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had clung desperately to the hope
that the Virginian or the Parisian
had picked up survivors.
This hope was revived and
strengthened at 11 o'clock when
an unsigned wireless message
was picked up on the coast, which
declared that the Virginian had
rescued 400 passengers.
$ut at noon came the first au
thoritative message from Captain
Gambell, commander of the Vir
ginian. """ "There was none left to rescue,
and I proceeded on my voyage,"
Five minutes after this mes
sage was received by the stunned
people, Montreal wired that the
Parisian had been reached by
wireless from there, and that
there was not a single survivor
aboard that vessel.
That means that the 866 aboard
the Carpathia are all that are left
of the 2,538- who sailed from
Southampton six days ago.
(And the 866 are mostly women
and children, who, in accordance
with that unwritten law of the
sea which says that the women
and children shall be given the
first chance of life,, were the first
put over the side of the sinking
There is some doubt here as to
how many of the women saved
will ever recover from their ex
perience. They were wakened from their
sleep by' the crash of the collision.
They were put over the side in the
lifeboats, clad only in flimsy
For six weary hours, their
cockshells of boats were tossed
about the cruel ice field that had
sent the Titanicvto the bottom of
They saw the lights of the
floating hotel, on board which,
were the men they loved, dip into
the sea. and glimmer, and disap
They were picked up at dawn,
hysterical, ancTsuffering terribly
from the exposure in the bitter
cold and rain.
How many of them ever will
recover their health ? How many
of them will keep their sanity?
And all might have been saved.
Had there been a sufficient
'number of life boats and life rafts
aboard the Titanic it is generally
conceded that not - a life would
have been lost.
But the newest, the most luxu
rious, the greatest of Tran-Atlan-tic
ships, carried only twenty
large, modern lifeboats, and they
were loaUed to the gunwhales
with the women and the children.
Most of the men are missing.
Colonel John Jacob Astor; Major
Archie Butt, President Taft's
aide de camp ; Benjamin Guggen
heim; Jacques Futrelle William
T. Stead; F. D. Millet; Henry B.
Harrisall, world famous person
ages; who took passage pn the
gala day- when the greatest
steamer in the world left her
home port, are missing from the
wireless list of the survivors
aboard the Carpathia. ,
The inference is that they stay
ed by the ship and went to the
bottom vjvith her,, a sacrifice to
the custom which fails to compel