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SJX INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN
Today, while high pumps are suck
ing the water and mud from the hull
of the Eastland, a funeral barge will
be towed up the river and anchored
to the dock near the vessel. On it
will repose 20 pine coffins ready to
receive the bodies of victims who are
crushed in the mud beneath the boat.
Yesterday the state's grand jury
placed the blame for the accidents
and returned six indictments. Today
they will'be handed to Judge Kersten.
The men supposed to be indicted
are: Geo. T. Arnold, president of the
steamship company; Wm. Hull, vice
pres. and gen. "manager; W. C. Steele,
sec'y-treas. ; Ray Davis, his assistant,
and.Cap't Harry Pedersen and Joseph
Erickson, master and engineer of the
The four officials of the company
are charged with manslaughter. If
'convicted they will be sentenced from
one year to life. The officers of the
boat are charged with criminal care
lessnesSf a charge which carrie a
maximum sentence of three years
and a $5,000 fine.
No state indictments will be re.
turned against the federal inspectors
as they are under federal law.
State's Att'y Hoyne says he has
the excursion tickets collected at the
dock to prove that the boat was overcrowded.
Dist. Att'y Clyne returned from
Washington yesterday afternoon and
immediately appointed a special staff
to draw up indictments for the fed
eral grand jury which is investigating
the Eastland disaster.
Clyne went to Washington to con
fer with Att'y Gen. Gregory regard
ing the Eastland and Rock Island
matters which are in his office. He
admitted receiving important instruc
tion on both, but refused to say just
what they were.
In Washington it is declared he
was orered to air the Rock Island
Bcandal before a grand jury.
WILL TEACH WOMEN NEED FOR
U. S. DEFENSE
J"rRS MA'l THEW T JCOTT
Mrs. Matthew T. Scott of Bloom
ington, III., former president of the
D. A. R., who has become a member
of the woman's section of the Navy
League of the United States, which is
pledged to educate women regarding
the needs for national defense.
Evansville, Ind. "Doc, he hit me
with a brick," said Detective McDan
iels after fight with negro. Brick
was a bullet which had flattened un
der Mac's scalp when it hit the bone.
Mrs. Anna Bardin, midwife, 1444
Larrabee st, held on story of Ger
trude Blozejczyk, 2452 Prairie avi
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