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OMAHA, SUNDAY MOKXIXG, JULY 25, 3P15-FIVE SECTI0XS-T1I1RTY-F0UR PAGES.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
RUSH TO WATCH
FILM MAN MADE
Eye-Witnetiei Tell Police Movie
Operator in Launch Attracts
Attention of the Pas-
ALL SWEEP OVER TO SEE HIM
Gauge Tender Describes His Experi
ences Escaping from the
FRANTIC WORK AT THE PUMPS'
. CHICAGO. July 84. That a sud
den rush of persons on the deck of
the Eastland to port side to look at
a speeding launch caused the catas
trophe, was the assertion of Jack
Elbert, gauge tender of the steamer.
He said he and J. M. Erlckson,
chief engineer, escaped drowning by
wading through water In the hatch
and crawling-out of a porthole Into
"Tho steamer. England, u kpt
table by moans of a water ballast sys
tem," Elbert said. "Water is pumped
Into the chamber In the ship until It be
coms steady. This was done before even
freight Is taken on board. The first thin
I heard this morning was that the East
land began to lean to starboard. Eric'.c
on. the chief crglneer, was In charge of
the pumps used to pump water Into the
Jinp Into Water.
"He said. 'Boys, steady her up a little.'
and then we pumped water Into the other
aide until it was up even and all right.
We hart Just evened It up when a launch
came down the river and past the East
land, and tho crowd rushed to port side
to look at t The weight on one side ap
parently pnovod too much, and the Eiast
land began to list badly.
"We worked frantically at the pumP
to try to bring It back.V.
Eye-wltnesaes Informed the police that
there was a mas in the launch operating
a moving picture camera, and that this
attracted the attention of passengers on
the Eastland, who rushed to one aide of
Shortly after i p. m. the temporary Tied
Cross station at Reid, Murdoch & Co.
was filled tf capacity with bodies, the
total there being estimated at tfoO. The
Becond Begimcnt armory at Washington
and Curtis streets was then thrown open
as a morgue, and It was announced that
If necessary the coliseum on South Wa
bash avenue would also be used.
A baby less than 1 year old was taken
alive from the hull of the boat by res
cuer at S o'clock this morning. Specta
tors on the Clark street bridge cheered
as the Infant was raised from tho steam
er's hoi. It was said the child would
All Bodlee Above Water Line Ool,
At i:ft p. m. Dr. M. K. Little of the
Red Cross service announced that all the
bodies above the water line and within
easy reaching distance had been brought
out and that divers were uwarohlng the
wreckage and staterooms on the side of
the vessel nearest the bottom.
The Bed Cross station, which for a
time was used as an emergency hos
pital, now has been turned Into a morgua
and attempts to revive those brought out
practically were abandoned.
The work of rescue went on with mo
notonous precision. Eight divers equipped
with underwater suits and helmets
searched the holds of the vessel, aided
by a doien or more volunteer swimmers,
who. clad In bathing suits or tripped to
their underwear, dived, time after time
Into the murky water.
As quickly as a body was located It
was seised with grappling hooks and
brought to the surface. "There's one."
would be the cry and usually this would
be followed by the call "It's a woman."
Hummer gowns and flswry torn to
shreds, scratched faces and clenched
hands were the rule. The rescuers for
several hours suffered from the heat of
the hull, caused by the furnaces of the
As fast as the bodies were brought out
of the bull they were Said on stretchers
and covered with blankets. A tug moored
between the wreck and the dock formed
a bridge. The stretcher bearers passed Ix
twen two priests, one of whom gave sb-
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For Omaha. Councilluffs and Vldn
tty Unsettled, probably thoweia; not
much chaiuce n temperature.
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Moan temperature 74 no 71 ta
Precipitation .. .. .03 .00 .01
Temperature and Precipitation depart
ures from the no. rial at Omaha inc
March 1. and compared with the lst
Normal temperature . T7
I.eftrl;ncy for tne day
Total defUlncy since March 1 t ii
peftcteney fur tne day
precipitation etnee March l....ll ii inches
Iefk-leney alnc March 1 M tnon
f wftcteaoy for cor. period, 114.. 1 7 Inches
jflciancy for cor. period, una.. t.TO lnchea
Going Down W?'oad of
Western Electrical Company's Employees
to Number of 1,500 Drown Without Chance
CHICAGO, July 24. Loaded with 2,500 excursionists, employees
of the Western. Electrical comaany and their familes, the steel steamer,
Eastland, capsized at its dock in Chicago river todav. Six hours after
tho accident the police
estimates were that l,iU(J men, women and children had perished. ,By
some the number was placed even higher, but evidence to substantiate
such figures was lacking. Scores who escaped drowning were hurt in
the panic that marked the disaster.
City, county, state and federal
officials worked to learn the cause of
the disaster to recover bodies of vic
tims, trace missing persons and aid
the injured. In this they were as
sisted by every agency that the city
could summon, hospitals, mercantile
concerns, physicians, churches and
organized charities lending their or
ganizations or experience to the
work. ' .
Awful Panic on Deck.
Panic of the worst kind struck the
passengers when the boat began to
turn' over. Best accounts o? witnesses
said the steamer rolled slightly twice,
then turned further, and that hundreds
of .screaming, struggling men, women
and children slid across the sloping
decks, fought for room on the com
panion ways and clutched at com
panions, deck chairs, or any other ob
ject that come to hand.
Women and children by the hundreds
were caught below decks and the
scratched faces, torn clothing and bruised
bodies of the dead bore mute evidence
of the desperation with which they had
fought for a chance for life.
The whole tragedy occupied less than
five minutes. Members o! the craw
shouted warnings us the steamer first
tilted and captain Pederaen . ordered
lower deck ports opened and all pas
sengers , ashore. There was. however,
no chance for such a measure to suc
ceed. Some seven thousand tickets had been
distributed for the excursion and five
steamers chartered by the company.
The Eastland was ffrst,. to receive its
quota, and when ts chartered capacity
was reached, federal Inspectors ordered
thaAvno more be taken aboard. The boat
was docked on the south side of the
river, and when ' the hundreds hurry
ing to the boat were turned back from
It triey streamed across the Clark street
brldgo to the steamer Theodore 'Roose
velt, which was to take the second load.
Near Panic on Brldare,
Screams of the Eastlanc victims halted
this rush and the bridge was lammed
with people until police, fearful that the
structure would collapse, ordered it
Every resource of the city was turned
to the rescue work. Remembering the
Iroquois theater disaster, mercantile con
cerns In tho vicinity hurried motor trucks
to the scene laden with blankets to warm
the living or cover the dead. Pulmotors
by the score were sent to the dock; phy
sicians, police, firemen, government life
savers and nurses were summond and
all hospitals and morgues notified to pre
pare for patients or corpues.
The :eamer oated on Its side Into mid
stream and tugs, rootorhoat and- other
river craft swsnned about Jt. Firemen
climbed on tbe hull, forced openings In
the steel hull and through these searched
the cabins for possible victims.
City flreboats. police launches and life
boats from nearby steamers In the river
rushed to the rescue. A hole was cut
through the side of the lower deck by
Hfesavers and the bodies of six victims,
five of whom were women, were soon
Decks aad Cabins Crowded.
It. P. Oadory. employed as a "candy
butcher" on 'the steamer, was the first
eye-witness to tell a detailed story of the
."It was about 7:40 o'clock this morning
and the boat, which had been chartered
by the employes of the Western Electric
company for an excursion to Michigan
City, Ind., was lying at the dock near
Clark Street bridge loading with passen
gers." said Oadory. "We were to leave In
twenty minutes and the upper deck and
cabins were crowded with passengers.
There were hundreds of women and
children. I estimate that' there were be
tween1 3.000 and 1.000 on the boat at the
time of tho accident. I was standing on
the lower deck near the gangplank watch.
Ing t'.ie people come aboard. Suddenly I
noticed the boat list toward the center of
the river. It rolled slightly at first and
then seemed to stop. Then It started to
rt again. I became alarmed and shouted
to the crowd to keep still. Apparently a
majority of the passengers were on one
side of the boat and this had overweighted
It and caused It to list. Suddenly the
hawsers which held tbe boat to the dock
snapped and the officers polled the gang
plank In and refused to allow any more
om the boat
"At this time everybody was pnnlc
strlcken. Women screamed and men triad
to quiet them. I attempted to reach an
upper deck, but could not because of the
crowd and excitement and ran back to
the port where the gangay bad been.
The boat then slowly drifted away from
the dock, rolling as tt slipped into mid
stream, and a moment later It tad turned
Vessel Turns Turtle
had checked 679 bodies
over on Its side. I climbed over on the
tide of the boat and stayed there until
I was taken off by life savers. Many of
the passengers leaped into the water as
the boat went over. Fcores of others
were caught In the cabin and drowned.
When the small boats began coming out
to us I worked with other survivors In
taking passengers out of the water and
cutting holes In the cabins to remove the
Policeman Rescues Fifty.
Policeman Henry Seiner, one of the
first to go to the rescue, gave a vivid de
scription of the accident. "I saw scores
of men and women, many of them hold
ing children, plunge Into the water. I
Jumped Into a rowboat and pulled out to
the drowning. I t,hlnk I got about fifty
aahoro. Tho flreboats and tugs hurried
to the scenes and picked up more than
"We grabbed thoae nearest us first. At
one time I had four women In the boat
with me. Others I aided by dragging
them from the water onto the docks."
Captain Harry Pederton. 67 years old, of
Benton Harbor, Mich., who was In com
mand of the boat, said:
"I was on the bridge and was about
ready to pull out when I noticed the boat
begin to lurt. I shouted orders to open
the inside doors nearest the dock an.l
give the people ft chance to get oti
Tbe boat continued to roll and shortly
afterward the hawftere broke and tho
j steamer turned over on Its side and was
unmni wwBra un miaaie or the river.
When It went o'ver I Jumped and held on
to the upper side. It all happened In two
minute. The cause is a mystery to me.
I have sailed the lakes for twenty-five
years and previous to that sailed on
salt water twelve years and this Is the
first serious accident I ever ha4. I du
not know how it happened."
I The steamer Theodore Roosevelt was
j turned into a temporary morgue. Bodies
vt women and children lined the cabin
I waiting for identification. It was re
! ported that more than fifty bodies were
aboard the Roosevelt at 9:15 o'clock.
Boat Filled 'to Capacity.
The steamer was filled to capacity and
hundreds were turned to other boats, ac
cording to S. O. Hall, one of trie Western
Electric, plcknlckera. He estimated that
T.000 tickets had been distributed to the
employes and that more than z.SOO were
crowded on the Eastland.
"I got to the dork," sold Hall, "and
was told to go to the other boats as the
Eaatlaod was already too crowded.
There were fifteen or twenty persons be
hind tne and more coming fast
"I was told that 7,000 ticket had been
distributed among the company's em
ployee and that there were to be six
boatloads. The only boats I Rfeard were
to be used however, were the Eastland
and the Theodore Roosevelt
"I had scarcely gone ten feet toward
the Theodore Roosevelt when the East
land began to list. Hundreds ran to the
rail and many climbed over It aides' as It
turned over. All were thrown Into the
Boat Starts to Roll.
Mr. Em met t O'Donnell of Berwyn, III.,
"The steamer was getting ready to
leave and was crowded with sotourslon
lata. The officers of the boat pushed
the crowd back which was around the
gang-plank In order to pull tt in. I think
this Is what caused the boat to list to
one side. It never stopped when It started
to roll, and a few minutes later it was
out In the middle of the river on Its side.
I saw dosens of people drowned around
me, but was unable to give assistance.
By a great effort I waa able to climb on
the upper side of the boat and managed
to hold on until I was taken off by res
cuers." Lysle Ooyatte, I6S Boutin Ayers ave
nue, Chicago, said:
"My wife and I bad Just entered the
boat and were In the crowd on the main
deck near the gangway. Then I heard
some one shout, "Oet back,' and we were
pushed over to one side. A moment later
the boat started to list. We were all
j psnlcatiicken and could do nothing. I
j lifted my wife in my arms and crawled
out of an opening on the upper side of
the boat as It slowly went over."
W. K. Oreer.ebaCm, manager of the In
diana Transportation company. Who was
in charge of the excursion, said:
"We bad chartered five steamers for
the excursion of the Western Electric
company's employes to Mlchlgtn" City,
Ind., today. We had tne steamers East
land, Petroskey, Theodore Roosevelt, Ra
cine and Maywood.
Inspectors t'enat Pnaenirera.
"The Kastlnnd was the flrt hint to
load and the docks were crov.':d wlt'-j
passt risers who were to ba t .kci m the
other boats near by. One I'nUiJ s.nej
steamboat Inspector and two iLtkl. tn'
watched the Eaatlaod load. They stood
at the gang-plank and counted the pah
sengers as they went aboard. Their re
port shows there were 1600 passengers
on the Eastland, it fall capacity un4er
as recovered, and best
the Vnlted States steam boat regulations.
I have no Idea how the accident oc
curred." The steamer Eastland was built In 19ns
and owned by the Eastland Navigation
company of Cleveland, O. It was MS feet
long. St feet wide and had a draft of
23 feet, with a net tonnage of 1.21s. It
was brought to Chicago In 1904 and was
used In the excursion business to South
Haven, Mich., for several years. Later
It was taken to Cleveland, O.. and plaoed
In the excursion service there. This
spring the boat was remodeled. It was
then brought to Chicago and put on the
run to Bt. Joseph, Mloh. It
had a steel hull and was known
as one of the fastest excursion boats on
the great lakes. It had a speed of twen
ty-one miles an hour.
Inillnr Disaster Averted.
The Eastland nearly met with a similar
accident eight years ago when In com
mission between Chicago kod South
Haven, Mich. The boat, crowded with
passengers; listed badly In the South
Haven harbor when the water ballast
was being taken aboard. Officers of the
ship drove the passengers to the other
Bids of the vessel and probably averted
a repetition of today's disaster.
. Joha.-Aorey, a Western Bleotrio com
pany employe, was one of the resoued.
"I was on the upper dock," said Moray,
"when the boat began to list I thought
the boat was recking at first, then I kept
turning on one side. I caught hold of
the rail and held on as the boat want
over on Its side.
"A loose chair swung around and struck
me on the forhead. Something else hit
me, I don't know what It was, but I man
aged, to keep my hold on the rail until
I was helped to land.
"There were more than 600 on my side
of the boat at the time and many of them
must have been drowned."
Scenes' similar to those that followed
the Iroquois theater disaster east gloom
over the city along South Water street,
Chicago's great produce center. Commis
sion firms practically suspended business
and threw open the doors of their, estab
lishments aa temporary morgues and hos
pitals. AH the big downtown department stores
hurried truckloads of blankets to cover
the dead and drenched women and chil
dren who were huddled In shivering
N wspaper men were denied permission
to go aboard the Roosevelt and police
men guarded Its gangways. They declined
to say how many bodies Were aboard the
ship, but row s of corpses could be seen on
the decks. Frantic efforts were being
made to revive victims. A score of pul
motors were brought Into use and when
life was found to be extinct the bodies
were carried to another part of the ship
and placed In rows.
All available employes of the city hall
were sent to the scene by Commissioner
of Public Works Moorehouse, acting
mayor, to aaslvt In the work of checking
up the names of all persons saved and
the dead. Tugs In the service of the city
were sent blocks below the soene to
search for bodies which had drifted.
. Orand Jury Investigation was forecasted
when Walter K. Qreenebaum, general
manager of the. Indiana Transportation
company, which chartered the steamer
Eastland for the outing waa summoned
to the state's attorneys office end ques
tioned by Ktnte's Attorney Huynn. Mr.
Hoyne was at his home' when Informed of
the- disaster. He immediately notified
nla assistants lo make the inqul'-
There were more than 200 doct.BTork
lng over the victims in the temporary
nospltals by 10 o'clock. Rev. Father J. K.
Fielding and Father John OH earn were
soon at the scene administering ths last
"Nine girls and I were tn the state
room having a little party of our own
when, all of a sudden, we felt the boat
going over,' said Miss Lottie Anderson,
one of the survivors.
"We all Ml Into a heap. The screams
and shrieks of the women in other state
rooms wt-re maddening. I fell Into the
water and did not see my slater or any
f the eight others after that."
Joe Broiak related how he was saved
from death because his coat caught on
a nail. "I was with a party of four
and they were aU drowned,' said Broiak.
"My coat caught on a najl and when the
boat went over, I was held above the
water. If It had not been for the nail,
I should now be at the bottom of the
river, I suppose, with the others of my
SU government Inspectors were work
tnv on tho d ckwhen the Eastland
HirtieJ over. Tliey we.r rn,rffn of
l:.tpeetor It. II. !I 'Curry.
"Two liisixh-toinwere sssigned to the
Eajitland," MoCurry said, "to see that
the boat was hot overcrowded. The
ship had taken on all that It would
hold and the two Inspectors had turned
(Continued on Page Two, Column Two.)
Women and Children
Partial List of the Known Dead
KASPAH INLINE, Jr.. years old.
HoY I'KTMU-oN, 4 years old.
CAKtllJNW MAHY 1 KI A I LA, M.
MRS. CARRIE 11TT A M IU.E, 17.
E. W. SCMAftFWIl, 1.
1. O. SIJKCK.
MARY O. McOTjTNN'.
MR. MAHY KoMMKR.
MIIM AMKRSV, it. Clce.ro, III.
MRS JuSKl'H rH-HfirZ. 86.
CHESTER rt. FOSTI.K. 24.
FRANK FHHJF7.N, K
MHS CI.AKA MII.IER, 2t.
MICHAEL ROWKI.IjH, 64.
EMIT. JENKK .
JETHRow REPT Jr.
ROMAN SI.OWINSKY. SO.
JOSEPH H .ION KM. l
Wll.l.HM SKOKMANN'. 2fv
OLORUK V.. (-C)MUT.
EMI L CLrtl' K. Cicero. 111.
R. O. MrOINNI.EY.
MIP9 MARINA SCHtri.TZ.
Wo M A N- V A S E NORSK t.
MISS K. At I.KN
T. HrLL'SJI. .
HARRY J "HNPON. '
IGNAT7. .' ACT ) ROW-SKI.
WILLIAM I JEGMAN.
MARIE E. OrNPERLOCK.
FLTNORF. OR WIS.
ROBERT DOLU 25.
MISS MAROAHRT CHR18TIANSON.
MARTY Jl'lXJE, 1 year.
CATHERINE SIIFRIOAN, 21 years.
MISS H. URESKOWIAK.
M1SH NTT T.IK KASPAR.
IT MFRPHY, 2rt.
MIPS ROSE THOMAS. 2d Cloero. III.
MEXICO CITY IS IN
HANDS M INDIANS
Two Hundred Beds of Zapata Forcei
Are in Possession of the
Capital. , '.
ALL . BUSINESS
MEXICO CITY, July 19. (By Cour
ier to Vera Crut.) Tbe city Is In
the hands of a band of 200 Indians.
Zapata forces, In retreating, have
torn up the railroad to Cuernavaca
and Toluca. AU business houses
and bakeshopa are closed and even
the well-to-do find difficulty In buy
ing food. The relief committee Is
unable to help and the lack of food
Is being keenly felt. There is no
communication with the outside
world, except by courier.
This Is the latest word to come
out of Mexico City, It was sent one
day after Carranza forces evacuated
the capital to meet an approaching
Places of Business
Give Shelter to the
Survivors of Horror
CHICAGO, July 24. Stores and whole
sale houses In the vicinity temporarily
housed the survivors and proffered roffee
and sandwiches One hl concern turned
lis ralesrnoma In South, Water street Into
sn Information bureau and relief station.
Here came relatives and friends tearfully
seeking Information. Sal estnen jisaelnft
among the crowd obtained names of
thoee mlatlna and their relatives.
Dr. J. B. Murphy. Dr. John T, Ooldrn
sndVormer Health Commlstonor Evans,
jomiiietit phyeklans, had charge of the
medical relief station at the temporary
A 10-year-old alrl. Gene Toumahene,
was weeping- for her two aunts, uncle and
little cousin, who were miiuilr.n. She
j alone of that party was rescued, an far
! aa known.
Frank Hefle, It years old, mss cry In ft..
"I'm waiting for my mama," aald he.
Hefle had been at home when InftMTned
of the accident to the Eastland, on which
' his father, Frank Hefle, sr.. Ma mother
and two sisters, Josephine, 12, and
Katharine, 1C. were passengers. AU four
were among- the missing.
Buildings at Boone
ROONE. Ia.. July M-tpelel Tel
! gram.) A tornado passed through Boone
county tonlKht, doing thousands vt dot-
i lars damage. UuiMLnns were unroofed.
I elevators blown over, silos and trees bild
' low. The roof of the Boone Uas company
boiler house was torn off, carried through
the air, and dropped on top of the bta
gas holder. Men there sustained' minor
I Injuries. ,
Barnum A Bailey's circus here, escaped
I without serious damage, but big crowds
I of wople held In open lots until fury
j of the wind passed.
j Hrbrarlnar Peuled.
I PIERRE, fi. I.. July 21 fPlec1al Tele-
gram.) The supreme court today denied
1 a motion for r hearing In the -raso ot
the state against the Kullerton luinli-r
I company. In wtiirh tho Kullerton and
j other lumber companies and their ssents
j were convicted on charges of violation
1 of the antl-dlsnrlinlnatory law In selling
lumber oheaper at competitive towns
than they did st non-eompetltlvs.
MRS CUARA ORLIN8K&
PATRICK O HK11X.Y.
C. S. PlElU fc).
MRS. IDA JOHNSON.
MAROARET SWAN SON. 1ft,
MISS ANNA VKR1LA, 20 years, Cicero,
OTTO ,M RES.
H C. WALLER, Oak Park.
MARTHA POZEKY or Cloero, III.
MISS CARRIE HANSON. 20,
MISS I.I I. ME NEUMANN. M.
MISS ANNA PE8CH, !L
MIS ANNA PK.iCH, XL
MRS. HARRY HIM
MISS MARYE RIEOI., 21.
MISS MART McluA REN, 22.
CARRIE 11. IAFULO.
MRS. MARTHA HOFFMAN. 22.
MltS. ALRI0RT UNPERISH, 20.
MlfcS. JOHN SCHWARTZ.
H A. HAH E 10,
MARY COO I' Kit! ,
CHARLES III CK, 21. '
JAMES NOVOTNY, 24.
F. A. OOFFERMAN, 28 years.
EIWAm H. OARNER.
CHARLES PETBKWON, Jr.. 11 years.
MHS, MINNIE ROHK, 45 years.
M IHS CON A OSTERSOTT. 22 years.
FRED JOHN EHRART. 23 years.
MISS ANNA RRENNAN, 21 years.
ARNOLD MARTIN ORKEN, 65 years.
LEWIS H. JOIIN1STON.
M I LI T F SOHNOU
MISS Jl'MA JORSKA. 17 years.
MARTIN Qt'WAR, 2J years.
FRANES NOVAK. 19 years.
MAMIE JT'NOWITH. 17 year.
MAMIE- JUKOWITIl, IT years, Cloero,
MHS. IDA JENWON.
WILLIAM FEN LION, Morton Park.
WILSON WILL PLAN
President Will Confer with Garrison
and Daniels on Comprehensive
Scheme to Enlarge It.
SLIGHT iron AT EXT2.A SESSION
WASHINGTON. July t4. Formal
announcement was made at the
White House today that President
Wilson on his return to Washington
will confer with Secretaries Garrison
and Daniels on a program for na
tional defense. The president has
written to the beads of the War and
Nary departments for1 reports on the
subject, pointing out the necessity
for working out plans for Increasing
the efficiency of the military arms
of the government.
The White House statement follows:
"The president has been considering
every phase of the matter of national
defense and Intends Immediately on his
return to Washington to confer with the
secrets ry of war and secretary of the
navy, . his purpose being to procure In
formation on which he can formulate a
cane, reasonable and practical program of
'Although nothing was stated officially
concerning the purpose of the govern
ment. It was hinted officially that .with
the dlspatrsa of ths emphatlo note to
Germany, the president had decided to
hasten the reports and recommendations
being prepored by the War and Navy de
partments for the regular session of con
gress, so that all necessary Information
might be available If lmergency arose.
As yet there are no Intimations that
the president has fined any definite time,
for submitting the program of national
defense to congress, but his purpose Is
said to be to map out comprehensive
plana so that no time will be lost should
he decide to call a special session.
Two Cities Searching
For a Missing Child
MASON CITY. Ia.. July 24. (Special
Telegram.) A battalion from the Second
reiflnvnt today Joined In the search for
mlsrlng Haby Goldthorpe, lost, stolen
' or drowned. All fneorlao are being
i thoroughly Investigated. The parents
bold to the theory that the child was
kidnaped. A half hour before the dis
appearance of the child an auo stopped
In front of the residence. Others believe
the ohlld was killed by ereoklea driver
and the body carried away. Two cities
are Joining In the search.
Chicago Mayor Now
On Way Back Home
BAN FRANCISCO, Cal., July it- Will
iam Hale Thompson, mayor of Chicago
and his party, about eighty In all, will
leave on a special train late tonight for
Chicago, foregoing the Chicago day cele
bration Tuesday at the Panama-Paolflo
expoeltlon, which brought them here.
Identity ( lajared Maa.
PIERim 8. P., July ti. Special Tele
gram.) The1 second man In a cutting af
fray here yesterday, who vu captured
last evening and taken to the hospital
with a bad cut on one of his legs and a
broken atikU n-lili-h. he received when he
j'tniped from the car In which the flnt
occurred, today gives his name as Em 11
Johnson and 14s home In Minneapolis.
John Rosa of Benson. Minn., who was
moat seriously slashed. Is yet tn a crit
ical condition at tne hospital.
IN A DISASTER
Excursion Ship Eastland Bolls Over
and More Than Thousand Die
Few Peet from Land ia
700 BODIES ABE REMOVED
Several Taken Oat Alive from Cabin
of Ship After it Had Lain on
Side for Hours.
BOAT FAULTY IN ITS DESIGN
CH1CAOO, July 21 Coroner
noffnian st 8 o'clock tonight ewtU
matM the number of bodies to be
taken to the Hefond Ilcgiment ar
mory at l.ROO. Of these he said
800 had alreawly reached the armory
from morgues and other places
where they were first taken.
CHICAGO, July 24.More than
1,000 persons, possibly 1,300, laost
of them women and children, were
drowned today within a few feet of
land by the capsizing of the steel
steamer Eastland, as It was about to
leave its wharf In the Chicago river
with 2,(00 relatives and friends of
employes of the Western Electric
company, for an excursion across
Lake Michigan. The ship rolled on
Its side Id twenty-five feet of water
within five minutes after It began to
Coroner Spring tonight declared that
l.Sno persons were killed, wtUle other
estimates ran as high as 1.000, but these
did not agree with ths statement that
not mors than 1.600 passengers were on
board the vessel. During ths day more
than TOO bodies were taken from ths
river and the hull of the over-turned
steamer, whose sides were cut span with
gas flames to admit divers. "
Taken Oat Alive.
' Several persons were taken alive from
ths cabins In the ship after It had lain
on Its aide In ths river for four hours,
but ths SuO other persons said to be In
the hulk are all dead.
Under the glare of searchlights to
night, scores of men worked In the hull
of the vessel to remove the bodies. Ths
steamer lay on ths bottom of the river,
one-half of It protruding from the river.
The oause of ths capslilng had not been
determined tonight, but federal city and
state officers were conducting Investiga
tions to determine whether the ship was
topheavy from faulty ' designing, was
improperly ballasted, or waa poorly
handled In warping from the wharf.
Faalty la Desla-a.
Marine achltects assertsd that the East
land waa faulty In design, that the top
deck had been removed, because of tho
tendeucy of the ship to list and alas)
pointed to the possibility tuat ttiu 1,1114
had been unevenly, or Insufficiently bal
lasted. The Eastland used water ballast,
so that It could pump out some on en
tering shallow lake harbors, and Inves
tigators are working on a theory that
the ballast tanks were not filled and ths
rushing of passengers on ons side of ths
decks, causing It to roll over.
Under misty skies, 7.000 men, women
and children went to the river wharf
early today to fill five large lake steam
ers with holiday mirth In a trip to Mich
igan City. The steamer Eastland, brought
to Chicago from Lake Erie, after an un
satisfactory career, was the first to be
Rain began to fall aa the wharf super
intendent lifted the gang plank from ths
Eaatland, declaring that the government
limit at X600 had been reached. White
dreases peeped from raincoats alongr the
shore rails, as those aboard waved good
bye to friends on shore waltlns; to board
the other vessels.
Does TVot Balft,
Then the passengers swarmed to the
left side of the ship, as tha other steam
ers drew up the river towards the wharf.
A tug- Was hitched to the Eastland, ropes
were ordered cast off and the engines
began to hum. The Eastland t had not
Instead, the heavily laden ship wavered
side-ways, leaning first towards ths river
bank. Ths lurch was so startling that
many passengers joined the large con
course on ths other aids of the decks.
The ship then keeled back. It turned
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The Day's War News
FROM ALL BIDES ezoept the east
Tcatoale ' armies are eoatlaalasr
tbelr concerted preesare aa War
sew, th fate at which still haasra
la tha balaaea. . Direct aaaaalta
spsn tha fortress protecting; the
city arc weakening? tha defeases,
tha Ocraaaas elaJaa, They stvc
ha mm ring aspaalally heur apes
GERMAN CAMPAIGN tn Cwrlaa 4 ta
admittedly progrreaalasj favarasly
to the Invaders.
THERE IS HARD FIGHTING alonff
the BasT near tha Uallclaa herder.
Both Aastrlnns and Germane de
clare tha reealtn so far nrv aatls
factory. Petrosrnd reports ladl.
rate a desperate reslstaae hy the
TUB HEW AMERICAN NOTE to
Germany waa not pahllahrd In tha
Berlla asrslsg newspapers aael
tha tread of German oplalan ra
g-ardtnar It ta mnraTcaJed.
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