From The Daily Sketch, April 30, 1912.
(courtesy of Tad Fitch)
"He was a good swimmer," said Mr. Standing, "and went overboard with a life preserver when he couldn't stay on deck any longer. He was in the icy water over two hours before he was finally hauled into one of the lifeboats. He says that he saw Captain Smith swimming around in the icy water with an infant in his arms and a lifebelt. When the small boat went to his rescue Captain Smith handed them the child, but refused to get in himself.
"He did ask what had become of First Officer Murdock. We told him Murdock had blown his brains out with a revolver. Then Captain Smith pushed himself away from the lifeboat, threw his lifebelt from him and slowly sank from sight. He did not come to the surface again.
It may be stated that there is no official confirmation that Mr. Murdock shot himself; we give the whole account as it appeared in the "New York World." "Mr. William's story as to Captain Smith's death is borne out by statements made by Harry Senior, the Titanic fireman, and others, who, as reported in the Daily Sketch yesterday, said they saw the captain rescue the child."