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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 19, 1912, Image 8

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ffHEDEATH OF PHILLIPS
"HEROISM, NOT DUTY"
"Died in performance of his
'duty."
That is the epitaph that ought
to' be written for John George
Phillips, the young Englishman,
who was in charge of the wire
less room of the Titanic.
Phillips was at his key when
the ship struck. His assstant,
Harold Bride, clad only in paja
mas, was standing by his side.
A minute after the crash, Cap
tain Smith came to the door of
ithe wireless room.
1 "We have struck ic'e," he said.
"You may have to send out calls
for assistance."
v In ten minutes the captain was
back. He ordered the Interna
tional code call for help sent out.
The" two wireless operators
.laughed and joked as they sent it.
They had no idea there was any
real danger. The Carpathia an
swered. The rest of the story- is best
told by Bride, who was saved by
the Carpathia.
"I dressed," said Bride. "I
slipped an overcoat on to Phillips,
too. The wireless kept growing
weaker and weaker, as the water
got into the engine rooms.
"But there always was some
current, and Phillips stuck to his
key. -
"I strapped a lifebelt on my
self, and another on Phillips. He
was talking to the Olympic at the
time, and in the middle of it, Cap
tain Smtih came to the door.
"He told us we had done all
j,ve cpuld do, and that we should
lookout for ourselves.
"But Phillips would not leave
his key.
"The water came Up around his
legs. But still he stayed, trying
desperately to reach some rescu
ing ship, and hurry her to the Ti
tanic's side.
"I went out to see what chance
there was of getting into a boat.
When I came back a frenzied
maniac was trying to tear the life
belt from Phillips' back.
"I laid the man out. I yelled to
Phillips to come on.
"T might as well,' he said.
'The current has quit on me
"I ran aft. He followed. We
lost each other somewhere on the
crowded decks. I never saw him
alive again.
"I'll never forget his sticking
to that key, with the water wash
ing about his legs, after the cap
tain himself had told him to save
himself. That is heroism, not
duty."
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-Reports from Fez, Morocco,
say revolt is itill on, though
French reinforcements from
Mequinez have arrived. Uncon
firmed rumors sultan has been
slain.
William Searing, Scranton,
Pa., died of rabies today. Was
bitten by dog 18 months ago, but
rabies did not develop until 4 .
days ago.
Philadelphia truant officers
have formulated plan whereby
tfiey will have record of attend
ance of each school pupil daily.
Pretty punk town at swimmui'
time.

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