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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 16, 1912, Image 3

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enoqgh ijfebdais and raffs or
ocean steamers to take off ever
'one on bpard,.
The Ca,rpathia with the sur
vivors will reach hec late Thurs
day or early Friday. Under or
ders from Washington, the, Col
lector of Customs office this after
noon announced that alh regula
tions would be suspended when
it arrived.'
The survivors of the Titanic
have no baggage, and the treas
ury department determined to
permit their immediate reunion
with relatives and friends with
out the formality even of customs
examination.
One scant hope still is clung to.
The Titanic-drifted 34 miles after
the collision before it struck. It
is just possible that one or two
lifeboats, which were lowered
first, might have drifted away and
not been reached by the Car
pathia. For this reason, the sister ship
of the Titanic, the Olympic; is
cruising about the Newfoundland
banks,- searching ever inch of 'the
ocean!
But this is only a straw, to
which the relatives- of those
"missing 'are clinging desperate-
And against, it-are the weather
reports from the stations along
the Nova Scotia coast. There
was a heavy thunderstorm which
traveled eastward over the scene
of the wreck last night.
Wind-followed the thunder
storm. Even the modern life
boats of th,e Titanic couldha'rdly
live. longer' than ten or.tivelve
hojirsMn "the sea-that now is-mn-
un-, especially with the added
Janger of the ice fields.
The scenes at the offices of the
White Star line- today were
lheaus.
Millionaires and wives pi mil
lionaires, workmen and wives of
workmen begged and pleaded
with ttie officials tp "do some
thing." But to all the one reply
was made:
"We have done all we can".
Money can do no more." '
One to whom this reply was
made was Mrs. Benjamin Gug
igenheim, wife of the smelter king,
who is among the "missing." She
told Vice President Franklin of
the White Star that she was
ready to spend any amount into
the millions to charter steamers
to go to the rescue.
Franklin gently told her that it.
was too late to charter steamers
now.
. "There is nothing left to do
now," he said, "but hope."
Herbert Straus, who called on
Vice-President Franklin to learn,
thelatest news as to the fate of
tsidor Straus, one of New York's
merchant princes, was given as
little encouragement.
'The crowd oij men and women
that jammed the-White Star of
fices and blockaded the traffic on
lower Broadway "became halfj
hysterical several times. 1
The police reserves were hard
put to it to manage them. The
commissioner' of police gave or
ders that the grief stricken multi
tude of people were to'be handled
very gently;

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