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WIRELESS OPERATOR ON STEAMER PARISIAN TELLS
i OF "WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN"
Says Sunday Night Was Clear and Quiet Instead of Foggy, as
Reported by White Star Officials.
Halifax, N. S., April 18. The
full horror of he wrecking df the
Titanic and the sending of 1,500
souls to their doom is only beginr
ning to come out.
Since the arrival of the Parisian
here, the story looms black and
more black with every added de
tail. There is little question now but
that the Titanic was forging
ahead aVa high rate of speed.
And the first reports, spread
broadcast by the White Star offi
cials, of a cloudy,, foggy night,
were not true.
The night was clear; the sea
smooth, and Captain Smith had
been warned of the ice field in his
course time and time again.
He must have held to his course
and his 'determination to make
good time, despite the warnings.
The Parisian was about 100
miles ahead of the Titanic. It
.passed through the ice field on
which the Titanic went to its end.
It sent wireless warnings in all
directions. And it was in com
munication with the Titanic one
hour before the tragedy.
Donald S. Sutherland, wirele'ss
operator of the Parisian, and
Captain W. R. Haines, landed
here-today. Sutherland said :
"Captain Smith must have
"known of the gigantic icebergs,
the largest seen in years, that lay
directly in' his course.
.Why, I myself was talking to
poor Jack Phillips, the wireless
bperator of the Titanic, a short
hour before the crash. I might
have been able to save everyone
on board had I stayed up anour
later. But I had been working
.for 18 hours, and I was ordered
"I was in communication with
the Titanic at 9 o'clock that even
ing. Iknew it wa$Jack Phillios t
on the key as soon as I got in
touch with him. He was a chum
of mine, although I had not seen
him for many months.
I sent him a word of greeting,
and he returned it. Then 1 sent
a message for Captain Haines on
the ship's business.
"Just a little later, I got intq
communication with the liner
Mesaha, and reposed having
sighted still more huge icebergs.
We could see theni at that time
"The Mesaba was between us
and the Titanic. She reported re
laying our message of warning to
the eiant of the sea.
"The weather was very clear;
thev.sea was quiet.
"Soon after the last warning,
Captain Haines ordered me to
bed. I had been at -the key for
18 hotfrs, and I was all worn out.
I went gladly. We carried no
"So that's how we didn't know
anything about the crash; how
we did not hear the "S. P. S., S.