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Assessor Sends Two Messages From Carpathia to
His Son Here— Mayor Wires Reply

Relieving the deep anxiety of his relatives and thousands of friends in this city, Dr. Washington Dodge, Assessor of San Francisco, yesterday sent two messages to his son, stating that he and the members of his family who were on board the Titanic are safe.

Peculiar circumstances in the receipt of news of survivors on the Carpathia have kept the family's friends and relatives worried since the first word of the wreck. Dr. Dodge's name appeared on the first list of survivors and the fears for his safety set to rest, but only momentarily. The revised list given out several hours later omitted his name, and since that time alternately conflicting reports have followed in rapid succession, until his son, mother and sister were driven nearly frantic by excitement and fear.


The good news, settling all rumors at rest permanently, was received first at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon in the following message, addressed to Harry Dodge, care of the Pacific Hardware Company. It reads as follows:

"ABOARD CARPATHIA, April 17,—Harry Dodge, care Pacific Hardware Company, San Francisco—All well. Notify mother and sister. (Signed) "FATHER."

The second was received at 3 o'clock in the afternoon and reads:

"Harry Dodge, care Assessor's Office, San Francisco—All well. (Signed) "FATHER"

It is thought that his delay in notifying his family and friends of his safety was due partly to the fact that he was kept busy in his professional capacity as physician in caring for the other survivors, hundreds of whom undoubtedly are broken in spirit


News of Dr. Dodge's telegram was carried immediately to Mayor Rolph, who sent out the following message of congratulation eastward a few moments later:

"April 17, 1912.—Dr. Washington Dodge, care White State Steamship Company, New York city, N. Y.— San Francisco, for the last forty-eight hours, has been sick at heart over the thought of your death in the terrible disaster of the ill-fated Titanic. I have just received hews of the safety of yourself, Mrs. Dodge and little son. The people of San Francisco thank Got over your safety, and through me extend to you all affectionate greetings, and shall be glad to welcome you home. Very sincerely yours,


San Francisco Chronicle,
18 April 18, 1912

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