18 November 2010

A Popular Point of Departure


From the Chicago Daily Tribune this week in 1936:

QUEEN MARY DOCKS WITH A PASSENGER MISSING; 2D SUICIDE

New York, Nov. 17. - (AP) - A passenger giving the name of Garner Marshall, 70, of Hilton Village, Va., was reported today to have disappeared from the liner Queen Mary early yesterday.

Ship's officers said Marshall, who was traveling alone in the third class, left a note addressed to the purser saying he intended to take his life. It was the second suicide of a passenger since the since the ship was launched.

The liner docked at 7 a.m. today, twenty-four hours late.

Marshall's son, Montague C. Marshall, who met the ship at the pier, said his father had brooded since the death of his wife last March. A retired farmer, he had been spending the summer with relatives in England.

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