Walter Lucas was raised by his sister in her home after the death of their mother. Walter and his young niece, Eleanor Pycz, had made every plan to attend the picnic. While getting ready early that Saturday morning, Walter nicked himself while shaving. He later scorched his collar as he ironed the shirt he would wear to the picnic. These events delayed Walter from arriving early at the wharf downtown, and as a result Walter missed boarding the Eastland.
...scorched his collar as he ironed...
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