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VOL.2N0.91 Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1913 ONE CENT
STORIES OF WITNESSES AT INQUEST ON FATAL
ACCIDENT IN HILLMAN'S DON'T JIBE
Only One Suggests Contributory Negligence on Part of
Store Others All Hillman Employes Cop
Tells of Suppressed News.
"We, the jury, find that Mary Dorf came to her death from
shock and injuries received due to falling through open door of ele
vator on fifth floor to bottom of elevator shaft in Hillman's depart
ment store, southwest corner of State and Wasiiington sts., at about
6 p.m. January 13, 1913. We find Elevator Conductor William B.
Bortbn, started elevator upward from fifth floor landing before
closing elevator door, and at a time when deceased was about in act
of entering elevator. We find such act of elevator conductor was
an act of gross carelessness, amounting to manslaughter, and we
recommend that said conductor, William B. Borton, be held to the
grand jury upon the charge of manslaughter until discharged by due
course of law."
The coroner's jury returned
this verdict after a three-cornered
battle of witnesses which lasted
for nearly three hours yesterday
Mrs. Louise Murphy, of 6046
South Park avenue, a shopper
who saw the accident, gave testi
mony damaging to the Hillman
Three Hillman employes gave
testimony tending to discredit
Mrs. Murphy's testimony ; one of
them went so far as to say she
thought Mrs. Dorf intended to
Frank N. Hillis, attorney for
Borton, tried to discredit all evi
dence damaging to his client.
And in the end, -Borton, the
colored boy, was made the goat.
Mrs. Murphy was a strong wit
ness. Outside of the. police, she
was the only person fro testify
who did not hold a job in the
The three Hillman witnesses
all had jobs to lose. The man
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