Today’s Calm Yet Truly Morbid Fact!
As the lifeboats of the doomed Titanic were being launched on April 14, 1912, some passengers resisted the urge to panic. Isidor and Ida Straus came near lifeboat 8 as it was being loaded. Mr. Straus declared he would not get in until all women and children had been safely taken off the boat. Mrs. Straus then refused to leave her husband’s side, stating, “We have been living together for many years, and where you go, I go.” After giving her fur coat to her maid, who descended in the boat, she and her husband sat down in steamer chairs and calmly watched as the lifeboats filled. Benjamin Guggenheim and his manservant, Victor Giglio, removed their life jackets and changed into elegant evening clothes before returning to the deck. He told a steward, “I think there is grave doubt that the men will get off. I am willing to remain and play the man’s game if there are not enough boats for more than the women and children. I won’t die here like a beast. Tell my wife… I played the game out straight and to the end. No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim is a coward.” Major Butt and Frank Millet chose to retire to the first-class smoking room, where they sat at a table and played a final hand of cards before going their own way. All would perish, along with more than 1,500 others.
Culled from: Titanic
Major Butt. Snicker.