Mauretania forced to slow by icebergs in path


The World Evening Edition (New York)

Big Cunarder's Speed Reduced to Ten Knots an Hour in Perilous Zone


White Star Liner Also Reduces Speed While Putting Wireless at Work

The Mauretania of the Cunard line arrived here to-day after having passed through the ice lane travelled by the Titanic and having had a similar experience of being warned to look out for a dangerous berg.

Unlike in the case of the White Star liner on her maiden voyage the fleet Mauretania slowed down to less than ten knots an hour and ploughed along at that slow---for the Mauretania---speed until all danger was passed.

The Cunarder got the wireless tip to "'ware icebergs"from the Adriatic of the White Star line. At 11.30 o'clock last Tuesday morning the Adriatic sighted a berg 50 feet high and 100 feet long almost directly in the liner's course.

The weather was clear and warm and the iceberg was visible miles away. The Adriatic slowed down and ran past the island of ice, taking observations of its exact position. The passengers flocked,to the rails and watched the great berg.


When they learned from the ship's officers that they were almost in the position where the Titanic sank there was considerable excitement on board. Many attempts were made to photograph the iceberg, but the sunlight was too brilliant and the berg was too far away.

The Adriatic was in wireless touch with the Mauretania, which was racing behind the White Star boat at twenty knots an hour. Capt. Hayes of the Adriatic warned the skipper of the Mauretania that the berg was a dangerous one and that he had better keep a sharp lookout for her when he came along that night.

The Mauretania did not reach the ice area until 11.30 o'clock at night. Conditions were practically the same as in the case of the Titanic disaster. There was a sharp drop in the temperature as the Cunarder approached the location given in the wireless warning.

Immediately the great Cunarder was slowed down to half speed and then to 90 revolutions a minute. This meant ten knots an hour for the Mauretania, or almost crawling for a vessel that can hurl itself through the waves at the speed of an express train.


It was a clear but dark starlight night and the lookouts failed to catch sight of the icebergs passed by the Adriatic. It was estimated that the Mauretania passed within five miles of the ice. None of the passengers aboard the Mauretania knew anything about passing through the ice zone until the following day.

There was an exciting scene in the smoking-room of the Mauretania on Monday when an elderly man who was playing bridge with three other men was accused of swindling. He denied the charge vehemently and declared that he was a Standard Oil man. Later, it is said, the man who made the charge was persuaded to apologize.

William A. Brady, the theatrical manager, who returned on the Mauretania with his wife, Grace George, said that the theatrical outlook in England was far from promising. Labor troubles and the "movies,"he said, were making it more and more difficult to bring off a success.

"We may look for a swarm of British theatrical talent here next fall,"said Mr. Brady. "Many of the English actors have extravagant ideas of the salaries paid in America, and they are going to have a sad disillusionment and find that the swimming back home is bitter experience."


C. K. G. Billings who with Mrs. Billings was returning from a sojourn in Russia and Denmark, said that all Europe was in a serious state of unrest. Mr. Billings said this state of unrest had stifled business as there was constant fear that the bubble might burst and throw the entire Continent into a seething revolution.

Mr. Billings took a string of his show horses abroad and brought bark three Orloff ponies---the smallest trotting horses in the world. The breed was developed by a Count Orloff of Russia one hundred years ago. Two of the ponies Mr. Billings received as a present from Count Tellegeine, who was his host during his stay in St. Petersburg.

Other passengers on the Mauretania were Richard C. Kerens, Ambassador to Austria;Sir William Mulock, Charles Frohman and Justice R. M. Meredith of the Canadian Court of Appeals.

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Mark Baber

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