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White Star Offices Here Are Deserted
San Francisco Agents of Lost Liner Without
News of Disaster
Provided by The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
The office of the White Star line in San Francisco was
dark and deserted last night, although many persons
went there in the hope of learning something about the
fate of relatives or friends on the Titanic.
These callers and those who happened to walk by the
offices, which are in the Gunst building in Geary street,
near Powell, saw a weird sight–weird in the light
of what had happened or was happening in the Atlantic.
In one of the windows of the offices was a large picture
of the giant steamship of which everyone in the company
was so proud. It showed the ship plunging through the
waves in all the glory of man’s highest achievement
over water. It looked like a living monster.
The frame was illuminated with an automatic electric
switch which turned it from red to white alternatively.
When it flashed white the ship was shown in full outline.
In the red glow it looked ghostly.
Above it the illuminated letters T-I-T-A-N-I-C flashed
and faded and flashed again, throbbing, it seemed, with
life, calling someone, speaking a message of some sort–“Titanic,
Titanic, Titanic”–and so on all night.
No advices were received at the local offices concerning
the disaster. General Agent Larke said that he knew
no more about it than what he had read in the papers.
San Francisco Examiner
April 16, 1912