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At the Toll of Death the World Mourns - 1912

The Steamship-Owner Gambled with Death - but Death Held the Cards 

The Steamship-Owner Gambled with Death - but Death Held the Cards   —Barclay in the Baltimore Sun. The Literary Digest (4 May 1912) p. 920-a. GGA Image ID # 103c61ea80

The appalling disaster of the loss of the Titanic is one that appeals to the sympathies of every man, woman, and child throughout the world. In its stupendousness, it eclipses any maritime disaster on record, and we feel we would not be doing our duty if we did not make some mention of this terrible calamity. A sacrifice to speed!

We are sufficiently interested in this matter because motion pictures were taken of its launching and its sailing, and many cameras were ready to greet the boat when she came up New York Bay, but, alas! Man proposes, and Allah disposes.

It is with great regret to us that several of our friends have gone down in the ill-fated vessel. Notably and first in our mind occurs the name of William T. Stead, the founder, and editor of the Review of Reviews.

It was only on Monday morning, just as we were preparing to leave town, that we dictated a letter to Mr. William E. Shaw, American editor of the Review of Reviews, asking him to arrange an interview with our friend, William T. Stead for Auld Lang Syne.

To those who have known and worked with Mr. Stead, the news came with a great shock. It was our province and pleasure to work with him in his psychical research studies, and many are the happy hours that we had spent in the seance room when the letters from Julia and others were dictated.

We better knew him, though, as the founder of the National Lantern Society in England, where he gave a helping hand to every aspiring lanternist throughout the country, and we were elected one of the officers of that society, and as long as he published the little paper on behalf of the Nationalists of England we were regularly in touch with him both by voice and pen.

Another good friend for whom there may yet be hope is the Rev. Dr. J. Stuart Holden, of Glasgow, who was on his way here to address, with William T. Stead, the great Men and Religion Movement which has already started men thinking, and we believe that a wonderfully good harvest will result from its work.

We were in hopes of meeting once more J. S. Holden, with whom we have stood on several platforms addressing the multitudes of England and Scotland. It is hard that such men, who are a pride and a credit to the whole world, should be thus suddenly swept away in the vortex of the illimitable sea.

We trust, with other papers, that by raising our voice in protest that some arrangements more equitable for the safety of the passengers will be arranged for, and that the Northern passage will be tabooed in future during the winter months by every vessel passing between the ports of England and New York.

What is speed, what is a day, what is an hour, compared to eternity and the great sacrifice of human life for the sake of crowding a few extra minutes in arriving at the dock?

“At the Toll of Death – The World Mourns,” in The Moving Picture News, New York: The Cinematograph Publishing Company, Vol. V, No. 16, 20 April 1912, p. 6.

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