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GORDON PIRIE AJD MANAGER WOOD GIVE OUT
The name of the decorator hurt
by a fall from a scaffold at Car
son, Pirie, Scott & Co.'s store De
cember 24 is George Standt, of
3920 Hoyne avenue.
Standt has now been removed
from the Wesley hospital to his
home, and is doing well. He suf
fered a basal fracture of the skull
in the fall.
The name of the electrician
whose leg was crushed in an ele
vator accident in Carson, Pirie,
Scott &Co.'s store January 2 is
Edward J. Steinberg, of 1148
West Van Buren street.
Steinberg still is at the Wesley
hospital. His injured leg is in a
These names and the condition
of the patients were given The
Day Book by Gordon Pirie, the
millionaire son of one of the
founders of the departme'nt store.
Apparently the attempt to sup
press the news of the accidents at
the store was made without au
thority by subordinate, officials of
the store uch as A. J. Cronin,
superintendent of the store's se
cret service, and the unenlighten
ed secretary of J. A. Wood, gen
eral manager of the store
finally was allowed to see Wood
and Pirie, which happened imme"-
denying that there had been any
accidents in the store, referred a
Day Book reporter to Wood.
When the reporter reached
Wood's office, he found a secre
tary sitting in front of the door.
The reporter explained his mis
sion. "You cannot see Mr. Wood,"
said the secretary. Mr. Cronin
knows all about those accidents
more than Mr. Wood does. He
knows very well he ought to have
come with you personally and
vouched for you."
January 15, the day after The
Day Book printed the story of its
reporter's adventures with Mr.
Cronin, Cronin called up the city
editor of The Day Book.
"I was too busy to see your re
porter today," he said. "I mean
about those accidents. In any
case, I am pot authorized to give
out information about accidents.
Your reporter should see Mr.
"Our reporter has been barred
from seeing Mr. Wood once,"
replied the city editor.
"Oh, well, that was a mistake.
That is all fixed up. He will be
shown to Mr. Wood's office at
When a Day Book reporter I When a Day Book reporter
went to the store again, he was
immediatelv shown to 'Wood's
diately after Cronin was convinc- J office, a large, well-lighted room
ed that The Dav Book knew
about the accidents anyhow,
there was no trouble in getting in
formation. January 13, Cronin, after flatly
on the ninth floor of the building.
The Day Book reporter intro
"I have heard about your
paper," said Wood. "I shall. be,