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SHE'S SUING HILLMAN'S-FOR $10,000 TELLS
OF HER SHOPPING EXPERIENCES
What happened to one woman
who shopped on State street and in
Hillman's should interest every one
who must trust himself to the loop
stores. But the trust press will never
tell this story.
Mrs. Sabina Doherty of 3100 W.
Huron st made several purchases in
Hillman's one afternoon early this
spring. She had a charge account
with this store, so she ordered a list
of things sent to her home.
As she made her way to the ele
vators she noticed a mysterious pair
following her. A few glances at
them assured, her that they were
store detectives who haunt the aisles
in search of thieves.
She waited a moment, then step
ped into the elevator with the man
and woman of mystery on her heels.
They stood behind her, the man near
est, just touching her back. As the
lift started down he spoke out loud.
The remark was not addressed at
anyone in particular. The "detec
tive" just said that "he thought she
was a shoplifter." Mrs. Doherty
looked up and saw the eyes of all in
the elevator fixed on her.
, At the main floor she stepped out,
walked through the store, out on the
sidewalk and to State and Washing
Mysterious man and woman fol
lowed right on her heels in such a
manner that hundreds of passers-by
noticed their actions, stopped and
As Mrs. Doherty stepped from the
curb the man grabbed her.
"Come on now," he said dra
matically. "Give me the stuff you
picked up in the store. Take it out
of your muff. Open up, you, and let
me see what you've got"
The woman nearly fainted. She
pushed the offensive person from
her and told him she would cause
his arrest if he didn't leave her.
The "detective" stopped back and
she went into Marshall Field's to
rest, for she was very excited after
No sooner did she enter the store
than she saw her "shadow" talking
to a uniformed policeman in Fields.
He pointed her out and hundreds of
shoppers turned to look.
Embarrassed and angered beyond
control, Mrs. Doherty turned about
and hurried to the corner policeman
and told him of the man who had
dogged her in the department stores.
As she talked, the "shadow" came
rushing out of Field's. When he
saw her talking to the policeman he
turned and ran back into the store.
The policeman was unable to find
Mrs. Doherty went straight to the
central detail police station and
swore out a "John Doe" warrant for
the shadow. As she described him,
a policeman nearby said: "I know
him. He's a detective for one of the
This policeman returned in a few
hours with the man Mrs. Doherty
complained of and he was locked up.
In South Clark street court next
morning he said he was a detective
for Hillman's and was freed, accord
ing to Mrs. Doherty.
She sued Hillman's for $10,000
Saturday and hired Att'y John H.
O'Neil to fight the case. He told the
Aid. Rob't Buck to introduce order
in council tonight to ask police to
close all theaters within 200 feet of
church or school.