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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 15, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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ex's division of the police department
That was eight and one-half months
ago. No report of their findings has
been made.
In September Ghief of Police
Healey called a meeting- of those in
favor of and opposed to the fender
ordinance. He told them that the
law would be enforced despite their
wishes, for the council had so voted.
Then another branch of big busi
ness, the express companies and
Commercial Auto Owners' ass'n,
made their howl. All pleaded cost
and impracticability.
The express companies knew that
if Chicago adopted auto fenders oth
er cities throughout the country
might follow suit Auto fenders cost
money. So they put in their kick.
The trust press, willingly taking
stories from press agents of corpora
tion interests, have hammered and
rapped at the law. The Daily News
has been especially active.
And "Maje" Funkhouser's testers
are still at it, although every day's
delay gives the enemies of safety an
other respite and a better chance to
kill the ordinance.
The State Street Merchants' ass'n,
represented by the delegation which
hustled over to the city hall the other
day, doesn't want auto trucks made
safe. Yet their autos kill and crush
hundreds on our streets every year.
If you or yours are the next victims
of a department store's unprotected
auto truck, remember who is helping
to stall things in the city hall that
State street gang.
What a hard and reckless city this
is! Sixteen children killed by auto
mobiles since Sept 1.
Blindly and brutally the game gdes
on and the sixteen dead children will
mount to a list of forty, fifty, sixty
children murdered by automobiles in
the streets of Chicago the coming
Whv should the monev of motor
Jar advertisers or anything else stop
the newspapers from proclaiming
day after day in fierce editorials the
truth that the modern motor car as
run by speed maniacs and joy riders
is a worse murderer than any Black
Hand gang that ever slit a throat?
Why does this record of killings go
right on month after month and year
after year with nothing but talk and
talk and talk from the officials and
no results but rnore death and death?
Then your alderman, the police
and the courts and all the books and
pamphlets on safety first will be use
less. This is a city of much talk, where
the cheapest thing is human life.
Whether you go on a garment
strike picket line or whether you in
nocently cross a street where auto
mobiles are rushing along, you are
in danger from the anarchy and the
indifference of officialdom. '
City Att'y Francis and Boiler In
spector Geo. Nye, both of whom are
being investigated by the council ju
diciary committee, each sent the
committee today letters of almost
identical wording saying the commit
tee had no right to investigate them
and that they would not obey the re
quest to appear and answer ques
tions. o o
Corporation Counsel Ettelson will
tonight present to city council his
opinion on the legality of the Buck
ordinance forbidding employers to
hire private cops and sluggers. Et
telson's predecessor, Folsom, ren
dered an opinion against the ordi
nance and it is expecte'd Ettelson will
do likewise.
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J. A. Cervenka restrained by ap
pellate court from prosecuting suit
against stockholders of La Salle St
Trust & Savings bank to enforce
their liabilities to bank's creditors.

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