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MARCH 1 TO BE TRIAL OF DUMMY
OWNER OF PACKERS' MILLS
Louis C. Ehle, dummy owner of a
$3,000,000 string of cotton oil mills,
secretly owned by the Armour-Swift-Morris
packing companies, goes to
trial March 1 on charges of embez
zlement and forgery. Judge Petit set
date for trial yesterday.
The trial may bring evidence show
ing all the drops, slides and trap
doors by which a big corporation uses
a confidential man.
One of the embezzlement indict
ments hangs on the testimony of
Henry Veeder and Albert Veeder, two
attorneys for Armour & Co. The
charge is that Ehle was given a check
for $615 by Sara A. Burns, a client,
to turn over to" the attorneys, but he
failed to do so.
The forgery charge hangs on evi
dence from theFort Dearborn Na
tional bank and the Merchants Loan
& Trust Co., the latter known as a
Marshall Field bank and the former
as a stockyards bank.
While these charges hang over
Ehle in criminal court, the beef trust
is under attack by Arba N, Water
man, a creditor of Ehle, in civil action
in the superior court. Waterman
claims he loaned Ehle $42,000 be
cause he understood Ehle was owner
and operator of a $3,000,000 string of
cotton on mills in Texas and Arkan
sas. A report by R. G. Dun & Co., de
scribing Ehle as a real millionaire
magnate of indusctry, standing well
at the banks and always good cash
pay, is part of the Waterman evi
dence. Waterman, who is a former
circuit judge of Cook county, wants
to know how and why the Armour-Swift-Morris
companies, the real
owners of the cotton oil mills, ever
permitted such a report on Ehle to
Judge Waterman claims Ehle had
a personal bank account of $200,000
in Chicago, and on March 26 the Ar-mour-Swift-Morxis
-combine todk this ,
bank account away from him. -Itwasi
at this time, too, that a trapdoor was ,
sprung on Ehle and he fell out oU
place as president, owner and "heavy-
guy" of 15 cotton oil mills and 75
gins, besides warehouses, real estate,!
etc., etc f
Before Ehle started in on his jobj
as cotton oil magnate he secretly
signed papers called declarations ot
trust, to be held by the Armour-
Swift-Morris crowd. These papers r
gave the stockyards crowd teh cau
on Ehle. Though Ehle was out hi'
front traveling as Louis C. Ehle, prop
rietor of the Louis C. Ehle Ofl Mills,
Not Inc., the beef trust could at any
time drop him. They did this in March
last year. Why they did it, Judge
Waterman wants them to explain. ,
Clarence Darrow, attorney for
Ehle, intimated today that he may
during the trial of Ehle bring out sen
sational facts bearing on how the
beef packers, at a time when they
were under prosecution by the fed
eral government as a combination in
.restraint of trade, were using a
dummy to keep the public from
knowing the true ownership of the
GLEAMS FROM THE BRIGHT
"New brooms sweep clean,"
So the ancient proverb goes .
New men work best,
As everybody knows.
But new wives idle are;
They'd rather bill and coo.
Old wives soop best,
I've found this so. Have you?.
Look Jt up in the dictionary. W3
The Barber "Your hair is coming
out on top, sir."
The Crank "Good! I knew it was
in me. Now, for goodness' sake don't
talk to it, or it will crawl back again,"