Caryites on board

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The loss of the Titanic has been keenly felt in Castle Cary: as apart from its being a National Disaster, there were a number of Caryites on board. Mr. Sam Herman, for many years a butcher in the town, and for some years proprietor of the Britannia Hotel, and who had lately resided at Smallways, with his wife and two daughters were among the passengers: having just left Cary to join a brother of Mrs. Herman's in the States.
A lad named George Sweet, only 15 years of age, who worked with Mr. Herman, was also with them and although news arrived of the safety of Mrs. and the Misses Herman, it is almost certain that Mr. Herman and George Sweet perished with the ill-fated vessel. Great sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Sweet the parents of the lad.

Another Caryite was Mr. H. J. Pitman, brother of Mrs. W. Taylor, and a very anxious time was spent by Mrs. Taylor and her friends, till the news of Mr. Pitman's safety came to hand. Mr. Pitman, who was born at Sutton Montis, and is 34 years of age, was third officer on the ill-fated liner; and has spent some sixteen years in the mercantile marine. Prior to joining the White Star Company's Service, four years ago he served in the Blue Anchor Line. He left Castle Cary a month ago after a short holiday to take up his appointment on the Titanic.

Previously he had occupied the position of third officer on the Oceanic. He is at present being detained in New York to give evidence. Feeling reference were made at all the places of worship in the town on the Sunday following the disaster, the Dead March being played in the Parish Church in the morning. Mrs. Taylor has been collecting for the Daily Mirror Fund, and the Misses L. and M. Payne for the Daily Telegraph Relief Fund - the total amount being £20.

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