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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 22, 1912, Image 3

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(, These messages clear up sev
eral things. They make certain
that Ismay is the man who was
so anxious to get himself and the
crew out of this country.
They also make certain that Is
may is the man responsible for
the immediate hiding of the Ti
tanic's lifeboats after the Carpa
thian arrival in New York.
Senator Smith's questioning
brought out the curious fact that
never before had Ismay used the
signature "Yamsi", which is
made by spelling his name back
wards. A newspaper photographer
who tried to get a picture of these
boats was shot at by a White Star
The committeeroom was
crowded today. Society women,
members of both houses of the
legislature, bereaved relatives,,
sailors, and curious persons ol all
degrees jammed every corner of
the great caucus room of the sen
ate office building,
i Senator Smith, the chairman,
who was" late irf arriving, had a
struggle to get to his place.
The most prominent figures
were those of Ismay and Frank
lin. ,
J. D. Boxhall,, third officer of
thcTitanic, was to have been the
first witness. He could not be
found, and Franklin was called.
Before. the sitting was opened,
Senator Smith warned those in
the room that they were there by
courtesy of the committee only,
and that any badgering of wit-
nesses or remarks. byjJie,audience
would mean closed sessions in the
There was only one time when
theer was a remark from any one
in the room.
That was when Franklin was
testifying about the great steam
ship trust to which the White
Star line belongs. He was asked
for the capitalization of the trust:
"$100,000,000 in common and
preferred shares; $52,000,000 in
4y2 per cent bonds ; $19,000,000 in
5 per cent bonds, anJ about -$7-000,000
in underlying "bonds."
f A sort of gasp went around the
great room as the immensity of
the figures dawned upon those
present. Then silence fell; and,
in the midst of it, a woman's
voice arose:
"And lifeboats cost so little,"
she said.
It was only a whisper. But it
was a whisper that seemed to
reach to every corner of thejoom.
Ismay is staying at the Willard
Hotel. He and the officers and
crew of the Titanic are guarded
by a whole corps of detectives,
employed by the White Star
company. n
A United Press representative
who contrived to get past the de
tectives,, and tot talk to a number
of the crew could get no satisfac
tion from them.
They were all afraid the White
Star officials would hear that they
had talked.
One of the crew, a deck stew
ard, said he had seen all the life?
boats lowered, and has not seed
any attempt to bribe members of
the crew.tose;ure passage:
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