The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jan 1902

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H.A. Calvin Under Cross-Examination.

The investigation into the Marine City disaster was resumed at the city hall at 10 a.m. today. I.H. Breck, the president of the street railway company, was the first witness summoned. He stated in his evidence that for many years he was H.A. Calvin's partner and had known Capt. Malone ever since boyhood. If he was selecting a captain for a boat he knew of no man he would sooner have than Capt. Malone. He had every confidence in his ability.

To Mr. Macdonnell he stated that he was not a relative of Capt. Malone, and that he did not have any business connection with him.

A Student Sworn.

Charles Stratton, a Queen's medical student, stated that he had been a wheelsman for fifteen or eighteen months altogether. Had sailed on the India the season before last under Capt. Malone.

To Mr. Macdonnell witness said Capt. Malone, in most respects, treated his men well. The relations between the captain and the men were not very different from those existing on other boats. Didn't think the captain treated some of his men right in paying men off. He tried to make one young man work in port on Sunday, when it was not his time on watch, and when the man refused the captain paid him off.

To Mr. Walkem witness said he thought Capt. Malone had not paid him all he was entitled to. Then he related the story of his trouble. Witness noticed that he could often pick up a light quicker than Capt. Malone could; thought, however, that his sight was equal to that of the average man.

Alonzo Ault Answers.

Alonzo Ault, fireman for ten years, was on the India after she reached Goderich harbor. Swore that he thought a life boat could have gone out to the India up till noon on Thursday. Stood on the hill in the town and watched the India. Could have seen a distress flag if one had been flown.

To T.J. Rigney witness said he did not know whether he could have heard the India's whistle or not.

Mr. Calvin Examined.

H.A. Calvin, owner of the India, was next placed on the stand. Stated he was president of and shareholder in the company which owns the India. Examined by Dr. Walkem, he stated that he had nine vessels in his service. Had known Capt. Malone "ever since he knew anything." The captain had been in witness' employment for twenty-nine years. Considered Malone a first rate mariner, a careful man, and the company had reason to be satisfied with his services. Had no more careful man in his employment.

To G.M. Macdonnell Mr. Calvin stated that Capt. Malone had never lost a barge before. Lines had often broken, and tows gone off by themselves.

"So far as I know the treatment of his men has been all right," said the witness.

"Never heard of any complaints?" questioned the counsel.

"In what respect?" came the parrying reply.

"In any respect."

"One or two men have complained that their grub was not all right. Engineer Smith complained that he could not agree with the captain. These two employees had been sailing together since 1884."

"What was Mr. Smith's complaint regarding this accident?"

"I questioned Smith regarding this accident. He stated the men voluntarily went on board the Marine City, and that an attempt was made to take them off."

"Did Smith say that the men could be taken off on Thursday morning?"

"I don't remember having asked him."

"Had you any investigation, either formal or informal, into the loss of these men?"

"I don't know just what that question means."

"Did you get a report from Capt. Malone?"

"I requested Mr. Walkem to meet Mr. Smith and Capt. Malone in his office, and get a statement from them."

"Did you take any other steps to inform yourself that Capt. Malone was at fault?"

"I did not. Did not get any written report from Mr. Walkem."

"Did you question Capt. Malone himself about it?"

"Very little."

"Did you question any one else?"

"Not that I remember."

Mr. Calvin then retired, and G.M. Macdonnell applied for an order to have the statement referred to, produced. Dr. Walkem consented, and it was handed to the court for its consideration only. The court was then adjourned till 10 a.m. Thursday. This afternoon the commissioners will visit the India at Garden Island.

Incidents of the Day - The investigation into the Marine City disaster will probably be over by Friday. An effort will be made to close it then, as commander Spain is obliged to return home on that day.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - A lawyer connected with the Marine City investigation stated this afternoon that suit for damages would likely be entered by relatives of the drowned sailors against the Calvin company and Capt. Malone.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jan 1902