MONTREAL, June 4, 1914 (UP)-Buried with Laurence Irving, the famous English actor, in the shattered hull of the Empress of Ireland, is the manuscript of a play which Irving believed would make him great, according to A.S. English, representative here of the Canadian-British Theatrical Society who returned today from an unsuccessful search for Irving's body where the Empress went down.
"This will make me a great man," Irving said to English, when the Empress sailed, showing a wallet containing the manuscript and patting it affectionately.
Unless Irving left a copy of the play in England, where cables of inquiry were sent today, the play is probably lost forever to the world.
The Canadian Pacific today formally served on London underwriters notice of abandonment of the Empress of Ireland. This makes it certain that the Empress owners have given up all hope of raising her from the bed of the St. Lawrence. It is now believed the ship with 800 bodies in her hull, will be destroyed by dynamite.