DR. DODGE AND HIS FAMILY ARE
Assessor Sends Two Messages
From Carpathia to
His Son Here Mayor Wires Reply
Relieving the deep anxiety of his relatives
and thousands of friends in this city, Dr. Washington Dodge, Assessor of
San Francisco, yesterday sent two messages to his son, stating that he
and the members of his family who were on board the Titanic are safe.
Peculiar circumstances in the receipt
of news of survivors on the Carpathia have kept the family's friends and
relatives worried since the first word of the wreck. Dr. Dodge's name appeared
on the first list of survivors and the fears for his safety set to rest,
but only momentarily. The revised list given out several hours later omitted
his name, and since that time alternately conflicting reports have followed
in rapid succession, until his son, mother and sister were driven nearly
frantic by excitement and fear.
WIRES SON OF SAFETY
The good news, settling all rumors
at rest permanently, was received first at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon
in the following message, addressed to Harry Dodge, care of the Pacific
Hardware Company. It reads as follows:
"ABOARD CARPATHIA, April 17,Harry
Dodge, care Pacific Hardware Company, San FranciscoAll well. Notify mother
and sister. (Signed) "FATHER."
The second was received at 3 o'clock
in the afternoon and reads:
"Harry Dodge, care Assessor's
Office, San FranciscoAll well. (Signed) "FATHER"
It is thought that his delay in notifying
his family and friends of his safety was due partly to the fact that he
was kept busy in his professional capacity as physician in caring for the
other survivors, hundreds of whom undoubtedly are broken in spirit
MAYOR SENDS GREETINGS
News of Dr. Dodge's telegram was carried
immediately to Mayor Rolph, who sent out the following message of congratulation
eastward a few moments later:
"April 17, 1912.Dr. Washington
Dodge, care White State Steamship Company, New York city, N. Y. San Francisco,
for the last forty-eight hours, has been sick at heart over the thought
of your death in the terrible disaster of the ill-fated Titanic. I have
just received hews of the safety of yourself, Mrs. Dodge and little son.
The people of San Francisco thank Got over your safety, and through me
extend to you all affectionate greetings, and shall be glad to welcome
you home. Very sincerely yours,
JAMES ROLPH JR., Mayor"
18 April 18, 1912
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