Shortly after the Titanic disaster was made known, there were many rumors and half truths that had to be sorted out in order to fully understand the full scope of the disaster; the editors of The Nation printed the attached article which contributed to that effort:
"...two terrible, damning facts stand out: the first, that the ship was speeding through an ice-field of the presence of which its officers were fully aware; the second, is that every life could readily have been saved had there been boats and rafts enough to keep people afloat in a clear, starry night on an exceptionally smooth Atlantic sea. Both these facts are indisputable."
"As for the lifeboats, these expensive affairs that could cost the large sum of $425.00 apiece - there were but twenty of them in addition to a few rafts..."
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