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i EIGHT ARE INDICTED 3Y THE UNITED STATES
IN THE EASTLAND DISASTER QUIZ
U. S. Steamboat Inspectors Robert
E. Reid and Charles E. Eckliff aire
now under indictment by federal
grand jury on charges of conspiracy
and criminal carelessness contribu
ting to the killing of the 812 Western
Electric picnic crowd who died'in the
Eastland sinking. '
Fines of $10,000 or ten years' im
prisonment, or both, are the limit of
what a trial jury can give the two in
spectors. Six other indictments on the same
two charges named: George P. Ar
nold, president Chicago & St Joseph
Steamship Co.; Wm. Hull, vice presi
dent and general manager; W. C.
Steele, sec'y-treasurer; Harry Peder
sen, captain; J. M. Erickson, chief
engineer. Walter Greenebaum, pres
ident Indiana Transportation Co. was
named on criminal carelessness.
These six were expected. Guess
ing and betting was to whether the
U. S. department of justice would go
through, nail the two U. S. inspectors
and put them on trial for issuing cer
tificates certifying an old tub known
as cranky and allowing it to carry
500 more passengers than the Cleve
land bureau permitted.
l Coarse attempts of the IT. S. steam
boat inspection service to whitewash
its- record began the day of the dis
aster and kept on till today. Edwin
P. Sweet, assistant to Sup't George
C. H. Uhlir, today gave for papers
statement that the real cause of the
Eastland tip-over was a set of piles
on the bottom of the river left from
LaSalle street tunnel construction.
Not a "diver working for U. S. Dls't
Att'y Clyne or for State's Att'y Hoyne
has reported the existence of such
piles or hinged they might have tipped
the Eastland over.
Coarser yetns Sweet's statement
that he got this valuable evidence
from Wm. Hull, general manager of
the company running the Eastland.
. Many people take the JJ. EL. inspec
tion service angle of the Eastland as
more important than any other. If
the same sort of shilly-shally, Oh-very-well
inspection of the past goes
on, there will be more killings like
that ; of the Eastland and more
slaughters like .that of the November,
1912, gale when 240 sailors drowned
on the Great Lakes.
"JOHN D., JR., DON'T KNOW HOW
TO GO AT IT," MOTHER JONES
Akron, O., Sept. 22. Mother Jones
today stated that Rockefeller started
out wrong to "obtain first-hand in-'
formation" when he was accompani
ed on his inspection tours by the offi
cials and managers of his mines.
"He should hold mass meetings if
he wishes to accomplish any good at
all," Mother Jones said. "Then "he
should invite the men to speak with
out fear of losing their jobs and tell
of the horrible oppression.
"Rockefeller might want better
.cgnditions in the mines. -But to get
them he must rise about the level of
the high-class burglars and economic
leeches which now surround him."
LOOKS LIKE PEACE IN THE U. S
GERMANY SUBMARINE DEAL
Berlin, via London, Sept. 22. German-American
versy probably will be settled to en
tire satisfaction of both countries by
end of next week.
Germany already has assured U. S.
in informarnegotiations began sev
eral days ago that her submarine
commanders will give liners benefit
of doubt when question arises as to
whether steamer is about to attack
submarine or is attempting to escape,
according to reports current'today..
All reports to admiralty from officers
of submarine that attacked 'Arabic,
however, confirm statement of TJ
boat commander that Arabic's move
ments indicated she was about to
ram his vessel,