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The Hawaiian gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, April 19, 1912, Image 1

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a black mass of heaving humanity that
-clamored and cried for news.
Then the Carpathia, towed by two tugs,
.wung out of the stream and pointed her
aiose into her berth. .The gangway was run
up and those with permits rushed aboard.
Every survivor in the packed cabins wns
;almost instantly surrounded by frantic
ones, demanding some word of one of the
missing. It was an epic they heard, the
-equal of any grim Norse saga ever written.
Leaving Liverpool April 10, on her first
'trip across the ocean, the Titanic was un-der
orders to make a speed record if possible.
From the moment she started until
the instant she struck the towering iceberg,
she steamed at the rate of twenty-one
knots, tearing through the seas like an
express train.
Sunday night was damp, foggy and cold,
bitterly cold. There was little wind, but a
sea that, while it did not not affect the
great liner, proved tremendous when the
tinv lifeboats were launched. So dense
was the fog that no warning of the ap
proachingherg Avas given. Suddenly there
was a slight tremor that ran through the
long steel hull like a shiver. . That was all.
The ship went on her way.
Up on the bridge the first officer, feeling
the jar, tlu'ew the switches that? controlled
the water-tight bulkheads. The mechauism
refused to work. Almost at once he no
ticed the ship was listing, and sent for the
captain, who was below m the saloon,,
where the usual Sunday night sacred concert
was being given. The skipper ran to
the bridge, to be greeted with the tale of
the collision and the information that the
steel-like spines of ice had torn great holes
in the plated sides bf the liner.
Hardly had this news come to him when
the engineer reported that the firerooms
were flooding, and a moment later the
voice over the engineroom telephone an
nounced that the engineroom was also fill
ing rapidly.
-Quickly the great hull listed. She lost
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Old Hymn Tunc Stills Tumult as Screaming Passengers
Prepare to Drown Col. Astor Saves Bride, but
Dies Take Woman's Place
April 19. For the first lime since the wireless last Sunday night flashed
NEW1TORK, of the collision of the great "White Star liner Titanic with an; iceberg
off the grim, desolate coast of Sable Island, the full detaifs of the accident
that cost more than fifteen hundred lives were learned last night upon the -arrival of
the steamer Carpathia at her pier in the North River. And what details they jwoyed
i he! It was a tale of horror and heroism, of Anglo-Saxon indifference to death when
luty led that way.
Col. John Jacob Astor, first seeing tint' his i 'bride, going home foi the birth ofaher
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ry. As tne nuge vessel upenuea ana saint, tne strains oi tneoanu, piaying "isearer,
My God, to Thee," were heard by the women and children in the boats, out there oi
the heaving waste of black, icy "waters.
As the great ship plunged into the eternity of waters, the brilliant lights! showed
lier captain and first officer standing on. the bridge, immovable, impassive, serene. .Then
they vanished. "".,
As the time for the arrival of the Carpathia drew near, the great crowds which
for days have been thronging the White Star line's offices on Whitehall street and
T)efore the bulletin boards of the. newspapers,
left those places and began to f omn
along West street and as many as could
crowded in to the long pier shed. The rest
swaimied oyer the string pieces, until the
police, fearing accidents when the steamer
pulled in, drove them away. West street
iar blocks was packed and jammed withr
her way as the engines slowed, fluttered and stopped, and began rolling horribly in the
trough of the seas, choppy.
Meantime, down below, in the ldng lines of corridors and the brilliantly lighted
saloons and smoking rooms, the passengers, some of whom had not noticed the shock
.when the berg was struck, were confining their music and games. It was an hour after
the accident before the word was passed to the passengers to put on life preservers.
Even when the word came that the ship was in danger of sinking and that they must
prepare, there Avas no panic. Directed by the officers and members of the crew, the
first, baby, was saieiy piacea in one oi tne too tew meooats, reiuseci to accent a" place' tmmrpti w,. ,..,,, n i,nns linml im heato ii nmi wniti fnv iiintviiPtimiR.
Ty her side, because "it might ciwd out some woman." Nor was he alone in his It was freezing on the decks, and the wind whipped the sprav from the tons of the short
and angry waves and dashed, it, in spindrift, against the figures by the lifeboats and
rafts. Rapidly as the olhcers and crew worked, they did not work fast enough. The
ship was sinking. The. survivors say that they could feel her going, as she wallowed
from side to side. The fog-horn Avas silent, and this, not a few of them said, was the
only thing they noticed. It had been going almost continually for two days.
It was while they were gathering about the boats that the fiber of the men showed
best. There was no stampede, no effort to crowd out the women and children and the
sick, but perfect order, calm obedience tp the commands from the dark figures of the
Into somo such an ico mountain oa that pictured above, tho great liner Titanic crashed last Sunday. The great-oat,
newest and largest steamship over huilt, running on Uer maiden voyage, with upwards of two thousand souls
aboard, sank gbon after tho impact. Icobergs are formed as parts of the great glacial systems of Greenland,
and other polar countries, creeping steadily out and down from the central hoighta to tho shore. As the glacier
is pushed out to sea, the lower margin is melted and the upper crusts break off in great fantastic shapes, floating away
with the currents. As the great Ice masses drift along, tncy meit away with tho action of tho water, one of the greatest
dangers from the bergs being the shifting, sometimes overturning, of the great bulks to meet the changes In tho
center of gravity.
The Iceberg here pictured probably represents a mass of fifty million tons. This Is a comparatively smaU berg. An
Iceberg observed by Sir John Eoss and lieutenant Parry w as two and a half miles long, two and a fifth miles broad and
one hundred and fifty feet high. As only one-ninth of the average berg Is exposed above water, the one thus ob.
served represented 100,000,000 tons of ice, and it, to guoto the .Encyclopaedia. Brittanlca, "vras by no means of extraordinary
in- sou' westers and
Col. John Jacob Astor, on Ms way home '
withhis hride.of but little more than a year,
who expects soon to become a mother, was
in the after saloon, where the concert wast'
being held, when the collision came. Col.
Grade, one of the last to swim to a life raft, f
after the steamer had sunk beneath the;
waves, tells the story of Mr Astor's calm
acceptance of fate and duty.
To a reporter for the Associated Press,
Colonel Grade said : "We were all together
when an officer came into the saloon and
told us that the seamer had struck an icer
berg and was sinking, and ordered us to get
the women and children together by the lifeboats
on deck. Colonel Astor jumped to
his feet and ran to the suite occupied by
himself and his bride, who was Miss Madeline
Force. Mrs Astor was in a delicate
condition, and the Colonel had been excessively
attentive to her wants during the
.whole of the trip. At that moment he seem
ed to think of nothing but her safety and
greatest possible comfort.
"I saw him come out of the saloon door a
few moments after, and he carried her to a
lifeboat and placed her in the stern sheets.
One of the officers went up to him and suggested
that he better enter the boat with his
wife, so he could care foi' her.. Colonel
Astor refused, saying; 'I might crowd some
woman out of the place.' Although the
persisted that Mrs. Astor needed him, .
the Colonel simply shook his head and turned
to continue his last conversation with
his wife.
"Then pne of the officers seized me and
put me to work getting women and children
lashed safety upon a life raft, that they had .
dragged to the rail ready to launch when
the ship sank. That was the last I saw of
Mrs. Astor until I met her aboard the Carpathia,
and the last I saw of the Colonel.
"Mrs. Straus, wife of the millionaire
merchant, refused to leave her husband
when the order came for her to get into a
boat, and there were other similar cases.
"One of the wonderful things about the
whole gruesome night was the calmness ,
with which the men and women faced death
and the misery they showed at physical discomforts.
It was freezing cold, one of. the
most bitter night I can remember-, al-
(Continued on rage 8.)

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