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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME VII, LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. THURSDAY; JUNE 4, 1911 NUMBER 147 AFTER 1 Sent Out "S. 0. S." Call and Received a Reply From Father Point THEN DYNAMOS STOPPED Effort Likely to be Made to Raise Big Vessel With its Cargo BURY THE DEAD FIRST Montreal, Que., June is remarkable how, in the Father Point catastrophe, the work of the wireless on the Empress of Ire- land has The is not hard to find. Both senior'and junior Marconi opera- tori "kht.w nothing." Under no pretext coiild either be persuaded to tell his experience until today, when Ronald Ferguson, senior op era tor, said. left the apparatus to my junior five minutes before the collision said Fergu son, "and I turned my bunk on the port side. My cabin was on the top deck, and though I could not see the Storstad; imme- diately after the shock I' saw lights passing. "I ran .to the .wireless room, took over the telephones from my junior, and called all stations to 'stand by for-.distress signal, have; struck something.'. In a minute the: chief officer, Mr. SteedeJ ran. Into, .the room and told me to call "S. O. so I sent Piit the .message "S. 0. S., have struck iomething, sinking fast, nelpl" "The station at' Father Point re- phed right away, asking where we.re Ijrepjied that we were twenty inilfis vand to confirm this tin "answer to a re- Father Point when" tne power was cut off The water had got into the stoke cut off. the steam and put: tlie.-dynamos out of commis- sicn. "Before I' was forced to sit before apparatus .that was useless, I got Ihe'message from.Father Point ''0. .K., am sending 0-ut Lady Ev- rljn and Eureka to assistance Eight minutes; had elapsed between the first and'last calls. "I -do-not-think; it has been real faed what a n.arlj wireless played in the; affair; Only, eight minutes was I able to hilt without that, the only boats 'that: would have been available tor the passengers would have been those on the starboard side of the Empress-and. it is not likely that more'than 40 ou 50 would have been saved. "Had the 'Empress kept afloat a little while, the two. boats coming to the rescue, could. have taken all her passengers and crew. As it was when the Lady '.Evelyn did arrive, boats on each side were out, ready for. the water, and those in the river were picked up very quickly." EFFORT TO RAISE EMPRESS Quebec, June high official of