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Speedy Interment of Many Unidentified Bodies in Halifax Becomes Necessary

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Speedy Interment of Many Unidentified Bodies in Halifax Becomes Necessary
Funeral Ship Minia, Which Picks Up 15, Ordered to Report No Further Findings
Unless Victims Identified
Special to The New York Times

HALIFAX, N. S., May 2-Sixty bodies of the Titantic's dead will be buried here tomorrow. It was decided tonight that it was necessary to inter this
number owing to the condition of the bodies.

The weather is becoming so warm that the undertakers are finding it difficult in preserving the bodies, especially some of those which were hurriedly embalmed at sea.

The body of Stanley H. Fox of Rochester, N. Y., which was delivered to his sister-in-law, Mrs. Lydia Fox, and after being shipped was intercepted by the authorities at Truro, after the receipt of a dispatch from his widow, was brought back to Halifax to-day. The deceased's effects were again taken possession of by the authorities. The necessary papers were prepared and the body was shipped tonight to Mrs. Cora Fox, the widow, in Rochester.

The belief here is that the cable ship Minia, which is expected in port next week, has picked up practically all the bodies that remain to be found. The Minia reports that she found fifteen bodies. The Minia's Captain has been notified to refrain from sending word of any further recoveries unless the newly discovered bodies are identified, since the mere mention of finding more bodies might rouse false hopes in those whose dead are still missing. The White Star Line has gathered for record descriptions and photographs of the bodies buried unidentified.

Upon application of relatives who wish to establish formal legal identification, the Municipal Medical Examiner today held a special inquest upon two bodies. One was that of Alfred Rowe, an Englishman, and the other was the body of an Uruguayan official, Application for the latter inquest was made by the Uruguayan Government through its Consul General in New York.

The body of a little boy remains in the Morgue, incased in a handsome coffin, which is almost covered with flowers, the tribute of American women who are in Halifax seeking dead relatives. Gen. Russell Thayer, Chief Engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad, today wired Mayor Chisholm that if no person claimed the body of the boy to have it buried here at his expense.

R. J. Minihan of Green Bay, Wis., who arrived here tonight, identified the body of his brother, Dr. R. J. Minihan of Green Bay.

It developed today that the name of Antonia B. Antonia should be Alline Baptiste. He was a waiter on the Titanic. A body hitherto unidentified was pronounced by Charles Abbott of H. M. S. C. Niobe to be that of Arthur Lewis, a steward, and the same sailor identified the body of William Gorry, which also was removed front the unidentified class. A third unidentified body is now supposed to be that of D. Matheson, the name being tattooed on the arm over crossed flags and other tattoo marks.

Victor I. Minehan [sic] of Green Bay, Wis., arrived tonight and claimed the body of his brother, William Edward Minehan [sic] of Fond du Lac, Wis. On
this body had been found $480 in cash and a letter of credit for $2,500.

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  1. Karen Buckley (129) Karen Buckley (129)

    I would like to know why Alma Palsson (which they misspelled on her grave marker as Paulson) was buried at Halifax, Nova Scotia? Didn't her husband, Nils, know that they had recovered her body? And why didn't he request that they send her body to Chicago, IL for burial?

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