Business & Finance: Widow's Suit

The Federal District Court at St. Paul last week rang to the sound of big figures, big names. A widow filed suit against Inland Steel Co., Great Northern Railway Co. for patent infringement, filed similar suits against U. S. Steel Corp. and its subsidiaries Carnegie Steel Co., U. S. Steel Products Co. Five hundred million dollars —a half-billion—is the total of her claims, but the figure's reverberations seemed to have a hollow ring.

The widow is Mrs. Katherine Ryan of St. Paul, 60, tall, handsome, persistent. In 1904 her husband, the late Kingsley Ryan,...

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