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YEAR AGO EASTLAND SUNK
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO
One year ago today the Eastland
turned over on its side in the Chi
cago river and swept its human cargo
into the water. 812 picknickers
were drowned. Most of the picnick
ers were men, women and children,
) 'employes of the Western Electric Co.
and their families, out for a "good
There was the. usual hue and cry
after the tragedy. Investigations
were started only to be allowed to die
out after the public forgot its rage.
A few memorial services were held
yesterday in little churches in Cicero
where most of the victims lived.
That was all.
Those who lost none near and dear
to them seem to have forgotten ut
terly. Yesterday was the biggest day
of the season on the excursion boats.
Long before the time for sailing the
boats were loaded to capacity and
the gang planks lifted.
Only the empty homes of the vic
tims of the "overcrowded" boat re
- main to tell us of the greatest tra
gedy ever witnessed in Chicago. The
legal vengeance promised them has
narrowed down to the suits for dam
ages instituted against the Western
Electric Co., the boat company and
others. The officers of the law,
sworn to protect life, lost their in
terest after the chances of newspaper
publicity had faded.
Big Business has discouraged the
organization of a strong Eastiand
memorial association. Several
South Water street employes who
watched the struggles of the dying
in the river met a few weeks ago to
organize such an association to keep
alive the memory of the tragedy as a
warning against future "official care
lessness." But their plans were
checked when their employers heard
of it "It would help kill the excur
sion boat business," they said.
In Cicero flags are flying at half
mast today. In St Anthony's Lith
uanian Roman Catholic church and
St Mary's Polish Roman Catholic
church special memorial services
were observed this morning. Several
singers were engaged to augment
Tonight there will be a memorial
celebration at Pilsen Park, 26th and
Albany av. It will be under the aus
pices of the Bohemian Eastland Re
lief committee of which Anton J.
Cermak is chairman. There will be
music and singing. Addresses will
be made by Anthony Czarnecki, S. E.
Vraz and P. J. Lucey.
Just how much has been done to
prevent a "repeat" this year of last
THORNTON STORY CAME AS BIO
SURPRISE COMES UP TODAY
The records dug up by city coun
cil schools committee showing Mrs.
Eva H. Thornton sitting as a school
board member and voting to buy real
estate owned by her sister and with
her husband paying the taxes on it
will come before the school board to
Secrecy of sclfool board records by
which it is possible to keep the names
of sellers of real estate will be ques
tioned by some trustees to whom it
was news that Mrs. Thornton's rela
tives by blood and marriage were
financially interested in the proposed
Avondale school playground, which
Mrs. Thornton voted in favor of buy
ing. There isn't any large amount of
money involved and the state of mind
of trustees like Harris W. Huehl and
others was not that of a shock, but
rather of sharp surprise. Huehl is
chairman of the sites committee. He
knows the real estate business and
carries with him a little book tabbing
all the school sites under considera
tion by the board. The surprise ex
pressed by Huehl Saturday when the
Thornton deal was uncovered will be
voiced again to day in school board,
it is predicted.
State's Att'y Hoyne's request that