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The Ward County independent. [volume] (Minot, Ward County, N.D.) 1902-1965, May 02, 1912, Image 1

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Thrilling Story of His Escape
Charles Edward Dahl, Australian Car
penter, Enroute to Ross to Visit
Aged Mother, Tells Independent
Charles Kdward Dahl, one of the
comparatively few male survivors o£ I
the Titanic, which went down with
more than 1700 souls, passed through
Minot Tuesday enroute to Rose, N. D.
where he is visiting: his mother. Mrs.
Chariotte Dahl and sister, Mrs. Mar­
tin Berke, whom he had uot seen for
25 years. He was accompanied fry
his neice, Miss Klveda Hordson, a
pretty little Salvation Army lassie
from Fingal, N. D.
The Independent editor chanced tc
meet Mr. Dahl and he told us the
following thrilling story of the die
I am a carpenter and for the past
twenty years, I worked at my trade
in Australia. My mother lives at
Ross, X. D. and as it has been 25
years since I have seen her, 1 was on
my way to America on,board the Ti­
tanic, the night she struck an ice
berg. We left South Hampton on
April 10, traveled to the coa»6t of
France, then stopped at Queenstown,
Ireland, leaving there on the aiter
noon of April 11. The weather was
fine and the voyage on Friday, Satur­
day and Sunday was without incident.
1 was standing out on the deck of the
steerage Sunday evening about 9:30
o'clock and noticed that the weather
began to turn bitter cold all at once.
Some of the passangers mentioned
the fact that we must be in the vicin­
ity of icebergs. I went to my oahin
about ton o'clock and soon went to
sleep. At about half past eleven
that night I was awakened by a ter­
rific jar of the ship and was thrown
from my bunk. I was dazed for a
time and lost no time getting on deck.
I noticed 26 or 30 tons of ice on tht
starboard side, forward that had been
broken off the iceberg when the snfp
struck. I went to the port side to
see the iceberg, but it was not in
view as we must have struck 't a
glancing blow, then passed on. It
was a fine bright starlight night. I
hurried back to my cabin and secured
some more clothes, but lost my mon­
ey. When I returned on deck, I saw
that the ship was taking water fast.
The front seemed to be sinking down
into the water. I asked a sailor if
there was any danger and he said
there was none. The steward then
ordered all hands on deck and aft.
I went back to the cabin and gathered
some more clothing in my arms and
put on a life belt. I adised others
to put their life belts on and they
just laughed at me. I then went up
on the deck with the first class pas­
sengers and they were all busy by
that time putting on their life belts.
The crew from below then came up
and most everyone went to the star­
board side of the ship. The star­
board boats were the first to be low­
ered. I waited on the port side for
a boat half an hour, then went over
to the starboard side. The women
and children were looked aifter Irst.
The men were ordered to stand back
and were warned that if they did
not obey they would be laid out.
Sang Hymns and Prayed
A priest came to where crowd
of us were standing and asked us to
sing hymns and pray. We tant,
.then knelt in prayer, and asked the
Almighty bo spare us If It was His
will. I will never forget that solemn
One man who Jumped Into a lite
boat against orders, waa grabbed by
the neok and thrown out and toM
that if he would do that again, be
would be thrown overboard.
How Dahl escaped
I remained at the starboard ride
until the last boat well filled, was
going down the side of the ship.
When It waa thirty fleet down It
stopped because there was another
boat below that had not gotten out
of the way. I asked the officer If
he would have any objections to my
getting In and he told me to keop
out. He said the boat waa too far
down. I told him that If he'd give
me permission to get In Td do so,
and he said It was O. R. for me to
try. I knew that would be my last
Arthur H. Rostron, Captain of
The Rescue Ship Carpathia
Photo copyrtgnt, 1912, oy American Press Assoctatlbn.
commander of the rescue ship Carpathia Captain Arthur II. Rostron
became one of tbe principal figures in the Titanic trairedy. On re
ceiving the wireless call from tbe sinking vessel he changed his cours
and ordered full speed for the scene of tbe disaster. The Carpal hi
made the tifty-eight miles to the Titanic in three and nne-half hours. After th
survivors had been taken aboard the ship Captain Host run ordered a thank-.
giving service, meanwhile maneuvering the Carpathia among the wreckage
the hope of picking up other survivors, but without success. He has follow*"
the sea for twenty-seven years and has been with the (,'unard line since 1
He has been in command of the Carpathia for only a few months Capt:
Rostron appeared before the senate investigating committee and told at leu_:
the story of the rescue.
below us were afraid our boat was
coming right down on top of theirs,
and 1 never heard such screaming in
all my life. We kept lowering and
finally when we were close to their
boat, I asked for a knife, and being
handed one, out the rope of their
boat and it floated safely away.
The sea «vas very calm and we
iowed half a mile away from the ship.
We could see that she was sinking
gradually. Finally there Was a ter­
rific explosion like a cannon report
and a big black cloud at smoke arose
from the shlp. This settled and the
ship appeared to be broken at the
middle. Finally there was a second
report, more muffled than, the Ant
and the bodies came over the side of
the ship by the hundredsThe
screaming of the poor people as they
floundered around In that icy water,
two miles deep, was .something awful,
and I can hardly bear to think of It
all. It seems like a horrible nlgfhf
jmare. The screaming lasted ifor per-
Imps an hour, as many of the bodies
were" held up by the life belts. We
wanted to go back and help, but our
boat was already loaded to Its capae
ity. After a while the noise oeaaed
and there we lay all alone on the
wide sea. The ship had gone down
right aifter the second explosion, after
the bow waa submerged, by water
and the propellers were raised up
out of the water.
mission ifrom the officer, and they the morning I saw a light away In: Mrsi. Alice Willman, aunt of Fred
the distance. After a while I saw 1.1. Willman, died last week In one of
let me remain.
chance, grabbed one of the ropesj We remained out there In those
and wrapping my leg around it, slid boats until morning. One of our and they come out in the spring look- win. I figur# that Blaisdell and Simp
(town to the ]bo|at, which already boats had a green light. None of inr like lillies from trying to pack son are going to make a good s.bow
lontained 82 people, mostly men, as them had any food or water. We something into the heads of nonenti- in.tr."
tbe women had all been cared for. I would have been in a horrible plight ties that bear your name.
I will admit that the boat was pretty had not the Carpathia came along
l'ull, but there was room for me.
One of the fellows wanted to chuck
me out, but tolJ him I had per-
We did not know that we would ever WARD COUNTY HOESTEADER
he nesicuied ^nd| thcfle wjere some
anxious momenta. Finally, early In
The boat jbelow. u® wa$ having two lights and knew they were from the suburbs of New York, after a
trouble, as they did not know how to the masthead of some vessel. The protnacted illness from stomach
unfasten the ropes. The
I Carpathia soon picked us up. We trouble. "Aunt Alice" Willman was
rowed our boats along side of her1
Interesting Extract From Address by
Evangelist at Fargo—Boot black
Made More Money Than Col­
lege Principal
Billy Sunday in his address at Par
go'the other night said: "r don't'
think you pay enough attention to
your school teachers. There is only
one office ever aspired to hold and
that is member of the school board,
and the first thing I would do would
be to raise the salary of the school
teacher. Don't you know that the
poorest paid l»eople in this country
one uf
In our Grandfather's day wa» an expensive luxury,
and would run with only a fair degree of accuracy
To-day the watch is a necessity and inex­
pensive. The modern methods of manu­
facture enables us to sell an accurate time­
piece at a small price. We are showing a
16 size, 7 jewel watch with a nickel
case at $5.00, a 15 jewel at $8.00
we: (pay theM. It is an insult to flP(] that Whorley had taken a horse
Anfcrican wealth. Why, did you .nfr' belonging to McCormick sixteen miles'
heair of a school board saying to M.e t.o the home of John A. Borud, near
teachers when they quit in .Tune, Grelland, who is the ponndmaster for
"Come back in September and we will his township. Borud says the horse
pay yon just the same as if von vaie was tied behind a hay rack in which
here." Xo. Thev ought to be paid Whorley and Mrs. Streeter. who
right through the summer just the owns a forry-acre farm near the Bor
same a,s any other time. Its an In- ud farm, rode. Whorley and Mrs.
suit? when a barkeeper can make more Streeter were recently married. Bor
money than the prineiial of your ud positively identified Whorley as
high school. It's a disgrace. You're the man who left the horse at the
a lot of mean, old stingy lobsters, pound, although Whorley had shaved
•f they happened to run up the rate off his moustache in the meantime.
of taxation 2 or 3 mills on the dollar
you would have nervous prostration.
appendicitis, peritonitis and every
other old thing in two hours. I'll lllllll VI1
tell von that, there isn't a town in 51 *"S
this country tha|t doesn't n.esd to III AIVISfi" 3 2
have twenty-five first class funerals
some old fellows under '.he
sod. then the town could do some- I'
thins. who is candidate for the nomination
.^•Tt'ievegi picfily cmfwyp vbgkqj to Congress from the Third District,
said to a bootblack, a colored fei- spent several days last week in Mi
low at the Nelson house at Rockford,
111. "How much do you get a month?''
"Forty dollars and a vake of!'."
"What does the rake off amount
"Why, los«, last month made
lie got more money shining shoes
than the principal of the high school ent time, and feel certain that I will
for shining brains. get either first or second choice.
Look at our pwblic school teachers! There are so many'candidates in the
In the fall they go into the schools field that naturally all of them seem
with their cheeks looking like roses, to think they have a good show to
land the sea had beoome rougher, stoaders In Tornlng township south- normal site case was a frame up from
making the work a little hard. The
w6St 0f
children and women were taken on gottlers will remember her well. She
(board flrs(t, then the men. There
j,ere nearly ten years ago.
was coffee and tea awaiting us and
warm clothing, I tell you we wore t. Casey, the principal of the
treated line by the passengers and nienburn school, will enigage In the
officers on board the Carpathia. newspaper business at Gilford, Mont.
Judge Murray Bound Wm. Whorley
Over to the District Court on Charge
of Stealing Horse From P. J. Mc­
Wm. Whorley, a Freedom township
fainter, was bound over to district
court by .Judge Murray Saturday a''
ternoon, on the charge of stealing a
today are the ministers and the public horse from P. J. McCormick. Among
school teachers, and there are no t.
the witnesses who appeared at the
classes of people more indisponsible hearing were John A. Borud, John
to American morals and religion than Hippe, Ole G-ullickson, (lust Bow-:
the ministers and the public school nan. wife and daughter, and Frank
teachers and its a shame the salaries Sandquist and wife. Witnesses
The Independent may be wrong, but
the very earliest of the home-jit looks more and more to us like the
Mlnot and many of the tarly beginning to end between certain pol
iticians in i.Minot and a coterie of!
Bismarck politicians, who control the
money bags ol' the state. Minot had
to fight like a dog in order to get
that appropriation for $20|0,000 for1
the normal school and ajfter the bill
was passed, the state was in a quan
dry to know where the money was
coming from in case that a call was
made for it. North Dakota, you
know, is hard np flnancialy and they
do say that down at Bismarck Che:
funds have to be juggled most beau-!
I tifully in order to make a semblance
of a financial showing. The state is
away behind on many of Its bills.
I We'd like to know right now Just I
where that sum of $200,000 te. We'd
make a guess that it is being used
this minute to swell some short fund.
I We made a prediction months ago
that the normal ease would never be
advanced to the April calendar and
It looks like we were right. The
case will probably be heard during
the fall term, and a decision rendered
in the spring, aifter the session of tbe
legislature. It will be necessary, of
I course to secure another approprln
tlon and In that event, we might pos
sfbly get Ave or ten thousand dol­
lars tor the Improvement of the site.
This Is a heautHM meos we have got­
ten onreelTee Into,
I). Norton, Secretary of state.
not(, Stanley and Willis-torn. Mr.
Norton attended the big Socialist de­
bate in this city Sunday afternoon!
•and returned to Bismairck Monday,
Speaking of his candidacy. Mr.
Norton said: "T am satisfied with the!
way my campaign looks at the pres-
mKmi mm
Between Two and Three Thousand
People Hear Discussion at Spring
Loke Park Sunday Afternoon—Both
Debaters Become Personal in Heat­
ed Argument.
A crowd ot between two ami uu'ee
Uiousiiuu people gathered at ripriug
Lawe I'ark Sunday oflenioon at three
o'clock to hear David Goldstein, anU
sspeakei' iroin iioatou, and
Arthur Lerfueur, leading North. Ia
iioia. Sioiiatist discuss die question:
"lie-solve«--That David Goldstein lit'4
wiien lie sjiid that Socialism is op­
posed to Religion and the Family."
lie crowds came pouring into iii
ioi rom aii directions. Many came
in by tram, some came in autos.
Others drove frtom long distances,
or socialists and Anti-SociaJists as
v,en had Leen greatly wrought up
over the three lectures given by
Goldstein at the opera house last
,uh of which was the cause
•M the ueLaie.
'j ite l/ig auditorium was filled
o\er(iowing. Hundreds were unaible
iind seats and stood in the rear
ui ili« ijiiiiiiin-', and along the sides.
iiy stood outside and heard the
speaker- thru the open windows.
Goldstein said that he was a So­
cialist. tor nine years, and at one time
tie was Socialist lecturer an3 or­
ganizer. He is a cigar maker by
t.aie and worked at the bench for
nearly iweniy years.
I.e'Sueur is recognized as the lead­
ing Socialist ot the state and until
-•••. years ago practiced law in Mi-
I'or ten years he has been ex
oiitifiiiig the doctrine of Socialism
'id lias developed into one of the
.ore'.i'osi Socialist lecturers in the
state it' not in tiie whole country.
As President or the City Coinmisdon
Minot for a number of years, he
waged a relentless war against vice
of all kinds.
Just what either side gained by
Sunday's demonstration is hard to
determine at this time. The whole
of Minot and surrounding -country
has been woiked up over the question
to a considerable degree, and the re­
sult will be that a great many who
suit will be that a great many who
have paid little attention to the sub­
ject will read up on the subject, and
decide for themselves whether So­
cialism is or is not a good thing.
J. M. Devine made the opening
statement of the committee at threfl
o'clock, expressing it a privilege of
the people to hear two such able ex­
ponents o? Socialism and Anti
Mrs. Pooler Talks.
The first intimation of the battle
to come took place when Mrs. Omnia
Pooler arose to speak in behalf of the
Socialists. She started to say that
she was much surprised to hear eny
one make the charge that the Social
ists were opposed to religion and the
family, but did not get through with
her speech, when Mr. Goldstein arose
to protest, evidently taking the posi­
tion that he had come to debate with
Mr. L«Sueur, not Mrs. Pooler.
"Sit down," yelled several of the
Socialists as Goldstein was trying to
talk. "Sit down. Women first," con­
tinued tbe Socialists. The clamoring
kept up until Mr. Ooldstein was com­
pelled to take his seat, and Mrs.
Pooler started to talk again. She had
made some progress, when the audi­
ence started to cry "LeSueur." Mrs.
Pooler gracefully turned toward Mr.
T.eSueur and without further intro­
duction, he «tepp«d forward and began
his argument.
A Jew and a Catholic.
After contending that the question
'or disouselon. "Resolved that the
statement of David Goldstein that So­
cialist Is opposed to religion and the
Christian family is a lie," w*% unffclr
In that It did not allow a straight out
debate on the merits and demerits of
Socialism, he said:
"This man comes here, If I am cor­
rectly Informed and he can deny the
accusation If I am mistaken, sent by
the Catholic church, and he is here
a Jew, unless he ha* changed his na­
tionality since his face wee made."
"Rotten rotten," cried aome of tb«
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