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STATE STREET DEPARTMENT STORES ARE
JOLTED BY CITY COUNCIL
"Thousands of people in Chicago
have holes eaten into their lungs by
the great -white plague, -consumption.
"The cause of it in a large number
of cases is a vicious air supply, bad
ventilation, in the places where those
people have worked for a living.
"Out of the 3,000 people who die
from consumption of the lungs each
year in Chicago the trouble goes back
every time to bad air.
"The soft pink tissues of the hum
an lungs are the most delicate in the
human body. They feed and live on
air. If the air they are fed does not
have the proper amount of oxygen
and sunlight the lungs begin to waste
away with consumption.
"Placing people at work in a base
ment 40 feet below street level is a
starting point for the breeding of
consumption and all other diseases
SHE READ HIM
"My dear, if you will only many me
I win buM you a swell home like that
"I see entirely on a bluff."
that can be blamed on a bad supply
of air for the human throat, lungs
This is what Dr. George B. Young,
commissioner of health, told the city
council sub-committee which came
to him asking about the ordinance to
make lawful the sub-basement sales
room now run by Mandel Brothers'
department store on State street.
The ordinance was kicked out of
committee, officially killed, at a meet
ing of the sub-committee Satur
day. The members voting unani
mously to place the ordinance on file
were Aldermen Pretzel, Rea and Pett
koske. Besides Health Commissioner
Young and Chief Sanitary Inspector
Ball, there were ventilation engineers
consulted by the committee. The
aldermen couldn't find any experts
who would say it is possible to get a
set of pipes, pumps and machinery
that will deliver into a basement an
air supply as good as that normally
obtained above ground.
Major Edgar B. Tolman of the firm
of Tolman, Redfield & Sexton came
to Aid. Pretzel before th sub-committee
meeting and asked for
a postponement of action. Pretzel
said the thing has been dragging long
enough, the evidence seemed, to be
all in, and if there was more evidence
available it ought to be forthcoming.
D. P. Kelly, general manager of the
Mandel store, showed Aid. Pretzel
through the sub-basement salesroom
now running. Every argument ih
favor of it was made to Pretzel and
he came awzfcy and made the state
ment that he wouldn't have a daugh
ter of his work in a sub-basement
salesroom and he wouldn't like to
work in one himself.
AH the trust newspapers have kept
silence about the Mandel sub-basement
except the Examiner, which
hasn't been getting any Mandel advertising.