Chicagoan Creates Scene in Offices of the White Star Line

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Special Dispatch to the Inter Ocean

New York, April 18—Late this afternoon John Gillespie of Chicago, accompanied by a friend, entered the offices of the White Star line. His voice rang through the big rooms as he demanded information of his brother, William Gillespie, of Dublin, who had been a second cabin passenger.

“I have just come from Chicago,” he cried, “and before I started I spent $20 in long distance calls and could not get the White Star line on the telephone. I can and understand it. The people outside New York are hungry for news of this disaster, and when we call up for information we are told the lines are busy.”

Mr. Gillespie said that his brother had been lately married and had started on the Titanic for British Columbia to found a home, leaving his young wife behind him.

The White Star officials could give him no comforting word.

Chicago Inter Ocean, Friday, April 19, 1912, p. 5, c. 1 (item):

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