Titanic survivor's account of last words with friend

An account by a survivor of the Titanic of the last moment she saw a close friend before he died is to be auctioned.

When the liner was holed by an iceberg on April 14, 1912, Helen Churchill Candee, a first class passenger and a divorced author, was escorted by Edward Kent to a lifeboat.

As they said goodbye, she handed him a silver brandy flask and a miniature portrait of her mother.

She asked him: "Take these for me; you know we women have no pockets."

In her 36-page memoir, written in green ink, she recalled: "I held out to him a silver flask and a miniature of my mother. But Kent drew back his hands. Angered, I commanded: 'Take them.' His eyes appealed to mine. He took my treasures (though silently) against his (prophetic) soul's prophecy and slipped out of the cabin (and disappeared). We never saw him again."

Mr Kent, 60, an American architect, remained on board, helping women and children.

When his body was recovered, the flask, which sold for £34,000 at auction last year, and the miniature were still in his jacket pocket.

Mrs Churchill Candee, who died in 1949, aged 90, was 53 when she boarded the liner. She was one of 700 people to survive of the 1,523 passengers who set out for New York from Southampton.

She was sailing to America to visit her son Harold who had been injured in a plane crash. Her friendship with Mr Kent helped take her mind off her son's accident, she recalled.

The couple's affection for each other was mirrored by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the film Titanic.

In the memoir, which has been with beneficiaries of her estate, Mrs Churchill Candee recalls: "The dress declared the tragedy. On every man and woman's body was tied the sinister white lifebelt, the last response at sea.

"Some were over women's evening gowns, some over men's bathrobes, and above each was a pale face of courage."

The manuscript, the miniature and other memorabilia are to be auctioned by Henry Aldridge and Sons in Devizes, Wilts, on April 29. The items are expected to fetch £25,000.

By Richard Savill


Tale as old as time...

Only 74 days until we do Beauty and the Beast in Franklin!!!
It's going to be a great show!
Here is the cast list, if you are interested:
Beauty and the Beast cast list

Crocodile Attacks Chainsaw in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A 14 1/2-foot crocodile mauled a chainsaw a worker was using Friday to clear up debris left by a tropical storm that lashed northern Australia. While the croc and worker were both uninjured, the saw's woodcutting days are over.

Freddy Buckland was cutting up a tree that fell against a crocodile enclosure at the Corroboree Park Tavern, 50 miles east of the northern port city of Darwin when the crocodile, called Brutus, apparently took exception to the chainsaw's noise and attacked.

``As he was trimming up the tree on the outside the croc jumped out of the water and sped along the tree about 18, 20 feet and actually grabbed the chainsaw out of his hands,'' said Peter Shappert, the tavern's owner.

``It must have been the noise ... I don't think he was actually trying to grab Freddy, but I'm not sure. He had a fair go at him ... I think he just grabbed the first thing he could and it happened to be the chainsaw,'' Shappert added.

Neither Buckland nor Brutus were injured.

The saltwater crocodile, which Shappert said he now is considering renaming Two-stroke in honor of the saw's fuel, appeared to like the snack.

``He chewed on the chainsaw for about an hour-and-a-half, then we finally got it out,'' Shappert said, adding that the saw was destroyed when it finally was retrieved from Brutus' giant jaws.

Saltwater crocodiles have been known to attack small power boats, apparently because they do not like the noise of outboard motors.

04/28/06 08:13 © Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.


April 27, 2006

Wednesday morning, as I was lying in bed, I thought groggily..."Why am I smelling garlic? What is that smell?"
Wednesday evening when I came home I went into my room and thought, "What is that smell!??!" Then the thought flies across my mind, "What if a mouse died in my room?"
After carefully following my nose and pulling out my bed from the wall, I discovered a tail hanging out of the baseboard heater.
After removing the knob and the face plate off the thermostat, I was able to extract the little rodent.
My guess is he got electrocuted. I fluctuated from beng quite grossed out and very proud of myself for finiding, extracting and disposing of the little fellow.

Tonight my roommates and I sat around and dscussed 1 John chapter 1. It was very stimulating and encouraging to be together and look at a whole passage of Scripture together. We wanted to keep going and decided to look at chapter 2 on Saturday instead of waiting for next Thursday.

Beauty and the Beast!!!

I just found out that Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be at the Fox again for 6 days in September.
You will definitely see me there!


April 23, 2006

Saturday I went to Nashville, TN to the level 9 eastern nationals gymnastics competition.
These are some fuzzy pictures of our athlete who competed. She did very well; had one of her best meets of the season!

This whole week the gym was closed so I had time to get organized. I ended up mostly sleeping and relaxing, which was also needed.

I saw a performance by the Western Carolina Community Choir and Brahms Ein deutsches Requim, Opus 45 performed by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus. I felt very cultured. The Requim was all in German, but there was a translation in the program.
Going to both of those performances reminded me how much I love to do this; to go to recitals and symphonies and musicals and dramas. I really love the performing arts!



HONOLULU (AP) - The humuhumunukunukuapuaa officially lost its title as the state fish more than a decade ago but is set to reclaim the honor.

A bill reinstating the critter - known as humuhumu for short - passed the Legislature on Monday and heads next to the office of Gov. Linda Lingle for a signature.

The little fish with the long name was deposed in 1990 by a clause in the law that gave it its crown, which made the measure expire after five years.

But few in the state were aware of the change and the fish, also known as the rectangular triggerfish, and it has continued to be touted as Hawaii's state fish.

The measure is credited by its introducer, Rep. Blake Oshiro, to the 6-year-old son of a friend and constituent, Joel Itomura. It was Itomura who brought the lack of an official designation for the humuhumu to the attention of Oshiro, D-Aiea-Halawa.

Lingle now has 10 days to potentially veto the bill.

04/18/06 07:39 © Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.


Quotes from Jane Austen

What are men to rocks and mountains?

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should refuse an offer of marriage

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves

One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.

What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!

Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them a great deal.

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.

There are certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are of pretty woman to deserve them.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.

Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.

Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise.

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

She believed that she must now submit to feel that another lesson, in the art of knowing our own nothingness beyond our own circle, was becoming necessary for her.

My idea of good company ... is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

It is very unfair to judge any body’s conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable, old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else.

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.

I am pleased that you have learned to love a hyacinth. The mere habit of learning to love is the thing; and a teachableness of disposition in a young lady is a great blessing.

No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.

There are such beings in the world perhaps, one in a thousand,as the creature you and I should think perfection, where grace &spirit are united to worth, where the manners are equal to theheart & understanding, but such a person may not come in yourway, or if he does, he may not be the eldest son of a man offortune, the brother of your particular friend & belonging toyour own country.

Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marryingwithout affection.

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.

A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from; and he who can do it, where there is no doubt of her regard, must, I think, be the happiest of mortals.

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.

Young ladies are delicate plants. They should take care of their health and their complexion

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

What did she say?—Just what she ought, of course. A lady always does.—She said enough to show there need not be despair—and to invite him to say more himself.

There is scarcely a young lady in the united kingdoms, who would not rather put up with the misfortune of being sought by a clever, agreeable man, than have him driven away by the vulgarity of her nearest relations.

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other’s comfort.

It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides.

My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.


Today, I bought a camera.

Isn't this a fun picture of Kat?

After more than 2 years of going camerless I purchased a nice little polaroid digital for $60. It's quite cute.

This morning I was at the Ingles in Clayton, Georgia helping my dad run the first stop of the Concerned Bikers Association's fund raiser ride, "Poker Run". It actually sounded rather fun. All the motorcyclists had a map telling them where to go in a nice loop through north georgia and highlands back into Franklin. They had 5 stops where they drew a card (from a regular 52 card deck) and it was recorded on their sheet. At the end of the ride the person with the best 'hand' was the winner and got $100. Worst hand got $25. Bikers came from as far as Hickory, NC and Anderson, SC. It was fun, but I got quite sunburned.

Tomorrow I am going to church for the first time since I've come back from IHOP-KC.
Easter really is my favorite holiday, has been for years. Even more than Christmas. It's easier to remember it's all about Jesus (the easter bunny isn't even slightly apealing) and as unbelievebly awesome as the incarnation is, the suffering, sacrifice and resurrection are even more amazing!

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for sin, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. Out of the anguish of His soul he shall see light and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the Righteous One, My Servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the many, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. - Isaiah 53:10-12

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Have this mind among yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:3-11

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs. - Hebrews 1:1-4

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside His outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around His waist. Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with Me." Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." For He knew who was to betray Him; that was why He said, "Not all of you are clean."

When He had washed their feet and put on His outer garments and resumed His place, He said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant
is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. - John 13:1-17

At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
"Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
- Matthew 11:25-30


you are lightskyblue

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don't stress out over things and don't understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
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