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THEATRICAL 111 ■■111
REAL ESTATE 111 !■ I Jiff \
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Grief Ship Reaches Port With Those Rescued From Titanic
Disaster Depicted
Voyagers in Panic
Ship Broken in Two
Many Passengers Saved From Icy
Waters After 111-Fated Steamer
Had Plunged to Grave in Sea
Colonel Gracie Says He Was Last
Person on the Titanic; Col. Astor
Went to His Death Aiding Women
NEW YORK. April 18.—First details of the loss of
the Titanic told by survivors who arrived here to
night on board the Carpathia described the scenes
of horror which followed the crash with the iceberg.
Hurled from their beds by the terrific impact, amid the
rending of steel plates and the splintering of steel gird
enf, they rushed on deck to meet the officers and crew
already lowering the lifeboats.
"Get into the lifeboats! Never mind your clothes
and valuables! ,.
This was the order that met scores of half clad
'The Titanic is doomed! It may sink inside of 15
minutes!' , was N all they were told. A shouting, frantic,
fear crazed crowd poured from the steerage and rushed
frantically for the boats, only to be driven back by the
remnants of the shattered crew, 200 of whom already
were crushed to death as they stopped in the bows of
the huge steamship. Forward the vessel was a mass of
splintered steel and pieces of ice which fell upon the
decks. t
Hurriedly the second, third, fourth and fifth officers
were told off to command the first of the lifeboats low
ered. Men crowded forward to be the first to leave, but
the cry went up:
'Women and children first! Shoot any one attempt
ing to crowd them out! ,,
Awed by the threat the fear stricken mob fell back
and the officers picked out the women and thrust them
into the first of the lifeboats. Enough men were chosen
1" ma n the oars.
N<» survivors can question the courage of the crew,
hundreds of whom gave their lives with a heroism which
equaled, but could not exceed that of John Jacob Astor,
Henry B. Harris, Jacques Futrelle and others in the long
list of first class cabin passengers.
EL Z. Taylor of Philadelphia, one of the survivors,
jumped into the sea just three minutes before the Titanic
sank. He told a graphic story as he came from the Car
pa thia.
"[ was dining when the Titanic struck the iceberg,"
Ijc said. ''There was an awful shock that made the boat
tremble from stem to stern. I did not realize for some
time what had happened. No one seemed to know the
extent of the accident. We were told that an iceberg
had been struck by the ship.
"I felt the boat rise and it seemed to me that it was
riding over the ice. I ran out on deck and then I could
see ice. It was a veritable sea of ice and the boat was
rocking over it. I should say that parts of the iceberg
were 80 feet high and had been broken into sections,
probably by our ship.
tk l jumped into the ocean and was picked up by one
of the boats. I never expected to see land again. I stood
on board the boat until the lights went out. ,,
Colonel Archibald Graeie, U. S. A., the last man
saved, went down with the vessel but was picked up.
He was met tonight by his daughter, who had arrived
Continued on Pax* 3, tolumu 6 sad 7
THE San Francisco CALL
Captain E. J. Smith of the ill fated Titanic, J v Bruce I sma]> t head of the White Star Steamship company; Mrs.
John Jacob Astor, Vincent Astor, who J»as at the pier to meet his stepmother, and a picture of the Carpathia.
j [Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK, April 18.—"There was
no one on the bridge when the Titanic
struck the giant iceberg."
This was the startling statement
made tonight by Lawyer Nathan Vida
ver, brother in Jaw of Washington
Dodge of San Francisco. Vidaver ha*
just reached the Hotel Wolcott in an
automobile with Washington Dodge,
Mrs. Dodge, Vidaver's sister, and Mas
ter Harry Dodge.
Vidaver liad received this startling
statement on the way to the hotel frbm
Mr. and Mrs. Dodge. He said that
the rescued passengers generally un
derstood that this statement was true.
In fact, it had been confirmed by one
of the officers of the ship who was
When Mr. and Mrs. Dodge were seen
after a brief rest at the Hotel Wolcott
they confirmed the story told by Vida
ver. They said the passengers under
stood generally that when the ship
struck the watch was being changed
and that at the moment of the impact
there was only the man at the wheel.
"We had retired to our stateroom , , and
the noise of the collision was not at ail
alarming," said Dodge. "We had just
fallen asleep. My wife awakened me
and said that something had happened
to the ship. We went on deck and every
thing seemed quiet and orderly.
"The orchestra was playing a lively
tune. They started, to lower the
lifeboats after a lapse of some minutes.
There was little excitement in the first
part of this great tragedy of the sea.
"As the lifeboats were being launched
many of the first cabin passen
gers expressed their preference of stay,
ing on the ship. The passengers were
constantly being assured that there was
no danger, but that as a matter of ex-
t'ontlaued ©■ P«*e 2, Coliutm S
SAN FRANCISCO, FBld4y, APRIL 19, 1912.
[Special Dispatch io The Call]
NEW YORK, April 18.— J. Bruce Is
may described how the Titanic catastro
phe occurred.
"I was asleep In my cabin," said Is
may. "when the crash came. It woke me
instantly. I experienced a sensation as
if the big liner was sliding upon some
"We struck a glancing blow, not
J head on, as some persons have supposed.
J The iceberg, so great was the force of
I the blow, tore the ship's plates half way
J back, I think, although I can not say
definitely. There was absolutely no dis
; order.
•I left in the last boat. I did not see
the Titanic sink. I can not remember
how far away the lifeboat In which I
had been towed from the chip was when
it sank."
Ismay began his interview by read
| ing a prepared statement to this ef
! feet:
"In the presence and under the
shadow of so overwhelming a trag
edy I am overcome with feelings too
deep foe words. The White Star line
will do everything possible to alleviate
the sufferings of the survivors and of
the relatives of those who were lost.
"The Titanic was the last word In
ship, building. Every British regula-
CraftKvc* •• F«sT* M, Crim.4
NEW YORK, April lg.—While utterly
exhausted from her experiences, Mrs.
John Jacob Astor was declared tonight
by Nicholas Biddle, a trustee of the
A»tor estate, to be in no danger what-
ever. Her physicians, however, had
given orders that neither Mrs. Astor
nor her maid, who was saved with her,
be permitted to talk about the disaster.
On landing from the Carpathia, the
young bride, widowed by the Titanics
sinking, told members of her family
what she could recall of the circum
stances of the disaster. Of how Colonel
Astor met his death, she had no definite
She recalled, she thought, that In the
confusion, as she was about to be put
into one of the boats. Colonel Astor
was standing by her side. After that,
aa Biddle recounted her narrative, she
had no very clear recollection of the
happenings until the boats were well
clear of the sinking steamer.
Mrs. Astor, it appears, left In otic of
the last boats which got away from
the ship. It was her belief that all
the women who wished to go had then
been taken off. Her Impression was
that the boat she left in had room for
at least 15 more persons. The men
for some reason, as she recalled it to
night, she could not and does not now
understand, did not seem to be at all
anxious to leave the ship. Almost
every one seemed dazed.
"I hope he Is alive somewhere. Yes,
I can not think anything else," the
young woman said of her husband to
her father as she left the latter to go
to the Astor home, according to some
who overheard her parting remarks.
The chief steerage steward of the
Titanic, who came In on the Carpathia,
says he saw John Jacob Astor stand-
Ing by the life ladder aa the passen
gers were being embarked. His wife
was beside hiiri, the steward said. The
colonel left her to go to the purser's
office for a moment, and that was the
last seen of him,
tkpfEBDAY — highest temperature, 56;
v m'|/i* t 50.
AST FORTOD AY—Cloudy; brisk
see Pa«e 19
Death Toll Is 1,601
Four Die In Boats
Wealthy Men Lost
Giant Liner Was Steaming 21 Knots
An Hour When It Crashed Into Ice
bergs and Sank, State Witnesses
Captain Smith Went to Bottom With
His Vessel; Band Played "Nearer,
! My God, To Thee," as It Sank
The following tables show the number of persons on board
the Titanic when it struck the iceberg and the number rescued
by the Carpathia:
On board:
First class 330
Second class 320
Third class 750
Total passengers 1,400
Officers and crew 940
Total on board 2,340
Rescued by the Carpathia:
First class 210
Second class 125
Third class 200
Officers 4
Seamen 39
Stewards 96
Firemen 71
Total saved 745
Number lost in wreck 1,595
Died later 6
Total number victims 1,601
NEW YORK, April 18.—How the White Star
liner Titanic, which was the largest ship afloat,
sank off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland last
Monday morning, carrying to their death 1,601 of the 2,340
persons aboard, was told to the world in all its awful details
for the first time tonight with the arrival in New York of
the Cunard liner Carpathia, bearing the exhausted survivors
of the catastrophe.
Of the great facts that stand out from the chaotic
account of the tragedy these are the most salient:
The death list has increased rather than decreased.
Six persons died after being rescued.
The list of prominent persons lost stands as previously
P Practically every woman and child, with the excep
of those women who refused to leave their husbands,
was saved. Among those ■
lost was Mrs. Isidor Straus.
The survivors in the life
boats saw the lights on the
stricken vessel glimmer to the
last, heard its band playing,
saw the doomed hundreds on
its deck and heard their
groans and cries when the
vessel sanK.
Accounts vary as to the ex
tent of the disorder on board.
Not only was the Titanic
tearing through the April
night to its doom with every
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