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

APRIL 18, 1912

The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 96 years ago:

Loss of life when liner sinks may exceed all the former estimates

New York Confirming the most liberal estimates of loss of life and exceeding in horror the worst catastrophe conceived by imagination, the elements of the great tragedy at sea the sinking of the $10,000,000 liner Titanic early on the morning of April 15 - are slowly coming to light.

From his wireless tower at Wellfleet, Mass., the correspondent of the I.N.S., an experienced wireless operator, talked across the sea with the operator on the steamer Carpathia and secured from him full confirmation of the disaster and such few scant details are being transmitted before they were interrupted by the rough weather.

The only survivors of the wreck are those who were picked up by the Carpathia. Beyond that list there is no hope.

The Carpathia found no other ships on the scene. Fishing craft may have arrived later and searched the waters, but they were too late to find any living thing. The crew and passengers of the Carpathia lining the rails saw a desolate expanse of water broken only by the floating bodies of half a dozen victims and what wreckage had come to the surface. Far enough away to have escaped the suction of the sinking liner drifted 20 lifeboats, filled with agonized women and children and a few men passengers, besides some members of the crew who had been lowered away to man the boats. Many of these women were attired in evening gowns, which they wore at a gathering of the fashionables in the main saloon of the great liner as she struck the iceberg. Others of the women and all of the children are in their night clothing and but few of them had overwraps of any description. As the Carphathia is ploughing the Atlantic on her way to New York, many of these women are under the care of physicians in a pitiful state of mental and physical anguish.

Young singer making good

The following from the Cincinnati Enquirer will be of interest to Monroeville residents and other readers of the Reflector.

"Cincinnati came near losing two of its most prominent young singers yesterday when Miss Cecilia Hoffman, soprano, and Miss Alma Black, contralto, were invited by Miss McDonald, star of the Spring Maid company, to join it and leave with the company last evening to sing solo parts. Owing to a number of previous engagements, neither of the young ladies could accept, but Miss McDonald's manager assured them they would ever be welcome."

Miss Cecelia Hoffman was born in Monroeville and is making her mark in the musical world as a vocalist of rare ability. She is a niece of Mrs. John Zorn of Monroeville.

Frank Willey was found dead

Frank Willey, who lived alone in a house a short distance west of North Monroeville, was found dead in his home Wednesday evening by members of the Bartdorff family, who live near and who had supplied Mr. Willey with eatables from time to time during the past few weeks during which period he had been ill.

Mr. Willey was well known in the eastern part of the county, and for years was a well known horse buyer and trainer. He was a member of the Monroeville lodge of Odd Fellows, and members of that order have taken charge of the funeral services.

Organize and elect officers

The loyal Young People's Branch of the W.C.T.U. was organized in the ladies' parlor of the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Mary Stewart Powers gave a short talk explaining the work of the society and the constitution was adopted. The following officers were elected:

President, Alice Miller; corresponding secretary, Ruby Cronk; Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Kellog; Treasurer, Helen Husted.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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