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Woodman, Andrew

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Woodman Thought to Have Jumped From Mayflower.

Was in the Habit of Alarming His Comrades for Fun--Two Theories to Explain Death.

It has been ascertained by the board of inquiry, examining into the death of Seaman Andrew Woodman of the President's yacht Mayflower, who was drowned yesterday morning that Woodman did not fall into the water, but jumped in, without suicidal intent.

His shipmates testified that Woodman was in the habit of springing practical jokes on them. Being an expert swimmer, he often swam under water, and upon arousing the anxiety of his comrades would reappear.

Yesterday morning several sailors heard a splash and one of them who notices Woodman leaning on the rail only a minute before contributed it to one of his pranks. Consequently, the accident was not reported to the officer on deck until five minutes after his disappearance.

Two conjectures are advanced to account for Woodman's failing to reappear after he jumped--either he struck the water with force sufficient to knock the breath out of him or stuck in the mud, the tide being at ebb.

In compliance with a telegraphic request from the drowned man's father, Andrew Woodman, of Hoboken, N. J., the body will be sent to that city this afternoon.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC 22 Jun 1910



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