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Eastland was largely an advertising
scheme for the Western Electric Co.
A big parade was to be held and the
firm wanted to make a good show
ing, for moving pictures would be
taken of the affair and circulated
all over the world.
2. The Western Electric Co., di
rectly or indirectly through its offi
cials, forced the workers to go. Many
of them say they feared loss of their
jobs if they refused to make the trip.
3. The big electric concern partici
pated in the profits, in one way or
another, that were made from the
hundreds who came to their death in
the river slime.
Upon his ability to prove these al
legations House rests his damage
suits against the corporation. He
says he has talked with enowgh sur
vivors of the disaster to do so easily.
Other big business firms who must
defend themselves in court are:
The Chicago Railways Co., be
cause it is accused of putting piles in
the river bed where the Eastland
McGovern & Co., because it is said
to have dumped refuse into the river
bed at this point while building the
La Salle street tunnel for the rail
The Dunham Towing & Wrecking
Co., because its tug was pulling the
Eastland when it capsized.
The Indiana Transportation Co.,
because it rented the Eastland for
the picnic and loaded it with a hu
man cargo, although the boat had a
reputation as a cranky one.
The sanitary district because the
water level was supposed to have
been allowed to become low, caus
ing Eastland to rest on the bottom.
The 83 suits filed yesterday make
a total of over a hundred filed in the
Eastland case; many more are ex
pected before the year limit time for
filing is up, on July 24, anniversary
of the disaster.
CONGRESSMAN HAY JUDGE OF
U. S. COURT OF CLAIMS
Washington, July 15. President
Wilson today nominated Congress
man James Hay of Madison, Va., to
be a judge on the U. S. court of
Congressman Hay, veteran mem
ber of the house, is chairman of the
military committee whose much
criticised federalized militia bill fur
nished the framework for the pres
ent army reorganization plan. Ac
ceptance of the position and his re
tirement from congress are expected
to be announced at once.
Chicago band gives concert at
Grant park tonight
GERMANS FORCED BACK SLOW
UP BRITISH ADVANCE
London. Germans at one point
have been forced back to the third
line of their defense under British
pressure, four miles behind their
Heavy German counter-attacks
slowed up the momentum of British
advance in desperate fighting on the
Ovillers-Longueval front last night
British encountered most stubborn
resistance after breaking through
the German second line, and were
met by steady sheets of machine gun
fire in the district north of Longue
val. Notwithstanding this deter
mined opposition the British troops
continued tp consolidate their posi
tion and break down small German
positions in fighting that continued
well into the night.
Special dispatches from Paris this
afternoon reported that the Germans
have retired on the French front ad
joining the British, to the Guille-mont-Albert-Combles
Berlin, via Wireless to Sayville.
Italian destroyer of the Indomite
type was sunk last Monday afternoon
by Austrian submarine.
Berlin. "Despite severe losses, the
British succeeded in penetrating our
lines between Posieres and Langue
val, gaining ground and occupying
the Trones wood," said an official