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Though all statistics in regard
to industrial accidents show a
large number of persons killed
and injured "by falling objects,"
and although several states, no
tably Wisconsin and Massachu
setts, require that all elevators
shall be caged in at the top, noth
ing was said by witnesses, noth
ing was asked by Herrmann,
which would show the possibility
of some object falling from
above, striking Lusch and top
pling him down the shaft.
The highest protection chain
on the north side of the elevator
is four feet above the level of the
elevator floor. If Lusch had been
standing on a trunk and was hit
by something from above he
would almost certainly have been
the victim of the kind of accident
that statistics prove to be very
Deputy Coroner Herrmann,
chewing his tobacco while ques
tioning witnesses, was not wor
ried about this, however. He was
too busy getting ahead of the jury
in rendering a verdict.
Twice, between questions,
Herrmann broke out in his loud
"There's only two ways the de
ceased could have met his death.
The deceased must have fainted
and fallen or he must have been
assaulted and fallen."
Thus did Herrmann lightly
dispose of the possibility of some
thing having fallen from above.
A sister of Lusch, Mrs. L.
Sundaeira, "testified that Luscfr-
was divorced about one week
ago, but that although he might
have felt a little unhappy over it
he "felt fine lately."
Patrolman G. B. Magnussen
said he was on duty at State and
Madison streets, and that he ar
rived at Carson, Pirie, Scott hos
pital on the ninth floor of the
store building at 9:45. He said it
took him about three minutes to
get there after being notified.
Which again brings up the
mystery of what time the body
actually was found. Walsh swore
he found the body at 9 o'clock.'
General Manager Wood told The
Day Book it was found about 8
o'clock. And the policeman swore
he was notified at 9:40 o'clock.
Magnussen said he looked down
the shaft from the elevator. A
man could lose his balance and
fall down the shaft," he said.
Walsh, Cahill, the two fellow
employes of the man killed, and
Wayland, the casualty company
man, were all in the office of
House Detective Cronin until a
few minutes before the inquest.
All except Cronin went direct
ly from Cronin's office to the in
quest. Cronin called on General
The inquest itself was rushed.
Deputy Coroner Herrmann ex
"We wanted to get through
with it, and have it over," he said.
After the inquest, a Day Book
reporter talked with Herrmann
"Marshall Field & Co. and Car-son-Pirie-Scott
are the two best