THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH Co.,
New York, May 23, 1912.
WILLIAM ALDEN SMITH, Esq.,
United States Senator, Washington, D. C.
DEAR SIR: Answering your letter of May 18, I would say that I have at last concluded my investigation with respect to the messages concerning which you have asked me.
After a most careful search of all the files of the company and the interrogation of its employees, I have been unable to obtain any evidence indicating that any message was received by this company on April 15 between 6 and 10 o'clock a. m. advising of the sinking of the Titanic.
Further answering your inquiries, I would say that no influence has been brought to bear upon any official or employee of this company or suggestion made, so far as I can learn, that any information concerning the Titanic disaster should be withheld or suppressed. I beg also to say that I have made a careful search and investigation to ascertain, if possible, the identity of the person who sent the telegram to Representative Hughes, of West Virginia, signed by the White Star Line, and have been unable to learn who filed the message at our office or caused it to be sent. I have been informed by officials of the White Star Line that they have been unable to learn who directed or caused the message to be sent.
Very truly, yours,