Mr. P. A. S. FRANKLIN,
Vice President, White Star Line, New York City:
I am very desirous that you should ascertain name of person connected with your company who sent telegram to Representative Hughes April 15, at 7.30 p. m. You were to furnish certain information containing names of passengers and crew sailing on Titanic from Southampton, Cherbourg, and Queenstown.
WILLIAM ALDEN SMITH.
Hon WILLIAM ALDEN SMITH,
United States Senate, Washington, D. C.:
Answering your telegram, as I testified in Washington, we have had our entire staff of passenger department polled and can not find anybody who admits or has any knowledge to the sending of the typewritten telegram addressed to Representative Hughes and signed White Star Line, supposed to have been filed at 7.30 p. m., April 15. I can not conceive how anybody in this office could have sent that telegram at that time, as they were all well aware that the worst had happened to the Titanic, but we had at that time at least 50 clerks in the office doing their utmost to satisfy the public. Am mailing you tomorrow statement giving names of first, second, and third class passengers embarked on Titanic at Southampton, Cherbourg, and Queenstown, with as much information regarding their address as we have, and have received cable advices from Southampton that they have forwarded to us a complete list of the members of crew, which will send you immediately received, hope latter part of this week. Is there any further information that I can furnish you?
P. A. S. FRANKLIN,