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on the chief of police who will not en
force the law of the city council.
Catherine Goggin stood waiting for
a -car at Clark and Eugenie sts. last
night The comer was dark. She
neither saw the heavy, truck nor
heard its approach, for it-was elec
As the great auto bore down on
her the driver shouted, rang the bell
and threw on the brakes. Miss Gog
gin tried to jump from the path of
the machine, but failed.
She was struck and knocked down.
The big wheels of the truck crushed
her head and passed over the frail
60-year-old woman. Her back was
broken and the little body, almost
crushed in two, was whirled up into
the gears of the truck, bent double.
Then the machine stopped.
Several machinists with auto tools
were called from a nearby garage and
they tenderly loosened her torn body
from the wheels of the auto which
did not carry a fender. The mangled
form was straightened out on an am
bulance stretcher and the little old
woman, loved by thousands, breathed
In the undertaker's morgue at
1625 Wells last night, where hun
dreds of her friends ha'd gathered,
the feeling was that fender would
have prevented her death.
"Oh, why didn't they have a fen
der on the auto truck?" sobbed Miss
Margaret Haley last night "The
fender would have given her at least
a chance for her life.
"I know that if the heavy machine
had been equipped with a safety de
vice she would only have been slight
ly hurt How can those store man
agers hesitate to spend a few of their
dollars when the lives of women like
Catherine Goggin are at stake?
"She was a strong spirit in the
Teachers' Federation. She was dear
ly loved by us all and it was her
counsel which counted for the most
when trouble faced the teachers. She
was wnrahined bv everv member of
the federation and thousands outside j
of the schools loved the quiet 'little
"Now Marshall Field & Co. has
pocketed the money that a fender
would have cost We have lost Miss
Goggin. Is their any way that the
department store men can compare
their gain with our loss?"
Marshall Field & Co. has been
against fenders and is a member of
the State Street Retail Merchants'
assn, members of which refused to
put fenders on their autos although
the fender law has been passed three
Chief of Police Charles C. Healey
refused to enforce the fender law
two weeks ago because he had an
opinion from the corporation coun
sel's office which stated that the or
dinance gave the police too much ar-.
bitrary power. This is the eighth
excuse used by the last two adminis
trations for failure to enforce a law
three years old.
Whether or not Marshall Field &
Co. have a liability because of fail
ure to comply with the fender law
will be determined this afternoon.
Miss Goggin, with Margaret Haley,
in 1897 founded the Chicago Teach
ers' Federation. Immediately after
ward she led a campaign for an in
crease in the salaries of teachers and
won. In 1898 she labored in Spring
field for a teachers' pension law,
whicn she finally succeeded in having
Since 1900 Miss Goggin had given
all of her time to the federation. She
worked so hard that her health failed.
She had just recovered and was feel
ing strong again.
Executive committee III. State
Brewers' ass'n discussing means of
counteracting dry legislation.
Four women injured in crash of
street cars at State and Adams.
Policeman Jos. Kennedv. Stnofc-
Yards station, answering burglar
aiarm cau, iouna own home, 7521
Ridgeland av., had been robbed of
$200 in jewelry.