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As the list of passengers sailing from Southampton on the Titanic last Wednesday is made more complete, the list of Washingtonians known to have been on board grows larger. The list now contains the names of five Washingtonians who make this city their home, a former resident of the city, and the son and daughter-in-law of a Washington woman.

Major Archibald Butt, military aide to the President, and Clarence Moore, for both of whom but little hope of safety is entertained; Col. Archibald Gracie, who is said to be among the rescued passengers; Frank D. Millet, who is reported, in an unconfirmed dispatch, to have been rescued; Mrs. Henry B. Harris, formerly Miss Irene Wallach, of this city, whose name appears on the list of the saved; Mrs. Churchill Candee, of 1741 Rhode Island avenue northwest, well known in Washington social circles, and Mr. and Mrs. William Beard Silvey, of Duluth, whose mother, Mrs. W. B. Silvey, lives at the Wilmington apartments, were the passengers in which Washington is interested.

A brother of Senator Guggenheim---Benjamin Guggenheim---and Mrs. Lucille Carter, of Philadelphia, cousin of Mrs. Stilson Hutchins, of this city, also were passengers on the Titanic.

The report that the Titanic had gone down came as the most horrible of shocks to the city. Early in the afternoon what is purported to have been authoritative reports were flashed from New Foundland, to the effect that the Titanic, although badly crippled, was limping into port, while her passengers were safely lodged on rescuing vessels. Last night, when the first message reached Washington that the ocean liner had sunk, it came like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky.

The Times' extra appeared on the street soon after the last message of the disaster had been fully verified, and there was a mad scramble for it. The city had been patiently awaiting definite news concerning the Titanic for hours.

President Taft was attending a theatrical performance when informed of the disaster and of Major Butt's probable death. He immediately sent a dispatch to the New York offices of the White Star line asking for definite information. A response soon came to the effect that nothing definite concerning his military aid had been received. “We will keep you posted on everything,” the message said.


Mark Baber, USA


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Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) LIST OF WASHINGTONIANS ON FATED STEAMER GROWS (Washington Times, Tuesday 16th April 1912, ref: #4017, published 21 October 2004, generated 13th August 2022 02:03:23 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/list-washingtonians-fated-steamer-grows.html