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DRAG OUT SKELETON IN
The skeleton in the Swift fam
ily cupboard bobbed out into the
open today when Coroner Hoff
man announced that he had re
ceived a demand for an investiga
tion into the death of Herbert J.
Swift from Coroner Nahin, of
Swift was the son of the late
Gustavus F. Swift, founder of the
packing firm of Swift & Com
pany. The story of his death
that was given out was as fol
lows: On October 19, 1911, Swift was
on his way north with Dr. A. W.
XaForge, of Chicago, to shot
'deer. Just before reaching Mil
waukee, Swift died of heart fail
ure. But this story of the manner of
'Swift's death never has been
fully believed'in Chicago. There
were too many rumors afloat, the
gist of them being that Swift died
in Chicago before ever he was
taken aboard the train, and that
he was put aboard the train only
so that the manner of his death
might never be known.
As to the manner of his death
that has'-'been freely enlarged
upon, -the most common story be
ing that Swift, while seeing Chi
cago with a gay party of friends,
was struck over the head with a
wine bottle, and suffered concus
sion of the brain therefrom.
Coroner Hoffman this after
noon gave out the following
"I have received a seven page
letter-from the coroner of Mil
waukee telling me of certain ru
mors in connection with Swift's
death. I have investigated a
number of these rumors and
found they were not well found
ed. The man was takenout of
Chicago in an unconscious condi
tion, but he was frequently in
such a condition. After my inves
tigation, I find that this circum
stance does notwarrant a reopen- t
ing of the case."
This statement has not stopped
the tongues that are wagging.
Isn't it peculiar, people are ask-'
ing, that Herbert Swift should
have been taken out of Chicago in
an unconscious condition," -and '
died very suddenly thereafter? '
Milwaukee, eFb. 29. Coroner
Nahin said today that he had re
quested a thorough investigation,
into the death of Herbert J. Swift,
the Chicago millionaire.
"Rumors have reached me,"
said Nahin, "that Swift was -put"
on a train in Chicago either dead
or in a dying condition. He evi
dently had been dead for some
time when the body wad taken in
charge by the authorities here.
"There was a cut over the left
eye of the dead man. At the time
I did not consider this sufficient T
to have caused death. Now, I
have heard that Swift was strticlc
over the head with a wine bittle
somewhere in Chicago.
"These rumors are merely
hearsay, but in view of the jury's
verdicU.of accidental death, I
wish to have the situation cleared
UP" . b
One of the incidents in the case
commented on here was thej.