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nurse yet. She is only in train
ing. Dennis F. Kelly, general man
ager of Mandel Bros., testified
that he had heard the screams of
shoppers who witnessed the ac
cident. Yet not one of these eye-witnesses
was produced to tell how
the accident occurred.
There was only one eye-witness
of the accident at the in
quest. That was George Bruce
Harmon, the operator of the ele
vator. And Harmon refused to testi
fy at the inquest.
Kelly testified for him. Kelly
told how Harmon had told him
how the accident occurred.
And immediately after the ac
cident did occur, Kelly sent Har
mon to his (Kelly's) private of
fice and ordered him to remain
ihere, and got a statement from
Frank A. Gaynor, chief city
elevator inspector, testified that
he had thoroughly examined the
elevator after the accident.
Yet when Gaynor was asked
the position of the elevator he
said it was on the north end of
the Wabash avenue side and
about 150 feet from the street.
Whereupon Kelly jumped up
and corrected him, saying that it
was only 50 feet from the street.
Gaynor further testified that
the elevator doors opened in the
middle. It was shown that the
door opened at one side and
doubled back on the remaining
half of the gate which was sta
The store made no report of
the accident to the police. The
first the police knew 6f it was
when Detective Mark Sullivan
"heard something about it" and
went over to investigate.
That was one hour and a half
after the accident occurred and
only half an hour before Mrs.
(The first person not in the em
ploy of Mandel Bros, to inquire
about the accident was a Day
Book reporter. From half an
hour after the accident to forty-,
five minutes after Mrs. Wein
baupr had died, Dennie F. Kelly
toid that reporter repeatedly that
Mrs. Weinbauer was "only slight
George Bruce Harmon, oper
ator of the elevator which drag
ged Mrs. Alice K. Weinbauer, of
Maywood, to her death in Mandel
Bros.' department store yester
day was exonerated from all
blame and released from custody
by a coroner's jury today.
The inquest was held over Mrs.
Weinbauer's body in the morgue
of the Eastern Casket and Un
dertaking Co., 58 East Randolph
street. Deputy Coroner Adolph
Herrmann was in charge of the
Herrmann gathered in his jury
irom loungers at tne puonc UD
rarv iust across from the morcue.
Here are the witnesses who tes-.
Dennis F. Kelly, general man
ager of Mandel Bros. ; Dr. Eliza-
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