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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 19, 1912, Image 7',
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Then an officer came -and tojd us to go up to the boat decld
Everyone was on deck by that time. Mrs. John Jacob Astor was
there in a steamer chair. Her husband was beside her, and was
helping her finish her dressing.
The ship was beginning to list to starboard.
After we had been on the boat deck for more than an hour, the
womei were told to stand in a group by themselves. Then they
were told to get into the lifeboats. .
On .the other side of the boat, the men and women were not
told to separate, and that accounts for- the men saved.
There was little discipline. People had to be begged to get
into the boats then. No one thought the Titanic was going to sink
at .that time.
The boat we were in was the first to strike the water. There
were only twenty women, two sailors and a steward' in it.
The orchestra began playing "Nearer My God to Tb.ee" soon
after we were lowered. And the ship sank.
We made the three men keep rowing all night. They wanted
to stop, but we wouldn't let them. '
It was terrible in the lifeboat, i Some of the women had scarcely
any clothes. f
We only had one miserable little oil lamp. 'I guess it didn't
have any kerosene in it, for it kept going out as fast as we could
light it. .
We should not have been able to signal at allAJf one of the
women had not brought a little cane wtih an electric lfght in the end
There was no food nor water in the boat, but I will not com
plain of that.
It was bad enough in the darkness, but the dawn made things
worse. It showed us the vast fields of ice and icebergs with which
we were surrounded, and the danger we were in from them.
The men became exhausted at the oars. So we women took a
And, on top of it all, these women did not know if they were
ever to see their husbands and their- sons again.
And then somebody lookedback, and there was a big search
light burning on the prow of a great liner.
That light was the most beautiful sight I ever shall see.
It was that of the Carpathia, and we reached it'in an hour
Paula Naumann, actress, royal
theater, Gera, Germany, commit
ted suicide on stage during per
formance. Was engaged to weal
thy young-man,', but his parents
objected. . aw: -JU v.