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' FOOD HOGS THE TARGET FOR
SOME FIERCE ATTACKS
Food hogs found themselves the
target for some fierce attacks today.
The people, thoroughly aroused at
the food jugglery of the past ten days,
are up in arms. District Attorney Wil
kerson, State's Attorney Hoyne and
f the Municipal Market Commission
have all taken steps that may lead to
serious trouble for the men respon
sible. Both Wilkerson and Hoyne will get
after the cold storage houses.
Attorneys representing the beef
trust conferred with Wilkerson. They
said they would open their books to
the district attorney and let him see
' the record of all recent shipments.
Wilkerson made the following
statement to the press:
"The price situation is a vastly dif
ferent one from all others the govern
ment has encountered.
"We have prosecuted trusts as
price fixers. We have won and lost.
Unlike other monopoly prosecutions
which have consumed Jong months of
inquiry and trial, this will be a terse
but rigid one. We will have the goods'
on the guilty persons before a few
days will have passed, by, because in
this case prices have soared beyond
measure within a few days. The ter
rible holocaust in Europe a world
calamity is the pillar upon which
the price raisers' stand.
"And it will be necessary to learn
only that within a few weeks prices
were boosted far beyond their level,
while the costcdid not increase corre
spondingly, to fix the guilt.
"Heretofore great corporations
haled into court as trusts, price fix
ers and competition tiflers, have us
ed the plea that they were -organized
as a matter of economy; that by com
bining they have eliminated expense
and waste. But not so here."
Hoyne's investigators, workingun
der Joseph P. Geary, uncovered some
very serious information in regard to
cold storage houses.
They found ton? and tons of food ,
In Chicago cold storage houses which
should have been sent out on the
They found pork, which sailed the
highest proportionately, stowed away
while the packers were asking 10
cents a pound over the normal prices.
Most of this information Geary is
holding back until Hoyne orders, it
produced before the grand jury, but it
is admitted that it is very strong.
The Municipal Market Commis
sion, of which Aid. James H. Lawley
is chairman, is proceeding with their
investigation. A meeting will be held
late this afternoon when the present
crisis will be discussed and the es
tablishment of a public market urged.
Frederick Rex, secretary of the
commission, has just returned from a
trip through the west. He win tell
of the advantages of the public mar
kets of Montreal and Boston where
stable products such as flour and
meats are sold at approximately 25
per cent cheaper and fruits at 50 per
cent cheaper than sold at the com
Ass't Corporation Counsel Leon
Hornstein will represent the legal de-.
partment of the city at the commis
sion hearing. Wilkerson and Hoyne
may also be present.
Investigators from Hoyne's are
confining most of their attention to
the cold storage houses. They find
that sugar and fish is also hoarded up.
Health Commissioner George B.
Young will be asked why the cold
storage ordinance was never put in
effect This ordinance directs that all
foodstuffs be labeled the day they
are placed in storage.
Aid. Lawley says there is still $24,
800 left out of the special $25,000
fund of the Commission on Unem
ployment. He believes the money
should be used to start five pubhc
The chief cashier in the State Bank
of Sweden is Miss Signe Bergman.
Miss Bergman is president of the
Swedish Society of Woman Suffrage