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Bowman man on Titanic has narrow escape

Returning from Norway with emigrants

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The press dispatches relative to the sinking of the Titanic mention the escape of a Bowman man, Oscar Hetman, who took the place of the Titanic's man who fell overboard when a lifeboat was being launched.

Oscar Hetman has been a resident of North Dakota for some years and spent last summer in Bowman, where he was employed at the Carter and running automobiles for the Western Land Securities company, Obert A. Olson and others. He owns the southwest quarter of 15, 131, 102, about a mile from town.

Hetman, we understand had been to Norway inducing people to come to Bowman county and had a large party with him on board the ill-fated boat.

Nothing had been heard from him since he landed in New York, or as to how many of his party were saved, but he will doubtless soon be in Bowman. His friends in Bowman will be glad to learn that he is safe.

The Fargo Forum of Tuesday has the following relative to Hetman: That another St. Paul man, not heretofore mentioned in the dispatches, was a passenger on board the Titanic, and that he escaped drowning, was brought to light yesterday when the J. P. Rodgers Land Co., 1003 Pioneer building, received a message from the Red Cross committee in New York, saying that Oscar Hedman, an employee of the St. Paul company, had called there for funds.

Hedman, according to Mr. Rodgers and E. E. Chard of the Rodgers company, was returning from Sweden with a number of men who were to colonize some land, either in the Kissimee valley, Florida, or in North Dakota.

He was traveling as a steerage passenger. He had been in Sweden since October.

Mr. Rodgers sent a message to the Red Cross committee authorizing them to draw on him sufficient money to pay Hedman's expenses to St. Paul.

Hedman is expected in St. Paul Wednesday evening. He has been stationed at Bowman, N.D., recently.

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