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a maximum of 65 per centjs reached.
"Deck crews of freight vessels on
the Great Lakes are composed of
from 4 to 10 men, exclusive of li
censed officers. Thus 40 per cent
able seamen means an increase of
from 2 to 4 such men on each vessel.
When the maximum of 65 per cent is
reached in the fifth year the number
of able seamen will be 3 to 7 for each
vessel, without any increase in the
total number of men. The effect will
be that there will be at least two men
of the rating of able seamen or
higher for each lifeboat.
"As to lifeboats, freight vessels on
the Great Lakes, without exception,,
are now required by law and the U.
S. Steamboat Inspection Service to
carry sufficient lifeboats to accom
modate every person on board. There
is no exception to this. If they leave
port they must have-lifeboats suffi
cient to carry all hands. It is only
passenger vessels that are permitted
to go out without lifeboats for all on
"Nothing in Mr. Goodrich's state
ment, therefore, can apply to freight
vessels, either as to men or boats.
"Now as to passenger steamers.
They operate over the same waters,
under the same conditions, as do
freight vessels. Why should there
not be at least the "same safeguards
for human life on board? I have
never heard even shipowners argue
that freight vessels on the Great
Lakes ought not carry lifeboats (real
boats, at that, not rafts) sufficient for
all, no matter how short the trip.
This includes even the small sand
boats that go but a short distance
"It certainly is not right to regard
passengers, men, women and chil
dren strange to the waysof the sea
and ships, as only so much freight,
little morerthan so much ore, coal or
lumber. Yet in the lifeboat arrange
ments on the Great Lakes and also
on the coasts that is exactly what is
being done." t
Probably the chief summer joy in
Chicago is the excursion boat. On
Saturdays an Sundays particularly,
men, women and children flock to the
boats for relief from the stifling heat
of the city.
They are packed into these boats
as fast as they come.
Every person the ship trust can
jam on board means another piece of
coin. Then they are taken out on
the lake, trusting entirely on luck.
Unless these conditions are
stopped Chicago will face a crushing
holocaust," a tragedy that will cause
the entire worid to bow its head.
And all that the owners of these
boats might get Bigger, dividends.
The Senate has already "passed La
Pollette's seamen's bill, and it is' now
up to 'the' House of Representatives.
They can, make or break this most
human bill. .
The Hojise, however, .hasn't as yet
shown any- burning desire to tackie
this bill. -,
HAD 'EM HID"
Pat, have you any
Pat Yes, on the soles of my feet.
Bat That's one consolation, any
way. Pat Why?
Bat Because nobody can stand
on them but yourself.