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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 15, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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out how much food the FOOD TRUST has hidden in cold
storage to hold for higher prices and make the people of
this country pay war prices while not engaged in war.
That will strike at the very heart of the trouble.
The game of the FOOD HOGS AND FORE
STALLERS is to fix the price at which the producer must
sell in times when production is big buy up the food
and place it in cold storage, to hold it there until it can be
placed on the market at greatest profit to the FOOD
ffOGS '
For example, When hens are laying their best and prices would be lowl
to the consumer if there were no artificial manipulation of the market, the
FOOD HOGS buy up the eggs, place them in cold storage, market their left
overs at prices fixed by themselves and keep fresh eggs practically off .the
market.
In this manner they keep the Chicago public, and the people of large
cities all over the country, feeding on cold storage eggs the year around.
And they can regulate the supply to suit their own purposes.
It is practically the same with fruit, meats and vegetables.
It is believed now that the cold storage warehouses of Chicago are
packed to capacity with food, and that the FOOD HOGS are letting it out
only so fast as they think is necessary to keep control of the price.
The moment there was a foreign demand because of the war, prices
began to jump here at home. The PEOPLE HAD TO PAY whatever price
the FOOD HOGS saw fit to make them pay.
Then when the people get mad all over when they see the prices soar
ing, the newspapers hand them a fine bunch of fairy tales about retailers,
shortage of cattle, producers holding back, the law of supply and demand
and that sort of bunk.
We get nice interviews with such FOOD HOGS as J. Ogden Armour,
telling the people to keep calm and not get excited, that everything will turn
out right, etc.
BUT THE PEOPLE KEEP ON PAYING HIGH PRICES, AND SO DO
THE WHOLESALERS AND RETAILERS.
That talk about supply and demand might go down if it were not for
, the fact that the FOOD HOGS control the working of the law, and by abso
lutely controlling the SUPPLY all the year around can keep SUPPLY always
'behind demand, and the cost of living steadily on the increase.
NOW IS THE TIME TO FIND OUT ABOUT THAT SUPPLY. HOW
MUCH FOOD IS IN COLD STORAGE? ARE THE WAREHOUSES BULG
JNG WITH HOARDED FOOD, HELD FOR WAR PRICES?
ARE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY TO BE FORCED TO COM
PETE WITH WAR-CURSED EUROPE FOR THAT HOARDED FOOD?
ANYHOW, LETS FIND OUT ABOUT THE SUPPLY.
LET UNCLE SAM SEARCH EVERY COLD STORAGE WAREHOUSE
IN THE COUNTRY AND FIND OUT HOW MUCH FOOD IS HOARDED,
,AND WHO THE FOOD HOGS ARE THAT HOARDED IT,

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