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SHOULD, HUSBAND DIE THAT WIFE MAY LIV?
When the Titanic Officers Cried "Wfemen First!" Should Wives
Have Left: Their Husbands? Prominent Women
- Say "Yes" and "No." j , -
The Titanic disaster made many widows, rich and poor, women i
who left the sinking liner in lifeboats while, their husbands remain-
ed behind that they and other women might be saved. '
A reader asks: "Isn't it a woman's duty -to stand by her hus
band even unto the end?" !
Miss Jane Addams, founder of the Hull House
settlement, and noted philanthropist and woman suf
frage, expresses her sentiment in the following: '
"One soul is worth no more than another.
"From the standpoint of value to the world the
men should be saved as much as the women.
"But in this case, where there were only room
for a few in the boats, it was just that the men should
stand aside and let the weaker women and children s
have the better chance for safety.
"Meri are stronger, and were more able to bat-,
tie when plunged into the icy water. Many men were
picked up after the ship went down. All the women
not in the boats were drowned. They were too weak.
"If there had been room enough for all in the
boats there is no reason why the men should not have
had the first places."
Mrs. Catherine Waugh McCulloch, head of the recent suffrage
campaign in Illinois, says: "
"The majority of women would rather stay and die. with their
husbands than be saved without them. The reason so many wives
were saved and their husbands lost, I believe, was that none of the
wives realized the husbands they were parting from would be
"Love qf life is as Strong in men as in women. But the men
were heroic enough to stand aside and put the women info the boats.
Character triumphed over love of life.
"It was not a question of whose life was more valuable to the'
world. Men are strong "physically. f Women are weak. All would
have perfshe&'if theyTiad not been putjiri'lfte boafs.1' " , ' '