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'Only when it' was found out
that some person was adding to
the trouble of the day through
morbid curiosity was he hustled
out of the way by the police.
The White Star company add
ed to its force of clerks. With
every new wireless despatch that
wa,s received the list of survivors
When any person asked for,
was known to have been saved,
tHe glad news was given quickly.
When there was no record, this
information was broken as gent
ly as possible.
Atypical case was that of City
Magistrate Robert C. Cornell,
whose wife and two sisters, Mrs.
J. Murray Brown, - of Boston,
and Mrs. F. D. Appleton, of Bay
Shore, L. I., were passengers.
The wireless told of the sav
ing of i Mi's. Brown and Mrs. Ap
pleton, but contained no word of
the fate of Mrs. Appleton. When
Magistrate Cornell realized that
his wife probably was dead, he
collapsed in a heap, and had to be
carried into the private office.
The attitude of the official's of
the White Star Company was
bitterly resented by the public
xIt was accepted as a fact that the
company had held dback informa
tion that was coming into the of
fices of the big wireless company
was being given only to the
White Star, and was being guard
ed against leaks.'
Vice President Franklin in
sisted he was making public all
the information he could. He was
the buffer between the directors
of the company and the public.
The directors wire in constant
executive session from 11 last
night, and Franklin gave out only l
such information as they wished,
while they could not be seen.
Mrs. Butts, of Newark, N. J.,
forced her way into the offices of
the company to ask information,
regardihg the safety of Mr. and
Mrs. C. E. Stengel, of Newark.
She was told they were safe.
"Thank God! Thank God!"
she cried, and fellyon her knees,
Vincent Astor, only son of Col
onel John Jacob Astor, was. one
of the first to be admitted to the
private office of Vice President
Franklin. He was accompanied
by A. J. Biddle, representative of
the Astor estate. '
Young Astor was worried, but
hopeful when he went into the
office. When he came out, h'e
was weeping bitterly, and had to
be. helped into his automobile.
jThe officers of the line were
-Hipefied bvthe tragedy. Frank
lin went about like a man in a
daze. Only once did he flash and
flare up. That was when he was
told that it was reported and gen
erally believed that the company
had held back information and
muzzled the wireless so reinsur
ancecould be secured,
"That -is an absolute lie, and
those who said it knew they lied,"
he cried.' "We did not admit the
Titanic was sunk until we were
absolutely certain It was a fact.
But that was because we did not
wish to needlessly alarm the