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Faked Wireless Messages

Post by Karen on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 23:53

How Bogus Messages About the Titanic were Circulated.

NEW YORK, Saturday.

Mr. Melville Stone, general manager of the Associated Press, was yesterday called before the Senate Committee, and questioned about despatches received by the Associated Press on Monday, April 15, the day of the Titanic disaster.
Mr. Stone said a despatch was received from the "Montreal Star" to the effect that the passengers had been transferred, and were en route to Halifax. Later, this same Montreal message, having been cabled to London, was given out there by the Exchange Telegraph Company, and the Associated Press, London, office repeated it back to New York, giving credit for the message to the Exchange Company.
Mr. Stone further stated that the "Montreal Star," primarily, and the Exchange Telegraph Company, secondarily, were responsible as sources of the despatch in question.
"From midnight on Sunday," Mr. Stone added, "we had no trustworthy telegrams until 11:23 a.m. (4:23 p.m. London time). Then a despatch was given out from the White Star offices by Mr. Franklin to the effect that the Virginian had reported the transfer of passengers and was under way, twenty boatloads being aboard the Carpathia.
"At 12:07 on Monday afternoon (5:07 p.m. London time) the Canadian Press sent out the following: "Horton Davidson, one of the Titanic's passengers, has sent to the local office of his firm here a wireless stating "All the passengers are safe; the Titanic is now in tow of the Virginian." That was the last of the conspicuous fakes." - Reuter.
An influential committee has been formed in Liverpool with a view to promoting a fund to erect a national memorial to the Titanic's engineers who perished at their posts. It is proposed that the memorial shall consist of an elaborate group of statuary, which will, if approved, surpass in architectural beauty the statue of Liberty at New York.
The total of the Titanic Mansion House Fund yesterday was 225,000 pounds; that of the National Free Church Council's Fund 911 pounds; and of the Mayor of Southampton's Fund 27,884 pounds.
At the Charity Shield match between Blackburn Rovers and Queen's Park Rangers, at Tottenham, yesterday, 250 pounds was collected for the Titanic fund.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, May 5, 1912, Page 2

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