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are protected by their servants.
There is an adequate law pro
viding for. the proper equipment
of elevators so that persons using
them will not be in danger of
their lives. There are inspectors
paid with the people's money to
see that that law is carried out.
And these inspectors turn in
reports' which say nothing of con
ditions in an elevator which later
lead to a fatal accident.
Perhaps some explanation of
this state of affairs could be
found in the kind of -"inspecting"
a number of the inspectors were
doing during office hours this
. They were circulating a peti
tion, boosting Hearst-Harrison
candidates for office and knock
ing Sullivan candidates for office.
The elevator inspection depart
ment is under Building Commis
sioner Ericsson. He is its czar.
Ericsson is an appointtee of
The inspectors themselves are
supposed to be under civil service
rules. They are supposed to
have qualified for their jobs by
taking technical examinations.
" How much there is to the civil
service end of their hold on their
jobs is plain enough from the
anti-Sullivan petition incident of
Men who actually are civil ser
vice employes, bound by civil
service rules and who cannot be'
fired except under civil service
rules, do not waste the time of the
people circulating political peti
There ougtot'-tsymV -been an
other inspection of the elevator
from which John Lusch went to
his death besides that made by
Ross and Murray.
' A state law orders the state
factory inspector to see to it that -J
all elevator wells are securely T
fenced in and protected. Freight
elevator No. 25 was not properly
fenced in and protected, else
Lusch would be alive today.
Edgar T. Davies is state fac
tory inspector. Davies was ap
pointed by Former Gov. Deneen.
He will only be in office a few
more weeks. He is hardly worth
worrying about. It is to be hoped
that Gov. Dunne will put a bet
ter man in his place.
But- Building Commissioner
Ericsson is different. He still has
a long time to run. He still appar
ently enjoys the full confidence of
Therefore, Ericsson, his con
duct of his office and the manner
in which his subordinates safe
guard, the lives of the people of
Chicago, is of prime importance
to the people.
It is up to Ericsson to explain
how it comes that his inspectors
report an elevator as O. K. when
that elevator is so badly protect
ed that a man falls from it to his
And it is up to Ericsson to so
remodel his force, or so jack up
his force, that no such false re
ports will be handed in in the fu
ture. And it is up to Ericsson to see
to it that any other elevators
like No. 25 are not run until the
law is complied,-wiih.