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CHD3 STEWARD TELLS
ft UJ? TITANIC DISASTER
The story of Edward Wheel
ton,, chief steward of the Titanic:
"It was about 11:45 o'clock
Sunday evening, with the night
quite clear and a slight fog just
commencing to rise, when the
crash amidships came.
"There had been dancing all
evening and many of the passen
gers were on deck and in the
saloon. No immediate commo
tion followed the dull thud,
though the women folks were
somewhat startled. The dfficers
of the ship reassured the passen
gers. They themselves did not
realize the situation.
"Half an hour later the ship
began to fill and settle at the bow.
The wireless operator had been
pounding 'S. O. S.' steadily. He
kept at it until just before the
Directly after the crash life
boats weie ordered manned.
" "The nearest ship was seventy
miles away and we knew it would
be at least morning before res
cuers would arrive. The Titanic
was settling gradually. All the
boats were lowered,
i "On the starboard side mer
were permitted to joiri their
wives. On the larboard, side only
women and children were allow
ed to enter the boats. That ac
counts for the fact that in some
few instances the families were
''The men on the starboard
side bade their wives goodbye
just as if they were separat-ng
only -far a short time, for even
then, nobody believed there was
going to be anything serious.
"I heard Colonel Astor tell his
wife that he would see her in New
York. They exchanged a very
affectionate farewell, but no more
affectionate than that of a cou
ple separating for just a week in
stead of eternity.
"I saw Major Butt. He was
very calm. He gave orders and
pacified the men wh6 were in
clined to be panicky. The last IJ
saw of him, he was standing at
the rail looking into the water.
The ship's band played as the ,
boats were being lowered. Triese
musicians were the real heroes.
They played selections from
operas and latest popular melo
dies of Europe and America. Only
before the final plunge did they
change the character of the pro
gram. Then they drifted into
"NEARER MY GOD TO
As the giant liner gradually
went down, those left on the
decks began jumping overboard.
Some oh life belts. Tmye were
many women who refused to
leave their hushands and they re
mained and went down with
During the time we were on
the water in the lifeboats, the
women were remarkably calm
and the children very brave.
Luckily the women did not see
the sinking of the Titanic. It
was too dark. Only when day
dawned and they saw floating
timber, did they, realize it. All
around us in the earfy light we
could see dead bodies.