Atlantic City Daily Press

E. Z. Taylor, On Telephone With City Clerk Donnelly, Describes Awful
Scene---Third Member of His Party, Fletcher Williams, Lost---Did Not
Hear of Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Earnshaw.
Atlantic City was in direct personal telephonic connection with one of
the survivors of the itanic [sic] disaster within two hours after the
Carpathia docked at the 14th Street pier in the Hudson River. Elmer Z.
Taylor, a cousin of City Clerk Donnelly, was reached by the latter by
long distance telephone just before midnight and a brief story of the
disaster came here by direct telephone.

Mr. Taylor and his wife were both saved from the wreck, but the third
member of their party, Fletcher Williams, was lost, according to the
best information which Mr. Taylor could obtain during his three days of
weary and slow travel to New York on the rescuing steamer.

Mr. Taylor is the inventor of the paper cups manufactured by the
American Mono-Service Company, which is furnishing the drinking vessels
to local hotels and business places and hotels and railroads all over
the Eastern states, while Mr. Williams was the managing director of the
Mono-Service Company of England, of which the American company is a
branch, so to speak.

Both Mr. Taylor and Mr. Williams sailed on the Titanic for the purpose
of spending several months in this country with the purpose of
developing the business.

Mr. Taylor could give no information as to the accuracy of the reports
that Mrs. Thomas Potter, widow of the late Col. Potter, and her
daughter, Mrs. Boulton Earnshaw, were saved, inasmuch as Mr. Taylor was
not acquainted with them and did not hear of their presence on the
rescue ship Carpathia. The latest newspaper dispatches last night,
however, confirmed the earlier news that both Mrs. Potter and Mrs.
Earnshaw were among the saved.

Mr. Taylor stated that the Carpathia docked in New York at about 9
o'clock and that all of the passengers who were then able to leave the
vessel were at once permitted to go ashore, the custom house regulations
having been set aside by special order from Washington. Many of the
passengers, who were seriously ill as the result of their exposure, were
unable to leave the ship last night and many were conveyed to hospitals
or were placed in the care of relatives, who fairly jammed the pier of
the White Star Line.

"We are in fine shape, my wife and myself," stated Mr. Taylor over the
long-distance 'phone, "but we are sorry to report that Mr. Williams,
who traveled with us, was lost. We feel almost positively certain he
was not among those who were saved."

Mr. Williams was one of the wealthiest men connected with the paper cup
industry. None of the members of his immediate family accompanied him
on the voyage on the Titanic.

Mr. Taylor described the night of Sunday as one of great horror and
could scarcely give many coherent details. He and Mrs. Taylor were
among the first who were placed in the lifeboats that were sent off from
the ill-fated Titanic. When their boat, which contained about thirty
people, started from the side of the ship they found the sea was filled
with cakes of floating ice. A short time after their small boat had
pulled from the side of the ship the lights of the vessel went out and
then the only illumination from the sinking ship were [sic] from torches
and rockets, which were sent up until a short time before the ship took
her final plunge into the icy ocean.

Mr. Taylor stated that both he and his wife suffered much from the
exposure of floating on the ocean until after daylight, when they were
picked up by the Carpathia, but that their sufferings were almost
nothing as to that of many of the other passengers and sailors who were
saved from the Titanic.

Mr. Taylor went to the home of his brother, G. S. Taylor, at 324 West
103rd street, New York, where he will spend several days before coming

Related Biographies:

Olive Earnshaw
Lily Alexenia Potter
Elmer Zebley Taylor
Juliet Cummins Taylor
Fletcher Fellowes Lambert Williams


Mark Baber


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