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-EXPLAINS THE BUTTER
' Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 3.
The packers, who are receiving
y daily legal thumps in the federal
court in Chicago, were indirectly
given another jolt today by the
statement of Prof. T. L. Haecker,
of the University of Minnesota,
known as the "father of dairying
in Minnesota," that he believes
manufacturers of oleomargarine
and other butter substitutes are
attempting to force the general
use of their products by buying
up the butter supply of the coun
try. Prof. Haecker said that he un
derstood for some time the large
packing interests of the country
were contracting for all the but-
ter they could get, with the evi
dent intention of extending the
consumption of butter substi
tutes. This is his explanation, in
part, of the present butter short
age and high prices in the coun
ty -Support is given to this belief
-by the fact that this week the
Swift Packing Co. at South St.
Paul, has run several excursions
of club women to its big oleo
margarine plant there, where
they were given an elaborate en
tertainment and "oleo luncheon."
. The man who invented a gun
powder should be responsible for
a great many broken hearts."
"But not so many as the man
. who invented face powder."
WHEN PACKERS WERE
According to a telegram intro
duced in the packers' trial today,
the. beef barons at one time be
lieved they were "goats," and
proceeded to justify this belief by
buttine in and hoe-ffine- the busi
ness, which is 'rather a mixed
It was shown that the trust
lowered its prices in territory
where it came into competition
With independent houses. This
came out in the record of an ex
change of telegrams between
managers of the Boston branch
of the National Packing Co. and
the local officials.
A telegram, identified by Isa
dore 'Snyder, assistant manager
of the Boston branch, was sent
from Chicago by V. H. Mun
necke. ti read:
"Cannot understand why we
are not doing better at Lowell.
It looks like we were the goat."
A reply was sent that condi
tions were very bad, and the Na
tional was being undersold by in
dependents. "We must have
flower costs," it concluded.
It was indicated that meats had
been sold in that territory at 57
cents per hundredweight below
the price fixed in the test cost
J. J. Risch, former easter head
of the National, testified that he
warned agents he would not ac
cept sales on a "minus margin,"
meaning at figures below theest
cost price, but admitted the in
structions were "bluffs," to spur
the sellers to greater efforts
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