Titanic Sinking - Some of the Passengers, part 4


P. A. B. Widener Still Hopes for Safety of Son and Grandson.
Special to The New York Times.

PHILADELPHIA, April 16.---Midnight reports indicate that of the thirty-three Philadelphians known to have been aboard the Titanic, six are unaccounted for.

They are George D. Widener, the financier, of Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, and his son, Harry Elkins Widener; William C. Dulles, an attorney, of 319 South Twelfth Street; C. Duane Williams, a brother of Richard N. Williams, of Chestnut Hill; Louis Gustave, valet of T. D. M. Cardeza, who was rescued, and Edward Keeping, valet of George D. Widener.

There is confusion over the safety of J. R. McGough of 708 York Street, a toy buyer for Gimbel Brothers. In the list of those aboard the Carpathia the names "James Geough" and "James Googht" appear. It is probable that one of these is the Philadelphian.

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Thayer and their son, John B. Thayer, Jr., who reside at Haverford, were overjoyed at the confirmation of the reports that the trio had been saved.

Members of the Widener and Elkins families were crushed by the reports that George D. Widener and his son, Harry Elkins Widener, had been drowned.

Relatives of William C. Dulles, son of the late Andrew Chebis Dulles, breathlessly awaited any shred of information which would tend to relieve their fears that he had been added to the list of victims.

Peter A. B. Widener, well advanced in years, left his home at Lynnewood Hall near Elkins Park, to-day for New York to take personal charge of a search by wireless for news of the safety of his son and grandson.

The last message from Joseph E. Widener announced that "there was still a chance."

Mrs. John Dornan of Orchard Way, St. David's left on the Carpathia to spend the Summer in Switzerland. Her daughter, Mrs. P. Pemberton Phillippe, left this city for New York this afternoon to meet her mother.

Miss Annie Ward, maid to Mrs. J. W. M. Cardeza of Germantown, who was saved from the wreck of the Titanic, had a premonition that something was going to happen when she went aboard with the Cardezas.

The manifest of the North German Lloyd liner Hanover, due here to-morrow, went down with the Titanic. The manifest includes all details of the Hanover's cargo and her passenger list, with other information.

Mayor Blankenburg, when he learned of the Titanic disaster, ordered to-day that all flags on the municipal buildings throughout the city be placed at half mast.

The New York Times, New York, NY 17 Apr 1912


Mrs. George Widener's Necklace Had to be Worn During the Voyage.

LONDON, April 16.---The three pearl necklaces of Mrs. George D. Widener of Philadelphia, one of the Titanic survivors, were insured for $750,000, the policy stipulating that they all should be worn by her on the voyage.

The New York Times, New York, NY 17 Apr 1912


Chance of Major's Safety a Faint One, but President Holds to It.

WASHINGTON, April 16.---The White House was not a cheerful place to-day, for President Taft, most of his Cabinet, and many callers were deeply concerned over the probable fate of Major A. W. Butt, who has been Mr. Taft's military aid since he entered the White House.

Major Butt's friends believe he would be among the last to leave the ship. Lord Burnham cabled to President Taft to-day expressing sympathy of the proprietors of The London Daily Telegraph for the "terrible loss of so many prominent and distinguished citizens and the appalling catastrophe which has befallen the Titanic."

The New York Times, New York, NY 17 Apr 1912