The Titanic - 100 years later

A commentary from the April 19, 1912, edition of The Aegis reflect's on the sinking of the Titanic four days earlier. (April 12, 2012)

There weren't any Harford County residents aboard the Titanic, or at least local newspaper accounts and obituaries published in the days and weeks following the sinking of the great ship in 1912 don't indicate anyone local perished, or was even aboard.

Aside from a horse thief being caught in Fork, most of the news of mid-April in Harford County 100 years ago was focused on the upcoming presidential primary election and highly anticipated visits planned in early May by Republican rivals President William Howard Taft and his predecessor – and foe for the nomination – former President Theodore Roosevelt, who were booked to speak in Bel Air and Havre de Grace, respectively.

On the morning of Friday, April 19, the publisher and editor of The Aegis, John D. Worthington, did take the time to reflect briefly on the demise of the Titanic four days earlier. Quoting from a Presbyterian prayer book passage generally attributed to the 18th and 19th Century Congregationalist minister William Jay, Worthington wrote the following in the newspaper's editorial column:

The Loss of the Titanic


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Scarcely had man completed his last and greatest palace, the Titanic, and committed her to the bosom of the great deep before the Almighty Hand in a single moment crushed it with one mighty blow; as easily, as completely, as disastrously as though it had been the tiniest craft that floated. Truly "None can stay Thine Hand, or say unto Thee "What doest Thou?'"

It is not for us to explain such a dispensation, or to doubt the wisdom of such a variation – a finite mind cannot measure the Infinite – but in common with all the enlightened nations of the earth we week with those that weep.