Thursday, March 15, 2012

Titanic Centennial: Animal Stories

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Here's one story "The Sinking Of The Titanic And Great Sea Disasters" got wrong. From p. 137:
Five women saved their pet dogs, carrying them in their arms. Another woman saved a little pig, which she said was her mascot. Though her husband is an Englishman and she lives in England she is an American and was on her way to visit her folks here. How she cared for the pig aboard ship I do not know, but she carried it up the side of the ship in a big bag. I did not mind the dogs so much, but it seemed to me to be too much when a pig was saved and human beings went to death. 
The pig was not a living pig but a wind-up toy. Its owner was young woman named Edith Rosenbaum. Her story is here.

According to the Encyclopedia Titanica:
In her latter years she lived in a hotel in London where she became increasingly eccentric and disagreeable. Her final years were spent threatening lawsuits against everyone who committed what she perceived as transgressions against her, from hotel maids to those who delivered food to her. She lived in filthy surroundings in her hotel and rarely allowed hotel maintenance/janitorial employees to do any cleaning. Upon her death a maid commented to a London reporter that "Old Edy was the contrariest old hag what ever crossed my path."
She died in London on 4th April, 1975 at the age of 98, never having married and leaving only a couple of scattered cousins as survivors.

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