January 10, 1912. The New-York Daily Tribune, Harriman Papers Safe,
Biography and Securities Not in Fire, Judge Lovett Says.
The biography of the late E.H. Harriman was not lost in the fire after all, as was believed yesterday. Judge Robert S. Lovett, who succeeded to the captaincy of the Harriman lines at the financier's death, said last night that the biography was now in the hands of George W. Babson, the man who is preparing it for publication.
"Mr. Harriman's private papers and files were not destroyed either," said Judge Lovett. "They were removed to the offices of the Harriman estate some time ago. Some Union Pacific correspondence may have been burned, but this was not personal to Mr. Harriman; it was regulas railroad business. It is not absolutely necessary, but its loss may be an inconvenience. We have no securities here. They are not kept in new York. If the vaults did not hold, the railroad probably lost stock books, but these can be reproduced, although, like the papers, it may be inconvenient to have them lost if the road should want them for any reason right now."
The Union Pacific had begun a few days ago to move to No. 165 Broadway and had most of its equipment in the new offices, and thus it was by the merest chance that so many of the records and papers were saved from the fire.