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think he would, because he brought them along that way. 10288. When you went down below, did you find any difficulty in getting the women to leave their baggage behind? - Some were inclined to take their baggage, but they, of course, would not be Europeans. I take it they were foreigners. 10289. You found a difficulty in getting them to leave their baggage behind; they wanted to take it up with them? - I did not find any difficulty at all, because I had no foreigners. 10290. But the foreigners did not want to part with their baggage? - I have heard so. 10291. When you went back again the second time, did you go down to F deck? - No. 10292. You did not go down to F deck? - There was no occasion to go there. 10293. Where did you go to? - The second time I went to my station on this deck. 10294. Did you see any water along E deck? - I saw none. 10295. No water at all? - I saw none. 10296. You saw no water at all along any deck from the time she struck? - I saw no water to the time I quitted that ship, with the exception of outside the ship, of course. 10297. I said, “along the deck”? - No, Sir; I saw none. 10298. What ship were you in when you met with your last accident? - I was in the “St. Paul” when she collided with the “Gladiator.” 10299. So that you would know what to do in the case of an accident? - I imagine I would, yes. 10300. Were all the third class stewards trying to get the women out, and showing them up to the decks? - Yes. 10301. My learned friend thinks there were only eight stewards in the third class. Will you tell us how many stewards there are in the third class? - There are somewhere about fifty-nine or sixty. 10302. Part of them were bed-room stewards, and part of them were table waiters, is that so? - Yes. 10303. And they would all be doing their little bit to get the passengers up? - They all helped to get the passengers away. Those that were not told off to their own rooms were sent on the boat deck to help in the best way they could. 10304. Did you notice between the dining room and the after section on F deck whether there were any bulkhead doors? - Yes, there were two. 10305. Did you ever see them closed on the voyage? - Yes, I saw them closed at bulkhead door inspection on the day after we left Southampton. 10306. Was there a general bulkhead inspection the day after you left England? - Yes; the Chief Officer came round with Mr. Andrews, the man representing Harland and Wolff’s. 10307. Were the stewards told off to close those doors? - Yes; I myself was told off. 10308. And you closed a bulkhead door? - Yes. 10309. Do you know what you closed those bulkhead doors for - what that drill is for? - Yes; I take it as such, that in case anything should go wrong with the machinery leading from the bridge in closing those doors. 10310. These doors are hand doors? - No; they can be closed from the bridge as well. 10311. On E deck? - Yes. 10312. I think you are mistaken, my Lord. I do not think that is a fact? - I think so. Anyhow, I closed them by hand with a big spanner. 10313. You turn a spanner with a wheel? - Yes; I turned it with a spanner. 10314. You are not sure about whether they can be closed from the bridge? - I would not be sure that they can be closed from the bridge on E deck, but I take it as such, by the overhead gear, that they could be closed from the bridge. 10315. The real object of that drill is, is it not, that in case of collision a man should go there and close the door? - Yes.
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