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Officers and Seamen of the Columbia Testify at Inquiry That Everything Possible Was Done to Save Live of Passengers
San Pedro's Captain Attacked
and Defended by Witnesses
Evidently Sincere: in Belief, That His
Vessel Was in Danger of •Sinking
Officers and seamen of the wrecked steamship" Columbia,. who appeared
before United States Inspector John Bermingham l , yesterday afternoon ? ; to'
give testimony regarding the wreck, all agreed that everything possible had
been done by the officers and crew of the vessel to save lives. The boats
and life saving apparatus of the vessel, as well as the engines and boilers,
were said to have been in good condition. It developed, however, "from the
testimony of Chief Engineer Jackson that the vessel was going at full speed,'
though the weather was foggy and the Columbia was blowing her • fog
whistles throughout the night. -
The dramatic moment of the triarcame when Third Officer J?. W. Hawse
told of his trip with a boatload of«S* ' ."''"'' — — — : — " ' '"' ' .t.
passengers to the San Pedro, his re
turn after another load and the refusal
of the San Pedro's captain to take thorn
on board, though Hawse begged that
at least one fainting woman might be;
taken from his boat to the comparative
safety of the schooner. Though he
lingered about for a half hour, his In
sistent cries met with no response and I
even his request for a little whisky to
revive a fainting woman was ignored.
Hawse was indignant at the stolid ter- j
ror of two, men in his boat, who re
fused to give up their places in the
center to the exhausted women cling
ing to the edges of the frail craft. He
declared hotly that had he been armed
he would have shot them. 'and that it
would have been nothing but his duty
to do so.
The statement that the San Pedro
refused to take more passengers was
corroborated by a number of witnesses,
though Chief Engineer Jackson . de
fended the captain's motives. ,
William Denman appeared as attorney,
for the underwriters, while George A.
Knight acted as counsel for other in
terested parties.
The first witness called was S. Peter
sen, lookout man on the Columbia. =He
testified to the extreme fogginess of the
weather saying that a light could not
be seen more than a couple of schoon
er's lengths away and adding that the
fog whistle of the Columbia was blow
ing at one minute intervals. He» heard
the San Pedro's whistle off the Colum
bia's starboard bow and saw 'her top
Mght a couple of- schooner's lengtry
r.way. The San Pedro was coming head
on and struck the Columbia about 30
feet from the stem, on the starboard
side. The Columbia went down about
eight minutes after the collision.
Paul Hinner, quartermaster of the
Columbia, testified that he had relieved
the man at the wheel at about .12
o'clock. He and others launched a
boat, into which they placed some
women and men. in all 20 persons,!
whom they put on board San. Pedro.
Emil Manri testified that he and an
oiler placed several women in a boat
and put then! on the San Pedro.
John^ Lindstrom, quartermaster- of
the Columbia, had entered a boat, in
serted its plugs and bailed out » the
\u25a0svater. He landed a number of passen
gers on the San Pedro.
Robert Gustavsen, seaman on the
Columbia, was in the third officer's boat.
He told how he and a fireman got out
a boat and dragged about 25 persons
out of the water and landed them on
the San Pedro. f •
All of the witnesses testified that
when they returned with more passen
gers to the San Pedro the captain re
fused to take them on board.
Boatswain Norman Norris had as
sisted, in lowering the boat in charge
of the second mate. Fifteen or twenty
persons jumped into the boat from the
saloon deck. «
"Were the life rafts properly equip
ped?"'asked Captain Bermingham.
"Yes, sir. They were properly
equipped with oars and everything."
He picked up about sixteen persons
and put them on board the San Pedro.
"Do you think everything was done
that could have been done by the of
ficers and men of the Columbia?", asked
Captain Bermingham.
. "I don't see how anything more could
nave been done," replied the witness.
David Eas ton, a fireman, was in the
boat with eighteen persons that went
co Shelter Cove. IflßßHßjffiF^Sfft
, Fireman John Lawes was on watch at
the time or the collision. He testified
to having heard the -whistle of the Sao
Pedro, then two blasts- from the Co
lumbia and a few seconds later the
stopping bell of tl>' ; Columbia; then the
full speed, back a(ia|lhen, after, back
ing ten or twelv'eVfeconds, the dead
flop bell. fn±»r*~ :
Purser JamesV-^ynies testified that
in all 65 passa^'Sr^'and 17 of the
crew lost their^Jr,ss;f..l24 passengers
and 59 of the creW were saved.
Second Mate Agerup was on watch
at the time of the collision. The cap
tain -\u25a0, was on the bridge. • At 12:15
o'clock Agerup heard the whistle of
the San Pedro on , the starboard side.
After the schooner hove Into sight the
Columbia gave* two passing- signals, dif
ferent from the fog signals it had been
blowing all night, in being more. long
drawn out. After v the second signal
there was an answering signal from
the San Pedro. The captain tol,d . him
six minutes before . the ship ' sank
to call everybody in the ship. He cut
three life rafts loose and all the rafts
were loose but one. «Ie got five women
and' twelve or thirteen men Into a
boat, all of whom had life preservers,
and T?ut them on board the San Pedro.
The' crew had! no life preservers.
".Third - Officer R. W. Hawes testified
that he had put out his boat and there
Impertinent Question No. 9
What Is Love Like?
For the most original or wittiest answer to.this ques
tion— and the briefer the better—^The Gall will pay
FIVE DOLLARS: For the next five answers
'The Call wiH pay ONE DOLLAReach.^ Prize
winninganswers will be pmtedenext WecJhesiiay;
and checks mailed to^tlw^vinhers. at>once; ;|lriake^
your answer short and address! them to •
\u25a0\u25a0•' PRIZE ANSWERS TO "WHY DO YOU 'LIE?" r~ :
$5 prize to A. GrifOn. Modesto, Cal. ' .'*\u25a0
I hate to be conspicuous. .; ' ,( \u0084
$1 prize to Francis Timmons, San Jose, CaL . \u25a0*.
Why do I breathe?. ' - "\u25a0'
$1 prtreto Mrs.,W. C. Hanke.Escalle, Marin ''connty,: CaL. i .'; '
I'd be lonesome" if I. didn't. ' V - \u25a0'
tl prize to Mrs. M.L. Wheeler, 605 North Locust street. Vl*alia, Cal. -
Truth. isia dead language./ •, : •
$1 prize to R. C Williamson^ 1109 , Serenth street, : Sa'crkmeato,^'Cai;>
I paid for . that privilege when I bought 'my marriage : license.
fl prixetoE. E./PanlerVK:elseyTllle. Cal^ \u0084 '
What a funny ? question; for a newspaperman to ask.' »\u25a0\u25a0' *
were about 22 persons In it,, mostly
women. The purser and chief engineer
were with him. He took one boatload
to the San Pedro and returned ". for
more, 'picking up four women; and six
men. "When he arrived \at ! the * San
Pedro the schooner • refused .to take
them. . . \u25a0 '
"I had. one woman in, my boat who
had fainted.", said Hawse. ."I was
afraid she was going to die, "and I
called out to them to take her anyway,
but there was no response. .Then I sang
out to them to give me: some -whisky
for her, bufl could not get any answer.
I waited -half an hour: to' see if no! one
would come. . I, called out to. the purser
and chief engineer. whom I had just put
on board, but there was no response."
In answer to^questions : Hawse 'said
that lie had no personal grudge against
the captain of the San .Pedro and! did
not place the responsibility for, the fall r
ure to -respond upon any one in par T
tlcular. Continuing his story, he said:
I "There were two big men in the bot
tom of the boat and I tried to get, them
to move away to make more room 'for
,the women,' \u25a0who were in the , bow, but
they refused.. If I had had a gun I
would have shot them.".
Captain Bermlngham tried .to quiet
the ire of the third offlcer, but he in
sisted on having his say, reiterating
with much emphasis that he considered
it the duty of every officer under cer
tain circuirfstances to shoot, and • the
captain's, orders, which he had tried
to obey, were to save the women and
children first. He had put- his coat on
the woman who had been in. a fainting
condition and was later^dellrious.NThen-<
he took a sail and wrapped lit | around
the women. One of the women in the
boat was Miss Maybelle Watson. " Those
in ' the boat were picked up .'by the
George W. : Elder.
Chief Engineer Jackson testified that
he had been > chief engineer on. the
Columbia for 11 years.
"What was the condition of the boil
ers and engines?" asked Captain Ber
mingham. '
"They were In first class condition."
"At what speed were you going at
the time of the collision?'
"At fuir speed, 71
"What speed does that mean?",
"Thirteen -and a half under normal'
conditions, 13 under the conditions ob
taining that night."
When asked how the • officers and
crew of the Columbia conducted them
selves, .Jackson answered:.
"They conducted themselves bravely
and in a manly way.". ; - .
He testified that there was no/dis
position to save men at the expense of
women. \u25a0\u25a0.*\u25a0; .
"Were the women saved in 'prefer
ence to the men?" \u25a0
• "I should say that no preference was
shown. "Whoever happened \u25a0 to come
first was pulled up out ' of : the • water."
When questioned about-the action of
the captain of the San Pedrohn, refus
ing to take more passengers on • board,
Jackson said: ~: '. ' " •' >
"I.heard the. captain say that they
would be safer in the boat than in his
ship, which was water : logged. I »be
lieve • he , sincerely wanted ; to - do. what
was right and that he thought there
was real danger.".' ... •
The trial will be continued today, at
1 o'clock. .
A- sworn statement from Chief En
gineer. Arthur V. Williams of the San
Pedro told of the collision aa viewed
from his vessel. He was ordered to as
sist in putting out the boats and helped
to get coffee and blankets for the suffer
ers from the wreck." The water I poured
Into the ; engine '_ room "* after.: the j col
lision. The; sea' was running very,' high
at times and was washing the lumber
overboard. All the officers and crew of
the San Pedro' worked together to re
lieve the suffering, of the terror strick
en and destitute persons brought '-'on
board. ',"\u25a0".'' \u25a0 - - "
Relieve* Xervoua Disorders ,
Headache, Insomnia, .Exhaustion and
Restlessness Rebuilds the nervous sys
tem. • - \u0084-•.•
Albert J. Fowler was- held "for trial
before 4 the • superior - court . by v Police
Judge Shortall yesterday' on; a- charge
of burglary. - He broke Into the saloon
of Hoffman ! & /, Creon, M 162 -Golden
Gate avenue, on the- night -of - ; July. 1 : 20
and was. found hiding inTthe adjoining
barbershop. ' t ; ' = :
Policeman Hayden found -five -sticks
of dynamite^lri th« ruins of a building
at 30 -Turk street . yesterday > morning.'
He took them to the property clerk's of
fice. It Is supposed that ithey had been
there ; since the earthquake "\u25a0 and', fire
last year. . . \u25a0
Portraits } pi [those promnenljin:., fa the causes -of;, the wreck of the; Columbia. ', In the:tdp row, from left to right, they \arc
. Arihw Coffcy'and T\iJ.cßeid?:of fa
totd ore of Engineer ]I,S:J rvho is conducting ' fai inquiry {for the CovernmenL
R.Agerup; second 'mate; and '^R.^W^yHaw'se,--' third -.mate of ' )he< Columbia', are fa two lower -portraits, from Jefl to right \u25a0
City of Topeka Brings Sixteen
off of Columbia Survivors
Eureka's;Maydr' Gomes to San 'Francisco in the
Interest of Stranded 2 Passengers :
The steamer^ City, of Topeka arrived yesterday; morning from Eureka with
sixteen ; survivors of ; the" Columbia wreck on- board. \u25a0:' Five^ oij the ; survivors ; had
been members ;of j the ; Harriman ; steamer's crew, and - of ; the eleven passengers
who came dowri\6n the\Topeka , three were women. : «^ ; : : { /-*///;/;;/' -.•" ." : :\u25a0'/ -."r-V \u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0
v : Among, the ? members ; of the crew ..was f. Purse r, , J. : EA Byrnes. - Mayor Ricks
of Eureka- w^as a passenger jon the City^bliTopeka, and A while ; in- this city; will
do:what he canto^assist? those of the i. Columbia's passengers ; whp3werej.bri
their way; eastward -to secure , transportation to their \u25a0 home % s* in ; place . of the
ticketa that * went 7tb^ the 'bottom; oh the ; Columbia with their clothing, their
money and ', their; other^ impedimenta iof .'travel. ' : v^ . ;;»* ' ::: \u25a0• :>'_\u25a0'
• * The , wharf t crowded 'with *. friends fof those returning; and with rela
tives ; inquiring j with quivering \ lins /! for news of ; others.Vsome of ; whom (will
never come : back.r5 Long ibef ore Uhe steamer was? alongside vthei.wharf : those
on board jwere busy ..answering" questions,; willingly*, wherelthey. had good' news
to" impart.'^- Where* the news iwas : ; bad -there was: no need to -answer, and, sobs
and sighs; hereV and- there' along the
line of waiting, people told '.that the si
lent lookVof ; pity v had :t told ; the; story
that extlngruished the last ray of hope.
\u25a0j- Purser Byrnes has little ito tell of
the shipwreck. i He; was : aroused by; the
crash as the vessels came together. -By
the time he was thoroughly awako apd
dressed the Columbia w^as sinking. The
water \u25a0 was ,up ; to '; the^ door \u25a0 of ; his • room
as he stepped out on deck. He hastened
to; his? boat, ; stepped UnV and- in "-ar; few
seconds .'found: himself /adrift .'on % the
Pacific. , With, the'occupants- of. his boat
he boarded the San Pedro and remained
there - until v the ivGeo"rge\W. ".Elder -ar-"
rived. .Immediately; uponi reaching JEu
reka, I Byrnes filed -fa. itelegram Uo '> the
steamship compahylln'this -city,'?. with 'a ;
list of r those T saved,^by. : 'the< : Elde"r. ; -<His
message ; was '.riatkreceivedg here 'until
I. o'clock s the following, afternoon,' more
than 24 hours after;it.had;been*filed. '.•'\u25a0\u25a0
'.Among : the'BufvivorsLwho.afrived on
the . City, _of Topekalwas * George ' Smith,
the rigger- of* this • city, • who ; was a pass
enger .on« the and ( ; ; :;whose
brother was drowhe.d .when 1 the'steamer
went >'down.*£i* Smith' ;Vdldv heroic*, work 1
after, the coll isl on and but for his pres
ence of .mind t three r lifeboats
would 'thav©; been' dragged 1 ; dowri' l with
the Columbia. '7 The b oats | had' not ; been
cast i off j when* the : steamer < started • oh
Its last plunge. \-i Smith,', who. :,had 'drawn'
out his '•; knife '' as • soon as ," he % realized ,
th« * situation, |.was/ able?, to I cut 'f. loose
all ; three boat* : bef ore ;he ; jumped' over- 4
board itolsave^hiS;Ownillfe;V ....;, >:7.^
Miss : Lulu jHansen^aT school- teacher
from Minneapolis, was picked up : by the
third >' officer's : : boat « and t remained' Son
board:- until £theU Elder '^arrived. s Miss
Hansen wa< In- th e ; water more [ than' an
hour. ., '.With^the-; other| passengers * she
unites 1 inVoreditinglthe and
erew /* of *the^Sant| Pedro'i with v having
done all in their, power to save life and
alleviate/suffering.^y/i'; v ' J V' , "iSL^I
;\u25a0. Mrs^lH.^ Cv/ ShawV| a^ wealthy ;,widow
from t Stockton^?, was another^; survivor;
who '=came«dowhion*thelTopek£ ;, She
took time )to dress .before the : Columbia'
sank 4 and^wasS ln;ttheS waters; f or vf two
hours I before '\u25a0} she :;was "\ upVand!
placed -ont. board-? the|[^an|Pedro. She!
says \ they/ bel leved I the . San > Pedro | was
going. to pieces- and fthat^was. the, reason'
Captain^ HaihisenT refused'-' to take - any.
more from^ the*, lifeboats. • . : 'V ? .« \ '\u25a0\u25a0'": • ;' *:
A. St.H Ciair, j a \w^aiter,Towes*\ his * 1 lfe;
he says, to the fact^ that 5 he-: was tunable
toT ? flnd^. a;? pair<*-'of * T new.^ trousers. '^He
donned a palr;that*had ; been tweli;worn
and when ja' nail ' in the* sinking : Colum
bia's . superstructure \u25a0 hooked f him, the
flimsy : cloth r tore ; away ; and ' he ; escaped."
"I'd > sure . havisf sroneldown^with^the^
steamer, for they were tough stuff and
would jhave*h"eld'like]a\wlre>rope"." ;,'
= ;\ Miss 'Alma^ Os terber g,f a school \ teach'
er| f romlCleyeland,tp.^islye3 lan^ inter
esting , account? of .her. experiences r and
lncidentlyj pays! her y Mrespects > to ;the Cal
ifornia? fle'aiTftiSheS said: P, T-j" :\u25a0
;"I ]heard -the^cfash^of^the s collision
and f jumped lup?| but fan fo fficer7came|to
the V d oor ,f*o t\ my and \ told |mef to'
go |back| to Ibed.Tjthat | every thing |was
all^ right.^ iftook > hls|advice,lbutlwh?rr
the* lights p!wentSout|lf Jumpedfiup/
jcrabbed \ a> kimono,- put \ It |on foyer I my
night robe and ,'went -, on ti^tk. ; I
climbed into , ajboat ; with -what 'seemed
to ; me like r about. ;Bixty.: other 'passen^
gersf- Just as I got in the' steamer gave
a ; great - lurch^which. 'threw /everybody
out of the boat^irito \the j water.
1 \u25a0;-,"I- ; am ;a good >swimmer, and ; when ; I
found myself in -j the :^ water." and ! going
down, down, " I >; said- to- myself: 'You
must keep : your/mouth. shut andc swim
asiyou never/ did^before.w'r v < ' Cv i
: "But the suction - kept' drawing tme
down , and I; told myself - ; ;that'V I, was
drowning.; Suddenly^ I. came; to; thetsur
f ace.> ./As \u25a0I § struggled*; in % the water ,;I
became:, entangled?, several ';; times /with:
.wreckage^ arid^myi koriiiono^ had * been'
torn ;! to ; tatters lby," the ; : time I, reachel
;the} surfaced;/ 1 ; *> '•::'"; \u25a0 '•: '\u25a0' -V V \u25a0\u25a0'\u25a0- [\u25a0'\u25a0'•:
.. . i "My, first >; though ; was ;.not ' at all jin
keeping - ; with"?'.the> seriousness /0f .;.! the
situation. $1 1 ;\u25a0 found J rhyself .-j '• Iri;,." clear
water and ini pretty Jgood v conditiori and
-I 'said;'.'. to > : myself :; ; v.'Well, I 'Alma,"S;-you
have, one ithirig^tojberthankfui; for.; This
.will , t settle i; those .horrid Los ',' Angeles
fleas.'.v; \u25a0'\u25a0.'\u25a0'\u25a0.:} \u25a0Vv/v'?:^'''-v; " : *•'':" '..: \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0:-.'
• ; £ "But ; 111 1 \u25a0\u25a0' got * very.' lonely; after /.that
and iwas- badly \u25a0 scared when a drown-"
i ing ' man}T grabbed trine i afid /pulled j> me
;;underjfora few seconds.;; Then' I^'heard
soiriebody/slnglng," 'Nearer," My i 'God,** to'
Thee,' r ; and i.Throw / Out C the % Lifeline.'.
It; was '. a lifeline '^thatV l i wantedlthen/
Ifi could ; have climbed ;'on ;, af- raf i,i: but
thought I , had >. :'a.< better/chance _ to . keep
- alive $ If il^kept vswimmlng.'i: tJ ,i;'(.was
picked, up; by; the third officer's! boat.".-';.
y*{ Just; after i the' ship iwent I down" Miss
Osterbefg> saw :a: mother,- arid jtwoi'chil-.'
v dren^cllnging|toTsonTe^wreckage. ; '
< why i ; haye, .we . come I. away.
our f, ; clothes ?!' she :, heard c one
of Jthe 3 youngsters' ask.?: >\u25a0 s v ; :;./;\u25a0 r
'^ "Mama,''J;« chimed*', In js,the pother, t? did
you /remember! to ;brlng,your s mdney?^ ?*;
. I'.'lt's ;. al 1 c rl gh t,V darlings.^.- .We V have'
our flives/'/thei mother >'/.,. , r
,r, r "But Vjtheyf were:, all 'drowned,"/ said
Mis's'i. Osterberg./ ','-)i'J- ':'\u25a0 //\u25a0' '- * ' '"' \u25a0'\u25a0 .' \u25a0•.,'-". •]'. ; I T
F/i Miss i Osterberg r i sawf a v mother 5 hand
.'a'itlriy> baby ?io} her?» husband.*^ She i saw
|themfall i ; ln;the\water]tbgether. ! .^A''raft
approached: ?FA*- surge] of *the ; sea\ threw,
.the s raf t]fsudderily| f ofward.V;_' It } struck
theihusband; r on-the^head;and;he;and!the
[baby s tdisappeared.L~ ,The "-• mother iwas
Family of Survivors j ;
;^ ll6unlie<d4h Oakland
iW^Hi Jlhgels < and i Daughter-
' i OAKLAND, July » 25>-^For • the ,; first
Jtlrne^ since s: they.;" were 'i separated
ing. ! steamer] C6lumblala|moment]bef ore
,the^ye~ss'el g into ItheT6ceanv.W?
H. l^ lngels^fhist daughter, ;Miss]sHazeL
Ingels^and^Mrs/j Ingels 3 werelreunitea
r yiorrieMat
[street.t»>WhilejtheS three vwerejbattling
againstX<ieath| in "the'j sVirlirig|, waters
near| tn ?f£ un k ?"^ 5. n ?P 11 M FSF S In Sfels | was
picked |up|by|a|boatCwhlchl landed fat
Shelter^Cove,' 'Awhile 1 Ingels ? ;;' arid?^ his
f U3U£lltSr?.Wgf§< tS]Sga;,' to^Eureka
the 1 , steamship* George- : W.-* Elder after
being i rescued from ; the i water .by a
smalliboatT^;^: 'X ! - ' -v ; - •
; Mrs. Ingelsireached'rher heme' in this
city "a idayiahead! of 5 her* husband and
daughter, - arriving; in. Oaklaand ' last
night;. ; ~i TheT father - and : daughter ar r
rived "hero this evening. "Mr. Ingels
said: \u25a0' ', v_. ,
.'\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0[. "With my .wife; arid daughter I was
asleep when \ f the '<\u25a0 collision ; occurred,
but; tho; crash "awakened us,' and for. a
minute IT thought : that, the ;steamer
had * struck} a 'rock. ": We \ hurried ; from
the stateroom to the saloon* deck, whera
every thing -was v . in >:. confusion! -k and
without|losing ; any . time* hastened'; : to
the , v ;. upper.;? deck,'! and '. finally- climbed
oni to; thei hurricane T deck..'' Almost as
jsoon'f as ";.we I reached this ;. high ', point
on'! the . steamer . ; ; the '.water was Vat * our
feet,'r^and/.we'?*c'ould : ; feel;,, the" r ; vessel
settllng.J uriderf us.'^a'nd? 1 knowing -'.that
our j only^ hope 'iwas i to t leave the v ship
arid ': trust vto 'picked "'up V by"; one
of ,the ( v boats \u25a0'all? of ;/us; jumped ?from
the -deck" of 'the rsinking. ; steamer ; into
the' water. -v ; ; ;-x* ''
iJ'Cl'We ' %were , 'immediately f separated,'
and 1 1 f had 5 hardly . been i) in / the ;,water
a ;' minute z before j" the 2- Columbia -san k,.
and' 1 1 felt the [drag of ; the water /caused
by i the suction /as r the J ship 'went .'down;
I i don't ; know.? howj long £I -f was ', In f »tho
water,'; for .i I /swam ;*' around v for ;; some
time,* calling v f the "names of ;my t wife
and 1^ was J; alriaost
exhausted ; and f just ; ready.!, to 1 give ?,up
.the f fight, f- as 5 1 .was \u25a0} sure -, that i both
Hazel > and;, my -wife 7 had gone 'j down
when I thej; steamer sank,' I *.?:.. heard £• my
daughter.^ > calling^ : my . '. name ,.;;:<'and
answeredJ r 1 ':/,', \u25a0• ,'.-'':, J ,~ :':•\u25a0•-:\u25a0./''
''A: few f minutes -later: I was '. picked
,up by \u25a0a \u25a0 boat ; ; by i.which I Hazel ; had r , al
ready ..been \ rescued,"> and ," shortly = v af ter^
.ward 1 the •: boat t was i picked i up i by ,> the
steamer Elder; on .which ,we were taken
toj! Eureka.'? *-. Until ?I r reached * port J and
learned^by. telephone' that J my • wife? had
bepn ; rescued,^ and £ was lon -• her : way
home • I *i . wasj sure J that | 'she ( had % been
los C.and iyou: can: imagine. my, joy^when
I i learned k that 1 she iwas i saf e She I had
already.? started ! lor j home i and (as j I iwas
a?, day iher| I fdid.;not s / see ? her
- L uhtll vwe [reached ] home tonights. .. ', '.;\u25a0
I «A/."Of 2 course ? I ;{can f not % tell f positively
. howj long f it *ywas ?.af ter 4 ! the ;\u25a0 collision
.that f the^Columbia-iwent * down,"* but X l
am positive >that jit [could* hot! have 'been
' more lthari^flve]minutea;fforiwefdld f not
stopsfor^anfilristantf after^leaving^ouc.
stateroom \ until \ the \ hurri
of [thelyessel^fahdfWef jumped
overboard as \u25a0?, soon 'fas } we* could -. reach
the '\ rait u> It [certainly,* did ,'*\u25a0 'not I take'; us
1 morel than 5 five] minutes ! on^deck/
rand jbyjthat?tlinelthe
! a* few i Inches lof |wher e twe \ stood.l near.
! the Tstern 3 of % 'the'^shlp? fi All H that $ I Jean
! say! is & that 'j I< am thankful ? that J none
of .those dear, to me were lost .when! the
vessel lwent ? down.".; ? J v;; .' T T --":V •>:».; :}
V^Mlss'l Hazel vlngelsfwas^ so r exhausted
tby^her^terrlble: 1 experience |the
>wf ul"j hours •> following |. the .sinking
;thi9j-Bteamer^a,rid*ithe^fatigue?:of ;her
'journeyjhbmev|that]shej retired" at ='once
; to^herjg room on f r eachiri g ,',' home.'^v and
Ingels^ de£
jelared % that S she *,was |so \ happy.? at tho
suf el returnlf of j her] husband I and fdaughT
,terf thatf shef|wished r>to 5 forget';, about
L the|agonylof Ithe ; hours 1 1 ollowingithe
;-wreck > during^whlch ? she jhjelleved
both*|hadlperishedJ^f r-.'\-.t) " ' :
ifi Notice name and signature of Dr.- Siegert wheii
J£S_£w:Aa*etf«» BUttera. faluable itomaciic. • .
. Genuine .'• maple. ': five roomy ?•
drawers, \u25a0' all drawer 3e r3r3r 3 gruaran- *
teed " to work . smoothly. : Thi3 *
' value will, surely please yon. .<
This ' value I 3: given to Intro- I
/.to, the furniture buy^»g public. -j
\u25a0»' "We are k the \u25a0 biggest /furniture " ?]
and carpet buyers .'on the H
coast — which \u25a0 gives a chance ll j.!
1 to sell : cheaper : than others. id
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More x Survivors ;
:.^:: .^: Arrive) in .City
Occupants ]of Boat 2 Gome
Overland: From - Gove
'-Thirteen „ survivors i. of .the /wrecked
Columbia arrived lin i this 'city/ yester
day r f rom '"; Eureka - and ; Shelter Cove.
To some .the i home-coming brought
nothing \ but. happiness; : to others ; the
memory/: of Iloved ones", dying' before
theirTeyes. clouded "the joy .of greeting
relatives and' friends ;agalcu /
"Miss 1 *Al<B. T Cornell,', escorted by her
brother, i. who*.. went * from / San. Diego -to
Eureka C to /join: his sister, was one
of, the tearful "ones.V'Her^mother went
down;' before .' her • - eyes. ' Jacob " Kurz
saw,; ; the : i waves -close over;-- his little
boy forever.". Miss Ruby t Cooper mourns
a sister whose .life' she tried in vain
to? save. \u25a0 'Al L. Lewis. is still? in: doubt
as' to v theifate*. of ;his wife, 1 /who was
carried away ' from", his 'side. ? !
' When", passengers • in Cl bbat . 2 leaned
over 1 : in 'the J darkness • and .pulled the
drenched- • fofm> oo r Ruby-; Cooper h from
the « they > found; » tightly - clasped
'In; her s arms,- the^ unconscious "form • of
hdr 'sister.' ' Ruby 'still>breathed faintly
and : was i brought \u25a0 back 1 to ": life, but the
sister ' was deadJQjf||f£HGSlßßsMS£l
f' Jacob..' Kurz -was ' also " rescued from
the T waves iby ; passengers' In boat; 2. -He
was ; pulled" from 1 thes ea 1 none : too soon,
but '; his »boy, i who j nestled" In * his /arms,
.was / dead.^iThere ; was ' no *• room <In i the
little , boat for the .'dead. - - The space was
too precious for the living,' and the body
of /the;- little> fellow .-was -consigned ; to
; thei murky/waters- with r a?prayer.- No
onejhadt the 'heart -toftell the 'father,
when he;revlved of the fate of . the little
,boy. v ;it,was not until, the party I ; reached
Eureka >. that;; any ;/one s dared.* tell : him
that | hope ;.was h gone. \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•- - .". * ' . '*<..\u25a0••"'
v/jThe :body.i of fa^ woman, supposed &t
first* to have been Mrs.- A. L.- Lewis, re
mains unidentified. -\u25a0'Only, a* faint-' clew,
•'remains.'; * It' consists of a r case" for nose
glasses, Jand*;on?;:lt; Is > inscribed * the
words.V.The. Globe,' 218-SouthfElghteenth
street,'jOmaha."-i; .The? body iwas l taken
to \u25a0•Eureka..'-.. \u25a0- ;./..-/.:-,-.
; - "The >j last -;. time gI i saw.; my mother,"
; said Mlss > Cornell, yesterday. ..'^as, when
Jthe .'. Columbia^ made fits ! final
Lime - $1.00 per bbl. 1
Cementsl.so per bbl. I
Bulk Lime $10 per ton 1
iiliiili^lii p|
plunge. I had a life preserver on and
my , mother! was likewise provided. I
know that,' because I ; helped her put it
on. : After ; what seemed . an eternity I
was buoyed rto the surface: I looked \
for, my, mother, but she did not come to
the surface.- I never saw her again.
That awful plunge:" " :
There was 'one happy couple, happy
though saddened by the woes of others.
It was E. O. Liggett and his bride, who
were on their way to Portland on their
honeymoon. As the t»oat went down
they * stood hand in hand on'the .deoc;
they . were carried together into the
maelstrom, and arose, hand clasped In.
hand, to the surface." They were plcke-l
up unconscious by, one of the boats.
L.\C. Myers makes bitter complairt^
against Third Offlcer Hawse, whn was
in charge of boat 6. He accuses Hawr.o
of cruelty and stolid "selfishness In re
fusing to go to the aid of many m
rafts and floating timbers, who might
have been saved.
The arrivals in' the city yesterday
were R'W: Graham: Ed. Wallln of 3f>
Zoe .i street. D. S. : McAlplne, who was
watchman on the. Columbia and was in
charge of hoat 2 ;>W.H. Ingles. Mis 3H.
Ingles. Miss A. B. Cornell. Miss May
Lehan, L. C. Myers and wife.' E.; O. Lig
gett and -wife," T. T.^Clark and wife.
31. J. Rodman. A. Caderette, Charl<£* -
McCoy.'ahd.F. *B. Keever were left qA
Shelter. Cove.' but will come to this cltjT.
The following passengers were lancf
edHnboat 2 at Shelter Cove and are
safe: Mrs. TV. Dunn. Mrs. TV. H. Ingles.
\Uss B. Musser. Ruby A- L.
LewJs. B. W.G raham, Jacob Kurz, Ed
win Wallln. Paul Hlnner, David Easton.
Charles McCoy, Err.il Mann.-
Captains Let Petty -
Quarrel Interfere
Dunham; and Jessen Respon
'^sible for False Reports
The steamer Roanoke. although for
several hours in company of the Ceorg'i
W. Elder, ori< which were the survivor*
of the lost Columbia, (acrrived here last
Monday.'with news of the disaster, but
virtually "no details. .Much surprise wa.i
expressed at Captain Dunliam's failure
to bring a list of those saved. It ap
pears; now that the reason for th.'s
failure "was that Captain Dunham of the
Roanoke and Captain Jessen of the
George' W,-. Elder are not on speaking
terms. There was no direct .communi
cation between. the two masters an<l
such . communication ' as there wa3 con
fined.itself to v a,brief and formal re
port megaphoned by a quartermaster.
The wires between Eureka and the*
outside* world, were .down' until lata
on Monday night." "3ased on the Roan
oke's report, there was sent broadca.«c
throughout the country, with a full Hit
of the! Columbia's pas3eng~ers, th<* ,
statement that neither women nor. chil-Yj
dren had been saved." In Ca^X
ifornia and throughout the \u25a0 country
were thrown into deep distress and m
many, cases. all because Captains Jessea
and Dunham had allowed a petty per
, sonal quarrel * to stand between them
and a duty that they owed to their
profession and to humanity at large.
Severe criticism was heard on every
; hand yesterday and both captains will
be called upon for* an explanation..'
Xarth Markarvfch of 901 East street,
a -laborer, 40 years of age, was found
floating in the -water off Fort Point by a
fisherman yesterday.' The body bad
been, in the water about" 15 days.\ It
was identified by a postal card found in
a pocket.

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