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WILSON'S WAR ON HIGH PRICES
BEGINS TO BEAR FRUIT
Washington, Aug. 14. President
Wilson's campaign against "rapid
and unwarra,nted..increase in prices
of foodstuffs upon the pretext of con
ditions in Europe" bore early fruit
Preliminary .reports from United
States district attorneys and depart-
ment of justice special agents declar
ing many price increases speculative,
unjustifiable and some bearing ele
ments of illegal conspiracy subject to
anti-trust law prosecution, began to
pour in by telegraph upon the attor
Within a week or ten days Mc
Reynolds expects to be able to sub
mit the report, requested In the pres
ident's letter yesterday, whether im
mediate report to the courts shall be
taken or a further investigation be
made jointly by the departments of
justice, commerce and agriculture.
Supplemental instructions regard
ing the price inquiry were issued to
day. It was reported that scrutiny
was ordered particularly of activities
of combined wholesalers and com
mission men, such as live stock and
grain exchanges, produce and poultry
exchanges, butter and egg markets,
fruit exchanges, vegetable "unions"
and cold storage houses.
Reports that meat, eggs, butter,
cheese and poultry dealers were de
liberately creating an artificial
"famineBy storing in cold storage
warehouses were received.
A grand jury investigation of in
creased foodstuff prices in the District
of Columbia was began in the feedral
courts here today, directed by the
United States district attorney. Local
heads of packing companies, the big
central markets, wholesale grocers
and hotel proprietors were subpoen
CLYNE FOR DISTRICT ATT'Y?
Wires are beine worked to land for
Charles P. Clyne of Aurora the job4
of district attorney, which is about to
be vacated by James H. Wilkerson.
When Wilkerson's intention to re
sign first became known it was
thought a certainty that Morgan L.
Davies, an original Wilson man and
cousin of Joseph Davies, commission
er of corporations, would be his successor.
But Gov. Dunne and Sen. Lewis are
now pulling for Clyne, who worked
hard for the election of Lewis while
a member of the legislature.
COST OF SUICIDING GOES UP AS
RESULT OF WAR
Detroit, Mich., Aug. 14. The cost
of suiciding is going up. Unless the
great European war is terminated
within the next sixty days or so citi
zens of the United States who wish
to break into the death list via the
carbolic acid route always a favor
ite will find the cost almost prohibi
tive. In fact, they probably will not
be able to obtain the drug and the
old-fashioned method of soap box,
rope and rafter will have to be called
in as a substitute.
"Never before has the drug trade
and the medical profession faced
such a serious situation as is now
developing," declared Alanson S.
Brooks, vice president of the Mich
igan Drug Co., today in discussing
the upward flight of drug prices.
"Europe furnished more than fifty
per cent of the basic drugs. Many
drugs that we must have come prin
cipally from Germany, France, Aus
tria, England and Russia. America
has great refining plants, but few pro
ducers of crude drug elements.
"The big drug firms of the United
States have supplies on hand that
probably .will last the country about
sixty days. After JEat I have no idea
where the needed- drugs can be ob
tained." Brooks pointed out that carbolic
acid, glycerine and many other drugs
are contraband of.war and probably
can not be obtained by this country
p.1 any price.