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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1912, Image 1

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500 SO. PEORIA ST 398
Vol. 1, No. 172 Chicago, Monday, April 15, 1912 One Cent
Biggest Steamer Ever Afloat Crumpled Up Like Toy in Nighftimc
Wireless Saves 2,000 Passengers and Crew.
Halifax, N. S., April 15. Kept
afloat only by her watertight
compartments, the great White
Star liner Titantic slowly is
crawling toward this harbor.
Her 1,470 passengers were
taken off and put aboard other
steamers in mid ocean They may
thank a calm sea and tjie wireless
that they are alive today.
The disaster to the Titanic is
unequalled in the history of nav
igation: The largest, most lux
urious and best appointed vessel
that ever floated, she seemed
proof against any disaster.
Hardly another ship afloat
could have withstood the terrific
shock when the Titanic, driving
through the night at more than
half speed ahead, crashed bow on
into a great submerged iceberg.
Just howthe accident happen
ed, whether there was a panic
among the passengers, is not yet
known here. Only the wireless
appeals for help came from the
stricken ship.
Captain E. S. Smith, admiral
of the White Star fleet of liners
and in commande.of the Titanic,
realized acjut'ely the danger to his
passengers. - ' - . , &, r
The first message was received
at the Cape Race wireless station
at 10:25 p. m. last night, It was
demand for immediate help.
From Cape Race the news was
spread 'far and wide by wireless
and by telegraph. Vessel was
reached and given the position
of the Titaniq, and urged to make
all speed to her aid.
The Allan liner Virginian was
the first. She turned her prow
toward the wounded giant of the
seas, and set out under forced
draught. Th.en the Carpathia, of
the Cunard line, and the Baltic,
sister ship of the wrecked vessel,
and the Allan liner Parisian, were
reached, and all proceeded toward
the Titanic.
Then came a time of cruel wait
ing. From the moment the first
message reached Cape Race sta
tion until 12 '27 a. m., there came
flash after flash from the Titanic.
And each message was the
same "Hurry! Hurry! We are
sinking and the passengers' may
be lost."
Nothing could be done from
the, shore. The Titanic lay 45Q
miles south of Cape Race, and 1$
J VS0 miles due east of ew; York,
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