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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, FRIDAY. APHIL tfl, 1012. '
ra Death of Major Butt Causes Nation to Mourn With President Taft Many Tributes Paid FIRSTJT1CK 'Passengers Came on Deck to Get View of Big Berg. NO ALARM FELT WHEN STEAMER TERRIBLE SUFFERING 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 swells. 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 through. After that, everything was death quiet for a minute. Then "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 season. 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, I gll'-SS." 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 tier x-mtymwmtme hmiiwii hi hum iiiiin m i him hhimm .xmsmymsBf, r-it &?mmmrizz,tMMm MARRI& IH6 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 others. 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, To Thee." 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 progress 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 V kK L .Hh 1 1 V n.' M RUHiWHIaHHBHlTWBnBHI MHK -CVA W fM 3i lMHV ' .""VTWMymACB i MHaHm 1 VM rOBm JH Y. t .'jjrSfs&Srf ATm. a m m VTS' ,-s SSt s "wjfctiflW WW St ,VY M. Jfer K X-ys. j6?49V - mjEfWVWj' K mi H M the balanco Is putting' It too mildly by far. 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 rescued. 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 home! 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 exposure. 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 fields, too. "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,'' WBnBBmngi0Wm JpR&STbXUVT1 Familiar Photographs of Major Archibajd Butt. DEATH OF MAJOR BUTT MOURNED BY WASHINGT0N1ANS 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 thoughts. "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 that connection. "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 can tell. 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 come." 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 jmrmiAiAKw j. pines, and "now he's uldlng William Taft." 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 wonder. "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 Mason. "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 for Naples. 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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 teitalnlng as guests In tho saloon those 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. Well Known Rochester Citizen Saved From Serious Trouble I have used your preparation Swamp Root with gieat success, and for kid ney and bladder trouble I have never found anything to equal It. I have rec ommended It to a great many people and ha-, e never been disappointed as to results obtained from its use. I feel It my duty to write you this, as It may be the means of persuading others to give this grand remedy a trial. 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