Harold Bride Resting

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Harold Bride Resting

New York Times

The Titanic's Wireless Man Sends Messages Home Through The Times.

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Following the publication of the story of Harold J. Bride, wireless operator on board the Titanic, in all of the leading English dailies yesterday, the following dispatch was received by The New York Times, through its London correspondent, from the father of the youthful hero, Arthur J. Bride:

Harold: Birdie and Dad and all send love.  Are proud of you.  Hope you are better and well cared for.

Bride went to the home of his uncle, Walter E. Jarvis, in West Ninety-second Street.  With him was Harold Cottam, the wireless operator on board the Carpathia.  When a Times reporter was admitted to the Jarvis apartments he found Bride, with both feet in bandages, reposing in an arm-chair and contentedly puffing at a cigarette.  By his side was seated Cottam.  Mrs. Millie Jarvis and Miss Esther Jarvis, aunt and cousin of Bride, were hospitably ministering to both.

When the reporter conveyed to Bride the message which the Times had been instructed to convey to him, he was visibly moved and delighted.

"That's fine," he exclaimed.  "I'm glad that they have heard I'm safe.  It's awfully good of you to bring this message up here to me."

Bride explained that "Birdie" mentioned in the dispatch was his pet name for his mother.  When informed that the Times would be glad to transmit any reply to the message which he might care to send, he laughed gleefully.

"Tell the Times that I am very grateful," he replied.  "I would like to send a message, or rather two messages, if I may be permitted."

His relatives laughed.

"The second message is to Mabel," cried his cousin, laughing.

It was explained that "Mabel" was Miss Mabel Ludlow, a trained nurse, to whom young Bride is engaged.

Bride's messages were then dictated to the reporter.  The one to his father reads as follows:

Bride, 58 Ravenbourne Avenue, Shortlands, Kent, England.
    Quite safe.  Uncle Walter and Aunt Millie and Esther looking after me.  One foot badly sprained, the other frostbitten.  Both improving.  Am leaving for Washington for Senatorial Inquiry Monday morning.  Home as soon as possible.  Love to all.  HAROLD.

The other message reads:

Miss Mabel Ludlow, Isolation Hospital, East Grinstead, Sussex.
    Safe and well.  One ankle sprained.  Home as soon as possible.  Fondest love.  HAROLD.

Cottam requested the Times to send the following message to his mother:

Mrs. W. M. Cottam, Stoneyard, Church Street, Southwell, Nottingham, England.
    Am safe and well.  Detained in New York for Senatorial investigation.  Am leaving for Washington to-morrow, (Sunday.)  Home as soon as possible.  Love from    HAROLD.

The Times promptly forwarded the messages by wireless.

Related Biographies:
Harold Sydney Bride
Harold Thomas Cottam

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Allison Lane
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