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CLYNE PROBES REPORT THAT "FOOD HOGS"
ARE HOLDING BACK MEAT
vjflotfpersistent rumor that "meat
ho"gs" are .storing up beef in large
quantities to prevent the meat from
being unloaded on thV-market to re
duce prices has reached the ears of
U. S. Dis't Att'y Charles Clyne. An
investigation may be made.
That the meat barons have been
filling the warehouses for weeks with
beef which they intend holding until
the ravages of the foot and mouth
disease or an open market in Europe
effect a shortage here has been the
gossip in provision circles.
The thousands of heads of cattle
that have been slaughtered through
out Illinois and the middle states have
not affected the beef market yet, it is
claimed. Export shipments to the
warring European countries whicr
the packers expected to be large have
not been made because of Britain's
declaring such cargoes contraband.
Instead of placing the beef on sale J
the packers are loading it into the
storage houses, it is said, where it
will be held until it will sell at higher
These will come when shipments
to Europe are made possible or when
the market again becomes short be
cause of the cattle disease.
Dis't Att'y Clyne declared that the
rumor had reached him. No evidence
has yet been presented.
AjSpecific instance -of storing away
beer was reported today. Thirty car
loads of dressed beef were said to
havje' been run into the building of
the Western Cold Storage Co.
Cy lu Krum, secretary of the cold
storage company, refused to say how
much beef was stored in the ware
hdtisfe. He did admit that the West
ernCokl Storage Co. had more in
"Conditions with us are normal,"
saicrKrum. "Handling beef is not un
usual with us.
"The foot and mouth disease has
resiiftedoir larger stocks of,mat than j
usual being on hand in Chicago."
"Hoarding" of beef has been in
vestigated several times, but without
apparent effect. A great rise in prices
about eight months ago and public
sentiment brought on an investiga
tion, which soon wavered and died.
About six years ago when money
was very "tight" the price of beef
took a skyward tilt.
Special investigators were rushed
here from Washington and without
the knowledge of the people a thor
ough quiz was made. The results of
this never came before the public.
WAR COST BREAKS RECORDS,
SAYS LLOYD GEORGE
New York, Feb. 23. After the war
a lasting peace, but at a cost that will
stagger belief. The first full year of
the present war will cost Great Brit
ain two and a half billion dollars, in
addition to its cost in human lives.
That is the opinion of England's
financial expert, David Lloyd George,
chancellor of the exchequer. In an
interview granted to Henry Beech
Needham, the American writer, copy
righted by him and printed in the cur
rent issue of Collier's Weekly, the
chancellor admits that all records for
cost of warfare already have been
NEIGHBORS' GOSSIP CAUSES
Mrs. Anna Dabinske, 1757 Wilmot
av., forced poison down the throats
of her two children and then attempt
ed to kill herself last night
Lying on a hospital cot the mother
moaned her story in Polish. An in
terpreter was sent for and Mrs. Da
binski told how gossiping neighbors
and a neglectful husband drove her
to commit the act She was absent
minded and often took things from
the homes of neighbors, which she
later returned. Her children are in,
a serious condition.
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