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ANOTHER TRUCK IS IN AGAIN
THIS TIME IT'S THE FAIR
Light on the murderous, speeding
department store and newspaper
auto trucks came yesterday in a suit
filed against the Fair because one of
its heavy trucks snuffed the -life from
4-year-old Gladys Riedel on July 27.
Department stores and newspapers
have led the fight against a trial of
fenders on auto trucks, the same as
street cars "must carry.
How a 5-ton truck of the Fair,
bowling east on 22d street at a rate
of speed between 25 and 30 miles an
hour, crashed into a street tar, tore
the front of the car off and carried a
little girl to a horrible death will be
told when the suit comes up for trial.
Two drunken drivers of th auto
truck will figure in the case; both
were held responsible for the killing
by the coroner's jury. And long
working hours at the Fair, which
made -Anton Rueger, the driver, sit
behind the wheel of the auto truck
at 10 o'clock at night on the way to
the barn, will also be shown up.
On the night of the accident
Charles Riedel of 4241 W. 20th st
was on the way home with his daugh
ter Gladys. The night was warm and
Gladys begged her papa until he lee
her stand on the platform with him;
she was close up to the front win
dow, next to the motorman. She
watched him working his levers
chattered, pointed and laughed as
she saw hundreds of things of inter
est while the car sped west toward
t As it approached Halsted street the
car slowed down. But banging
along, the street straight across its
path came the big Fair truck. Be
fore anyone on the platform of the
car sensed danger the truck crashed
into the front, tore itself away and
bounced to the sidewalk, over it and
into a fence.
Riedel picked himself up and
reached out in the dark for his little
my baby?" The girl wasn't on the
Riedel cried out in anguish and
jumped from the car. A dozen feet,
away lay the torn body of his child.
They carried her to the drug store
on the corner, but a doctor told them
she was dead.
Meanwhile a crowd ran to the
scene. Men questioned Rueger, the
driver, and he told them to "get to
hell out of here." Neither Rueger
nor his companion on the truck
seemed t6realize their machine had
killed a child. Both appeared to be
'They were taken to the nearest po
lice station and locked up. They
gave their names as Anton Rueger,
5330 S. Paulina st, and Geo. Bege,
3242 N. Karlov av.
Dr. John McGuire of 2028 Halsted
st 'was called into the cell to look at
Lthe prisoners. Either they were com
pletely exhausted by tnetf long work
ing hours or they were stupid drunk,
At the inquest, he said:
"One of them couldn't talk well
and he was kind of stup'id in manner.
I asked him if his hand hurt in order
to feel his pulse; he could hardly lift
his hand. He was stupid and wanted
to lie down; he didn't care to get up.
The other one wasn't so bad off."
Henry Behnke, 4025 W. Diversey
av., a chauffeur, who saw the crash,
said the auto wasgoing about 25
miles an hour.
Charles Kalman, shoemaker at
1243 S. Halsted, testified..
"Was the auto going fast or slow?"
he was asked.
"Well, it went pretty fast"
"It went pretty fast?"
"Yes. Pretty fast. Like the Chi
cago American autos; they run with
papers you know. It was the same
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