the accident had happened, news of
the accident was first written on a
The coroner's investigators said
that the man had been killed by a
fall down an elevator shaft in the
department store while -working on
a lift for the Otis Elevator Co. He
had been drinking heavily before the
accident, the coroner's men said, and
this might have hastened his death.
At Rothschild's President Davis of
the concern was interviewed.
"Can you tell The Day Book about
the accident?" he was asked.
"Don't know a thing about it," he
answered. "You call either our store
physician or the superintendent
They'll give you the facts."
Dr. Strauss of the store was ques
tioned, but he referred all inquiries
to the superintendent's office.
Here all questions were answered
with a crisp "I have nothing to say."
The Otis Elevator Co. officials sajd
that McLain had been injured, in
Rothschild's, but not while in the
employ of the Otis Co. According to
them, he fell down stairs in the store
half hour after quitting time, April 5.
He had been working on a broken
elevator in the store during the day.
He was under the influence of liquor
when the accident happened, the Otis
At the central detail police station
there was no report of the injury of
McLain. Cap't Morgan Collins of the
district hurried two policemen to the
department store when this was
The policemen demanded a full ac
count of the accident and it was given
them. .The report stated that McLain
was found at the bottom of the stairs
on the 9th floor, badly bruised and
under the influence of liquor, on the
afternoon of April 5.
St. Louis, Mo. Roy J. Lewis con
fessed he and his brothers killed Pa
trolmen McKenna and Dillon- here
MEN IN MACHINE SHOOT UP
POLLING PLACES 3 CAUGHT
Six men in a motor opened gunfire
on two 18th ward polling places to
day and a police chase followed that
made people along W. Madison and
Lake streets think that the Mexicans
had crossed the Desplaines.
From a 7-passenger auto the men
opened fire at the 34th and 36th pre
cinct polling places, 1715 and 1736
W. Madison st, as they sped by.
It chanced that Motorcycle Police
men Eisenberg and Schultz, Des
plaines st station, were near by in
plain clothes. They gave chase. They
fired as they pursued, aiming at the
chauffeur and tires.
The chase led west on Madison to
Western, thence to Lake and back
to Madison on Paulina. Once the
motor police caught up with the
high-powered machine, but the ma
chine quickly turned, tried to run
them down and got out of reach of
The auto stopped in front of Sul
livan Democratic headquarters, 1462
W. Madison sL The occupants
jumped and dashed for the building.
Three were caught. The other ran
to a cigar factory over the Demo
cratic headquarters and locked the
door. The police shot through the
door, then broke it in, but the three
had fled through the rear.
The three arrested were: Ernest
Taylor, 2244 Jackson blvd.; James
Ryan, 1847 W. Adams, and Geo.
Thorne, chauffeur, 407 S. California.
Thome told Lieut Fitzgerald that
the five men hired his car to tour the
18th ward polling places. The police
say all the men arrested are work
ers for Barney Grogan, Sullivan
candidate for 18th ward committeeman.
Pittsburgh. Mildred White, 25, of
Columbus, one of three young wom
en in Mercy hospital today following
smashup that ended alleged jitney
joy ride. None fatally injured
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