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    I've heard reference to the Eastlans tragedy in passing without really knowing a lot about it.  The newspaper transcriptions you link to grabbed my interest -- this one in particular:

    Blames New Seamen’s Law.

    DETROIT, Mich, July 24—That the new seamen’s labor law enacted at the last session of congress was responsible at least in part for the Eastland horror in Chicago today is the contention of A. A. Schants, general manager of the Detroit & Cleveland Transportation company.

    "From what I have learned of the accident I am convinced that it was due in part at least, to the presence of life rafts and other heavy equipment required by the seamen’s law."

    Schantz said. "When the bill was before congress we argued that some such accident was likely to occur, but they laughed at us. The boat was simply top-heavy and turned turtle—and accident that couldn’t have occurred had she been properly trimmed.

    Safety regulations blamed for the disaster????  I think that one's just asking for the treatment.  ;-)

    It won't be the next, but consider it 'on the list'.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    by dsteffen on Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 05:28:22 PM PST

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