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1 He says that Rothschild's sent two
I huskies out to his flat, that they
sneaked into his house by the use
of an old credit game trick, that they
pulled up a rug, broe .a lamp and
refused to leave .until the account
Then, he says, when he went to the
Chicago Tribune for advice as to fil
ing suit he was refused aid and told
to go to the Legal Aid Society if he
wanted! to sue the department store.
This is the way he tells the story:
"I bought" $75.26 worth of furni
ture from Rothschild's. I paid most
of it down and then mailed checks
until all but about $9 was paid.
"Then I claimed I owed the store
$8.74 and they said I owed $9.26.
We quibblec! over the 52 cents for
about two weekss and then on
Wednesday, April 5, I mailed them
a check for $8.74.
"The next time I heard from the
store was Friday morning. Mr. B. E.
Simpson, credit expert for the store,
called me up and said:
" 'If you don't pay that money you
owe us we will take the furniture out
of your 'flat I have two of my men in
there now and you better come
"I called up my wife and she told
me they were Jn our flat and would
1 not leave. Shesaid they were sitting
with their feet on the parlor table
and were very impudent
"I called up Simpson .and told him
that he had my check for $8.74. He
answered that if I didn't come over
with the cash his men would remove
the furniture. So I hurried to the-
'- store and paid the. $8.74 and also the
52 cents that I did not owe."
The story of Mrs. Atkinson was
"I heard the bell ring Friday,
morning and aked who was there
before opening the door," she de-
clared. "A man answered 'Roths-
chili's and" said he wanted to col
lect a bilL
"I told him that my husband had
I mailed" a cfc.eck.and tBe bill wasT&k 1
I refused to let him in. 'A minute
later I saw him leave the building.
"I waited about ten minutes and
then decided to tell one of my neigh
bors about it I opened the front
door and a man pushed his way in.
He had been waiting "until I opened
fVio Aerv TTia TWTnoi nafl loff tlla
building to put me' off my guard.
in a iew minutes xne secona man
came back and the fellow who had
forcedhis way in opened the door
"One of them grabbed a parlor rug,
and pulled it, breaking my parlor
lamp. They didn't leave until my
husband had paid the bill."
B. E. Simpson of Rothschild's ,
stated his case this way:
"Our men didn't break into the.,
house. They were let ia by Mrs. At
kinson. She said she was glad they
came and wanted them to take out
the furniture to teach her husband a
"If thev had broken a lamD I'm
Lsure they would have reported it to
me, and -tney didn t do so. I know
our men acted like gentleman.
"We didn't have his checkTer $8.74
when we sent our men to his flat Wa
thought he wasn't going to pay t,be
Atkinson went to the Chicago Tri
bune for advice as to what'to do with,
He was met at the third floor by
the information clerk, who took
down the facts in mfc ce and car
ried them to Wm. Breonan, who rund
the "Voice of the eoiffe and the le
gal aid bureau of the pmpr. Bren- -
nan ent out word that be wouldn't"
see him and that he shoukt go to-the fP
Legal Aid Society for help.
When questioned abbut-thte, Bren
nan said: .
"IHJfi't remember &e oaee. Can't
recall it. Absolutely forgot it But
if he came here for information t
can't see why "he didn't get It. If he
comes back Mf tell him whatever he
wants to know.
"We don't dtecrlmljaatte agates!