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controlled in an emergency, kill far
more in proportion to their numbers
than the pleasure cars, although the
type of driver is far better.
The pampered child of wealthy
parents who is allowed to run around
the streets in the family car strikes
down numbers of victims yearly,
Hoffman declared today. Chicago
needs legislation to prevent this, Jie.
"Every person who slides in behind
the wheel of an auto" first should
have to undergo an examination to
prove whether that person is compe
tent to drive a a A heavy penalty
should be assessed against any vio
lator of a law to provide this exam
ination," declared Hoffman.
"We need legislation. We've got
to cut down this ever lengthening
list of the dead, killed by autos, by
providing more regulations for the
operators of machines.
"Why should we require a severe
examination for drivers of taxicabs,
who are always experts, if -we let
wealthy children operate their par
"Why should we make these regu
lar chauffeurs undergo tests if we al
low Marshall Field & Co., other State
street stores and the express compa
nies to hire any one they please to
run their-autos without examination
by the city?
"Auto trucks are far more deadly
than pleasure cars, when their num
bers are compared. This is because
they can't be controlled as easily as
"I would like to see the time when
every driver will be proven an effi
cient driver before he is given con7
trol of a machine as dangerous as
the auto. ,
"Chicago's record is about the
same as 'New Cork's, although the
eastern cityv has almost twice as
many people on the streets. This is
a horrible condition. Congestion is
the cause. ' '
"An 'underlying feature of almost 1
1 every auto 'accident is carelessness.
The careless driver does not watch
his path, the careless pedestrian does
not look for autos, and the careless
mother or father lets the child play
in tie street."
Coroner Peter M. Hoffman gave
the following, interesting article on
"Carlessness" to The Day Book to
day: Who Comes Here?
I am more powerful than the com
bined armies of the world.
I have destroyed more men than
all the wars of the world. s
I am more deadly than bufiets and
i have wrecked more homes than the
mightiest siege guns.
I steal, in the United States alone,
over $300,000,000 each year.
'i spare no one and I find my vic
tims among .the rich and poor alike,
the young ,and old, the strong and
weak. Widows and orphans know
I loom up in such proportions that
I cast my shadow over every field of
labor from the turning of the grind
stone to the moving of every railroad
I massacre thousands upon thou
sands of wage-earners in a year.
I lurk in unseen places and do
most of my work silently. You are
warned against me, but you heed not
I am relentless. I am everywhere;
in the homo, on- the streets, in' the
faetory, at railroad crossings and on
the sea, ,
I bring sickness, degradation and
death, and yet few seek to avoid me.
r destroy, crush, maim, take all
and give nothing.
I am your worst enemy
I AM CARELESSNESS!
New York. Word "damn" may bS
eliminated from .Episcopal prayer
book and word "condemn" substituted.
Clark st Business Men's ass'n
asked council not to change name of
street to Broadway