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THE " MORNING OREGOXIAN, SATURDAY, SEPTE3IBER 1G, 1916.
COMING BY TRAIN
Cheerful Contingent Leaves
Coos Bay Passengers
I ; Praise Company.
BURNED HULK IS GUARDED
CAPTAIN OF BURNED STEAMERTWHO SAVED ALL ON BOARD, AND
MAP SHOWING WHERE DISASTER OCCURRED.
Master Says He "Sweated Blood
While Driving Blazing Vessel
Shoreward in the Race to
. ; Save Lives Aboard.
MARSH FIELD, Or.. Sept. 15. Spe
cial. ) The Congress wreck victims'
special train departed from Marshfield
this afternoon at 3:45. carrying all the
passengers and about 100 of the crew.
The train consisted of eight day cars,
a. baggage car and a diner, and will
reach Portland about 3 o'clock.
The passengers had a pleasant time
in Marshfield and North Bend and
passed the day in visiting and restock
ing their wardrobes. Many messages
came to Marshfield business men from
the outside, authorizing them to supply
certain of the stranded persons with
clothing: or money. The unannounced
guests left Coos Bay in a. cheerful
frame of mind and waved their grati
tude to the throngs who watched them
Sailors Guard Burned Ship.
Captain N. E. Cousins returned to
the beach late this afternoon with 30
tailors, who will guard the hulk of the
Congress until the arrival of the tug
Oneonta from Portland to take it in
tow for the north.
She lies swinging at anchor where
she stood last night. Her masts and
funnels are standing but the interior
Is entirely gutted.
Today the hull showed a. decided list,
due to the settlement of the interior
steel work in the starboard side of the
Owing to the safe having so many
valuables, a strict watch will be main
tained about the vessel until she
The Congress, although the fire had
burned out, was too hot today for much
of an examination.
Commander Gets Aboard.
Captain N. E. Cousins, her com
mander, managed to get aboard and
made a partial survey. He found, that
everything burnable on board had been
Only three persons are suffering from
the effects of their experience. They
Chief Engineer Martland. of San
Francisco; F. Tyson, lineman, Seattle;
Sirs.' Margaret Eieg, New Orleans. All
Engineer Martland is at a hospital
la North Bend. Mrs. Kieg and Tyson
axe on their way to Seattle. Mrs. Rieg
is suffering from shock. Martland was
overcome bv smoke at his post.. Tyson
was overcome while attempting to res
cue Martland. Tyson was searching for
Martlana when he was located in a
pmoke-f illett compartment below deck.
Before falling unconscious, he grabbed
and rang an alarm bell, which resulted
In his rescue.
Safe Opening Impossible.
Captain John F. Blain, who arrived
this afternoon from Seattle, accompa
nied Captain Cousins to the beach this
evening to inspect the ship and plan
Some of the passengers were very
anxious that the ship should be visited
and the safe opened before they left,
but this was impossible.
No members of the crew would ex
press an opinion for publication regard
ing the origin of the fire, but they
talked among themselves of the prob
ability it had been started by a time
Much commendation of the prompt
ness of the Pacific Coast Steamship
Company officials in caring for the
passengers was heard. It was arranged
that those who wished to return to
California might change cars at Eugene
and be supplied with tickets and funds.
Treatment Pleases Passengers.
The passengers probably will be easy
to settle with for their losses and in
conveniences, as they feel they were
treated well by the company. Scarcely
any complaint was heard.
The fire spread so rapidly that only
about 10 per cent of the passengers
carried any baggage or wraps with
them when transferred to the Michie.
All were loud in their praise of the
heroism displayed by Captain Cousins
and his crew. They were equally ap
preeiative of the rescue work and as
sistance rendered by Captain George
beeley and the crew of the Michie.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to the
United States Government for the re
markably fine service rendered by the
dredge Michie," said Captain Cousins.
"It was a great stroke of good for
tune that the dredge was at the bar
when we were forced to drop anchor,
We were not able to proceed a bit fur
ther than we did, every member of the
crew being driven from below by the
tire and smoke.
"The members of my crew acted like
heroes. Every man stuck to his post
in tne race of suffocation, and several,
niter Deing overcome, wanted to go
"The passengers also behaved splen
mniy. a rew nystericai persons ran
nbout the deck, but we kept them un
der control ana managed to transfer all
to tne meboats without accident.
"We discoverd the fire In No. 3 hold
about 3 P. M. yesterday. The fire did
not originate in the steerage, as had
been previously reported. The flames
spread with greatest rapidity.
"The smoke welled forth so rapidly
that we were not able to get at the
engines to operate our main wireless
apparatus. After some delay we got
an auxiliary set working, and picked
tip the Eureka, Cal., station. We told
them to notify Marshfield that we
were heading for that port, and to send
vessels to our aid.
"At that time we were racing for
the mouth of Coos Bay. The fire was
discovered when we were 25 miles off
the coast, and three miles south of the
entrance to the bay.
"I sweated blood during that run to
the bar, but we saved the life of every
person aboard and I am thankful for
After a conference between Captain
Cousins and -Captain Blain, it was
stated that it was not probable that
a tus could start from Seattle with the
Congress hull In tow, before Sunday
"General" Coxey Files for Senate.
COLUMBUS, O.. Sept. 15. Jacob S.
Coxey. of Massillon, O., who more than
10 years ago led "Coxey s Army" of
unemployed on a long march to Wash
ington, today filed papers with the
Secretary of State as an independent
candidate for United States Senator.
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Congress Races to Safety.
HOT DECKS BURN FEET
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(Continued From First Page.)
French Senate Approves Loan.
PARIS, Sept. IS. The Senate today
ry a unanimous vote passed the bill
authorizing the new war loan proposed
by Finance MUUster Ribot. The bill
fassed the Chamber of Deputies yes
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Route Taken by Burning: Steamer.
Crom 'Marks Present Position of
had been forced to the forward part
of the vessel by the heat and smoke.
Each person was provided with a life
An incident indicating the self-pos
session with which the crew worked
and the coolness of the majority of the
passengers occurred when a small boy
In one of the lifeboats suddenly began
crying frantically for his mother and
pointing to a woman who stood at the
rail above. The boat was half lowered,
but the other passengers insisted that
the mother be put in with them. Two
members of the crew picked up the
mother and dropped her into the boat.
Psot until about half of those aboard
had been transferred to the Michie did
any flames appear above decks. Then
from a score of ventilators and port
holes toward the stern tongues of fire
leaped forth. Ten per cent of the crew
were still on the Congress when there
came a puff from the heart of the ship,
and in an instant the flames were curl
ing about her from stem to stern.
Captain Last to Leave.
The last boat to leave contained Cap
tain Cousins. They pushed away chok
ing In the smoke and blistered by the
heat. When their boat came out of
the smoke that hid the Congress the
passengers lined along the rail of the
dredge sent up cheer after cheer for
the commander and his crew.
The Captain left the Congress hard
ly a minute too soon, for before he had
boarded the Michie his own vessel be
came a seething mass of flames.
The transfer of the passengers was
expedited by the Government life-saving
crew of Coos Bay, which arrived
in a power launch soon after the Michie.
The steamer A. M. Simpson also
reached the scene in time to assist in
At midnight, while the schooner A.
M. Simpson stood by, the oil tanks of
the Congress blew up, and after that
the fire began to die down.
Many deeds of heroism were related
by the passengers today In connection
with the burning of the Congress. One
act, which resulted in the saving- of a
lire, took place on the deck of the
Government dredge Colonel P. S,
F. Tyson, of Seattle, lineman on the
Congress, was removed to the Michie
in an unconscious condition, having
been overcome in an effort to rescue
Chief Engineer B. K. Martland from
Tyson was laid on the deck appar
ently lifeless. A physician bent over
him and then asked for a pulmotor to
remove the smote and gas fumes fro
his lungs. No pulmotor was to be had.
He is dying," said the doctdr. hoDe-
J. E. Johnson, chief steward of the
Michie, stepped forward. "Let me see
what I can do" he said ouietly.
Wending down he put his mouth to
the mouth of the unconscious man and
began drawing the poison fumes from
the latter's lunss into his own. Minute
after minute he labored, making of
nimseir a human pulmotor.
Suddenly Johnston staggered back
all but overcome himself. But even as
he did so. Tyson sighed i deeply and
opened his eyes. His life had been
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Professor Mack Eastman, professor
of history at the University of British
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among those on the steamer Congress
refugee train from Marshfield tonight.
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amateur photographer, is returning
home from the battlefields of Europe,
where he obtained some unusual photo
During the fire on the Congress he
got out nis camera ana took many
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which was cut off by smoke. He braved
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room and return with the pictures.
He was suffering tonight from the
effects of being nearly overcome.
PASSENGERS REACH EUGENE
Arrangements Made In Advance for
Supper for 257.
EUGENE. Or.. Sept. 15. (Special.)
The passengers and crew of the de
stroyed steamer Congress arrived in
Eugene at 9:30 o'clock tonight, travel
ing by special train. Arrangements
had been made in advance for suppers
for the 357 passengers and for box
lunches' for the members of the crew.
Each of the 10 day coaches was in
charge of an officer from the steamer.
and passengers and crew obeyed orders
irom tne commanders. The Pullman
cars supplanted the day coaches in Eu
gene before the party proceeded on the
Journey northward at about 11 o'clock.
a. single rimniin was attached to
the rear of the train arriving- -m
Marshfield. Among the passengers was
William Tyson, of Seattle, linen itw-
ard of the Congress. Ha waa nviv-nm
by smoke when he went into the first
deck above the hold, where he went to
rescue ine nrst engineer, having seen
ine oiiicer in mat part of the ship
few minutes before.
I thought he was down there Tv.
son stated, in a whiener. a h luv in
iuwer germ or a Pullman compart
mem, sun suffering from the effects
of the smoke. "I was working with
the hose. After I got down, the door
was shut accidently. I did not vnr.w
anything from that time until I began
to recover my senses in tha hnnit.i
at Marshfield. I have not the slightest
Idea how my rescue was effected."
Among tne happy Dassencerx nn th.
train was Mrs. Barbara Colgrove. of
614 Dexter street. Seattle. She is a
very little woman and was traveling
ith four small children. th .mi
being a Bby of 10 years. Just as the
train came to a standstill Kh tu
Stella, aged 3, into her arms and called
the others, James, 10; Earl. 8. and
Margaret, 6. to her side.
Mrs. Colgrove stated that rhi-i
Joughin. the ship's baker, had assisted
her with the children into the life boat.
Joughin was a survivor of the Titanic
He assisted a great manv neonln
Into the lifeboats," Mrs. Cole-rove
stated. "Then, I Jieard later. h fell
Mrs. Colgrove said she had been r
111. and was in bed when the shiD
"I could smell the rubber burning."
she ald. "I did not wait for anything.
xaKing tne children 1 went onto the
aecic iney all behaved like soldiers,
and were not a bit frightened. Every
body seemed to be taking the situa
As she spoke Mrs. Colgrove dropped
a small bundle wrapped in a newspaper.
That Is all we have left." she said.
recovering it. "It Is some underwear
I purchased lor the children at Marsh
I lost my hat and mamma lost her
hat, too, little Margaret volunteered.
"We got ourselves and we are srlad
of that," her mother replied, spreading
ner arms arouna ner little nock.
M. llolzer. purser of the Congress.
said there was no panic aboard the
vessel alter It became generally known
that the steamer was on fire. From
the time of the first alarm until the
passengers were finally taken off it was
more than three hours, he said.
t'Tpu would .have thought it was
picnic, ne said. mere was no ex
Mr. Holzer stated that the fire orlgl
nated In hold No. 3 of the Congress.
No'one knows how It started," ho
added. "In spite of all we -could do.
it continued to gain headway. There
was very little wind and the sea was
smooth. The oil in the cargo had very
little to do with it. in tact, it Is be
lieved that the oil is still safe. There
was no explosion of any kind."
Mr. Holzer, whose home Is In San
Francisco, said he bad been on the
Congress two years and that during
that time there had never been a fire
aboard. The crew, he said, fought the
Walter Feathering-all related Inci
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"Along about 8:20 I was sitting near
tne stern or the boat - and smelled
burning rubber. Then I noticed persons
running back and forth. We were as
sured there was nothing the matter and
none of the passengers seemed at all
concerned. Gradually the smoke got
worse, ajid finally we noticed, that tha
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boat was headed for the shore. Even
then we did not realize there was any
particular danger. It was not until
the boats were actually being lowered
that we did realize the situation and
then it was too late to save much of
anything. Passengers could have taken
more of their baggage ir iney naa
thought there was any need."
C. T. Ramsden, cniei stewara oi inn
Congress, stated his belief that the
fire was caused by a snort circuit in
the electric wiring.
Mrs. P. Whetsein and year-old Daoy,
of Santa Cruz, were among the last
passengers to leave the train in Eugene.
"Do you want to go up town to a
restaurant, or do you want to eat here
at the station 7" asked, an officer of the
"It doesn't make much difference, if
we can eat," said Mrs. Whetsein.
"An automobile will be here In a
moment." continued the officer.
-'Anything, so it isn't a boat." com
mented the wreck refugee.
"I think I spent a year In North
Bend this afternoon." she stated.
M. S. Williams, commercial traveler
of Seattle, said the one thing in con
nection with the disaster was the al
most superhuman way In which Captain
N. E. Cousins and the crew handled
"Captain Cousins' personality pre
dominated everywhere." he said. "He is
a wonderful man. The crowd Just
seemed to feel him. It was an hour and
a half before any of the passengers
knew that the vessel was on fire. It
started about 1 o'clock. We saw thl
first smoke at 2:30, but it had been
smouldering along for an hour and a
half. It was 8 o'clock before It became
known that anything serious was hap-,
pening. We were transferred to the
dredge Michie about 6 o'clock. V
"At first the people were a little ex
cited, but Just as soon as Captain
Cousins noted the' situation was so
serious, he Immediately proceeded to
calm the crowd. In a very short time
everything was running, smoothly. The
passengers even began to treat their
predicament almost as a Joke. They
twitted each other about the life-preservers
they had put on being out of
fashion, and not the latest from Paris,
The chief engineer of the Congress
was a real hero, Mr. Williams stated,
staying at his post in the engine-room
until the heat became absolutely un
bearable, when he finally shut off the
engines, as the fire crept forward.
Women Named to Assist.
New Tork. Sept. IB. William R. Will
cox, chairman of the Republican Na
tional Committee, tonight announced
the appointment of a woman's cam
paign committee to assist in the
Hughes campaign, ine committee will
work with state committees and with
the women's committee of the Hughes
ONEONTA TO TOW SHIP
PORTLAND TIC TO TAKE BURNED
STEAMER TO SEATTLE.
Local Marino Men Relieve Steel Hall
Is 'ot Badly DmuccI Series of
Disasters Canoes Comment.
'Responding to a call from the Pa
cific Coast Steamship Company to tow
the burned steamer Congress to Seat
tle from her position off the entrance
to Coos Bay, where she was anchored
Thursday night on her passengers be
ing gotten away safely. E. V. Wright,
manager of the Port of Portland, yes
terday sent the tug Oneonta scurrying
The Oneonta is expected to be along
side the Congress early this morning
and Immediately will get a hawser
aboard the damaged liner and start
north. The time shemakes will largely
depend on weather conditions. Her per
formance last month in towing the
damaged - steamer General Hubbard
from Astoria to San Francisco with a
full lumber cargo, also in bringing the
schooner Irmgard from San Francisco
to the river, has proved that she is as
able for her size as any tug on the
Coast, and much speedier and more
powerful than many.
Preparations to move the Congress to
the home port of the company were
taken here to mean that the ship was
In much better condition than earlier
reports of the fire Indicated, and that
the probabilities are little of the steel
hull was damaged. That Is accounted
for here by the fact the ship would
roll to some extent at sea and her
sides would be kept cool, preventing
the steel buckling.
The fire on the Congress, following
in less than a week that aboard the
Beaver, which was discovered at sea
and extinguished on her arrival at San
Francisco, is unusual in the annals of
marine disasters on this Coast.
Captain Cousins, of the Congress, is
commended by Portlanders with ma
rine experience, as Is also Captain
Mason, of the Beaver, who. with Chief
Engineer Townsend. of that shjp. have
been praised by officers of the line, as
well as Captain J- K. Bulger, supervis
ing inspector of the Western district.
from death here last night during a
night bomb-throwing flight, when at a
height of 4600 feet the motor back-fired
and the aeroplane went into a "side
slip," falling more than 1000 feet before
Dargue succeeded in righting it.
During his final volplane, Dargue
missed smashing into a hangar by only
10 feet. In the darkness.
$100,000,000 bond Issue Sought.
TOPEKA", Kan.. Sept. 13. An appli
cation of the Frisco Railway Com
pany to Issue J10O.000.000 of stocks
and bonds for the carrying out of a
reorganization of the company's af
fairs was placed In evidence before the
State Public Utilities Commission her
yesterday. The Commissioners have
taken the matter under advisement.
Jap Aviator I'alln to Death.
LOS ANGELES. Cal.. Sept. It.
Frank Ouye, a Japanese aviator, was
Injured fataJly today when he lost con
trol of a military type tractor, which
turned over 100 feet in the air when
he tried bo effect a landing on the
Griffith Park aviation field. Ouye's
skull was fractured. He died within an
hour a a hospital.
More than 27,f tons of honv are p ro -
cucrd annually by thr Amerjran tf
Head Iha-OrcsoniaA'ciassUied, ado.
1000-FOOT FALL SURVIVED
Aeroplane Is Righted and Then Al
most Smashes at Landing.
SAN DIEGO, Cal.". Sept. IS. Lieuten
ant Herbert Dargue and Lieutenant
William Robertson, of the North Inland
aviation, school, had a, narrow, escape
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