“Benjamin Guggenheim, Titanic Titan!”

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“WHERE IS YOUR LIFE PRESERVER, SIR?” a.k.a.: “Benjamin Guggenheim, Titanic Titan!” March 25, 2018.

Guggenheim boarded the RMS Titanic and was accompanied by his mistress, a French singer named Léontine Aubart(1887–1964); his valet, Victor Guglio (1888–1912); his chauffeur, René Pernot (1872–1912); and Madame Aubart’s maid, Emma Sägesser (1887–1964). His ticket was number 17593 and cost £79 4s (other sources give the price as £56 18s 7d). He and Guglio occupied stateroom cabin B82 while Aubart and Sägesser occupied cabin B35. Pernot occupied an unknown cabin in second class.

But a lost photo shows that Victor Guglio was dark-skinned and that has given rise to speculation that the pair knew that the mixed-race valet would be refused entry to a ‘first class’ lifeboat. And it is thought that Guggenheim chose to die with his devoted companion rather than be rescued and leave Guglio …

Tried to Do His Duty, He Asked Steward to Tell Her

“GO DOWN LIKE GENTLEMEN”

He and His Secretary, Facing Death, Wore Full Evening Dress—Brother Bitter Against Company

James Etches, assistant steward in the first cabin of the Titanic, appeared at the St. Regis Hotel early yesterday morning and inquired for Mrs. Benjamin Guggenheim. He said that he had a message from Benjamin Guggenheim, one of the victims of the sea disaster. He said that it had to be delivered in person.

Mrs. Guggenheim was in the care of Daniel Guggenheim whose apartments are at the St. Regis. The steward was admitted, but was not permitted to see Mrs. Guggenheim, who is prostrated with grief. He insisted that he must see her personally, but finally consented to transmit the message through her brother-in-law.

“We were together almost to the end,” said the steward. “I was saved. He went down with the ship. But that isn’t what I want to tell Mrs. Guggenheim.”

Then the steward produced a piece of paper. He had written the message on it, he said, to be certain that it would be correct. This was the brief message:

“If anything should happen to me, tell my wife in New York that I’ve done my best in doing my duty.”

“That’s all he said,“ added the steward. “There wasn’t time for more.”

Little by little Mr. Guggenheim got the whole story of his brother’s death from the steward. It was the first definite news that he had received from his brother.

“Mr. Guggenheim was one of my charges,“ said the steward anew. “He had his secretary with him. His name was Guglio, I believe, an Armenian, about 24 years old. Both died like soldiers.

“WHERE IS YOUR LIFE PRESERVER, SIR?” a poem.

Mr.-Guggenheim, dressed in fine attire,

Was cautioned: {Sir, the} Situation! –

{‘Tis} Dire! Wherever is your life boat vest?” [1st Mate]

“{I’ve given} To-another, by-prior-bequest!” [B. Guggenheim]

“Yes, sir! Yes, Sir, I think I see … “ [1st Mate]

“IF anything should hap – to me, I would-surely like my wife to know,

WE BEHAV-ED DECENTLY, EVEN THOUGH … ” [B. Guggenheim]

I did not see those two again,

But I was bless-ed,

To have been,

In-the-presence of a-one so fair,

My life was changed,

By his kind stare.

LOVE WILL CONQUER EVERY FOE! DECENCY WILL ALWAYS SHOW! FEAR AND DEATH HAVE NOT A CLUE, OF HOW MUCH MY LOVE FOR YOU, TRANS-CENDS FRAILTY OF TIME! WHEN I HOLD YOU, ‘TIS SUBLIME! COURAGE SPRINGS WHEN LOVE FOR YOU-COMBINES WITH FAITH! THEN LOVE IS TRUE!

fin. ❤

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