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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 22, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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a dozen for eggs during the next two
weeks, and that we ask the co-operation
of all women seriously interested
in reducing the cost of living."
Committees were nameU to carry
the fight into the various women's
organizations that are now playing
such a prominent part in the life of
Chicago. '
"Last year when the price of eggs
went up," said Mrs. Bley, "we held
an egg sale. JThis year we cannot do
it because the wholesaler is at fault,
and not the retailer, The wholesalers
offered us eggs at 32 cents a dozen
this year If we bought the eggs in
carloads. Last year we were able to
get the eggs from the wholesalers at
20 cents a dozen."
While the women were taking up
the question of the cost of eggs the
Chicago Market Commission, ap
pointed recently by Mayor Harrison,
met in the City Hall and discussed
plans of reduction.
And it remained for Jom O'Leary,
whose knowledge of life amd the cost
of living has always been over
shadowed by his old reputation, to
hand out the real hot shots of the
meeting.
O'Leary has been running a public
market out on the South S$de lately
and has picked up some valuable
ideas. Also he has learned that any
dealer who tries to reduce the cost
Of foodstuffs is forced to 'fight against
an organized opposition.
"Thanksgiving turkeys should not
cost over 20 cents a pound," said
O'Leary. "But they are selling all
over the city at 25 cents a pound for
gobblers and old turkeys and 28
cents a pound for the tender spring
birds. There is no reason in the
w6rld why these same turkeys, if
bought at a municipal market, direct
from the producer, without the ever
lasting graft of the middleman,
.jhould not be purchased at 20 cents
a pound and not more than 22 cents
for springers!
"Since my South Side market has
been started it "has been demon-1
strated that green produce and the
regular truck farm goods can be
bought at from 20 to 50 per cent
lower than the regular retail grocery
rate. The one market out there has
proven a boon to thousands of the
poor families from the district back
of the stockyards and this one ex
ample should be a spur to this com
mission to start markets all over the
city.
"You'll find the greatest opposition
friJm the Retailers' Association, who
tried to put me out of business and
f even threatened to
who patronized my market. "
The commission is trying to prove
that the city council should pass an
ordinance establishing three munici
pal markets. Sol Westerfield, repre
senting the Retail Grocers' Associa
tion, announced that his organiza
tion would "have something to say"
before the ordinance went through.
He tried to inferentially warn the
commission that business interests
would fight the establishment of
municipal markets.
Fred A. Curtis said that city con
sumers paid 40 a ton for garden
truck growir in Cook county and the
producers were paid only $4 a ton.
He produced data to prove this.
Mrs. C. Franklin Leavitt pointed
to the success of the Los Angeles
public market which had 60 per cent
reduction in the pjice of foodstuffs.
A series of Wednesday afternoon
meetings will be held by the commission.
Washington, D. C, Nov. 22. Att'y
Gen.-McReynolds will s'tart an inves
tigation into the causes of the ad
vanced cost of living. As a start he
will try to find if there is conspiracy
to restrain trade among cold storage
men.
Chicago packers are said to be the
worst offenders and the government
may again lock horns with the beef
barons. It is said that even if a con
spiracy is not found the big dealers
will he prosecuted on account of the
blacklist any one
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