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"I didn't see anyone flash Iny
money," he said. "I hear that
some millionaire is said to have
attempted to get himself, wife
and their servants in a boat, and
that he" wrote- bigj checks to the
crew, but I did not see anything
This is Vice President Frank-lin'-s
story of what happened in
the New Yosk; offices of the
"About twenty minutes to two
Monday morning I was awakened
by a reporter on the telephone
who told me they had just heard
the Titanic had sent out calls for
assistance. " ,
"The press association repeat
ed whqt the reporter told me. I
asked them if they couldn't hold
back the news until it was con
firmed. They told me it already
had gone out. .
"I sent a Macconigram to the
captain of the Olympic asking
him to get into communication
with the Titanic. I then told all
our people to report to -the of
fice. "I then received the report that
the Titanic had been struck- by an
iceberg and was sinking by the
head. It was a press dispatch.
"But we had no authentic in
"At 3 a. m, we sent another
wireless to the Olympic, again
urging it to get into communica
tion with the Titanic.
"At 6 a. m. we sent another
message to the Olympic. At that
time we had. absolutely no mes
sage from the Titanic. mj j ,
"About 1 o'clock we 'got an
other message from Captain Had
dock that the Carpathia was in
attendance and had picked np
twenty of the Titanic's boats fill
ed with passengers.
"We told the public these were
"About 3 p. m. Monday, we
sent a message to the Olympic
oraering it to reiay messages
from the Carpathia.
"About 6:27 p. m. we received
the following message:
" 'Carpathia reached Titanic's
position at daybreak, fioats and
wreckage only of Titanic. About
675 souls saed. CarpathiaVeturn
ing to New York.v
"It was signed Haddock, Cap
tain of the Olympic.
"1 telephoned to the directors,
including J. Pierpont Morgan,
and then gave, the news to the re
Frankfin denied any censor
ship of the-wrrekss.
He said that he knew, nothing
of the Iifesaving devices on -the
Titanic, except that they were up
to the standard for ocean liners.
When pressed for the reasons
for getting Titanic's officers and
crew out of the country, Franlclin
declared that it was because sail
ors were sq "difficult to control."
He did not say if this also was
the reason for the desire of Mr.
Ismay, managing director, to get '
out of the countrv.
"Titanic was racing for Amer
ica to make a trip that would
Startle the world," says dis
patches. As usual, the dare-deviltry
costs fives of the innocent.