United States Senate Inquiry

Day 18

Correspondence of H. C. Wolfe


Washington, D. C.

That many of the victims of the Titanic disaster died from exposure and not from drowning was quite evident from an examination of the bodies recovered from the sea by the ships sent to search in the vicinity of the disaster. This fact was first brought to light when the steamer Minia returned to Halifax on May 6 with 15 bodies and reported having buried 2 others at sea. A careful examination of the 17 bodies recovered by Dr. Mosher, the ship's physician, showed that only 1 of bodies had water on the lungs, the other unfortunates having died from exposure. Those who died from exposure must have been in the water at least four hours before death relieved them from their sufferings was asserted by those on board the Minia when she arrived in Halifax.

While I have not been able to communicate with Dr. Mosher, above statement was made by Rev. H. W. Cunningham, chaplain on Minia, on her return to Halifax, who repeated it to-night and gave as his authority, Dr. Mosher, ship's physician. I have, however, positive knowledge that Capt. Decarterett, of Minia, in report of his trip to White Star Line and to Anglo-American Cable Co., owners of Minia, used practically same words regarding condition of bodies recovered. If anything further, address me care of Halifax Chronicle.

New York World Correspondent.