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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 02, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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seph Sabath of the speeders court
and H. L. Starkey, their boss, lectured
them on speed, last night.
Sabath, who, after court hours, is
trying to get the drivers of all large
firms together on this safety busi
ness, told the drivers that they could
gain nothing by smashing their way
around the city in the heavy auto
trucks, as was the custom of paper
He explained to them that reckless
driving was worse than mere speed
ing, that when the law was broken
punishment would follow despite
their position on the newspapers.
"Things have changed since I have
been in the speeders' court. The po
lice are bringing in newspaper men
the same as other law breakers," he
said. "And let me explain that I can't
see why your position with a news
paper gives you any more right to
break the law than any other driver.
"I don't want you boys in my court
I think if you see as I do that preven
tion is better than cure. We can get
along without the use of the police.
And I think it is better for you that
you meet me here than in my court"
Then Starkey started in with a
talk of his own.
"If careful driving means that you
will be late with your deliveries, be
late; the Herald doesn't want circula
tion which may cost the lives of its
drivers or helpless pedestrians.
"Even if you know that men from
that we are not going to back you
to it if you don't speed, let 'em go. I
don't want Herald trucks in auto
"If any of you are arrested for vio
lating the law hereafter, -remember
that we are not g oing to back you
up if you are guilty, for you are
breaking the laws of the Herald cir
culation department when you no
longer obey the city code.
"Any man that is found guilty of
reckless driving will be let out We
want Herald drivers to carrv the ren-
uutation of the sanest in the city. Let
the other fellows smash their path
through the loop if they will. You
take your time. I want every one of
you to obey the law as Judge Sabath
has presented it It will make your;
The drivers were all In favor of
playing safe in the driving of their
Then to a reporter for The Day
Book Starkey said: '
"I've been in the game for a long
time. My experience with the Chi
cago American, Cleveland Leader
News and Herald taught me that as
long as newspapers will force their
nen to be reckless to get the papers
distributed they will get only reckless
men for the work."
Judge Sabath is the first jurist to
even take official notice of newspa
per speeders. His orders to the po
lice led to two arrests in a week after
he told them to bring in the circula
Sabath says he is in the speeders'
court to stop speeding and not to
fine those who come before him, as
has been the custom. Education, he
thinks, is more necessary than any
penalty he can assess.
"I'm going to make the rounds in
every newspaper circulation office
where I am invited and tell the boys
how to avoid bad, hasty driving. I'll
show them that the speed laws are
for their good."
MAYOR SAYS CUT SHOULD BE
MADE IN CITY FORCES
Mayor Thompson male a statement
today that brought consternation to
city jobholders and to boss politicians
who depend for their power on the
jobs they can land for henchers and
There should be a 50 per cent cut
in the different forces of inspectors
employed by the city, including gas
and electric inspection departments,
said the mayor. He came out flat
with the declaration that some in
spection departments have twice as
many men as they need on. the payroll