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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 18, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 29',
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Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n among
your aldermen -will be shown up.
Their purpose to kill the fender or
dinance because it will cost them
money, regardless of lives fenders
may save, is plain. Less is known
about their methods of lobbying.
Last week nearly every alderman
was visited by one business man or
another. The aldermen were asked
to vote against the fender ordinance
when it came up in the council Mon
day night These visits were the re
sult of a letter sent to members of
the Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n by
its secretary. It read:
"Another Case of Too Much Legisla
tion. "To Members: An ordinance re
pealing the so-called fender ordi
nance, providing that motor trucks
shall have fenders, will be intro
duced in the Chicago city council.
Write your aldermen and those mem
bers of the city council with whom
you are acquainted and ask their
support of the repealing measure if
you are interested. The existing
measure will create an unnecessary
expense. It does not contribute to
safety. John M. Glenn, secretary."
The repealing ordinance was sent
into the council by the I. M. A. two
weeks ago and, as usual, was referred
to the judiciary committee to be re
Monday, when it comes up in this
committee, Alderman Kerner, who
fostered the law, will be on the job to
balk the attempt of the L M. A. to
repeal the ordinance.
About 160 people, mostly children,
have been killed by unprotected auto
trucks since the fender law was first
passed two years ago. Meanwhile
the ordinance has been amended a
half dozen timesvat the request of
big business. The amendments were
asked only as a stall for time.
On March 1 the last amendment
was passed unanimously by the coun
cil. From March 5 to Aug. 25 fol
lowing 39 were killed by fenderless
auto trucks and 14 were crushed and
The chief of police did not put the
fender law into force and on Nov. 1
council passed an order instructing
him to enforce the law already two
years old, before Dec. 1.
Dec. 1 came and passed, but Healey
issued no such instructions to his
men. Instead he visited the mayor
and the corporation counsel's office
to "ask their advice."
Meanwhile the mayor's office had
been visited by others. Nearly every
State street store with the "Christ
mas spirit" sent its manager to see
the mayor. He was told they were
against the law. Fenders cost them
money and were unnecessary, they
said. Some of them already paid in
surance to release them from liabil
ity of fender accidents.
So things have been stalled along
and the ILLnois Manufacturers' ass'n
now has a chance to fight the fender
law by their favorite means, lobby
ing. When the matter comes into the
judiciary committee and council
Monday, just how well they have
worked will be shown.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING THESE
Ma: I told the doctor that I had a
terrible tired feeling these days and
he asked to see my tongue.
Pearl: I told Etta I had lost 20
pounds. She said she dMn't see it
Of course not, said r, I've lost it
Freshman Harold: Prof. Prog took
Miss DeStyle to the frat dance last
night Gee! She wore a swell low
cut dress. A case of highbrow hook
ing, up with a low neck, eh, what?
Cora: No, mother, Mr. Dubb isn't
at all bookish; but sometimes I think
he's inclined to be pocketbookish.
3y this time there must be about
as many ships on the bottom of the
ocean as there are on top.
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