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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 11, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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There seems to have been a clever
bit of news hiding in the case of the
elevator accident at the Plorsheim
Shoe Co. Chicago newspapers' blurt
ed forth on the day of the accident
with news of from three to four dead.
There was no explanation as to Just
how the accident happened. It was
called "Inexplicable." The stories
went on to say that the lift dropped
from the fourth floor. In the later
editions of the loop papers the news
of the accident dropped under small
er heads arid carried no further
According to the bulletin board at
the Plorsheim Shoe Co., there were
six killed. Five of them died almost
instantly and one has died since then.
Thalr lis,t gives as dead:
H. Humbeautel, 1853 Keystone
av.; S. Neubauer, 1222 Dickson St.;
L. Hannon, 928 LeClaire av.; A. Gal
los, 931 W. Polk st.; C. Dozols, 2712
W. Congress, and L Persky, 1243 S.
Spaulding. All of the above list are
single men except Humbeautel, who
has a wife and two children. Han
non was the main support of a wid
owed mother.
According to stories told by work
ers who were In the building at the
time the accident happened, the ele
vator did not drop from trie fourth
floor. It went slowly and jerkily way
up to the top, hitting the beam which
is just above the seventh floor and
then falling rapidly to the basement
That amounts to about seven floors.
Workers claim that the beam fell
' down on top of the lift and was prob
ably instrumental in the killing of
the deceased ones.
Workers also claim that the man
who was running the elevator had
been on the Job only .two days with
that company. The day before the
accident was election day, and, ac
cording to workers, the elevator was
not used much. One worker who
was in cue car on the trip before the
fatal one told a Day Book reporter
that the car Jerked all the way up
and the runner seemed to be having
troublb making it stop at the floors.
Another peculiar feature of the af
fair is that the elevator man was
taken to one hospital and the injured
ones all to another. Jefferson Park
hospital received the injured ones.
The operator went to the Emer- Qfy
When friends of the injured called
to see them officials, of the hospitals
told them that orders from the doc
tor and the Plorsheim firm forbid
them letting-friends see those con
was praised by the workers.
Possibly one hundred workers
have not been back to work since ,
the accident happened. They will
return Monday.
Workers told The Day Book man
that Mr. Florsheim had offered finan
cial help in the funeral expenses of
the victims. Florshelm's attitude
was praised by the workers . '
But how do the trust press 'and
big concerns get by with the news
hiding dope?
Andrew Lindberg, who has made a
little money by running a grocery at
5801 S. Carpenter, has been reading
and taking his morning Tribune too
seriously lately. He read the cun
ning yellow stories of the Trib, blam
ing the high coBt of living on Wilson
and predicting calamity Unless
Hughes was elected. He did not un
derstand that the frothing at the
Trib's mouth was merely Big Busi
ness politics and that now the elec
tion is over the Trib has not let out
a peep about the juggling of food
priceB. Lindberg, not understanding (I
all this, worried himself into a
frenzy. Suffering great, mental tor
ture, he waited, until it was finally
assured Wilson had won. After that
the Trib yellow poison finished Its
work. Last night he turned on the
gas. His wife found his body.

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