The Carpathia is a ship of sorrow with a company almost mad with grief, according to President Franklin of the White Star line, who protested at noon that definite information as to the Titanic disaster was still unavailable.
"I have received absolutely no details up to the present time," he declared. "We know nothing about what happened. Everyone on board the Carpathia is so overcome with grief that they cannot tell connected stories of the disaster.
"I have a code message from Managing Director Ismay, but it throws no light on the tragedy. I have no reason to believe that he plans to take the Cedric, and that boat will not be held.
"Mr. Ismay will come to the dock here on the Carpathia. There is no intention of taking anyone from the Carpathia until she reaches the dock here. No yachts or private boats will meet her. She will come right up the harbor at top speed and be warped immediately into her dock.
"I have arranged for wards in many of the city hospitals, and will have ambulances meet the steamer at the dock. We do not know that they will be needed, but we fear they will. And for that reason we have taken this precaution.
"I have also accepted Mayor Gaynor's offer of the municipal lodging home, and we will send the immigrants there to be cared for temporarily until we find out what they want to do.
"We now believe that the Carpathia well dock between 9 and 11 o'clock tonight. She is coming as fast as she can. We will make public information as we receive it regarding survivors, but think the facts already known regarding the identity of the survivors are accurate."