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Butt and Astor described as Titanic heroes

By Dr. WASHINGTON DODGE

NEW YORK, April 19, 1912 (UP) - Col. John Jacob Astor and Maj. Archibald Butt died together on the bridge of the Titanic, apparently with their arms entwined about each other's shoulders. Dr. Washington Dodge of San Francisco described their heroic deaths as follows:

"The last I saw of Maj. Butt and Col. Astor were the two figures standing on the bridge of the Titanic, apparently with their arms entwined about each other's shoulders. This was the last glimpse I had of them from the lifeboat.

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"Throughout the whole panic and during the loading of the boats, Butt and Astor assisted the ship's officers. Like soldiers, they seemed. As I remember it the two were together throughout the whole of the panic. I saw their figures outlined against the sky from the boat.

"I am confident that the Titanic broke in two, and that was why she sank.

"The crew was convinced of this. Several of the stewards were riding bicycles in the gymnasium as the boat was sinking. Others were playing racquet and handball.

"Many of the passengers and crew stood at the rails and ridiculed those who had taken to the lifeboats as landlubbers. It was not until the water crept over the top decks that the first-cabin passengers realized their serious position."

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