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Mr. Redfield's supervising board.
"Statement has been frequently
made that the steel trust and the
Rockefeller interests are in control
of the steamship situation on the
Great Lakes. In this connection note
that Mr. Redfield says the" old em
ployes of former administrations
have been retained by him and there
has been no politics in the conduct
of the steamboat inspection service.
"This means nothing else than that
Sec'y Redfield has been satisfied to
retain all officials who were placed in
office by his predecessor, Charles A.
Nagel .former secretary of commerce.
"And Nagel is now and has for
years been an attorney of the Waters
Pierce Oil Co., a subsidiary of Stan
"Incidentally, Harry A. Wheeler,
president of the Union Trust Co., ap
pointed by Sec'y Redfield to the
civilian board which is to supervise
an investigation is' the,name Harry
Wheeler who figured in letters of
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., before the
federal industrial relations commis
sion. "Mr. Wheeler, it appeared in that
correspondence, held a conference in
Chicago with Ivy Lee, the press agent
of the Rockefeller family, relative to
means for securing a wider publicity
for all news favorable to the Rocke
feller family. The close contact of
Mr. Harry A. Wheeler with the
Rockefellers as shown in that cor
respondence should outlaw him from
sitting on a board of inquiry into the
actions of inspectors who pass on the
stability and seaworthiness of steam
boats owned by the Rockefellers."
"I hate a liar," said Sec'y Redfield
to newspapermen today, "and a half
liar Is even more dangerous. Certain
papers have lied about me, what my
aims and plans are in this terrible
'I want no 'self-investigation' for
the federal inspectors. Under the
law we must make an Investigation
and this will be done, but I shall or
der every inspector to go before the
grand jury if called and tell all .he
"1 have plenty of documents here
that will make interesting reading.
They came from Washington today v
and will be preesnted at the hearing
"All we want is a square deal out
of Chicago. This is no time for prej-
udice and attack. It is time for a p
quiet, intent and deadly earnest
search for the truth, regardless of
whom it hits. That's what I want
and all I want"
Typographical Union No. 16, tak
ing in all the printers of Chicago, will
hire a lawyer to watch the various
investigations and report to them the
straight and the crooked he sees.
Civilian board to supervise the in
vestigation: Secretary Redfield, chairman.
Albert L. Thurman, solicitor for the
department of commerce.
Harry A. Wheeler, vice president of
the Union Trust Co.
Marvin B. Pool, vice president of
An engineer form the staff of the
Western Electric Co., as yet un
named. o o
HOYNE SCORES STEAMSHIP
Maclay Hoyne, state's attorney,
representing the people of Cook
county and the state of Illinois, gave
out the following statement:
"So far as government inspection
of passenger steamships in Illinois is
concerned, it has been a ghastly joke.
The steamboat men practically have
been allowed to dictate the number of
passengers they should be licensed to
"There Has been a cheerful good
fellowship between the inspectors
and the boat owners in fixing the
capacity. The only basis has been
guesswork or influence."
From 40 of the 70 members of the
crew of the Eastland Hoyne has ob
tained statements for use in secur-
, ing indictments.