Overcome with grief at the loss of his wife and two children, who were on their way from England to join him in this country, Benjamin Peacock left his boarding place at 609 North Broad street yesterday noon and has not yet returned. His boarding mistress, Mrs. Kate Town, said this afternoon that she feared Peacock had perhaps shipped out on the Carpathia. Until a year ago Peacock had followed the sea and it is thought he may have gone back to the old life in an effort to forget his sorrow.
He was a steady, sober, industrious man and since he came to this city he had never remained one night away from home. On several occasions he spoke of again taking to sea but the thought of his wife and family kept him from carrying out his plan. He was preparing to furnish a little home and for months had counted on the coming of his wife and little ones. Only yesterday afternoon a notice arrived that his household goods were awaiting him at the railroad station. They had been shipped from England weeks ago.
Ever since the news that the Titanic had gone down with most of her passengers was confirmed, Peacock had been in an awful state of mind. The possibility that his family had not taken passage on the fated liner, buoyed up his hopes, but they were crushed when the passenger lists were made public. Since then he has scarcely slept or touched food. Yesterday morning he said that he was going to buy a black suit. Mrs. Town told him that it would be unnecessary if he wore a band of black crepe on his arm. He went out, however, and returned later with a new suit of clothes.
Returning to his boarding place, he said that he was going to New York. He has not been seen since. Unless he returns to-day the police will be asked to look for him.
Mrs. Reniff Ill.
Mrs. Lillian Reniff, believed to be the only survivor of a party of eight, among whom fas [sic] her husband, Peter Reniff, of this city, is under the care of Dr. A. R. Eaton, Jr., at the home of friends, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Paul, of 237 Baltic street. So serious is Mrs. Reniffs condition that no one is allowed to see her. She has not been told that her husband, brothers, cousin and friends who were with her were not among the rescued.
Miss Frances Sheppard, a trained nurse, of Newark, who is visiting Mrs. J. H. S. Clark, of 561 North Broad street, went to New York yesterday afternoon and confirmed the sad news that her brother was a member of the crew of the ill-fated liner.
Members of the local lodge of Elks are responding generously to the call for contributions to a fund which will eventually be turned over to the survivors of the Titanics steerage list. Exalted Ruler Welcome Bender is chairman of the committee in charge of this fund and his co-workers are Abe. J. David and
George L. Hirtzel, Jr.