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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 1

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NOON EDITION . ONE CENT
HOYNE TO INVESTIGATE BEATING OF BOY BY
CONSTABLE DUAL SCHOOL SYSTEM FIGHT IS
NOW ON LOCAL BALL TEAMS LOOK GOOD
THE DAY B
An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
VOL.4, NO. 169 Chicago. Thursday, April 15, 1915
398
PHONE WORK LEAD
DOPE-THEN GIRL DIES
Girl, Driven Hysterical by Work at Chicago Telephone
Co., Learns Morphine Habit From Another Tries
"Doc" Weatherby's Cure and Dies.
On many occasions officials of the
Chicago Telephone Co. have declared
that operating a switchboard was
very pleasant work. However, from
time to time other information has
leaked out, information"which, seemed
to show that operating was not pleas
ant work, but, on the contrary, work
that left the girl tired and half-fainting
at the board with their nerves on
the ragged -edge.
The breakdown that eventually led
to the death of Mary Willis, a former
telephone operator, from morphine
poisoning, may be traced directly to
the nerve-shattering work of operat
ing one of the Chicago Telephone
Co.'s switchboards.
A coroner's jury a few days ag;o de-
cided that "Mary Willis came to her
death on March 25 at the People's
hospital from a narcotic poisomng
(morphine) and poison self-administered."
Mary's end was hastened, the jury
says, by indulging in "Doc" Weather
by's "guaranteed cure for the drug
habit." Each bottle of Weatherby's
"guaranteed cure" was found to con
tain 20.6668 grains of morphine sul
phate per fluid ounce, and the cor
oner's jury recommended that the
sale of the "cure" be prohibited as a
violation of the Harrison anti-drug
act.
All this the Trib printed fully, but
the part that it practically skipped
over was that Mary Willis became a
dope fiend while au employe-of the
Chicago Telephone Co. and that thd
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