White Star officials deny they withheld news of disaster

NEW YORK, April 17, 1912 (UP) -- Positive denial that J. P. Morgan, Jr., knew of the sinking of the Titanic early Monday and that he had personally demanded and forced the suppression of the news until the stock market had closed, was made after Vice President Franklin of the White Star line at noon today. Morgan is director of the company. Franklin declares that neither he nor Morgan knew that the Titanic had sunk until 6:30 p. m. Monday.

Franklin said that there was no truth in the charges that the line purposely with held the news of the disaster. He insisted that when the officials finally received word at 6:30 p. m. Monday that the Titanic had gone down, they withheld it only until they had received confirmation and they acquainted the public with the details as soon as possible.


He was told that the Cunard people heard that the word of the disaster reached this city at 8 a. m. Monday and replied:


"We did not have any such information and we believed that the liner was unsinkable and therefore safe."

It was said that on Monday morning a prominent Wall St. man appeared at the Cunard office and declared that a person in authority had received a message telling of the sinking of the great liner. He was urged to make the news public, but declared that it "must be suppressed, " according to this story.

The peculiar secretive tactics adopted by the White Star line since the accident to the Titanic continued today when, after giving out a supplementary list of the rescued with the announcement that it had been received by wireless, the company denied that it had been received.

The general passenger agent said it was compiled by checking up the data that were received yesterday and which had been relayed to land by the Olympic. This followed a demand that information be made public regarding the condition of the survivors on the Carpathia, all of whom are known to have suffered greatly from exposure before being rescued.

"We are not in communication with the Carpathia and have not been since yesterday," said the line's officials.

The result has been bitter criticism, especially in view of the knowledge that among the men saved is J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the line.


His presence on the Carpathia was believed by many to be responsible for the failure of the Carpathia to send details of the wreck.

There were not as many inquiries at the offices of the line today so far as the first and second cabin passengers were concerned, but many thronged the third class offices. There was little information for any of them because the officials had not yet completed the comparisons of the list of the saved with the steerage lists just received.

Some of the inquirers could not make themselves understood by the clerks and their grief was great. At times men or women would break from the line and almost fainting and with tears running down their cheeks. Many sustained themselves with hope because the entire list of the survivors was not yet available and forced themselves to believe that eventually their loved ones would be saved.

Friends of Isador Strauss and his wife announced today they had abandoned hope that either had been saved. They said they did not believe that Mrs. Strauss would have left her husband, to whom she was devoted, unless he could have accompanied her into the boat.

Henry W. Taft, brother of the president, called at the White Star offices at 10 a. m. He told the officials that the president had especially commissioned him to find out whether Major Archibald Butt, his military aid, went down with the Titanic.


The president, he also said, was very anxious to learn the fate of Francis Millet and H. K. Behr. The line officials told him that they had no further news, but Taft lingered in the hope of getting some word.

That Washington Dodge, San Francisco millionaire, also was saved from the Titanic, as well as his wife and son, was announced by the White Star line today. An additional list of names follows:

First cabin: Mrs. E. G. Crosby, Miss Crosby, Mr. and Mrs. Washington Dodge and son.

Second cabin: Miss Alice Touch, Mrs. Warian.

The names of the following survivors, who were not on the passenger list, were also given out after having been repeated back for confirmation:

W. M. Charlton, Kenards Camarion, Miss Ellen Homory, Miss Norah Nealy, Miss Latta Minderson, Mrs., William Skeller, Miss Jessie Trout, Miss Sarah Daniel, Miss Ethel Carmide, Miss J. A. Hold, Miss Nina Hope, Miss Antoinette, Mme M, Olivia Miller, Mrs. Mahan, Miss Applerant.

The White Star offices here gave out the following names of persons carried on the shipping list of the Titanic, who, they said, failed to take passage:

Mr. and Mrs. Adelman, Miss Nellie Dalofoat, George Hart, G. Lawrence, John H. Turner, Mrs. George S. Wilkinson and Miss Ada C. Wilkinson.


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