse, when you take care
of the children you are taking care of
the uatton of tomorrow, and it is in
cumbent upon every one of us to do
all in our power to provide for the
interests of those children w.totu cruel
misfortune has handicapped at the
very outset of their lives.
“I earnesty hope the members of
this conference will take a progressive
stand, so as to establish a goal toward
which the whole country can work.
In other words, 1 earnestly hope that
each of you will consider not only the
interests of his own Immediate local
ity, but those of the nation as a whole.
"There are several different types
of conditions which you are trying to
m€*et. 1 believe we all have come to
the conclusion that where possible
the thing to be done for the child is
to provide a home for it. and that
where that is not possible we should
make the conditions as nearly as pos
slble like those which the child would
have in a home. There Is ample room
for all existing instiutlons, but the
work of extension should so far as
possible be a work of extension in
home placing
Types of Children.
"There are half & doxeu dlerent
types of children for whom we need
to e Are. There la first of all the com
plete orphan, the child who haa lost
both father and mother. For this
child we wish to make a permanent
provision. My own belief is that this
child should be placed in a home.
"We then have to meet the case,
one of the most where
the father has died, where the mother
would like to keep the child, but sim
ply lacks the earning capat-fty. Sure
ly In such a case the goal towards
which we should strive is to help
that mother so she can keep her home
and keep the child in It. How the re
lief shall come, public, private, or by
a mixture of both. In what way, you
are competent to say and I am not.
“Then we come to the case of the
child who must temporarily be taken
away from the parent or parents but
where It Is not desirable that the sep
aration be permanent. Those children
offer cases for which this Institution
is peculiarly fitted.
“There are other problems of course,
that you will have to deal with —for
instance, the crippled child, the child
that cannot be treated at home for a
disease but yet can be completely
cured in a.hospital; and the case of
the child wGiom parents are hopelessly
vicious or hopelessly inefficient.
“Here we must provide for the ex
ercising of the greatest wisdom In
knowing Just where to draw the line;
so as to know Just when it becomes
necessary to say that even the un
doubted advantages of keeping the
child In a pretty poor home If that
home Is Its own, nre counterbalanced
by the fact that the home has become
a source of menace and danger.
Individuals Must Help.
“The government can do much. But
never forget that the government can
not do everything; there must always
be help by Individuals and assocla
tionß outside, religious and philanthro
pic associations of many different
lands must co-operate or we cannot
get the best result*. Remember al
ways that ’government’ consists of
the men In it, and if you do not have
the right men handling any part, then
that part will work badly.
“In the laat analysis the human Is
the vital equation In dealing with all
these questions.”
The speakers who made strong
pleas for the preservation of the fam
ily ties Included Michael J. Scanlan,
president New York Catholic Home
Bureau; Ernest P. Blcknell, president
conference charities and corrections
190 V; James F. Jackson, superintend
ent Associated Charities, Cleveland,
O.; Judge William H of the
Washington, D. C-. Juvenile court and
Dr. Edward T. Devine, of New York.
Fsar Water Monopoly.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26—The pro
test which Michigan men filed with
the preseldent at the White House
avers that the Ix>rlmeY hill would
encourage one of the greatest water
power monopolies of the country, ben
eflttlng especially the Michigan I.ake
Superior Water Power Cos., of San It
Ste. Marie, which is mid to be oin
ed by parties who control the People's
Gaslight & Coke Cos., of Chicago and
the Consolidated Gas Cos., of New
York.
Nation Pelted.
LONDON. Jan. 26.—Carrie Nation,
the American "hatchet wlelder,” was
pelted with eggs at the Canterbury
music hsll last night. She attempted
to deliver a lecture but the audience
hooted her from the beginning. One
egg struck her In the face. The po
lice escorted her from the house
rat Iteiroii OTinue*
Golf Experl’s §e£ret
Marriage Announced
Frederick HcrreahulT na«l hi* bride,
formerl) Vila* Mm Faulkner. Their
aiarrtaiie haa Juat bar a aaaouaeed.
II look place laat Auifuat. Hcrre
nhuff fu the gulf champltia of X ale,
while bla bride naa a .him iclrl.
WOMAN INSISTS
SHE SHOT ED.
POWERS
LENA GROVES HOLDS WEAPON
AND EXPLAINS TO PROSECUTOR
HOW 9HE FIRED —STORY IS
BLOW TO PEOPLE’S CASE.
Following her dramatic testimony
of Monday morning, when she prac
tically confessed to shootlftg Ed. Pow
ers, Lena Groves, alias Lena Weth
lneion, went a step further, In the af
ternoon session in Judge Phelan’s
coart. and demonstrated to the prose
cutor, court and Jury Just how she
claimed to have shot him.
“Now, how did you take the revolver
out of your purse? queried the prose
cutor. “Which hand did you use?”
“My right hand,” witness replied.
* “How did you fire it?”
Rising to her feet and holding the
weapon In her hand, she replied,
without the slightest hesitation:
**l fired It Just like that; down low.
like that.”
A futile attempt on her part to pull
the trigger seemed rather to discredit
her testimony, but she was ready with
an explanation. Wethlngton, she
said, had fixed It for her previous to
the shooting so It would be ready for
use any time.
The woman’s story was a blow to
the prosecution, but the prosecutor In
troduced a statement made by the
woman at Powers’ bedside when It
was thought he would die. This state
ment pointed to Wethlngton as Pow
er’s assailant. The prosecution will
evidently try to show that the woman
Is trying to- shield Wethlngton be
cause she loves him.
Judge Phelan, Monday, ordered
stricken from the record all testimony
as to the early relations between Pow
ers and the woman.
AMASSES FORTUNE OF
$2,000,000 AND RETIRES
CHICAGO, Jun. 26.—Having accum
ulated a fortune of $2,000,000, Sidney
C. Love, of New York and Chicago,
has retired from the brokerage busi
ness. He had recently married Mis’*
Marjorie BurnH, of Chicago, pro
nounced by Sir Phillip Uurns-Jones.
the artist, to be the most beautiful
woman In the world. He began his
business career as a clerk 15 years
ago at the time the Moores began
their Miccesaftil campaign to secure
the Rock Inland road.
Michigan Stove Cos Officers.
In the annual meeting of the Michi
gan Stove Cos., Monday, the old offi
cers were re-elected. They are:
President. Jeremiah Dwyer; first vice
president and general manager, Geo.
H. BarlMitir; second vice-president and
secretary. Charles A. Ducharme;
treasurer. Merrill B. Mills; assist
ant treasurer, Edwin 8 Barbour. The
.following are new members of the
directorate. H. B Gillespie. L. F.
Young. E. J. Dwyer and C. B Du
channe.
Rn*ln**a-llkr I’rintlnu No fUS* and
no feather*. The plain, neat kind, that
looka right. Tlatea Printing Cos., II
John R it. Phono 1411.
LESS THAN FIVE PER
CENT OF WOMEN
USEJALLOT
ANALYBIB OF VOTE CAST IN
BCHOOL BOARD ELECTION IN
DETROIT GIVES DISCOURAGING
FIGURES FOR SUFFRAGETTES.
In connection with the circulation
of petitions by the Equal Suffrage as
sociation of Michigan, calling upon
congress to add a sixteenth amend
ment to the constitution, giving worn
lon the right to the ballot on equal
terms with men, tome Detroiters have
i taken the trouble to 100 kup the vote
least by women electors In the spring
elections of 1907 when 10 school In
spectors were chosen.
In this election there were a num
ber of bitter contests, and the matter
|of education, which was discussed in
the campaign, Is supposed to be of
especial Interest to women Yet the
showing w’as an extremely poor one.
It Is true that women could vote only
on the selection of school inspectors,
while the male voters also cast their
ballots for police Justice.
The vote was light as compared
with general elections. Taking It that
there were as many women as men
tntltled to vote in Detroit, the show
ing 1b very disproportionate, in a num
ber of precincts, no women voted at
all.
The first four wards of the city,
three of these the "kid glove” wards,
ure taken as examples.
In the First ward there was a bitter
Martlndale and antl-Martlndale battle
and Inspector Mumford, “anti,” was
finally chosen. No women voted In
the first two precincts. In the others
the vote was as follows:
Precinct. Women. Men.
Third ’ 5 157
Fourth 14 226
Fifth 15 248
Sixth .7 42 331
Beventh 27 269
Eighth 7 266
Ninth 29
Tenth ; 45 226
Total 184 2,034
There was no contest iu the Second
ward for school Inspector, C. M. Bur
ton being practically without opposi
tion. In that ward there were 19
women voters and 1,175 men.
The Third ward was tbs acene-of a
real contest, however, Dr. Charles F.
Kuhn winning out as an anti-Martin
dale man. Here the vote was: .
Precinct. Women. Men.
First 1 # IPS
Second ’ 0 189
Third 2 IPT
Fourth 1 14 i
Fifth 3 1M
Sixth 2 IV*
Seventh 49 243
Eighth 59 203
Ninth ... 6 s 64
Total ' K3 1,488
In the Fourth ward there was the
closest and most hard-fought school
contest In the city. Charles J. George
was opposed by Charles Whitman.
Every effort, was to get out as
full a vote as possible. This was the
result:
Precinct. Women. Men.’
First 3 „ 162
Second 38 125
Third 53 225
Fourth 13 13s
Fifth 22 225
Sixth 12 218
Seventh 15 221
Eighth 15 221
Ninth 10 u$
Total 197 1,73 r .
The total vote for the four wards
was: Men. 6,432; women. 523. As
suming that 60 per cent of the total
male vote was cast, the percentage of
women who cast their votes was a
shade less than 5.
BENZOATE DECISION
PLEASES DR. VAUGHAN
ANN ARBOR, Mich.. Jan 26—Dr.
C. C. ’ Vaughan, dean of the medical
department of the university, is great
ly pleased today over the decision of
the reference board appointed by
President Roosevelt, that there Is
nothing Injurious in benroate of soda
when used in small quantities neces
sary for the preservation of food. Dr.
Vaughnn was a member of a commit
tee which appeared before congressO
and declared that the use of bensoate
of soda was not harmful.
BOY MAY BE MURDER
VICTIM IN KANSAS
ST JOSEPH7~MIch., Jan 26—Chris
tlan Bean, 16 years old, whose parents
live In this city, Is dead In Hutchln
son, Kas., under mysterious circum
stances. Young Bean left for the
west several months ago saying he
wns going out Into the world to make
his fortune. Unless particulars of the
boy’s death, are received his father
will start west. Murder is hinted at
RESCUES^WOMAN; VANISHES.
SAGINAW. Mich, Jan. 26 Miss
Frances Kruske, who is employed at
the home of W. F, Schlrmer, 912
South Jefferson-ave., ruahed from the
house wrapped In fire when a dray
man. who was passing, leaped from
his wagon and placed his coat around
her. The fire was extinguished after
the woman had been badly burned.
She accidentally caught her dress afire
from the kitchen stove. The rescuer
vanished before his name could be
W arned.
Hutlnru-llkf I’rlallM, No fuss and
no feathers The plain, neat kind, that
1 looks rlßht. Time* Prlatta« C» if
John R.-at. Phone 149 ft.
TUESDAY. JANUARY a6. 1909.
BILL AMENOS LAW
AFFECTING LIQUOR
TRAFFIC
REP. COLBY, OF DETROIT, INTRO
DUCES MEASURE, WHICH PER
MITB REGULATION OF SALE OF
BEVERAGES UNDER RATING.
(From a Staff Correspondent)
LANSING, Mich., Jan. 26—Rep.
Colby, of Detroit, Introduced in the
legislature last night a prohibition
bill, which la an amendment to the
present law. it permits the regula
tlon of the sale of beverages under a
percentage rating In localities where
the voters decide on such system The
following section is the gist o£» the
amendment:
The prohibitory provisions of
this act shall take effect and have
full force within such couuty of
this state on and after the first
day of May, immediately following
the adoption by the board of su
pervisors of such county of the
resolution ordering such prohibi
tion and upon publication of the
notice of the adoption of such
resolution; provided, however,
that nothing in this act shall be
so coustrued as to prohibit the
manufacture or sale in accord
ance with the provisions of the
general liquor laws of this state
of any wine or vinous liquor con
taining 10 per cent or less of al
cohol, of cider containing 7 per
cent or less of alcohol and of any
malt, brewed or fermented li
quors contatulug 4 per cent or less
of alcohol.
The house yesterday reeled off a
good deul of routine work and pre
pared for action Tuesday. Six new
bills were presented. Gray, of Ing
ham. introduced the expected bill foi*
additions to the capitol building with
an appropriation of $406,000. A com
mission of three Is provided for and
their sulary fixed at $3 a day with
actual expenses; that of the superiu
tendent and contractor at $4 ami $5
respectively.
As sentiment grows against cash as
sessments foi road work throughout
the rural districts, Bryant, of Lenawee,
added auother bill to amend the high
way act and retqrn to the old method
of labor, regarding the poll t*x.
Dusonbury, of Isabella, would amend
sections 7612, and 14 of the conplled
laws of 1897 for the better protection
and reputation of good names. This
la an effort, to twetrtet gpnttflpiM*
Straight of Bfcaneh added another
bill amending the present law for con
trollng negligent and delinquent chil
dren by adding more stringent rules
for officers. It will aid In stopping
the conflict between truant officers
and the labor bureau law permitting
children between the ages of 14 and
16 tq labor In factories.
Rep. D. Z. Curtiss, of Detroit, re
ceived a letter from President Roose
velt cordially supporting the work of
Investigating the water power and
water ways of the state and assures
him of federal co-operation. He Inti
mates that an expert will be sent to
aid If deemed necessary. Mr. Curtiss
will forward data showing the needs
of an expert from the government,
who will probably be here and go
with the Investigating committee next
week.
The senate went through the usual
form of a Monday’s session. One bill
was introduced and no attempts made
to consider bills ready for action.
President Angell, of the U. of M..
returned his thanks to the senate for
the congratulatory resolution on his
birthday.
A concurrent resolution by Fox, of
Maysville. was passed which provides
for the appointment of a committee to
act Jointly with the house and attor
ney general to formulate the uniform
system of public accounting.
Foster, of Gladwin. Introduced a
bill appropriating $35,000 for the Al
pena Normal school.
CHARGE FRAUD
. IN BRIDGE DEAE
MUSKEGON, Mich., Jan. 26 —A bill
of complaint against the members of
the bridge committee of the board of
supervisors has been filed In the cir
) cult court. It Is signed by City As*
; sessor Edward C. Robinson, of Muske
gon. and J. Porter und Herbert
Hendricks, both of Northrop township.
The bill of complaint Is replete with
allegations against the members of
the bridge committee chief of whlcn
Is that the committee of five men,
Senutor T. J. Q. Bolt, of Moorelaml
township; Mayor John Campbell, of
Muskegon; Theron B, Crocker, of
Cedar Creek township; Allen F. *Ca>»-
selrnan, of Montague, and Daniel B.
Porter, of Norton township, entered
{ lnto a fraudulent conspiracy and
awarded bridge contracts amounting
to $45,000 to Charles H. Wheaton, of
Wheaton Bridge & Iron Cos.
The complaints aver that the special
bridge committee had the contract
with Wheaton framed up before bid*
were asked for; that the other bidders
were called In merely as a matter of
form and that Wheaton by the pro
gram was the last man to be called Hi
and he was awarded the work.
The complainants ask that the court
restrain the committee from accepting
the Mona I«ake or any other bridge;
from paying any more on contracts or
extras to Charles Wheaton and that
I the nonds, contracts, plans and spe
cifications that have been kept under
lock and key be placed with County
! Clerk Barlow and be made public rec
orda.
Have In* a Farm
f for •*!*? If ao. jrou can tali It Look
I ovar Tha Tlmaa llnara of today
LADY FITZMAURICE WEDS SON
OF MARQUIS OF LANSDOWN
-i .. *■* . . i^- jft ,v .. -*• * .*. •>*> ♦> «*
I.udy Fltmmaurtce, formerly l.ady Violet Vftir> Kilo l. «liiurliter of the ludlnn
% terror, vrko baa juat beeu married to tho lacvud eou of murtjula of
LaudvaM.
ANOTHER CLAUDIA
ATTRACTS THE
LIMELIGHT
PASSES UP HUBBY FOR BUSINESS
CAREER AS MANICURIST AND
THERE'S DIVORCE COURT BE
atmu
Nine divorces were granted by
Judge Murphy Monday afternoon and
two by Judge Mandell. Five of the
applicants were men. and lu each case
they testified that their wives haj
wearied of the monotony of house
keeping and had slipped away to parts
ui known.
John 13. (Jough, oue of the most
famous temperance lecturers of his
day, would have been shocked to have
heard the testimony of Vina Gough.
She testified thut her husband, John
13., had served two terms in the house
of correction for drunkenness, thut all
his earnings went for drink, and that
several times they were ejected from
their home for non-payment of rent.
Lillian Barrett, tall and pretty, said
that she was married Just four years
ago to the day, in Chicago, when she
was 17 years pld.
Rather a sorrowful anniversary,"
commented Judge Murphy.
She said that her husband. Frank,
bou of a contractor, drank up ids earn
ings. starved and abused her, ho that
when she left him ghe weighed only
97 pounds, and when she returned
home her mother didn’t recognize her
"When 1 reached Detroit 1 wore my
nightdress under a skirl and waist,
and those were all the clothes I hud.
aho said "My baby had no dress, and
was wrapped in blunket. I hud trouble
making mother belltAe I wus her
daughter when she met me at the
depot."'
Another Clandia In the Spotlight.
John Mogford. for 20 years In the
employ of the National Biscuit Cos.
said that his wife, Claudia, tried of
housekeeping, learned manicuring un
known to him, und while he was away,
sold the furniture and started In busi
ness in the Valpey building lie ap
pealed to her to return, but the free
}He of a business woman wa.-t more
to her liking.
O'Heron said that she con
tinued to work after her marriage to
Maurice O'Heron, so that her husband
could save money and go into busi
ness Then she learned that his mon
ey was going into the (offers of i'ltts
burg resorts, and she left him. after a
married life of six months. *
"1 was only 14 years and 2 ruoAths
old when I married William Abbott In
Bay City," testified Josephine Abbott,
und the looked In astonish
ment Mrs Abbott Is the mother of
three children, the eldest 15 years old,
but she Is still youthful in appear
ance, and pretty. Two of her daugn
ters were in court She said that her
husband became interested In a first
cousin, neglected her and the family
to such an extent that slice I*9B she
supported the family.
Jennie Rasch*- said that every time
her husband. Conrad, would think of
her former sweetheart he would fly
Info a rage and beat her He had on-*
of these thinks at a party in Dearborn
afrd knocked her down, breaking her
nose. Mi's. Ras< he said her husband
had no reason to he jealous as fi»r
former sweetheart was not present.
Lady’s Love Cools.
• Mr love for you itas cooled," was
Rachel Burns' simple announcement to
her husband, Cornelius, nnd she W( nt
away, leaving him with two young
children They were living in Brant
ford, Ont., at that time Now thn
children are in the Home of tha
Friendless, and the futher Is support
ing them. -
James Bod bold, a traveling man,
went away on a trip, and was sur
prised to learn when he returned that
his wife, Margaretfl had held un auc
tion sale and disposed of all their fur
uiture, leaving a letter for him that
she wouldn’t live with him again.
During the last few months were were
together, he said, his wife often came
home intoxicated. He admitted that
Us wife had been divorced when he
married her.
Romalnu and Mary D. Besaques had
been married twice, once in Windsor
and later by a priest, but- the double
knot held only two months, and then
the wife, with the aid of her father
and mother, threw Romalne out of the
bouse. Romalne said his wife drank,
and went with other men. He told of
meeting her with a man on Wood
ward-ave., when he knocked them both
down.
Robert K Rae, a barber, boasted
that he wouldn't work as long as his
wife’s money held out, and he didn’t.
When the money was gone he left
her. The money was Insurance on the
life of Mrs. Rne’s first husband.
Stephen Donby, a Hungarian, said
that he proposed to Ids wife the hist
tim ethey met in Brunswick. N. J.,
and was accepted. They were mar
ried and went to Bellvlew, Mich., to
live, but at tin* end of two months she
announced that she hud been too
hasty, and returned to the east, after
warning Stephen not to follow her.
“It is a custom among Hungarians
to marry on short acquaintance.” ex
plained the attorney.
“Well. 1 hope the custom is not 'n
troduced here," Judge Murphy said
A decree was granted in every c ase
EXPLOSION KILLS
MINE OFFICIAL
ANXIETY FOR SAFETY OF MIN
ERS RESULTS IN DEATH OF
SUPERINTENDENT.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Jan. 26 —A gas
explosion about 9 o’clock last even
ing In the mine of the Merchants'
C'oul company at Boswell, Somerset
county, resulted In the death of Supt. j
J G. Logan, the Injury of a number
of miners and considerable damage
to the shaft and workings. At 2 1
I o'clock this morning all those iu the
inline at the time of the accident had
been accounted for except two for
-1 eigners. o
j Supt. Logan s death Is due, In part,
at least, to his care of his men
Although the mine had been free
I from gas for a long time, some sus-
I plclous signs were noted yesterday
(and the night shift was not allowed
Ito enter. Supt. Logan. In the mean
time. went to uiukc an investigation,
accompanied by Mine Boss George
I Morris. I’if Boss John Cole and 11
foreigners. While they were in the
mine the explosion occurred
Just what ignited the gas is not
I know n. The explosion was a terrific
; one, however, a ID ton nmtur being
1 overturned, while musses of heavy
icinders were hurled out of the mtno,
clogging the fans The first persons
to g*s out were three foreigners who
brought the superintendent out with
them lie was not fatally burned, but
died MK»n after frorti the offer ts'ol
afterdamp.
THE WEATHER.
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| lag Cos., Ift John R.-sc Phono 1411
FIRST
EDITION
ONB CENT
REPUBLIC'S SIGNAL
WAS NOT HEARD
OISTINCTLY
CAPT. RU6PINI, OF STEAMSHIP
FLORIDA, SAYS WIND INTER
FERED WITH WARNING WHIS
TLE—HELP GIVEN AT ONCE.
NEW YORK, Jan. 26 —With two ot
her dead still crashed beneath the
twisted steel and timber, the Italian
liner Florida which sent the Repub
lic. of the White Star Hue. to the bot
tom. today was moored at her pier at
the foot of Forty-second-st.. South
Brooklyn, while dozens of men work
ed to get at the bodies wedged in the
brokeu prow
Eugeue Lynch, the Boston merch
ant. whose wife was killed in the col
lision and who received terrible In
juries himself, died in the
College hospital at 4 o'clock this morn
ing
The Baltic, the sister ship of th#
sunken liner, had arrived in port earl
ier with the 1,524 survivors of the
latest tragedy of the sea. while the
United Stutes derelict destroyer Sen
eca. with Capt. John Isaac Sealby,
his second officer, Richard Williams,
ainl 40 of the crew who had remained
with the captain on the Republic,
dimmed anchor off Staten island.
Capt. Angelo M. Ruspini, of the Flor
ida. who is only twenty-nine years
old. the youngest commander of an
ocean liner to undergo so thrlUiug an
experience, today told the story of
the wreck that differs somewhat from
that told bv wireless from the White
steamships. Capt. Rusplnl'g
story follows:
By CAPT. ANGELO M. RUSPINI.
We were bound from Naples for
New Voik with a passenger list of 14
first-class and 824 third class. My
crew numbered 99 men. The Florida,
built in 1905. at Rlva Trlgosa. near
(it non. is of 5,300 tons burden, has
2,000 horsepower and a speed of Id
i knots.
I At the time of the collision with
! the Republic i was standing ou the
! bridge with my first officer, Amlello
(iarguile. It was then 6:45 o'clock
Saturday morning. Jan 23. The
weather was very thick. We had en
countered heavy fog hanks several
hours previous, and because of the
fog we were running at quarter speed.
We were on our correct course, mak
ing for this port.
We have uo wireless outfit on the
Florida, but we were blowing our fog
whistle at regular Intervals. SuddasUy
I thought 1 heard whistling to the
starboard. I asked Lieut. Garguile If
he had heard the fog signals, and he
told tne that he had. I gave orders
to sound the fog whistle In sharp and
repeated blasts to warn off the other
vessel that 1 knew must he in close
proximity.
{ was keenly alive to the situation,
hut the wind was blowing In such s
way that the whistling from the other
\essei could not be heard clearly
enough to warn us how near It was.
Lookouts Shout Warning.
Suddenly, out of the dense fog, to
m> horror 1 saw the huge mass of a
mighty steamship loom forth. The
! vessel was crossing our hows from
j starboard to port, anti as she appear
ed in the gloom I heard my lookouts
shout their warning, "ship ahead.”
instantly i shouted to my steers
man to jam his holm hard aport, but
it was too late. Before the vessel
ahead hud passed half her length
across my bow the keen steel prow
of the Florida crashed Into the port
side of the ship that later proved to
be the Republic.
There wan a hissing of steam,
mingled with the crush of steel. The
prow of uty vessel was literally Bhov
od back into the forward section of
the other ship.
Immediately I ordered my engineer
to reverse, and I believe that within
1« sh than five minutes' time we had
backed away from the wounded
steamship. Orders were at once giv
en to g<*t in communication with her
by means of blasts from our fog
whistle.
My fir/t duty was to see' what In
jury had been Inflicted ou my own
ship. A hasty investigation showed
[that the first bulkhead, which extend
ed 30 feet back from the prow, had
been destroyed and that the water
had rushed In as far as the second
bulkhead. 30 feet farther aft, which
[stood firm The other seven water
tight compartments were intact and
so the Florida was in no danger of
I sinking.
Three Were Killed.
Lint we had not escaped unscathed.
In flu fore< astle slept some 35 men.
Os this number three poor fellows met
! death crushed by the terrltlc Impact
and probably Instantly killed. The re
mains of two of them are still In the
wreck of the forward part of my ves
h« I. Two boys were also caught in
the wreckage, but were extricated.
Seeing*,that my own was com
paratively safe. I backed away to a
reasonable distance and then lay to,
■waiting to render assistance. Tho
fog whistle of the other steamer kept
blowing dtsm-s signals, and I rt
sponded in kind In order that my lo
cution might he detenu.ned Life
boats wore manned and awaited the
signal to be lowered from the davits.
Within 30 intyiutes from the crash a
lifeboat came out of the gk*.m where
we la\ to iand the first officer of the
Republic tM>arded us. stated that his
ship .'it# jinking and asked immediate
,ii itanw lie subl that there was no
Immediate danger of the Republic
lug down, but that ('apt. Sealby asked
ih.it I take his passengers aboard ay
ship 1 nt once told the officer that
mv vessel was st the disposal of *.h#
[captain of the Republic.
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be seen on every hand that Stroll's
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* tea C«*. IS John R.-et Phone 14M.

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