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oa the city payroll have been testing
fenders. Their report .is not in yet.
But big business has anticipated one
against its interestsy complaining
George Whittle of the American
Express Co. boasted that it was
through his company and the Asso
ciation of Commerce that Former
Mayor Harrison had been Induced to
hold off enforcement of the ordinance
when It was passed.
"If we are forced to comply with
the law it will cost the owners of 10,
000 trucks, of which we are among
the largest, about $2,000,000 to pur
chase fenders," declared Whittle.
"We don't care a rap about the
expense," declared G. C. Osbourne of
the Consumers Co. "But then I don't
think we should be made to put fen
ders on our trucks. They do more
damage than good."
C. E. Hamill of Armour and Co.
thought it was "not proper" for the
city to force his company to put fen
ders on its trucks as a safeguard to
pedestrians. "Let's wait until a per
fect fender is made," he suggested.
Fourteen people have been killed
and thirteen injured by auto trucks
since March, when the engineers
started their tests of the truck fen
der, according to figures presented by
ihe Fender Manufacturers' ass'n,
which opposed the truck owners in
Yet the big business lawyers and
firm officials argued that fenders
will cost them money, that they make
autos hard to turn around, that they
will hinder traffic and that a chauf
feur can't drive as well wth a fen
der as without.
INTERESTING INSIDE WORKING
TO BE BROUGHT OUT
The inside workings of the clair
voyant and wiretapping trusts in the
good old days when tickers were
common in loop office buildings and
suckers were trimmed every day will
come out in the trial of Sergte "WH-r .
liam Egan and Walter O'Brien, ac- .
cused as receivers of protection fees.
Big money was the aim of the wire
tappers and fortune tellers, who sep-
arated their victims from their moneyj
by various schemes, according t:
Ass't State's Att'y Frank Johnston
who is prosecuting the pair from tfcef
detective bureau. i
The immediate charge which John-,
ston hopes to prove against the two
is that they accepted a bribe of $100:
from Ed McCabe, operator of a.
clairvoyant joint at 1316 S. Wabash,
av. Barney Bertsche, confessed "go-;
between," who handled money from
the "con" men to the police, will tee-!
tify. .- .
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