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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 17, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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opinion and are therefore willing to give District Attor
ney Wilkerson and State's Attorney Hoyne all the in
formation their BOOKS show.
That is ,they have been convinced by their legal
sharks that there is no way the LAW can get at them.
This may be so.
BUT PUBLIC OPINION WHEN THOROUGHLY
AROUSED IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY LAW
ON THE STATUTE BOOKS.
And whether or not Wilkerson and Hoyne can send the FOOD HOCS
to jail, I suggest that they GIVE TO THE PUBLIC ALL THE INFORMS
TJON THEY GET ON THE SUBJECT OF FORESTALLING AND HOLD
ING FOOD FOR A RISE.
Possibly THE PEOPLE CAN FIND A REMEDY even if the LAW can't;
and if the laws we have now won't save the people from robbery by the
FOOD TRUST, then public opinion may be able to force the passage of .
REAL laws for public protection from food gamblers.
As Gilson Gardner puts it, Redfield Is convinced that "there is an irre
sistable economic law which will boost prices whether statutes like it or
"not; that the man who sees a future demand and holds his product so as to
market it at the largest margin of profit may be a speculator, but he is a
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN."
And Redfield -figures it out that the war abroad means a larger con
supmption of food products and hence a larger future demand for OUR food
products, assisted by a shortage of crops- abroad and the destructiveness of
war.
Redfield also figures it out that the foreign demand for OUR food
stuffs will become so strong that oversea transportation will quickly be re
stored. Gardner writes, from what he finds out at Washington, that within a
week commerce on the Atlantic will be moving freely in British, French,
Belgian, Italian, Norwegian and Dutch ships, to say nothing of the few
ships that may be hurriedly bought and sailed under the American flag.
Great Britain and France have practically freed Atlantic commerce
now .by bottling up the German fleet in the North Sea, and it is comparative
ly safe to transport foodstuffs and merchandise between American and
English ports.
The meaning of all this is that our FOOD-HOARDERS in this country
are holdingfor the foreign demand, knowing they can ship to Europe safely,
and will make US PAY THE PRICES THEY CAN GET IN EUROPE BE
CAUSE OF THE TREMENDOUS AND UNNATURAL DEMAND.
What the FOOD HOGS are doing now is to use their powerful influence
to get OUR government at Washington to help finance this deal by straight
ening out the international credit system, by insuring the ship cargoes, pro
tecting their ships and otherwise helping them to ship OUR foodstuffs to
war-stricken Europe and then MAKING US HERE AT HOME PAY WAR
PRICES FOR WHAT OUR PEOPLE HAVE PRODUCED and what the FOOD
HOGS have grabbed and hoarded.
AND THEY WILL USE THE PEOPLE'S OWN SAVINGS TO BUY UP
THE FOOD, FOR THEY CONTROL THE BANKS THAT HOLD THE PEO-

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