The Lewsiston Daily Sun
April 15, 1912 Page One
Franklin Not Worrying
New York, April 15---P.A.S. Franklin, vice-president of the International Mercantile Marine, stated early today that it was difficult to credit the report that the Titanic had met with an accident in view of the fact that the White Star Line had received no wireless message from her.
"We received a wireless from the Titanic early yesterday, giving her position," said Mr.Franklin, "and I am sure if she had met with an accident since, we would have heard from her. We are absolutely satisfied that if she has been in collision with an iceberg she is in no danger. With her various water-tight compartments, she is absolutely unsinkable and it makes no difference what she hit. The report should not cause any serious anxiety.
United States Senate Inquiry
Testimony of Philip Franklin
(Mr. Franklin was sworn by the chairman.)
What is your full name?
Philip A. S. Franklin.
And where do you reside?
I reside in New York.
What is your business?
I am the vice president in the United States of the International Mercantile Marine Co.
How old are you?
Forty-one years of age.
What composes the International Mercantile Marine Co.?
In a general way, the International Mercantile Marine Co., through its various ramifications, owns the White Star Line, the American Line, the Red Star Line, the Atlantic Transport Line, and the National Line, and the majority of the stock of the Leyland Line