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Thread #117973   Message #2546997
Posted By: M.Ted
23-Jan-09 - 10:19 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brits on Titanic die of niceness
Subject: RE: BS: Brits on Titanic die of niceness
As far as the British Subjects on board--I am not convinced that they were any less "individualistic" than the Americans--read this from "Encyclopedia Titanica"--

Colonel John Weir, 60, was a native of Scotland who had made a fortune in western mining before returning to Scotland, where his daughter and sister lived, and to England. He had been president of the Nevada-Utah Mines & Smelters corporation. During the Spanish-American War he was appointed quartermaster-general by President McKinley and served in the Phillipines. Accordig to local papers he was well thought of in Salt Lake City "The years had left him gray, but his heart was young and his strong body retained without a hint of the years, it bore the strainght lines of the typical soldier." Weir was known for his Christmas spirit, giving his friends substantial gifts during the Christmas season. After he returned to Europe he made frequent trips back to Utah, and often stayed at the Knuteford. He was a member of the Alta club in Salt Lake City.