Titanic Sinking - Burying the Dead, part 2


The Unidentified Taken to Halifax Cemeteries----Memorial Services.

Special to The New York Times.

HALIFAX, N. S., May 3.---Fifty-nine unidentified bodies from the Titanic were buried in nameless graves within three Halifax cemeteries to-day. All were buried according to rites they had professed in life. Men and women of every creed united in honoring the unknown.

The Nova Scotia Legislature was prorogued this afternoon, and out of respect for the dead all the military formalities attending such an event were abandoned. Probably for the first time in this city there were no strains of martial music on the streets, such as has been the custom at the closing of the House in the past.

Four bodies were buried in the Catholic cemetery, nine in the Jewish cemetery, and forty-six in the Protestant cemetery. At the later cemetery 100 sailors from the Canadian warship Niobe formed in line at the graves, brief addresses were made by clergymen, and the Royal Canadian Regiment Band played "Nearer My God, to Thee," and the "Dead March in Saul."

Memorial services in Catholic and Protestant churches testified to the sympathy and sorrow of Halifax over the Titanic accident.

Ninety-two bodies of Titanic dead are still at the Morgue here, but most of these have been claimed by relatives, and as soon as arrangements can be made the bodies will either be forwarded or interred at Halifax. It is thought that fully forty or fifty of the identified will not be claimed.

There was only one identification to-day. It was that of Mauri Der Zacarism of New York, who was identified by his brother.

Mrs. H. R. Rood of New York was at the morgue seeking the body of her husband, but found no clue. She placed flowers on all coffins containing unidentified victims. Mrs. Rood also sent flowers to all the churches holding services. Mrs. Rood is accompanied by Mr. Teed's a New York undertaker. She will await the arrival of the steamer Minia in the hope that the body of her husband may have been recovered.

Miss Hannah Troupiansky of New York failed to identify her brother, Moses Troupiansky. He was on his way from South Africa to New York.

Two representatives of the Guggenheim family have arrived to look for the body of Benjamin Guggenheim. They are Mark Condell and B. L. Knowles, officials of the International Steam Pump Company, of which Mr. Guggenheim was President. They will await the arrival of the Minia. They will also claim, if identified, the bodies of Victor Giglio, secretary, and Rene Bemot, chauffeur for Mr. Guggenheim.

The Minia has seventeen bodies.

The New York Times, New York, NY 4 May 1912