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D. W. McMillan’s Sister, Titanic Survivor, Says He and Astor Helped Women
In a letter to his wife, D. W. McMillan, of Pleasantville, who visited New York
last week to meet the Carpathia when it docked, in the hopes of securing some
tidings of his sister, Mrs. Edward S. Robert, widow of former Judge Robert, of
St. Louis, whom, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Georgette Madill, and her
niece, Miss Elizabeth W. Allen, were saved, with other passengers, from the
Titanic just before it sank, stated that his sister, who he met at the dock,
related the story of the Titanic’s sinking, saying that she was in one of the
last lifeboats launched, and that there was no disorder in the transferring of
the passengers to the lifeboats.

She said that Captain Smith was on the bridge the whole time up to the sinking
of the ship, and that after he sunk [sic] with the ship he raised to the
surface of the water, and the boat in which she was failed to reach him before
he sank again. She said that Mr. Ismay and Mr. Astor worked together in
assisting the ladies and children into the lifeboats, and after all of the
women and children around were placed in boats, Mr. Ismay got into the last one
cast off.

The sister in the letter which Mr. McMillan stated his sister gave him, follows:

“My sister, Georgette and Miss Allen were taken off in one of the last boats
with the fourth officer in charge, following his being commanded by Captain
Smith to take charge of the boat. There was room for about two or three more
persons in the boat and Captain Smith called for the boat to come back. The
officer ordered the boat turned, but as they started back they saw the stern of
the Titanic rising in the air, and didn’t dare to go near for fear it was going
to sink. Shortly afterward the boat went down before them and they say the
shrieks of the steerage passengers were awful and heart rending. Captain Smith
went down with the ship and came up again, but sank before they could reach him
with the boat. She told me that Mr. Ismay and Mr. Astor were helping the
passengers to get into the lifeboats until the last boat, and when no more
women and children were around Mr. Ismay got into the [back?] of one. Shortly
following that young Thayer jumped into the water. There was no disorder
during the whole thing.”

The letter did not state whether the boat Mrs. Robert was in was the one that
reached little Jack Thayer, nor did it say whether they knew further about Mr.

Mrs. McMillan expects Mr. McMillan back tomorrow.

Miss Allen, who was in Mrs. Robert’s company at the time of the wreck is to
marry Dr. Mendell, a London physician, in about a month’s time.

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Mark Baber


Encyclopedia Titanica (2007) AN ATLANTIC MAN FINDS EVIDENCE FAVORING ISMAY (Atlantic City Daily Press, Tuesday 23rd April 1912, ref: #5525, published 20 April 2007, generated 28th July 2021 02:28:25 PM); URL :