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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 27, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Mall. United
State; and Canada. 32.00 a Year.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postoffice at Chicago.
Ill, nnder the Act of March 3, 1879.
E A S T L A N D. What a trusting
faith the people have in Officialdom!
They believe they live under the
benign protection of a democratic re
public, where the people govern them
selves through representatives who
are supposed to be THEIR servants.
They travel about on railroad
trains, trusting their lives to the ser
vants of the companies conductors
brakemen, engineers, firemen, train-,
dispatchers, switchmen, telegraph
operators and the LAWS made to
protect their lives and the men chosen
to enforce the laws.
They move freely through the
crowded streets of great cities, trust
ing their lives to motormen, conduc
tors, chauffeurs, drivers, teamsters,
policemen and the laws made to
protect their lives and the men chos
en to enforce the laws.
They go aboard ocean greyhounds
and excursion boats on the great
lakes, trusting their lives not only to
the elements, but to such human
agencies as bond and stockholders of
steamship companies, presidents,
managers, captains, mates, engineers,
firemen, deckhands, inspectors and
the LAWS made to protect their lives,
and the men chosen to enforce the
Consider the steamer Eastland. At
various times and places she was in
spected by government, insgectprs
under laws made to protect the lives
of passengers and crew. In Cleveland
one set of inspectors considered that
safety first demanded that she cany
only 143 passengers under certain
conditions, 653 passengers under
more favorable conditions, and 2,000
as the outside limit under MOST fa
vorable conditions.
Very likely the people of Cleveland
knew nothing at all about the regu
lations or the safety of the Eastland,
but blithely went aboard and sailed
the bosom of Lake Erie trusting im
plicitly in THEIR government's zeal
ous care for their safety.
In another place, and at another
time, other inspectors thought it safe
for the Eastland to carry 3,000 pas
sengers. And the people traveled and
Here in Chicago, the Eastland was
inspected, of course; and she was
permitted to carry 2,5u0 passengers
on a lake trip.
It is known that throughout her
career on the Great Lakes she has
been known as a cranky boat, with
a dangerous tendency to tilt, careen,
lose her balance. But the people
who travel on boats didn't know that
That was inside information known
only to those in the steamship busi
ness, and to sailors. It wasn't adver
tised. The newspapers didn't tell
their readers about it But she had
a reputation around the lakes.
The people didn't know there was
any danger. They trusted THEIR
government And THEIR govern
ment knew but government trusted,
too took a chance. It didn't even
act when warned by the Lake Sea
men's union, made up of men who
sail the lakes and know about boats
and their weaknesses.
When the Eastland was tied at the
dock in the Chicago river, and the
trusting men, women and children
who blindly trusted THETR govern
ment, national, state and municipal
well, they went happily aboard the
doomed steamer, Joyous, trusting and
ignorant of dangeg ,

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