In 1911, William T. Stead took up the cause of defending the Mormons against ridiculous, unsubstantiated charges in the popular press. The press was printing sensational articles about Mormon missionaries converting single British girls and luring them to Utah to be swept into polygamous harems. Stead investigated these accusations and found them to be blatantly false. Stead was the most powerful editor in England at the time. In April 1911, Stead wrote a letter to the editor of the London 'Daily Express' condemning the anti-Mormon attacks in the press. This letter helped to turn public sentiment in the Mormons' favor. Rudger Clawson was particularly grateful to Stead for his courage and performed temple ceremonies on his behalf after Stead's death on the 'Titanic.'