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dition in the coroner's verdict.
Henderson also testified that
three sides of the elevator from
which Lusch went to his death
are protected from top to bottom,
but the north side is protected
i only part of the way up and by
Henderson said the first chain
was a foot above the floor. Po
liceman Magnussen said he
thought, the first chain was about
one foot and a half above the
The question of the height of
I the chain is of osme importance.
Lusch must either have rolled un
der the chains or fallen over them.
Henderson and all the other
witnesses testified that there was
no cage, no top covering on the
rry Cahill, 2244 Calumet ave
nue, testified as follows:
"The last I saw of Lusch was
at 6:30 o'clock this morning. He
and I were the only ones at work
there. We came to work at 5
o'clock. I had known Lusch for
three months. We were on good
terms. He was in fine health.
When J. last saw him he- was in
the elevator, which was standing
at the selling basement."
Deputy Coroner Herrmann
m was not satjshed with this testi-
"What is your theory as to
how Lusch met his death?" he
"I couldn't say," scaid Cahill.
"You must have some theory,''
said Herrmann, spitting tobacco
juice. "Now tell us how you
would suppose it possible for him
to fall from the elevator where
you last saw him to the bottom oi
"Well, he lost his balance or
"Made a mis-step or something
like that?" prompted Herrmann.
"Yes, and he might have tried
to grab the chain and slipped
There are chains on the north side
of the elevator to keep trunks
from falling off."
Cahill looked scared while tes
tifying. A. J. Cronin, house de
tective for Carson, Pirie, Scott &
Co., sat at his left elbow: Mana
ger Wayland of the claim de
partment of the United States
Casualty Co. at his right elbow.
Miles Walsh, 826 Miller street,
a Carson, Pirie, Scott freight ele
vator operator, was the next wit
ness. "I came to work at 7:30," he
said. "I saw Lusch's coat and hat
on a trunk upstairs, and after a
while I got to worrying. 'Where's
John?' I asked the other fellows.
A little before 9 o'clock I said:
'oSmething's happened to John.'
"Then I went down into the
tunnel basement and found the
body at the bottom of the pit.
'The way the body lay it looked
like it had fallen from the north
side of the elevator."
Walsh's further testimony
showed that there "might have
been three or four trunks, maybe
more" in the elevator when last
used by Lusch.
Therefore Lusch might have
been standing on the trunks and
might have been struck on the
head by some object from above