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Ihey had so much money that they
couldn't loan it out and because it
wasn't earning money for them they
shouldn't be taxed on it
This was a different plea from the
one they entered more than a year
ago when they claimed they didn't
have any money; that the war in
Europe was killing their profits and
that all sorts of horrible things might
happen if a heavy tax was "imposed."
THERE'S A REASON FOR FIGHT ON FENDERS
SAYS LAWYER IN SUIT ON MANDEL, BROS.
The State street department
stores are fighting the fender
law. State street store managers
in a body saw Mayor Thompson
two weeks ago to ask his aid in
killing the fender ordinance.
The department stores pay in
surance which releases them
from liability in personal injury
suits. Fenders will not affect the
cost of that insurance, but will
add between $50 and $100 to the
cost of the store auto trucks.
So State street is hot after the
fender law. The question of
safety is not considered.
Mandel Brothers is the second
State street department store to be
sued in the past week because a de
livery auto maimed a young boy.
Hillman's was hit by a suit because
one of its autos crushed a youngster
to death. Neither of the machines
Now suit is filed against Mandel's,
one of the stores in the Street Retail
Merchants' ass'n which sent a bunch
of department store managers to see
the mayor about the fender ordi
nance which they are opposing.
Ten-year-old Amedia Bonneau of
3907 Harvard av. was hurrying home
from the grocery store late in the
afternoon on Feb. 10, 1914. As he
darted across the street at Polk and
Crawford av. an auto truck deliver
ing parcels for Mandel Bros.' store
bore down on him.
The boy afterward said he saw no
lights on the auto and heard no bell.
The heavy fenderless auto truck hit
him. The auto bumper threw him up
and as he fell one of the auto's lamps
struck him in the lower part of the
For three months the youngster
hovered between life and death in
bed. His left elbow, shoulder and
knee were hurt, his chest crushed and
his abdominal organs had been
bruised seriously. The doctors cut
open his body and removed part of his
The boy recovered in a measure
just enough to get around and go to
school part of the time. But some of
the hurts which he suffered in his
abdomen can never be remedied, the
His father, Edward Bonneau, filed
suit against Mandel Bros, and Att'y
William A. Bither was retained.
"If the auto truck had been provid
ed with a protecting fender," said
Bithers, "the boy when struck would
have been scooped up and carried
along instead of being thrown up by
"I have been active in the move
ment which finally got the council to
pass the fender law without a dis
senting vote and I know of the suc
cess of the fenders tested.
"It is a business proposition with
the stores. They pay insurance to
indemnity companies which hire
shrewd lawyers to settle all personal
injury claims. This takes the matter
right out of the hands of the depart
ment stores. .
"They have to pay insurance
whether or not they buy fenders, so1
it is cheaper for them to try to kill
the law than to get the safeguard.
There are fenders passed by the in
specting engineers of the city which
cost only ?40."
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