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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 24, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Hhe boat was chartered by the
Western Electrical Co. to take their
employes out on their annual picnic
outing. It was bound for Michigan
City. It was owned by the St Joe
Steamship Co. " - -
The Eastland, a steel ship, the new
est in the lake excursion service. It
was considered the most modern.
When it was seen the boat was tip
ping frantic efforts were made to get
it back on even keel. The boat's of
ficers cried for everyone to rush for
the other side, but the order came
too late.
Then began a scene of indescrib
able horror.
About 500 were below deck in state
rooms, parlor and bar. Many of these
never had a chance to escape. They
were drowned like rats in their holes.
Mrs. Joseph Kostacki, 6108 S. Ash
land, who was one of a party of four
rescued, told of how the disaster
came about.
"We were all making our way to
the upper deck and a great many
went to the side of the boat toward
the dock. Still a greater number,
however, went over to the river side.
All of a sudden, just as the boat
seemed pulling out from the dock she
began to list and slowly teetered over
away from the dock.
Hundreds rushed toward the dock
side-and many jumped overboard.
Wom and children became frantic.
Nobody seemed to know what to do.
Few thought of life preservers. There
was mue time to trunk about any
thing. "Shortly the air was filled with
screams of horror. Hundreds slipped
over the side of the boat into the wa
iter. We were among those who were
lucky enough to be saved. We hung
on until rescued."
Women with their hair streaming
down their backs ran about the shore
yelling for their little children. Men
were demanding of policemen to
know whether their entire families
had been wiped out by the disaster.
The cooler heads went about the
work of saving as many as possible
"'hop the big majority of the survi
vors just seemed to lose their heads.
Ihe work of rescue, however, was
wonderful. To physicians, policemen,
firemen and many people who work
in the vicinity of the disaster too fuch
credit cannot be given.
Scenes around the dock shortly
after the accident happened were ter
rible. Women and children were yell
ing frantically for their relatives.
Men were crying like babies. Several
families had been separated in the
mad scramble for safety when the
boat first listed. Part of the family
went down and the other part was
Thousands of people soon lined the
docks. Among the first rescued were
women, men and children who had
hung onto the boat until a rescue tug
steamed to the scene.
All over the groun lay people who
had been rendered unconscious ip
the water. As they were rescued they
were carried to the dock and left for
doctors to work over. The work of A
rescue of those still on board the boat V
and those who were in the water
hanging onto wreckage .were sensa
tional Tugs played around the scene and
as victims were picked up they were
taken to shore and into the hands o"
doctors. First aid was given to all
and many were brought out of un
consciousness by fast work.

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