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CARSON, P1RIE SCOTT DENY TWO ACCIDENTS I
IN STORE IN LAST THREE WEEKS d
Twelve days ago, January 2,
1913, an elevator repair man was
badly injured in an elevator ac
cident in the Carson, Pirie, Scott
& Co. store.
Nine days before that, on
Christmas eve, a decorator work
ing in the Carson, Pirie, Scott &
Co. store fell from a fifteen-foot
scaffold and was so badly injured
that he may die.
Both the injured men are now
at the Wesley hospital. The dec
orator is suffering from a basal
fracture of the skull. The one of
the elevator man's legs is in a
No report of either of these ac
cidents Was made to the police or
any other person in authority.
Not a line about either accident
has ever been published.
For the last three days, A. J.
Cronin, official husher-up and
secret service head for Carson,
Pirie, Scott & Co., has denied to
The Day Book that either of the
So the people may know just
how news is suppressed by the
big department stores, and how
little chance they ordinarily have
of knowing how safe they are in
a department store, The Day
Book prints the entire conversa
tion of its "reporter with A. J.
Cronin is a tall, long-headed,
thin-haired man, with a big
mouth. The Day Book reporter
found him in a small office on the
ninth floor, of the Carson, Pirie,.' was such an accident.
Scott & Co. building. d
As the reporter entered,
Cronin was talking over thes
phone. He was saying :
"Can he get up yet? Does he
eat solid food yet?" g
"Is this Mr. Cronin?" the re--
porter asked. f
"Yes," said Cronin, "what can3
I dn for you?" J
"I'm from The Day Book " t
the reporter began.
"Oh, yes, I've heard about your
paper. Didn't you print a story s
about the Field store?"
"We did." j
"A fellow was telling me about '
it this morning:. I want to eret
a copy of the paper with thatJ
story in it. Where can I get it?"
"At The Day Book office." f
"I understand there were onef
or two other stories about the
Field store in your paper. Can 1
get copies of those?"
"You can if you send to Thei
Day Book office at 500 South
Peoria street." j
(Cronin carefully wrote down
"I want to ask you about a mat-'
ter connected with Carson, Pirie
Scott & Co.," the reported ex-r
"What is it?"
"An elevator accident that oc
curred in the store January 2."
"There wasn't any such-acci-:
"Six different employes of the
store and three persons from the.
outside have told us that therea