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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 25, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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she had picked up cheaply in the
store basement. She thrust the rest
of her $7-dollar-a-week salary into a
pocket of her gingham apron and
opened the bag, to shov.her hat to
Helen Smith, a clerk in her depart
ment on Ihe grocery floor. Both
girls were going to get their coats as
the. store had closed.
James McNeal, the negro elevator
operator, smiled at the girls and look
ed around to see the hat He hum
med a happy tune because he was
glad his work was done; and this was
Then something happened. ,
McNeal shouted as he heard a
crash in the elevator shaft above him.
The elevator started slowly toward
the roof; although the power was not
on. The negro grabbed Helen, threw
her from the car and leaped after
As the negro jumped Mary trjed
to get out. But the elevator caught
and lifted her to the top of the door
way, where it held her as in a vise
and slowly squeered the breath from
her body.
In a hurried investigation by the
police and store officials blame was
laid on faulty mechanism of the ele
vator. McNeal, the operator, they
said, was one of the best in the store
and he was not intoxicated when Xhe
accjdent occurred, they claim.
Sup't Bridges of Siegel's had the
body removed to Ball's undertaking
rooms at 502 S. Dearborn and called
the Otis, Elevator Co. to determine
the cause of the trouble, which he
laid to' the lift
From the undertakers the corpse
was taken to 6626 Peoria st, the
home of John Doolan, Miss Mmnick's
uncle, with whom she lived.
After questioning witnesses the po
lice decided not to hold McNeal. They
reported" the accident as unavoid
able. The City News Bureau of Chicago,
trust press newsgatherins organ.
sent out a report available, to every I speech.
newspaper of the Newspaper Pub
lishers' ass'n. Not one line was
printed. The conspiracy of silence
where a newspaper advertiser was
hit worked perfectly.
Several queer features appeared
in the case later. The police report
ed that the inquest over the girl's
body would be held at Ball's morgue
at 11 o'clock today. The quiz was
really called at tthe home of the girl
at 10.
When the deputy coroner arrived
to start the inquest and take testi
mony,, tending to lay the blame
where it belonged, he found that not
one witness was present Not even
the .police who were called by the
store managers right after the kill
ing were there. No representative
of Siegel-Cooper's was present and
no one knew how the accident had
happened. The coroner continued
the inquest for investigation. '
Helen Smith, tie girl who had the
narrow escape, has been confined to
her home since the accident because
of a sprained leg, sustained in her
jump. She lives at 6935 S. Elizabeth
st. McNeal is suffering from fright;
his residence is at 3313 S. State st
Miss Minnick's folks say that she
has been working at Siegel's in the
grocery department since 1912 and
that she started work for $5 a weekl
Sup't Bridges says that Miss Min-
nick,did work for Siegel's in 1912,
but that she left and has been there
only seven months this last time. He
admitted that her salary was $7 a
week when she was killed.
According to her folks the girl
worked from 8:15 a. m. to 6 atjiight.
for this wage.
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Asbury Park, N-. J., Sept. 25.--President
and Mrs. Wilson left. As
bury Park for Baltimore at 9 a. m.
today, where the president will deliv
er what Democratic leaders regard
as an extremely important campaign

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