LUSITANIA SDK BY SUBMARINE
FAMOUS' LINER .TORPEDOED OFF . IRISH COAST ■ TERRIBLE DISASTER OVER 1400 LIVES LOST
MANY AMERICANS PERISH BITTER ANGER AGAINST THE PIRATES (By Telegraph-Press 'Assn.—Copyright.) London, May 7. _ The .Trans-Atlantic Cnnard liner Lusitania, 31,550 tons, bound from New York to Liverpool, with 2160 souls on board, and carrying cargo worth £150 000 was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off Kinsale Head, twenty miles from Cork Harbour, at 2.30 p.m. on Friday, with great loss of life. • ■ > The first-class passengers were lunching at the time of the attack. The weather was perfect, with a hot sun and a gentle southerly breeze. The liner was struck on the starboard side, and so great was the vessel's list immediately afterwards that it was impossible to launch the port boats. Those vho inade for the port side had very littlo chance. FIRST NEWS OF THE DISASTER -FLEET OF BOATS TO THE RESCUE. \Reo. May 9, 10 a.m.) London, May 8. The best available information is that the liner was torpedoed about two o'clock. The signal men at Kinsale Head observed the liner m difficulties at 2.12 p.m. Apparently the first wireless message for help was picked up at Queenstown three minutes later, and Kinsale Head reported at 2.33 p.m. that the vessel had disappeared. a ah .h Twenty boats were counted on tho scene immediately _ after. AIL the Lusitania's boats were capable of earning from fifty to sixty each, and it was known that the liner carried more than sufficient boats to accommodate tho passengers and crew. • Meanwhile- Admiral Coke had ordered four naval vessels, and all the available tugs, trawlers, and lifeboats from Queenstown to help in the rescue work, and summoned all the neighbouring life-saving stations. Many motorboats were prominent in the rescue work. . A Greek steamer -was among the first on the scene, and towed the boats ■towards the harbour, , ,■ ~ , One motor-boat rescued fifty of the survivors, and transferred them to the Admiralty tug Stormcock, and returned to the sceno of the disaster, and towed several of the boats. Soon fleets of the Lusitania s boats slowly moved shorewards, ana a fleet of motor-boats was dispatched from Cork to meet the survivors. Those who wore wounded were soon placed in hospital, where several The survivors -wore landed at various ports, all in a pitiable condition. SURVIVORS REACH QUEENSTOWN PITIABLE SCENES ON THE QUAY. (Rec. May 9, 10 a.m.) London, May 8. ; Captain Turner, commander of the Lusitania, was saved, but nearly all the officers perished. The first and second officers and 6/ of the crew, including four stewardesses, ivere saved. Twenty-two of the rescued passengers hare since died.. , _ One hundred and six of the Americans perished, thinking that the snip svould float, whereas she sank in less than thirty minutes. Five boats reached Queenstown late on Friday night. There were pitiable Scenes amongst the barefooted men and women, who were thinly-clad, soaked, and bedraggled -with seaweed. _ . A Greek lady, an expert swimmer, swam for a long time before she was rescued. the Attack: The Liner Healed Immediately. (Rec. May 9, 5.25 p.m.) London, May 8. The survivors stated that a great crash.was heard, and in the bustlings of the frightened passengers wives and children became separated in the hrst confusion. But there was no panic. All quickly recovered their self-possession. 'fhe liner shivered from stem to stem. There was no chance of making for the shore, and the vessel settled immediately, with a list so great that the passengers feared she would capsize. • ; . ~. u It was impossible to launch the port boats. The -women and children were placed in the boats first. , , j. Women who had been saved visited the Queenstown quays early next morning to learn if their husbands and children had been saved. DEATH ROLL OF THE DISASTER OFFICIAL STATEMENTS SURVIVORS TOTAL 658 London, May 7. Jhe Lusitania had on board the following:— First-class passengers 290 Second-class passengers 662 Third-class passengers 36; Crew _66j Total 1978 NEARLY ALL THE FIRST-CLASS PASSENCERS PERISH. (Press Association.—Extraordinary.) (Rec. May 9, 10 a.m.) London, May 8. /The Press Bureau states that there were 2160 on board the Lusitania. The survivors number 658. One hundred and forty-five bodies have been brought m. Nearly all the first-class passengers perished. (Rec. May 9, 3 p.m.) London, May S. The Press Bureau states that there were 279 British amongst the firstclass passengers, and 725 British in the other classes. REPORTS BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER The Prime Minister has received the following messages from the High Commissioner ivith reference to the disaster: — London, May 8, 2.45 a.m. "The Adiniralty announces that between five and six hundred survivors from the Lusitania have now landed at Queenstown. There are many hospital cases, and several have since died. London, May 8, 2.50 a.m. "Eleven survivors have been landed at Kinsale. London, May 8, 3.15 p.m. "Forty-five more survivors from the Lusitania have been landed at Queenstown from a drifter. LINER SANK IN FROM 15 TO 25 MINUTES. The High Commissioner reports:— London, May 8. S.lO p.m. _ "The Admiralty states that the total number of survivors from the Lusitania disaster is 658. Possibly the fishing boats may have a few more. "The rescuing boats have !anded 45 of the dead, and trawlers signal that they are bringing about a hundred more bodies. "Only a few of the lirst-elass passengers have been saved. "The ship sank in from fifteen to L'o minutea. 11 it l'BpoHed thill Snfl jtiuik by two toroeroc
"The Cnnard Company gives the number oil beard as 21i>0, including: British Amcrcan Russians ; ! Some French, Italians, Belgians, Persians, Greeks, ami Scandinavians mako up the remainder. PROFOUND IMPRESSION IN LONDON MOST SHOCKING TRAGEDY OF THE WHOLE WAR (Rec. May 9, 8 p.m.) g Scarcelv any event, of the war lias created the same profound in London." T]fe German threats prior to the sailing of the liner . W ®'°. l S . dismissed. Even the enemy's submarine activity oft Kinsale Ll?ao di g . last few days had not caused any anxiety, the public pinning its l«ut l 0 The'first rumours were frankly discredited, but the official confirmation produced a shock. Most people were unable to realise that a great ciisasiei had happened. Slowly the facts wero accepted. , ~ „l One question which was asked was: How many were saved? and tne absence of information deepened the public's anxiety. Distressed inquireis Oncluding many Americans) besieged the Citnard offices, and there were neait'^The 1 some hours were without information, and the crowds at Cock-spur Street (where the company's offices are situated) increased hourij. The offices remained open all night. LUSITANIA WAS AN UNARMED VESSEL ' GERMAN CANARD GIVEN THE LIE, (Rec. May 0.10 a.m.) Now York, May 8. The German Embassy at Washingtou has announced that as the Lusitania, carried arms and ammunition it was not necessary to give warning before the attack. , . The British Ambassy announced that the liner did not carry ammunition ; otherwise, she might have been interned in American waters as a warship. London, May 8, 3.15 p.m. The High Commissioner states that the British Admiralty denies that the Lusitania was armed. WHAT THEY SAY IN AMERICA < FLAME OF PUBLIC ANGER RISING Vancouver, May 7. Washington has. been informed that the Lusitania was sunk. President Wilson refused to comment on the disaster. The State Department admitted thai a tremendous sensation would be caused throughout the United States if American lives were lost. It is understood that 600 Americans wero oil board the liner. THREATENED OUTBURST ACAINST THE CERMANS. (Rec. May 10, 0.5 a.m.) Now York, May 8. Despite President Wilson's appeal for coolness, high officials declare the situation to be very grave. Public opinion is rapidly reaching a high pitch of excitement. Press comments are couched in the bitterest terms, remarking on the Government supineness in face of this appalling disaster. Indications are growing of an outburst against Germans. Many Canadians were lost, few oities of the Dominion being uiivisited by bereavements.' The New York "Tribune" / says that the n'ation which remembered tile Maine cannot forget the Lusitania. THE NEXT STEP —PRIVATE ASSASSINATION. (Rec. May 10, 0.5 a.m.) Ottawa, May 8. The Hon. George Foster, Acting-Premier, says the sinking of the Lusitania was the act of fiends contravening all,the usages of war in the worst days of piracy. Pirates would have scorned'such a deed. The plot was undoubtedly carefully planned. Sticli villainy shocked the world. The British' people refuse intimidation by such outrages, but neutral nations must now see exactly how the Germans are an outlaw among the nations. There was only one field left to the German war lords to exploit, namely, private assassination. Doubtless this would soon bo entered upon. A GERMAN PLOT THAT BREWED FOR WEEKS PASSENGERS WERE WARNED BY THE EMBASSY, (Rec. May 9, 10 a.m.) . . New .York, May 8. The Press demands that tie United States shall take immediate steps to safeguard the lives of American citizens travelling abroad, pointing out that the United States never recognised that a war zone existed around Britain. The newspapers refer to the Gorman Embassy's warning to the passengers of the Lusitania to refrain from making the voyage as evidence that the plot was known to the Germans weeks ahead. LINER'S DESTRUCTION WAS FIXED FOR FRIDAY. (Rec, May 9, 3.15 p.m.) New York, May_B. The disposition amongst high officials is to await the British Admiralty's report of the Lusitania disaster. One official at Washington was told positively on Friday morning that the Lusitania* s destruction had been fixed for that day. Es-President Roosevelt said: "The Lusitania represents piraoy on a vaster scale of murder than any old-time pirate ever practised. It seems inconceivable that we should refrain from action. We owe it both to humanity and to our national self-respcct." "A COLD-BLOODED PREMEDITATED OUTRAGE " FIERY INDIGNATION IN NEW YORK PRESS. (Rec. May 9, 5.5 p.m.) New York, May 8. The "New York Herld" says that'the sinking of the Lusitania was a "cold-blooded, premeditated outrage. The warning letters and telegrams, revealing the fact that Germany contemplated this high-handed bloody act, reveal their callousness. It makes one turn sickened as from the work of wholesale human butchers of mediaeval days." The article adds:—"A way out may be found for the United States, with dignity, honour, and without bloodshed." ... The "New York Times'?" article is headed: "War by. Assassination." The paper goes on:—"In the history of war there is no single deed comparable with the inhumanity of this horror. Germany has fallen within the scope of President Wilson's admonition. There must be a further communication to Germany, and something more than a protest. We hope that the notice wo will be compelled to take will recall Germans to a sense of reason." The "New York World" says that the Germans can extenuatingly claim that fair warning was given, "but," a dds the paper, "murder does not become innocent and innocuous bccatise the victim is warned and he persists in exercising his lawful right. No singlo act of the war has so outraged American opinion, or so riddled German's prestice. "Decades will pass before Germany can live down her criminal record." ENEMY'S REPUTATION "STAINED FOR EVER." (Rec. May. ,9, 5.25 p.m.) London, May 8. The Bishop of London has cabled the "New York Tribune":—"The sinking of the Lusitania is a colossal crime, staining the reputation of its, perpetrators for ever." PLEA FOR ONE JUSTIFICATION OF THE DEED AMERICAN JOURNAL'S APPEAL TO HERR BALLIN. (Rec. May 9, 5.25 p.m.) London, May 8. 'A Marconi station interrupted a German wireless message from the "New York World" to Herr Ballin:—"We believe that a message from yon giving one justification for the destruction of the Lusitania would be welcomed by millions of German-Americans. Your roply would be of incalculable benefit to Germany in this crisis." - THE ARMED ESCORTS FOR DEFENCELESS LINERS (Reo. May 9, 3.15 p.m.) London, May 8. There have been some complaints as to the absence of armed escorts for large liners approaching the coast. HOW THE HUNS RECEIVED THE NEWS "ENGLAND GOT WHAT SHE DESERVED." (Rec. May 9, ]0 a.m.) Copenhagen, May 8.. Berlin telegrams state that the newspapers printed in colossal type the announcement of the Lusitania's loss. Tlicy regard the use of the torpedo as a now triumph for German naval policy. Tho general impression is that England got what she deserved. ADMIRAL VON TIRPITZ CONGRATULATED. GEHMAN NEWSPAPER COMMENT. (Rec. May 10, 0.5 a.m.) Amsterdam, Mar S. A rjerwin tnssfi&En slateo that Admiral von Tirpits, Grand Admiral lh<S Cfarmfln s^Bvy, lW» received hundreds of iejeju'anu congratulating kai oU his ,£UC«SS.
German uewdpapors regard the sinking of Lusitania- as Germany's pnswer to the destruction of Admiral von Spec's squadron. off the Falkland Islands. They say nothing about the death of Americans, though some hint that il any of the latter lost their lives Germany will be only too glad to compensate their relatives. . Tho ''Cologne GasioUo." whilo deprecating the drowning of non-combat-ants, remarks that England will doubtless make a terrible cry against so-called barbarous warfare, but will say nothing about the groat quantity of war material for tho Allies which was aboard tho Lusitauia, nor oi the two twelve centimetre guns mounted on tho vessel. WASHINGTON ASKS FOR SUBMARINE COMMANDER'S REPORT (Heo. May 10, 0.5 a.m.) London, May 8. Washington has asked Berlin for a report on tile sinking of Mie lusitania based "oil the statement of the submarine commander. (line. May 9, midnight). Washington, May 9. Mr. Gerard, the American Ambassador in Germany, has been instructed to inquire if Germany is responsible l'Qr the Lusitania's loss, together with the loss of the Americans on board, if so, details are wanted. Public indignation is growing in intensity, and extra police are in protection around the German and Austrian Embassies. Count tiernstorff announces that if the Lusitania was disarmed before her destruction Germany was not advised of the fact. ' . NOTABLE NAMES ON THE PASSENGER LIST SEVERAL NEW ZEALANDERS ON BOARD. London, May 7. The passengers include Mr. Charles Frohmau. and Mr. Hugh Lane, who had just offered the artist Sargeant £10,000 for the benefit of the Red Cross Fund if Sargeant would accept a commission to paint his portrait. Sargeant accepted the offer. The, price was a record one. R-eo. May 9, 3.15 p.m.) | London, May 8. The missing include Elbert Hubhart, the author, and hi 6 wife, and also the whole of the theatrical company whicli was recently touring with the play "A Pair of Silk Stockings." Mrs. Band and her son, and Mr. Fred. Lasseier were among the passengors saved. Among the passengers were:—Mr. D. A. Thomas, the Welsh coal king; Lady Mackworfch; Captain Stackhouse, the explorer; the Rev. Basil Maturin; Mr." and Mrs. J. C. Macky, of Auckland (N.Z.); Mr. Charles Klein, the playwright: Mr. Justus Forman, the author. There were 187 American passenger s. These included Mr. Alfred Gwynne 1 Vanderbilt. Mr. Charles Bowr.ago, and Mr. Elbert Hubbard. TRANSHIPPED FROM THE NIACARA. The following names in the Niagara's list appear in the Lusitania's list:—Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Learoyd, Messrs. W. Bailey, Sntherst, and G. H. Turton, Mr., Mra„ Miss, and Master Neville, and Mrs. Wickham. The survivors include Mrs. Learoyd and her maid. VICTIMS STUPEFIED BY THE TORPEDO FUMES EVIDENCE OF ATTACK BY TWO TORPEDOES. (Rec. May 9, midnight.';' London, May 8. Many of the passengers were stupefied by the fumes of the torpedo. Before the ship made its final plunge, the stern rose high in the air for several minutes. , A stoker named Tonner (who escaped from the Manic) states that the torpedo made a rent right through the engine-room. A few momenta later the ship was torpedoed oil the port side, suggesting that two submarines had heen lying in wait. ... . , Mr. Cowper, a Toronto journalist, caught a glimpse of a comnng-tower a thousand yards distant, and then noticed the track of a torpedo. The Lusitania was struck forward with a loud explosion, and portions of the splintered hull were sent flying in the air. A few seconds later another torpedo struck her. "The crew immediately got the passengers into the boats. Everything was done in an orderly manner. Some ooatj could not be launched, and had to be cut away, as tho vessel was sinking. There were a largo number of women in the second-class, and about forty babies. ■■ Mr. D. A. Thomas' states that his daughter, Lady Mackworth, was picked up linconscious after being in the water 31 hours, and has recovered. The Lusitania, he sars, was torpedoed fifteen miles off the shore, and was'headed shorewards after'she was struck, but Bank-in fifteen minutes. Mr. Thomas only heard one torpedo. ■ Wie captain remained oi> tne bridgo to the last, and went down with the | vessel. His lifebelt kopv hilt afkav for three hours till he was rescued. I "WE ARE TOO FAST FOR THEM." GERMAN THREATS TAKEN LIGHTLY. New York, May 7. AVhsn leaving New York the captain of the Lusitania laughed at the German threats. He said: "We are too fast for thorn. 1 ' . After the vessel had been torpedoed, tho captain sent out a wireless message: "Como at once. Big list.. Position ten miles south of Kinsale." It, is believed that Mr. Hearst, tho the proprietor of pro-German newspapers, was aboard; also Mr. Alfred Vanderbilt. The Lusitania was not warned of tho attack, but her boats had been swiui2 out as a precaution. A VENT FOR OUTRAGED FEELINGS GERMAN MEMBERS THROWN OUT OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE ■ (Rec. May 10, 0.5 a.m.) ' London, May 8. Business at the Baltic .Rooms and at Liverpool is at a standstill, owing to the loss of the Lusitania. • Violent hostility was shown to the German members of the London Stock Exchange; several were thrown out of tho building. ■ MANSION HOUSE FUND. OPENED. (Rec, May 9, midnight). ' London, Ma,y 8. 'A Mansion Houso Fund has been opened for the victims of the Lusitania. FURIOUS ANGER IN SYDNEY OUTRAGE AGAINST CIVILISATION AND CHRISTIANITY. (Rec. May 10, 0.15 a.m.) Sydney, May 9. . The sinking of the Lusitania has created a universal feeling of . horror. There is a continual issue of special editions of the newspapers, which are eagerly sought. The Press and public ask: What has Washington to say to Cormany's latest outrage against civilisation. Christianity, and neutrality? The "Sunday Times" bitterly protests against the freedom allowed to the Germans, and demands the immediate internment of. every German as a [potential menace. It declares the present■ moderation is criminal.
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