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McKean Democrat (Newspaper) - June 2, 1921, Smethport, Pennsylvania Page two. The Democrat thurs. June 2. 1921. Third anniversary of sinking of u. S. S. President Lincoln is of local interest continued from Pago 1, col. 3. The duties of an added Vigil or we had on Board Many wounded heroes gains Back to god s country to re gain their strength and the Long night must be kept until we had passed safely through the remainder of the War zone. We trusted to the darkness As an added Meas ton had been displayed that oven two totally Ivorn lazed soldiers lying it the Sickbay wove carried to safety. To Hud. . In Tho boats about our Hundred und fifty men and two nun. Dred an lofty on the rafts. While engaged in collecting the boats and rafts and lashing them so they would Drift along together Tho enemy submarine appeared. One sea. Man was taken on Board the Craft questioned and then exchanged for lieutenant b. V. M. Isaacs u. 3. N., who was 4n one of the boats. After to Clear of the s Hunt ins ground. The morning of Tho 31st of May Troko with unusual radiance the Sun was in its glory the sea was mod Erate and our spirits Rose with the unfolding of the Day. We had cheat. De the Hun once More. Satisfied that All was Well a few Man Tea before nine o clock i stepped into the Emer. Gency Cabin under the Bridge entered my stateroom for a Wash and then into the Cabin to get my break fast. At that instant came a mighty crash almost simultaneously a Terry Fife explosion which Shook the ship from Stem to Stern while the Furni Ture in my stateroom and in the Cabin was wrecked and tossed about. Starting for the companion-way1, i waa met at the Bulkhead by the mess Enger from the Bridge Seaman Leslie Lowenstern who reported sir the officer of the Day says we Are once on the Bridge i found the fact too True we had been hit. Not once thrice. Tho port Side of our de voted ship was riddled. The u.90, a speedy German submarine commanded by Captain Remy had haunted our since Midnight for a Chance to strike. With the Dawn that Chance had come and with aim he sent us to our doom. As i reached the Bridge lieutenant w. C. Martin a Reserve officer who Lead the deck sounded the alarm and the Call to Battle and had stopped the engines. The guns Crews already on watch at the guns ready to fire but there was no enemy to be seen. An instant s exposure of her Periscope had been sum. Client for the a boat Only eight nun dred Yards Distant her aim was sure a Flash a shot a dive and the wave had swallowed her up. The men of the Crew and our Goldje passengers went to their stations Quie by and orderly just As they were won to do in Dally drills. shouting o Mega phoning waa necessary order we re Given by a wave of my with a Lump in my. The vat i Flensted the fact that before my eyes was be enacted another chapter in trave Story of our Navy. These boy heroes Heji Orts came to the Bridge. From taking some moving pictures of Tho helpless boats and aiming a. Big gun at the crowded rafts without firing the u_00 turned away and left us to our Fate. When to were struck our three com Panion vessels in accordance with i regulations proceeded at full Speed lest they too. Should lie torpedoed but not until they had sent out an s. O. S. For Aid. That was our Ray of Hope i knew that we would be Kent some rescuing Craft if the radio message had been heard at Brest or by some of our destroyers. The american Navy thank god has not reached the Point where a Bale of Hay or a. Side of beef is Worth More than a sailors life. We were in a desperate plight our 12 remaining boats overloaded with Sens ask men some two Hundred and u. S. S. President Lincoln formerly of the Hamburg american line. Sex German ship converted into United states troop ship. Carried 5000 troops 7000 tons of cargo and 700 officers and men. Eted medal of Honor. Many cases of heroism might june 2nd, and received a warm Wel be come from Admiral Wilson and our cited in connection with the loss of the friends who had so recently wished us example of Good for our voyage to am fifty men Drifting helplessly on the Ratts five Hundred Miles from land with a heavy sea running and with a Long night before us the nearest Des. Troyer being two Hundred and Miles away made it an anxious for myself and my lieutenants. The courage of the Crew was splendid and they Woro singing where do we go rom Over and not one ote of fear was evidenced not even y the wounded soldiers. The first great task while waiting for help was to secure the boats and rafts together. Sho Uirl they Drift apart and be lost in the night Rescue would be ust As much the More difficult if not a possible. By prodigious efforts on he part of the. Men in the boats Row. for hours and towing heavy rafts by Nightfall we had them All Strung together and the men on the mos overloaded rafts shifted to something like an oven number. As darkness fell we burned Coston lights for signals in the meantime unknown to us the destroyer Warrington and another the Smith were steaming full Speed to our and so accurately did lieutenant commander George w. U. S. A. Figure our Drift that he nearly ran us Down at Midnight. At that hour a great blinking White Light burned through the Wall of darkness and a Hall who s thrilled us and told us. That the Warrine on had Arri Ved. Then How the boys did cheer immediately the work of Rescue be Gan. The Transfer from the boats and president Lincoln. Never forget and which causes me affectionate Pride that of my Steward a coloured boy named Brown. Assisted the company of men on the after deck to adjust their life saving jackets and As they went Over the Side he walked Forward on the deck. They called to him. But he said ".no, i am not Rendy yet. I must go to the Bridge to see what i can do Tor tie old As he started Forward. Water covered the deck and in some Way he was lost but his tast words expressed Liis Devotion to what he considered to be his duty and his Unsel cloth shipping tags. The Democrat office is prepared to furnish cloth shipping tags in any Quantity. Freight shipped Over the Pennsylvania lines must be directed with cloth tags goods tagged with the cardboard variety being refused por tation. Tumo inn u Rioin us time Ash thou Sells for others in the time of Opportunity As to ten he great crisis. We arrived at Brest after noon on House for rent. Desirable House with or without line farm on improved Road few min utes from Center of town. A rare is. Etc. Apply or phone 8dr22, a do of at Campbell farm sme Liport pa., the chief Engineer engines boilers secured and ready for orders from the Carpenter s repair rafts to the . Started and shortly after the Smith. Lieutenant commander Klein u. S. N., in com. Parties below decks and in danger of death by drowning in trapped and flooded holds came constant reports of the Progress of the onrushing sea. T did not need these last reports to Tell me that our Good old ship was on her last voyage. I could see from the Mand arrived and took up the work and although the darkness caused us great difficulty the men were All transferred sick und Well to the two destroyers. Four Hundred and fifty met were taken on the , and two Hundred and fifty on the Smith the mighty Stream Rise in although the ships were crowded Forward hold and every instant the the lot Welcome we president Lincoln Sank deeper and i found Toncre or deeper we must make haste to quit set our troubles. The sick were placed her decks. The men were lined up Long rail standing by their boats with a heavy heart i gave the order aban. Don the boats Crews lowered the Small Craft away the rafts were launched and Tho men mild Dawn the trailing boat Falls into water and picked up by the waiting boats and nearby rafts. This method by in the officers Beds and every possible care and attention Given them. Searched the Vicinity until Day Light next june 1st and turned for our weathertight you will find that the Vul Canite Hexagon slab Shingle makes an absolutely weather tight roof. It Noil easily resist the hardest Rains or the most driving snows. It will keep your Home dry and snug All of the time. For it is always double thick Over the entire roof. 1 and then you will find this exclusive Vulcani Shingle will make an attractive fire resisting and durable roof too. Made from Tough fibrous Felt saturated with Asphalt and surfaced with crushed slate it will give lifelong roof service. See Titis Shingle at Holmes Gilfillan inc. Smethport a. In Beaver Quality preventing the upsetting of overcrowded boats largely accounted far the sma1 John of life in that trying1 hour. Finding no survivors return trip to Brest. Shortly sifter noon Tho Ilert Rover Smili saw a sub Virino on which stir dropped 22 charge s. To. Was the j tr_00, for five months in Tor our ship j in rtt. Issacs brought Tho news that the Hub Ririe of. Cape to 1 of traction. Lieutenant j the decks were soon dearth of nil 1was of Skoal to is in prisoner., and Notor sri Oral attempts to escape i Nally Jill so. His heroism and sex Mortali Nsairy exploits won Tho Cov but the guns Crews these devoted boys stood by their guns and at my orders they began to fire in the direct. Ion from which the enemy might expected to appear should he come up to wreak further damage or to gloat Over his prey. When the guns began. To Boom a mighty cheer went up from the men in the boats on the rafts inc in the water about the sinking whip they Felt that something was done to strike at the Hun. Tha a barrage of shells would keep the enemy submerged while the dangerous work of abandon ship was unsettled by the Stern the decks were awash. I ordered the gun tiers to jump for their lives and those of us who stood on the Bridge Slid Down the ladders into the sea and swam to the rafts. A moment later Waves engulfed the ship Bridge houses and superstructures crashed flown under the weight of the water and with Flag flying at the main our Good old Shin Slid to her grave two thousand fathoms below leaving but a few bits of wreckage on the surface thirty minutes after being struck the ship had disappeared from Tho face of the Ocean. Three officers and Twenty three men had gone with the ship. But no passenger had been Loat such pig Chow makes More hog at less Cost because it makes pigs grow it fatten it regulates a comparative test will show that Purina pig Chow produces 25% to 40% More hog at lower Cost per Pound than the average ration. Pig Chow keeps pm coming see us today we Are pleased to announce that or. Paul Gibbons formerly service supervisor of Sturtevant Jones company Marmon dealers Toledo Ohio has joined our mechanical Force. The addition of or. Gibbons to an already efficient organization gives us what we believe to be the Best service depart ment in this Section and we in Vite our patrons to take advantage of a service which we will Endeavor to make As efficient economical and courteous As it is possible. Smethport garage company Anderson Thomas garage East Smethport a. Agency for Chevrolet and Buick cars Fisk tires and tubes Willard batteries a Uio Mobile repairing automobile accessories of fun Sunbeam Macaroni is the world s Best admit it the Colegrove grocery mos t appropriate gifts that last for the graduate or Bride give them will last a life time. Something that they will Long remember Tho giver. A few suggestions. Durham tobacco makes 50 Good cigarettes for for her watch 63 wrist watches Pearl Benda rings brooch pins bar pins suitor lockets Xiv Vallieres Fountain Vena Ever Sharp pencils Ivory floods soul finer spoons clasps thimbles fancy sunshades umbrellas for him watch is Waldamar chains coat chains cuff links tie pins Collar Ina tie clasps cigarette cases cigarette holders Fountain pens eve Sharp pencils umbrellas watch fobs Gold knives Silver buckle. Belts military crashes f. A. Green Smethport a. Silverware. Cut Glass clocks. Diamonds hand painted China were in old pieces an resets. Everything of boat Quality and guaranteed. J. M. Wiant jeweler optometrist

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