Transport: Criminal Action

In 1904, 1,021 men, women & children perished when the General Slocum burned and sank in New York's East River. For that excursion tragedy. William H. Van Shaick, the Slocum's captain, was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. Not until last week did the U. S. Government again take criminal action in the New York district against a marine officer following a marine disaster. Then a Federal Grand Jury in Manhattan completed three months of investigation by voting seven indictments in connection with the Morro Castle fire.


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