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April 8, 2012

Sisters break silence about family connection to Titanic

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Many lifeboats were only partially filled with passengers, many from the first-class deck. The Titanic had only enough lifeboats for one-third of the more than 2,000 passengers.

"The horror of all of those lifeboats that did not have enough people in them," said Greene. "They could have had many more men in them and third-class passengers, too."

She said the Hays' were traveling on the Titanic as guests of J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line. the Titanic's owner.

Greene said that when Clara Hays was asked whether she might sue the White Star Line, she replied, "When one is a guest, one does not sue one's host."

Anewalt, 73, of Philadelphia, said a tour of the Titanic msueum in Branson made her aware of how little she knew about the disaster.

"What I have learned from this museum is the huge tragedy it was for survivors and those who did not survive," she said. "It¹s a little ironic that people are more interested now than at the time."

Anewalt said the family's connection to the Titanic was seldom discussed within the family.

"I don¹t know quite how to explain it, but we really had a silent growing up with regard to this," she said. "It was a family tragedy. They did not bring it up."

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Wally Kennedy is a reporter for the Joplin, Mo., Globe. Contact him at wkennedy@joplinglobe.com

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