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?A&$ErtGERS ON RESCUE LINERS TELL OF FIRl
THAT DESTROYED VOLTURNO
Liverpool, Oct. 14, On the theory
that the liner Volturno was deliber
ately set ablaze as part of a fight to
put the Uranium line out of business,
a rigid investigation will be made.
Captain Tinsley of the RoyaL Naval
Reserve and manager of the Uranium
line declared that he received- many
threatening letters, one of which
THE HERO OF THE FIRE
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Capt. Francis-Inch'o'f the Volturno,
burned in mid-Atlantic, and who
bravely risked his life in a battle with
fear-brazed men to save women and
children first. '
stated that "one of your boats wiE
be burned if you do not listen to oui
In addition to the war against the.
Uranium line because of the low rata;
at which it carried immigrants, it if
stated that there has been trouble
with the crews. The officers are
English and the seamen Dutch and
Belgian, which has resulted in trou-,
ble at times. Captain Tinsley has
been trying to man the vessels with
English seamen and this has caused
According to Frederick Badke, a
passenger on the ill-fated liner, the
burned Volturno had but nine avail
able lifebqats when the ship caught
fire. The nine were old and rotten.
He claims they broke like egg-shells
when ,Jhey struck the sides of tthe
rolling steamer. .
"I saw four of the boats smashed,
drowning all the occupants," he said.
Somebody, I believe it was the cap
jtain, cut the other boats from their
davits, seeing they were destroying
lives rather than saving them. All
of us would have drowned had not
other ships come to' the rescue. Ther
Volturno's boats did not save a single
H. Magowzky, a Yiddish common
sailor of the Volturno, said: "Four
Volturno sailors, off watchr were suf
focated in the forecastle, before we
knew there was a fire. Perhaps more
died that way.
"I was scrubbing the deck amid
ships when a ship's boy came racing
down the deck yelling "fire" at every
jump. . He made the full length of the
ship, arousing sailors and passengers
alike with his screams.
"This was about 6 a. m. and the
first knowledge any of us had of fire.
There was much smoke forward and
apparently the flames had been
smouldering in the hold for some,
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