"As the first week of their marriage drew to a close, the newspapers were full of news about the sinking of the RMS Titanic after it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Carlos F. Hurd, from the St. Louis Times-Dispatch, was the first reporter to file a report on the tragedy. Edward held onto every word written by the eloquent reporter. He was somewhat amused by the fact that so many rich and famous people had been lost in the sinking. Edward also wondered if the Titanic’s sinking was an omen of things to come in his marriage to Millicent."
 Carlos Fayette Hurd (1876-1950) was a second cousin, three times removed, of the author. He was aboard the Carpathia, which was responsible for rescuing Titanic’s survivors. He filed the first news story from the Carpathia, after interviewing numerous survivors as the ship steamed back to New York. The story of how he managed to file that first report is legendary, but too lengthy to tell here.