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truth abdut that accident on Sat
urday. General Manager Basch was
seen again today by The Day,
Book, and asked if he were ready
to tell what-really happened.
"I have nothing to say," he
said. "See Dr. J. A. Cousins."
So The Day Book went to Dr.
Cousins for about the tenth time.
"I can't say anything beyond
that all those who were hurt are
doing nicely," Tie said.
"Can you tell us where those
who were hurt were taken?" was
"I can't talk about it," said Dr.
Cousins. "Accidents are always
happening in the store, but you
understand I cannot talk about
The Day Book does not under
stand that Dr. Cousins cannot
talk about them. There is no law
against his doing so, and the peo
ple have a right to know about
accidents and the cause of ac
cidents in a store frequented by
But possibly what Dr. Cousins
meant to say was :
fYou understand that I would
lose myjpb if I talked about these
It is a strange thing1 that an ac
cident such as happened in Siegel,
Cooper & Co.'s Saturday can be
covered up in such a city as Chi
cago. It is a strange thing that no
newspaper except The Day Book
has printed a line about that ac
cident. It is a strange thing that offi
cials of the .people are willing to j
rest content with a mere state
ment by the. general manager of
that department store that no ac
It isa strange thing, too, that
the bureau charged with Inspec
tion of elevators, has done noth- (i
ing particular aDouc tne accident.
The elevator in question had
no husiness to be loaded as it was.
It was a freight elevator, but was
used by Siegel, Cooper & Co. to
handle the crowds of Christmas M
shoppers. Forty people are said
to have been crowded on it on
that 'fatal trip Saturday after
noon. Yet the elevator inspectors have
done nothing about the accident; M
nothing to inquire into its-causes. jfl
It is a strange thing that Siegel,
Cooper & Co. should be able to
summon undertakers' ambulances m
the way they did and then close m
those undertakers mouths.
But the strangest thing of all
is that the department store of m
Siegel, Cooper& Co., whose chief
business .is in woman's wearing
apparel, should have a contract
with an undertaker.
A train slowed up at a busy m
country station and a man was
seen to put his head excitedly out fl
or tne window. 1 here s a woman
in here fainted !" lie cried. "Has
anyone got any whisky,? Quick!" m
Some one in the crowd on the M
platform handed him a bottle. He
uncorked it frantically, put it to 9
his lips and took a noble pull. S
"Ah," he sighed, "that's better.
It always did upset me to see a
woman faint." "
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