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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 18, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 4

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMISH REPORT
EXPLAINS CHICAGO'S DEATHS
The report of the Public Safety
Commission is now on the press. It
will be issued shortly. It reviews the
'6,235 violent and mysterious deaths
investigated by Coroner Hoffman's
office in 1915.
These deaths are divided into three
classes in the report. They are:
Deaths by accident in the home,
1,247; catastrophie outside the home,
2,501, and deaths due to disease and
alcoholism, etc., that cannot be
classified either as in or outside
homes, 2,487. The Eastland disaster
increased the death list for' the year
by 812.
There were 671 suicides, 261
deaths deaths from falls. Automo
biles reaped a harvest of 254. Of this
number, fenderless auto trucks
caused 38. Railroads slaughtered
239, thus beating the street cars,
who only claimed 139 as victims. In
dustrial accidents cost the lives of
228 wage-earners. Homicides were
also high, with 232 as a score. As
phyxiation claimed 219.
John Barleycorn got 130. Abortioif
-cut down 89. Almost without ex-
ception, 'these victims were young
girls trying to hide their mistake and
wives of low-salaried workingmen
who could not afford to add to fam-ilies-already
too large for the pay
envelope.
Twenty-two deaths are attributed
to the elevated railways. This sort
of puts a damper on the boast in the
ads of the "L" companies that they
have had no accidents in several
years.
Burns and scalds sent 194 to their
death. Poisoning, accidental and un
determined, got 48. Among other
causes which caused death were:
Wagon, 38; exposure and neglect, 30;
undetermined violence, 35; motor
cycle, 14; anaesthetic, 13; suffocated,
13; electricution, 11; tetanus, 10;
choking, 8; surgical operations, 8.
Three were killed in elevator ac
cident 3,.m explooas. 3 bj; falling J,
objects and 3 by games and sports'.
One person starved to edath.
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MANY WALK OUT IN SYMPATHY
WITH EXPRESS STRIKERS
The express companies at a meet
ing held this morning took up plans
to crush the latest victory of the
striking drivers. This victory was the
result of the action of the depot help
ers, train messengers, stenographers
and bill clerks employed by the com
panies, who last night walked qut in
sympathy with the drivers.,
The agency conducted by former
Police Capt. Harding has been en
gaged to assist P.TJ. O'Brien in gath
ering strikebreakers. It is said that
the companies have been having dif
ficulty in obtaining men. Agents
have been trying to induce several
negroes to go to work.
The strikers last night paraded
from their headquarters at 175 W.
Wasihngton sL to Hodcarriers' hall,
Harrison and Green, where an enthu
siastic mass meeting was held.
The strike is very likely to be en
larged by a strike of the freight han
dlers, which would completely tie up
the expres business. This was the tip
given out at the meeting last night.
Cigarworkers' Quit.
800 cigar makers quit work at
Havane-American Co., 1911 W. 12th.
Want shorter hours and better work
ing conditions. W. 13th st police
guarding factory.
Strike of Western Felt Co. workers
is still on. About 125 out. Want 9
hour day and recognition of union,
Meeting of strikers is on today.
CHICAGOBRIEFS
Mrs. Floyd Johnson caused arrest
of husband and Viola Hughson in
apartment, 4957 Huron. All live in
Rockford.
Julius Mullie, butcher, found dead
in bed at 602 W. 47th. Gas. May be '
suicide.
Hearing started on suit of Gordorf
Gin Co. against Righeimer's saloon.
Claim, Jbottles were re-filledj

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