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WRECKED GIRL'S BODY HARVESTER TRUST
MUST PAY $8,000, COURT DECIDES
Dr. George L. Apfelbach, formerly
Mary Sheetz was poisoned, changed"
from a healthy woman-Into a broken
ghost of an invalid in a wheel chair.
Guilt is on the International Harves
This is the decision of appellate
court Judges McSurely, Baker arid
Holdom. Their opinion handed down
yesterday confirms circuit court
award of $8,000 to the estate of Mary
Sheetz. She died after a jury last
year had awarded her $10,000 and
just before Judge Benjamin Pope cut
the award from $10,000 to $8,000.
If upper courts further sustain the
award, the $8,000 will be paid by the
harvester trust to Miss Emma Sheet?,
3963 Drexel blvd., a sister of Mary
Sheetz, and a brother who is a casual
laborer "somewhere in America."
It took seven years for the harves
ter trust, through the operation of an
insanitary print shop at Adams and
Jefferson streets, to get Mary Sheetz
into an invalid condition sending her
to the graveyard.
Charles C. Spencer, attorney for
the plaintiff, brought the suit under
the new occupational disease act.
"It is the first test case under that
law," said Spencer. "Outcome of it
in higher courts is watched with in
terest because it involves the validity
of that law."
International Harvester Co. pub
lishes booklets called "The Story of
Bread," "The Dawn of Plenty," and
like titles. These have been mailed
in millions of copies to farmers and
country town folks. They tell of
civilization in America and how
happy the working classes are be
cause Cyrus McCormick invented
harvesting machinery and made
Mary Sheetz was a type distributor
for the harvester trust. The lead dust
on the type got into her blood. By
dribbles and dribbles through seven
nf state factory inspection office, tes
tified it was a case of blood poisoning
caused by absorption of lead dust.
Dr. Archibald Church, specialist on
occupational diseases, testified that in
his belief Miss Sheetz's breakdown
was not caused by harvester trust
working conditions. The doc stated
his fee for consultation and testi
mony to be $200 a day.
"I'm glad to hear of the appellate
court decision," said Oscar Nelson,
state factory inspector, "I testified at
the hearing of the case that in my
opinion the wrecking of Miss Sheetz's
health was either directly caused "or
highly aggravated by the lead dust
she was compelled to handle while
working in an establishment not up
to the standards of a modern print
GERMANS STIRRED UP OVER
Berlin, via Amsterdam, Feb. 15.
Lusitania settlement has suddenly be
come center of violent party storms
Newspapers today attacked Chan-,
cellor von Bethmann-Hollweg and
Fofeign Secretary von Jagow with
unprecedented vigor for failing to ex
plain terms of settlement in Prussian
house of commons. Declared that
public should be permitted to know
whether Germany has made any fur
ther concessions, tending to cripple
her submarine commanders.
FORD PEACE TRIBUNAL MEETS
New York, Feb. 15. Different
groups of Ford permanent peace tri
bunal held special sessions in Stock
holm today. Full meeting of the tri
bunal will be held tomorrow.
London. 3 officials of London
branch of Fownes Glove Co. today
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