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MAN TURNED AWAY FROM
COUNTY HOSPITAL DEAD
The County Hospital officials may
be called upon to explain why they
refused John Lyons, an old man, ad
mission on Christmas eve, an act
that later caused his death in a de
Lyons, who was fifty-four years of
age, and an old actor, came into the
saloon of William Stack, Washtenaw
avenue and Lexington street Wed
nesday. His face was drawn. He
looked very ill.
Stack commented on his appear
ance. The old man explained that he
had been ill for several days. Stack
advised hi mto go to the County Hos
pital. The old man agreed.
The aged actor began to reel.
Stack rushed to the telephone and
called the West 13th street station.
When their ambulance arrived, the
police surgeon gave as an "expert"
opinion that the man was drunk.
Stack and the others in the saloon
were dazed by this announcement of
the doctor and argued against it. The
doctor was obdurate.
"Naw, he's drunk," he said, "we'll
take him to the station or to the
Bridewell. Which do you want?"
But Stack would not stand for this
treatment of Lyons and the ambu
lance was sent away. Then Stack
called up Aid. Thomas J. Ahern of
the 13th Ward. The alderman, who
knew Lyons and knew he wasn't a
drinking man, interested himself in
Ahern, believing that Commission
er Bartley Burg would have more in
fluence at the County Hospital, call
ed him up. Right there Ahern made
Burg is a Democrat. The present
administration is Republican, bound
body and soul to Alexander A. Mc
Cormick, and no Democrat has a
chance at the County Hospital, which
Is supposed to be for the people.
Burg called up the hospital and
talked to some assistant in Warden
Chapman's office, who told him to
send the men right over.
The 13th street ambulance was
called and the man, by this time in a
very serious condition, was sent
But surprise awaited the man at
the hospital. The attendants posi
tively refused to admit the "dying
actor. They hardly glanced at him,
but they decided he couldn't enter
Lyons was brought back to Stack's.
By this time life was slipping very
fast. His pride was hurt. He stag
gered out of the place and over to
Walsh's grocery store, 753 S. Cali
fornia avenue. He asked for a place
to wash. Then he went out into the
barn at the rear.
They found his body Christmas
morning. Aid. Thomas J. Ahern will
bury it. They will ask thecounty for
no more charity.
And his friends are thinking of
erecting a small tombstone, bear
ing on it this inscription: "Killed by
neglect on the part of Cook county."
HE WAS RIGHT
"Miss Brown told me that you paid
her such a charming compliment the
other evening," said Mrs. Codding
ton to her husband "something
about her being pretty. The poor
girl was so pleased. I don't see how
you men can be so untruthful'
"I should think you know by this
time that I'm never untruthful," said
Coddington, reproachfully. "I said
she was just as pretty as she could
be, and so she was."
American barkeeper, name un
known, has been jailed at Hermosillo,
Mex. Charge against him not stated,
but he may have been drunk. Let
Gen. Willie Hearst lead the U. S.
army across the Rio Grande at once,
Tokio has, on an average, 96 earth
quake' shocks per year, -besides chill3