Oscar S. Straus has been deeply touched by the scores of cablegrams, telegrams, and letters which he has received, each bearing its message of sympathy and paying warm tribute to the memory of his brother, Isidor Straus, and his wife, who, refusing to be parted, went down to their death together when the Titanic foundered. These messages have come from almost every part of the world.
When we first heard that the Titanic had foundered we knew that was the end," said Mr. Straus yesterday. It is a great comfort in this time of deep sorrow to know that the nobility of his and her character is fully appreciated."
Among the first to send messages were Col. Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt, Mrs. Grover Cleveland, President Finley of New York University and Mrs. Finley and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew D. White. Mr. Straus said yesterday that there was little he could say at this time about the disaster. His brother and his wife had died a beautiful death, as the whole world knew.
"My brother Isidor, he said, "was not only my eldest brother, but a second father to me since the death of my father, and he had a controlling influence on my career from the day I entered college."
Mr. Straus paid a high tribute to the genius of Marconi and said that he hoped a monument may be erected to the inventor during his lifetime.
"But for the genius of Marconi," said Mr. Straus, "every soul on the Titanic would probably have been drowned and we would not have known what happened. To him the survivors owe their lives, and no tribute we can pay would be too great.
"What he has done to safeguard the lives of those who travel on the seas should not be underestimated, and his inventions have made him one of the great figures in the world to-day. I should like to see a monument erected to him while he lives so that he may see that the world appreciates what he has done for humanity."
What effect the disaster may have in assuring the safety of passengers in the future was a topic Mr. Straus said he did not want to comment on. "It seems often the case that the sacrifice of many lives is necessary to bring about great advancements for the good of mankind," was all that he would say.
One of the last letters written by Isidor Straus before sailing on the Titanic was obtained by THE TIMES yesterday. It was sent from Cape Martin, Mentone, France, and reads:
"This is a lovely spot--- for old people. The hotel is on a point which stretches out on the Mediterranean and in the midst of a well-wooded park. There to nothing on the point but the hotel, and this puts us in as isolated a spot as if we were in the Adirondacks. We have had lots of rain, but, notwithstanding, we have no complaints to utter. The thermometer ranges between 43 degrees at night-68 degrees on a sunny day at meridian is the highest---usually it does not exceed 56 degrees. We are only two and a half miles from Mentone, to which we walk nearly every day, and about four miles from Monte Carlo. We shall probably remain here until the weather is mild enough to go further north. With our auto we make delightful excursions."