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Messages received yesterday by James W. Van Billiard, burgess of North Wales, indicated that there is little hope for the safety of his son, Austin Van Billiard, and two grandchildren, who were passengers on the Titanic, and who are believed to have perished. The White Star Line sent a telegram to the burgess, telling him that his grandchildren are not among the survivors. The New York immigrant station sent a similar message.

Nothing definite has been learned as to the fate of Thomas Conlin, 30 years old, of this city, who is thought to have perished in the Titanic disaster. The name Thomas Conlin appeared on the Titanic’s passenger list, but thus far relatives have been unable to learn whether or not it is that of the Philadelphian. Miss Rosanna Conlin, aunt of Conlin, at whose home, 2238 Fairhill street, he lived, has sent a message to Ireland to learn if he sailed on the Titanic.

Mr. Conlin was active in the affairs of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, and prayers for the repose of his soul were recited at the masses on Sunday.

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Thomas Henry Conlin
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Relates to Place:

Guerneville, California, United States
North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States


Mark Baber


Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) NORTH WALES PEOPLE NOT AMONG SURVIVORS (North American, Tuesday 23rd April 1912, ref: #3777, published 22 September 2004, generated 19th September 2021 09:27:56 PM); URL :