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for life. And I'm afraid the other eye
is going, too."
When the young woman settled
down again to telling her story with
out signs of grief she said:" '-'A man
from the optical department at Sie-gel-Cooper's
made an examination of
the eye. He said it was 'just pink
eye and something very common
and would soon be all right. The
night after he made this examina
tion the piece of purple straw' that
had started the trouble came out of
Her lawyer, Prank T. McDermott,
brought out through questions that
she believed an inflammation and
wound caused by the purple straw
had ruined the eye. The witness said
;she weighed 115 pounds when she
(first "started working for Siegel
Cooner's, but went down to 92
"This case Is important if for no
, other reason than it shows how
i cheaply the state of Illinois through
iits written laws values a human eye,"
said Att'y McDermott. "Even if the
complainant is able to prove her case
absolutely, she can collect only $600.
"Do you know anybody who values
a left eye at $600? Jo you know
any girl who would see her left eye
for $600? Doesn't it spoil a woman's
beauty, interfere with her yarning
power and put her at a disadvantage
all her life?
"If nothing else, I hope this case
will establish before the people of
Illinois the need for this state placing
a value of $6,000 rather than $600 on
a human left eye."
Friends of Miss Topping say that
toe Daily News sent a reporter to
her a short time ago and was on the
trail of a "human interest story"
about a working girl who lost an
eye. When the reporter learned who
was Miss Topping's employer at the
time she lost her eye he said it
wouldn't be any use trying, to get
r - Ktory printed, -
RAILROADS TO IGNORE 8-HOUR
LAW IN PAYROLLS
New York, Dec 27. Railroads
will- ignore the Adamson 8-hour law
in making up payrolls and working
schedules until the U. S. supreme
courFhas passed upon the constitu-
tionality of the law. Notice to this
effect has been served upon railroad
workers by the railroad officials, al-
though the law becomes effective on
January 1. Formal notice to this ef
fect was posted in all railroad yards;
shops and offices today.
NO ILLINOIS CITIES GET FARM
Washington, Dec. 27. The Fed
eral Farm Loan board today an
nounced the following cities in which
farm loan banks will be located:
Springfield, Mass.; Baltimore, Md.;
Columbia, S. C; Louisville, Ky.;
New Orleans, La.; SL Louis, Mo.; St,
Paul, Minn.; Omaha, Neb.; Wichitai
Kan.; Houston, Tex.; Berkeley, CaL;
One hundred and forty contesting
cities were disappointed.
THE GAS ARGUMENT
. A flat rate for heat unit gas will,
have to be submitted by the People's
Gas Co. jf it wants to figure in the
! plans of the city council gas com
, mittee. .
On a motion of Aid. Merriam yes
terday the committee decided to re
quest a flat rate for the new, cheap
er heat unit gas if the company's re
ques to displace the candle power
standard is accepted.
The aldermen object to a compli-.
cated sliding scale which gives the'
gas'company a better opportunity to
put one over.
. o o
New York. Sribw and sleet, driv
ing over New-York and eastern and
middle states in most troublesome
storm of winter, tied up traffic and
interferred with telegraph and tele-,
phoneJines- . .