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BLOOD OF SALESGIRL ENTERS
EVIDENCE BEFORE STATE BD.
The taking of testimony before
the Illinois Industrial board" in the
case of Miss Leota Topping against
Siegel, Cooper & Co. closed today.
She is the girl who last summer
went blind in her left eye while sell
ing hats in the millinery department
of Siegel, Cooper & Co. and whose
claim to damages is based on evi
dence that a straw driven into her
eye caused poisoning.
Siegel, Cooper & Co. played then
big card against the girl today when
Dr. Ralph W. Webster was put on
the stand. Under a few brief ques
tions it didn't take more than a
couple of minutes Dr. Webster set
up the accusation that Miss Topping
is a victim of syphilis and while she
was selling hats to women custom
ers in the Siegel-Cooper store there
ran in her blood the germs of the
most terrible .communicable disease
today known to science.
Dr. Webster is employed by the
Zuric Insurance Co"., which handles
the personal injury cases of Siegel,
Cooper & Co. He was questioned by
Att'y W. J. Weldon for the insturance
company and stated:
"I applied the Wasserman test to
Miss Topping. I used both the
sheep's blood system and human
blood for tests. Both were strongly
positive. I should say she unques
tionably is a positive reaction"."
He went into technical details Of
"three plus" and a "reaction of 90
per cent" No doctor ever looked
more sure or delivered an expert
opinion on a witness stand with more
of an air of certainty than Dr. Web
ster in his assertion that a girl who
last August was selling hats in the
human maelstrom of State street,
coming in contact with hundreds of
other persons every day, was afflict
ed with a disease transferable from
one human being to another by
20,000 SCHOOL CHILDREN ON
STRIKE IN SCRANTON, PA.
Scranton, Pa., Dec. 28. The strike
of the Scranton public school chil
dren has grown until now the affairs
of the whole school district are at a
standstill, 20,000 children being out.
Some 3,000 remain, but they do so
at the risk of ostracism from their,
playfellows. These "strikebreakers"
are very unpopular.
The strike was organized at the
Central and Technical high schools
and followed the refusal of the
school board to grant a Christmas
MURPHY TC5SUE CUBS
Chas. Webb Murphy, former man
ager and main owner of the Cubs, is
ready to start suit against the Cub
team for back rent due on the old
West Side 'partk. Murphy says he
learned a few days ago that the Cub
directors will attempt to break the
lease on the eWst Side grounds. It
still has seventyrseven years to run.
: o o
Judge Landis disclosed In , open
court today that he has been threat
ened over the phone at midnight at
his home unless he desisted in his
attacks on the "bondsmen's ring."
BUTLER BROS. SHARE PROFITS
' Butler Bros., large merchandising
firm, today began the sharing of
profits of last few months with em
ployes. Means about $500,000 will
go to workers.
o o n
S. A. Hutchison, manager of de
partment of tours of the Chicago &
Northwestern railroad and Union
Pacific, died at his home, 4958 S.
Perryville, Ind. Four masked ban
dits blew safe of L. A. Morgan bank
and procured $800 in cash 'and valu
able notes and other papers amount
ing to about $1,000,