Nuptials And Requiem

Mass for Priest Lost in Titanic

Disaster Follows Brother's
Wedding.

There was a wedding this morning that was not all joy, at St. Paul's Church, Congress and Court streets. William E. Byles, of 124 Pacific street, was married to Isabelle C. Russell, of 119 Pacific street, by the Rev. Dr. William F. McGinnis. The wedding was to have been performed by the bridegroom's brother, the Rev. Thomas R. D. Byles, but the latter was one of the victims of the Titanic disaster, and from all accounts one of the heroes of the awful calamity. It is said that he administered the last rites to all that asked his services, and helped also to save many people from death.

After the low nuptial mass today, a solemn high requiem mass was celebrated for the lost priest, who hailed from Ongar, Essex County, England. The mass was sung by the Rev. M. G. Flannery, the rector of the church, assisted by the Rev. John Patterson, and the Rev. Father Ford. The eulogy was pronounced by the Rev. Dr. McGinnis.

The church was packed and among the other priests noticed in the church was the Rev. Father Chidwick, formerly chaplain of the U. S. S. Maine. Many members of the Cathedral Club attended the strange double service.

Page 1: THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE - SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1912

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