Believing that two unknown French children saved from the Titanic are his, Frank Lefebre has started from Mystic for New York to identify them. The two little tots are in the hands of Miss Margaret Hays, a survivor of the Titanic, who took them in charge when they were thrown into the life boat in which she was as it pushed off from the doomed ship.
It is believed it was the last despairing act of their mother who sought to save her babes when she knew she must go to death herself. They are about 2 and 4 years old. The Chicago Tribune of yesterday printed their pictures.
While Mr. Lefebre has not seen his children for a year since he left France, he believes they are his. A purse, was raised at Mystic so he could go back to see them at the home of Miss Hays, 304 W. 83rd St., New York. The mother and the two other children are believed to have perished.
Interesting stories of rescue and bravery continue to be told by survivors of the awful wreck. The investigation into responsibility by the senate committee continues, it developing that barely half enough life boats were carried because it was felt that the vessel was unsinkable. It is reported that a fire was burning in the coal in the hold from shortly after the ship sailed, which also hastened its speed.
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(1912) FRENCH CHILDREN MAY BE HIS - FRANK LEFEBRE GOES TO NEW YORK FROM MYSTIC TO IDENTIFY TWO UNKNOWN FRENCH CHILDREN Semi Weekly Iowegian (ref: #5462, accessed 3rd July 2015 07:12:05 AM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/french-children-lefebre-new-york-mystic-identify-unknown.html
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Added to Encyclopedia Titanica Tuesday 13th February 2007, last updated Thursday 23rd April 2015.