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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 27, 1911, Image 3

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ments showed that one of the Na
tional Packing company subsi
diaries lost $1,500,000 in one year,
it actually made a profit of $5,
000 in the three years before the
loan was repaid.
Sidelights 'were also shown on
the amiable' way in which the
packers believed in each other to
day. Two companies, The Bimbler,
Van Wagner & Co of Newark,
N. J., and the L. M. Anthony Co.,
of Fall River, Mass., were local
companies, which were controlled
by Gustavus Swift.
When the proposal for the
combine came, one of the first
suggestions made at a meeting of
"P. O. Box 247" was' that Swift
should sell these companies to the
combine.
'"It was proposed that Mr:
Swift sell these properties so he
could not obstruct a business in
which he had "been concerned,"
said Veeder. '
"What do you mean by 'ob
struct?' " asked Attorney Butler.
"I don't know," replied Veeder,
"unless I mean 'interfere with.' "
A little more questioning by
Butler brought out that what Mr.
Veeder meant was that the .Ar
mour and Morris groups were
afraid that with these two com
panies Swift would control far
too big a part of the provision
business in the east, and might,
to put it plainly, swindle the men
with whom he was entering into
combination.
shakes fist at wheeler, accusing him of
Accepting "protection" money
Shaking his fist vindictively at
Inspector John Wheeler, his
i voice trembling with passion, Ike
Foster, former keeper of a disor
derly hotel, caused a sensation ta
day at the civil service hearing
by directly charging the suspend
ed official with accepting thou
sands of dollars of "protection"
money.
Wheeler was unmoved by the
accusation. He stared calmly at
Foster, his face expressionless. .
The sensation came in the trial
of Inspector Wheeler, Cant. Har
ding and Lieuts. Keleher, Enright
and Prim, all charged with ne
glect of duty. Foster's appear
ance was a coup of the prosecu
tion, as he had fled the city sev
eral months ago, aftep filing suit
against Wheeler and Lieut John
Bonfield, now dead.
Foster said he had received two
letters threatening death if he
appeared against Wheeler. - I
Foster in his testimony accus
ed Bonfield of coming to his
house in Hubbard court in 1908
and demanding $12 a week for
each woman inmate in return for
protection. He declared that
wheeler was in on the "split" of
the graft. Foster said when his
place was closed he had accused
Wheeler of getting his money.
He then appealed to Detective
William McCarthy, who said:
"See me; I am it. Neither
Wheeler nor anvbodv else will

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