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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 27, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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serrtw which they could control,"
said Furuseth to a Day Book re
porter in the office of the Illinois
State Federation of Labor last night
"The Eastland v an old tub. She
had a flat bottom contrary to all stan
dards of stability of ship construc
tion. Yet the amazing fact confronts
us that tie U. S. steamboat inspec
tion service never makes any stabil
ity tests. Such tests are entirely in
the hands of the American Bureau of
Shipping and of insurance companies.
The federal service has power to go
over the heads of the American Bu
reau of Shipping. But inspectors ad
mit they never exercise is power. Ex
actly why they are so obedient to in
terests of greed and profit should be
brought out in the inquiries now pn
in Chicago.
State's Attfy Maclay Hoyne in the
following words outlined the scope of
this investigation:
"Nothing is going to stop me in my
investigation of the Eastland. I am
going to the bottom of all the facts.
Dis't Att'y. Clyne can bring to light
many important facts and I stand
ready to help him. I expect the same
co-operation from Mr. Clyne.
"You may depend upon the fact
that this investigation will reveal col
lusion between private interests and
government officials that will aston
ish' the country. I am after the men
higher up and I am going to get them.
"I do not intend to let them make
a 'goat out of one of the little fellows.
These men will try to give the impres
sion that the ballast tanks did not
work, or some other excuse about the
ballast. But I intend to show this
boat did not have a ballast and it was
never intended that it should have a
ballast. Those tanks in the hull were
merely used to trim the ship. The
term "water ballast' is absurd. This
boat had no b-" -t and by not hav
ing it the off lated the law."
"Two organizations in this district
have been active fighting all safety
legislation at Washington. They are
the Lake Carriers' ass'n and the Pas
senger Steamship Ass'n of the Great
Lakes. The former is a Rockefellej
Steel trust body."
It was pointed out that the so-called
"Rockefeller fleet" of lake boats was 4P
sold to the Steel trust about 1900 in
exchange for Steel trust stock.
There are boats now running
named "Frank Rockefeller" and "H.
H. Rogers," after a brother and an"
associate of John R. Rockefeller. The
firm of Gouldner,. Holding & Master,
which has had safety orders of local
federal inspectors reversed at Wash
ington, is located in the Rockefeller
bldg., Cleveland, 0.
All the power of these Big Business
influences is atwork now trying to
shift the whole Eastland investiga
tion into friendly federal hands. On
this last point T. A. Hanson, secretary
of the international, and Victor Olan
der of the Great Lakes Seamen's
union, were positive. Further on the
Eastland sinking, Furuseth said:
"Sired by greed and fostered in cor
ruption by men who have allowed
profit to chloroform their consciences.
"There is your answer to the cap
sizing of the topheavy steamer East
land and the loss of more than 1,000
"The shipowners are to blame be
cause of the system which they have
fostered," asserted the "grand old
man of the -sea." '
"But the United States marine in
spection service is directly to blame
because the service, although warned
repeatedly, has disregarded these fS
"I put this directly up to George
Uhlir of Washington, for as super
vising inspector general, he has had
evidence after evidence placed be
fore him, pointing out and forecast
ing just such calamities as the East
land and yet he has done nothing and
has let his subordinates go on lesu-

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