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rangement in freight elevator No.
25 in the basement of the Carson,
Pirie, Scott & Co. store, an ar
rangement which left a space of
two feet between the edge of the
elevator platform and the shaft
wall, and which provided a guard
only of chains, the highest about
four feet from the elevator floor,
for the elfcvator.
"I don't know anything about
that," he said. "You'll need to
see Chief Inspector Frank Gay
nor about that."
The Day Book went to Gaynor.
"Can you tell us what the law
is in regard to spaces between
freight elevators and elevator
shaftings on the entrance side?"
Gaynor was asked.
"Why certainly," said Gay
nor. "We don't allow more than
an inch or an inch and a half of
space between the exit edge of an
elevator platform and the floor."
"Did you ever hear that there
were any elevators in Chicago
where there was a greater spce
say a space of two feet ?" Gay
nor was asked.
"No," he said, "I do not know
of any such condition in. the city."
Gaynor was asked to look up
his records and see when freight
elevator No. 25, Carson, Pirie,
Scott & Co., last was inspected.
He did so, and returned- with the
"No. 25last was inspected No
vember 15, 1912. It was in good
condition then. I am rather sur
prised to find, however, that my
reports do not show that No. 25
is a tunnel elevator."
"And there wa,s nothing in
your reports about a two-ioot
space between the elevator exit
and the shafting?" Gaynor was
''Not a word," he said, and
beamed quite cordially on the re
porter. "Is there anything in the re
port about the kind of guard pro
vided on No. 25, the front en
trance of No. 25?"
"Not a word."
"Would it-surprise you to learn
that at the time Luseh was killed
the only guard on the front of No.
25 was a chain one, which did not
reach higher than four feet above
"It certainly would," said the
chief inspector, gravely," be
cause, you see, that would be a
violation of the law. The chains
ought to have run six feet high."
"The testimony both of Car
son, Pirie, Scott & Co.'s en
gineer and of the policeman call
ed in (about two hours after the
accident) was that the chains on
No. 25 were only about 4 feet
high," Gaynor was told.
Gaynor found no answer to
this. The Day Book reporter
asked if he could get the exact
substance of the inspectors' re
port of Nov. 15, 1912.
"Sure you can," said Gaynor.
"The report reads just like this:
'Freight elevator No. 25 Pro
tection against accidents O. K.' '
"Who signed that report?"
"Twp inspectors," he answered.
"Their names are Ross and Mur
ray." And there you have the extent
to which the people of Chicago