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Charles Agnastoklio (Agnos)

Charles Agnastoklio (Agnos)

...I didn't even get wet - at first...

Charles Agnastoklio (Agnos) recalled the gaiety and anticipation of a cruise to Michigan City and a picnic.  Panic and mass death took hold just minutes later as the steamer tipped over while still tied to the pier at Chicago.

"I was one of the first to board.  The boat was top-heavy.  The people who were down below didn't have a chance to get out.  Everybody was screaming, pushing and running over everything.  I was on deck and able to climb to the top of the boat when it tipped over.  The top remained above water.  I didn't even get wet - at first."

"Suddenly, I was hit by scrambling people and dumped into the river.  I drank that Chicago river water and - ooohhh - it was bad.  Those of us who drank the water were treated for possible diseases with shots.   I found my way out of the ship by vents, passageways, and I don't know what all."

When asked why he felt that the Eastland was overloaded, Charles replied, "The excursion company was too hungry for business."

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