'If all goes well...' Titanic victim’s letter expected to sell for thousands

The RMS Titanic in what is thought to be the last known image of the ship as she sets sail from Queenstown for New York. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 October 2017

'If all goes well...' Titanic victim’s letter expected to sell for thousands

LONDON: A hand-written letter found on the body of a man killed in the sinking of the Titanic is expected to fetch up to £80,000 ($105,000) at auction on Saturday.
The letter, written by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson to his mother on embossed Titanic “on-board” stationary, describes his impressions of the palatial ship, praising the food and music.
“If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.,” Holverson wrote the day before the ship’s fateful encounter with an iceberg.
Holverson was a Minnesota-born salesman, who was traveling on the ship with his wife, Mary Alice, who survived the sinking.
In the letter, he also describes his experiences rubbing shoulders with one of the ship’s most famous passengers.
“John Jacob Astor is on this ship,” he said of the American financier and real-estate investor, who was one of the world’s richest men at the time.
“He looks like any other human being even though he has millions of money. They sit out on deck with the rest of us.”
The letter is one of the last known to have survived the sinking — it still carries stains from its time in the Atlantic.
The Titanic was the largest ocean liner in service when it struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, in the Atlantic while traveling from Southampton to New York. More than 1,500 people died.
The letter is being auctioned by the Holverson family at Henry Aldrige & Son auctioneers in the southern English town of Devizes.
($1 = 0.7601 pounds)


Black leopard mauls man who paid to have pictures taken

Updated 30 October 2020

Black leopard mauls man who paid to have pictures taken

DAVIE, Florida: A man was mauled by a captive black leopard in a backyard zoo in South Florida, wildlife officials said.
The man paid $150 for a “full contact experience” with the black leopard, which allowed him to play with it and take pictures, WPLG reported.
A report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the incident happened Aug. 31 in Davie, which is near Fort Lauderdale.
The agency charged the owner with allowing full contact with an extremely dangerous animal and was cited for maintaining captive wildlife in an unsafe condition.
The owner runs a licensed animal sanctuary for rare and endangered animals at the home, WPLG reported.
The man was attacked as soon as he entered the leopard’s enclosure. The injuries were so severe that his scalp was “hanging from his head and his right ear was torn in half,” the report said.
He required multiple surgeries, according to the TV station.