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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 02, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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CHICAGO BABIES HIT HARDEST
BY MILK AND ICE PRICE RAISE
Between the ice companies, the
milk concerns and the hot weather
Chicago babies are having a hard
time pulling through the summer.
For the month of Julv iust Dassed all
M record's for baby deaths were shat
Hj.tered. Never in the history of Chi
PLr ftcago has any month of July equaled
BMfethat of July, 1916, in fatalities to the
IHiP youngest generation.
I" Just when evervthino- in the line of
food has taken a jump and when
poor folks can hardly afford to buy
milk and ice at any price, both of
hose necessities for babies go sky-
ard. Ice, a few days ago, advanced
ne-third and milk shot up one cent
N4.Per quart.
Rich folks should worry, but the
poorer classes and even the middle
class homes are hit hard. Instead of
something to check the appalling
deathrate of babies, the ice and milk
raise is toward making conditions
worse. Babies must have milk and
ice.
Big concerns handling both neces
sities are free with their excuses for
the advance. They claim a lack of
milk and poorer handling facilities on
one hand and a lack of wagons to
haul ice on the other hand. Also
both sides lay some blame on the ad
vance in the cost of labor. And Chi-
cago Dames, in xne meantime, con
tinue to suffer.
Big Business in the form of milk
aim iue ucuicia vault; 111 iui u. severe
raking at the hands of Health Com'r
J. D. Robertson yesterday, because
f'ttk tnev t00K advantage or tne terrible
yK-! hot spell and" boosted prices on their
F5v products.
MV "It's a shame to see a cent tacked
to me price 01 miiK ana 10 see me
cost of ice double just when the poor
need them most
"If I had the power to act there
would be some sorry milk and ice
dealers in Chicago today. At pres
ent there are no means of controlling
prices,
V
"Chicago should have some sort of
a municipal commission to regulate
the price fit foods, just as the have in
Berlin and other cities in warring
Europe.
"It's too bad that a nation must
go to war before the people in it are
protected against price boosters who
wait until their product is so neces
sary and then kite the prices.
"A municipal commission should
be given power to set the price of
food articles. If a dealer wanted to
tack on a 50 per cent increase, as
did ice dealers with remarkable
unanimity during the hot spell, he
would be forced to show a better
reason for it than I have heard.
"The penny that is added to the
milk price is not much, but when
you think of the thousands of pen
nies that the poor will have to spend
under the increased cost of milk it
does amount to something.
"Of course, the most unmerciful
boost was in the cost of ice. I re
gretted very much to see the ice men
tack on an extra 50 per cent just
when ice meant life to many poor
folk -in the slums.
"Just- how many poverty-stricken
mortals died because there was not
enough money in the house to buy
ice, we will never know. But the
raise of price certainly was bitter to
those in the poor districts."
The latest big milk firm to boost
the price to 9 cents for quart bottles
was the Bowman Dairy Co. Ira J.
Mix will follow suit today. Wanzer's
dairy is expected to do the same be
fore the week end.
The ice dealers lowered prices a bit
as the warm weather broke. They
still complain that they cannot get
men to haul their product The
shortage is their excuse for high
prices.
New York. 36 persons, 19 of them
under 16, were killed by motor ve
hicles during July. Total fatalities
since Jan. 1 are 108 for the city and
137 for the res of siate,
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