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HOW JULIUS RUNS HIS OWN LITTLE ORGANIZED . X
CHARITY GAME AT SEARS-ROEBUCK k f
under the state compensation law.!
By taking his job back and going to
work and getting the same wages he
did before he was hurt the Sears-
Roebuck millionaires can prove that
the workman's "earning capacity"
was "not impaired." And the paper
he signed when they propped him up
and handed him a fountain pen in the
hospital seems to knock out any case
he has in court.
Att'y Wm. E. Rodriguez, who is
handling Hirsch's claim, said:
"Hirsch had worked for the Sears
Roebuck Co. more than two years at
the time he sustained a rupture last
February: Doctors Mack and Oliver
operated on him. It is a clear case
of a man having his earning capacity
wrecked for life. This case shows
how shrewdly the Sears-Roebuck
people have studied the compensa
tion law and are trying to crawl
through loopholes in it."
Louis Hirsch worked for Sears
Roebuck. His job was lifting rolls
of wallpaper onto trucks. Louis used
to heave a 200-pounL roll. He was
the kind of a fellow Sears-Roebuck
mean when they advertise in the
Daily News: "Strong Man Wanted."
Tussling with a big load one day
Louis felt one of his muscles snap
and a sharp pain drove along the
"It was like somebody shot a hot
piece of iron into me," he explained
afterward. That was Feb. 14, and
since then Louis hasn't been any
good for heavy work.
Six weeks he lay in hospital. Sears
Roebuck paid his family full wages
and all the hospital bills. They were
so good to Louis, Sears-Roebuck
were, that Louis s'gned a paper they
asked him to write his name on.
Yes, they handed Louis a fountain
pen. And they propped him up with
pillows and he took the pen and
wrote his name.
He went back to light work April
1. They raised his pay from $13 to
$14 a week.
On June 1 the foreman told him:
"You don't do the heavy work you
used to. We have to let you go."
Mrs. Hirsch and the six little
Hirsches at 712 W. 14th st. all knew
something was wrong when the
father came home for supper that
Mrs. Hirsch went to a lawyer. A
letter to Julius Rosenwald, president
of Sears-Roebuck, was written. Two
weeks went by. Louis was told to
come back and get a job.
He couldn't hustle the big rolls of
wallpaper the same way he used to.
So, again, on Sept. 3 he was let go.
Letters to Rosenwald don't do any
good now. He can't get his old job
And the worst thing about it is
this: Sears-Roebuck have fixed
Louis so he doesn't have much show
SAYS GERMAN PRINCE DID SOME
Paris, Sept. 30. A story of looting
and pillaging by the German crown
prince himself was told here today by
Baroness DeBaye, in whose chateau
the heir to the German throne
stopped during the battle of the
The baroness, who has just reach
ed Paris, declared the crown prince
pillaged the house, taking valuable
vases, old jewelry and valuable art
objects, many of which had been pre
sented to the baron by the czar of
The antique furniture in the cha
teau was packed for shipment at the
order of the crown prince, the baron
ess said, but this was abandoned
owing to the precipitous retreat of
the German army.
"When the imperial burglar start
ed to leave the chateau," said the
baroness, "he crushed a portrait of
the czar and czarina under his heeL".