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The Yacht Idler

 

Newspaper Articles On The Sinking Of The Yacht "Idler"

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July 8th   July 9th   July 10th   July 11th   July 12th   July 13th   July 16th   July 17th   July 19th   July 20th  

July 21st to August 2nd 1900       September 29th to October 17th 1900

Court Case of Captain Holmes

 

 

 

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CAPT. HOLMES IS IN JAIL

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Doctor Who Furnished Bail Turned Him Over to Marshal.

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Couldn't Secure a New Bondsman and Was Sent to Prison.

 

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The Work of Dragging the Lake Failed and Was Abandoned.

               

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   Dr. J. R. Smith of No. 396 Jennings avenue, who furnished bail for Capt. Holmes, held on the charge of manslaughter, yesterday afternoon delivered the Idler's master to the United States Marshal and got his release from the bond.

   Mr. Smith called at the office of District Attorney Sullivan about noon and asked to be released from Holmes's bond, which is in the sum of $1,000. He was told that he would have to deliver the prisoner to the United States Marshal before he could be relieved. In about a couple of hours he returned with Capt. Holmes and was released from the bond.

   Dr. Smith called at the office of District Sullivan stating that he was to remain on Holmes's bond only over Wednesday night.

   Capt. Holmes was taken to the county jail, where he is now a prisoner, having failed to secure bail.

   Capt. Holmes yesterday talked freely about the disaster. The testimony of Mate Biggam seemed to make him very angry. He said that his conscience did not bother him any about the way he acted when the yacht floundered or  of  his seamanship at that time. "The yacht," he said, "had passed safety through a squall when the wind was blowing forty miles an hour and I was confident she would weather this one.

    "No one of the crew spoke to me about taking in sail before the squall, although I gave orders for taking some of it in and as soon as the squall struck us and I realized that it was no ordinary blow I gave orders to take in the rest of he canvas."

    The reason Capt. Holmes cut the Idler loose from the steamer was because the motion of the yacht as it was being pulled through the waves by the larger vessel was making the ladies sick. The captain says he did not order the ladies below until he saw that there was rain coming and when they complained of its being too warm below he opened some of the deadlights at their request. "When the squall struck us," he said, " I ordered the mate to go down and close the deadlights. He went down and it seems very strange to me that he did not close them, as they were on the weather side.

    "When I saw that the yacht was going down," said the captain, "I tried to save Jane Corrigan, but when I tried to get into the cabin the yacht was so far over on her side that the after companionway was full of water. I stuck to the yacht and went down when she sank, and I believe that my conduct was justifiable and that I shall be cleared of all blame for that terrible accident.

    Capts. James and John Corrigan have abandoned the work of dragging the Lake for the two bodies of Capt. James Corrigan's daughters. All day yesterday the crew of the Lutz dragged the lake bottom in the vicinity of the scene of the Idler disaster, but without success. Capts. James and John Corrigan and five men were on the boat which did the dragging.

    The watch on the beach between Cleveland and Euclid Beach will still be kept up.

    Eugene E. Stevens of North Madison, thirty -five miles east of Cleveland, yesterday sent word that a body was seen on the beach at that place last Friday. According to Stevens. A farm hand attempted to swim out into the lake and get the body, but the water was too rough. The beach between North  Madison and Geneva has been thoroughly patrolled in an effort to find the body Stevens spoke of.  

               

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Newspaper Articles On The Sinking Of The Yacht "Idler"

July 8th   July 9th   July 10th   July 11th   July 12th   July 13th   July 16th   July 17th   July 19th   July 20th  

July 21st to August 2nd 1900       September 29th to October 17th 1900

Court Case of Captain Holmes

 

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