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Carpathia Refuses to Give Any Details of Titanic's Loss
and as Fruitless Hours Go By, Suspense Grows More Maddening
Halting Wireless Is
Blurred and Confused
All Day.
Insistent Requests Made of
Rescue Ship by Cruiser Ches?
ter for Real News of Marine
Disaster Meets With Short
Command to "Keep
[Special to The. Tlrnes-Dlf patch.]
New York. April 17.? Far out
at sea near the Cunarder Carpa
,thia, and near her sad company
.of Mirvivors of the Titanic trag?
edy, the crtiiscrs Chester and
Salem were sending late to-night
Id the government wirele*^ sta?
tion at Newport ;i full list of
those that were saved after the
great White Star Liner crushed
herself against an iceberg and
dropped to the ocean floor.
ftut the halting wireless, blurred and
confuted m. day, still Withheld frorr.
the world the detail* so eagerly sought,
supplying nothing on which hope might
fjedj All along Hie coast wireless op
rraters listened tensely for the first
whisper from the res that would r*
li.ase the ?tory of the Titanic's collis?
ion, of the dreadful h'.urs that followed
for the women and .children in the
small Pohls, and of thoi-c who were
surely dead as well as those who ore
surely living. The suspense for the
thousands waiting lr. this city for any
scrap of news was hardly to be en?
dured, but ho hint -f th: facts could
be gleaned from the troubled air?.
Electrical stormy, a conflict "t mes?
sages, the Inability of <ht- Marconi
Company to connect with the Carpu
thla while the cruisers were talking
with iier, the impossibility :t any
iiews trickling landward until th; new
11.-1 of surtlvora had been reliyod tu
the government station ul President 1
Taft s order?all these tilings operated I
to sustain anxiety and aggravate sus-j
pensc. ^
Cnrpnthln Ilemnln? Silent.
The only source of news of the
"world's greatest disaster, the Carpa
thla, remained silent until laic to?
night. In spite of the Insistent requests
of the t.'hestjr for names of the li\!ng
and for information as to the circum?
stances of the collision and founder?
ing. The Cunarder, for sonic reason
that mystified those waiting for .Intel?
ligence, was receiving messages, but
not answering them. It Is known that
a wireless for J. Bruce Ismay, the man?
aging director of the White Star Line,
congratulating him on his escape, was
relayed through the station at Newpoit
to the Carpathia, and it was understood j
at Newport that the mcssagj was sent
trom the line.
Hurrying toward the Carpathia at
tw-onty-four knots' speed, the Chester,
used her powerful wireless all day
?trlvlng to communicate with the Cu
nardjr. She asked for a complete list
of the survivors and for such Informa?
tion as would throw light on the disas?
ter, but for hours her appeals were dis?
regarded. The wireless man at the
Boston Navy Yard, with his ear kr.en ;
for Carpathia tidings, hoard that ship
tell the Chester to "keep out": that the
Carpathia would not worlj with the
Chester, but only with the station at
Blaconsott. The Chester Hashed land?
ward the disappointing news that she
was doing her best to talk to the Car?
pathia, but that her request had been
It was not until S:P.O P. M. that the
oruiser finally succeeded in establish?
ing communication. About that time
?the' ITnlted ' Wireless Company sent
cut orders to have all commercial
messages sloppsd In order to permit
tho Carpathia to gel mos5as?s
through. Shortly afterward the Car?
pathia sent four messages to the;
Chester, which were relayed by that
*hip to the scout cruiser Salem, which
was much nearer land. On account of
atmospheric conditions, the messages
eonld not be picked up,
TSve Marconi stations Ait 9 P. M. were
laboring to obtain Information from
Khe Carpathia, but they found that
the cruiser's wlrelers blocked them
and -prevented their 'hi - . Ing what the
Carpathia was sending to Slasconaett.
An hour later conditions 'had so much
Improved that the, 'Marconi station at
fllnsconsefct reported that the crulnars
?were at work .sending a full list of
the names of the survivors to 'the
government station at Newport. The
transmission of th?se names was fin?
ished about in:oO P. M., and then the
Marconi operator* reached out direct?
ly for news from the Cunarder.
Many OLMnrhlng rtiimora.
Whllo bhe Ohpster and the Salem
/Continued on Tenth Pa^e.)
How the Titanic Probably Looked When She Struck the Iceberg.
Impossible to Keep Merely Curi
oui Away When Carpathia
No Obstacle Will Bc Permitted
to Delay Landing of
Passenger?. i
{Special to The Times-Dispatch. 1
New York, April 17.?According to
the latest advices received by the
Cunard Line ,the steamer Carpathia,
with survivors from the Titanic, should
arrive at Sandy Hook at S o'clock to?
morrow night, and g?t to Cunard Pier
between 10:30 and 11 o'clock, assuming
that weather conditions are such that
Ctlptaln rtostron, of the .Carpathia-,
will venture a run through Ambrose
Channel and up the bay. All restric?
tions on making entry to the port
have been removed by thte Federal
officials. The ship will not bc boarded
by customs men. and there will be no
Immigration inspectors. Everything
possible was done to-day to remove
any obstAcli that might delay tht>
landing nf the rescued from the Titan?
ic. The scout cruisers. Salem and Ches?
ter will act as n convoy for the Car?
pathia. and Secretary of the Treasury
M?cVesgh sent word to the. office of
Collector of Customs Loeb, as this
would do away with th5 necessity of
the presence of revenue cutters.
Han a 1 Holes Waived.
Commissioner of Immigration Wil?
liams announced that the usual rules
covering the Inspection of steerage
passengers, should there be any of
the Titanic among the. survivors, would
he waived, and Immigration Inspectors
will be on hand to help in every way
steerage passtvngers, Officers Of the
"White Star Line will be at the Cunard
Pior to assist the Titanic passengers,
to see that they are taken to the
hotels. If they have no.t homifs In this
city to go to. and lo reader any as?
sistance possible.
Oenoral Nelson Henry, surveyor of
the port, will >havti forty inspectors
at the pled. Police Commissioner
"Waldo will have a larg-; number of
policemen in the vicinity of the pier
to preserve order.
It is expected that there will be a
greart crowd to-morrow night at fha
?Cunard Line pier. Tender thl* rule
made by Surveyor Henry, ^passes have
'been Issued only to near relatives of
the Titanic snirvlvora. but the 'sur?
veyor fears that many persons w<ho
hnve no hualniss at t*e pier, and who
will ' he there only because they are
morbid, have, been nble to get passes.
? All of to-'day there was a line of
persons at General TDenry^s office, and
(Continued on Tenth Page.)
People Not Deterred by Fate
Which Overtook Great
White Liner.
New York, April It.?Thai the dis?
aster to the Titanic lias not seriously
affjctid travel by the ocean ferry is
illustrated by the departure to-mor?
row of three steamships?the North
German Lloyd liner George Washing?
ton, for Bremen: the Hamburg-Ameri?
can liner Moltke, for Hamburg, and
tile White Star liner Cedrlc. for
Queenitown and Liverpool.
Th? Cicorgc Washington has more
than her usual mid-April number of
voyagers, including a small number
who had been booked for the Titanic.
The Cunarder Carmaaila, which sailed
to-day. took a way 2,200 who Intended
to take ?be Titanic. The Cunarder
tfaurctanls, which sails next Wednes?
day for FHhguard and Liverpool, will
have every first cabin berth filled. She
will take about 1.200 of thos; who had
been booked for th* Titanic.
The agents of the line said they saw
no falling off In bookings because of
the fate of the Titanic. The impres?
sion seems to prevail among sJa-goers
tl'-.at after a serious accident com?
manders are likely to be extra care
[ fill. April and May are among the
most peaceful months for sea-going,
and the greatest l>;rll Is that of Ice
|berps in the fog. but the new routes
agreed upon by the lines will take all
ships bei?w the latitude of frequent
Ice and fog.
I Rumor That Baltic
Has 250 Survivors
I Special to The Times-Dispatch.
Halifax. X. S., April 17.?The cable
alenmer Minln reports flint she
picked up a wireless dispatch stat?
ins: that the nnltlc lt(d rescued 2B0
and the Carpnthln 700 of the Titan?
ic'? passengers. The captain of Ibe
Mlnlu snys, however, that he was
not In dlrert touch with the nnltlc.
He heard many conflletln'g wire?
less telegrams, and cannot vouch
for the accuracy of the statement
that the Baltic rescued some of the
\ew Tork, April 17.?The Mar?
coni office had no news of the kind,
nnd the report was uot credited at
the White Star offices. The news
would have come long ago If trne,
It was believed.
Th? Baltic sailed hence for
Aueenntnwu nnd Liverpool at noon
on April 11, and in due at Queens
town to-morrow. No wireless mes?
sages have come from her an
nounolng her pnnttion since her de?
parture. She should have been on
April 14 In the neighborhood of
where the Titanic sank.
Smith First to
Danger to His
Report That 150 of Crew Were
Killed by Collision With
(.Special to The Times-Dispatch.]
AVcllflcct, Must... April 1?.?iBj- wire
lens from (be steamship Carpnthla. S
P. 31.)?A scene of Indescribable puutc
prevailed when the Titanic struck the
iceberg lust Sunday night. She was
rent almost asunder by the terrific im?
pact, and went to the bottom with al?
most the entire crew auil nearly ?11 of
the male passenger*. f'opttiln Smith
was the Ilrtt to realize The peril of Ills
boat, but lie did not believe that Hhc
would bo to ,the hottoiu, and sent out
the "S. O. $?" call so tbnt nld would hr
on band If the worst came to the worst.
The operator, however, had bnrely
clicked bin Instrument for the final
letter, when the dynamo room wn*
flooded and the great liner wan plung?
ed la darknrn".
Cnptnln Smith Immediately ordered
all the lifeboats lowered, and the wo?
men and children were given the pre?
ference. Owing to the strong wind,
great difficulty was experienced In
lowering the people Into the boats. An
it was Sunday evening, many of the
first cabin pnascugers were In the salon
In evening clothe", anel the women were
thln'y clad when they were lowered In?
to the bonlR.
Colonel Jacob As'.or and Major Units
were undoubtedly carried down with1
the Titanic.
See* Mounter Ton l ute.
The big vessel wan making about ten!
knots when ahe struck the berg. Cup
tain Smith did not night the Ice moni?
tor until be was almost upon It. lie
save signals to reverse .'.he engines,!
bat It wan too late- It Is reported that1
at least 15D members of the crew, Quar?
tered In the head forecastle, were
killed when the collision occurred.
Passengers who hnd retired were
fluug from their berths by the im?
pact. Windows were sheltered and
ornaments ripped from the wall.
The S. 0. S. coll was picked up by
the Corpnthln, which headed at once
for the scene, of the dlsnster, hut the
Titanic hnd gone down hefqre she
reached the spot, nnd aside from the
llfebontn, nil that remnlned to tell the
(o>e of Ibe disaster were numersoun
corpses and pieces of wreckage. No
effort was made to recover the bodies.
Agonizing Suspense Not Re?
lieved Since First News
of Tragedy.
(Cpiclal cable to The Times-Dispatch:)
London, April 17.?The agonizing
suspense of the relatives ol the. crew
of the Titanic at Southampton has not
been relieved since the first news of
the foundering of the ship, and the
Ioes of many lives. The women and
children In 600 homes there realize
that most of their husbands, fathers
and sons have been lost, but none of
theivi know whoso have been lost and
Whose saved. They appeal to the
White Star officials repeatedly, some
v.itn pathetic patience and others with
indignation. The latter class believe
that the names are known to the
company, nnd are being withheld.
Many of tho women complain because
the names of the passengers saved
have been sent out, but none of those
of the crew.
It would be easy to multiply heart
moving Instances of sorrow and de?
spair of many large families which
are dependent on individual members
of the crew. The wife of See.ond
Officer Ugh toller of the Titanic on
learning that her husband was sat
went to the mayor and offered to help
lr the distribution of relief. Llgh
lollcr expected an appointment ns
flrrt officer, buf was appointed second
cflirer the day before the Titanic
sailed. His wife says his Ufo was
probably saved by the appointment
as stcond officer as he was one of the
r.ton placed In charge of the boats.
Chief Officer Wilde was well-known
In Southampton, lie leaves four chil?
dren. Six firemen who had slgnod for
the Titanic arrived Immediately be?
fore she saUcd. hut were not allowed
to embark.
Bodies of Victims Will
Never Be Recovered
Baltimore, April l7.*i-"The bodies
of the victims of the Titanic disas?
ter are ut the bottom of the deep,
never to leave. It," declared Pro?
fessor Robert W. Wood, of the
chair of experimental physics of
Johns Hopkins University, to-day.
"It |N altogether Impossible that
nny of the corpses trill ever re?
turn to the surface of the water, as
Is the case with bodies drowned In
sbnllow water.
?'At (he depth of two miles the
pressure of the water Is something
tike 11,000 pounds to the square
Inch, n liten Is far tun Rrreat to he
overcome by buoyancy ordinarily
arlven drowned bodies by the gases
that are generated In time."
White Star Director Will Be
Summoned Before House Com?
mittee on Merchant Marine.
Various Survivors Likely to Be
Asked for Their Versions
of Vessel's Loss.
(Special to The Times-Dispatch. >
Washington. April 17.?If J. Bruce
Ismny, director of the White Star
Line, survived the wreck of Titanic,
ho will be called hefore the House
Committee on Merchant Marine and
ashed to relate his story of the dis?
aster. He will be questioned particu?
larly respecting the facilities of the
Titanic for the. rescue of Its pas?
sengers, crew and officers, and such
matters that will be Important for
I Congreas to know with a view to
their utilization in the onootment of
legislation amendatory of the ocean
navigation laws In the United States.
It Is the Intention of Judge Alex?
ander, chairman of the Merchant
Marine Committee, and other mem
I hers of that committee to invite vorl?
aut: Intelligent survivors of the wreck
t? appear before their comlttee In
connection with legislation that Is to
'be proposed.
Besides mentioning the name of
Director Tamay. that of Colonel Archi?
bald Oracle, also reported to be a
survivor, was mentioned to-night by
.Judge Alexander, as a possible wit?
ness. Colonel Grade Is a Washing
tonlan. and can easily be a.ilfe.d to ap?
pear before the committee. Those
who know Colonel Granle best declare
I he would mlneo no words In giving
his Impression of the disaster, what
! occurred that fateful Sunday night
and the lessons of the occasions as
they Impressed themselves \ipon his
That the Titanic disaster will un?
doubtedly lead to legislation of sweep?
ing character respecting the protec?
tion to bo given passengers on ocoan
steamers seems to be a foregone con?
clusion here. Dlsousston of the wreck
Is uppermost In the minds of mem
berg, and to-day there was a run off
the Senate and House, document rooms
for tho laat editions of the navigation
laws of the United States. Senators
and members are sorutlnlzing t'.ie?o
sections of the law closely dnd draft?
ing bills to remedy defects brought
home very forcibly by the Titanic ac?
So far as tho accident to the Ti?
tanic wns concerned no blame is at?
tached by members of Congress to tho
American steamboat Inspectors. "They
could not he blHined," said Judge Al?
exander to-night. "The Titanic was a
(Continued on Tenth' Page.)
Total of Dead Still Be?
lieved to Stand
at 1,312.
Carpathia Now in Wireless Com?
munication, but Detail? of Ti
tanic's Loss Have Not Been
Given?One Report Says
She Carries But 705
Mew York, April 17.?The roll
of the saved from the Titanic
disaster to-night seems complete.
Practically every attending
circumstance in the transmission
of news from the Carpathia goes
to show that only 328 of the 610
cabin passengers of the Titanic
are safe on the rescue ship.
The 282 cabin pasengers whose
names have not appeared in the
I lists sent ashore yesterday by
[wireless probably must be con?
ceded as among the 1.312 lives
which the collision of the mam?
moth new steamer with an ice?
berg off the New Foundlaml
banks Sunday night is believed
to have taken.
Hearts Turn to Despair.
Thousands of hopeful hearts
were turned to despairing ones
when the United States scout
cruiser Chester wirelessed ashore
late to-day that she had
-been in communication with the
Carpathia and had asked her re?
peatedly for the full list of first
and second-cabin survivors, and
that the rescue ship reported that
all the names had already been
sent ashore. The remainder of
540 persons saved were passen?
gers in the steerage or members
After the strain of three days'
waiting without news of their
missing ones, there were few of
the hopeful that still held out to?
night against the seemingly final
word as to the fate of friends and
The small remaining hope of the
few who persistently refused to be
I Have the worst (rested to-ulgM on.
the faint possibility that tile lls-t of
survivors sent by wireless from the
Carpathia might, after all, not bo
quite complete.
The tact that one new name canio
through, late to-day, a private mes?
sage from the Carpathia was the basis
of what was a dostre more than a
hope that there were slips enough in
her wireless lists to account for a.
few, at Uast. of those, still unaccount?
ed for. At the best, however, It ap?
peared that it could bo only an occa?
sional one whose safety had not been
reported through somo error of com
pllaUon on the liner or of wireless
From the Carpathia, which is ap?
proximately S00 miles from Xew York,
and which Is expecb.-d. if she keep.s
up her raite of progress of thirteen
knot* an hour, to roach >the entrance
of the harbor by 8 o'olock to-morrow
night, came a new report during the
day ,u to the number of survivors on
.Startling Message.
Through live Cunarder Franeonln,
which la in wireless communication
with the rescue uhlp, came a message
which included this sUatement:
''She has a total of 705 survivor*
Tho previous statement from ttito'
Carpathia had Ij^en that sho carried
S6S survivors. Tt may be that the re?
port received through the Franeonln
included a count of rescued passen?
gers only, disregarding the 100 or
more members ol1 the cww who must
havo been In the boats which the Car?
pathia picked up.
Communication was boing had with
the Carpathia to-night through both
the scout cruiser Chester and the shore
wireless station at Slasconse.t. Through
the Chester there began coming slow?
ly the names of the saved passender?
from tho third cabin of the Titanic.
The very sending of thette could but
(Continued on Tenth~Page.)
of the crew.

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