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WOMAN BADLY HURT IN SIEGEL-COOPER ACCIDENT
NEVER HEARS FROM STORE; PAYING OWN BILLS
Siegel, Cooper, & Co. have
taken no steps to recompense the
victims of the elevator accident in
their store Saturday, December
21. They are not even paying the
In that accident at least twenty
people we.re injured, half a dozen
so severely that they will suffer
for th rest of their lives.
One of those so injured is Mrs.
Rose Aichetel, 45 years old, wife
of Paul Aichetel, 1512 West Tay
lor street, and mother of five
Mrs. Aichetel had been shop
ping with Miss Gertrude Not
man, a friend of the family. They
had been in the toy department
on the fourth floor, buying Christ
mas .presents for the Aichetel
They went toward the passen
ger elevators when their shop
ping was done. A floorwalker
directed them to the freight ele
vator. The elevator was already
crowded, i There were, as nearly
as Mrs. Aichetel and Miss Not
man can remember, between thir
ty and forty people in it, mostly
The door of the elevator slid
shut. The boy pulled the lever.
There1 was a sudden, 'sickening
descent, adeafening crash.
Miss Notman, jammed into a
corner by frightened, screaming
men and women, was kept on her
feet, and was not badly hurt. She
She fell to the floor and was
trampled on by the panic-stricken,
Mrs. Aichetel remembers no
more until she awakened up in
the Presbyterian hospital two
weeks later. Her husband was
by her bedside.
"Where am I?'? she cried.
"What has happened?"
Then she suddenly bent double
as the pain of her injuries racked
A nurse moved silently to the
"You must not talk," she said.
"You are not able. And you must
not get excited."
Aichetel believed his wife was
dying after he heard the doctor's
report on the case. He called an
ambulance and had her taken
A Day Book reporter found her
there today, with Miss Notman
by her side. She was breathing
heavily. It was evident that she
was in great pain.
"I cannot say very much," she
said, gaspingly, "because I am not
able to breathe very well yet. I
do not know if I ever will be able
to breathe right again. The doc
tor does not hold out much hope.
"I cannot tell you much of the
accident. I remember stepping
into an elevator. I remember the
sickening fall of it And then
I remembered no more "until I
wakened up in the hospital there,
with my husband crying by my
"I cannot remember very mnch
Mrs. Aichetel was less lucky.