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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 08, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 2',
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come these same virtuous newspa
per men because they have gone
three years with a fender ordinance
on the city law books and have not
put fenders on their newspaper
trucks. " -
Judge Joseph Sabath, chairman of
the commission, has denounced
newspaper trucks as the worst
speedsters in the city, and after a'
vigorous campaign abated the circu
lation auto nuisance.
Now he is hooked up with the
owners of the very trucks he called
a "menace to public safety" not so
long ago. He said that newspaper
-auto trucks were recklessly driven
and that accidents happened every
day that were preventable by low
So the judge, whose business is to
interpret the law, will no doubt tell
these newspaper men that their
trucks, crashing about in wild haste
to get papers on distant stands are
a "menace to public safety."
Sabath is in favor of fenders. He
came right out for them a month
ago, when the scrap over the en
i forcement of this public safety prop
osition was in its greatest heat
When the commission gets to
gether on public safety the fender
question, not only the enforcement
of the fender law but the moral ob
ligation of truck owners will come in
Then how will these newspaper
men act who want public safety?
Will they adopt this safety measure
that a majority of the city council
has demanded five times, or will they,
actuated by purse string motives
pass lightly over the fender ques
tion? If Shaffer of the Post or Beck of
the Trib were to come out for the
fender law it would be enforced.
State street, at least in some cases,
wouldn't like it; the express compa
nies would object; the Dlinois Manu
facturers' ass'n might complain; the
papers themselves would have to
fork over good hard cash for fenders.
Will the fender proposition be a
public safety measure to this com
mission, members of which have re
fused to put fenders on their trucks
for three years?
Or, will these newspaper men sing
themselves to sleep in the belief that
public safety measures do not apply
Five fenders have passed city en
gineers as over 90 per cent efficient.
Thatmeans death an dserious in
jury will result in just one-tenth as
great a measure as at present This
may have something to do with
John Hood, driver of the Marshall
Field & Co. auto truck which crushed
and crumpled the body of Miss Cath
erine Goggin, said at the coroner's
inquest that a fender would have
prevented her death.
John, although he may get into
trouble, told what he thought was
the truth that the responsibility for
iMss Goggin's death would not lie on
the store of Marshall Field if the
truck had had a fender.
Let's see if the newspaper men can
pull the gag of big business from
their mouths and speak out for real
public safety, no matter who is hit,
even if they have to buy fenders
How about the fender as a public
safety measure, Misters Shaffer,
Beck, Keel, Park, Eastman and Judge
Washington. French givernment
has ordered captain of French cruiser
Descartes "to act with great; care and
circumspection and not to stop any
more American vessels."
Amsterdam. German ' Zeppelin
was wrecked in descending in heavy
gale near Namur, Belgium. Two of
crew killed. Pilot arrested. Airship
not totally destroyed.
Cleveland's municipal light plant
made $22,000 profit last month.