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DIsTt Att'y, Clyne for a conference,
RedfiePd told reporters that the-gov-ernment
would move slowly. At the
same time the secretary showed lack
of knowledge of certain bureaus of
his department and must depend on
the actions of subordinates.
"In the sinking of the Eastland
there is some other factor than over
loading and the condition of the hull,"
declared the secretary. "She has
often carried 2,500 passengers before
and there must have been some other
factor. The explanation of why the
Eastland went down is at the bottom
of the river. This is a time for pa
tience, not for hasty action."
Secretary Redfield had no knowl
edge of the condition of the East
land's hull. This is under the super
vision of the American Bureau of
Shipping, supported by the insurance
companies. The secretary was un
able to say whether his department
had any control over the bureau.
Solictor Thurman, acting sec y ol
the U. S. Steamboat Inspection Serv
ice, arrived from Washington with
Hedfield and resented interviews with
Victor Olander, president of the Lake
Seamen's union, has given out re
garding his department
"The only reason Olander accuses
the federal department is because he
is interested in the seamen's law and
wishes to trade on calamity.
"Why does not Olander accuse the
captain of the boat?
"Why does not Olander accuse the
owners of the boat?"
While federal officials were prepar
ing to proceed slowly, Coroner Hoff
man and State's Att'y Hoyne were co
operating in pushing their investiga
tion. Every person who had any con
nection with the boat, before or after
it was wrecked, was to be brought
before the coroner's jury and inter
rogated. Flans were afoot to have the East
land raised and docked so her hull
tan be thoroughly examined. Dredges
were at work in the river.
The coroner declared the boat
L would be raised without the use of
dynamite to prevent the destruction
of what may become important evi
dence. Divers who have been to the bot
tom of the river declared that at leasl
200 bodies were still in the water.
Some of them, it was believed, had
been caught under the boat's hull and
would be ground beyond recognition.
The Eastland has settled three feet
Officials of the steamboat company
were the jfirst witnesses to be called
before the coroner's jury.
Walter K. Greenbaum, general
manager of the Indiana Transporta
tion Co., had heard stories of there
being something wrong 'with the
Eastland before he leased it to help
his company handle the Western
Electric picnic crowd.
"I didn't pay attention to the ru
mors, for I have heard the same of
other boats on the lake," said Green
baum while being grilled in Coroner
"The refrigerator in the ballroom
fell with a crash upon the ballroom
floor eight minutes before the boat
turned over," R. J. Moore, 6217 Ingle
side av., told the investigators. "The
crash was heard all over the ship,"
he said. "That was the first big dip
the ship took. There was still ample
tjme to have gotten the boat under
control and the people off. The re
frigerator weighed a ton and a half.
It took some slant to topple it
"Before getting aboard I saw five
or six streams of water, about 12x14
inches, pouring from the ship."
The opinion has been expressed
that the water Moore saw was ballast
being pumped out to permit more
passengers to be taken aboard with
out the ship grounding.
Daniel W. Gee, 708 Laurel, Western
Electric employe who assisted in dis
tributing the tickets, said big blocks
of tickets were sent to one man in
each department and the men
charged with then.