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DII -SWIFT DIE ON A-TRAIN, OR WAS HE KILLED Itf
THE EVERLEIGH CLUB?
'Apparently, the public is about
to be treated to a most imposing
farce, served up with all the side
County Coroner Peter Hoff
man and the Swift family solemn
ly announce that "in order to end
the gossip in connection with the
death of the late Herbert L.
Swift," the body will be exhumed
and an autopsy held.
The purpose of this, the public
is told in learned terms, is to find
out what caused Swift's death.
All of which is tommyrot. The
cause of Swift's death cannot be
determined at this late date by an
autopsy unless, a bullet should be
found in it or his skull -was crush
ed. Hi sbody has been in the
grave for over four months.
Also, the question interesting
the public is not so much just
what caused Swift's death, as
where Swift suffered that which
caused his death.
There is a persistent 'rumor that
Swift was murdered, that his
murder took place in the notor
ious Everleigh club, and that per
son's high in authority conspired
to hush up the fact-of that mur
der and its occurrence in the
That-rumor may or may not be
true, but since the tumor as cur
rent, and is being fed 'by the ex
traordinary stories told by v the
Swift family, the public has
a right to know whether or not
a murder was committed in one
of Chicago's resorts, and then
hushed up by those in power in
The Swift family ought toclear
the thing up in justice to itself.
So far, the Swift family, through
its' spokesmen, has most carefully
contrived to add to the mystery
in the case.
Listen to the story the Swift
family's representative tells of
how Herbert L. Swift, son of the
late Gustavus F. Swift, multi
millionaire, came to his death:
Swift was drunk. He had been
drunk for several days. So his
family decided to send him on a
hunting trip in the wilds of Wis
consin. ? October 19, Swift spent
the day in the loop district. He
came home earlydrunk.
Then his companion for the
hunting trip arrived. He was A.
W. LaForge not a licensed phy
sician, BUT a graduate from a
Swift was so drunk he was un-
able to go with LaForge. So his
family ordered the limousine, and
a wheel chair.
In the limousine, Swift, unable
to walk, was taken to the station.
In the wheel chair he was taken
from the limousine to his train.
He was carried aboard the train
by LaForge and the porters on
And on that train, between
Chicago and Milwaukee, Swift
His body was taken from the'
train and to the cqroner's office
at Milwaukee. No proper in
quest was held. Coroner Nahin
of Milwaukee sat as coroner