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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 24, 1913, Image 24

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Siegel, Cooper & Co. have ut
terly failed to do anything for the
victims of the elevator accident in
their store December 21 of last
That accident was caused by
crowding about forty passengers
into a freight elevator, and thus
so overloading the elevator that
it crashed down four stories into
the pit. A dozen persons were se
riously injured.
At the time Siegel, Cooper &
Co. made every effort to suppress
the news of the accident. Al
though half a dozen ambulances
had to be called to take away the
more seriously injured. General
Manager Basch, of the store, flat
ly denied that any accident had
taken place. And no report was
made to the police of the accident.
Siegel, Cooper & Co. were par
tially successful in hiding the
truth. Not a single paper in the
city with the exception of The
Day Book ever printed a line
about the accident.
One of the women most seri
ously injured in that accident was
Mrs. Rose Aichetel, 45 years old,
wife of Paul Aichetel, 1512 West
Taylor street.
Mrs. Aichetel was taken to the
Presbyterian hospital immediate
ly after the accident in one of the
ambulances called by the store.
She lay unconscious at the Pres
byterian hospital for two weeks.
At the end of the two weeks,
her husband believed from the
doctor's report on the case that
his wife was going to die. He
called an ambulance and had her
taken to their home.
The Day Book followed the
case up. It was curious to find
out what Siegel, Cooper & Co.
was going to do for the victims
of that accident in their store.
Plenty of time and every op
portunity was given the store to
do what common decency de
manded. Up to January 11, Siegel, Coo
per & Co. had done nothing for
Mrs.. Aichetel save pay the bills
at the Presbyterian hospital.
Mrs. Aichetel, at that date, still
was confined to her bed in her
home. There was still grave dan
ger that she would die.
Yet Siegel, Cooper & Co. did
not even make an effort to find
out how she was, and Mrs.
Aichetel's husband paid the heavy
doctor's bills.
January 11, 1913, The Day
Book printed these facts. The
next day, Siegel, Cooper & Co.
showed a renewed interest in the
case of Mrs. Aichetel.
A representative of the store
called at the Aichetel home, and,
in substance, this is what he said :
"You people are talking too
much," and he intimated that if
anything further were printed
about Mrs. Aichetel's injuries or
her condition, Siegel, Cooper &
Co. never would compensate the
stricken family.
That was forty-two days ago.
And in order that no publication
of facts published in The Day
Book might injure Mrs, Aiche-.

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