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BOY WHIRLED TO DEATH NOW
THEY'LL FIX THE MACHINERY Two months ago Joseph Pfeiffer, 19 years old, left the little village of Grant. Mich., amLcame to Chicago In his home town Be left his mother and sister, both invalids. Their house was heavily burdened by mortgages. Joe tried his best to earn enough money in Grant to pay off the mort gage. But the handicap proved too great. - So he bade his mother and sfster goodby and turned his face toward Chicago. He was coming back a big man some day, he told his mother. But Chicago presented a stern problem to the boy from the country. There was a brother here living at 1626 Sedgwick street, but the broth er had a wife and six little ones, and Joe's board money was highly neces sary. Joe trudged the streets each day looking for work. Finally he was hired by the Glufen Milling Co., 1531 Kingsbury street, at $10.50 a week. JTor this salary he was made do the work of a man. But to Joe there was no alternative. There was his mother and sister in the home over in Mich igan. So he worked on. Yesterday afternoon the superin-. tendent sent Joe to fix the highest belt strap on a whirling machine. The boy went up the ladder. The older employes watched. They knew the danger. A moment later a sickening cry was heard. The boy was caught in the machinery. In an instant he was whirled to death. When they picked him from the floor they found a blood-stained money order for $5.80, addressed to his mother, in his pocket. A reporter for The Day Book ex pressed surprise at the dangerous machinery in the plant this morning. "Oh, I guess we'Jl fix it now," ven tured Supt. Wilkens. 6 o Bv a new law passed in Italy chil dren employed in factories are oblig- eu to uitve luuustnai mstnicuou. 4 OPERATION AND NEGLECT ARE INDIRECTLY BLAMED Alpena, Mich., March 25. "We find that Pearl McMillen came to her death from peritonitis, superinduced by a criminal operation and neglect." Such was the verdict returne4 it 1:30, a. m. today by the coroner's jury which since Sunday has been probing into the mysterious death of Pearl McMillen in the home of her foster father, Ephraim McMillen, a painter. Whether the operation was performed by the girl or by someone else the jury did not attempt to say. McMillen, still maintaining ,als8 lute silencein regard to the case, was transferred from the police station here to the county jail. Although fie has retained counsel, he has made, no '. effort to obtain the $3,000 bond under which he is held; The girl's death last Friday re vealed the fact that she had lived in the house two years, going out only at night with McMillen. McMillen's son, William, 17, told of conditions in his father's home, of the filthy room in which the girl had been secluded for more than a year without neighbors having knowledge . of her presence, of her ambition to become a vaudeville star, and how she danced in her bare feet at the di rection of his father. The boy stated he had not seen the girl for several months, as she. refus ed to leave her room while anyone except McMillen was in the house. STILL SEARCH FOR GIRL Detectives were sent to Gary, Ind., and Waukegan, HI., today to question persons who thought they had seen Edith Schubert, missing 17-year-old Brookfield, m., girl, who came to Chi-' cago as an uplift worker and mys teriously disappeared. Several girl friends of Miss Schubert were' to ar rive here today to aid the police in the search. Human hair grows at the rate of .1095 of an inch a day.