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11170. Did you in Simmons’ hearing so that effect could be given to anything you said, suggest so that Simmons could hear it, that you wanted that boat to go back? - I do not know whether he heard it or not. 11171. What was the use of suggesting it to anybody else, Hendrickson? - Well, I do not know. 11172. Was this a momentary impulse of yours, or had you thought about it? - No, it came across me after I heard those cries. 11173. You heard cries, and you say you said, so that somebody could hear, “It is up to us to go back”? - Yes. 11174. Did you have any conversation with Taylor? - No. 11175. Taylor was sitting alongside of you? - He was sitting on the next thwart to me alongside Sir Duff-Gordon. 11176. Who was the man alongside of you? - No one alongside of me. 11177. You were sitting on a seat alone? - I was sitting on a seat alone. 11178. Taylor was the next member of the crew to you? - Yes. 11179. Horswill was the seaman immediately ahead of you? - Yes. 11180. Do you think he heard you? - I do not know. 11181. He was a seaman and had more to do with the management of the boat than you? - I had nothing to do with the management of the boat at all. 11182. Simmons had all to do and Horswill had something to do with the management of the boat? - I suppose so. 11183. The two seamen were in charge. Do you suggest you said, so that either of these two seamen could hear you, that you considered this boat ought to go back? - They should have heard me. 11184. Had you any sort of indication that Horswill heard you - the man close by? - I could not say whether he heard me or not. 11185. You could not tell? - No. 11186. If you thought the boat, in the name of humanity, ought to go back, why did not you say so to Horswill? - I did not want to tell one man personally; I called out. 11187. Did any seaman reply? - I never heard any. 11188. Did any fireman reply? - I never heard any replies at all about going back after that. 11189. Now, I suggest to you, that you are quite right in that answer, and that nobody addressed any observation to you upon the question whether the boat should go back. Is that the truth? - Certainly, it is the truth. 11190. That nobody said anything to you about the boat going back? - No. 11191. Nothing? - No. 11192. Then why do you say that Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon prevented the boat going back? - I thought you were talking about the crew. The Attorney-General: He said that before. Mr. Duke: I am aware, but I am cross-examining; I want to deal fairly. The Witness: You were referring to the crew. 11193. Well, go back to the others. None of the crew said anything? - No, I got no answer, only from Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon. 11194. Now I will take you with regard to that. Did you consider whether they were right or wrong in the course which you suggest they said ought to be taken? - It would be right in one way and wrong in another, on account of ladies being in the boat. 11195. Did you consider whether they were right or wrong, because a serious imputation is put upon them? - I should say they were wrong. 11196. You think they were wrong? - Yes. 11197. Did you always think that? - What do you mean, “always”?
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