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STEELE GIVES HIMSELF UP IN
Walter C. Steele, sec'y-treas. of the
Chlcago-SL Joseph Steamship Co.,
owners of the Eastland, gave himself
up to the police today tp answer the
indictments of the state-grand jury
He was immediately released on
bonds of $20,000 by Judge Kersten.
The owners of the Eastland, ac
cused in grand jury indictment of
having caused the death of 1,000
men, women and children, will not
come to Chicago to plead not guilty
and prove themselves blameless.
Rather they will fight fiercely, it is
announced, any attempt JLo bring
them back to Illinois to answer for
A trained corps of legal talent has
advised them that they cannot be
brought back to explain the toppling
of the cranky Eastland. This same
gang of lawyers is preparing a scrap
when Gov. Ferris of Michigan gets
the extradition papers to prevent his
W. H. Hull, manager of the steam
ship company which owned the East
land, and Ray Davis, his aid, are the
officials who will not cross the state
line unless dragged through court
The indictments which hit the boat
owners and officers of the Eastland
made the following points:
That they knew the Eastland was
unseaworthy and had no stability.
That they permitted 2,500 pas
sengers aboard the vessel, more than
its carrying capacity.
That they were negligent in hiring
an incompetent engineer, who was
unable to control the boat properly.
That there was not sufficient hold
on the ship.
That the ballast tanks were allow
ed to be out of repair and not filled
EASTLAND UP TODAY
The raising of the Eastland, delay
ed because of a leak In the boat!
which made the pumping of water
from its hull impossible, may be
started today. The leaks were re
paired this morning
Made ready for the bodies believ
ed to be pinned beneath the boat in
wreckage and inside the hull is-a
floating morgue. A great barge with
a canopy of purple and black will
contain the corpses.
CAR CO. LAWYER GETS IN BAD
IN JUDGE TRUDE'S COURT
Leo Mallard is a boy visiting from
He took a ride on a crowded car on
his way to Lincoln park. While he
was on it some one stole the con
ductor's change box.
Mallard was arrested on a company
charge and thrown in the bullpen at
the Chicago av. station. v -
Today Att'y Fish of the company's
legal staff was noticed in the bullpen.
A young lawyer who acts as a public
defender for boys in trouble got sus
picious. He edged near to hear what
Fish was talking about, then he went
and told Judge Trade.
Judge Trude called Fish before him
and told him he had been informed
that he (Fish) had tried to get the
boy to sign a paper releasing the
company from liability in a suit for
the boy's false arrest
The boy said Fish told him that if
he signed the release he would be leti
off with a dollar fine, but if he did!
not he would be sent up for a year.
Trude released the boy from jail
and told Fish to produce the release
paper in 24 hours or run chances of
being held in contempt of court
PASSFNGER AND FREIGHT HIT
FIVE LIVES SNUFFED OUT
Columbus, O. Five persons killed
and 50 injured, 15 seriously, when Mt
Sterling, O., Knights of Pythias B.
and O. excursion train, returning
from an outing at Cedar Point was
crashed into from behind by freight
train at Orient station, 14 miles from