Mail Tribune 100, June 17, 1919
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
June 17, 1919
MORE KILLED BY ACCIDENTS THAN BY BULLETS IN WAR
All the railroads comprising the Northwestern and Central Western Regions, consisting of 115 railroads with nearly 150,000 miles of track, are staging what is known as a “No Accident Week” from June 22nd to 28th inclusive.
The United States railroad administration will endeavor to operate these railroad systems during that week without any accident of any kind.
The employees will cooperate and do all they can to avoid injuring anyone, but in turn, they ask for the cooperation of the public.
Don’t try to steal a ride on a train, you may fall under or between cars and be ground to death.
If you are a passenger in a train don’t put heavy articles in the overhead racks above you, or above other passengers as vibration of the car may cause it to fall and injure party underneath. Avoid putting them in the aisles. When you walk through the aisle don’t stumble on a suitcase or ladder which may be in the aisle.
Be careful in closing doors so they won’t mash your hand or finger.
Do not try to raise or lower a window, you may get a mashed finger. Ask the trainmen to do this for you.
In getting on or off a train, first wait till it comes to a full stop, then be sure you won;t make a misstep and sprain you ankle by fall or otherwise.
Do not at any time stand on or near the track at stations or elsewhere. Do not stand in vestibules between cars when train is moving.
In driving over a crossing, be sure your way is clear. One miscalculation may cause your death. Stop, look and listen, be safe, don’t take a chance as the cemeteries now have a much greater population of chance takers by about 100 percent than they should have. Be sure your car is in good condition as to oil supply, steering gear, running gear and brakes, so you will not stall on the track at a critical time.
Statistics reveal that while during the nineteen months of war there were 56,227 Americans killed and 200,000 injured in the war, while here in the United States of America in peaceful occupations during that same period in factories, manufacturing plants, on the streets, on buildings, on railroads, etc., there were 126,654 men, women and children killed and 2,000,000 injured. The casualty list therefore reveals that during the period stated one man, woman and child was either killed or injured in peaceful occupation every time the clock ticked off 23 seconds. The killed if laid shoulder to shoulder would require a trench 48 miles long.