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13297. (Mr. Raymond Asquith - To the Witness.) I will not ask you about what happened in the boat, but there is one thing I should have asked you about what happened before; did you see the carpenter? - I did; he was the first man I saw. He came along when I was looking down at the water, and he had the lead line in his hand. 13298. Had he taken a sounding do you know? - I could not tell you that. 13299. Did he say anything to you? - No, the man looked absolutely bewildered, distracted. He did not speak. 13300. You think he looked alarmed? - He certainly was. 13301. When your boat left the ship was the band still playing? - It was. 13302. Can you remember at all what time it was when your boat left? - Well, I looked at my watch when the ship went down and it was twenty minutes to two. That was by altered time when we were in the boat, and I do not think we were in the boat more than three-quarters of an hour. 13303. You left about three-quarters of an hour before the ship went down? - Yes. Examined by Mr. SCANLAN. 13304. Can you state at what time it was when Mr. Andrews said to you, “if you value your life put your lifebelt on”? - It was about half an hour when I saw the water on the deck, and I should say it would be about a quarter of an hour after that. 13305. About three-quarters of an hour after the collision you mean? - Yes. Examined by Mr. COTTER. 13306. Have you ever been in a collision before? - Yes. 13307. What ship was that? The “Lake Champlain”? - Yes. 13308. Also an iceberg? - Yes. 13309. So that you knew exactly what to do on this occasion? - Yes. 13310. And you did it? - Yes. Examined by Sir ROBERT FINLAY. 13311. When was it you were told to put on the lifebelt? You said that it was three-quarters of an hour after something? - I said it was three-quarters of an hour after I felt the shock of the collision. 13312. Did the people get into the boat in an orderly way? - Yes. 13313. Did you hear the band playing? - Yes. 13314. Was it still playing when you left the ship? - Yes it was. It was playing when I went up to A deck to call the other stewardess, and when I left the ship it was still playing. (The Witness withdrew.)
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