MONTREAL, June 3, 1914 (UP) -- Whether the sunken liner Empress of Ireland, in which it is now officially declared 1,024 lives were lost, is to be raised from the bottom of the St. Lawrence to recover the hundreds of bodies in her hull, or whether she will be dynamited to pieces is expected to be decided today at a conference here of government officials and representatives of Lloyds.
From England there have come to the government at Ottawa many demands that the Empress be raised. It is believed there will be great indignation if there is no attempt to recover the bodies and to meet this demand if possible, the government is understood to be anxious to have the liner brought again to the surface, if only long enough to extract the bodies from her berths.
Orders were issued here today that the crew of the Storstad which sunk the liner, and the survivors of the Empress crew be held under surveillance until the hearing on the disaster begins. Lord Mersey, who headed the Titanic court of inquiry, is expected to preside at the sessions of the high commission to probe the Empress wreck.