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appear at the Harris school tomor
row night to make a speech on "ven
tilation," is expected to express the
opinion that reU ventilation in sub
basements is impossiblfei-He knows
from tests made in the sub-basement
of Siegel-Cooper's New York store.
Ball says that when the Original ordi
nance was before the council that a
representative of Marshall Field &
Co. said that if the plan went through
Field's would open a sub-basement.
Tomorrow morning the building
committee of the city council will
meet in the city hall to discuss the
present pending ordinance against
sub-basements, according to Aid.
Geo. Pretzel's plans.
Mandel Bros, have requested the
committee to approve the ordinance
that it might go to the council to be
Health Commissioner Young and a
delegation of clubwomen headed by
Esther Falkenstein Will also be pres
ent. They are supporting the ordi
nance in its present form and are op
posing the, amendment suggested by
Mandel Bros, that sub-basements al
ready constructed at great expense
be allowed to remain running.
"At the time this basement was
constructed two years ago there was
an qrdinance in effect which prohib
ited its use as a salesroom," said Dr.
Young to a Day Book reported. "In
the face of this the store Went right
ahead and opened it to the public. We
filed suit and lOBt in the lower courts.
The supreme court, however, re
versed the decision last September.
The corporation counsel's office is
now preparing suits against the store
'for every day it has been opened
since this decision.
"Mandel Bros, knew that they were
disobeying the law when they built
this sub-basement. Mayor Busse told
them to go ahead and that if the
present laws did 'not suit th'em he
would ge some that would.
"Ther.e. are two other reasons why I
this department is against sub-base- 4
ments. The first Is that sub-basements
ars undesirable places for men
and women to work in. The second
is the probability of increasing the
congestion of the loop. There is a
law limiting the height of buildings
and, to my mind, it is more objection
able to build deeper under the ground
than to build higher into the air."
Commissioner Young also strongly
condemned the "washed, dried and
manicured" air which is being sup
plied to the basement by a ventila
tion system installed at an enor
mous expense, according to Mandel
"Why, when the council sub-committee
visited the basement a few
days ago this wonderfully complex
ventilating system was not even run-
said Dr. Young. "ThiB shows
ck of efficient supervision. If a
esgirl had stopped work for 30
minutes everybody would know
about it, but let the ventilating sys
tem stop sending this washed, dried
and manicured air into that hot,
stuffy room for an afternoon and no
body notices it"
Following is a list of the women's
organizations who have entered .the
fight against the sub-basement ordi
nance: Altrui Jefferson Park Woman's
club, Desplaines Woman's club, Es
ther Falkenstein Settlement Wom
an's club, Edison Park Settlement,
Humbolt Woman's club, Irving Park
Woman's club, Irving Park Sorosis,
Irving Park Woman's Loan and Aid
society, Mayfair Woman's club, Mt
Clare Musical and Literary society,
Mothers' Friendly group, Norwodd
Park Woman's club, Oakley Wom
an's club, Open Door Club of Bow
manville, Rhoda Woman's Club of
Emerson house, Wicker Park Wom
an's club, Arlington Heights club, and
Park Ridge Woman's club.
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A. F. Underwood, former million
aire of Menominee, Mich., dead at
Salvation Army lodging house, 623 W.