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NEW SERIES, VOL. 1, NO. ?. W??kly. l?tobU??e* 18?; Dal?* Jan. 18, !'./.<.
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MORNING, MA\32, 1914.
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No Lives Might Have Been Lost
Had Storstad's Captain
Heeded Signals.
Heroic Efforts Made By Officers
And Crew to Save Passengers^
But Time Was Too Short
Collier Deserted Sink'
mg snip-ur ?J jr ci ti ic J
(By Associated Press.)
Rimouski, Quebec, May 30.-While final tabulation of casual
ties in the sinking of the steamer Empress of Ireland were being made
today, showing that 4o3 of her passengers and crew had been res
cued and 964 had perished, Captain Henry George Kendall of the
liner was. telling his story of the disaster at an inquiry conducted by
Coroner Pinaud here.
Captain Kendall, in substance, declared he had taken all possible
precautions against a collision. His ship had been stopped and he
gave the requisite signal when the Danish collier Storstad, which sank
the Impress^ was two miles aw?y, but the collier had kept on through
the fog that settled down soon after the two vessels sighted each
other and had rammed the Empress of Ireland while the latter vir
tually ivas motionless. Then, despite his plea to the master of the
collier that he-run his engines full speed ahead to keep the hole in
the liners side plugged, with the Storstad bow, said Captain Kendall,
the Danish vessel Wicked away, the water rushed in and the Etyip
Captain Kendall took up his stoty~?^ftic disaster from the point
at which the Empress of Ireland bound from , Quebec for Liverpool
had dropped her pilot Thursday night at Father Point.
Captain Kendall Testifies.
"We then proceeded full speed," continued Captain Kendall,
after passing Rocky Point gas buoy, ? sighted thc steamer StQFSi?u
it then being clear.
"The Storstad was about one point twelve degrees on my star
board bow. 1 saw a slight fog bank coming gradually from the land
and knew it would pass between the Storstad and myself. The Stor
stad was about two miles away. Then the fog came and the Stor
stad lights disappeared. I stopped, my ship."
At the same time Captain Kendall said, he blew three r, >rt blasts
on his whistle, meaning "1 am going full speed astern." Captain
Kendall added that the Storstad's whistle answered with a long blast.
Soon after he blew two long blasts orr his whistle meaning "my ship
is under way but stopped and has no way up on her." This whistle
signal was also answered by the Storstad. Two minutes later, the
captain said, the Storstad's lights loomed out of the fog. The Storstad
was a ship's length away. Captain Kendall said he shouted through
his megaphone at ihe Storstad to back water' and at the same time
had his vessel go full speed ahead to try to avert a collision.
After the Storstad bow had cut into the Empress of Ireland be
tween her funnels, Captain Kendall asked the Storstad to keep full
speed ahead to fill up the holes-ue had made, but the Storstad backed
away and the water rushed in. Captain Kendall than tried to beach
his vessel. Water, however, put the engines out of commission three
minutes after the collision.
"1 had, in the meantime, given orders to get the life boats
launched,", the captain continued. "I told the chief officer to tell the
wireless operator to send out distress signals. He told me that this
i.ad beert done. I said: "Get the boats out as quick ?.? possible," thzl
was the last I saw of the chief officer. In about three to five minutes
after that the ship turned over and foundered. 1 was shot into the
sea myself and taken down with tha suction. The next thing I re
membered was seining a piece of grating. Some men pulled me into
a life boat, which had already about thirty people in it.
"We pulled around and picked up about twenty or twenty-five
more and put about ten around the side in the water with ropes
around their wrists, hanging on. We then pulled.to the Storstad. 1
got all the people on board the Storstad and then left her with six of
the crew and went back. When we got there everybody had gone. "
"What caused the collision?" asked the coroner.
"The StoVstad running into the Empress, which was stopped"
answered Kendall.
Captain Kendall said whp he shouted to the Storstad's captain
io stand fast he received no answer, lt was impossible for him not to
have heard, he added.
"I shouted five times; 1 also shduted 'ke&p ahead,' " said Cap
tain Kendall, "and if he did not hear "ie he should have done it
anyway, as a seaman should have known that."
"There wai? wind ?" he was asked.v
"lt was quite still."
"How many boats were there on the Empress?"
Continued on. Page Five.)
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Philadelphia Tug, Teaser, Went
Down But No Lives Were
(By Associated Press)
Philadelphia, May 30.-Thc Phila
delphia tug Teaser, which was towing
the coal laden barges Powell to Bos
ton and George R. Stetson to Fall
River, sank off Atlantic City late yes
terday and the crew of fourteen waa
rescued by the tug Boxar. The Teaser
lost her tail shaft and lilied rapidly.
Her crew /,;?,* on hoard pte of bar
ges and arrived herc today.
French Consul at Mazatlan Has
Appealed to Admiral Howard
For Assistance
?By Associated Press) -
On board U. S. S. California. 1
allan. .Mexico, MxfiLj
W?^?M^ French
consul at Mazatlan, speaking for-the
foreign consuls at this port han appeal
ed to Admiral Howard, of the Ameri
can fleet, for an alleviation of court-- >
tlons in the city. He recommended
that steps be taken to relieve tho star- 1
vation which is menacing tho popu
lace au n result of the long siege and !
that a r.tcp be r-u? ? j the killing- o? i
Officers of the cruiser Albany, who,
landed at Aristo today to investiga te
the case of T. .1. Smith, an American
under arrest at T?cala, found him con
fined in Jail. They reported that he
was well treated and that his family
was at liberty.
Admiral Howard received a telegram
today from the cruiser Chattanooga,
saying .the federal gunboat Guerrero
had sailed from Salina Cruze north
ward and that the Chattanooga was
accompanying tho Huerta warship.
Expressed Wish To Meet Kermit's
Father While Ia Spain at
the Wedding
(By Associated Press.)
Madrid May 30.-King Alfonso re
ceived in audience. Kermit roosevelt,
together with Joseph E. Willard.
American ambassador to Spain Mrs.
Willard and Miss Belle Wyatt Wil
lard. His Majesty conversed for some
time with Kermit Roosevelt, question
ing him upc o hi? recent experiences
In Brazil.
Tho King 'said he desired to meet
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt wben he
came to Spain to attend the wedding
ceremony. The church wedding, as
well as the civil wedding, is to take on
June 10 inetead of June ll. owing to
the latter being Corpus Christi, day.
Memorial Services at Haleigh.
Raleigh; N. C., May 30.-8tate Treas-.
urer.B. R. Lacy thia afternoon dellv
ared an address on Abraham Lincoln
to Union and Confederate veterans in
the National Cemetery here. A picked
choir, from the otty churches and the
confederate drum corps rendered
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? hew York, Mar ?9.-Nearly e
1 70? delegate to the International o
i convention of the Salvation Ar- e
? ray, to whieh more than 100 e
> af the drowned' passengers of o
? the Empress of Ireland were ?
i bound, united today fer Len? o
* doa oa the liner Olympie. \ o
? A Bier? or mitre, it was r >ra- .
j edr cancelled their pas? <t> at e
? the las? nromeat after ..earing o
* nf the steamship disaster. e
?.ead b -d a eaeeeoeoooe
Only a Remnant Saved-More
Than One Hundred Perish
No Time Ttf Save Others
(By Assoc
Quebec, May
Empress of In
to Quebec by t
(?' tails of tbe
in tbe annals of
Some compared i
the Titanic, but
tbe cat-e of the
ed Press.)
Stbrlcs of the
'disaster brought
rvivors gave vivid ,
terrible tragedy j
St. Lawrence. !
thc sinking of !
ted out that in !
Itaolc there was
time to prepare for death, while with
those who perished on the Empress, ?
there was little time for reection or
From the nc .dttfc ? of the saved.
<t seems that soooBfer the ship was j
rammed she run >mmm un'.'.', her deck
stood at rigbt angl?jft? the water. She
slid slowly into thf> water and it was
only possible to launch five boats in
the brief Interval ?afore she finally
sank. . is*
Captain Kcnd?irj?ras on the bridge
when thc collUMgSpccurred. When
the steamer sank nffwas washed away
and was"later picked up.
Passengers spea*f in his pruise and
declare be did. hhft.full duty.
Chief Officer Stceja, it was stated,
was. killed by a boftt tailing on him
while working to jfeelp the passen
gers escape.'
Laurence Irvin, duihor and actor,
and son ot Sir Henry Irving, accord
ing to survivors,-di? while Irving to
rave hi? wife. M rift ian d Mrs. Irving
were last r.ciu OffiMMBgObraclng ono
another as li They went
down with UK - rt locked In each
others ai un-.
M. l>. A, Dar?.ft?at?,8urvivor herc
was Savett *"y. a lUjWMt^thgt 'might
Mr. Darling today, "und .when 1 op
ened my door we bumped, into each
other lu thc passageway. He had a
life belt and be offered ii to me, but
I refuged it. ami he said, 'Go on man.
take lu arid I will get another." I
told him to save himself,' but he got
angry and actually forced the belt
over me. Ho thea hurried, me along
th? corridor tn tua door-Apparently
he wont back for another belt, but a
moment or'two after he had left the
ship went down. 1 was picked up."
Commissioner Rees, of 'the Salva
tion ai my stood on the deck of of the
doomed vessel trying to persuade the
people to keep cool and lending help
Le many. When the ship wa? almost
under water one of- his mah shouted
to him to jump for his Ure. He re
plied that he would stand by his wife
and children and sank with'thc wordB,
"O. God. Thy will be done." on hiB
Only two women and two children
of the many aboard appeared to have
been saved. ,
i One little girl, Helen O'Hara swam
until she was picked up, as also did
Miss Thompson from New Zealand.
Mrs. Greenway, a bride ot a week.
waB separated from her husband and
thought elie had lost him .but the two
had a happy reunion later gt Rimous
ki.' . .. ' ; . .
In the party was a remnant ot the
Salvation army baud, more t li au a
hundred of whom perished.
"1 wac looking through the port
hole tn my cabing amidships," said
Band Sergeant Fowler of the Salva
tion Army, "when I Saw a big black
shape loom obi of the darkness. It
seemed to bc only a few feet away.
Then came the jolt, it- could not be
called a crash because it waa more of
a grinding sensation. Before I re
alized what had happened my cabin
began to fill with Water. I rushed up
the main companionway. . I saw a
girl with a little baby in her arms and
a little child following her. The giri
begged mn to put a life belt on her,
and I stopped long enough to do this."
By the time Fowler reached the dock
he said the ship was listing badly and
the passengers had to cling to the rail
to keep from going over thc side.
Fowler jumped.
"I wont down, down, nntll I thought
my lungs would burst,'' he said. "Bo
dies, bumped into mc. - Once a man
threw his arms around me and I had
to fight lo break his grip. 1 swam
several hundred feet and was almost
exhausted when a bokt picked me
Thomas Smart of Toronto, said he
was the last man to speak to Captain
Kendall before tbe collision. "I waa
sitting on the Upper deck be said as
the Captain passed nie, about half
past oae o'clock, and said, "it' is a
nice night, but it looks to mo as
though a fog is coming. You never
know bow soon a fog will drop on you
at this part of tho river."
Wlieu the crash came. Smart says
he saw Captain Kendall on the bridge.
He was holding to tim rail and was
shouting orders to fio crew. He
heard him say:
"Kecp >our heads and don't get ex
When a ooal dropped sideways In
to the river, the captain seemed to
Were Released Yesterday From
Jail and W. H. Cooper Taken
In Charge
(By Associated Prosa.)
Now Castle, Bid.. May 30.-after
having been held for moro than BIX j
boure if? the police station hore. Mr.
W. A. Winters und hi? win?. Byrd Win
tare wert; released lat? today when
bond was furnished in the sum of |
$1U,00Q^ The arrest of Dr. Winters
and hi? wife carly today dunged with
conspiracy to commit felony In con
nection with tho disappearance of their
child. 9 years old. Catherine Winters,
Mat ch 20, 1913, caused great ex- j
oltoment lu re.
W. H. Cooper, who was arrested
late lust night on the same charge,
is in jail in default of a sr,,nun bond, j
Tho, principal instigator of the ur
rests is a detective who several weeks
ago began working on thc disappear
ance of the girl. Several New Castle
business men: it is said, urrauged for
tho employment of the detective.
The house of Dr. Whit em waa last
night searched by officers, who allege
that in a basement wall were found
a red undershirt, a red sweater and a
hair ribbon, which it was claimed be
longed to thc girl.
Cooper, who had been a boarder
at the house, denied all knowledge of
the disappearance of the child or the
clothing. He asserted that ho would
have no difficulty in deming himself.'
Dr. and Mrs. Winters returned
here today from Terre Haute, where
they had been in connection with the
showing of moving pictures portray
ing'scenes incidental to the alleged
kidnapping ot their daughter.
IQCicGrs imf. (oday, took .picks nM
jffijVels to tbe^aseiuent Ot-the Win^
found or ?ny traces of the -body ?of"
thc missing girl were discovered, the
officers refute to say, but it was re
ported that nothing additional was to
be found.
On what evidence the detective who
swore out the affidavits against Dr.
Wlutors und hie wife, is working, no
one teems prepared to say.
Rrareh fer the Winters girl has
been made tor more thun a year. Dr.
Winters has made many trips to dis?
tant cities tracing down reports of the
discovery of the girl; It is said that
he bas spent a fortune in the search
for the girl.
New Castle, Ind.. May 30.-Dr. Win
ters tonight asserted ' that the red
sweater found in his home, together
with the undershirt and ribbon has nb
significance. He insisted that the
sweater belongs to a nephew. The
ribbon, be said, was a part of a trim
ming on a hat, and the undergarment
was cast uslde because it had served
its usefulness.
Dr. Winters declared he would have
no trouble proving his innocence of!
tho charges.
Ho has engaged several attorneys.
The theory ott; which the detective,
who instigated the arrest, has been
working is that Catherine Winters
was murdered. On what he bases his
accusation of Dr. Winters and his wife
baa' not yet been revealed,
American Fleet
' Observed the Day
(By Associated Press )
Vera Cruz. May 30.-Memorial day
was ti',-aerved by thc American fleet
with special services on account of
the men who lost their lives, when
Vera Crus was occupied by the Amer
ican marines and bluejackets.
A tribute to the American dead was
paid by all the foreign warships,
which lowered their colors to half
mast. The garrison flags on shore al
so floated at half most and a salute
waa fired at noon.
Presbyterian Assembly Cienes.
New Castle, Pa.. May 30.-Tho 56th
Bession of the general assembly of the
United Presbyterian Church closed to
rlay with a session taken up with ad
dressee and reports of committees. The
?d?catlonaJ committee outlined an edu
cational policy for ali United Presby
terian college and definite provision
tor pension? .for aged professors and
tor endowments of collegee u.so were
siade. .
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-callee . that the liner was lost, for.
Smart says, he shouted:
"Hurry Up. overybody, them is not
i minute to lose. Oct the stewards
hrough the corridors. If there are
loora locked break them in. Oct the
jeoplo out -and don't forget that the
women sad children must come first."
"He spoke through a m?gaphone,"
mid Smart, "bot there waa so much
ic roamin g nnd moaning that his
mice wes drowned. But he stuck to
Bs post to the very last."
Decided To Take Part In Exer
cises Because of Public's Mis
taken Idea
(Hy Associated Press.)
Washington, May . ::o.-- President
Wilson and Speaker Clark both de
livered addresses today at the memo
rial day services under the auspices
o? the G. A. H., in Arlington nation
al cemetery.
The president had ?:ot expected to
participate, but fearing a falxe con
struction hud been placed on his de
clination, decided today to ?peak.
Those in charge had invited Speaker
(Mark to make the adarosa of the day
been communicated. Tho reason fo>
The presid? m's change in plans was
explained by Secretary Tumultv as
"When the invitation was extended
tilt* president informed the committee
that lie did not think the occasion
would be opportune for the delivery of
an appropriate address, and because
of this he felt that he must decline the
invitation, agreeing, however, to at
tend u memorial service at a later
date. Evidently a false construction
has been placed on hts action ami
therein lies the reason for the change
of program. Thu president waa not
willing that his absence should be mis.
construed." '
In his introduction of Shaker
Clark, J. K. Gleeson, commander of
the department of the Potomac, G. A.
H., spoke of the Missouri leader UH
"The man who has always bees a
friend of the soldier, who is always
fair and fights in the open."
Mr. Clark's reception was tumultonts,
.-' -President Wilson spoke In part aa
follows :
"I'huve not come hore today with a
prepared address. The committee la
charge of the exercises of the day
have graciously excused me, but I will
not deny myself the privilege of Join
ing with you in an.expression of grat
itude and admiration for the men who
perished for thc sake of the' union.
They do not need our praise. They do
not need .that our admiration should
sustain them. We come not for their
hakes, but for. our own, that we muy
drink at the same springs of inspira
tion from which they themselves
"A peculiar privilege came to the
men who fought for the union. There
is no other civil war in history, th?
j Btings of which were removed before
the men who did the fighting passed
from tho stage of life. We owe those
men the spirtual re-establishment of
union; for they not only re-unlted
states, but they re-united the spirits
of men. That is their uuique achiev
ement, unexampled anywhere else lu
; the annals of mankind, that the very
men they overcame In battle join in
praise and gratitude that the union
was saved."
Sennlor Reed Smoot of Ptah, also
spoke. ..Hilary A. Herbert, former sec
retary of thc navy, and many promi
nent confederates were seated on the
speakers platform. On June 4, the
United Confederate Veterans will un
veil a monument to their dead in Ar
lington Cemetery and the (.-rand Army
of the Hcpuhlic will participate. Pres
' Ident Wilson will speak on that occa
! At the capitol grand army veterans
placed flags and flowers on the stat
i uee of "\\ i ?isl lin;- ton. J rf ?'<f von./ and
others In the Hall of Fame. Represen
tnt ive Beal), of Texas, put large bou
quets on the statutes of General Rob
ert E. Lee and O' S. Ora.it. A lprge
floral wreath decorated the Lincoln
statute. *
Fort Myers Troops and Band
From Charleston For Training
School Work
(By Associated Press.) .
Washington, May 20.-With the ap
p7oacb of the day set for the opening
of the students' military camp, July
6. war department officials were mak
ing preparations to assure the success
of tho project. Orders were issued
todsy for troop K of thc Arth cvavalry,
now at Fort Myer, to proceed to the
camp at Asheville. N. C.. as part of
tho plan tn bring regular troops and
the college students tn close relations.
The coast artillery band at Char
leston, ft. C.. has also been ordered to
the Asheville camp.
President Poincare, of France, Tel?
graphs Sympathy of French
People -Other Resolutions
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(Hy A: social' '1 Press)
I.MHIIOII. May 30.--The British public,
which weat home lust night believing
the greater part ot the passengers
on board the Empress of Ireland had
been saved, were shocked this morn
ing to leuru that th? loss of life waa
nearly one thousand and that many
of the victims weer from the United
Great crowds besoiged the London
and Liverpool office of the company
and anxiously scanned the lists of the
There were many pitiful scenes j
wit. n wnmpn onij *ne? WhC hiT V.'-iiCii
many hours in the hope of learning
that friends and relatives were safe,
finally turned away ii: despair.
King George, early in the morning,
sent a messenger to the European
manager of the Canadian Pacific, ex
pressing sorrow and regret at the dis
aster. Later he cabled <to the Duke, of
Connaught, governor general ot Can
"I am deeply grieved over the aw
ful disaster to the Empress of-Ire
land, in which so many Canadians lost
their lives Queen Mary and I both
assure you of our heart felt sympathy
with those who mourn for the loss of
relatives and friends."
The king this morning received the
following telegram from Raymond
Poincare, president of France:
"it is with profound emotion that I
.learn of tho terrible cutest rr.
Vv^rucction w,tn 11'c^Empress Jp3fa
link' into mourning* From 'xoy heart I
Lender to y our... majesty Ut? sincera
regrets and keen sympathy of the
French people."
The Irish nationalists .'conventhvp
convention it a meeting today in Let -
don passed a resolution of sympathy
with the relatives and friends of those
who died on the Empress.
John Bruns, president ot the local
government board was one /vf the first
callers at the London offices of the
company to ask for the latest news.
The Lord Mayor of London, upon,
learning of the extent of the disaster,
decided to open a fund toward the re
lief of the widows and children made
homeless by the' disaster. 1
Governor Haye?
Issue? Requisition
Raleigh. N. C.. May 30.-governor
Craig today Issued a requisition on the
governor of Illinois for J. A. Hayes.
alias A. P. Hamilton, who ls wanted
in Forsyth county on the c'large of
embezzling several thousand dollars
from a Methodist orphanage.
Hayes admitted his guilt, was sent
to an asylum after he had feigned
insanity, and later tied from this sec
tion. He ls under arrest in Chicago.
Mine Explosion KIIU Eieren.
Leeds England, May 30.-Elovon coat
miners were killed and a number of
others injured today by an explosion
of gas in the Silkstone Collery at
Whurn Cliffs. The accident happened,
between the shifts.
Accompanied By Members of Hie
. Family, He Goes to Attend ,.
Weddingof HisSon |;
New York May 30.-Theodore
Roosevelt, accompanied by Phllpp
Roosevelt, a cousin, and his eldest
daughter; Mrs. Nicholas Longworth?
sailed for Spain today on the steam
ship Olympic, to attend the wedding
of his son Kerrr.it in Madrid oh June 10
to Miss Belie Willard, daughter o%
the American ambassador to epata.
Tire colonel said he had issued gui
important political statement for pu br
Heat lon in tomorrows papers.
On the steamer. Colonel Roosevelt:
met a number of progressive party
o o
o tSvOO? To gfrlke, o
o Charleston. W. Va.. May 30.- o>
o An official call for a atrtk? of o
o coal miners along the KaljMrha o
o river. Paint ead Cabin Creeks, o
o and coal river, was signed today o
o the strike to be effective1 Mon- o
o day. About, 12,000 mea are Lu- o
o volved. o
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