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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 23, 1912, Image 3

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Piitman -saidlhesaw no people
in the wteraftCr tire Tiraliie
sank. '
"TJid;ypu hear any cries?" a$k
ermitfi. ' ' ' v -u.
" 't)hVyes," safd-Pittmairfsadly.
'rG$ing, and sobbing nd
' moaning and praying1, too. '
"I tdifl my men to pick up a few
mo)-e from the water. But the
p'assengers in theb6at,b,eggd'nie
ntit -to. v They 'were -atrw? we
would1 by-capsized. .
x"t turned iny'boal around to
rowctoJthe cries but? wheri'I' saw
the passengers'believed theswim
ir(es "would swamp us, I did not
go back. ' u ,
"We took out our oars, and
drifted 'about for an hour."
Pieman was' pressed by raera
bej- of the committee to give de
tails -as 4o' his efforts to rescue
popple oip th,e water. I
'.'X-Vould rather, you would
leave thatout," he sald,his face,
whiie "
knpwjjQUw'ould," said Sen
ator Smith, Dut' we musV know
abtfut this."
?"That was'all the. effort I made
to' rescue people1 fro,nVhV water,"
replied Plttman, almpst' choking.
TJhere was silence) broken pnly
by the-riioaning of the; wind, and
ffiejgasp'df a woxnah" for a few
minutes. Then Plttniah went on.
'W s?.w ' the Garpathia about
half past three. She seemed about
-fiye milesaway by her lights.
"Day was just breaking. All
the cries" and -moans-had stopped
longere." -
Pittman was cross-examined
by'severahmembejrs of'thecrim-
nutte,e asto .how .many persons;
the lifeboats could-have held, and
what condition they were in, i
FJeet, the lookout, swore he
could have sighted the iceberg
that sent the Titanic to the botT
torn soon erioUgh for the ship td
have steered out of the way if he
had had marine glasses. '
"We" asked for, glasses at
Southampton. We were told to
ask Second Officer Xightellere
We were told there was none fo
us. " ,
"I can not tell how long it wa
after TI ffrst sighted the iceberg t
to the tim'e. we struck. R
"The" berg seemed very smal
when I first saw it about as.
large as these two tables.
"It got Jargeras we drew near
er. When we got alongside it '
was ahttte higher than the fore
jostle Head:" , u-
'"How high (,is'the forecastle
head ?" asked Smith.
"About 50 dr 60 feet above the,
water." - ,
Ffeet sat tearing at his fingeij
nails, twitching his feet, and gaz
ing at the floor. His replies -were
almost inaudible, and several
times'Smith wasforced to ask the
stenographer who sat near him to
'repeat the answers.
V telephoned having sighted
the 'iceberg," Hesaid. We starfc
edfo go to pdrt: We were mak?
ingstraight fpr the iceberg. W
struck if pn the starbpard bowi
just'befper the foremast, abput 20
' feet irpm the stem. . c
"There wasa spft grinding
npise--npt muchshpek. Some ice
brokeiohtheuforecastle deck, antl
a?j& jm-- -.

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