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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 11, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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Philadelphia, April 11. Most reli
able estimates early today placed the
death toll of Eddystone munitions
disaster as high as 140, many of the
victims having died horrible deaths
during the night at the various places
in Chester used as hospitals. More
than 150 are now placed in the list of
injured, although an accurate count
is next to impossible.
Feared that there may be still
other dead in ruins of plant.
Work of identification progresses
slowly. Although, many bereaved
relatives have identified loved ones,
scores left the morgue and hospitals
in despair. Most identifications were
by means of finger rings or other
trinkets. It was utterly impossible
to identify by bodily marks. Scores of
bodies were so charred it was im
possible to ascertain even their sepc.
In Chester morgue" alone there are
still 105 bodies to be claimed.
Friends of the dead were let in dur
ing the night ,by twos and threes and
led down the row9 of sheet-enveloped
forms laid in as careful precision as
the rows of death-dealing shells that
killed them. Fathers, mothers, sis
ters and friends slowly scanned the
bodies, moving from form to form.
Horror was so great that many were
awed beyond stage of tears. They
merely walked along, with pallid
faces, stooping over each form, and
proceeding onward in their' vain
search. Two or three women faint-
ed, but for most part there was a
grim and horror-stricken determina
tion not to be overcome.
Investigation shows victims were
W mainly residents of this section.
Two suspects of the plot were ar
rested early today at the Pennsyl
vania station at Chester by depart
ment of justice officials. Their names
were withheld.
The two men bought tickets for
Philadelphia, went out on the plat
form and let the train, go by. They
had been under surveillance by offi
cials, who immediately nabbed them.
Sufficient evidence of their connec
tion in the plot was found to "warrant
taking the men to Philadelphia for
further examination.'
Scores of employes who ware not
victims of the tragedy have told the
story that warnings were passed
around last week saying: "Don't
come to work Saturday or Monday."
Most of them laughed at the idea,
but it is known that a good number
took the hint even to an additional
day and thus avoided death.
A significant statement was made
today by Basil Greenke, inspector for
the Russian government in the pellet
department Greenko declared that
the explosion occurred in the loading
room, where there was no powder or
shells. He was badly hurt.
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The upward leap 'taken by the
price of grain on the declaration of
war with Germany caused quick, ac
tion by the government authorities
yesterday. Several dealers are un
dergoing an investigation which is
expected to determine whether the
prices bounded up by agreement.
The firms are said to be: J. Ogden
Armour & Co., James A. Patten, Ar
mour Grain Co., Adolph Lichstern,
Arthur Cutten and William Martin.
Thirty-five brokers have been
called and the books of three broker
age firms will be presented in Judge
Landis' court at the request of Ass't
U. S. Att'y Robert Childs. The firms
hit by subpoenas are Bartlett, Fra
zier & Co., Logan & Bryan and Block,
Maloney & Co.
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The case 'against A. W. Stroll,
Mayor Thompson's chauffeur, was
quashed yesterday by the Evanston
police before It reached the courts.
So the city executive will not have
to pay a fine for breaking Evanston's
speed laws.
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