This article presents a broad survey of 1912 opinions concerning the TITANIC sinking from a number of different sources. You'll read the defensive statements of Joseph Bruce Ismay, the critical remarks made by CARPATHIA Captain Rostrom, the varying assignments of blame made by newspapers and assorted government swells as well as the broad understanding that "wireless communication" must become a standard piece of equipment for all ships. Also reported is the news of a mutiny on board the TITANIC's sister ship, OLYMPIC, which was also furnished with the suspect "collapsible" lifeboats.
In the attached news report from THE LITERARY DIGEST you will read an article that is composed of portions from various Christian sermons that were delivered throughout the United States on the Sunday following the TITANIC sinking. Clergy the world over felt a need to understand the disaster in a religious sense:
"...The disease that is gnawing into our civilization are love of money and passion for luxury. Those two combined to sink the TITANIC."
A short excerpt from the LONDON STANDARD concerning the fortitude of the TITANIC musicians:
"We are usually a undemonstrative people, but the incident of the string band of the TITANIC, it's members gathered together to play the hymn 'Nearer My God to Thee,' as the great ship settled for her last plunge, left men speechless with pity. It is a great incident of history, worthy to rank with the last parade on BIRKENHEAD"
Attached you will also find the musical score and lyrics of "Nearer My God to Thee".
The attached three news reports were among some of the very first British magazine notices on the TITANIC disaster to be printed. The SPECTATOR editors rejected, even as a possibility, the fact that the great ship had broken in half; they also rejected a number of other observations made by the surviving eyewitnesses.
There were several clothing options available for the well-heeled men "fortunate enough" to (briefly) enjoy Titanic's First Class comforts. Dinner suits were not strictly confined to black and there were a number of shirting and accessory choices; this article covers all of them quite thoroughly.
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Artist, journalist and American Civil War veteran Francis D. Millet, (1846 - 1912) was also one of the doomed passengers on board TITANIC. Millet was traveling with Major Archie Butt (Stateroom E-38), with whom he had accompanied on a trip through Europe for reasons of health. At the time of the sinking, Millet was enjoying his status as a muralist in the United States where he had been awarded commissions to decorate the walls of the Baltimore Customs House, the Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as the State Capitol Building in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.