U. S. Bill Calls for $10,000,000
Congress is considering the Shipstead bill which authorizes the payment of about $10,000,000 in claims against the government as the outgrowth of forest fires in the northeastern part of Minnesota in 1918. The bill passed the senate and is now before the house.
It is charged that sparks from locomotives used at that time on a government-operated railroad set fire to the forests which cost the lives of about 400 persons in and about Cloquet. Victims of the fire were compelled to accept a percentage settlement in face of a threat of litigation of every claim which would be carried to the Supreme Court. The bill calls for the full payment of damages. There are about 8,000 claimants.