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POISON PLOT AT MUNDELEIN BANQUET?
HEALTH MAN CALLS CLUB KITCHEN BAD
Arsenic was put in the soup which
was served at the Archbishop Mun
delin dinner at the University club
Thursday night at which 100 guests
were stricken at the table with what
at the time doctors diagnosed as pto
- This was the charge today made
J by H. P. Doherty, manager of the
The police are looking for Jean
Crones, 21, 2201 Prairie av., who left
his work in the club's kitchen a half
' an hour before the banquet and has
not been Been since by any one the
In his room were found mercury
solution, hydrocyanic acid and arse
nic, all deadly poisons, say the police.
The police also say they found books
and pamphlets which they say were
of violent anarchistic nature as well
as atheistic and antj-Catholic liter
ature. The man for whom the police are
looking was employed in September
at the club under the name of Jean
Crones. It was ,said today that his
name was John Crones and he was a
Frenchman instead of the German he
claimed to be. He has not collected
$35 due him in salary.
"We found receptacles in which the
poison was brought into the kitchen,"
said Doherty. "They were only part
ly emptied, showing that he was part
ly thwarted in his design.".
"Generally insanitary in both the
bak:shop and the kitchen." That's
what Dr. Walter W. Armstrong, head
of the food bureau of the city health
department reported after investigat
.rt ing the kitchen of the University club.
, "I have no doubt that exceedingly
insanitary conditions prevailed in the
kitchen and bakeshop of the Uni
versity club," said Health Sommis
sioner J. D. Robertson.
Yesterday it was reported that the
kitchen of the University club had a
reputation among cooks as being a
very "messy place." Reporters who
went to the club on the story were
not admitted to the kitchen till late
in the afternoon.
Dr. Armstrong gained -admission
early in the day, and here is what he
told the health commissioner of what
"In the kitchen floors, table, pro
jecting ledges and windows were
dusty and greasy. Walls and ceiling
were dirty. The floor was covered
with soiled sawdust. The proximity
of copper tanks, in which soup was
cooked and foods boiled, to the wash
room and open garbage receptacles
was insanitary. Part of the copper
kettle in which the soup eaten last
night was cooked had become worn
and had been tinplated.
"The bottom of the kettle and its
strainer were corroded. I wiped the
kettle bottom and the strainer with a
clean towel. A green and black cor
rosion appeared on the towel from
'accumulated oxides. There were
only two chickens left, and from
their appearance I am sure that they
"In the bakeshop windows and ceil
ing were dusty and dirty. Ledges and
other projections were the same.
Grease had been allowed, to accumu
late on the floor, which was far from
clean. Newly-baHed pies were cool
ing on the floor when I arrived."
The University of Chicago is mak
ing bacteriological tests of samples
of the bouillion.
TAKE 25 BODIES FROM MINE
WRECK IN PENNSYLVANIA
Johnstown, Pa., Feb. 12. Bodies
of 25 miners killed in last evening's
explosion in No. 2 mine of Jefferson
and Clearfield Coal & Iron Co. at
Tricat, Indiana county, have been
removed from mine. All but 6 aliens.
3 miners still missing. Four men, 2
Americans, in Indiana general hospital.