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about it, either," said Miss Not
man. "I remember there was a
big crowd in the elevator. I
could not say just how many.
Perhaps forty. Perhaps not so
many. But there were at least
"The elevator started just
after we got in. And then it fell.
My recollections of the next few
minutes are not very clear. I sup
pose I was very lucky. I was
jammed by women on all sides
and they kept me on my feet and
from serious injury. But the
women screamed horribly. I can
hear them yet.
"The elevator fell right into the
pit I fainted just after the crash
ing, tearing sound that came as it
"I was taken out and put into
an ambulance. The alley there
seemed to be full of ambulances,
and men with white, faces were
carrying stretchers out of the
store, one after another.
"I wasn't injured at all. There
was nothing the matter with me
except shock. So I was taken
Miss Notman looked at The
Day Book reporter curiously.
"I thought," she said, "that the
newspapers never printed things
like that I thought it was all
"The ordinary newspapers
never do print things 'like that',"
said the reporter, "and they
usually are kept quiet. But The
Day Book is not an ordinary
newspaper, and it tries to tell the
people the truth and give them
the news, '
"I am glad someone is no?
afraid to tell the truth," said Miss
"Has anyone from Siegel,
Cooper & Co. come to see you
about your condition or about the
condition of Mrs. Aichetel?"
asked the reporter.
"Not a soul," said Miss Not
man. "I believe that someone did
make inquiries at the hospital,
but we know nothing about it."
"Who is paying the doctor bills
of Mrs. Aichetel ?"
"Mr. Aichetel is. Siegel, Coop
er & Co. have never offered to do
"Hasn't the store made any
move toward finding how Mrs.
Aichetel is at all ?"
"Not that we know of."
"How badly is Mrs. Aichetel
"That is a difficult question to
answer. Her injuries are all in
ternal. How bad they are no one .
can tell yet. But she will never
be a mother again."
The reporter turned to Mrs.
Aichetel, who was lying back on.
the bed, her eyes closed, an ex
pression of pain on her face.
"Are you going to sue Siegel,
Cooper & Co. for damages?" the
"Why should I?" asked Mrs.
Aichetel. "What good is money
to me? I do not want their money.
I want only the health of which I
have been robbed."
The sick woman gasped for
breath, then twisted with pain as
a spasm of coughing overcame