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covered by state laws and city or
dinances. The city. council, for
instance, has the power to ap
point a committee to make a full
inquiry into such matters. You
and as many other employes of
the store as this committee
chooses to call could be compelled
to appear and testify under oath.
"What right has the public to
know what is going on here?"
demanded Cronin, angrily.
"In some respects, Mr. Cronin,"
said the reporter, ''this store can
be classified as a public utility.
The city has a right to ask under
what conditions you crush a
man's leg and spatter blood
around. The city has given Car
son, Pirie, Scott &Co. the use of
city land, the space under the
sidewalks, the space under the al
ley. You have been given the
privilege of an extensive awning
over nearly a quarter block of
sidewalk. There are special priv
ileges you have received for noth
ing. The city has the right to ask
if you are treating your employes
and customers properly."
"The public has no more right
to know what is going on here
than it has to know what is go
ing on in your home."
"Wouldn't the public have a
right to know what was going on
in my home if I were smashing up
people's legs and heads there?"
"Well," said Cronin slowly,
"I've told you all I have a right
to tell. If you want further in
formation you will have to see
Mr. Wood, the general man
ager." Wood has a big office in the
southwest corner of the nintK
floor of the sfore. A secretary
sits in front of the door. The
Day Book reporter tried to get in.
"You can't go in there," said
the secretary. "Mr. Wood is ter
ribly busy, making an inventory
and attending to other matters.
Every minute of his time for to
day is taken up."
"I was referred to Mr. Wood
by Mr. Cronin. Mr. Cronin said
he could give me no information
about an elevator accident that
happened here and that Mr.
Wood was the man to see."
"Mr. Cronin knows very well
he ought to have come with you
personally and vouched for you.
Mr. Cronin knows all about those
accidents more than Mr. Wood
knows. He ought to have come
personally or given you a note to
Mr. Wood Boy, go over and see
if Mr. Cronin is in."
The boy hotfooted it over to
Cronin, and then came back.
"He ain't in," he said.
On the lower floor, surrounded
by ihirrors and silverware, The
Day Book reporter found Cronin
Just as the reporter came up,
another man in hat and overcoat,
who looked like a customer, pass
ed by Cronin. Cronin leaned to
ward him, and hissed:
"Watch that nigger who pass
ed here a few minutes ago. And
watch that woman with the white
feather hat and brown bag."
The Day Book man stepped up
"Mr. Wood's secretary told
me you ought to have come with