In other crowded shopping districts.
"The Mdndel store has taken every
possible protection against fire. But
if the building of these salesrooms
Mad been authorized in this case, it
would have meant that dozens, prob
ably scores, of business houses in the
loop and in Halsted street and Mil
waukee avenue districts would have
gone ahead with the same sort of
Assistant City Prosecutor Schwarz
said today that he will start action
next week against the Mandel store.
"If a fire should break out we
would be held responsible for lack
of action," said Schwarz. "Former
Fire Chief Horan said before a city
council committee when this or
dinance was under consideration that
even with the most modern appli
ances for fire protection a sudden
blaze might be generated that would
trap its victims and they would be
"If wires are disconnected and the
lights go out in an underground room
it is a much more serious matter than
above ground. The fire department
experts emphasized these and other
points. Immediate prosecution of
violators of the ordinance will be
"The limit of the fine is $200 a day
for every day the subway salesroom
is kept open."
Robert Redfield of the firm of Tol
man, Sexton & Redfield, handled the
case for Mandels.
Underground salesrooms cannot by
any devices so far discovered be filled
with a constantly changing supply of
pure air, according to Charles Ball,
dhief sanitary inspector of the health
department. He was pleased that the
Supreme Court had knocked out
Judge Caverly's decision.
"Marshall Field & Co. and other
stores were planning to have sub
basement salesrooms like Mandel's if
the city ordinance had been held
void," said Bell. "People from the
Field store appeared before the city
council committee in favor of second
"Investigators from our depart
ment went to New York at that time.
They exposed gelatin plates and
made tests of air in Siegel-Cooper's.
Dust, moisture and other impurities
were found in higher degree than
obtains in rooms above ground.
"We are glad the development of
these subways has been held back.
It means more people will have bet
ter air. Let them go higher with
skyscrapers if they must. There they
have a chance for sunshine. No tubes
or blowers have yet been discovered
that will force a supply of good, old
fashioned sunshine underground."
CUNNEA CLUB HOLDS DANCE
Cunnea Booster Club will hold
dance at 2d Regiment Armory, i054
Washington blvd., tonight William
A. Cunnea, candidate for county
judge, and several labor leaders will
Mike Flannery, former vice presi
dent of the Pressmen's International
Union, will speak at the ball. Flan
nery Is secretary of the club and
stated today it has a membership of
"9,000 non-partisans." Cunnea will
discuss Issues tonight
SOX SIGN COAST PITCHER
Ed Klepfer, star pitcher of the
Venice, Cal., Coast League team, has
been signed by the White Sox, it was
announced today. Klepfer came to
the Sox in part payment for the vet
eral Doc White, who joined the Ven
ice club at the close of last season.
"PEN" KILLER FOUND GUILTY
Frank Repette, Chicago convict in
the Joliet penitentiary, was today
found guilty of the murder of Charles
Masters, another convict, whom he
stabbed to death inthe prison dining
room and was sentenced to be hung.
Olaf Lundberg, saloonkeeper, 2719
W. 12th st., held up with six custom;
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