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lady wanted to kill herself. I
screamed : 'My God, she's going
to fall.' "
"Did the elevator boy close the
gate or move the elevator first?"
asked Deputy Coroner Kennedy.
"He moved the elevator. He
left the gate open about one foot;
' "The woman would not have
fallen if the usual plan of shut
ting the gate before starting had
been followed?" asked Kennedy.
"No," said Miss Hartman.
S. M. Hitt, manager of Hill
man's, testified. He swore:
That the elevator service at
Hillman's is and always has been
That all elevators are inspected
That he did not know how
many passengers were carried
every day by the store elevators,
That Hillman's have no printed
rules for operators,
That all rules given to the men
who run the elevators are given
That the sixth floor of Hill
man's is the office floor and that
elevators do not take shoppers
from the fifth to the sixth floor.
"Do you have a sign on the
fifth floor telling shoppers that
elevators run no higher than that
floor, Mr. Hitt?" asked "Kennedy.
"No," said Kennedy, "we have
no such sign, and we had not
thought one necessary."
A juryman broke in :
"Don't the starters sometimes
tell the operators to 'speed her
Up?' " he asked.
. "No," said Hitt.
"I know some elevator men,
and I know the starters do that,"
said the juryman.
"If they do," said Hitt, "I know
nothing about it." -
Patrolman C. M. Weiland, who
found the lifeless body of Mrs.
Dorf at the bottom of the shaft,
took the stand.
"I went to the fifth floor to look
at the elevator gate," he said. "I
could not pull it open. The only
way I could get it open was by
throwing my whole weight
"Neither the elevator boy nor
anyone else would talk. All ex
planations were made by Man
ager Hitt and the house detec
tive." F. Morgan, a cigar clerk in the
employ of Hillman's, took the
"I got on the elevator on the
fifth floor. I saw a woman come
around the bulletin board and
make a grab for the screen, and
then go down. Then everything
turned black. I got dizzy, and I
don't know anything more about
Morgan was asked about the
open elevator gate.
"The elevator stopped about
three feet above the floor," he
said. "I don't see how the wom
an gqt the elevator gate .open. I
have never seen an elevator start
ed except when the gate was clos
ed. The elevator men all watch
J. O. Meyers, 2430 West
Twelfth street, an order taker,
was the next Hillman witness.
"I saw the lady run for the,