Charles Dahl, an Australian, who took the Titanic from Southampton en route to his mother’s home in North Dakota, lost in the sinking ship a wallet which contained all the money he had in the world.
“I was in bed when the crash came,” he said today. “Without stopping to dress, I rushed up on deck, and in some way, I don’t know how, found myself in the water. I must have jumped.
“The sight was terrible. Men were fighting with women to get in boats. I heard several shots fired around me. I was picked up by one of the boats.”
Chicago American, Wednesday, April 24, 1912, p. 2, c. 5 (this item appeared in only two of the microfilmed editions for this date):
Titanic’s Course and Speed Caused Disaster, Says Dahl
A picture of a sea dotted with so many icebergs that the Carpathia was forced to steer an zigzag course to leave the field of menacing floes was added to the indictment against officials of the White Star Line to-day by Charles Dahl, a Titanic survivor who passed through Chicago enroute to South Dakota to-day.
“No ship could have driven a straight course through that field of ice,” he said. “If the Titanic had missed one floe she would have struck another. At the high speed of the boat, the disaster was inevitable. In the morning I counted nineteen icebergs within a radius of ten miles. One of them was five miles long.
“I jumped into one of the Titanic’s boats as it was being loaded into the sea, and was thus rescued. There were no provisions or water in any of the boats. We didn’t even have a lantern.
“If there had been more life boats every soul on the vessel might have been saved. There was time to have launched a hundred more boats.”
Chicago Daily Journal, Friday, April 19, 1912, p. 3, c. 3: