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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 02, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Those members of the big business
crowd who are actively fighting
against safeguards for heavy motor
trucks were uncovered last night
when they pulled off a meeting in the
Hotel Sherman.
The roll of those present included
representatives from the Fair; Car
son, Pirie, Scott & Co.; The Daily
News, Sprague-Warner's wholesale
house, the Star Motors Co., The
American Express Co., the H. Paul
man Co., agents for the Pierce-Ar-row
and stockyards packing houses.
Plans were laid to force -the city
council to back up from its stand-for
the fender law. Big business men
and little business men were told to
see their aldermen and use every
means to get them to "vote for. a re
peal of the law that the people want
and business doesn't.
Someone will introduce a repealing
ordinance before the first of the year,
it was said. Then every member is
urged to put his shoulder to the
wheel and crowd .the aldermen until'
they kill the auto truck fender ordi
nance. Over $3,000 has been col
lected up to date for use against the
"It certainly looked as though they
would do anything rather than come
across with the cash for fenders,"
said a business man today who at
tended the meeting. He would not
allow his name to be used for fear
that his firm might suffer.
"Wm. Jennings, attorney for the
Motor Truck Owners' Ass'n told
those present that 'Chief Healey
doesn't care whether the fender law
is enforced or not.' He gave them
the idea that the chief was with
them. His tip on this line, he told
them, came from the corporation
counsel's office in the City HalL
"Speakers Tor the Motor Truck
Owners' ass'n told the business men
that the pending suit for an injunc
tion before Judge Smith might result
in their favor. If it didn't they were
told that an attempt would be made
to get the ordinance repealed.
"Nothing was said about the num
ber of people killed every year by mo
tor trucks. The little business men
who were present at the meeting
"seemed to be the 'fish.' They were
told that the people didn't really care
about fenders, that the law wouldn't
hold water and that the people were
with the truck owners, that fenders
wouldn't prevent accidents.
"They told the little fellows a lot
of things. One speaker said he
wouldn't miri putting fenders on the
sides of his trucks, but -he didn't
think they were any good on the
front" ,
While the business men were plan
ning a fight on the safeguards little
Willie Gruber, 9 years old, was writh
ing upon a Deu at nis borne, 2141
Roscoe st, suffering from crushing
injuries he had received a few hours
before when an Armour & Co. truck
ran over him in front of his home.
He died just about the time the
Hotel Sherman meeting was over.
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El Paso, Tex., Nov. 2. Twenty
eight Mexican de facto soldiers form
ing escort of train on Mexican Cen
tral railway line were butchered in
cold blood, 400 passengers were lined
up and robbed, and a German subject
neaten Rpnsfiiess nv va hi vi nstn han.
dits at Laguna last Monday, when
the railway line was cut by Villistas.
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Muncie, Ind., Nov. 2. Three young
school girls were probably fatally
hurt, Peter Knoth, driver of a school
hack, badly injured and 17 other
school children less seriously hurt
when a line car on the Portland divi
sion of the Indiana Union Traction
Line crashed into the school hack at
Como, near Portland. Ind, .

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