D. W. McMillan, of Pleasantville, Reassured as Carpathia Docked
MRS. THOMAS POTTER TELLS ABOUT ASTORS
Weikman, Titanic Barber, Saved, Known to George Lipipncott [sic]
Noticing that his sister, Mrs. Edward S. Robert, widow of former Judge Robert,
of St. Louis, was reported in both the missing and in the surviving of the
Titanic passengers, and becoming gravely alarmed lest the former of the two be
correct, Mr. D. W. McMillan, of the McMillan Photographic Studio, of
Pleasantville, left hurriedly Thursday night for New York, where he awaited the
docking of the Carpathia, from which he sought to gain some tidings of his
According to a telephone message from McMillan, received by his wife in
Pleasantville about midnight Thursday, Mrs. Robert, together with her daughter,
Miss Georgette Madill, popular in St. Louis Society, and her niece Miss
Elizabeth W. Allen, well known belle of Cazenovia, New York, landed safely with
other survivors on the Carpathia.
Mr. McMillan met his sister, Mrs. Robert and her daughter on the White Star
Pier when the Carpathia docked. Mr. McMillan confirmed his telephone message by
a telegram yesterday morning, and Mrs. McMillan stated that he intended mailing
a letter to her at once to give her the details of his relatives' rescue.
The party of three women have been on a year's tour in England and other
European countries and Miss Allen is to marry Dr. Mendell, a prominent London
physician in about a month. It was her intention to accompany Mrs. Robert to
her St. Louis home on Lindell Boulevard, and following arrangements for her
marriage, to return to England and there be united with Dr. Mendell. Mrs.
McMillan could not state positively whether the marriage would be postponed,
but she did not think Miss Allen's nerves would stand a return trip on the
ocean after such a frightful experience.
Escape of Weikman Interests Lippincott
Augustus H. Weikman, head barber of the Titanic, who was among the members of
the crew of the steamship that were saved, is a resident of Palmyra, N.J. For a
good many years Weikman has been employed on various transatlantic steamships
and formed the acquaintance of George T. Lippincott, one of the owners of the
Bartlett Building. On no less than three occasions Mr. Lippincott crossed the
Atlantic on the same steamer on which Weikman was employed and was shaved a
number of times by the man who helped to save the women and children from the
Titanic. Weikman was sent into one of the lifeboats to man an oar.
Weikman suffered severely during the four or five hours of exposure in the ice
field, and after three days of medical attention on the Carpathia was so weak
that he had to be conveyed in a roller chair to the special train which brought
him back to Philadelphia.
Mrs. Weikman and her three children had given up hope of ever seeing the head
of the family again.
Weikman had crossed the ocean on many of the biggest ships of the White Star
Line for the past fifteen years and was a favorite with the regular patrons of
He was transferred to the Titanic on her maiden voyage and had sent word to his
wife joyfully announcing his good luck and saying he would be home a few days
after the Titanic should reach this side. His name was not in the list of
rescued first sent from the Carpathia and it was feared by his family and
friends that he was among those left behind when the life boats put off from
the sinking ship.
Mrs. Potter Describes Confidence of Astors
Mrs. Thomas Potter, Jr.
“I was in the first boat with about ten others. There was plenty of room for
forty more. I saw Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor standing by the rail. I called
to them to come in the boat, but they refused, saying it was safer where they
were, that there was no danger.
“The first three or four boats that were launched were hardly filled.”
Wilson Potter, Mrs. Potter’s son, said: “I saw John B. Thayer, Jr., on the pier
and he told me that he and his father jumped overboard and clambered aboard a
raft, which overturned. That was the last, young Thayer told me, that he had
seen of his father.
“I also saw Richard M. Williams, who comes from Germantown, at the pier. He
told me that he was about the last one on board the Titanic. In fact, he said,
that he was standing on the ship’s stern when she went down. He said that when
she went down, she parted in the middle. He told me that after he struck the
water, he swam to one of the rafts and was picked up by one of the boats, about
two hours later.”
E. Z. TAYLOR DESCRIBES PANICKY SCENE ON BOARD
By. E. Z. Taylor
When we collided with the iceberg there was excitement in the first cabin.
Persons ran out on deck. But the Titanic then seemed to be in no particular
peril and the officers did not warn us. I doubt if even they knew she would
As to the iceberg I do not see how the man at the wheel could have failed to
see it at a great distance. It was bitter cold. The night was clear and the
moon was shining.
The wireless operator had received a message warning of bergs in the vicinity.
Even though the message had not been received I do not see how the Titanic
could have struck the berg on such a clear night. I observed it after the
collision. It looked like a glass castle.
The water came in very, very fast. It was not long after the collision that an
officer said the boat was sinking. The Titanic stayed on a submerged shelf of
the berg for about fifteen minutes. Then she slid back into the water, which
began pouring into her hold by hundreds of tons.
Ismay came on deck. He was one of the first to get into a lifeboat. He entered
[?] one as a sailor. He remained in it only a short time until some women came,
when he got out and made way for them.
A few minutes later I saw him in the third boat that was launched. He was
handling an oar as a member of the crew.
Related Biographies:Elisabeth Walton Allen
John Jacob Astor
Madeleine Talmage Astor
Joseph Bruce Ismay
Georgette Alexandra Madill
Lily Alexenia Potter
Elisabeth Walton Robert
Elmer Zebley Taylor
John Borland Thayer
John Borland jr Thayer
Augustus Henry Weikman
Richard Norris II Williams