MILLION-DOLLAR HUSBAND: Rene Harris files Titanic claim


The New York Times has detailed coverage on the claims filed to date concerning the sinking of the Titanic. By far the largest is that of Mrs. Henry B. (Renee) Harris, who survived the disaster but lost her husband.  As compensation for the loss of her husband she seeks the astonishing sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS.  The other widows who have filed claims are seeking at most $300,000 for the loss of their husbands.

She seems to have had a considerable amount of personal property on the ship, for which she also seeks compensation:  $10,000 for five trunks full of clothing; a string of pearls worth $10,000; a diamond necklace worth $2,400; a diamond and oynx bar pin worth $1,000; and a bracelet with diamonds worth $750.

One imagines that if she ever meets with calamity again, a friend is likely to put things in perspective for Mrs. Harris by reminding her:   “This is nothing for you after the Titanic.”

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