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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 28, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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Aid Otto Kerner, author of the or
dinance to require fenders on motor
trucks, today took a slam at auto
owners, especially owners of trucks,
after reading Coroner Hoffman's
figures on the killing of hundreds in
Chicago's streets annually.
"Why talk of regulation when I've
been three years trying to give the
people protection from the auto
truck by forcing the owners to equip
them with fenders just the same as
street cars'
"Howcan we hope to keep the un
licensed person of wealth from be
hind the wheel of an auto, even
though that person is unfit to drive
the car, if we can't make big busi
ness protect the people from then
trucks? "I've heard from goo dsources that
certain big firms are preparing to
make a stiff court fight and spend
any amount of money to keep the
people tf Chicago from ithe protec
tion they deserve in the name of hu
manity. I expect .the fender law will
have to be sustained all the way to
the supreme court before we can
soak the owners for violations of the
ordinance. Meanwhile hundreds will
be killed.
"Most of the victims will be little
children who are too young to watch
'out fo rthemselves and who play in
the street; many to be killed will be
mothers and fathers. Their deaths
wlli be the result of criminal greed of
big corporations.
"My father was slain by a truck on
Christmas eve, 1912. I started the
fight then to stop the killings and I
am going to go to the finish. ,
"When the. city council comes out
unanimously for fenders three times
I think these big business men should?!
buy them without a fight.
Coroner Peter M. Hoffman, in a
talk before the City club Tuesday,
amplified the statement he gave THe
Day Book yesterday on Trillings by
autos in. Chicago.
"Most deadly is the au'to truck,"
he said. "This machine Is heavy and
cannot be stopped or turned as can
the lighter pleasure car. Auto truck
drivers are on the average better
than the drivers of pleasure cars,
but their machines jare harder to
"Carelessness kills more people
than war. We are a careless people."
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Barney Higgjns of the Lake Bluff
naval training station got the worst
of it in his scrap with North Shore
silk-stocking ladies who formed "the
"rookette" training camp. He was
fined and discharged from the serv
ice; then, his discharge was com
muted to parole yesterday.
Higgins had nerve enough, when
the rich ladies led by Miss Lolita Ar
mour offered him -a penknife on the
last day of the Lake Geneva camp,
to turn down the ladies offer and
tell them that he was tired if doing
servant work for them. He said the
menial tasks he had to do were an
insult to the blue uniform he wore.
The women, figuring that they had
been offended, rushed to Comman
dant Moffett and said that Barney
was intoxicated and that he talked
"something awfuL" Of course, it
wouldn't do for a plain sailor to talk
up to the wives and children of some
of our biggest business men. So
Barney was punished.
Now the society ladies may go
back to their dances and parties feel
ing that their grudge against a sailor
for Uncle Sam has cost him dearly.
And the rest of the sailors will know
how to. act in the future vyhen or
dered to do servant duty for a bunch
of Lake Forest women.
A large number of Irish rebel pris
oners have been, sent to internment
camps in France. They are to Je
used for road-making and for other
useful work in the rear of the lines

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