CONSIDERABLE MYSTERY AS
TO CAUSE OF FLORSHEIM
: The inquest into the cause of the
- elevator accident in the Florsheim
Shoe Co., Adams and .Desplaines
sts., that cost lives of seven working
people Nov. 8, was begun today.
Milton A. Florsheim, millionaire
head of the shoe company, was the
first -witness. He. exhibited a queer
ignorance of the system of employ
ing workers in his plant He didn't,
know who employed the elevator
men, but finally remembered tnat Yv.
D. Herrick, 20, operator of the fatal
car, was a substitute operator, who
had been placed there by the fore
man of the s61e leather department.
Frank Gaynor, city elevator in
spector, gave several tneones as 10
the probable cause of Jthe tragedy.
Something broke and the car con
tinued upward until it struck the
beams. There were several parts of
the car f oun'd broken after the fall,
but Gayrior couldn't determine
whether they broke before or after
" the fall He also said the safety de
vices ianea 10 worn wnen me car
fell. He said he believed death -was
caused by the fall of 1,920 pounds of
cable and machinery parts that
crashed into the car. There were 21
persons on the car when it fell.
A deputy elevator inspector said
the elevator had formerly been a
freight elevator, but at the request of
Florsheim a few changes were made
and it was 0. K'd as a passenger ele
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JEAN CRONES, SOUP POISONER,
' A man believed to be Jean Crones,
whom Chicago police are hunting in
connection with the poison soup in
cident of the University club here
some months ago, was arrested in
Spaulding, Neb., today.
Crones, employed as a cook at the
University club, is said by police to
have poisoned the soup at a banquet j
at which Archbishop Mundelein was
the speaker. Scores weremade sick,
but none died. '
Finger print evidence may aid the
police in determining if the man be
Crones. In a taunting letter to the
police Crones is said to have boldly
stamped his thumb print. The police
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CALLS FOR CHECK ON "FOOLISH
WASTE OF BABIES THAT
THE COUNTRY NEEDS" ,
A bitter attack on the custom of
."branding children born out of wed
lock with the bar sinister" was made
by Prof. James H. Tufts in a speech
before the Chicago Woman's club
yesterday. He said this custom
brought about a "foolish waste' of
babies that the country needs."
"Grave economic waste, results
from denying justice and legal status
to the children of unmarried moth
ers," he said. "They are so handi
capped that it is well nigh impossi
ble forthem to grow to usefulness.
When we refuse them a fair chance
the loss is as much theirs as ours."
Dr. Lucy Waite -discussed a bill
which will be introduced in the legis
lature this winter under which the
birth of a child constitutes a mar
riage bond between the parents, un
less one of the parents is already
married. She said the nresent Illi
nois law, by which a man can settle
with the mother of his child for $550,
payable in ten years, is the worst in
Mrs. Katherine Anthony discussed
the Norwegian law, which gives the
child born out of wedlock an equal
share in his father's estate. If the
father of the child cannot be defi
nitely established, then all the men
who might be the father are oblige'd
Jas. W. Wallace, 'saloonkeeper at
Congress and Racine, fined $25 for ,
selling liquor without -license. '
Marie Kent, 1225 Turner av., con
vent girl, missing. ' -
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