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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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SOUTH WATER STREET CLIQUE
DENOUNCED AS PRICE BOOSTER
With thousands of bushels of good
ripe apples rotting on the ground or
going into cider mills at a cent a
pound, they are selling as high as
four for a quarter in Chicago to
day. That was the statement of
Henry D. Coglan, lawyer and farmer
of Benton Harbor, Mich., before the
council1 health committee yesterday.
The South Water street clique
which regulates the prices to the
farmers and keeps fruit and vege
tables off the market so as to force
prices- up and make more profits was
denounced by Coglan.
"I let my apples fall to the ground
from the trees," said Coglan. "Then
I scooped them up and sent them to
a cider mill at 1 cent a pound. If I1
had shipped them into Chicago I
would have been forced to sell them
at a loss, because the South Water
street bunch control things so well.
"There are $300 worth of grapes
on my vines going to waste because
it would not pay me to "pick them for
the price I would get from the thieves
who control the market
"If I sent my well-bred chickens to
the Chicago market I would get the
same price for them as any cheap
fowl. But the chicken merchants of
S. Water street regrade them and sell
the better one's at fancy prices. I
'couldn't get a cent more for a valu
able chicken.
"There is a gang of thieves about
100 of them that congregate on the
streets of Benton Harbor every
morning. They have already agreed
on prices for fruits and poultry and
the farmer who drives In with a load
mus either hand it over at their price
or let it rot on the street.
"Meanwhile the poor people can't
afford to buy fruit in Chicago. Some
thing should be done. We need direct
markets. The speculators are get
ting all the profit from foods. They
are causing high prices."
The council committee tried to
get a peek at the conditions in stor
age warehouses to see if speculators
in meats, eggs, poultry and butter
weer holding, food from the market
until prices were high.
The only figures Dr. J. R. Robert
son could give were the ones furnish
ed by the warehouses themselves.
These showed there was less food in
storage now than last year at this
time. t
U. S. Att'y Clyne was invited to
the next meeting of the committee
and any evidence the, aldermen have
will be handed him.
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TWO WOMEN AND MAN KILLED
IN JOY RIDE AUTO
Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 3. As
the culmination to a night's hilariy
two young women and a married
man were instantly killed and a man
was injured when an automobile in
which the party was traveling
plunged down an embankment and
turned over. The bodies of the three
dead persons and the injured driver
lay pinned beneath the machine for
nearly fourhours before the accident
was discovered.
The dead: Fted Brandt, St Paul;
Mabel Sigstad, South Minneapolis;
Ida Sigstad, her sister.
The injured man is B. C. Nelson,
in whose car the four were travel
ing and who was at tne wheel at the
time.
The accident occurred when Nel
son turned his machine up on Min
nehaha blvd. from 46th avenue .
south. Misjudging the width of the
boulevard, he swung too far to the
left and the left wheel of the car
went off the roadway, threatening to
drag the auto over a six-foot em
bankment Nelson turned the wheel
sharply and for more than 100 feet
the car plunged ahead, balanced on
the ridge of the road. Then it top
pled over and pinned the occupants
beneath it.
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El Paso. Anxiety felt for safety
of nine Americans at Parral, report
ed captured by yyiistas, Oct 31

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