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'Horror to the World.
gRS. CANDEE LAfDS
MA J. BUTT'SHEROISM
"The Action of Men, of the Tttawc Was, Noble,"
OARSMEN ON LIFEBOATS STRUGGLE
TO ESCAPE DOOMEDLINER'S VORTEX
Cunard Line Pier, April 18. Graphic in the extreme were the ac
counts of the Titanic's sinking, as given by some of the survivors at the
The pitiful tales of the women and "children, separated from hus
bands and fathers, form the "hiost vivid chapter of the catastrophe that
has jet been given to the world.
According to the survivors, Capt Smith and his officers and
displaced unexampled heroism in dealing with the tragedy.
. No epic of. modern times is more impressive than IhetJne given
by the rescued passengers of the Titanic.
The first statement was secured from Mesdames Caroline and .Lily
Bonnell, of Youngstown, Ohio, who said:
"We -were Rle-T tn our berths wbeny
Iba Titanic crashed Into the iceberg We
Immediately rushed on deck, only stop-
pine to tnrow on a coat over our night'
"The night ni bright and starlit
MaJ Butt and Col Astor stood by
the lifeboats bravelj. and helped the
women- .jrheyVdid.' noi -think lhe boat
-was' going to tfnkaijsifdP: X&,
The rpJUnlc-TEeptTsettiai lowdfana
lower,- however, then word came that
the engine-room was hooded.
"There wast some shooting. They
would not allow those nair crazy men
to Bet Into the boats
Ship Settled Itnpldlr.
-I mi In one ot the lifeboats. After
we weie lowered awaj, the men In our
boat started to row L loocea ocn iu
the Titanic and could see the bis ship
settling the seemed to be only half her
"The officers In charge of our lifeboat
kept ursine the men at the oars to row
harder Some or the oarsmen fell ex
"Then we worren took turns at the
oars. We must have been about a mile
away from the Titanic when she went
"There waa a big wave The sea waa
calm, otherwise, and 1 asked a sailor
what It was. He said. The Titanic baa
It was bitterly cold. We half dressed
worn n suffered lntensel) until we were
According to one of the hrst passen
gers ashore the Titanic struck the Ice
berg at 11.41 p. m. bundajr night., and
went down at 2.T0 Monday morning The
Carpathia reached the scene at 4 W. Sane
picked up nineteen lifeboats.
E J Thaier. of Philadelphia, said-
"The Titanic struck about midnight, aa
neir aa T can guess. It rode upon the
Ice hesitated for a few seconds, and thrn
dipped oil with a tremendous crash and
broke in the middle.
The manning of the lifeboats Imme
dlatcly began Bruce Itmay manned one
of the boats as a sailor. But hejiad.no
ooncr taken his seat at one end w hen
he jumped up again and gae his place
to a woman. Then Ismay, with an oar
in bis hanSs. got Into a second lifeboat.
'About twenty minutes afterward our
lifeboat pulled awaj. Then the Titanic
Mrs John Jacob Astor came down the
gangplank with balUng steps. She "was
fully dressed, wearing a black" astrakhan
coat. She seemed to be on the verge of
a conulete collapse, and half a dozen
men rushed to her. Asked for a state
ment, she said?
"I can't sa. I can't. It wag horrible.
I am- unspeakably I1L Oh, some one help
Miss Haya' Statement
Margaret Hajs. ofj SSi West Eighty-
third Street, New York, said:
"I first came to my senses In one of
the lifeboats. Jl first realization waa
that I was holding In my arms a two-
ear-old girl. Don't- know 'the name or
Identity ot the child. She was almost
1 kept her with me, and will closely
guard my little ward given to me by
Mrs. Cornelius P. .Anderson, of Hud
son K Y-. said:
"The ship struck, -with a terrible crash.
It dared me. The -next thing X knew
was when I found niyself in a lifeboat
about a mile away from the Titanic. As
1 looked back 1 was horrified to see
people Jumping oft the, big boat, The
great vessel aank lower and lower and
lower, and finally went down with a
great plunge. W' felt the sea rise .up
beneath us and we were carried yards
away In a crest of a mat ware. We
suffered terribly from the cold weather
until the Carpathia, rescued Us "
Helery Stengel, of Newark, N. J, had
ordered two automobiles to await him.
He had several hysterical survivors in
"I have no praise for anything con
nected with the rescue of the Titanic
survivors There were holes In the life
boats unnoted. I have a clear recollec
tion that when the lifeboat to which 1
came off was leaving the Titanic a band
'was playing aboard the big ship.
"We. suffered dreadfully- There was
IX3S Baltimore and Reran
Baltlssare and Ofcla.
Every Saturday and Sunday. Good to
return until 3 a. m. train Monday All
coin ways, maiming; too itoysaj
no food; no water, and no light aboard
any ox the Jlfeboats. and from what
could see none of the lifeboats waa in
"I saw with my own ejes two life
boats loaded with passengers go down.
I "can only attribute- this to the fead
conditions ofbeboats:- '3?SSSe9
, Mik -kooc ju-T-fcjjy irs xupjKKrn.
son, John Hlppaeh The motheri was
In a serious, state-or collapse, and was
taken to the-Wtel Imperial.
Tribute to lland.-
Mrs. A. A Dick, who warisaWed with
her husband, said
"There was the wildest excitement
after the ship struck. The crew first ran
to the rails to prevent any one from
Jumping jverboard. I was standing near
the first two boats that were launched.
At first few men straggled to' gsln
scats, but when -they saw us women they
calmed down and put us aboard the
boats. Their bravery was wonderful.
The lowering of our boat Into the sea
was a terrible experience. The boats,
with the rescued passengers, lay in the
vicinity of Xhe foundering vessel for
about an hour "We had been assured by
the captain that she could not sink. But
she began to settle, and our oarsmen
made frantic efforts to pull far enough
away so that we would not be drawn
down with the Titanic in her vortex:
'The Marine Band did nobly. An air
was struck up soon after the crash came,
and as we were lowered away we were
cheered by the strains of music After
we haa reached the water, and until we
were yards away, we could hear the
music on board Even when the giant
vessel had lowered to a point where. It
was seen that she must go down, this
music kept up The last I remember of
Con tinned on Pa Be Three.
Z . . Of truhfextcn.
New York, April IS. The action of the
men on the Titanic waa poble. They
stood back In every Instance .that I no
ticed, and gave the women and children
the rflrst chance to get away safely.
PtrUcularly heroic was the conduct
of 'Mr. Isldor Straus; MaJ Archibald
Butt. "Mr. John Jacob Astor. and Mr.
Henry B.Harrls. '
They formed a group. Most of the pas
sengers were on the stern of the Titanic,
for the leak was forward and it waa
known that If she sank It would be bow
An officer of the Tltanio ordered Mrs.
Straus into a boat She said:
"l will not leave my husband. We're
been together all these years and 111
not leave him now'
. It brought tears to our eyes to wit
ness hergreat devotion for her hus"-
UXr. Harris Insisted that hla wife get
into -a jireooat She refused at first.
but finally was forced Into the boat.
As wa put away I observed Mrs.' Straus
waving i'htr handkerchief at us. The
Tltanio was then, settling. Her stern
was out of the water, and she 'was go
ing down bow first There must have
been 1.400 persons gathered together on
the stern. I saw CoL Astor helping get
the women and. children Into the boats.
Then be went below, remaining there
several minutes. I believe ha was
searching for more women and chil
dren. Finally he came back again. He was
on deck when the Titanic sank, I be
lieve for when I last saw htm be was
still aldlngijn the work of rescue.
MaJ. ButtViras one of Ood s own noble
men. I saw hint working desperately
to get the women land children Into the
What need can there be ot recountlnr
thef heroic deeds performed by those
men who remained on the Titanic I To
dwell upon them only sickens the heart
with itbe realization of how they perished.
The Survivors, 745;
Yhe Perished, 1,595.
New York, April 18. The following tabulation of the pas
sengers'and crew on board the Titanic, together with those saved
and lost, has been compiled from the figures in the statement issvkd
by the committee of passengers. "Approximate number of passen
Second-class .....,. '...v320 ,'
Officers and crew 940
'Grand total 2,340
lSumber of passengers saed by Carpathia:
Second-class . "... '125
Third-class &.. 200
Members of crew saed t..r: 210
Grand total saved
Total number perished, 1,595.
FLAGS TO DRDOP
" IN LUST TRIBUTE
:T0 TITANIC DEAD
MourniDff JNation "Will Pay,
Homage to iBrayo Men
Who DieoV '
WENT DOWN, BRAVE
AND TRUE, TO DEATH
TAFT I8SDES 0BDERS
Stars and Stripes Placed at Half
Staff on All Public
BINE ,H0KE SUEVIY0RS.
Canard Company Slakes Additions
to the Original List.
vw TnrV Anrll IS The following ad-
dlUons to the list of rescued aboard the
Carpathia were announced at the Cu
nard line office this afternoon.
First class: v
PETEK D DAI.T. A
Mrs. O. THOKKE.
DAI8T BRICSHT. .
ANNA HARLIN and child.
a. 14.70 o Macon, Ga and Return
Via Atlanta. Tickets on sale May 6, .
7. R, good returning May IS. Account
Confederate "Veterans' Reunion. Through
Sleeping Cars via Southern Railway.
All Washington will be In mourning
to-day for the hundreds of. persons who
perished In the troubled murky waters
of the dismal Atlantic In the darkness
of last Monday morning aa the Titanic
rendered disabled by -the impact of the
ghoullc blue lc-berg sank beneath tha
tumbling blllfrvs.' .
The Stars and Stripes on every govern
ment building and practical!? every
business house In the country will drooD
languidly at half-staff to-day out of re
spect to the memory of those who gave
-up their lives to ths sea. President
Taft Issued an order from the White
House late jesterday afternoon direct
ing the lowering of Old Glory to half
staff on every Federal building In the
Practically every business hotuei In
the National Capital" will heed the sug
gestion of President Taft and sea that
the 8tara and Stripea'Siw at half-mast
pThettDTderwin also be observed in other. .
-"Oeler5 Taxational ''Trlbtrte
Tho order-was Uued .from the Whlto
House, where for three days and nights
President Taft has -waited impatiently
for news of his faithful aid. MaJ. Butt
The news of the national tribute which
the President had Issued was communi
cated to the CaDltol Just before the ad
journment ot Congress As soon aa the
news was spread through the building
tha two flags, one on either side of ths
Capitol, were solemnly lowered to half
staff, where they remained, flapping
mournfully In the mist ot the dismal
afternoon, until the shadows deepened
over the city and Congress adjourned.
To the President the order means far
more than the recognition of an epochal
tragedy. It means a solemn tribute to
the memory of the aid who had been at
his side for four years, and whg now
lies at the bottom of the ocean with the
remains of the Titanic Aa he penied
the order he though of MaJ Butt who
had been his constant companion and
confidant during his tenure of office,
who had traveled with him over the
country on political and pleasure Jour
neys, and who had attended him at the
brilliant functions alien at the National
Capital by Washington society during
the administration. It was these thoughts
which made the order such a aolemn
White House Keeps Posted.
Through the Navy Department Presl
dent Taft received word shortly afttr 7
toniinnea on tnire 'inree.
Solemn Yet Triumphant Notes of Beautiful
Hymn the Last Sound.
SCENES ON ARRIVAL OF MOURN
ING SHI? CAN HARDLYBE TOLD
Cunard Pier, New York, ApriU8. As the Carpathia warped jntd
her berth hundreds of flashlights, discharged from flats and coal barges,
cast a lurid glare over the scene and caused a big scare on the linen
Many passengers who crowded- the starboard rail were crying
hysterically and wringing their hands. t Many women were supported
As the gangplank was being lowered the throngs on the dock, no
longer able to contain themselves, made a concerted rush to be near the
ship's entrance, only to be forced back by the police. Moaning was
audible from every quarter.
The first passenger off the steamship was Mrs. Jacques Futrelle, o
St Louis. She said the captain of the Carpathia had given orders to
the passengers to give no details. She saw the Titanic sink. She
went down head first
One passenger said the Titanic-went down with all her lights burn
ing and with the band playing "Nearer, My God, to Thee."
" Members of the crew had to use force to separate wires from their
husbands and throw them into the lifeboats. "
When the Titanic struck, all thepassengers rushed ondeck, but
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the women in.
lifeboats bravely and helped
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photograph was taken when the Le, Breton, was, passing tlte Tyrg, whith was over a mile .away, and a good idea, of the size pf the. "ice-
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.New Tork. April IS. Tho Cunarder
Carpathia. laden with sorrow for a world,
crept to Iter pier In the North River at
t (3 o'clock to-night and discharged to tha
hysterical embraces of hundreds ot half-
erased frlendr and relatives 710 survivors
of the J10.0CO.OOO Titanic, which went to
the bottom of tha Atlantic Ocean on
Monday morn leg.
. The expression of human emotion from
the 2.000 people on shore and from those
racked souls who lined, the ship's raU,
reached far beyond the Ilmlta of written
or spoken description. The closing chap
ter ot the greatest ot all sea tragedies
was enacted mldst thenost stupendous
snd overwhelming sorrow. Joy at seeing
again loved kin or dear friends was al
layed by grief for the fate of one equally
close who perished.
The searchlights of twenty boats
placed the scene In a lurid spotlight.
Women who had been first cabin passen
gers on the Titanic stumbled down the
gangplank and were rushed to walUng
limousines or taxlcabs and hurried to
mansions or hotels, men and women of
the steerage wero received by customs
offldils and Intrusted to the care of
physicians, nurses, and members of the
stock exchange, who carried in their
hands 3,000 for the Immediate relief of
Eyewitnesses told of a brave death
In the sea that had been his life
Capt. Smith. Mrs. John Jacob Astor
came haltingly down the gangplank
and was rushed away to the home of
her parents by her fatherless son-tn-law,
Vincent Astor. Later st? was re
ported to have died, which waa abso
There were no dead on shipboard.
Five bodies had been burled at sea.
I All accounts 'of the disaster agreed
In the main. There waa a crash at
midnight on- Sundsa ; a concerted rush
to the deck, tcfjleam the trouble: a re
turn to the berths, only to be sum
moned back -an hour later: cheerful
partings at the vessel's rail as men
tore their wives from them and thrust
them into the lifeboats.
Climax to Disaster.
Ths great climax to the appalling dis
aster of the age had arrived. Then,
when the towering side of the ship sank
Into the cushioned pier, all the pent-up
hysteria broke out anew. It was as
thoueh the Carpathia had towed to port
and exposed to the view of the sorrowing
thousands the battered and helpless
Titanic and her deep sea cargo of corpses
The feeling ot the crowds went up In a
walling mat waa caugbt by the winds
from the river and wafted up Fourteenth
Street to Broadway, that famous avenue
ot ga ety which, for one night at least,
was In the -deepest mourning.
Among the first on the pier and nearest
to the vessel In fact. In a small group at
the end of the gangplank were Vincent
Astor. Katheryn Force. William Harris,
Jr. son of Henry B. Harris, whose
mother was on board the Carpathia. but
whose father perished, and Samuel Wal
lack, brother-in-law ot Mr. Harris. -
The Carpathia reached her dock at S 45.
The nurses and doctors waited lmpa
tlenUr to begin their workvof succor.
The customs, booth was turned Into a re
lief station, and into It went three mem
bers of the Stock Exchange commlUee,
while the others remsinep outside to distribute-
the Immense pile of money among
the survivors. Only the white uniforms
of the Internes and nurses relieved the
black spectacle at the end of the pier,
where stood the wagons df tha undertak
ing companies. Moving about Inside' the
police rones were the black garbed as
sistants, talking to no one. waiting for
the beginning of the work of removing
After the -vessel warped into her dock.
for perhaps a minute, she was enveloped
ai.a3 to Baltlaaarw aid Rstsra.
(Saturdays and Sundavs via Pennsylvania
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In -a semi-darkness that made her decks
Invisible to all but those on the pier.
Then flashlights from a score, of boats
lying near by suddenly sprang Into lllu.
mlnaUon an( spread a lurid glare over
the entire scenes; Lining the raU ot
the Carpathia were scores of the jur
vivors. many of ..them crying out and
tinging their hands.
Convoy of Boats.
Trailing in the wake" of the CarpathUs
was a tugboat with three of the. Tltan
ic"s lifeboats In tow. Aa the boats drew
closer the crowd slowly moved toward
the end of the pier keeping abreast of
the group of those on board the Car
pathla. Then those on board began to
recognize their friends on tha pier.
Again there was a scene of hysteria,
this Ume with the survivors taking part.
From the pier there waa a flutter oS
handkerchiefs and shouts of greetings.
Intermingled with cries of anguish. Tha
excitement rapidly grew In intensity, and
the sailors prepared to put over the gangr
Weeping women were led away as)
frenzied friends, fathers, and brothers
attempted to force their way through
..o auuu mama oi numanity that sepa
rated them from the open space at ths
very edge of the pier.
The Carpathia'a gang plank rattled:
onto the floor of the pier exactly at 9.SS
o'clock, and two minutes later the first
passenger. Miss Elizabeth Allen, of St.
Louis, walked down. She said the cap
tain had given orders to all aboard to
do no talking. She said she had seen
the Titanic go down The big boat
went down head first. Miss Allen Is tho
niece of Gen. Robert, a prominent real
dent of San Francisco.
Women Thrown Into Boats.
The work of transferring the passen
gers had Just begun when Mrs. Eva
Booth, direct head of the Salvation
Army, and a corpsof her officers, were,
conducted to the front rank of jthe relief
squad. One of the passengers, Mrs.
Jacques Futrelle. wife of Jacques Fu
trelle. the renowned author, said that
the Titanic went down with all her lights
burning and with the band playing
-Nearer. MyGod. to Thee." She said
that members of tho crew had to use
force to separate wives from their hus
bands, and threw them Into lifeboats.
When the ahlp struck, the passengers
all rushed on deck, but were ordered to
their berths, as there was no danger. An,
hour later theyrere all ordered to as
semble on deefc. Five were hurled f
sea from the Carpathia.
200 WERE EESCDED.
Passcns-era Safely Landed
Steamer Earl Grey.
Halifax. JC. S. April U.-TheM0 pas
sengers and mall have been taken from
the stranded steamer Earl Grey, which,
struck on a ledge tw' miles west of
Tony River. The Earl Grey has nine feet
of water In her hold, and la In danger of
being pounded to pieces.
Sir. C. St. Hay Survivor.
Montreal. Quebec, April IS. A wireless
message was received at ths Grand
Trunk Railway offices here to-day from
Mrs. CV M. Hays, wife of the president
of the road, stating- that she and Mrs.
Thornton Davidson had been saved from
ine Titanic and were .safe on the Car
pathia. althouch tbey had. no knowledge
or tne rate oi air Mils nor Mr. David
son, -who bad been- left behind when tho
lifeboats riult the sinking Titanic
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