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WANT EASTLAND HULL UP TO FREE BODIES
FEAR CONTAMINATION OF RIVER
Will the raising of the Eastland this
week show hundreds of rotting
human bodies? At two different
places a Day Book reporter met this
question. It was asked seriously and
anxiously, as though somebody is
bungling in needlessly keeping bodies
of men, women and children fast
ened to the bottom of the Chicago
river with the weight of the huge
steamboat over them.
Coroner Hoffman said the raising
of the hull ought to be rushed. He
expects "anything." And he said
"for God's sake" the ship ought to be
W. D. Haywood, secretary L W.
W., said the bodies rotting under hull
poison the river water and are bad
for people on and along the river.
'"All the men who must work on
boats, who dip water from the river
washing aboard vessels, those who
swim in the river anywhere in fifty
miles of Chicago, those who must I that it had been maliciously tam-
work on their jobs close to the river 1
and smell the moist fumes rising
from it, all these people have a right
to demand that the river be freed
from contamination as soon as pos
sible," said Haywood.
"I believe they will find scores of
bodies under the hull. I wouldn't be
shocked if they found 500. It's wrong.
The dirty old death hulk could have
ben raised a week ago. It's just a
matter of fixing block and tackle and
hitching enough tugs to the job."
State's Attornep Hoyne keeps on
battering down walls around the U.
S. steamboat inspection service. He
knocked a big hole in Sec'y Red
field's "proud record of the govern
ment in the Eastland case" yester
day. Hoyne made public a letter
showing that Inspector Charles Eck
liff knew engine equipment of the
boat was "rotten." The letter was a
friendly ose froni Eckliff to Chief En-
of Whitcomb hotel, St Joseph, July
19, 1915, Eckliff wrote:
"After your conversation of yes
terday I have been giving it a good
deal of consideration.
"With friction in your department
and a possibility of some one work
ing against you, the company, and
the public, the steaming of your
steamer would be a vital point to
work upon. And owing to her con
struction that is. with the induced
draft if effected would put you out
"It has occurred to me that it may
have been tampered with and 1 would
suggest that you give it a thorough
"The screwing down of a bearing
or use of something to create fric
tion, or possibly an obstruction
placed in the fan, would cause
trouble such as you have had. Go
over it carefully, test it out, and I
would not be at all surprised to hear
pered with, and if you do not get
good efficiency from that sort of
draft, it is worse than none, because
your natural draft is choked by the
tubes in the breeches.
"If this plant steamed last season
with rotten conditions what should
she do this season?
"Give this matter careful consid
eration. Trusting you have made the
change you spoke of yesterday, just
turn over a new leaf. Get responsible
men and you get some rest. Don't
trp to be up night and day, for you
cannot do it I have made the In
closed suggestions with the hope that
they will be of benefit to you. Yours
truly. "Charles C. Eckliff."
Engineer Erickson worked "double
watch," according to statements of
his wife to Hoyne. She told him he
was overworking and must get rest
Blame for this is being probed by the
state grand jury.
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