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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 11, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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"TRYING TO WIELD WHITEWASH
BRUSH IN EASTLAND CASE"
"Somebody is trying hard to wield
the whitewash brush in the Eastland
disaster mess," said Victor Olander
of the Seamen's" union today when
he heard of the latest government in
vestigation, "It is rank nonsense to
ene consider the idea that piles or
shallow water cause dthe overturning
of the pleasure ship
"Overloading was to blame and
that point cannot be dodged. The
U. S. steamboat inspection service is
really at fault and the arrow points
pretty directly at Chief Inspector
Geo. Uhler at Washington. He is the
man higher up.
"The present lifeboat regulations
allow overcrowding of the upper
decks. Thirty per cent of the passen
gers must be provided with life saving
apparatus according to the law. And
three-fourths of this apparatus can
pe rafts."
Way back in the latter part of July
the steamship Eastland turned over
in the Chicago river and more than
800 people were drowned.
With characteristic promptness
State's Att'y Hoyne took his grand
jury to the scene, made a thorough
investigation, called in experts to tes
tify and returned a number of indict
ments. His grand jury regretted it
had not the jurisdiction to include in
indictments federal steamboat in
spectors who were partly to blame.
The federal government has pro
ceeded with its investigation in an en
tirely different manner, The grand
jury has convened, adjourned, con
vened, adjourned, until some of its
members wonder whether they will
ever be able to return to their former
occupations. Just before a number
of indictments were returned a few
weeks ago Sec'y of Commerce Red
field made public through his assis
tant, Sweet, a report that the disas
ter had been caused by a number of
-sunken pilings projecting from the
s pier.
This was in the face of the report
of the divers that nothing in the bed
of the river or projecting from the
dock could have overturned the
Eastland. Subsequently a pile of
freshly-broken concrete and two
short piles were found on the bed of
the river.
Yesterday Hinton Clabaugh, head olf
the bureau of investigation for the de
partment of justice, descended to the
bottom of the river to learn for him
self the conditions there. He will tell
what he found to the grand jury.
Last week Dis't Att'y Clyne was in
Washington. He was called there for
a conference in the coming prosecu
tion of important cases pending in
this branch of the district court
These important cases are the East
land indictments.
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CLOSING LAW TABS
The value of saloon licenses has
greatly decreased since Mayor
Thompson took office.
"Quietest Sunday in history of the
department," said Chief Healey.
Management of Pittsburgh Joe's
restaurant on S. Clark st. announce
they sold more food yesterday than
ever before.
Restaurants report huge sale of
mince pie with brandy sauce.
Second Deputy Sup't of Police
Schuettler raided two houseboats and
pinched the proprietors, who were
selling booze at foot of Randolph st.
Chicago ministers praised mayor's '
action in services yesterday.
Church attendance "reported" to
be increased.
Sixty-three drunks arrested. Av
erage of 243 had1 been made during
same length of time in past two years.
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WORSE YET
"Yer honor," said the plaintiff,
"you have no idea how terrible it is
to have a wife who can cook but
won't do it!"
"No," replied the jurist, "but I
know how terrible it is to have a wife
Who can't cook but WILL'do it!"
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