Los Angeles Times, April 21, 1912
Headline: Stunned Into Apathy Say Women
Left Column: Assured Until The Last Titanic Couldn't Sink.
By Jessie Leitch.
(By Direct Wire To The Times.)
New York. April 20.—[Exclusive Dispatch] About midnight Mr. Harper, the Rev. Dr. John Harper, came to my stateroom and told me that the vessel had struck an iceberg. While I was dreaming he went to learn further particulars and returned to say that orders had been given to put on the lifeboats. I did so. Picking up Nana, his daughter, in his arms he took her up to the deck. There, the women were ordered to the upper deck. I had to climb a vertical iron ladder, and Mr. Harper brought Nana after me up the ladder and the men at the top lifted her up to me again.
There was no opportunity for farewell and, in fact: even then we did not realize the danger, as we were assured again and again that the vessel could not sink, that the Olympic would be alongside at any minute and that the women and children were to be put into the boats first and the men to follow and that there were boats sufficient enough for all. Our boat was well manned and it was the eleventh to leave the vessel.
After about half an hour, the Titanic went down. We were about a mile away, but even then I hoped and expected that Mr. Harper was in on one of the other boats. Many of which reached the Carpathia before ours did. How eagerly I looked for his face on the deck as we approached that vessel, but when all the boat-loads had come aboard I feared the worst.
The last day we spent on the Titanic was Sunday. Mr. Harper asked me to read the chapter at our morning family prayers and later we went to the Sunday morning services. The day was quietly and pleasantly spent and when Nana and I went to look for Mr. Harper at about 6 o’clock to go to dinner. I found him earnestly talking to a young Englishman whom he was seeking to lead to Christ. That evening before we retired, we went on deck, and there was still a glint of red in the west.
I remember Mr. Harper saying, “It will be beautiful in the morning.”
We then went down to the staterooms. He read from the Bible and prayed and so he left us.
Mrs. Astor To Quit London
Colonel’s Divorced Wife Wants to Be With Her Son Vincent
London, April 20.—Mrs. Ava Willing-Astor, mother of Vincent Astor, has decided to proceed to New York to be with her son. She will sail at the earliest possible moment. The various relief funds for the assistance of sufferers by the Titanic disaster now amount to upwards of $400,000. The fund at the Mansion House alone at noon amounted to $200,000. Among the suscriptions to this latter fund at $10,000 from W. W. Astor and $5000 from Lord Stratheona.