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Worked in Two Feet of Water to Save Registered Mail on Titanic
The families of the three sea postal clerks who died like heroes on the Titanic will each received $2,000 if Congress complies with a recommendation made this week by Postmaster-General Hitchcock. The Postmaster-General addressed a communication to Chairman Mann of the House Post Office Committee recommending that a provision be inserted in the pending postal bill authorizing the payment of $2,000 the maximum amount prescribed by law for payment to the representatives of railway postal clerks killed while on duty, to the families of the three postal clerks who went down on the Titanic.

"The bravery exhibited by these men," Hitchcock said, "in their efforts to safeguard under such trying conditions the valuable mail entrusted to them should be a source of pride to the entire postal service and deserves some marked expression of appreciation from the Government. When last seen by those who survived the disaster these three clerks, John S. March, William L. Gwinn and Oscar S. Woody, were on duty and engaged with two British clerks in transferring bags of registered mail
from the ship's post office to the upper deck. An officer of the Titanic said to-day that when he last saw those men they were working in two feet of water."

[The William L. Gwinn named above was a brother of C. J. Gwinn, the well known resident of Wood Ridge, and the representative of the Rutherford Republican in that Borough. ---Ed.]

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) MAIL CLERKS DIED BRAVELY (Rutherford Republican, Saturday 20th April 1912, ref: #3604, published 29 August 2004, generated 23rd September 2021 07:11:56 AM); URL :