CUSTOMS MEN PASSED IT
Don't Know How It Reached the Carpathia from the Titanic---Bag Was Not Wet
Of all the baggage that was on the White Star liner Titanic only one piece was saved. This was a carry-all, or canvas bag, belonging to Samuel L. Goldenberg, one of the saloon passengers rescued by the Carpathia. At the Custom House Special Deputy Surveyor George Smyth said that it was true that Mr. Goldenberg was the only passenger who saved any baggage, and that his carry-all was the only piece of luggage that was placed underneath any customs letter the night that the Carpathia arrived.
"All that I know about it," said Mr. Smyth, "is that the baggage belonged to Mr. Goldenberg and that it was the only piece saved from the wrecked liner. I do not know what was in the carry-all, as the customs regulations were waived in favor of the Titanic survivors, and as a result the Goldenberg piece was not inspected. That is all that I know about it."
Until the Carpathia arrived at her pier last Thursday night Mr. Goldenberg had been listed in all of the newspapers as one of the victims of the disaster, and in most of the papers of last Friday morning, in which the scenes and incidents attending the arrival of the Carpathia and the story of the wreck of the Titanic were told, his name still appeared in the lists of missing.
On the pier Mr. Goldenberg was surrounded by friends who congratulated him on his escape. A TIMES reporter approached Mr. Goldenberg and asked him to tell his story of the disaster. He refused to do so and a few minutes later left the pier.
The "carry-all" at the time reposed under the big wooden "G" sign and a customs officer coming up, pointed to it and remarked:
At the Custom House it was said that no one there knew how the carry-all had been saved. When it was brought ashore it was dry and did not appear to have been in the water at any time.
It was a brown canvas bag that looked to be about three feet high and two feet thick and was well filled with luggage of some kind. Mr.Goldenberg was Chairman of the committee of survivors which issued a long statement to the press on the arrival of the Carpathia.
Samuel L. Goldenberg is a Director in the importing firm of Goldenberg Brothers & Co. of 109 Fifth Avenue. In the directory his home is given as France. The Secretary of the firm, Joseph C. Schwab, who lives in the Hendrik Hudson, 110th Street and Riverside Drive, refused last night to say where Mr. Goldenberg is stopping in New York.
"It is stated at the Custom House," Mr. Schwab was told, "that Mr. Goldenberg owned the only piece of baggage saved from the Titanic. How did he manage to get it off the ship?"
"I have no information to give about Mr. Goldenberg," Mr. Schwab answered and rang off.
Samuel L. Goldenberg
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(1912) ONLY ONE PASSENGER SAVED HIS BAGGAGE New York Times (ref: #4935, accessed 3rd July 2015 09:17:03 PM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/baggage-saved.html
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Added to Encyclopedia Titanica Monday 12th December 2005, last updated Saturday 25th April 2015.