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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Titanic sinks, 1,500 die

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

APRIL 16, 1922

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 96 years ago:

1,500 lives are blotted out as huge liner sinks in ocean

NEW YORK, April 16 - The White Star liner Titanic, the world's greatest steamship, has gone down some 500 miles off Cape Race with 630 of her 1,400 passengers and her full crew of 860 men on board.

That the greatest catastrophe in maritime history has occurred to a vessel of their line was admitted by the officials of the White Star Steamship Co. in New York. The liner Carpathia, the first vessel to come within sight of the Titanic, rescued all the Titanic's lifeboats, in which were 780 persons, most of them women and children. Many women and children, however, have perished. When the Carpathia reached the ill-fated vessel, no sight of life was to be seen anywhere, the Mountainous ocean swells giving mute evidence of the stupendous disaster.

Early reports stated that all the passengers and the crew of the Titanic had been taken off by the Allan liners Virginian and Parisian and the Carpathia, but the wireless messages received here discredit these reports in every detail.

That the sinking of the Titanic was witnessed from the bridges of the Carpathia, which was leading the Parisian and the Virginian to the rescue, is believed here. That the vessel was seen through the glasses of the Carpathia's captain it to be afloat is regarded as the source of these early encouraging reports.

No hope is held out at the offices of the White Star line that any man on board has survived to tell the story of the final sinking of the leviathan, although some of the women in the boats may have witnessed the sinking. Only by a miracle, it is pointed out, could any person who stood by the ship escape the great vessel's powerful suction as she sank to the bottom

Attempts to commit suicide

Mrs. Helen Brady, twenty-five, employed as a homekeeper for J.B. Wagner, 412 W. 27th Street, attempted to commit suicide at about 3:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon by drinking the contents of a two-ounce bottle containing carbolic acid, says the Lorain Daily News. The young woman was rushed to St. Joseph's hospital in Relchlin, Reidy & Scranton Company's ambulance, where it is reported she will recover.

On three different occasions Mrs. Brady is reported to have attempted to die by the acid route. On Decoration Day, 1911, it is claimed she drank carbolic acid and was found unconscious in her room in the Wagner home a few minutes later by neighbors. She was rushed to the hospital and by the use of a stomach pump, her life was saved.

Mrs. Brady lived in Norwalk before she came to Lorain to work as a homekeeper for Mr. Wagner and the Norwalk police say that she also tried to end her life by drinking carbolic acid a few months before she located in Lorain.

James H. Sharp sues for divorce

James H. Sharp, a well known carpenter of this city, has brought suit in the common pleas court for divorce from his wife, Ida L. Sharp, alleging willful absence for more than three years. In an amended petition the plaintiff alleges that at the date of his marriage to Mrs. Sharp, she had a former husband living to whom at that time she was legally married.

The petition says that Mr.a nd Mrs. Sharp were married in Clyde on January 15, 1907. In her answer to the petition the defendant asks the court to require the plaintiff to pay reasonable temporary alimony.

Bans published first time Sunday

Marriage bans were published for the first time Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church for James P. Gaughran and Mrs. Ida F. Adams, both residents of North Pleasant Street, this city.

Adjudged insane

Winnie Haynes of East Main Street was adjudged insane by Judge Rowley Tuesay, and was ordered committed to the Toledo State Hospital. Sheriff Sattig accompanied her to the institution.

- Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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