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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, FRIDAY. APHIL tfl, 1012. '
Death of Major Butt Causes Nation to Mourn With President Taft Many Tributes Paid
'Passengers Came on Deck to
Get View of Big
NO ALARM FELT
IN THE LIFEBOATS
'Carpathia Gave Tenderest Care
To the Rescued Four
Buried At Sea.
BY MISS CAROLINE BONNELL.
(Copyrighted, 1912, by the United Press.)
NEW YORK, April 19.
"Well, thank goodness, Na
thalie, we are going to see our
iceberg at last."
That that single, foolish
little sentence was the one
ithing, of all things, that I said
to my cousin as the great,
beautiful Titanic was shiver
ing beneath her death blow.
And yet it was the most
natural remark in the world
for me to make that Sunday
midnight at the very minute
when the hand of death began
pulling down its terrible car
go of souls. For though, the
world has not come to realize
it, that was a hidden hand
a hand so hidden that none of
us suspected, for an instant,
how strong and how cruel it
was until less than two hours
afterward, it gave a quick,
final jerk, and the titan of
vessel sank beneath the
Blow Is Terrific.
My cousin, Nathalie Wick, arid I,
were lyjnfe in our berths half asleep
when the blow came. It was terrific.
For a second the whole boat just
stood stock still in itB swift tracks
and then it gave a great shiver all
After that, everything was death
quiet for a minute.
"Oh, she's hit an iceberg," came
ringing through the window in a
woman's shrill voice.
For ten minutes after the blow,
Nathalie and I lay in bed and dis
cussed whether are not we would get
up to view the berg. Nathalie was
pretty sleepy, but I had been up
to fill a hot-water bottle, and was
i wide awake enough for anything.
Finally we decided to "go up" as we
,had been wanting to see an iceberg
all the way over, but had been told
that it was probably too late in the
Went On Deck.
Wo just slipped on our shoes and
stockings and put on lome heavy out
bid wraps and went up. When we
got out onto the desk everything was
os calm as an August afternoon. Tho
sea was as nmooth as glass; there was
not a birg nor an Ice Hoe In sight, and
tho sky was juat thick Mltli' stars. I
nevr saw so inanv stars In the heavens
n n,y llfu as thefe weie that nlKht.
The water itself was glittered blue with
their slow. 4
We had lust decided to go back to bed
when un officer came up to us and to
another croup of people who had got
ten rn to find out what was the inat
Ur. Go below and put on your life belts,"
he said "You may need them later."
e went down at or.ee nnd told my
aunt and un-le. Mr. and Mrs George
"V.'iek. what we had been told. Lncle
George lust laughed at us. "Why,
that's nnnrense, girls," he said. "This
boat Is all right. She's going along
finely She just got a glancing blow,
That's the way every one teemed to
think, and we went Int.) our Mate room,
but in a minute or so an officer knock
ed at the door and told un to go up
on the "A" deck. Ho said there was
rcallv no danger, and that It was just
a precautionary measure. We set a
lew clothes on anl want up. I picked
dl n-y cvcglaFues n my excitement and
left rav watch l.vinjr on the dresser.
Nathalie hung her watch around her
neck. Wi both wore two or three,
coats; It was so oUl outside.
When we got on deck undo and aunt
were there and I went down again to
another part of the steamer and got my
Aunt Elizabeth . When I got back with
her, there were crowds of peoplo stand
ing all around. Nobody seemed very ex
cited, every ono was talking and It
seemed to be tho general Idea that we
would soon be ordered back to bed.
Jun then an officer came up to us
and said we should so up to the next
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deck the boat deck. By that time nearly
every one was up. Mrs. John Jacob
Astor was there; sitting In n steamer
chair . Her husband, Colonel Astor. was
beside her and her maid was helping
her to-finish dressing.
There was no confusion here even
then, although we noticed that the boat
was beginning to list to the starboard
considerably. The men who had been
In the smoking room at the time the
ship struck said that they had seen
the berg as It passed and that most of
It wag under water. Whatever damage
was dono tho vessel was done beneath
the water line, we knew, for above she
was In perfect condition. She had hit
the berg alongside, wo found out, and
not In front.
Told to Get Ready.
After wo had been on tho top deck
for a while, consldetably more than an
hour, I should say, the women were
told to stand In a group by themselves
and to be ready to get Into the life
boats. The men drew back and the
women stood at the railing.
This was the condition which pre
vailed on our side of the boat. On the
other side the men and women wero not
told to separate, and that accounts for
the men who were saved. Mr. Ismay,
director of the line, was on that side
of the boat, and wo, of course, got In
one of the Ufohoats with tho other men.
There was very little discipline. In
fact, there was practically none. Peo
ple had to be begged to get lntp the
lifeboats. No one thought tho Titanic
was going to sink, and passengers did
not feel like trusting themselves to tiny
open rowboats when they were aboard
the biggest liner In tho world. At
least, they so argued with the officers.
As soon as tho men withdrew, tho
women were told to get Into tho life
boats. Most of them that did so wero
urged to It by their nien relatives,
tho officers taking little part In It. Wo J
never once saw tho captain
Tho boat we were In was tho second
to let down over tho side, but tho first
to strike tho water. In It, though It
would have held more, wero but twent
women, two sailors, and a steward. Tho
latter were to do tho rowjng. As wo
took to tho oars the officer shouted to
us to row over to a distant light and
to land there, sending the boat back for
We watched the other boats being
lowered as we got under way. And
then, in a few minutes, wo noticed that
the Titanic began to list moro heavily.
After a while, when wo were consul
able distance away, a whole deck of
lights, tho lowest deck, was suddenly
snuffed out. At tho amo time tho mast
lights dropped a Ilttlo farther down
In the 'star-pointed sky.
Af(er this the tragedy moved with a
relentless swiftness. Deck by deck wo
watched the lights go out, as the boat
dropped lower and lower into the sea.
At laat but four rows of lights wero
loft. Then the water reached the port
holes, and as it rushed in here, there
was ono great cxploslon,v and another,
and then the ship left the horizon un
broken. And those that were In the
lifeboats which were close to the vessel
say that tho orchestra played till tho
very last, and that tho men went down
Into tho sea singing "Nearer, Me God,
Started to Row.
As soon as the ship sank we started
to row In good and earnest. All night
long we made those three men keep to
the oars. They wanted to stop, but we
told them we had been told to get to
that light, and that wo were going to
do so, but the light never seemed to
come nearer. As the dawn crept out
over the silent, cold sea the light
seemed only a very little larger than It
had when we started for it.
In tho lifeboats It was terrible. Some
of the women had scarcely any clothes
on at all, and they suffered greatly with
the cold. One woman had white satin
slippers and an evening diess on. I
don't know whether she had that attire
on when we struck or whether In her
excitement she put It on by mistake.
We were provided with the most mis
erable little oil lamp I have ever seen.
I guess It didn't have any kerosene In
It. for It kept going out as fast as we
could light It with the matches which
tho steward happened to bring along.
We couldn't have seen at all nor sig
naled had It not been for the fact that
one woman had a cane that had a little
electric light in the end of It.
As far as I know thero was no food
nor water In the craft, but I will not
complain of that, for we were the luck
iest, I guess, of all the survivors. The
other boats all leaked, and the women
told us afterward that the water was
up to their knees. And that water was
below freezing point.
For nearly eight hours these sixteen
boat loads of hysterical, cold, wet,
hungry women and men were at the
mercy of the elements. During the
darkness It was bad enough, but the
dawn brought a fresh danger. It dis
closed the fact that wo were beset by
vast fields of Ice and Icebergs. Those
looming mountains of glassy Ice wero
everywhere. We were almost afraid
to move and to add to our distress a
stiff breeze was springing up, churn
ing the sea Into a nasty chopplness.
Still we kept on rowing toward the
light. The men were exhausted bo we
women tpok a hand. But those ours
they were the heaviest ones I have
ever seen I am u good oarswoman,
but wit lithe aid of another woman, I
could scarcely iswlng one of them.
There were threo sets of them and
they all had to bo used to make any
Toward 6 o'clock we gave up hope
of ever reaching that light. It had
got a trifle larger. It seemed, but It
was absolutely no nearer and wo had
no food, very little clothing, no heat
and nearly every life-boat was shipping
water to an alarming extent
And on top of all that theso women
didn't know whether they were ever to
see their husbands and their sons again
In this world or not. it was terrible
and to say that thei were most won
derful women to keep their minds lu
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And then somebody looked hack, and
there thero was a big searchlight burn
ing on tho prow of a great liner That
light was tho most beautiful sight I
shall over src. Distress was turned to
hope as wo put directly about nnd
rowed hartl for an hour toward the
vessel. At tho end of that tlnio we
were alongside of the Carpathia. It
wasn't long before they let down a little
wooden scat about two feet long and
il 1UUI WIUU. Itlt'll till Ult'aUClfV llt'lU UI3
ends of the cables to which this seat,,
was attached. The ureDqat was nobbing
up and down on the waves and It was
pretty hard to stand up In It long
chough to climb out to the scat, but
you can wager wo all did It.
As soon ns wo got on deck wn wero
rolled In blankets and given brandy
and water. And nothing' haVo I ever
tasted was quite so good as that
brandy and water.
By 10 o'clock the Carpathia had picked
up all tho sixteen lifeboats containing the
survivors. In addition to the people
who had got Into the lifeboats in the
first placo there were several other, In
them. These men had been picked up
as they were swimming. They were
very weakened from the exposure, and
four of them died on the Carpathia.'
These men wero W. H. White and
Abraham Hornner, passengers, and S.
C. Slevert, steward, and T. Lyons,
sailor. They wero wrapped In tho Stars
and Stripes and burled off the Car
pathia Monday, returning to the sea
from which they had been so vainly
After we had picked up all the life
boats w6 steamed again about the scene
of tho disaster. In among the glassy,
towering peaks of ice wo threaded our
way, seeing a bit of wreckage here and
a baby's bonnet or a man's glovo thero.
But no more boats, and at noon we
turned toward Ambrose lightship and
Aboard tho Carpathia everything was
confusion. Women wero torn with grief,
the worst kind of grief the grief of un
certainty. "Oh, If I only knew whether my hus
band has been saved or not," was tho
all-night crv of more than one sorrow
stricken wife. Often times they fell
upon their knees and prayed for the
safe recovery of their loved ones. And
It was only the hope that they would
finally find them here on land when
they arrived that kept most of the
women as sane as they are.
What they will do. pow that they
know that as they themselves watched
the Titanlc's life being blotted out.
thov watched also the life of their own
loved ones being snuffed out by the
samfi hard sea.
Got Every Concession.
The distress of the Titanic surviydrs
obtained for them every concession from
the passengers of the Carputhiu. Wom
en and men alike gave up their state
rooms to us and slept on the floors of
the library and smoking loom. Mrs.
John Jacob Astor was given one of tho
best looms in tho cabin, and she never
emerged from it during tho trip. It is
said she was very 111 from grief and
Kvcryono on the Carpathia was kind
ness Itself. Captain Rostron, the sur
geon, the btewuids, everyone could not
do enough for us.
The final shock was given us all
Thuibday night, as wo came up the
bay. It was then that wo learned how
ver near we all came to not being
rescued at all.
The wireless operator on the Car
pathia, Harold Bilde, told us during the
evening that he had closed his instru
ments Sunday night and hud started to
go to bed wnen something came over
him, telling him to open It up ugaln.
Tho minute ho did, ho gathered In tho
cry for help with which the Titanic was
rending the air, and of course tho Car
pathia begun her rush to our side. And
she made that sixty Intervening miles,
her captain told mo with Ills own lips,
In faster timo than she mado on her
speed breaking voyage, through lco
"And It Is a great wonder to me," Cap
tain RoKtron said, "that wo ourselves
d dn't split on ono of them thoso most
treacherous, most deadly enemies of
thosa who ro down to the sea In ships,''
Familiar Photographs of Major Archibajd Butt.
DEATH OF MAJOR
BUTT MOURNED BY
Persons in Official and Private Life Speak
Eulogistically of the President's Military
Aide Who Died A Soldier.
Men of tho United States army and navy, men who lived under
the same roof tho men who knew Major Butt most intimately spoke
feelingly today of the soldier who died that women and children might
live after the Titanic had struck.
Mourned by Washingtonians of all walks of life, Major Butt's worth
was most appreciated by his comrades in arms, and it is they who speak
most feelingly and with tho most authority.
TOGETHER IN DEATH AS IN LIFE.
in death as In life. Major Butt and
Frank Mljlct were together, and the
heroes' end which the two men chose
was that which all who knew them
would have expected In the circum
stances It Is learned today that It was
Mr. Millet who grew Insistent that
Major Butt take a vacation, and who
first planned the trip abroad. Mr. Mil
let, Major Butt, and Lieutenant Com
mander Leigh C. Palmer. U. S. N., lived
together in the same house until about
tc.n months ago, when Major Butt
bought the house at Twentieth and G
streets and began to reside with Major
Winshlp and Archibald Clark Kerr, of
the British embassy. Major Winshlp is
today In New York. Mr. Kerr went
abroad ten days ago.
"Many pictures of Major Butt's
mother re to bo found in his last home,
and the same pictures were on the wails
of the house In which we lived to
gether," said Lleutenunt Commandi r
Palmer this morning. "Major Butt was
devoted to his mother, whom he
brought here to llvo with him. When
she died, he- and Frank Millet, and my
self lived together for two years. Ills
devotion to his mother while she lived
and his affectionate memory of her
after her death were always touching.
He used to keep referring to tho time
when she was with him, and It wua
evident that alio was often in hio
"Major Butt thought highly of Millet,
and the latter of him. On tho older
man Major Butt leaned for advice and
took It, and the two men had a sym
pathy of mind which was most unusual.
None could help admiring .either man.
Major Butt was a splendid officer.
Here in Washington his duties kept htm
before the public la, a social way. and
sumo people naturally thought of him In
"But the men 6f tho army and navy
who knew Majoi Butt in the Philip
pines and In Cuba will all toll you
that Major Butt was one of the most
efficient officers in their experience.
He was a quartermaster who knew
his work thoroughly and who had a
real gut tor executive duties.
It Is no surprise to any man who
C&WmmiER FAUVER. AP WAJ.2WTT WYfASON AT Bfl? 08E5P0
, ohm it is c-evHHt :
kn3w Mnjor Butt that he met death
like an officer and a gentleman. And
none who know Frank Millet would
have expected anjthlntr but self
immolation in behalf of women and
children. ' ,
"Mr. Millet was given to unostenta
tious charities all his life and he
spent nearly all he made on otliei-s.
He was most eager to help any one
In any way. Major Butt's kindliness
nnd deslte to bo helpful and ability
to carry out Oils desires are almost
too well known for comment. We
can 111 spare such men."
Testimony to Major Butt's effici
ency as an officer comes also from
Capt. J. J. Knupp. of tho United
Plates navy who knew him In the
Philippines and In Cuba when tho
army of pacification was in Havana.
"I have heard army officer -after
nrmv orncer tell what a good quar
termaster Archlo Butt was," said
Captain Kp.ipp, "and I saw It with
my own eves. When General Hum
phrey, now quartermaster general, ar
iheil in Manllu, he found Major Butt
In charge of land transportation and
he was not long In realizing what an
efficient aldo In this work Major Butt
was. It was General Humphrey who
brought Major Butt to Washington
and the former will feel his loss In
a personal way more than any one
Died a Glorious Death.
"Major Butt was an active enthusiast
In behalf of others' Interests In tho
Philippines Just as he was here, and ho
was gieatly liked for this. He was a
moving splilt in the organization of the
Carlboas, and kept up his interest in
tho society after he came to Washing
ton. "It was a glorious death he died, and
tho army of the United States will
cherish the story as a verltablo inspira
tion for generations of soldiers to
The Caribaos, of which Captain Knapp
Is the head, or Paramount Caribao,
have a song relating to Major Butt,
which has always been sung at their
annual banquets. This song is worth
noting for, whllo intended in a humor
ous vein. It emphasizes a sldo of Majoi
Butt's nature, which Is now being
snokcil of hl willinirilPHH in lioln nllinrM
Tho song ran to tho effect that Major
Butt had aided everyone In the Philip
pines, and "now he's uldlng William
Newspaper men know well this tialt
of the dead officer. Many a reporter
who would otherwise have returned
empty handed found In Major Butt a
friend wjio could and w'ould help. Once
he said to a newspaper acquaintance:
"I try never to forget that I was a
newspaper mijn myself and to rem cm
,bcr the difficulties reporter t-xpciienre.
It Is not easy to fill m,- present duties
with complete fidelity and help report
ers at tho sumo time. My iwst de
mands silence at times, and It makes
mv situation not easy to solve."
But wijiehow or other, without ilo
tntlng the confidence placed In him.
Major Butt generally found a way to
help newspaper men, whether at the
r.'-'Ll. n?.W8paper me"' ""I ller."t "'? abide. salng: "I will stick by my hus
Uhlte House-or when meeting them at1, ,, lt he dles Uien j alm U wlUl
I'nlon Station, whcie he had gone to htm."
greet omc distinguished guest in be
half of the President
Miss Delia Torrey will share the sor
row over his death. Those who b.tw
"Aunt Delia" greet Major Butt at va
rious times when she came hero know
that the venerable old lady felt un
affection for him almost equal to that
for members of her family.
Praises Major Butt.
Brig. Gen. Charles F Humphiey, re
tired, former quartermaster gcncial of
the army, said this morning that "Major
Butt's death was the kind he would
have desired. He was a most efficient
officer and a gallant gentleman.
"I found Major Butt In Manila when
I was transferred there. In 1901," bald
General Humphrey, "and ho was so
good a man that w hen I was made
quartermaster general I wanted him In
Washington. Ho became depot quarter
master of the city, and then was trans
ferred to the quartermaster general's
office, lt wus In recognition of his good
work that he was attached to the army
of pacification which went to Cuba In
1906. Soon after that President Roobe
velt asked his services.
"Everyone Is awaie In Washington
how helpful he was to Presidents Roose
velt and Taft. both of whom were most
devotedly attached to him. It was no
"In tho Philippines Major Butt waa a
leader in everything. He was an enthu
siastic sport, though far from being led
Into follies of any sort by his enthusi
asms. The army needs such men as he,
and will mlBs, him greatly."
Carter B. Keene, master of Temple
Lodge, of which Major Butt was a
member, gave expression to his sorrow
In a brief eulogy' of Major Butt as a
"There was no man In Temple Lodge,"
he said "who was more universally De
loved than Major Butt. He took great
interest In the welfare of the body and
Its Individual members, nnd never lose
an opportunity to do o very thing in hl.s
power to promote the welfure and hap
piness of his brothers. He attended tho
meetings whenever possible, and one of
the last things he did before sailing was
to file with the secretary a petition for
membership from ono of his warmest
army ft lends. His death Is a terrific
blow to Temple Lodge, but his Masonic
life was an Inspiration."
Wife of Speaker Clark
At Carpathia's Dock
NEW YORK, April 19.-Among the
mourning throng on the Cunard pier to
meet the Carpathia were Mrs. Champ
Clark, wife of the Speaker of the House
of Reniesentatlves, and her daughter.
Gensvleve. They weie on hand to meet
May Blrckhead and Annie Rule, of
Louisiana. Mo., who had 'left tho ClarK
homo in Washington, where they were
house guests, to sail on the Carpathia
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In Episode of Sublime
Simply, but none -the less eloquently,
does a slip of a woman paint a photo
graph of sublime heroism. As central
figures stand Mrs. Isadore Straus and
the members of the orchestra of the
Titanic, who rendered their own re
quiem as the monster ship settled Into
Mrs. Smith Dick, who lives in New
ark, and who was In the water for an
hour before she was bnatched from tlio
..ea by a succoring hand, Is the woman
who paints this glowing tale of wlfelv
devotion that would not be spjttercd by
death, and the magnificent courage and
heroism or .the musicluns, who but a
few )iours before their death wero en
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whoso earn were never to hear an
earthly melody again.
Mis. Straus was the vivid woman In
the picture that Mrs. Dick gave of
that harrowing night. Threo times im
portuned to leave the ship, to save her
life nd debert her husband, Mrs.
Stiaus each time waved tho offer
.d v 1th tlifli arms clasped about
each other's neck, husband and wife,
nuptial partners for moro than thirty
years, faced death without a tremor
and died locked In each other's embrace.
When the wotst was known, and lt
meant but a question of moments when
the Titanic must sink, tho leader of
tin' orchestia. i hero who was unnamed
and unsung, but not unhonored. waved
his baton and said: "Nearer, My God,
to Thee." And whllo thoso who wero
destined to survive put away in their
ships of safety they heard across tho
btar-touched water the beautiful mel
odv of that ancient hymn. It was a
hy'nm thut to those in the lifeboats
meant the augury of rescue, but to the
musicians lt was a requiem for thoko
left aboard and themselves.
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