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. MT. VERNON, 0., TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1912 No. 33
In The Probing Regarding
Titanic Disaster
Tbe investigation Is Trans
ferred To Washington
And The Matter Will Oe
Gone Into Thoroughly
First Saloon Steward Alleges He
Heard Men In Crow's Nest Discuss
Refusal of Officers to Heed Danger
Signal When Iceberg First Sighted.
Sailor Held at Cleveland After
Telling Story of Scenes of Revelry
That Preceded Crash.
Washington, April 22. This morn
ing the subcommittee of tho sonata
committee resumed Us Investigation
Of (he Titanic disaster In the large
caucus room of tho senate office
building. Senator William Aldon
Smith, the chairman. conferred
with other members of the com
mittee and It has been decldod
that the ofllcers and crew of tho Ill
fated ship who are under subpena
shall, be given preference, over pas
sengers. Senator Smith regards It
as important tbat the testimony of
these men be .heard at once, Inas
much as they are British subjects
and most of them are anxious to re
turn to England. J. Bruce Ismay, the
managing dhector of the White Star
line, will be one of the first wit
nesses called.
Senator Smith has arranged to call
many of the passengers to come be
fore the committee. Among these
will be many women who have
agreed to appear and tell what they
know of the wreck. Mrs. Ryerson of
New York, .Mrs. Luclen Smith, the
daughter of ltepresentatlve Hughes
of West Virginia, and Mrs. Douglass
of Minneapolis have all Indlcnted a
willingness to testify. Senator Smith
also received assurances from Major
Arthur Puchlon of Toronto that ho
will appear,
Lewis Klein, a Hungarian member
of the Tltanic'a crew, Is another wis
ness who Is expected to give Inter
esting and sensational testimony,
Klein has been located In Cleveland,
O., where he has made statements
regarded as highly Important by Sen
ator Smith. The senator declined to
disclose the nature of these state
ments. Overheard Conversation.
Interest a tills stage of the Inves
tigation revolves atound the testi
mony of Thomas Whltoly, first salon
steward on the Titanic. Whltely Is
represented as having overheard a
conversation between the two sailors
who were in the crow's nest of tho
Titanic, and who claim to have given
the ship's olticera repeated warnings
of the presence of the Iceborgs that
wrecked the vessel. Whltely Is now
In St. Vincent's hospital In Now
York, but the commlttoe expects to
bring him to Washington as soon as
he Is able to travel.
Quartermaster Hltchlus of the Ti
tanic, who was arrested on the Lap
land as she sailed from New York,
will be closely examined by tho com
mittee. Tho French ambassador called on
Senator Smith to commend tho com
mittee's diligence In pushing tho In
quiry and to assure htm of willing
ness on the part of the French gov
ernment to co-operate with tho Unit
ed States to prevent a recurrence of
such disasters.
Secretary of the Navy Meyer also
conferred with Senator Smith, and It
Is bolleved will order tho wireless
operators and ofllcors of the cruiser
Chester to appear before the commit
tee. The operator on tho Chester Is
regarded as tho most efficient wire
less man In tho service.
Sonatdr Smith thinks this willing
ness of the White Star people to co
oporato In the Inquiry discredits re
ports that the British government
might possibly object to detention
of membei s of the crew In the Unit
ed States.
Senator Smith thinks that .the tes
timony before the commlttoe will
prove of much valua In anabllnc the
New York, April 22 -History does
not record smother trip like that of
the Cunard liner Capathla. She left
Now York, Thursday, April II, lor
Mediterranean ports with a large
pai ty of tourists and a week later
wan back In New York with 70Q sur
vivors of the most dlpahtrous ship
wreck in human experience. As the
pahbengers who hud just left tho
country could not bring any dutiable
articles, and as those rescued from
the Titanic had no personal effects,
many being scantily clad, they could
not possibly smuggle In any goods,
governments of the world to agree on
proper laws for the regulation of
shipping so as to better safeguard
life and property at sea.
Ismay Says He Is Peady to Tell All
He Knows About Wreck.
Washington, April 22. J. Bruce
Ismay, managing director of tho
White Star line, upon reaching
Washington declared ho had not ask
ed tho British embassy to "protect"
him against the senate Investigation
of tho Titanic disaster, as has been
repotted. Ho said he was glad to
co-operate with the United States
government In seeking the true facts.
"I stand ready to render to tho
Untied States government every as
sistance In my power in its investi
gation of tho disaster," said Mr. Is
may. "I have not sought to stand on
my rights as a British subject, but
on the contrary welcome the fullest
Inquiry. I shall hold myself subject
to the wishes of the committee and
will aid it In every way possible."
A ciowd of curious people was
gathered at tho Union station to
meet tho sailors and get a look at
Managing Director Ismay.
William J. Bryan Addre33es New
York Audience on Heroism.
New York, April 22. Expressions
of sympathy for those who aro In
great grief, sorrow for those who
died, plowing words of tribute for
tho hornlBiu which has thrilled tho
world, and then strong words urging
legislation and regulation to prevent
n recurrence of tho Titanic catastro
phe, marked the memorial meeting tit
tho Broadway theater. Solemn as
the occasion was, the groat audlotice,
which Jammed the auditorium, could
not forbear testifying lis approval of
that which was said at times, cr In
Joining In hearty approval of the res
olution!, which crystallzed tho senti
ment. Frederick Townsmid Mai tin
presided nnd Introduced William
JenuinES Bryan, who said'
"Mav we fee throuuh the tears
so there was not oven a curhory o.
1'iitlimtloii by tho customs otlicurs. All
thot-o on board were free to leave tho
pier without being questioned by Un
cle Sam's busy agents, and us soon
as she could be coaled and provision
ed again the Carpathia resumed her
interrupted voyage. A few of the
tourists decided not to make the trip
- some because of Illness and others
oecause they wanted their nerves to
recover from the shock of tho exper
iences they had had. Stories of sur
vivors of the wreck of tho Titanic
vary considerably in detail, but thoy
agree on the essential points. There
seems no doubt that the Titanic, the
now. Our coming here is an evidence
that somotlmes all of us can meet to
gether, and we do meet together
when drawn by a common purpose.
There Is a difference In education
between us, much more than there
should be, I fear; there Is a differ
ence in wealth, much more than
there should be; there Is a difference
of church, much more than there
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our hearts are touched, when we
meet together upon the foundation of i
the heart.
"Many more people had died In a
glven peiiod thau the Titanic catas
trophe had called 'or; It Is not be
cause the more dlpd In a shorter
period that wo come hero, but be- J
cause ot the suddenness of the death,
the awfulness of It. An occasion of
this kind teaches its lessons. This
catastrophe has given us a cnance to
see how many heroes there are who
only need a call forward to vindicate
their rights to he admired."
Washington Memorial Attended by
President and Mrs, Taft,
' Washington, April 22. President
nnd Mrs. Taft attended snrvhes at
St. Paul's Episcopal church In com
memoration of Major Archibald W.
Butt, tho piosident's military aid,
who lost h's life in tho Titanic dis
aster. Major Butt was a membor of
3t. Paul's church. Tho memorial ser
vices wore held bofore the regular
service. Tho services woro opened
by tho singing of "Nearer, My God,
to Thee," the hymn which tho heroic
bandsmen on the Titanic played ns
the ship sank. The Itev, Frank Tal
bott, pastor of the church, tool: as
Hie tot or his sermon, "Gieater lovo
hntli no man that ho lay down hh
Hfo for hi3 brother." He paid hi ah
tribute to tho memory nl Major Butt
and Indorsed the prorosal to erect a
monument to his memory.
Provides More Lifeboats.
Southampton, April 22.--Tho White
Htar liner Olympic will carry III ad
ditional uolJapnlble boats . hn she
alls Iriim lioie for New Yoik noxt
i largest and finest vessel over built.
was proceeding at her usual speed
ot twenty-two or twenty-three Knots
an hour at 11:!. Sunday night, when '
a gigantic Iceberg was seen but a few
hundred feet ahead. The engines
were stopped, and an effort was made
by the man at the wheel to turn to
one side, but the veshei veered but
slightly and within lllteen or twenty
seconds crashed against the berg.
There was not a tremendous shock
indeed, many passengers who wore
asleep were not awakened. It was a
clear, starlit night, and the sea was
smooth. Immediately after the colli
sion the Titanic listed heavily, and an
Wednesday. Orders to that effect
were issued by the officials of the
torn p any.
Titanic Sailor Tells of Revelry
Aboard lll-Fated Steamer.
Cleveland, O., April 22. Louis
Klein, a sailor who was rescued from
the wrecked liner Titanic by the
Carpathia, was arrested here after
telling a tale of lack of discipline on
board the ill-fated vessol. He will
be taken to Washington to testify
befoie the senate Investigating com
mittee. Klein's story Is as fololws:
"The night the ship went down,"
laid Klein, "I was doing patrol duty
on the promenade deck, starboard
side. I took the watch at 9:30 o'clock
and was to have kept It for six
"There was a ball following a ban
quet of some kind going on down he
low and the captain and the ofllcers
were thete. I thought the company
was connected with It somehow.
After the party, the stewards served
the champagne and wines that were
left over to the crew, I knew that
many of them wore drunk. Thtio
Wore only three sailors besides my
self on watch. Wo had had somo
thtcg to drink, too."
Ho goes on t say that while pa
trolling the deck a passenger stand
ing at tho rail exclaimed: "Look
quick! Pee the hill over there!" "I
followed his aim as ho pointed and
I saw It was a big Iceberg."
Klein thon says he ran for tho spar
with the crow's nest on It and shout
ed to the looKoilt there to gvo tho
"Not a word did I hear," he contln-ui-d.
"So I started up. It was less
than a minute befoie I left the piom
etinde deck than I got to the top of
the spar and found the lookout sound
nsjeep. I rang tho alarm boll my
,elf." Caidlmil millions announces tne
receipt of a gift of $.".,000 from a
wealthy Hebrew citizen of the mid
file west to be need In the Catholic
rhurch'e war on Socialism.
hour or so 'atur there was a scries
of explosions of tbe boilers, which
broke the vessel (n two. and she
quickly sank. In the meantime the
lifeboats, entirely Inadequate to
handle the passengers and crew, had
been tilled and lowered. One sank
almost Immediately because the
plugs had not been fitted In the holes
In the bottom, and two others were
sucked under when the Titanic mace
her plunge o her last resting place.
The 700 survivors suffered severely
from the cold and several died of ex
posure before tho Carpathia, sum
moned by wireless, arrived to take
them aboard.
Zanesville, O., April 22. McClel
land Knight, 49, started on a fishing
trip up the Licking liver, and several
hours later his body was found in
tho water near the bank. A pedes
trian rasslng along the road saw his
foct sticking out of the water, and
pulled tho lody to shore. -Knight
was subject to epileptic attacks and
It is pieEumed fell Into the water
dming n peil
Upper Sandusky, 0 April 22. -Clem
K. Potter, 3S, brukoman on the
Hocking Valley railway, fell between
the cars here and was so badly In
jured that he died bhortly after.
Acnia, u., April J3. Aiiuurson uai
rott, a negro election Judge, testified
in the trial of County Auditor Walter
L. Dean that Dean had offered htm
J57G to Influence him In marking the
ballots of those physically unable tu
mark their own ballots.
Washington, Anrll 22 - Tempera
tures this week will average above
the normal In the southern and east
ern sates and near or below the nor
mal, with frosts, over tho middle
west, Rocky mountain and plateau
regions, according to the weekly bul
letin of the weather bureau.
Columbus O . April 22. From re
ports received by President John
Moore of the Ohio district. United
Mine Workers of America, It is ap
parent that there was a general re
sumption of work today throughout
the bituminous coal fields of Ohio
and the other states Included In the
Cleveland agreement.
Marlon. O., April 22. A suit to re
fcver $2ii,000 personal damages from
EH M. West, Franklin county recelv
rr of the Columbus, Delaware &
itarion Railway company, because of
illeged false and malicious charges
made agalnsl h,tm, wan flleAJn the
Marlon county common pleas court
by George Whysall, Marlon county
receiver for the same property.
Stockton, Cal., April 22. Chief ot
Police Brlare learned that the autc
matlc revolver which killed George
E. Marsh of Lynn, Mass., bears the
'number SS.lfll. This number, he
says, Is the same as the one on a re
volver purchased by William A. Dorr
of this city, who is now In Jail,
charged with the murder of Marsh.
Dorr suffered a collapse, but Is re
gaining his composure.
Columbus, O.. April 22. The Ohio
Columbus centennial will continue
through only one week. Original
plans contemplated the show to last
twice that long. The date will bo
Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, inclusive. Change
In plans has been made because o(
two facts: the state fair will be held
only one week, instead of two as at
first was expected, and a growing de
maud has arisen for a permanent t
centennial memorial. '
Greenville Man Fishes Italian's Mu-i
lllated Body 'From River.
Gieenvllle. O., April 22. Joseph
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creek the body of a man, weighted
down with railroad Iron and sewed
up In a blanket with wire wrapping.
The authorities were notified and tho
body was taken to tho Turpin
morgue. The man was recognized
ns an Italian. He may have been in
the water sinco last December. Tho
features wore unrecognizable, but the
body showed numerous stab wounds,
one of which penetrated the heart.
The coroner Is holding an inquost
today. No foreigners have been here
doing public work since last fall.
The local Italians . and Greeks aro
under police espionage.
A dishonest man Is always suspicious
lont Ills fellows.
Sixty-Four Bodies Of Victims
Are Recovered
But identity Of None Of
ill em Is Established
Burled at Sea After Religious 8er.
vice Those That Can Be Identified
Will Be Embalmed and Brought
Home to Relatives and Friends.
Will Remain For Indefinite Period
Searching For Bodies of Other Vic
tims and Wreckage.
St. Johns, N. F., April 22.-According
to wireless messages received
thiough the Cape Race station,
the cable steamer Mackay-Bennett
has recovered ths bodies of sixty
four victims of the Titanic
disaster which have been or can be
Identified They were taken aboard
the steamer and cared for by the un
dertakers who went with the vessel
from Halifax. No Information could
be obtained at the wireless station as
to the names u any ot the people
picked up. It Is also stated that ths
cable ship found some bodies that
were ir such & condition that identi
fication was Impossible, and these
were given sea burial with religions
Senator Smith and Wit
nesses In Titanic Inquiry.
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Mrs. M. C. Schuler of St. Louis
drowned herself at Santa Monica,
Cal., after reading about the wreck
of tho Titanic.
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