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CORONER'S PHYSICIAN CALLS
DUMM DEATH ACCIDENT
Alcoholism and injuries he sustain
ed in a fall caused the death of I. W.
Dumm, president of the International
Fruit Co. of Kansas City, according
to a coroner's physician, who exam
ined the body today. The inquest will
be held Wednesday.
In spite of the verdict of the phy
sician, Mrs. Dumm, who had been
separated from her husband for
about two months, demanded a thor
ough police investigation, declaring
her belief that her husband had been
the victim of an assault.
Dumm, a wealthy man, died in the
Bridewell Hospital, where he was
taken Thursday from a room in the
home ,of Mrs. C. Brown, 805 Bradley
place: One of his ribs was broken,
his skull had been fractured, and
there wereseveral cuts on his face
Mystery attaches to the manner in
which Dumm was injured. He had
formerly lived in the Chateau Apart
ments, 809 Sheridan road. About a
week ago he became acquainted with
Jack Healy, a bartender hi a saloon
at Grace street and Evanston avenue.
Healy introduced him to Mrs. Brown,
and the wealthy man left-his sump
tuously furnished apartments and
rented a room at the Brown flat
Dumm had been partially intox
icated for the past week.
According to the story told by Mrs.
Brown, she, with Dumm and Healy,
visited a summer garden last Tues
day night Dumm continually talked
about his wife and finally left the
party. At that time, she says, he was
She saw Dumm again Wednesday
morning. He was very nervous, and
asked Mrs. Brown to give him some
Thursday morning Thomas Kiley, a
roomer at the Brown flat, went into
Dumm's room. He came out imme
diately and asked Mrs. Brown to
bring some water. She followed Kiley
into the room.
Dumm was lying on the floor with
his head under the bed. There was
blood on his face. A physician was
called and he summoned the police.
Dumm was taken to the Bridewell
Hospital, where he died without re
Dumm's injuries could not have
been sustained in an ordinary fall.
Roomers in the house declare they
heard no sound of a struggle in his
room. The police declare it would
have been impossible for a man in
Dumm's condition to have reached
his room alone if he had been hurt
in an auto accident on the street
The fact that he was drinking gave
rise to the belief that he was struck
by an auto on Sheridan road, a much
traveled street He may have been
carried to his room by the autoist,
whothen left, without telling any one
of the accident. No one has been
found who saw the dead man be
tween Wednesday morning and the
time his body was found Thursday.
Mrs. Dumm is prostrated at the
home of Mrs. E. A. Wing, 932 Wilson
avenue, where she has been living for
two months since her separation
from her husband. She is so ill that
she will be unable to attend the in
quest o o
WOMEN TAKE UP THE FIGHT
AGAINST 'PHONE MERGER
The women of Chicago have taken
up the fight against proposed merger
of telephone companies.
Tomorrow afternoon Women's
Party of Cook County will meet and
plan drastic measures to block the
grabbing of the Automatic by the
Chicago Telephone Company.
Mrs. Charlotte Rhodus, president
of the party, announced that they
will bitterly oppose the proposition
unless the Bell system agrees to
adopt the improvements of the Auto
matic Company and reduce the rates.
Mrs. Rhodus branded the present
rates as exorbitant.