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two hours. Over 200 pulmotors were
At noon the locks of the drainage
canal at Lockport were closed in or
der to stop current in the river.
SECOND MATE TELLS OF MAN
STUCK IN PORTHOLE
Henry McMullen, second mate of
the Eastland, lays a great deal of
blame for deaths on the fact that
the portholes were not large enough
for people to crawl through. McMul
len was on the Muskegon when it
burned, on the Arizona when it sank,
and has been on several government
submarines and ocean liners. He
says he has made his last trip on the
McMullen told of one man who
was stuck in a porthole and who all
on shore thought had gone insane.
He was in a position where he could
not be reached for some time and just
stuck there yelling frantically to be
pulled out His head was just above
The seamen's union for 18 years
fought to have a law passed making
portholes large enough for a per
son weighing 250 pounds to crawl
through. Big owners spent millions
to kill the bill. It was passed, how
ever. The bosses are now trying to
have it annulled, according to McMullen.
LITTLE TOT HEEDS OFFICER'S
COMMAND AND IS SAVED
Of a number that might have been
rescued had they heeded the advice
of Benjamin Rogers, baggage man on
the steamship City of South Haven,
who was on the dock when the boat
went over, just one little tot of 5
placed confidence in Rogers' com
mand. A number of people climbed
on the side of the ship. Rogers yelled
to them not to jump, but to slide into
the water and they would be taken
out. Scores jumped, striking their
heads on the tilted side of the boat
At the extreme top of the hull a girl
of 5 years was prepared to jump and
she lisped out a question to Rogers.
"Stay where you are, kid, and I'll
get you," he called.
"I trust you, mister man," she
lisped back at him, and settled down
again. Rogers went out to the tug
that had lined up to the boat, got on
the hull and picked the tot up and 1
carried her ashore. She lisped a
thanks and disappeared apparently
Just before 7 o'clock a woman with
two children came down on the deck
and begged the officer who told her
it was overcrowded to please let her
on. He had to push her back. As
she was leaving the boat turned over
and the screams drew her attention.
She dropped to the dock with her
children. "My God, my God, you
saved me," she cried.
SURVIVOR TELLS OF ACCIDENT
Mrs. Joseph Kostacki, 6108 S. Ash
land, who was one of a party of four
rescued, told of how the disaster
"We were all making our way to
the upper deck and a great many
went to the side of the boat toward
the dock. Still a greater number,
however, went over to the river side.
All of a sudden, just as the boat
seemed pulling out from the dock,
she began to list and slowly teetered
over away from the dock.
Hundreds rushed toward the dock
side and many jumped overboard.
Women and children became frantic
Nobody seemed to know what to do.
Few thought of life preservers. There
was little time to think about any
"Shortly the air was filled with -screams
of horror. Hundreds slipped
over the side of the boat into the wa
ter. We were among those who were
lucky enough to be saved. We hung -on
Other news concerning the Chicago
river disaster will be found on the
last two pages of The Day Book.