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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 14, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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street before it sinks to the water main. If the water main bursts one of the
world's most terrible disasters might occur. ' x
The elevated railways company officials are fearful of the conse
quences. Their trains carry 40,000 to 50,000 people by that street each day.
If the collapse should come at a busy hour trains might be hurled to the
street and hundreds of-4eople killed.
Kostner said he thought the sinking of Wabash avenue mighfTbe a re
sult of the collapse of Randolph street. Others claim that the sinking is
caused by the same sort of a steel
! retaining wall that failed on Ran
dolph street.
At that time it was charged that
the cave-in resulted from placing the
steel retaining wall down instead of
a solid concrete wall, which would
have been safe. The steel retaining
wah is a cheaper piece of construc
tion work that John Griffiths has dis
covered. While city pfflcials and "Dapper
Jimmy" Simpson were scurrying
around frantically this morning try-
ing to head off the results feared,
Kostner ordered an immediate grad
ing of the Washington street side,
which is gradually sinking, although
the danger there is claimed not as
acute as on the Wabash avenue side.
, George B. McGrath, assistant su
perintendent of sewers, openly charg
ed at the time of the accident that
the whole trouble with the Marshall
Field building was caused by Field's
' refusal to spare the 21 feet width
around the building necessary for a
r solid foundation.
Graver charges than that have
been whispered around and Ericsson
promises to do some real investigat
ing today.
Kostner has already ordered the
Fields to make repairs that will cost
jiover $100,000, but it isaid that if the
Field store makes all the repairs
necessary for public safety it will cost
several times that amount
- At the time of the Randolph street
collapse Chief Engineer Fallon of the
'"L" companies made an investigation
of Wabash avenue. After almost an
entire day spent down there, 40 feet
below the street, he gave warning
that steps should be taken to hrace
the street immediately.
He put the matter up to Kostner
and the latter issued orders to brace
the street.
The Randolph street collapse oc
curred when the street sank to level
of the water main and the main, un
able to stand the terrific weight, burst
flooding Marshall Field sub-basement
TIME WILL TELL
"There goes Trenchley and his
bride. She seems to dress' as well
as before."
"Naturally. Thex haven't been
married very long."
THE BETTER WAY
Machines Tear Your Clothes.
We Do It By Hand Cfieaper.
Ad of Chicago "Launciryg
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