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Well bow down their necks for the
stroke, because they are going to
' That seems to be the way the
testimony of the "Little .Father
of the Steel Business" figures up
BOOKS AND RECORDS OF BEEF BARONS DISAPPEAR
MOST MYSTERIOUSLY AND CONVENIENTLY
"Button, button, who's got the
Thta's about what today's ses
sion of the trial of the "beef barons,
By duces tecum proceedings
taken last night, the government
has forced the iproduction in
court of day . books, journals,
stock books, price memoranda
and cost sheets from the vaults of
Morris & Co.
But strange to say, such books
as were produced failed signally
to give the government what in
formation it desired.
In fact, as- District Attorney
Wilkerson commented today, -the
packers seem to have done with
out bookkeeping on all vital
points since the days of the grand
jury investigation of 1905.
They have kept cabalistic mem
oranda, totally ununderstandable
to outsiders,, and indeed so painfully-
crytic that -several of their
own employes have on the stand
failed to comprehend their
But bookkeeping, as the. term
is ordinarily understood, seems
to have been given up by the de
fendants as too costly a method
of doing illegal business, after
the grand jury investigation.
Wilkerson today spent hours
trying to find out from the trust
ed accountants of Morris & Co.
what had become of certain rec
ords that figured prominently be
fore the grand' jury.
On such subjects, the minds of
Harry A. Timmins and Emil W.
Schmutz were perfect blanks.
They did 'not recall the books
at all at 'first, and when their tes
timony before the,grand jury was
produced and dangled before
their eyes, they suffered greatly,
and remembered the records, but
had not the slightest idea of what
had' happened to them.
The government is trying to
prove the conspiracy charge by
connecting up the pricing system
,of the various papking houses.
Which perhaps explains the mys
terious "hegira" of the records
as well as anything else.
Wilkerson, finally, asked
Schmutz to go to his office and
see i fhe could uncover any of the
actual bookkeeping documents of
the beef department of Morris
Schmutz shook his head mourn
fully a sone who would say, "I
fear me I go on a wildgoose chase'
but left the courtroom obedient-
Meantime, all is not peace with
in the ranks of the packers.
There was considerable agita
tion when Wilkerson yesterday
produced the sworn testimony of
employes ot the Armour and
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