Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
THE DAY BOOK
.500 SO, fcEOKIA ST " 398
VqI. 1, No. 181 , Chicago, Thursday, April 25, 1912 One Cent
DEATJI AGONY OF TITANIC VICTIMS rtf&teEDNTO
DOLLARS p Y WIRELESS OPERATORS '
Wizard of Wireless Tejls Senate bommittee-How News Was-Held
From World Disclaims Rejronsibility-Binns T)fd it"
"So ldng as Cotlapi wason the
Carpatfiia, a-Bqtisfr shiphe used
his discretion n recusing to give
out 4 story. - t '
"Thursday , evenings Cdttatn
sent a message to me, asking per
mission ?to giv'e out a story. I
gave hinythat permission. I told
him he cq!ave it if he wished'"
Marconfl&hen denied seriding
Operators Fride and Cottam er
ders'to "keep 'their mouths shut."
Senator Smith then read the
foirowihg wireless messages from
tfieHSaptaiiuof the U. S. S. Flor-
Washington, April 25. -The
death agony, of, the victims of .the
Titanic was turned into .dollars
. (.byiwireleSs (5perators.v ' ,
This was the story.told the en-
ate investigation committee toi
'day by William,; Marconi, the
Wizard 6i the Wireless
He was the first man called ta
thestand today- - Thomas Cot
tarn, wireless- operatbrof the Gar
pathia, followed -him' " '
Marconi's story was received
with obvious, disgust by the mem
bers of theTcommitteej-and th aju
Yet the wireless operators
themsefyjertaf.q nofso much to
blame. ' Tney know too well that
if they sent a story asfrore, it
would be used by 6very news
. paper in the country. , And they
knew, too, that these same news
papers would rdfufce jV3pay thlm
for the, news they gave unless
So they held the newspapers
up that is What it amounts to. '
"It is an offense under British
laws for a Wireless operator to
give out neivs' said Marconi.
were interceptedFby 'Wireless
Operator' Simpsoril and appear
significant enough 'toVbe brought
to the attention toXftlie depart
ment. ' S ' "
" 'Stiagate.to Carpathia, 8:10 p.
m.t April J8. Sayold man, the
Marconi company taking; good
care df you. It'sf fixed for ybtf so
you will, get big'money. . Please
do best to clear.'
- " 'Seagate to Carpathia. and Ti
tanic operators, 8&tf p m , April
1$. Arrangedforyoa exclusive
story for dallastm Todr" figures.