The St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 14, 1911, p. 4
FALL MAY PROVE FATAL.
Joseph Ruth, Hotel Elevator Operator, in Critical Condition.
Joseph Ruth, 29 years old, elevator operator at the Merchants hotel, who, it is said, in his excitement early yesterday morning over a small blaze, opened the door of the elevator on the second floor of the building and stepped into the open shaft, falling two stories to the basement, was reported to be in critical condition at St. Joseph's hospital late last night.
Little hope is held out for the patient, as his back is severely injured, and he is thought to be suffering from internal injuries.
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