From the Author
The first message was unsigned, andit is said it was sent as a list of names of survivors were being forwarded. Itread:--
"Keep your mouth shut. Hold story. Big money for you."
The messages from the Carpathia to the Marconi office concerning this matterwere not available, but there was evidently some communication, for the secondunsigned message followed after an interval. This message read:--
"If you are wise, hold story. The Marconi company will take care ofyou."
The third and last message was addressed to "Marconi officer, theCarpathia and the Titanic," and signed "S. M. Sammis," chiefengineer of the Marconi Company of America. This one read:--
"Stop. Say nothing. Hold your story for dollars in four figures. Mr.Marconi agreeing. Will meet you at dock."
Mr. Sammis was at the Waldorf-Astoria yesterday at the hearing before thesub-committee of the United States Senate, and he was asked about the message.
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