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From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, October 17, 1923: Fewer crimes have been committed in Indianapolis in the first nine months of 1923 than in any similar period in recent years despite a large increase in the city’s population according to Police Chief Herman Rikhoff. The decrease in crime may be credited to the vigilance and efforts of the officers of the police department. There have been thirty homicides during the first nine months of this year compared to forty during a similar period of 1922. Burglaries are 792 for the current year compared with 939 for the same period last year and only 111 holdups have been reported this year compared to 173 last year. More automobiles have been stolen during the first nine months of this year – 740 – compared to 623 stolen cars during a similar period last year.


“City Becoming Place of Fewer Crimes, Records for 1923 Show,” The Indianapolis News, 17 October 1923, p. 1:6

From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, October 5, 1923: Only 75 automobiles out of 1,700 cars tested by traffic police officers this week were found to have defective brakes according to Traffic Captain Michael Glenn. Motorists in a majority of the cases where automobile brakes have been found defective, have reported back to the testing officers with brakes properly adjusted. Owners of cars found with defective brakes who fail to show proof that the brakes have been properly adjusted will be reported to the accident prevention bureau, and if the automobile is involved in an accident and it is found that the motorist failed to correct any brake deficiency after being warned, this fact will be presented in evidence against the motorist. Police expect to examine all cars in Indianapolis for defective brakes at five designated testing stations during the month.


“Only 75 Brakes of 1,700 Autos Tested are Found Faulty,” The Indianapolis Star, 5 October 1923, p. 11:1

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, September 26, 1923: The Indianapolis board of school commissioners transferred nutrition work in the public schools to the city board of public health. However, the actual teaching of nutrition in all public schools will be conducted by teachers, trained in nutrition work, where it will now be taught as a regular subject. Medical examinations and health charts are to be made by the health board’s physicians and nurses which will require a corps of doctors and at least one nurse for every two school buildings to be hired by the board of health. Representatives of women’s clubs who initially had vigorously opposed the transfer later expressed an opinion that the plan may prove to be the best. Last year, two special teachers were employed by the school board to carry on the entire nutrition work.

“Health Board Gets Charge in School,” The Indianapolis Star, 26 September 1923, p. 1:2

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