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• Apr 8, 2019 at 8:00 PM

April 8, 1914

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1914:


C.C. Bleile and Dr. A.C. Smith seek damages aggregating $25,000

Two suits, aggregating $25,000 were filed against the Lake Shore Electric Railway Company this afternoon, in the court of common pleas, the result of the head on collision between this city and Monroeville on the afternoon of September 17 last, in which a score or more of people were injured, most of them residents of this city and Monroeville.

In the suites filed today C.C. Belize of Monroeville, deputy sheriff, and Dr. A.C. Smith of this city, are the plaintiffs. The former sues for $10,000 while the latter asks for $15,000 damages.

Deputy Sheriff Bleile had his nose broken and mashed and was cut about the head. He was laid up for some time and for weeks his face was covered with strips of heavy plaster in an effort to bring his nose back into shape again. He still carries the marks of the accident.

Dr. Smith suffered injuries to his back and some time after the accident was uable to look after the work of his profession.


Device will save gasoline

E.E. Sly, proprietor of the Woodlawn Avenue garage and machine shop, has patented and is about to place upon the market a valuable attachment to automobile machinery which will materially reduce the quantity of gasoline used in the operation of automobiles, naturally cutting the expense of operating pleasure cars.

Mr. Sly’s invention is an auxiliary air valve, operated automatically, which gives a perfect mixture of air and gas at any rate of speed the car may be running.

Mr. Sly is having the parts of the device, which can almost be concealed in the hand, manufactured in Cleveland and Toledo, assembling them in this city, where they are adjusted, packed and shipped.

The Hine-Watt Manufacturing Co. of Chicago, one of the largest automobile supply houses in the country, will handle the valve for Mr. Sly. The new device retails for a low price.


Some talk of visiting nurse

At a joint meeting of committees from the city council and city board of education with the city board of health, to be held in the council chamber Tuesday evening, April 14,  the question of a resident nurse for this city will be taken up.

The presence of a Red Cross Society nurse in this city one year ago made a favorable impression  among city officials and it is now desired to enlarge that work by having a visiting nurse in the employ of the city the year  around.


Everybody is invited

“What Norwalk Needs” is the topic to claim the attention of members of the Chamber of Commerce and others at the regular monthly meeting of the Chamber, to be held this evening in the assembly room of the fire department headquarters.

It will be the third of a series of topics of general interest to the organization, which have proved unusually interesting to all who have heard  the talks and discussions that have followed.

This evening, Mayor Martin, J.R. McKnight, president of the Chamber, and C.A. Blackman, former secretary of the Chamber, will talk on the subject after which the audience will be permitted to join in a discussion of the subject.


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