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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 01, 1912, Image 4

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How" that things were very pecu
liar, and circumstances surround
ing the rail trip were unusual.
The substance of the report he
sent to Coroner Hoffman, is thisi.
Swift was sick.t -So hejdecided
to go on a hunting trip. La Forge
called for Swift, apdfoupd him
with a cut over his right eye. A
maid said that the young man
had fallen off a couch Swift had
been drinking. La Forge tele
phoned to the railroad station
and ordered that a wheel chair be
prepared for wift, who, despite
he was unconscious, was firm in
his decisoin to go on a hunting
trip.
Swift was placed in a limousine,
with a wet towel around his head.
tThe curtains w.ere pulled down
to prevent Swift being seen.
."When he arrived at the station
he was placed in a wheel chair
and rolled to the. train uncon
scious, to go on the hunting trip.
According- to the trainmen he
was in a helpless condition, his
eyes were closed, and his hat was
set back on his head because of
his swollen eye. He had to be car
ried onto the train by the porter.
iWith Swift when he was put on
the train for Milwaukee to go on
the hunting trip was his wife, her
maid and La Forge. The latter
was the only one to accompany
him out of town, the wife and
ma"id remaining here.
La Forge, when he testified in
Milwaukee, Said he was a physi
cian, and had been treating Swift
fof&ix months. The coroner says
he has since learned that La
Forge was not a licensed physi
cian- at the time of tlie death?. ' 4
The Milwaukee coroner recom
mends that Coroner Hoffman re
open the case here. He consid
ers it very strange that a man in
an unconscious condition from
any cause, should go on a hunt
ing trip.
A physician connected with the
case says he does not doubt that
Swift was unconscious when he
went on the hunting trip, as he
had been in a semi-conscious con
dition for some time previous to
his death.
Mrs. Swift, the widow, is ill at
the Congress hotel, and cannot be
seen.
Coroner Hoffman said this aft
r,noon that if he reopened the
case it would only be on evidence
that he could take into the crim
inal court. He recommended to
the Swift family that an autopsy
be held to set at rest the jijes
tionas'to Swift's death," but 'has
received jno answer from them.
When the newspapers 'printed
the storythat Marshal Field, jr.,
died as the result of an accident
while handling a gun in his own
home, a s'tory spread all over
town that he had been killed in
the Everleigh club.
One of the rumors that went all
over town after the story was
printed about Swift dying in Mil
waukee, was that Swift, toohad
been slugged in the Everleigh
club and was then hurried to the
Northwestern train so it could he
given out that he died on the'
train at Milwaukee. '

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