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' LONDON, DENIED NEWS,. STORMS STEAMSHIP OFFICES
TO LEARN FATE OF LOVED ONES
London, April 16. A weeping
crowd of men and women storm
ed the London offices of the
White Star liner today, begging,
pleading, demanding news of
those who werit to their death
when the great liner Titanic sank
in the icy seas off Cape Race.
Last night, London went to
bed believing that every soul
aboard the giant steamship had
The White Star officials, with
an air of absolute confidence", had
smiled down every report of loss
This morning, London awoke
to the,shriU cries of newsboys,
the glaring black headlines of
newspapers that told of the great
est disaster of the sea in modern
days, to flags at half mast and
Dignified business men, gentle
men of ease a;nd idleness, hardy
workmen, weeping women of all
degree, shouldered each other,,
and tried to comfort each other,
before the White Star offices.
"Give us news!" they cried.
''Gives us news of our wives, our
sweethearts, our brothers, our
sisters, our parents, our children,
our friends !"
And there was no news.
Inside the marbled offices of
the steamship line, officials and
clerks and newsboys, moved
about dully, their faces strained
and white, tears in their eyes, pic
Mechanically, every, now. and.
then, an official would step out
side, and announce that there
was no definite news.
The crowd grew more and
more restless. Women became
hysterical. Men swore deep
"You told us yesterday that all
jvere saved," shouted a frantic,
overall-clad workman, whose
face was furrowed with tears.
"Why did you lie "to us? Why
did you lie to us?"
The man was married two
weeks ago, and the woman he
took to wife had sailed to pre
pare a home for him in the new
country on the Titanic.
And the crowd surged forward, "
crying hysterically, shouting
that they must have news, that
they must know the fate of their
beloved ones. The police had
difficulty in controlling them.
This-was the way of it all day,
long, as the broken, disjointed
wireless despatches came in one
by one, and only added to the
horror of what had happened on
the foggy banks of Newfoundland.
Said LaFollette at Lincoln:
"There is one man who has done
more than any other to bring civic
honesty to the people, William
Jennings Bryan." Great Caesar's
ghost! if the tickets are headed
by LaFollette and Bryan, there's
going to be a third party -sure!
Special privilege would never lje
quiet under an arrangement like