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It makes the 20 if you reckon the one still left, but I am not reckoning that. It comes to the same thing. If you reckon that one in, of course it accounts for the lot. The Commissioner: The one collapsible boat was not launched in the proper sense of the word; it got into the water, very likely? 25485. (The Attorney-General.) Yes; Bride’s evidence was with regard to that. That is quite right; that made the 20. (To the Witness.) I do not know if you have the figures available, but can you tell us how many persons were taken on board the “Carpathia” from these various boats? - It was reported to me that 705 was the number of survivors, and we took three dead bodies from one of the boats, and also, not counting the 705, there was another man, a passenger we took up from the boat, who died two or three hours after we got him on board. 25486. That is not counted in the 705? - No. 25487. There were 705 survivors? - Yes, we landed in New York 705. 25488. And then there were four, three were dead and one died? - Yes, he died two or three hours after coming on board. The Attorney-General: We make it 711 somehow; I do not know how. The Commissioner: This is 709. The Attorney-General: There is some discrepancy in this; I will try to clear it up. There are 705 of which we have a list. There are six persons who were saved whose names did not appear in the list of the 705, but according to our knowledge now were actually saved by you, so that that would make 711 altogether were saved. That is not including either the three bodies found or the one which died shortly after. The Commissioner: I do not know that it matters. The Attorney-General: I am trying to give you the figures so that your Lordship can answer one of the questions. That is the point of it. It involves going into some detail through the evidence in America, but the substance of it is this: the 705 who survived and were landed at New York are included in a list which we have got from the “Carpathia” from America, but besides that there are six persons who were saved on the “Carpathia” who are not included in that list. The Commissioner: Who prepared the list? The Attorney-General: We have the names from cables; they are among the first class passengers who were saved according to the cable information which we have. What I am dealing with is the evidence which was taken in America. We cannot do more than that. The Commissioner: What is the importance of ascertaining the exact number? The Attorney-General: I do not think anything, except that as far as possible we want to give you the figures as accurately as we can. The Commissioner: There is a question directed to it? 25489. (The Attorney-General.) Yes. It is desirable to know, so far as we can know. I think the difficulty is that more apparently were saved than Captain Rostron had included in the particular list. I do not know that he made out the list, but it was made out. The Witness: The Pursers made out the list. The Commissioner: But it is very small. The Attorney-General: Yes. The Commissioner: At most, six. The Attorney-General: Yes, it does show that six more were saved than that list would indicate. There were some first class passengers which would make altogether 711. That is the position. I do not think it is worthwhile spending time on it. The Commissioner: Seven hundred and eleven living persons from the “Titanic” were landed in New York. 25490. (The Attorney-General.) Yes, by the “Carpathia.” (To the Witness.) Now, from the time
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