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VOL. IX. NO. 100.
NEW YORK, April 16. —Just four hours as nearly as can be
pguretf after a great white iceberg riding silent and all but con
fcealed through the night, the great mass of It below the water,
crossed the bow of the Titanic, biggest and finest of ships, the
thing that man made, acknowledged defeat to the awful thing made
Of God and sank beneath the waves.
Down to the bottom of the sea two miles belaiw the surface of
the water, 900 miles from shore, the magnificent $10,003,000
j floating palace sank, with the majority of its billion dollar pas
senger list and its five millions worth of jewels.
It was the maiden trip of the Titanic from Southampton to
New York and millionaires and multi-millionaires had crowded to
share the distinction of the trip.
It was Sunday night and calm. -'
There was music on board, a concert In the main auditorium.
In many of the men's staterooms was the rattle of poker chips, the
click of ice in tall glasses. Smoke circles through the room.
In steamer chairs on deck couples still lingered. There were
lovers and couples newly married. There were couples past mid
dle life who read the latest book under the electric lights.
There wag gambling and music and dancing and love making
and plans for gigantic business schemes, and letters being written.
lilliles being read, religious services Koing on—
Then the crash—terrific, terrifying.
On shore wlrelesß operators In tn tiny chops on tall buildings
caught the fatal call "C. D. Q." (come quick, distress).
The operator on the Allan liner Virginian, 300 miles away,
(llv United Press Leased Wire.)
•-« . KKW YOHK, April- I«.—A dispatch to a news bureau reports
that it* -message from • Cape Hare, relayed from the scene of the
wreck, says:. ■ • "■. * ' "J-.-;'-^-*-*- 1-. • " '•■ '•'." -—■ - -
"All but 1,237 passengers aboard the Titanic have been ac
counted for." '■■"'_.*.'.' :
. If the report is true, it .Indicates that 155 persons in addition to
I the 800 persons reported aboard the Curpathln has been recovered.
The report has not been confirmed.. .;...• .« ' • ; '
HALIFAX, N. 8., April 16.The Sable Island wireless station
reports: ~ ,<„-. - ... <■■.:.■-■:-.■ ■ .. ■ ■.
"We .in- now In communication with the Parisian." She has no
'liliinii- passengers aboard.'* .
MONTREAL, April The last report that additional Titanic
passengers were saved was dissipated here today when Captain Gam
bell of the Virginian reported to the Allan line agents here that the
Virginian's rescue trip was fruitless. .His message said:
"We arrived too late to rescue anyone and are proceeding to
Liverpool." V .
This is accepted as meaning (hat all the passengers went down
except the survivors aboard th» Carpathian.
(«y United Press 1,. hs.-,| Wire.)
NEW YORK, April 16.—Lives of 1,492 persons, according to
latest estimates here today, were lost when the Titanic sank after
striking an iceberg off the Grand Banks.
According to the White Star line, 2,358 were aboard the Titanic
when she stuck, and of these 866 were saved.
It Is believed that nearly every soul aboard the Titanic could
have been saved if the giant liner had carried enough life boats and
rafts. Only 20 modern life boats were aboard.
The Carpathia will arrive in New York on Thursday or early
Friday morning. The Olympic, Franklin said, is searching the sea
near the scene of the wreck.
Only one hope remains. It is believed the Titanic drifted over
thirty miles from the time she struck to the time she sank, an<
that possibly some of the life boats lowered early drifted awa
before the Carpathia arrived. The weather off Nova Scotia, how
ever, was foggy last night, and with a heavy thunderstorm travelin
eastward, little hope is entertained for rescuing the survivors wh
may still be afloat.
The tireless stations today admit their inability to reach any
of the vessels in the vicinity when the Titanic went down. The
also have been unable to reach the Carpathia.
It is expected the stories to be told by the survivors will eclipse
anything in fiction. It is likely that women and children suffered
* greatly while the lifeboats were floundering about in the sea prior
to being picked up by the Carpathta.
The stock market was nervous early in the day because of the
disaster, but the early depression was followed by a fair recovery.
NEW YORK, April IG.—All
New York is stunned today by the
apalling loss of life on the Ti
tanic. A long Hue of hysterical
men, women and children besieg
ed the offices of the White Star
line begging for some definite In
formation. The police had to be
called out.
Company Ts Censured.'
Relatives of the missing pas
sengers bitterly denounce tv«
company for having deliberately
withheld news of the disaster
when they were reasonably cer
tain that the Titanic had .gone
down. Company officials defend
ed their action by saying they did
not feel justified in alarming the
world until positive confirmation
had been received.
Reports today Indicate that the
male itassengent, millionaires and
pcimantH alike, went to their
doom like men. There was no
claw distinction, the women in
the steerage being given the name
chance its the wives at the multi
millionaires in the flrM rubinx.
The announcement last night
that the Titanic bad sunk brought
thousands of persons from the
theaters and restaurants, where
relatives were celebrating their
supposed escape.
Vitir.ni Astor Weep*.
Vincent Astor, son of John
The Titanic disaster is the greatest marine disaster, In time
of peace, In the history of the world 1. The-best obtainable »e»orr
of the loss is:
Lives lost —About 1.800.
Coat to build TiUnic—slo,ooo,ooo. 4 *«.
Estimated value of Jewels carried by women passengers—
placed at $5,000,000.
Value of baggage and mail—s2,ooo,ooo.
Lose from probable lawsuits and litigation—ss,ooo,(oo.
Jacob Astor, with A. J. Blddle,
Philadelphia banker, hurried to
Vice President Franklin's offlc«.
When he came out h,e was weep
ing and had to be assisted to an
Mrs. Benjamin Guggenheim
importuned everyone she could
reach, demanding hysterically
that something be done. She said
to Franklin: A
"For God's sake do something.
Don't let expense count if there
is any chance. Hire steamers ami
riihli them to the scene."
It is believed almost eertain'to
day that Captain E. .T. Smith or
the Titanic went down with h:s
A. G. \'nuclei bill Rafe.
Alfred Gwynne Vanderlillt,
head <of the family, who was sup
posed to have sailed on the-'Tl
tanlc, decided at the last minute
to postpone his departure.
Mrs. John Jacob'Astor, former
ly Miss Madeline Force, is among
the passengers rescued from the
Titanic. Colonel Astor and otfier
prominent American millionaires
probably went down with the ves
Vice PresidejOtt'P. A.*Tranklln
of the White IH^r line was hys
terioal over the catastrophe. He
"It is horrible, horrible. . We
The Tacoma Times
caught the call, verified It, gottheiocation, then grabbed the apeak-
Ing tube and bellowed excitedly to the mate. Speaking tubes
reared through the boat. The helmsman caught his chart and his
wheel with one move. The englnees leaped into action. The (Ire
men and stokerß jumped to their place and began working like
"More speed," came the order from above, and the men below
On the Carpathian, 200 miles away, the Olympic and other
vessels the same scene ensued.
Then started the race for the doomed vessel.
It was ten hours away. Could the vessel last that long?
On shore friend's and relatives clamored at the steamtiblp offices
for news. The officials kept up their courage by talking of water
tight compartments and non-Binkable construction. They hoped
against hope. One bulletin floating In over sea that the Carpathian
had taken off 800 |>eople and that the other boats had reached
the wrecked ship kept their spirits up till night.
, - Then' came the worst—a wireless from the Carpathian. J ','.' . '
. "Titanic sunk. Only wreckage on sea when wo arrived.
Picked.up 866 people in boats. Rest probably sunk. 'i^
.i What mad scene liapiiened on board the ship when the 800 who
were saved Here delected from the 1,200 who went down to death
<h mint be learned until the Carpathian or the - Virginian roaches
land. .' • J«5
There were millionaires and multl-milllonairex on board when
the boat steamed majestically out of Southampton, Its powerful
triple screw propellers churning the water Into fury.
ger on sunken Titanic, who was
Archie Butt Was
Known Here
Ma]. Archie Butt, the presi
dent's aide, was probably known
personally to more people than
any supposed victim of the Ti
tanic wreck.
Butt was out here with Taft
last fall and waa the life of the
president's party.
A big, hearty, good-looking
man, he was the man to jolly the
president's enemies and smooth
out many difficulties.
Butt started as a Virginia
newspaper man, entered the army
►through the adjutant general's
have no farther authentic Infor
mation,' except partial verification
from the wireless operator aboard
the '. Carpathian,; which la coming
here with Home of the survivor*.
, - ' Two Positively Saved;" 1
<*5 In a list of the Titanic'n sur
vivors, caught here by wireless,
Bruce I Ismay, managing director
of the White Star-line, and Mrs.
J. J. Astor, are the only promin
ent passengers given as positively
saved. ■ "V"•.;"f■.-•■•• w '■ ' I :": ..>• ■■> '
'/.(■ Terriflc Money Lous. ; : „•■:
The financial loss to the White
Star company will be staggering.
Officials> declared that when the
'easel was kurnched it* represent
ed Mi outlay of 112,000,000. in
addition the Titanic carried a
consignment of diamonds ■ esti
mated; to be worth - $5,000,000.
This loss, however. Is practically
covered by i Insurance. «~"j.* ■
f 1 The loss :of -, the ; Titanic ;Is toe
greatest J from , a ■ financial \ stand
point in the history",of marine in
surance. The ', vessel R itself was
insured for $3,700,000. An
A tragic figure In the Titanic disaster Is Madeline Force Astor,
the 19-year-old beauty whose marriage to Col. J. J. Astor, divorced
man of 50, and who had a sort older than his bride.
The marriage took place but five months ago, aftgr ministers
all over the country had condqiDped the match. If Astor is dead,
the girl will share his 1150,000,000 with the son Vincent.
Astor is a descendant of thft sohn Jacob Astor who helped
!>uild up the Northwest by entafrltaking trading jmsts here at the
ftrst of last century. He went "tdt the front dwing the Span
ish war at the head of a Newf York regiment. He gave his pleasure
yacht to the navy. . ■*'
enormous quantity of bond's also
went down with the uteamer tut
these eventually will be replaced.
It will not be known for several
days whether the underwriter**
Can the Titanic be raised and
the $5,000,000 in treasure be re
covered? was one of the hundred
questions heard on the straata to
The discussion went back at
once to the Andelana, which lost
Its moor log alongside and turner!
turtle In Tacoma harbor 12 years
Hgo. The boat was never even
reached, though several divers
tried, and Diver Baldwin met his
death trying;.
Baldwin was crushed by HM
tremendous water pressure.
But the Aadelana sank in 1M
feet of water. The Titanic I*
burled two miles deep.
"There's no chance," said Har
bormaster CUM today. "Thouga
to save and noulu to rociwm.
Col. John Jacob Aator stood no higher In that dread minute,
his 160 millions ot unearned increment were worth no more than
th» expense account allowed the millinery buyer of a Rochester's
department, store who sailed In third clans.
Big Jolly Archie Butt, friend of three presidents, had to take
his turn with the IMtie school teacher from lowa who had put the
Ravings of ton years into this cue great trip to Europe.
"The ship la sinking." the fearful cry resounded, and the
Jeweled heiress of million* had to take her chance with the buttoned
page who was thinking of b.ls bride and the baby ho had not yet
seen In the little home in the Bronx.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jacques Pwtrelle, writers, who have collab
orated la writing many thrilling stories of adventure, were on
board. They faced a scene greater than they had ever conceived.
Mr*. Futrelle, It 1b reported, will write this final chapter, the hus
band going down with the ship.
H«nry B. .Harris' luck had turned. Harris, starting ag an
usher In a Broadway theater, had gone from a shoestring to mil
lions. Every show that he got hold of and managed to get a hear
ing for had made him a fortune. He had hoplten the bank at
Monte Carlo. His luck was Ironclad, rust-proof. Hut it had
turnad, and Harris and his wife had to take their chance with the
rest. Mrs. Harris wag savett, It is reported.
Col. Astor and bis kequtlful bride of 19. the talk of two con
tinents, were no more than Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Keokuk,
who carry the policies will be able
tef meet their obligations,
fThe Titanic carries 3,500 sacks
ol mail, representing 10,000,000
■owe of the English divers have
new apparatus which they.can <te
iw«md into great depths. '.\ : , "
s "Those ice floes are always bad
thero, especially after' a mild
warm winter," he continued .;"<£" I
Was third mate of a boat tnere
•nee 'and ■ was on ' duty ■ night and
day for 21 days through the lee
fields. --•■-; •"' . ■■-■■:;■ *£to.m*.
"The bergs would float down
on you through the fog and it was
a question of hard work and good
luck to pull through at all.'.'.'.'f^
g The difficulties between, Frances
Brown, who- runs ;the Holland-Cook
boarding house at Harvard, and #*«•
ler, who left' owing 14.2.". r J»oard.
have been settled amicably, Justice
Q rah am. had " etgrler« pay ■-„ th* t board
< and . #1.60 • cott». ■ ,;•'»V;, a>Vr^fWH,
~ I ' *II I f
Wlui. went down.-
W. T. STEAD, writer, who lost
Ills life when Titanic sunk.
• %l JUST 12 YEARS. •
• United Press Leased Wire.) •
• NEW YORK, April 16.— •
• Just 12 years and 5 months •
• have elapsed since the first •
• wireless f message was sent •
• from a ship at sea. •
• ~ The first message was sent •
• from the American liner St. •
• Paul to the Needles, Novem- •
• ber 15, 1899. «
MONTREAL, April 16.—A1l
hope that any of the survivors of
the Titanic who were still adrift
In rafts and boats last night have
been saved vanished today when
a report reached here from the
weather signal station on the
Gulf of St. Lawrence that a heavy
fog lay off the coast of Nova
Scotia, and that a heavy thunder
storm broke In that vicinity last
night and Is traveling eastward.
- It takes more than one vote to
make an election.
X Street
Two lots not far from the
cable line for—
(Only «1,100 Karh)
Paving and taxes paid; abstract
and warranty deed.
211 California Bldg.
> »X \Til Kit HlllhX AST.
Pair tonUht and Wednesday;
light fro»t tonight.
retired hardware merchants. vV • '.' vjf&gi
Death and the prospect of death had leveled all barrier*, ha*
wiped out all distinctions. All around the hungry eon roared for-
Its victim*. Some it would claim, some it would give up. It cared 1
not who stayed," who went. " • < ...... „.• „;,..'
The shore wan nine hundred miles away, the nearest ship at
least a hundred. '"Some I'll take, some I'll let go. You can take
your choice." was-the, message of the ocean whose blue gray water*,
mounted steadily*lip the sides or. that great "unslnkable" vessel..
Widener could rule the politics of Philadelphia, and a doten
smaller cities, and compel the people to pay him tribute. Roebllng
could build a lirldg* that spanned the highest and widest river or
a steel structure that• bid fair, to touch the sky. >, Guggenheim; fifth
of a family of seven Jewish brothers, wizards of finance and capi
talisation, could make or break a western state; Hays and Thayer
could throw a railroad across a continent, Isidore Strauss could '■'
build a great Industry, and by bis philanthropies bring life to 10,000
--«*alf starved babies In congested Now York. • *. r
Hut none of these men, all but all-powerful In the world on
land, could keep the ocean from rising and choking them Into
nothingness. ', . ,
Even Morgan himself would have been helpless In that hour ha*
he been a passenger. He would nave had to take his chance with :
the rest. ' . . -,■•-'■•■:•. .'■, •. .-■ ■ -■■
It was Nature's hour to laugh at the petty creations and the-'
petty power of man. >.j
And Nature laughed, a cruel derisive laugh that brought sobs.
to thousands of homes and left reglmenU of friends and relatives
heart-broken. : '« _■ :-: ■ ' ■.■-•.-.■»...■ '■ ■-■ .-■.• ,/
.' :. .'. ■. ■ ■/ -:. -•-; BY M(ll) 1,. BOALT.—7 ■~£>'! -'r-<- -;^' : 'v^
(Times, special writer, who came over fro tnLondon bureau • oV^Vvp"
over from l<on<l»n bureau otsa recently.),' '.----•■,•*,;',.■.<; V,"
Last January the < Olympic, . sister ship to the Titanic, fron*
Southampton to New York, labored for tie days in a gale, which
the captain Bald was the worst he bad experienced In 26 years.' I '
was a pansenger. „. .-..•.•;•■" ', .:■■- '„ »•_••■•'"■■ :' s •■•'■ ■■ ' •i-^»>'' ; {:u -.'C
_ For all- her tremendous bulk, the Olympic behaved Badly.
One* a mountainous wave came over the bow, smashed' a hatcb
and flooded the crew's quarters forward. <.< A . . . ...-. ;,,-••-::;
■■ ■; .Th* shock sent a quiver through the vessel from stem' to intern. ;
Passengers were sent sprawling- Dishes fell from shelves and tables,
the furniture in the saloons slithered and, rlcochetted over the decks "
Th« steerage passengers fell on their knees and prayed believing
the end had come. „ : •,.„ ■* .. * ■ ■'■.:.ri^Jmr.
My stateroom steward, an old
Scotchman, said:'
"I don't like ; those big ships.
They aren't safe. Anything over
10,000 tons is too big. This boat
la nearly 900 fret long, nnd it tx>ut
that 'long can't be rigid. ; There
are too many strains. Hear the
old girl sing." :
With memories of the Olympic
fresh In my mind, I can see In
fancy the Titanic rushing througn
the . fog that overhangs over tne
banks. She was making perhaps
18 knots. Perhaps less, If the
fog was thick. •■,>■*
The iceberg burst upon the vis
lon of Captain Smith.
I cannot vision the crash. I
can only Imagine the sharp work
of the captain on the bridge, the
Jangling of the belle in the en
gine room, the quiver that must
have run through the ship as the
engines were reversed.
How little are even the high
est achievements of men. ' - •' ■
. Was Mighty Crash.. ~.\i ,
When that 45,000 ton bulk of
steel hurled Itself upon the berg,
It was tossed Uack contemptuous
ly, crumpled and broken. I say
I cannot vision the crash, but In
Probable Victims Owned
One Billion Dollars
(By United Presa l^asni Wiio.)
NEW YORK, April 16.—The
combined wealth of the first class
passengers who are believed to
■have gone down with the Titanic
will easily reach H.000.000i000.
The fortunes of six of the male
passengers alone aggregate more
than half a billion dollars. They
Col. John Jacob Astor, $160,
Col. Washinton Roebllng, $28,
Isidor Strauss, $50,000,000.
George B. Widener, $5 0,000,
Benjamin Guggenheim $95,
J. B. Thayer, 110,003,000.
The men are Interested in some
of the biggest corporations in the
world. Col. Astor is one of the
largest real estate holders and
connected with nearly a score of
corporations. Benjamin Guggen
heim, of the Smelter trust, is
next Influential.
Isidor Strauss is one of the
You Won't Lose Your Vote
• Your vote will be legafcif you vote for but one council- •
• man for the long term of four running. %
• - '"Just as legal as If two were voted for,' says Assistant •
• City Attorney Carnehan. Q
• The Times lias not urged citizens to vote for Pettlt alone ■
• as It is possible to vote for Pettlt and Barth and not help the •
• special interest-open town combine, but if voters desire to •
• vote for but one the baliui will be legal and will be counted. •
• The attempt of the subsidized organs to cast suspicion on •
• the legality tit such a vote Is In line with the rest of tbe cam- •
O paign of misrepresentation to try to help the open town game. •
the ears of fancy I can hear the
sharp. Insistent calling of wireless
"C. D. Q,." "C. D. Q."
The cry went over the waters.
It was caught by the Carpethia,
the Olympic, the Virginian, ttie
Parisian and they turned from
their courses and fled in the di
rection of the cry.
. When the Carpethia reached
the scene only the small boats
and a mags of wreckage floating
on the water were seen. The Ti
tanic had gone, with a ruth,
sucking down wreckage, small
boats and perhaps strong men.
Women Were Saved.
The list of rescued contains
the names of many women, but
few men. It Is likely that the
women were loaded Into the first
boats which got clear away before
the Titanic went down. If tn»
men had time to take to th»
boats. It is reasonable to fear that
they were sucked down when the-
Titanic plunged.
Then the boilers let go, and
sea and air were blended In au
inferno of fire and flood.
world's bent known merchants,,
which George B. Widener is a.
Philadelphia traction magnate.
Col. Roebllngs with his father,,
built the Brooklyn bridge and I*
president of the John A. Roeb
lings Song Co.
John B. Thayer is vice presi
dent of the Pennsylvania.
Hays May Have
Been Rescued
MONTREAL, April 16.— g
wireless message received here
here today stated that Charles
M. Hays, president of the Grand
Trunk Pacific railway, previously
reported among the victims of
the Titanic wreck, wag safe,
aboard the liner Carpathia. At
the Grand Trunk offices it tut
said by other officials that they
had received no assurances that
President Hays was among th«

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