The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, August 09, 1907, Page 15, Image 15

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AUGUST t; 1807
Commoner.
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Acts of Heroism
this dis-
'Agsociated Press carried
patch:
On board the Georgia In Boston
harbor this afternoon Captain Henry
& McCrea told to the Associated Press
the story of trie disaster on board the
battleship on Monday, which has
cost the lives of nine men of the
United States navy and caused in
jury, in some cases probably fatal,
. to thirteen others. Captain McCrea
said:
"I was on the bridge making the
run for the practice. I was taking
observations on each shot. As shot
after shot was hit from the eight
inch guns I saw we were beating
the records of the other ships of the
fleet. On the bridge I could hear the
command from the after turret. So
I knew when the next shot was com
ing. "I heard the shout 'Are' but there
was no shot, and then I saw men
running aft and quickly the fire hose
that is always laid out in readiness,
when there is firing going on was
manned.
"I rushed to the after bridge to
seo what was the matter. The wa
ter was already being poured into
the turret. The boatswain and mid
shipman Gravescroat led the way for
the men with the hose. I tell you
there was courage. No man knew
what had happened and no man knew
into what danger he might be rush
ing. But those men never thought
of self or danger. That -brave act
will look well on their records.
"They began to bring out the men.
One of the first was the one in whose
hands the powder was when it
flashed. He was laid down on top
of the lower turret with a blanket
under his head. I went to him. 1
could -not recognize him. His hands
were burned to the bones. The flesh
was gone. With those hands raised
above his chest and the tips of the
fingers bent toward each other
I could hear him whisper: 'O, God,
O, God, 0,,Gpd. He could not move
his lips enough to utter other words.
"I bent closer and said to him:
'My dear fellow, God has heard your
prayer.' He was breathing, but in
short gasps, and soon died.
"The men were brought out as
fast as they could be taken from the
turret. Most of them felt relief as
soon as they got into the open air.
The gases from smokeless powder
are terrible. That's what kills. The
external burns were hideous enough,
but to breath that stuff is fatal.
"One man in that turret was not
hurt Midshipman Kimball and I
do not understand how he could have
escaped. He helped take out he
men. He, too, showed grit after the
shock he had had.
"Lieutenant Goodrich set an ex-
Under date of Boston, July 17, the I ample to his men that none but a
courageous omcer could set, when ho
plunged right into tho flames and
gases to lead tho way to safety. I
told his father, Rear Admiral Good
rich, that it was such officers that
made a great navy. His example will
not bo forgotten. After he got to
th.e deck he threw himself overboard.
If our launch had not been near by
on its return from its examination
of the target he would have drowned.
"Probably one little act, or one
I great act of one of the men prevented
a far greater disaster. I don't know
his name. He's dead. He and one
other stood by the second gun that
had just been loaded. Tho last
powder bag that had bean put in
was protruding a little from the gun.
When he saw the flash, instead of
dashing for the ladder to save him
self he crowded home the charge in
the gun and with the help of the
other men, got the gun closed. If
the flame had touched that bag there
would have been an awful explosion,
for the powder was confined in the
gun and would not have flashed as
the other did, but would have ex
ploded. Not a man in the turret
would have been left alive. That
man gave his life for the others.
"I am told President Roosevelt
has inquired about a man who gave
his life in closing' the shutter from
the ammunition room to save the
ship from blowing up, It would be,
very wrong to have a story like that
go out. because I can not find that
there is any foundation for It or need
for a man to make any attempt to do
anything of the sort. But if the
president wants heroism let him look
up this brave man who stood by his
gun to save the rest.
"Since we went back to the target
grounds the men have been shooting
better than before the accident.
"Wo haven't finished practice and
we are .going back to the targets and
break the record."
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F a i I u t e
to euro indigestion Is largely due to
tho old theory that when the stomach
becomes inactive it needs something
to mechanically digest its contents, and
cathartics, purgatives, etc., are used,
which give only temporary relief, be
cause they digest by irritating the lin
ing of tho stomach.
Modern science recognizes the fact
that it Is the jierves that furnishes mo
tive power t? digest the contents -of the
stomach.
Tho nerves,agitato and mix the .food,
and stimulate the seoretions. "When
they become weakened they lack en
ergy, and indigestion, dyspepsia, sour
stomach result.
Dr. Miles' 'Restorative Nervine
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L. C. O'BRIEN, WJnston-Salem, N. Y.
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Yes, and often the 10,000 become
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