Q: Tell me how did she come to know that there was this new technology called
wireless on board the ship, the Republic? |
DS: She was a very precocious, very curious, very creative little girl
from a family who took her out of school every year and traveled all over
Europe and had no real education except that came from her own intellectual
curiosity. She was traveling with her mother who was a grand dame beautiful
woman and her grandmother and her little brother who was the favorite. So my
mother was sort of left on her own to snoop around the ships that they traveled
on every year.
My mother was an inveterate snooper and I'm sure she was bored being probably
one of the few children on board and her little brother certainly she was fed
up with so she was poking and snooping around. I think the captain and the
steward had sort of steered her around to various places and it just happened
as she was passing the cabin where the really very young wireless operator was
and he beckoned her in, said do you want to see how this works. So mother was
fascinated and I remember her telling me about it. And going in and he showed
her the whole thing and she was fascinated.
Q: What did she think of the wireless?
DS: I just remember her being fascinated by the fact that it didn't
have any wires, it was called a wireless and it didn't have any wires that she
could see. And then I do remember her saying something about lightening either
from the Florida or the Baltic, I don't remember which because I think he was
one of the last to get off the Republic and it must have sent some kind of
lightening effect but I may be wrong on that.
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