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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 02, 1912, Image 6

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Tury and clerk, and heard thel
statements made by LaForge and
decided that Swift had died of
heart failure.
This very informal Inquiry
was made possible by LaForge,
who seems to have forgotten to
tell the Milwaukeecoroner that
he, although a graduate from a
medical college, was not a licens
ed physician.
But at this informal inquiry
there arose one questio'n which is
now important.
There was a gash over Swift's
, eyes. Coroner Nahin asked ahout
it. LaForge said that it-had been
caused by Swift falling out of his
berth on board the train going to
Milwaukee.
All of which is extraordinary
enough, but MIGHT have hap
pened. But listen to what followed
after!
The rumors about Swift's
death began to run around town.
It was said plainly that Swift had
been killed in the Everleigh Club,
and this was the way be was said
to have been killed: One ofvthe
women struck him on the head
with a wine bottle.
Funny, that the rumor should
be such a one as coincided with
that gash oyer Swift's eye, isn't
it? But the explanation, Swift's
friends, immediately gave makes
it still fimnier.
They said they knew all about
the gash in Swift's head. They
said it happened in Swift's own
hornet af 4500 Michigan avenue,
before he started on the hunting
trip wjth La Forge. ,
They also said that Swift was
quite unconscious when he was
taken from his home, and that he
rode to the station with La Forge
in the limousine with a .wet towel
around his head. v
Yet La Forge, at Milwaukee,
said the gash in Swift's head was
caused by a fall on the train. He
didn' tremember about the cut on
Swift's head when he first saw
him at Swift's home that day. He
didn't remember about the cut
that required a wet towel around
Swift's head on the way to the
station.
When you put all these very pe
culiar things together, when you
add the extraordinary circum
stances of an unconscious man
being shipped on a hunting trip
in a wheel chair by his family,
to the varied ways' in which
Swift's friends say he 'suffered
that cut over his eye, and put
them alongside the rumor that
Swift was killed by an inmate of
the Everleigh club who hit him
over the head with a wine bottle,
the sum and total would seem to
be a thing worth investigating.
And an investigation wouldn't
be a very hard thing. It wouldn't
be difficult to- trace the move
ments of a man like Herbert L.
Swift on the days of October 18
and October 19, and prove to the
satisfaction of the world wheth
er, on these dates, he was or was
nofc in the Everleigh club.
But apparently there isn't go
ing to be very much of an inves
tigation. The mere fact of .Swift's death
and the manner thereof isn't im-

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