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MOVE TOWARD SHOWDOWN IN
FENDER LAW ARGUMENT
Chief of Police Chas. C. Healey
was hit by a petition asking a writ of
mandamus to compel him to enforce
the fender law yesterday. It was filed
by attorneys for a fender company.
The fender companies are entering
actively into the fight to push the
fender law after the ordinance, being
repassed five times, was slammed in
an opinion from the corporation
counsel's office. Chief Healey re
fused to enforce the law on the
strength of this opinion.
The bill technically aims to force
the police head to issue a certificate
of approval for the Standard fen
der. The enforcement of the fender
law itself, however, depends on the
result of the case.
In its petition the fender company
claims that the fender which it pro
duces has been passed as satisfac
tory by the committee appointed to
make fender tests. It recites the fen
der law with all its changes and
amendments and finally the order of
the council pVepared by Aid. Otto
Kerner, which demanded that Healey
put the fender law into effect
Thus far the fender fight has been
carried on by Aid. Kerner, who in-'
troduced the. original order after his
aged father had been struck down
and killed by a f enderless auto truck
on Christmas day, 1912.
He had the ordinance passed and
amended several times, and after
three years of fighting found the law
without effect because Chief Healey
refused to enforce it
When the fender companies offered
to try court action to bring the chief
to time, Kerner dropped the matter.
If the petition for a mandamus is
refused, he will take up the fender
matter again in the council.
The bitter fight which loop depart
ment stores, express companies, Illi
nois Manufacturers' ass'n and big
business in general has nut ud ,
against the fender law "has been full
The loop stores-sent their manag
ers to see the mayor, the express
companies had a hundred go to the
City Hall last summer to protest
against the enforcement of the ordi
nance, the Illinois Manufacturers'
ass'n sent circulars to its members
telling them to "see" their aldermen.
Meanwhile the trust press has
been very quiet on the fender busi
ness. The few stories that have been
printed have hit fenders and read
like press agent yarns.
And fenderless auto trucks smash
about the city killing citizens.
Washington. Senator Smith of
South Carolina introduced literacy
test immigration bill which has been
passed by two congresses and twice
Albany, N. Y. Qov. Whitman re
quested immediate resignation of
John B. Riley, state superintendent
Wheeling, W. Va. Four children, 4
to 14 years, of John Morgan, New
Martinsville, burned to death when
fire of unknown origin destroyed
Milwaukee. Charles L. Jones, vico
president of Talk Co., and son Vary,
killed when automobile plunged off
badge over Northwestern railroad.
Silverton, Colo. The bodies of
Harvey Bennett and his wife, buried
under thousands of tons of snow and
debris by a snowslide, may not be
recovered until next spring, it was
Washington. Rev. Homer R.
Salisbury of Takoma Park, Wash
ington, passenger on Persia, believed
to be lost, American embassy in Lon
dan wired state department
Aid. Rodriguez will deliver address
on "How Is Socialism to Be Estab
lished?" at Marquette hall, 6654 S.
Halsted st, Friday, Jan. 7, 8 p. m. Ad
mission free. JDancinc. g