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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 28, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 31',
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- SAYS .HE WAS TOLD TO KEEP
STIUL ABOUT FIRE FACTS
'Conditions at the Kraus Bros. &
Loewy dye house, 310 W. 24th street,
previous to the fire of Monday were
told to the state fire marshal yes
terday afternqon by employes of the
The state marshal Is now making
an investigation-into the cause of the
re and the locked door which nearly
. caused the death of twentyrfive girls
Thomas Sheehan, 1032 Washing
ton boulevard, auto mechanic, testi
fied that the Jire started in a room
in the basement garage. Here he was
accustomed to wash the auto parts in
gasoline. A.t the end of his work he
('would sweep the gasoline that had'
fallen to the floor out- of the door,
The day of the fire there was about
a half an inch covering the floor. This
was jgimeu auu cuuseu uue lire.
He further testified .that Arthur
Burg, manager of the place, told him
to keep, still about this.
Sheeban's testimony was. corrobo
rated by Dave Williams, another em
ploye. Joseph Hollack, 332 W. 24th street,
who tore the. hole in the corrugated
roof through which th? girls made
their escape, gave his testimony in
regard to the locked door. John Stru
ick testified' that he was" the man that
had. broken the lock.
The inquiry isjiot yet finished.
GIRLS' SUJCIPE CLOSED A SHORT
The stpry ot how far a girl will go
for a man she loves was told at the
' coroners office over the ,body of Es
ther Mdnpier, 20, Who departed via
the gas route last Thursday.
When they found' the girl there was
a note byher side addressed: to Wal
ter Miller, 19, 2137 -Seminary avenue
The note read yesterday saddened the
jurors. In about a dozen sentences it
told completely the old story .of the
girl who 'has yielded everything to the
man .only to be tossed aside.
Miller, who went on the stand yes- j
terday, admitted he was the father of
her baby, which dipd in an ambulance
three weeks. ago, But he pleaded, he
intended to marry her and make ev
erything right if she only had. waited.
While on the stand he also testified
fat Iia had mnde arrangements with '
Dr. Cohan in.-te Venetian building to
perioral an .illegal operation on the
"On Jan. 27 I paid Dr. Cohan $40
to perform an. operation," Miller said
on the stand. "I'was to pay him $20
more when the operation took place.
On Feb. 4 Esther went down to him
alone. I don't know what occurred
then. She neyer told me. I don't
know whether the operation was, per
formed or not."
The coroner's, jury returned, a ver
dict of suicide without making any
"Yes, I heard a noise ancl got up;
and "there, under the bed, I saw a
"Mercy!. The burglar's?" ,
"No, my husband!s. He had heard
the ndiset tog!" ,