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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 02, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8',
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PROBE FOR ALLEGED STRANGLEHOLD OF
CHICAGO PACKERS ON NATION'S MEAT
How six Chicago packers have
gained a stranglehold upon the meat
market of the nation; how these
packers have gained-control of th,e
stqck raising business; how they are
forcing the stock-raisers to sell cat
tle at prices that grant no profit and
are selling meat at prices so high as
to be prohibitive to the poor man, is
all told of by Congressman Boreland
of Missouri, who yesterday, in Wash
ington, introduced a resolution in
congress directing the federal trade
commission to immediately investi
gate the packers.
Rep. Boreland make accusation
that the packers of Chicago have en
tered into a conspiracy to restrict,
depress and control the bid for cattle
on the hoof and are in a conspiracy
to hold up the price of butchered
meat. In listing his charges he in
volved the firms of Armour & Co.,
Cudahy Packing Co., Morris & Co.,
Sulzberger & Sons Co., Swift & Co.
and G. H. Hammond Co.
The Boreland resolution asks the
trade commission to find out:
If packers do not control the price
paid for beef cattle?
If packers do not restrain com
merce through improper ownership
of stockyards, tanneries, refrigerat
ing lines and agreements to refrain
from competitive bidding for cattle
offered for sale in public yards?
If packers are not in agreement to
not make more than one bid on one
particular lot of cattle in order to
keep down the price by prohibiting
"The packers now own largestock
yards and are seeking to acquire oth
ers and drive all independent mar
kets out of existence," said Rep.
Boreland. "While the stock-raisers
are being squeezed by low prices on
their fat cattle, the conditions of the
market are such as to demand good
"The abominable thing is that it
relates to the prime necessity of life.
It means the empty cupboard for
many wage earners and the pauper
ization of thousands of .tenant farm
ers." o o
RAILWAY COMPANIES REFUSE
PAY RAISE TO TRAINMEN
Declaring demands of trainmen
for an 8-hour day and increased pay
for overtime to be unreasonable, the
executive committee of the Ass'n of
Western Rys. today indicated a fight
to the last ditch is in prospect if em
ployes refuse to arbitrate.
Word from representatives of the
trainmen indicates that the workers
will refuse arbitration.
The western ass'n today an
nounced that the demands of the men
if granted would entail an increase
in pay of $100,000,000, or 25 per cent.
This, it is declared, is of such mag
nitude that it cannot even be consid
ered with the present level of railway
passenger and freight rates.
OLD YOUNG WOMEN AND YOUNG
OLD WOMEN TO GO
Because they believe young girls
should not be dressed like matrons,
and old women should not dress like
girlSj Chicago clubwomen will launch
fight for dress reform when Ameri
can Federation of Womens clubs
meets in New York in May.
Mrs. Frederick A. Dow of Chicago,
general chairman of resolutions com
mittee of federation, today an
nounced the campaign.
"The slit skirt," she said, "has
given way to the split waist. Gener
ally the appearance is disgusting,
though its wearers perhaps mean "
Coroner's jury blames Northwest-
ern "L" for death of Mrs. Nettie Van
Loon, whose auto was struck by
train at grade crossing. Says new
crossing gates were out of order.