ARREST OF DEALER BRINGS
MATTRESS LAW TO SHOWDOWN
When the big furniture bouses of
Chicago wanted to throw every little
second-band mattress maker out of
business they sent Att'y Albert G.
Miller to Springfield. Miller came
back from the legislature with a law
which prohibits the sale of mattress
es made from second-hand material.
Very good for the big furniture
dealers. All second-hand mattresses
under this law would be thrown away
and people would have to buy brand
new ones from the furniture dealers.
One containing only new material
would cost about twice as much as a
made-over mattress. The people paid,
the little dealer lost and the big stores
But the mattress law ran into a
snag on its first trip through the
municipal courts. Oscar Weiner, second-hand
furniture dealer of South
Halsted sL, was arrested for offering
to sell a mattress which contained
The case came up before Judge
Harry Fisher. Att'y Miller, who had
lobbied for the bill, insisted on aiding
Ass't State's Att'y Harry Bailey in
prosecuting the case. He presented
a brief asking for a fine.
Judge Fisher ruled that although
he thought the law unconstitutional
and confiscatory he would fine Wei
ner ?25 and costs and let the supreme
court reverse his decision. Municipal
court judges do not like to declare
So the supreme court of Illinois is
reviewing this workmanship of Miller
and the big furniture dealers. A rul
ing against the law Is expected.
Att'y Elijah Zoline, retained by
Weiner, the second-band furniture
man, told Judge Fjsher of the absurd
ity of the mattress law.
"The purpose of this law is to do
away with the use of old mattresses
in making new ones. This business
is carried on exclusively by the small
dealers, and, purchasing old mat
tresses from rag men, they are able
to make bedding much cheaper than
furniture houses can purchase it from
big mattress makers,
"The cry of 'unsanitary materials'
was raised by the furniture dealers
when the law came before the legis
lature, but this is absurd.
"The hair, felt or whatever mate
rial is found in a second-hand mat
tress is cleaned thoroughly and then
subjected to an application of a
strong disinfectant, which renders
the material more sanitary than that
used in a new mattress."
The status of Att'y Miller in the
case is undetermined. No one seems
to know exactly whom he repre
sented, Meanwhile the people pay increased
prices for mattresses and Weiner do
nates attorney fees to contest the Jaw
in the supreme court
THE DUDES JUST WONT PLAY
THE GAME OF SOLDIER
Nothing swell about Chicago "citi
zens' army camp." Chances of get
ting real highbrows to enter the Fort
Sheridan encampment went a-glim-mering
yesterday. There will be a
bunch of common folks tnere.
The Tribune followed out its sug
gestion of sending substitutes where
you were patriotic, but not patriotic
enough to spend a month at real
work. It is going to send one man
from each department and pay his
Likewise the Hamilton club, A
fund of $1,400 was gathered and 35
men willing to learn soldiering, but
unable to pay their expenses, will
take the course at Ft. Sheridan.
The Edison Co., Gas Co., General
Electric Co. and Bowman Dairy will
send some of their hirelings to be ed
ucated in the art of war. But none j
of the swells are coming to the front.
There was real hard work for every
body at Plattsburg.
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Some dames paint their eyebrows
because they've got to draw the Una
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