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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 26, 1912, Image 8

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Running down citizens and un
derpaying its employes is not the
only activity of theCity Railways
Co. r.
It also condUcts an excellent
school in. perjury, -according to
the confession o"f James Huston,
123 North Sheldon street.
Huston was arrested at the Pal
ace hotel, Clark and Indiana
streets, in the-cbmpany of Detec
tive Clarence C. Woodruff- He
told the following story?
"Mrs. AMa AlBerts, 3307 North
Albany aV&iue, Was injured by a
fall from a street car. She brbugfit
suit for $10,000 against the City
Railways Co.
"I was living at the home of
Mrs. Emma Martin, 1329 West
Randolph street at the time.
"Soon after the'accident, Fred
W. Shappert, 7343 Yale 'avenue,
an investigator for the traction
company, came to me and tdld me
I was wanted as a witness In the
damage suit.
3 "I told him I knew nothing
about the case. He said that he
would refresh my memory. He
reminded me that Mrs, Alberts
had, fallen down -stairs a few.
weeks "before the accident, and
that I had run around the corner
to .get Mrs. Kroasdale, 1741 Og
den avenue, to attend to her.
"It was all untrue. The inves
tigator insisted that this was
what I must testify to, and told
me I could get a job with the
company at $75 or $80 a month
for life. So I agreed to testify.
vl"Then the investigator had
Mrfc. Martin, Mrs. Kroaddale arib!
myself get together in a room and
agree as to what we would testi-
fy to.
"It was all a lie that Mrs. Al
berts had fallen down stairs so
far as I knew. The truth is that
Mrs, Kroasdale was living at
Wood and Kin2ie streets at the
time, -and it would notNhave been
possible for me to Tun around the
corne.r to get her in the few min
utes, I swore to on the witness
Mrs. Kroasdale and Mrs. Mar
tin, were arrested at midnight..
Shappert was arrested today .-
Mrs. Alberts'' damage suit was
tried twice. The first tinje the
company had no "witnesses. The
second time it had Huston, Mrs.
Martin and Mrs. Kroasdale, and
the verdict was for the company.
Detective Woodruff says that
this is only the beginning of an
exposure of City Railway Co.
"I was an investigator for the
company for eight years," Wood
ruff said, "and I know what goes
on. I know that not a case goes
to trial without witnesses being
coached what to testify for the
company. . .
"I know that the' company-
keeps a staff of trained men who r
tram witnesses to give perjured.
evidence in damage suits. j
"It is significant that the com-1
pany s investigators, adjusters ,
and ambulance drivers are sup-f
plied with pojice stars and fire.
badges and allowed to carry load-
e'd revolvers. The claim agents at
the 14 barns, and there are two at ,
each barn, all carry guns."
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