By Marconi Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph to The New York Times
PARIS, April 21---An interesting interview was obtained by a
correspondent at Aix with J. Pierpont Morgan in the course of the
inauguration of the new wing of the Aix Hospital, which he has built.
Mr. Morgan was much upset by the Titanic disaster, and attributed the
great loss of life to the fact that Capt. Smith believed the ship would
hold on six hours, and that the majority of the passengers did not
realize the danger until it was too late. As to monetary loss he said:
"Well, somebody will pay. Monetary losses amount to nothing in life, it
is the loss of life that counts. It is that frightful death."
On being informed that the St. Martin reliquary, which he had bought in
London, was stolen from a church, he said:
"I laughed and gave it back immediately. I owed so much to France. * * *
One should always make amends in life."
Replying to a question whether the stolen "Mona Lisa" had ever been
offered him, Mr. Morgan said:
"No. And I regret it. Had it been offered, I should have bought it and
given it back to France."
"What is the greatest joy of your life?" went on the interviewer.
"Work and my twenty-six sons and grandsons," replied Mr. Morgan. "As for
my living in France, I find in it rest such as I rarely have anywhere
else, and when I am at Aix I understand perfectly why French wirters
[sic] and poets---George Sands, Lamartine, and others---chose this place
for their meditation and their moral and physical convalescence."