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Survives [Praise Braye I
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Miss Mavbelle Watscn of Berkeley, the 16 year old girl who proved herself a heroine in the wreck
of the Columbia, by. saving a young woman companion from death. ._";; '
Heroine of Wreck Tells How Ship
Went Down With Brave Gat)tain
Continued From Pagr 1, Column 5
had already secured them to place them
properly. A raft lay alongside so feet
below and the women were being urged
to leap upon ..it. They wore . afraid.
.Some gripped lender babies', to their
breasts and home, lookiog overinto ah
abyss of blackness, shrank bark afraid.
Miss. L{£delt cried. "Follow, me!" . •
She gripped her scanty clothe^ about
her and. leaped 'off; she landed on : the
raft. Others took courage then and a
mother and - baby followed. Then t'.ic
men jumped, too. The raft put off from
the side of the ship. Two men cling
ing to pieces of timber floated by. They
were worn with their struggles and
•were about to slip back into the waves.
When the raft was propelled to them
with improvised boards th*y had not
strength to clamber on. Miss Liedelt
put forth her hand, and at the peril of
her ; own life landed first one and then
th ©.other upon the planks which meant
safety and life. .
Those were Incidents that she did not
discuss yesterday, for her modesty is
as great as her bravery, but she did
consent to tell some of the experiences
of that night. "~- ~
"Captain Doran went to a hero's
jra-ve," she said. "I Eee~hlm now with
his hands outspread. His l!ps ; moved.
"We were on the raft and could not hear
what he said,- but his head, was up
raised, his body erect and so he died:
He was not afraid.
'There was no panic; -a. calmness like
that of the sea came over all who
looked at the captain's unruffled brow.
If there was aniarufsh on his face it was
at the loss of life to others; the sight
of a baby's drowninjr, or. the strug-prles
of a mother to save her little one. -The
ship went down quickly. It -lurched
forward, then over and " then plunged
downward. '
rrhere were people on the after, part
of the deck, which was nearly per
pendicular. They went down with it
end the vortex .took , them to deep
graves. As it sank the <-.apta.ln blew
the whistle with what remaining steam
there was. His last act was official;
he blew a clarion call for help,- not for
himself, but for us.
"For three hour* we were huddled to
gether on the raft," said Miss Ued'eit,"
"with the cold water breaking over us
and the poor women clothed In; their
night clothes only. I wa« the. only
woman dressed, and truly I pitied them.
Thfe'raft was slippery -and we clung on
our hands and'our' knees "to .the wet
surface for safety. Wo, were*, wet'
through and drifted about, the scene of
the wreck; waiting to be taken up.
From the raft I was transferred to the
lifeboat and later to the. San^ Pedro.
. "In climbing on • the San Pedro 1
fell twice -into the sea ..through- losing
my hold. The third' time I wassuc
cessfuL From the San Pedro I climbed
to. the * Eld"er, which \u25a0 wasj towing the
San Pedro.*sffl99i
r' While climbing "aboard I saw several
heavy ; pieces of / lumber • washed over
board arid many ; times 1 slipped '"and
felL Some were lost in trying to reach
the other ship.*' • ; -- :
. In concluding her narrative* Miss
I>il«Jelt dwelt .upon .the • conduct lof the
• of Kur«ka. who suDolied f them
SP" '% ' '• "- .'\u25a0 • :.-% ' . '-:•' - i
all with new clothing when they were
brought to that port. She wished the
papers to thank the Eureka citizens for
their help and assistance.
! From Eureka, Miss Liedelt quickly
transhipped to the Pomona and came
on to San Francisco. .
She h;id left San ; Francisco for Port
land' to, pay a visit to friends, and' in
the wreck lost, all her clothing. She
speaks modestly" of her attempts at
rescue and of,. her having saved the
lives of at least .two men, and endeav
ors to make little of it. For 10 years
she has been a yachtswoman and to
her familiarity with the sea and boats
she puts down her present safety.
Berkeley Heroine
May Receive Medal
BERKELEY, July 23. — Friends of
Miss May belle Watson, who know her
as a school girl still in "short dresses,"
expressed little • surprise today when
reports of the young woman's bravery,
exhibited after the steamship Columbia
sank, were received. 1 Miss Maybelle
has a reputation at home for pluck and
daring. Her mother said today while
engaged in work In her garden at. the
Watson home, 2630 Chahing way: f '"'-:
. "Maybelle Is a girl of great fortitude*
and fine character. She has physical
Etcength, too, and, although she is only
16 -years old, ; I ' am not surprised at' the
capacity 'for endurance she has; shown
at sea. She did Just what I would have
expected of ' her "under, the ' circum
stances. ' ;\u25a0" ' , . - ' ;'<
' "Although * the flrsOrepor.ts from the
wreck were to drive hope
from our- hearts, inasmuch as it was
stated that. not. a-, single .woman Thad
survived the wreck, : I was confident
that" we ,; 'would hear better; .hews
eventually and that Maybelje would-be
found' among. . the survivors.,' My bellff
was correct and I don'tlneed tVt'.saiy
that .we .are"; all- very, very 'happy be
cause of Maybelle's safety."
Berkeley people are planning to bring
Miss -.Watson's^ exploit at,sea. to the at
tention \u25a0of those \u25a0 in charge - "of V the be
stowal.of Carnegie medals.;: Miss May;
bello held . a'-helpiess , girl: companion's
head above the waves, for /.two hours,
after others' had refused; assistance to
the stricken' one.: When.rellefjjlnally
came , to" the " raft ", Mlss^Watson*. refused
aid until the, unconscious, form she. was
supporting \u25a0'' had; ? been t given*, attention/
Physicians Worked" with -the •uncon
scious girl and 'saved; her life.*sSSjßS9Sfl
i The officers of « the George W. Elder
were loud In their praise 'of Miss-Wat
son's coura ge r and unselfishness." >: They
told ', the story .of the girl's achieve
ment. ' ;;\u25a0 ':.-" \u25a0 ' \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 ": ' \u25a0\u25a0*-.;\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0—^x.«-> -^-. .-».:*.- \u25a0..—
. C. Watson, father of Miss Maybelle,
has left for Eureka to* bring' his rdaligh
ter to, her, home i ln- Berkeley. , .",
• Miss . Anna* Akesson, r the university,
girl who ( waS among the survivors,' has
telegraphed : the ; news fof ;her;safety.< to
Miss Clara 'DuttonT'a friiefid: ".'"whoSe"
THE : SA^j: JFKAJN(JIK(JU tJAJLL,, WEDNESDAY, JXJLY 24, 1907;
home is at Russell and Ellsworth
streets. .The telegram - was sent : . from
Eureka. It contained no information
except .that Miss Akesson was safe.
Mate With Doran
Blames Schooner
Report Says That San Pedro
Ignored Signal of
the Columbia
Second Mate Richard Agerup," who
was on the bridge when the: starboard
side of ; the Columbia* was rent 'by. the
stem of the lumber ; laden {San Pedroi
submitted unde,r oath, the following re
port of .the:- wreck.' to > Inspectors "Bolles
and Bulger yesterday: v ,- -* "?•'*-
"At •12 o'clock .'midnight. . Saturday^
Julyi2o,^ I •relieved j First; Officer ; W.F.
Whitney, on the \u25a0 bridge of * the utiam?
ship Columbia; ;• being \6B- miles to" the
north ", of Point Arena; by j the ship's • log
andi6teering northwest! three-quarters
north by the pilot 'house, compass, devi
ation V f of .Hhe;; bridge \ compass « about ' 2
degrees, \ Westerly. * .*\u25a0 .' . ;, : : .;• • ':' . - .
. "Captain Dofah / was. also, on the
bridge, as the weather was' foggy, but
went down to i his room; fofabout: two
minutes; then he returned to the bridge
again. . \u25a0' : -'i'i .-;.' ..v- : '\u25a0'-.'' \u25a0;;\u25a0\u25a0.;.'.\u25a0. \u25a0'•.."--.-\u25a0:\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0
'."About 12:15 a. m. ! ; Sunday, ;: July, 2l;" I
heardi a; whistle on' the 'starboard 1- bow
and I reported* to"; the captain;- who said
he had heard, it,-; too. ;V; We v kept our
whistle "going;; regularly,, a and : so'Jdld
the; other steamer, i The sound still
came:, from ' tho starboard bow, • which
proj'ed later \ to fbe the ; case, ? for; about
12:30 we saw: the other] steamer's head
light and 1 ; her fed'rsldellght ! about 'i two
points "on '-the [starboard ; bo w.i rr'f>-.'r r'f>-.'
"We were going fulUspeed 'ahead, 3 : as
shown^byjthe-'jndlcator^on?the'ibrldge. v
. -""The.captain?ordered'me;to;blow'two
blasts, v Whilejblowing th"e'second;blast
the "i other : steamer J aanswererd r ,with ' : ~ one
blast.' /, The. captain - then: ordered*^ the
engineer ;,'f ull i speedV'asterri.V \ His; order
was'V answered? from ?; the Z engine £ room
and -thofcaptain .himself 'blew «three
whlstle;-;|iSooh»1 after* the.- steamerjcol^
llded *'with] the^Coliimbiafaridf struck? it
about jthlrty, feet; f rom; the 'stem' on the
starboard yside^'.; 11 \:- . ; : .> T* ; I .- -: ...' '/
."i»',Thia lwaa ; at 112 :22 , a.\ m.; as r I looked
at the? clock. '\u25a0•"' \u0084 ." ".':"\u25a0- .\u25a0: y •..'.;\u25a0),,-\u25a0 ; vvh-
: "Captain!:Doran v ish6uted.v 'What are
"you v doing, -man?'., and 1 : told vtheTiother
steamer ;to' stand jby us,^ as": it'Jwas
loaded with .* lumber. ,f : He f also c asked
YOSEMITE VAJLLEY
Is now reached "by, the VTosemlte
railroad." No 'wearisome land; dusty stag,
ing. & Spend? your ivacatlont among the
cliffs,! crags sand Uovely.iwaterf alls, « now
at .Uheir/ best-^only ?a s,f ew#hours j f rom
San ; Francisco. *iSixtyjmlles: of ithe^wild
Merced f (CaL)f-.rlver \u25a0 canyon en route.
J18.50? for/ the; round* trip i from '.Merced.'
CaL v* Wr l te * 0,tW.1 Lehmer. . traffic | man-
a «r«»r. \u25a0 \T*»roe<l. -, da 1. " •-" ', ' . ' ;:,:.\u25a0•'\u25a0. ' * \u25a0 <\u25a0\u25a0 • • '
Persons Who Are Still Missing From
the III Fated Steamer Columbia
"J': Ctit>lri Passengers
MRS., Ri 'ANDERSON.;: , MRS. O.S. LEWIS.
FRANKLIN^AULF. ! ' MRS.; B.iLIPPMAN; :
WjVJ^BACHMAN: i^ ; LEWIS;: MALKUS: - \
miss almaibahijeen.^ : mrs. lewis • malkus. v'
mrs.^;>benson: , mulia-matek^- -
MISS'A^BERNALVv . ".'" JOHN-B;:McFADYEN: : .
MRS.; JANE 'E.^BEST.
GERTRUDE tBUTLER. • MISS -LOUISE; G:JNAKE. :
W^E.iBUTLER. - MISS ; NELLIE: A;; NAKE.?;
MRS. W. E.^ BUTLER, ;; ' MARY PARSONS.
MRS.^R;;:BHCANNON^^~-»-4- ;^^E;-PAUL.^--V-:--^a ::
MISS, CLARAS CARPENTER. MRS. T.E.PAUL. ,
T^^CARPENTER^^;i7vv^|MISS^FRANCES^SCHR6EDEIt
L^-CLASBY;^ ; vlL5^v.C^;'; CORAS SCHULL:^--
MRSriLvCLASBY. : v MISS SARAH SCHULL. .:
MARION.CCLASBY. G. A. SMITH/. v ; - -' ;• U>i
STEVEN :CLASBY.:i . MRSAWILLIAM,SOULES^ ;
MISS A; B; CORNELL. 'GEORGE SPARKS;- ' :•.: :V: V
MRS.-A.; F.;CORNELL: ; 4; iD: : i SPRINGERS -. y;.l;l T
L. L. DRAKE S JR. MISS,ELSIE MAY STONE. \ \u25a0[-. \u25a0
k .T."-:C. DURHAM MISS'A; S//TODD. ; --
MRS. K:tSFAGALDE. W:i C; "TODD; '.: : • '; l
MISS MABEL" GERTER- ; ;. 1 MISS-B.^ WALLACES; 'i" 1
MRS. BLANCHE R/ GORDON? MISS^ EDNAt'WALLACE;:''" <
MRS. A; GRAY ; ; " : MRS;- S. *JWALLER. . , < .
MRS;^A'.<iHAPP. *„•:'- WILLIAMS WALLER;'^ "
CJB:~ HARRINGTON: MISS h\f/.t WHITE. ' .
MISS 'K.'iHAYDEN. ; G: ',F. WILSON.
L:-E.SHILL? s' :; \u25a0- C. AiyWINSLOW. - \u0084
MISS ALMA^B. 1 KELLAR. . C. AI~ WINSLOW. * - '"
MISS^EFFIEB. KELLAR. V; , ; MRS. jH^PJvWINTERS. * V ;
MISS GRACE F. KELLAR. "'.ROLAND WINTERS" "'
MRS.- G. A; KELLAR. MISS H. WRIGHT. .--
FLORENCE LEWIS. J. K. YOUNG.
Steerage Passenger^;
FRANK GIUNE. E. SILVA
MAMAYO.T;v^ :/ r : -&;.-: 'MRS. E. SILVA:
C. W. MERRILL. > A. SPIELER. -
JOHN MILLER. ;' ' B. VIANTS.
J. PREMUS. • ' V '
Officers ,and i Members of Crew
P. A. DORAN,^ --Captain. >; : ;-- : .'='-r.-; •\u25a0.-\u25a0. ''.W.- T." ANDERSON,"'—.—-ALEX-
W. F;; WHITNEY, First , Officer. , , ANDER,- Water Tenders. : ; \u25a0
C. CHRISTENSEN. : ED LARKIN, J. MADDISON
Quartermaster . .Oilers., : , .:
H. >C. vDUPREE, First Assistant A^SC^NEIDER, Baker V"
gi!^ t ;S > c : -, a • D. DAVIS, Second' Cook.
MAX CLAUS, Second Assistant E.R. DRAYER, Pantryman. '
W^^m J '£' M£ ey: al
what steamer^ it was, but as far as I
can . remember did | not get an answer.
If he -did; get an 'answer I did not-hoar,
it. | Later.;it ' proved to be the steamer
San'-; Pedro.'-:. (.r'j-^Z'. . ; .:'.'. ; '. -\u25a0":\u25a0-/.'. - ; . \u25a0•' :A
"Captain Doran 'whistled down to the
engine, , room.'j.but. got :, no ; answer;Vso
he sent' me' down to the engineer on
vwatch to; learn . if s the ship was "making
any- water." ; : I went down into j the; en
' gine 7 room v and \ asked .First Assistant
| Engineer M.'- Burpee if there .was' any
\ water .there.;-' He 's&id. there , was > not.
; Returning to the Abridge, 'l reported "to
the captain. /Just -then -the watchman
came on] the and reported that
water .was -streaming in forward.; 2. ?.'*•'
; "The first^offlcer came on the bridge
and the , captain "ordered.- hlrn ,to: take
the* : bridge ;^and %ra& '\u25a0 •' to".* take I'ptCi. the
head covers and ; get /the \ boats^ready
forhhoistlng; .''..' i ßy .: this^ time i; the vi ship
yistedSitoJ; starboard *and; started:. to fjgo
dow"n v by.itho: head: men -.were
by .this ,;time 'getting v the.' boats- over.
The. . captain:"' ordered 'mo '.tf '/cut,-! the
after liferafts adrift- j While doing" this
I -heard the whistle «rrow/ and. looking
round; saw, the bridge- nearly under
water. I saw there; was \ no^ time : to
spare, co I ; threw' a"( life '.; buoy over
board and jumped "over' the ; ! stern into
the : "sea. .As I struck '<- the water, : the
Columbia disappeared: and the ; suction
took me down .with It. "A 1'k got . to :the
surface again, and. about. 30 minutes
later waspicked up by No: 10 boat. In
charge of one of thw quartermasters. .
: "AYe proceeded to 'pick up more sur
vivors untir : the boat was : crowded,
when we \u25a0\u25a0 went 6 ver ' : to the ' San ' Pedro,
and at about 1:45 : were 'taken aboard
of it. \u25a0. "ligot hurt when I- jumped;over
board and^was hardly able to move.. So
I was taken aboard t the'- San Pedro with
the passengers; while' the others^of ; the
: crew went |in search; of more j survivors
but not before I had asked the captain
of the, San; Pedro if "his ship 'wa« safe;
He '! said; that" it was filling rapidly, but
would ;'.float"6n its cargo. ;..lf It had not
been "safe I' would have taken or rather
ordered the people back in the lifeboat
again.' - _ : . ,
"There were about 77 passengers
from the Columbia l on ; the ? San;: Pedro
then.\ ;We remained , there until the
George W. Elder hoveMn. sight, about
6 .; ai m.; when" we were* taken, . first the
women, and ; later :.the | men, '.': aboard of
it and ' taken tbVEureka. /- - , ,
; L "A. number of survivors remained in
the lifeboats until the appeared;
On arrival at \u25a0\u25a0 Eureka ithet George \W.*
Elder, had -aboardS 145 "survivors,^ of
which; 107. .were . passengersJ'. One man
died : in- the lifeboat and his" body was
brought to' Eureka. r;,^ -
y J ,VThe collision occurred at 12:22 a.'m.
Sunday,' 1 July 21, < 1907, sand'myiwatchj
which I had on me, stopped at 12:33." v';
Says Men Would
Not Help Women
Third Officer Denounces
: Some of Survivors He \u25a0 /
..' : picked;up •/\u25a0;\u25a0;"'\u25a0,
Third Robert Hawse , was
awakened .: from sound : slumber j. when'
the crash . catlie : and ; hastened : from'i his
bunk ithe /deck. ;;The' following ; 'is
the report'of the disaster:that'he"sub
mitted and swore, to. before the'inspect
orß:";'"vVv*T"?;."i ' :'''-'.':-.""; '\u25a0' ''- .'*•'''. " -."- : V:v' ;
*' 'fal was awakened by^the collision and
dressed' and proceeded to : the ' for'
orders.''. First v Officer "\u25a0,Whitney,;,was; In
charge. :;,: The ; watchman ¥ cameV onVthe
bridge : and • reported 1 ! to ; the;flrst "j olßcer
thatvthe" ship was •making ;water Irap
idly.:^::'\- ".-,'/ ;i ::"V ; ;'v " ; v- ; ;'"', ;; :
>'\u25a0'..' "Captain .Doran came on the :«brldge
f rom the •af ter ; deck : ? and * told > the? first
offlcerj tql take, the i coversloff • the] hoata. J
Whitney^ transferred^* these'"; orders":^ to'
me.'y? I j,was Un "charge of i No/; 8 boat, \on
thejportlslde^'andjl-proceededitoiltiat
once.\^_l_? found \ some? of \ theVcrew' there
and^the J cover (already! off. ft-We
,the- i bbat;up, I;but1 ;but theSiShipji.wasiUgtlng
heavily ; : to starboard, f Captain S Doran
appeared^ and >« gave } ;"me 'I the "£ following
order : j.'Lee^boats' ; women • andichlldren
nrst.*>l,That;was : the ;last "time ;l -saw.
Captain] Doran. *-- fiv "^ ; ;:;*;-:; *:i~'r\;-*''i*?S.
• "\u25a0'. '.'I prpceeded ,to lee side' withVmy; men
to . boat i 6.%" This \was 'crowded peo£
plei 1 ; mostly^ wqraenitVrhe" Columbia*, was
then listed about'4s; degrees t to the star-"
boafdU'jS l', could> hear nobody i giving, or
ders.7j! It^ was i,l tooldark 5 and \ t oggy^ to
see; sojl'juiripedilritoithejboatiandttook
charge Sand" ordered'?* the- men ''a to 5 pull
awayi" from -itheSshlpli for ;thelr,^ lives.*
;Thtsi'the>rdldi.tb]the ! cbest.'of!thelrrab'il>
tty."^!cr:^:^;':V i / i n;;v".,v^-.'::;T-i*''iv^.-: i :
' "When about 500 , "feet :froTri the ship I
looked around .and saw ' the . after end
of .the;, Columbia in the a«r. ;'v In a few
seconds she disappeared amid 'the awful
cries of women and the breaking up of
the -superstructure. ' , \u25a0-•
"After. some difficulty with. the people
in the boat, I proceeded immediately, to
the San Pedro : and discharged my'p'as
sengers/,; I . then'prbceeded in search of
other: survivors. >,All around me I could
hear the wails and groans^of women.' I
picked ;,;'upYsome ;menVandi two- women
and proeeedediamongthe: wreckage.
:' "I could'have 'filled my boat immedi
ately with . po6r/; souls I who'/ were pite
ously j crying i ahd>wailing,V but 1 1 kept
clear, of life rafts < and wreckage where
numbers.; of. people /.were'-; clinging
gether. I: knew itheyl. would sTv^amp the
boat if I got-, aniong sthem.'- "r. continued
to pick ; up isolated and ? floating people
and vwhen I l:had four ladies and six
men-, in:; the boat,; which; made aftotalof
1 5 jwith ? the 'C crew," I . proceeded back to
the } San "Pedro.^ but ; the * San^Pedro re
fused? to take -more; passengers. I re
peatedly asked thati the' women be per
mitted '-\u25a0; to go on - board. ; One of . the
w . omen : was half naked ;and^ delirious.
Some orie^on Uhe San Pedro sang out
that -they ;.were, 'full up.':*
;:"If ' the-San Pedru; had -taken these
passengers I :, could have saved many
morej; lives. >I Jcould 1 take'mo more in
ray^ boat, -which! was fully loaded. :-'H
"Ilay to until daylight, taking such
care of my pasengers -as the g circum
stances .would permit \ I ': covered' the
women with ; the sail, .and, although* I
had. more i trouble \u25a0withs t the delirious
one, the other three "gave- me no trouble
at all, although, they were wet and half
clad :: and : must have suffered terribly
those long hours. \u25a0 . ) V,%^'i,\\ V /"•'••; \u25a0-=;,--
VI; desire to : speak In the highest
terms of 'praise . for •„ the; three noble
women and ?ln' the lowest terms of con
tempt for. the X men passengers, who
would not: inconvenience themselves 'to
make the lot of. the 'women more bear
able. ;:.V. ". " \u25a0 ;.- ; : V \u25a0 '\u25a0 "'\u25a0..:\u25a0
i-VAt daylight' l proceeded close to the
San < Pedro * and^ arranged with the cap
tain to take two of my women passen
gers aboard his ship", as I intended to
sail 'ashore and (wire .for ihelp. About
thisUime-a steamer," whjch; turned out
to be the George ,W. Elder, was sighted.
}t steamed, down* to, us; and: took our
passengers. We then 'transferred the
passengers from ; the San Pedro to the
George W. Elder." \
Chief
Tells His Story
Is Kridcked From San-Pedro
After Being Rescued
; ".' ." From Lifeboat
The ; complete' statement" as submitted
by : Chief f John? F.V Jackson? to
Inspectors; Boll.es .andl Bulger: yesterday
afternoon I was,/ as Vf ollows; ; and • the
truth.: of! ; its. coiitentiTtLwas sworn ;to
by .the; engineer: ' ': :
"I beg' to "submit the following- re
port ;of ,;.the i wreck of ; the., steamship
Columbia ;/ on'Xithe = Mendociho coast,
near/ Shelter >cove, '«n .'last %"- Sunday
morning,; July^2i;il9o7;Ua.boutW 12:15
o'clock.
viiWasjiriibedsatftbeUime^bf 'the ac
cident/ was \ awakened the : shock!!
dressed; hurriedly,^went;downtintq'\the
engrlne;;room':and {saw^the iflrst^assist
ant :*englne?r,\who ,was on iwatch at the
BWHCRC BENT OR FOUOEO HAVE SOME OFTHE INTERUNING CUT AWAY.S
Jfib THIS PREVENT 3 CRACKING AND GIVE 3 GREATER, FIEXIBIIITY. Jq,
W^\ T : .' ;,.:>,: fjoO STYLES IN QUARTER SI'ZEB TIBO CAChV * rOR 880. 't^J
*/t^f . \u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0 ' " CLUETT. PEADODY & CO. _^—^^^^ V- s)
A/iss Margaret McKeany of.
Oakland arid "Rev. John D. Mc-
Fayden, former suburbanite, who
are numbered among the missing.
'time.- -I 'asked .him If. she was .making
any -.water, and he 'notified- me that
everything ; was • perfectly dry in his
'department., I had about a minute's
conversation '.with him and told him
taV look-out; that* "he ,or -his ' men did
not get caught down there if she went
d«wn and. to take • care of himself. He
' replied v that he would take* care of
himself. . ,-'.-• - ..;-.'. .
"I then told him that . I would go
up ondeck and. see the captain ,and
find out the extent of the damage done
to the vessel." As; I! reached ..the deck
I r he'ard' the": captain's voice: 'Every one
to- the' boats/. -Then, I went back tinto
my room -to get a. Jife , belt, and .found
that some one had taken it, as I had
left tlie door- open. - I then went down
to; the middle: platform of the engine
room and called Mr. Burpee, the first
assistant engineer, tut received no re
ply.' -At; that' time :l could not sire any
one in the engine room.
.'.'lmmediately I -went up on -deck and
made for my^boat, wiiich was number
four, and* proceeded to cut it 'adrift
with my knife. At that time the
steamer was gradually going over to
the starboard.'.whlch I suppose was on
account of the large hole made / in the
starboard side and the Inrush of
water. * She was also sinking forward
at the same time. She careened over
so quickly that our boat commenced to
float without lowering it into the
water. \*~ . '"'T',*.': v. >'
"There were two firemen, the third
assistant engineer, the third officer and
a quartermaster in the boat, together
with myself. : t Then we proceeded to
take in the: passengers from the deck
below. The purser, got into, the ..boat
on that . deck-7-the , spar_ deck, 1 ,. After
that : we; let go ,the boat .\u25a0 tackles and
proceeded to pull away 'from the ship,
at ; the same time picking up men and
women who were floating in the water,
till we filled' the boat.
'Then I sung 1 out to the third officar
to pull away from the ship 'for/fear
we would be drawn in with the vessel,
as she was going down fast As near
as I can remember we were /not 20
yards from the ship when she went
down. • '\u25a0' \u25a0\u25a0/'"\u25a0:'
• trWe took the passengers to the
steamer i San Pedro, when. I turned the
boat over to the third officer,* who re
turned ' and proceeded to pick ; up who
ever ;he might find. "I remained on the
San Pedro until daylight. , at which
time. I was , knocked ; overboard by the
breaking ,of " the. mainmast. .-'I was
picked up ' by , a boat belonging to the
Sanl Pedroj and was transferred to : one
of. "our. owh'boats again, and remained
there until I .was taken on board the
Geo. *W:: Elder. :< \u25a0'\u25a0'\u25a0,'
\u25a0 "The vessel was going full speed up
to the time- the other vessel was first
sighted, when a bell was Immediately
given 'to the engine room for full
speed astern, which order was .com
plied, with. -On my arrival" down in
the engine room the engine was stoJK,
ped. There was no explosion l of the
boilers r after the accident, as the
whistle' was blowing continually as she,
went' down. Also 'the \ electric lights
were burning .up to the time she dis
appeared beneath. the waves. Respect
fully submitted by John "F. Jackson,
chief engineer; S. S. Columbia.'*
Oakland Family
Survives Wreck
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ingels
and Daughter Saved .
F[rom Drowning
July 23.— W %^H. Ingels of
1315 : Oak"' street? telegraphed ; from
Eureka"jjto his i son Oscar this "• morning
that the jfarally was- safe. Insela and
his • Hazel,.-' were -..taken to
Eureka -and Mrs. : Ingels < was-, among
those who' were rescued at Shelter cove.'
%> The relatives : of ; Leroy Smith and ! his
wlf e~,'.~ of f the,' hardware ' : firm \u25a0of '\u25a0 Smith
Bros.,' l2 lSJJrbadway,* have been notified
that thecouplelwere saved. ••'•\u25a0«\u25a0•\u25a0
V; Rev. "i John ; D. McFayden, an> Itinerant
evangellst^of .Vancouver,'. B. : - C, recently
conducted \ services /in * Oakland, i' His
friends here believe that he was lost.
He was on his way, home, taking pas
sage on the Columbia.
Miss R. Anderson, cashier •_ of the
Creamerie at Twelfth and Jefferson
streets^- was to have been a passenger
on the Columbia, but traded her ticket,
already purchased, to another woman,
whose identity Miss Anderson does not
know.>MßS| * • '
Philip Ashf ord of Llvermore. who
sailed * from San Francisco on the . Co
lumbia with Miss Margaret McKeany or
this city and Miss Albertine Bernal of
Llvermore. wired from Eureka tonight
to' the McKeanys that all hope for the
girls had been given up. Ashf ord tele
graphed that he saw nothing of th«
girls after the collision and tbat.no
trace of them had been found among
the rescued" people at Eureka and Shel
ter cove. ' H.i J. 'Decker and his wife,
who: were also In the party with;Ash
ford <rom Llvermore, were saved.; Miss
McKeany was. a teacher in the Liver
more school department, 25 years v «ld.
She wa3 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward McKeany of 433 Thirty
seventh street. Miss Bernal was the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Bernal
of Llvermore.
Joseph Eccles, among the'saved from
! the Columbia, is well known in San
Francisco. .'He Is how the Portland.
; Ore.; | representative of Eccles- & Smith,
\u25a0 dealers In railroad supplies. Eccles was
onblsway to Portland after attending
a'buamess meeting of the firm in San
FraneiscoC He. has relatives in Oakland
who live at 931 Thirty-fifth street.
San Pedro's Mate
Makes Siatement
Says Columbia Unexpect
edly; Started Across Bow
of the Schooner
EUREKA. July 23. — From Ben Hend
rickson, first mate on the San Pedro,
who was on the bridge at. the time
of the accident, the following version
of the collision and wreck has been
obtained:
"It was about 10 or. 15 minutes past
12 o'clock on Sunday morning when
the' lookout. E. Sodberg. told me that
there was a whistle ahead on the port
bow, and I ported the helm a couple of
points. As the sound came nearer Z
told the man at the wheel to port the
helm again. I continued to sound the
fog signal. jThe approaching vessel
answered the 4 , fog signal. .•
"Then came two blasts of the Colum
bia's whistle. When I saw the lights
on the /Columbia I gave four rapid
blasts of the whistle. That is the dan
ger signal. The engine was stopped
before I sounded the danger signal be
cause I gave the engineer two bells to
stop before giving the four whistles.
"The Columbia was crossing the San
Pedro's b,ow.
"The San-Pedro struck the Columbia
on the starboard side about 25 or 30
feet from the bow. The Columbia was
not very far away when I fir3t saw her
lights, and when I saw the lights I
blew the whistle. I saw .that there was
no show for us to starboard the helm.
Our only salvation was to port the
helm, which I did."
Thirty of the Crew
Gome on Pomona
Miss \u25a0. Liedelt, Passenger oh
111-Fated • Craft, Also
Arrives in Port
The * Pacific Coast steamship com
pany's steamer Pomona, .Captain Swan
son, which . arrived yesterday morning
from v Eureka, bVought one passenger,
a woman, and 30 members of the crew,
all survivors of the lost Columbia. The
Pomona left Eureka about an hour
after the arrival at the Huznboldt port
of the George" W. Elder with the sur
vivors fof the wreck on board and the
waterlogged San Pedro in tow.
The pay of the sailorman ceases when
his a hip. is wrecked, and as the Colum
bia's crew had nothing to gain by re
maining 1 at Eureka ' ft took advantage
of the Pomona's sailing to come to this
port, where other jobs were to be had.
The" Columbia's surviving officers
were ' in a , hurry to get here in order
to make" their report to the govern
ment'inspectors. The Pomona's own
passengers and the officers and crew of
SAVED AT
ST. WINNIFRED
HOSPITAL
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After Honolulu Doctors
Had Failed
The. physicians In Honolulu could do
nothing for U. S. Deputy Marshal Win-
ters and he gave them up In , despair
and came to ' ; San Francisco to sea tf
there •was_ any physician here who
couid cure an 'extreme case of chronic
Bright' s Disease. He had ' had two
uraemic convulsions, was almost burst*
ins .with dropsy and, after fighting
the disease for two years, was at the
end of the way. The first physician he
consulted \in . this city told htm that
chronic - Nephritis '*. Is now a , -curable
disease and that he would probably
recover. ; He r sent the patient to St..
Winnifred'a 'Hospital, put him on Ful-
ton's Renal Compound and proceeded to
al4 it In ; many ; ways that the skilled
practitioner ' understands. In four
months AWlnters went ] back to tho
Islands perfectly well.;/
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