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ANOTHER FACTORY VICTIM
Katherine Wehner, an 18-year-old girl employed by the Chicago Special ty Company at New Chicago, had her hair caught-in the belting, was lifted to the ceiling, literally scalped and dropped to the floor unconscious and bleeding, while almost a hundred girls and men looked on without sufficient presence of mind to stop the machinery. "It was a terrible sight," John Wil liams, one of the workmen, exclaim ed. "The girl had beautiful hair and was passing one of the machines when a coil of it was slipped around a belt running to a pulley on the line shaft at the ceiling. Before anyone could interfere she was carried up ward. If some one had run the belt off both the machine and the loose pulley the girl might have been saved, but it all happened so quickly, and no one thought." The girl's body was wedged be tween the line shaft and the ceiling and the belt that clutched her hair tore it out by the roots dragging her scalp with it. Then she fell to the floor. She is in a very serious condition and is not expected to live. o o JOSEPHINE SELWOOD FULLY EXONERATES MORDAUNT Josephine Selwood, the 17-year-old girl, whose serious charges caused the arrest of Frederick S. Mordaunt, the wealthy publisher, yesterday broke down and admtited to Chas. F. DeWoody, Department of Justice, that her accusation was false. Mordaunt was discharged in the municipal court shortly after his ar rest, but certain talk made by the Selwood girl caused DeWoody, scent ing a violation of the Mann white slave act, to further investigate. Last night the girl, who seems nothin gmore than a victim of con ditions prevalent among a certain class of poorly paid department store girls, tearfully admitted she had in vented the yarn to justify herself when she was discharged from Roth child's as a result of idle scandal. Mordaunt blames a reporter for the Tribune for dragging him into the case. He announced he would drop the $50,000 damage suit he brought againstt he girl's parents. o o . THE MAYOR COMES TO TOWN WITH BLOOD IN HIS EYE Mayor Harrison unexpectedly swooped down upon Chicago today following a call for help let out by the Corporation Counsel's office. The help was needed in connection with the garbage plant contract. According to Acting Corporation Counsel Leon Hornstein, the Chicago Reduction Co., whose plant the coun cil has -authorized the city to buy,- is trying to put something over. ' The reduction company has all of a sudden demanded that the" value of contracts wit hits customers and other items, "representing the de velopment of the plant since it was constructed," should be included in the price to be fixed by the board of appraisers. Harrison, with blood in his eye, sent out a hurry call for members of the fianance committee. He inti mated that if the company didn't quit playing horse with the city it might lose the contract. BOYS LOSTIN LAKE Two boys, who went out in a canoe, are believed to have been drowned in Lake Michigan today. The canoe was washed ashore at the foot of Oak. street. Miss Bertha Carlson, a domestic employed by G. C. Hixon, 999 Lake Shore drive, told the police that shortly before she had seen two boys, about 15 years old, about a quarter of a mile out in the lake in a canoe. Fire caused by soot and grease in the kitchen, came out through chim ney of building occupied by Edelweiss Restaurant, 63 W. Madison st. Small damage.