Storstad men tell story of river crash Winnipeg Tribune Wed June 17, 1914

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Storstad men tell story of river crash Winnipeg Tribune Wed June 17, 1914 - 2 Slsl III TELL sum OF JIM MSI (Continued from...
2 Slsl III TELL sum OF JIM MSI (Continued from Vnge one) the Empress of Ireland wreck Inquiry wns rriumi'it nnd Ilutlrr AspliiHll bc-Khii hin cross-examination m behalf nf the Canadian Pacific railway, owner of the Kmpwu. The wltncaa wm In charge of tha collier Immediately prior lo the collision. Tufftenea hitlil he iliil not know whether the m.uUer of the Storsiud Kt a bonus for a speedy trip with cnal for the Thuntnion I'oul company between Sydney and Montreal. Captain Anderson, of the Storstnd, who was sitting In tbe rear of the court, asked about It and replied in the negative. The witness nclmltted t hut tho ship was unloaded at night at Montreal. Tim Important "Tims wa apparently Important then?" commented the attorney. Tufftenea miscoded that It seemed to le. He denied that the Rorslud waa navtigated in, the fog for one hour and r h4 If prior to first arcing tho maat-heail lights of tho Km press. When tho llghti came Into view lie snld the Km-pre; waa about fix miles nway and one Rind a half pointa on the Storstud' port low. Klie. waa pursuing a courso acroai the collier's bows. "Now." said Mr. Aapinnll, "the Nhl wna" tJ"avelliiiK at seventeen knots an Lour. At the end of fifteen minutes v.-here waa the Ktnprcaa when aho c'laiigct 1 her course." "Abot t one point on our port bow." "Whul ," exclaimed Asplnnll, "In 15 minutca the vessel had only narrowed the distil nee half a point? Hadn't she got acroi a to your stnrboard bow?" "No." Ordered Halm Over Tufftentl l fald he ordered the helm aport and a little later hard aport. Lord Mrt 'sey, who prcaidea at the henrlnK. asl ed: "Isn't It a fart that In consequence of your hob n being put to port your head would go to alarboard and that is how the accident occurred?" "It did oat." Lord Me racy: "Why that-was the object In putting It to port." "No, that vnan't it it waa to keep the ship from swinging to port." The witness waa Inclined to blame the current for' swinging the ship. Didn't H ar Stoo Signal "Did you atop when the Empress blew two long blunts?" continued . As-plnall. "I did not hear them." "That would nuan.she waa atop. ping?" "It would." "Finding your hetm would not act, you put your engine, ahead?" "I did." "That would bringayoupretty close to the Empress?" "It would." "Did you expect your ahlp would answer that hard aiorthclm?" "I did." "Why didn't It?" "Tho engines were iit wrklng long enough to give her headway." Kendall Telia Same Story The main argument of Capt. Kendall, of the Empress, that he was stationary when rammed! bj- the collier Storatad, and of the owners of the collier that the Empress placed herself in front of their vessel, Which indisputably had the right of way, were only emphasized. S'ey chaptera Illustrative the horror of the disaster were ad(d by Capt. Kendall in his toatlmonj, tbe most startling being his description of how a Mieet of Humo burnt from tha Kin-plena after aim una lumuicd, the "prow of tbe collier evidently penetrating cleiir tbroimh to her hollers. Thn Hist authentic account mis also (Ivan of a distressing aceiio enacted when Cupt. Kendall, on the verge of a collapse, met t'upt. Anderson, of the colllur, when the former reached thn Storstml. Apparently until t'apl. Kendall wa taken away Insonslhle, he vehemently iirKued Unit thn collier had rainimd hlin at full speed, while t'apl. Andr-son cuntvndcd t hut tha liner waa nt fault. No agreement fould be secured from the tuiitlinony of thn two witnesses heard t.idav aa to the whlatlea blown by the. Vessels, though Lord Mersey ilUcoered when examining the Htor-Stad'a flrt otlb er thul be hud blown a signal Indicating- that the collier wua stopped and hud Immediately afterward given an order to go alow ahead. t'apl. Kendall hIo tit know ledged that thouah ha knew u collision to be Inevitable when the Stolstnd cstne at them In the fog. It was not till after It bad occurred that the order to close the watertight bulkhead waa .given, by which three cuinpai tmenta had been exposed to the sea. Two Length Away The wltnesa mi Id the Empress, when she came out of the fog wua two ahlp lengths away. 1I agreed that If the Empress was going ten knota an hour and the fciorstad only one knot an hour, us h wild they were, It looked to him now as If they should have cleared safely, "I thought I was entitled to keep my course and speed," said the wltnesa. "Seriously," Mr. Asplnnll, "aa a sailor Is your belief that you are entitled to that in a fog." "Providing that 1 do not go full speed," said tbe wltnesa. "Your Instructions were lo call the captain directly fog appeared." "Yes." "Why didn't you obey Instructions?" asked Lord Mersey. Blsmes Linar'i Speed "I did not think It necessary." The wltne.'t said lie thought the Storstail penetrated the Empress about twelve feet dun to the speed Of the Empress. 'Hut If you were practically stationery and the Empress was moving she would have had to approach you crab fashion to accomplish that," suggested .Mr. Asplnnll. Witness answered the driving power waa supplied by the Empress crossing the Storstnd bow. "Canada's moat beautiful Summir Resort" on the lino of tha Grand Trunk Pacific. Phono Main 5373-7098. 260 LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION (Continued from I'nge One) tie chanee was made to the lists there, some additions being made and a few names taken off. Liberals and Oonervativea are now making every effo f to get out those that have not already registered. The work will be fast and furious tonight for there are a number of eligible voters who have not yet been Induced to have their names recorded. Some Trouble At nnny of the polls those wishing to get their names on the list are subjected to a third degree examination by some person or other either connected with the preparation of the lists or who is hanking around outside tho door of the booth. An attempt was made yesterday to arrest Harold Taylor, 181 Logan avenue, on the grounds that he had been paid money by the Conservatives to register. Mr. Taylor hua lived In the city for ten years and has voted on a number of previous occasions. Liberal scrutineers wished to have him arrested and the poll clerk agreed that Taylor should be held until a warrant was produced. After a wait of somo fifteen minutes Taylor was allowed to go. Had 15 Cents During the time he was held Liberals demanded that he be searched and also wanted a city constable called In to arrest him. If Taylor waa paid to register he got a very small fee for the service as he only had fifteen cents when searched at his own request. Hoth parties are taking special precautions against the registration of any "cemetery" names and all foreign-era who are unable to speak English properly are closely questioned and several of them have already left the booths after giving different places aa passed

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  1. The Winnipeg Tribune,
  2. 17 Jun 1914, Wed,
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