Titanic Sinking - Identifying the Orphans, part 2


Mme. Navratil of Nice Believes Babies Saved from Titanic Are Hers.

NICE, France, April 22.---It is possible that the mystery of the identity of the two children answering to the names of Louis and Lolo, who were saved from the Titanic, may soon be cleared up. Mme. Navratil, the wife of a tailor living here, declares that she recognizes her two children in the description of the little ones.

She is separated from her husband, who a month ago, she says, took the children and disappeared after telling friends that he was going to America. The children were traveling with a man named Hoffman, who is said to have been a friend of Navratil's. A request has been sent to New York for photographs of the children.

The two French waifs are now in the care of Miss Margaret Hays of West Eighty-fourth Street, the self-appointed guardian of the children, one of whom is about 4 years of age and the other 3. The children were found wrapped in a blanket in one of the Titanic's lifeboats.

According to stories told by survivors a man passed the children into the boat just as it was leaving the side of the ship. Officers stepped forward to prevent his taking a place in the boat, but he declared that he did not wish to go, asking that the children be taken, as their mother was waiting for them. The man may have been Hoffman, and the list of second cabin passengers included a Mr. Hoffman and two children named Hoffman. The man was not saved.

The New York Times, New York, NY 23 Apr 1912



Mme. Navratil's Details Seem to Show They Are Her Children.

NICE, April 23.---Mme. Navratil, who, yesterday, expressed he belief that the two waifs saved from the Titanic are her children, is more convinced that ever after reading latest dispatches from New York. The describes the children as follows:

Michel, called, "Lolo" for short, aged four years; curly chestnut hair, rather large for his age, and speaks with difficulty.

Edmond, called, "Momo," two years old, fair hair with one white lock; big black eyes, fair complexion; large and strong for his age.

Mme. Navratil's husband, who is a prosperous tailor, took the children from her cousin, to whom they had ben[sic] confided, pending divorce proceedings. A few days later the mother received a letter from Navratil in Austria informing her that he had taken the children to his own country.

Mme. Navratil later learned that her husband had gone to England. He had often spoken of going to America and starting a dressmaking establishment there.

The description, here given of her children by Mme. Navratil, applies very closely to the waifs now in the care of Miss Margaret Hays, who brought them from the sinking Titanic.

The New York Times, New York, NY 24 Apr 1912



Mme. Navratil Comes to Claim Two Boys Cared For by Miss Hays.

Mme. Navratil, mother of the two little French boys saved from the Titanic, will arrive here to-day on the White Star liner Oceanic and claim her children, who have been cared for by Miss Margaret Hays of 304 West Eighty-third Street since they were placed in her arms by their father as a lifeboat in which she sat was being lowered from the doomed ship.

Mme. Navratil will be met at the pier this morning by relatives, and will be taken to the Children's Society rooms, where the two boys, Michel, 4 years, and Edmund, 2 years old, will be waiting for her.

The New York Times, New York, NY 16 May 1912