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April 13, 2012

'UNSINKABLE' sinks

CENTERVILLE — Semi Weekly Iowegian, Friday, April 19, 1912

MYSTIC MAN LOSES WIFE AND CHILDREN

Frank Lefebvre, of Mystic, has almost given away to despair of ever seeing his wife and four children who were on board the ill fated Titanic.

They were coming from France to join him after separation of a year while he worked hard in the mines to accumulate enough money to pay their passage in the steerage. As soon as he got enough ahead he sent for the oldest son who came over to help him and the two were able to make enough to send for the wife and children about five weeks ago. The happy woman wrote that they would come on the Titanic. Her name appears among those missing. It was hoped something further might be heard of her this morning after the survivors landed, but no word has come and now the sorrowing husband and father has almost given up hope. He and his son work at one of the Lodwick mines.

Semi Weekly Iowegian, Tuesday, April 23, 1912

FRENCH CHILDREN MAYBE ARE HIS

Believing that two unknown French children saved from the Titanic are his, Frank Lefebvre has started from Mystic for New York to identify them. The two little tots are in the hands of Miss Margaret Hays, a survivor of the Titanic, who took them in charge when they were thrown into the life boat in which she was as it pushed off from the doomed ship. It is believed it was the last despairing act of their mother who sought to save her babes when she knew she must go to death herself. They are about 2 and 4 years old. The Chicago Tribune of yesterday printed their pictures. While Mr. Lefebvre has not seen his children for a year since he left France, he believes they are his. A purse, was raised at Mystic so he could go back to see them at the home of Miss Hays, 304 W. 83rd St., New York. The mother and the two other children are believed to have perished.

Interesting stories of rescue and bravery continue to be told by survivors of the awful wreck. The investigation into responsibility by the senate committee continues, it developing that barely half enough life boats were carried because it was felt that the vessel was unsinkable. It is reported that a fire was burning in the coal in the hold from shortly after the ship sailed, which also hastened its speed.

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