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contribute The j . next S. all Republican state New York. April l».--Lifted from the gates of death, the 74i survivors of the Titanic were landed by the Car- p.fht« which learned them two hours sad a half after the great Whit* Star steamer hurled Itself against an iceberg last Sunday night. Disfigured by calamity and misery and oppressed by awful sorrow, the women ·"» «*MM»« and* the few men who escaped from the world's greatest sea disaster are In better physical condition »*«" the most optimistic and in long of her Berv- pier and and recently MH for 15. a on (X bis for Survivors of Wreck of Titanic Are Landed in New York. TELL TALE OF AWFUL IMBEDY bsd hoped for. Out of the crest company that wslt- ed. for hoars In bitter cold smong tne (rinding bergs, many of them thinly yl»^ insny bruised snd hurt by^ the collision which destroyed their ship. few needed the ministrations of phy- when they put their feet on In sight of the vast crowd that been waiting^ In almost unbearable uncertainty. Survivors Well In Body. Many, it is true, were weak snd aervous snd hysterical from an experience that had left the world void and empty for them- But-- and thousands thanked God for it as they watched -the majority of the sad and bereaved company were well in body. Only one of the Titanic's survivors 41ed while the Carpathia was driving through fogs and storing- to this port. Tour of the Titanic's people had perished trying to get aboard the Carpathia and another Titanic passenger lost his life by the overturning of s boat. One woman, a second cabin passenger who was landed, was suffering from a broken arm. Thirty-Nine Women Widowed. The Carpathla reported that there were 710 saved out of passenger list which the White Star line figured at a.180, making a loss of 1,470 lives. The Tltanic'B passengers say there were 745 rescued out of a passenger list of 2.340. The list of names furnished on the Carpathla on its arrival show 188 first class cabin passengers saved, 115 In the second cabin. 178 third class, and 206 of the crew, a total of 687 saved. A woman passenger on the Carpathla heard from the ship's doctor that 495 of the passengers and 210 of the crew had been saved and that 39 women lost their husbands. Sir of these were brides. The world's annals has provided few more intense and dramatic moments than when all that was left of the great company that sailed EO gay- ly on the Titanic appeared on the Cunard pier. Tragedy In Their Faces. The tragedy of the Titanic was written on the faces of nearly all of her survivors. Some, It is true, who were saved with their families, could not repress the joy and thankfulness that filled their hearts, but they were few compared to the number of the rescued. These others bore the impress of their time of darkness 'when their people passed in an accident that seemed like an Insane vision of the night- Their faces were swollen with weeping. They had drunk as deeply i of sorrow as is ever given to human I kind. i But many, whose spirits were faint! ing from" despair, walked firmly | enough down the gang plank. Some | walked unseeing in a kind of dread : | ful somnambulism of despair. i Officers Shoot Men Down. I It was with difficulty that the i tongues of many were loosened to j speak of the scenes of agony and fear i that fell over the Titanic's peaceful 1 company when it became swiftly known that the ship must go down. Some told haltingly, with dread still frozen in their eyes, of men who i strove and struggled against women ! for the lifeboats and of officers shoot! tag them down. One woman saw an officer shoot two men, she said, and other passengers recalled how officers had stood with drawn pistols while the women and children were being guided Into the boats. No one seemed to know the exact fate of the Titauic's captain, E_ J. Smith. There was a story that he bad committed suicide, but the Titanic's passengers did not know that was true. Many of them had heard shots j fired. They believed some of the fir] Ing was done to warn back steerage j passengers- Praise for Titanic's Crew. For the Titanic's officers and crew the rescued seemed to have nothing but praise. These men acted calmly and coolly in the face of certain fonnd- i ering, was the report brought here by the rescued- It un! Broth P«r Paul Jonei unhappy company so marvel- : ously torn from the grip of the sea ' was received solemnly and with remarkable quiet by the enormous , crowd which gathered near the Cunard ' piers and by the few hundreds that ' penetrated by right of relation or friendship or merciful business to the Interior of the pier. There was no cheering, no upraising of voices In salute of the living, for the thought of the dead was in the minds of all onlookers. . The depression of death was on the waiting men and women- Quiet In Glad Greeting. '· Those who found their gladdest , hopes realized and looked through the press to make out the well known face of husbands and fathers and sisters and wives, could not conceal | their tremendous elation through thankf-ilneaa that all suspense and : disheartening conjecture was over. But ;ney greeted their rescued onas quietly, for the moat part, with a ever present for the overbur- Passengef* and Crew Display Marked Heroism in Hour of Great Trial MONSTER SHIP TORN ASUNDER Strains of -Nearer, My God, to Thee" Are Last Sounds Heard by Passengers Awaiting Doom--Ripped by Iceberg, Icy Flood Explodes Liner's Boilers and Tears Ship In Two-Harrowing Scenes ss Wives Are Torn From Husbands and Forced Into Lifeboats--Only One Person Taken From Wreck Dies on Way to New York. dened hearts of the many who had been bereaved. So cleanly were the police arrangements at the pier carried out that there was no Burging of crowds, no bustling and baiting of the Titanic's survivors. L The pier was crowded with representatives of relief organizations with ambulances, surgeons from the hospitals, with sisters of charity, nurses, doctors---all those who could be of help In alleviating distress or suffering. Presently the Cunarder was laid alongside and the gangplanks lowered, and then there came In an Incessant streams the hundreds who had come alive from the most awful disaster In marine history. Tell Tale of Horror. From a score of passengers came the story of their awful experience. The great liner was plunging through a comparatively placid sea on the surface of which there was much mushy Ice and here and there a number of comparatively harmless looking floes. The night was clear and stars visible. Chief Officer Murdoch was in charge of the bridge. The first intimation of the presence of the Iceberg that he received was from the lookout In the crow's nesL They.were so close upon the berg at this moment that It was practically impossible to avoid a collision with it- The first officer did what other un- startled and alert commanders would have done under similar circumstances^--that is, he made an effort by going full speed ahead on his starboard propeller and reversing his port propeller, eimultaneously throw- Ing his helm over, to make a rapid turn and clear the berg. Rips Bottom Open. These maneuvers were not successful- He succeeded In preventing his bow from crashing into the Ice cliff, but nearly the entire length of the great ship on the starboard aide was ripped. The speed of the Titanic, estimated to be at least 21 knots, was so terrific that the knlfelike edge of the iceberg's spur protruding under the sea cut through her like a can opener. The shock was almost imperceptible. The first officer did not apparently realize that the great ship had received its death wound and none of the passengers it is believed had the slightest suspicion that anything more than a usual minor accident had happened. Hundreds who had gone to, their berths and were asleep were not awakened by the vibration- Return to.Card Game- To Illustrate the placidity with which practically all the men regarded the accident it is related that four were in the smoking room playing bridge, calmly got up from the table, and after walking on deck and looking over the rail, returned to their game- One of them had left his cigar on the card table, and while the three others were gazing out on the sea he remarked that he couldn't afford to lose his smoke, returned for his cigar, and came ont again. The four remained only a few moments on deck. They resumed their game under the impression that the ship had stopped for reasons best known to the commander and not Involving any danger to her. The Tendency of the whole ship's company except the men in the engine department, jfho were made aware of the danger by the inrushing water, was to make light of it and in some instances even to ridicule the thought of danger to so substantial a fabric. Slow to Realize Peril. Within 2. few minutes stewards and other members of the crew were sent round to arouse the people. Some utterly refused to get up. The stewards had almost to force the doors of the staterooms to make the somnolent appreciate their peril. Mr. and Mrs. Astor were In their room and saw the ice vision flash by. They tad act appreciably felt tb* gentle shock and supposed then nothing out of tie ordinary had happened. They were both dressed sad came deck leisurely. It was .not mntfl the ship began take a heavy list to starboard tremor of fear pervaded it. Launch Boat* Safely. The crew had b*en called to clear away the lifeboats of which, there were 20. of which four were collapsible. The boats that were lowered the- port side of the ship touched water without capsising. Some of others lowered to starboard, including one collapsible, were capsized. All hands on the. collapsible boats that practically went to pieces were rescued by the other boats. Sixteen boats in all got away It was even then the' general impression that the ship was all right there is no doubt that that was belief of even some of the officers. At th« lowering of the boats the officers superintending It were armed with revolvers, but there was no necessity for using them as there nothing in the nature of a panic no man made an effort to get boat while the women and children were being put aboard. As the chip began to settle to starboard, heeling at an angle of nearly 45 degrees, those who had it was aU right to stick by the began to have, doubt and a few Jumped into the sea. These were followed Immediately by others arid a few minutes there were scores swimming around- Nearly all of them wore life preservers- One man who had a Pomeranian dog leaped overboard with It and striking a piece of wreckage was badly stunned. He recovered after minutes and swam toward one of lifeboats and was taken aboard. of the men who were aboard the psthia. barring the members of the crew who had manned the boats, Jumped into the sea as the Titanic was settling. The marvelous thing Ship Breaks In Two. Under instructions from officers men In charge of lifeboats were ed a considerable distance from ship herself In order to get away the possible suction that would the fouudering- about the disappearance was so lie suction as to be hardly from the point where the boats floating. There was ample time to launch boats before the Titanic went it was two hours and twenty afloat. | So confident were all hands that had not sustained a mortal wound it was not until 12:15 a. m., or utes after the berg was encountered, that the boats were lowered. Hun- dreds of the crew acd a large jority of the officers, including Capt_ Smith, stuck to the ship to the It was evident after there were eral explosions, which doubtless the boilers blowing up, that she but a few minutes more of life. The ship broke in half amidship almost simultaneously the after half aad the forward half sank, the forward half vanishing bow first and other half stern first. John Jacob Astor stood on deck fought off man after man until wife was In a lifeboat- Then he remained on the deck to the last- Many of the survivors assert tlvely that not a woman was to seen on any of the decks at the the officers of the Titanic gave the word for the men to enter the boats. It Is therefore believed of those who lost their lives have been killed in their cabin?, survivors also say that every one ample time to dress. - BODIES AT BOTTrVI OF Prof. R. W. Wood Says There No Stopping on Downward Course. Baltimore, Md- April 19.--"The bodies of the victims of the Titanic are at the bottom of the deep leave it," declared Prof. Robert Wood of the chair of experimental physics of Johns Hopkins university, "It Is unlikely that any of the j corpses, will ever return to the surface, as is the case with bodies drowned In shallow water. j "At the depth of two miles the sure of the water is something 6,000 pounds to the square inch, is far too great to be overcome buoyancy ordinarily given drowned bodies by the gases generated in time. · "That the bodies sank to the torn of the sea there is no he continued. "The Titanic's victims who were not carried down with boat followed until the very of the sea was reached. There no such thing as their stopping their downward course a half mile or at any olher point." Senate Opens Titanic Quiz. Washington, April 19.--Bearing subpoenas for certain persons aboard Carpathla, whpse names were not disclosed. Senator Smith of Michigan, Newlands of Nevada and Bourne, members of the senate subcommltteB which wfll take the first steps In congressional Investigation of the Titanic disaster, are In New York and will subpoena every one on Carpathlm who might thrown any light upom the causes of the catastrophe.

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  1. The Greene Recorder,
  2. 24 Apr 1912, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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