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ELEVATOR ACCIDENT IS DENIED TO THE POLICE
ACKNOWLEDGED TO DAY BOOK REPORTER
Police of the Clark street sta
tion ran into a stone wall today
when they "investigated" the
"elevator accident in the store of
"Siegel, Cooper & Co., Saturday
afternoon, on information furn
ished by The Day Book.
Dr. J. A. Cousins, who attend
ed one of the injured persons, and
whose office is in the Siegel-Coo-per
building, flatly denied to de
tectives from the station that
4there had been any accident.
Yesterday Dr. Cousins and J.
H. Basch, general manager of the
store, admitted to three reporters
from The Day Book that four
.persons had been hurt. They
gave the name of one of the wo
men, Mrs. Zimeringblat, who was
taken to the Michael Reese hos
pital in the ambulance from
Quinlan's undertaking rooms,
31st and State streets.
A sensational turn was given
the mystery today when an em
ploye of the store declared that
the same elevator which dropped
Saturday had fallen two weeks
ago. No one was Seriously in
jured at the time.
At that time the police visited
the store, hearing there was an
'accident, but officials informed
them the report was false.
The strenuous efforts of the
store officials to obstruct a police
and newspaper investigation
strengthens the report that the
accident Saturday was a serious
one, with perhaps two fatalities.
One fact which is hard to ex
plain is how Mrs. Zimeringblat,
whom Manager Basch admits
was injured, could have been
taken away in two ambulances at
the same time.
But that is the impression he
seeks to give out.
After it had been learned yes
terday that Mrs. Zimeringblat
had been taken to the Michael
Reese hospital in Quinlan's am
bulance, and that the ambulance
of B. E. Arntzen, 810 N. Clark
street, had taken away another
victitn, disproving the claim of
Basch that only one person was
removed in an ambulance, a re
porter interviewed Mr. Basch.
"How about the woman who
went away in Arntzen's ambu
lance?" he was asked.
"That was Mrs. Zimeringblat,"
"But Mrs. Zimeringblat went
away in Quinlan's ambulance,"
"I don't know about that."
When Lieut. Darrow was told
of the accident he immediately
sent two detectives to the store.
They were gone about two hours.
Then they reported to Lieut.
Darrow that Dr. Cousins was the
only man they had seen.
"Dr. Cousins said there was no
accident of any kind," said one of
the detectives. "There is nothing
After hearing the report of the
detectives a reporter called up
"Did you tell the police there
had been no accident?" was
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