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filG PLANTS ARE FORCED TO
USE TRUCK FENDERS
Big business howled loud and long
in the council chamber hearing on
auto truck fenders Tuesday Men of
our biggest trusts, which own autos
and will have to buy fenders, regis
tered a kick against the ordinance
which asks protection for the millions
vko walk the street
Armour & Co., Consumers Co.,
Hartman Furniture Co., Chicago
Telephone Co., The American Ex
press Co., representing the express
linns and the Chicago Truck Users'
Ass'n, which takes in all of the auto
concerns which fight fenders for
trucks, protested to Chief Healey.
They asked that the ordinance be
not enforced. Healey answered that
it would be enforced and that the lit
tle fellow who must walk would be
In June, 1914, after hanging fire
for months, an ordinance requiring
fenders for auto trucks as a lifesav-
ing device was passed. No action was
taken until about the first of this year
when fender manufacturers were
asked to demonstrate their product
and to receive the "0. K" of the chief
of police if an efficient fender was
For seven months three engineers
on the city payroll have been testing
fenders. Their report is not in yet
But big business has anticipated one
against its interests by complaining
George Whittle of the 'American
Express Co. boasted' that it was
through his company and the Asso
ciation of Commerce that Former
Mayor Harrison had been Induced to
hold off enforcement of the ordinance
when it was passed.
. "If we are forced to comply with
the law it will cost the owners of 10,
000 trucks, of which we are among
the largest, about $2,000,000 to pur
chase fenders," declared Whittle.
, "We don't care a rap about the
expense," declared G. C. Osbourne ot.
the Consumers Co. "But then I donl
think we shoi'ld be made to n"f fen
ders on our trucks They do more
damage than good."
C. E. Hamill of Armour and Co.
thought it was "not proper" for the
city to force his company to put fen
ders on its trucks as a safeguard to
pedestrians. "Let's wait until a per
fect fender is made," he suggested.
Fourteen people have been killed
and thirteen injured by auto trucks
since March, when the engineers
started their tests of the truck fen
der, according to figures presented by
the Fender Manufacturers' ass'n,
which opposed the truck owners In
Yet the big business lawyers and
firm officials argued that fenders
will cost them money, that they make
autos hard to turn aroundrthat they
will hinder traffic and that a chauf
feur can't drive as well with a fen
der as without
"Why does Miss Binks close her
eyee when she sings?"
"She probably is tenderhearted and
doesn't want to see us suffer.'"
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