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FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS AT WORK
FOOD HOGS, ANGERED, HOWL TO WASHINGTON
Dis't Att'y Wilkerson and State's
Att'y Hoyne took off their coats to
day and sailed into the food hogs.
Both are working along different
lines. Wilkerson is making a general
probe while Hoyne has his artillery
trained on the cold storage plants.
Hoyne has discovered new evi
dence which has led him to believe he
will be able to prosecute under the
Wilkerson expects to have his
grand jury probe completed and the
report sent to the attorney general
within two weeks.
Today was the day he was to start
studying the books of the packers.
He has subpoenaed the books.
The municipal market commission
will today arrange a meeting with the
unemployed commission to tak'e up
the matter of establishing the pro
posed five municipal markets.
The Commission on Unemployment
has in its treasury $24,500, which
could be used nicely to operate the
markets. It is planned right now only
to run the markets during the war so
that the food hogs can be checked.
Charles R. Crane is chairman of the
committee and Charles R. Henderson
is secretary. On the committee are
Oscar G. Meyer, Graham Taylor, R. A.
White, Ed Tilden, John J. Sonsteby,
W. H. Cruden, H. G. Adair, Frank P.
Danisch, 0. G. Finkelstein, Judson
Lee and Alderman Bowler, M. J.
Healy, Haderlein and Lawley.
If the committee does not take up
the idea an immediate call will be
made for a special session of the city
council to take up the problem.
Health Commissioner Young at the
big meeting of the market commis
sion will explain how he has been
handicapped in the enforcement of
the cold storage law by the failure
of the council to provide funds.
That meeting this afternoon on the
second floor of the city hall will be
a protest meeting of the people
against the food trust.
Public officials and private citizens,
men and women, will be there. Dis't
Att'y Wilkerson and State's Att'y
Hoyne will be there and will tell of
their investigation of the price jug
glery. Ass't Corporation Counsel Leon
Hornstein will spring a new ordinance
he has drawn up which provides for
a minimum fine of $200 for any per
son found guilty of forestalling.
Hoyne, who has confined himself
principally to cold storage houses,
will tell what he has found out about
food hoarding. The state's attorney
was surprised to find rice was being
hoarded here and then shipped to Eu
rope at cheaper prices than the people
of this country pay.
And Lo the Poor Packers Are Yelling
Like Stuck Pigs.
Chicago's stockyards crowd has let
out a howl like a stuck pig. In a
message to Sen. Ham Lewis at Wash
ington the packers bawl out that
vicious attacks are being made pn
them and "this agitation has a ten
dency to inflame the minds of the
At the same time T. E. Morris,
president of Morris & Co., sent this
message to Lewis, the chief investi
gator for State's Att'y Hoyne made
the flat declaration that some of the
stockyards crowd refuse to show him
their books on cold storage.
The message was written to
Luther M. Walter, a Chicago lawyer
now in Washington, who was to show
it to Lewis. Though signed by a
Morris Company official, Walter said
it represented the wishes of all the
packers. The message read:
"A critical situation for the indus
try is being created through state
ments being printed and which have
no facts behind them to warrant the
vicious attacks being made. Wish
you would see Senator Lewis. Advise