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mands it made the demands less than
was at first intended, so that the milk
dealers would be able to pay the in
creased price and still make a big
profit without raising the price on
"We knew what profits the big
companies were making, and we
knew they could pay us the $1.55 a
hundred pounds we wanted and still
make much more money than the av
erage business man," said a member
of the Milk Producers' ass'n. "There
is no excuse for a raise in the price,
of milk to Chicago consumers."
But the public must buy milk. Even
if it is sold for 15 cents a quart milk
would have to be bought
The dealers know this. The public
will not stand for a raise, however,
unless there is an apparent cause.
When the farmers boost the price a
little, the dealers figure they can get
away with another cent-a-quart raise
on the consumer, and they slap on
the raise and explain it was necessary
to their profits.
The increase the farmers ask
amounts to seven-tenths of a cent a
quart. If the dealers raise the retail
price a cent a quart they will be mak
ing a profit of three-tenths of a cent
a quart, in addition to the big profit
they are already supposed to be get
ting. It was reported today that Bow
man would sign with the farmers to
night The Milk Producers' ass'n today
offered to furnish free milk to hos
pitals and homes where there are ba
bies and invalids if the health dep't
would see that it was delivered.
When Health Com'r Robertson
was asked what he intended to do
about this offer he said:
"I can't do anything about that
right now, I'm too busy. The deal
ers and producers are going to con
fer in my office right away. They
want me present with them."
Many babies went milkless today,
it was reported.
Representatives of Borden, Bow-,
man and R. B. Swift of the farmers
held a secret conference in Robert
son's office today.
"When you consider our demands,"
said R. W. Sherburne of the produc
ers' ass'n, "you must remember the
price of all cattle feeds have gone
up, while the prices we have gotten
for our products have not advanced
in years. We have been selling milk
at the same old figure, while con
densed milk companies are getting
50 per cent more than at the begin
ning of the war. Other milk pro
ducts have gone up in proportion."
Petitions for injunctions were filed
in county and federal courts to stop
the farmers from conniving o keep
their good milk from the dairies
which will not pay the prices asked.
The strike is the result of long- .
continued efforts on the part of the
dealers of the city to force down the
price of raw milk. Conditions were
so bad that many farmers fed their
milk to the pigs rather than hand it
over to the city dealers at their
The farmers organized themselves
and, when their contracts ran out, re
fused to renew at the old prices.
Then war started.
London. Rich Chinese province
of Kwang-Tung, of whjch Canton is
capitof, has declared its indepen
dence, according to Reuter's cable
gram from Shanghai.
Washington. To insure against
miscarriage of shipments of explo
sives into Mexico, all such ship
ments must be approved at the White
House before being forwarded.
Havana. Hipolito Villa, brother of
Pancho Villa, arrested here several
weeks ago at request of American
government, released at order of the
secretary of the interior.
Mobile, Ala. Hydro-aeroplanes or
dered out to hunt for big observation
balloon which was ripped from its
moorings at navy aviation grounds
at Pensacola, Fla., in gale,