The R.M.S. Empress of Ireland Community
"We grieve less for the dead who went down with the Empress of Ireland than for the living. The dead are in the hands of God."
Delegates Cancel Their Passage
The disaster spread quickly and public hadn't felt this type of fear since the Titanic had sank two years before. Nearly 700 delegates of the Salvation Army that were going to the Third International Congress in England canceled their passage aboard the White Star Liner Olympic. After hearing that so many of their comrades had drowned aboard the Empress of Ireland.
The holiday crowd that thronged the steamship piers at first mistook the long file of Salvation Army delegates, re-splendid in their new gray uniforms and bright red hats, and, augmented by three bands, for some military organization paying honor to Col. Roosevelt who was on the same ship as Eva Booth, Commander-in-Chief of the Salvation Army of America said: