SHOOTS WIFE AND KIN WHILE
SWEETHEART WAITS IN AUTO
A sordid love tale reached its cli
max yesterday. A wife, her sister
and her brother lie dead today. The
husband, a triple murderer, died in
the Oak Park hospital. The girl is
George H. Jones, garage owner of
Maywood, went to the home of his
wife's relatives last night, shot his
wife; Catherine Cosgrove, her sister,
and John Cosgrove, the brother.
Then he escaped in an auto with
Margaret Bitner of 3401 Colorado av.,
third member of the love trio.
Jones took the girl to her home,
returned in the auto to his garage at
6th av. and Madison st, and there
fired a shot into his breast
The love affair was fast reaching
another and different climax when
the tragedy came last night. Mrs.
Jones recently filed suit for divorce
and yesterday notice of an injunction
restraining him from disposing of his
property, was served on Jones.
Harry, the 16-year-old son, fought
hard to prevent the shooting when
Jones showed up at the back door of
the Cosgrove home with a revolver
in his hand.
He grappled with his father and the
pair rolled off the porch to the
ground before he was overpowered.
Jones arose, fired four bullets at his
wife and then as her kinfolk came to
her assistance, finished each with one
With a fast-gathering mob at his
heels, he fled down the street to
where Miss Bitner sat in his auto, j
Here, before he could crank the car,
he was knocked down twice by men
from the crowd. The engine started
and Miss Bitner drove him away in a
hail of bullets.
Miss Bitner is held by the police
of the W. 13th st station as a wit
ness. She will tell the story of her
friendship with Jones at the inquest
Mrs. L. W: Babcock, 1162 N. La
Salle, suicide. Poison.
TESTS FOR STEAMER FOLLOW
CHARGES OF OLANDER
So many queer tales about the
safety of the whaleback excursion
steamer Christopher Columbus have
been floating around that the Good
rich Line is going to attempt to off
set the injury to its business and vin
dicate the boat's good name by a
spectacular test in the Chicago river
To try and prove that the boat is
stable, the Goodrich Line will put a
weight equivalent to 4,300 people on
one side of the ship. If it does not
turn turtle, the boat line will prob
ably consider that sufficient proof
that all charges are unfounded.
A. W. Goodrich, president, and H.
W. Thorp, manager of the Goodrich
Line, will remain on board during the
test They have not mentioned if
precautions will be taken to have the
boat in especially fine ballast for this
The tales told of the Christopher
Columbus are many. Victor Olander,
president of the seamen's union,
wrote a letter to Washington author
ities some time ago saying it would
take an hour to close the gangway
and hatches. Later he said a test
showed it did take an hour to close
the hatches and fasten half the bolts.
With open hatches, the boat could
founder in a few moments in a heavy
lake, he said.
The executive committee of the
Chicago Federation of Labor in an
official report declared it was crim
inal to permit 3,800 people to be car
ried on the Christopher Columbus.
Someone has told a story of the
ballast of the Christopher Columbus
being railroad iron which might shift
and tear a hole in its side. Many have
complained that the Christopher
Columbus easily made them seasick.
The alliance between our college
professors and the Japanese Is to be
more closely cemented; the Univer
sity of Chicago is sending a baseball
team across. .
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