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UNCOVERED BLAME MIDDLEMAN
stores ask from 75 cents to a dollar
Eggs, 23 cents a dozen.
Jonathan apples, 75 cents alsushel.
Potatoes, 10 cents a bushel.
These are not the prices of things
from the farm ten years ago, stuck
at the headr.of the story to serve as a
contrast "with what your grocer is
asking you for these things today.
These are the prices a Chicago man J
paid for these things this week.
R. C. Toomhs of Toombs fe'Dailey,
farm mortgage lean and investment
dealers, 405Continental & Commer
cial Bank bldg., got a barrel of apples
from his mother inWInfield, Kan.,
today. In her letter to Toombs the
mother said she had bought the ap
ples fine Jonathans at a-Winfield
retail store for 75 cents a bushel.
The same kind of apples are selling
in Chicago for $3 a bushel.
Toombs got eggs from Atlanta, EL,
by parcel post, direct from the farm
and strictly fresh, for ' 23 cents 'a
dozen. Guaranteed fresh eggs may
be had from 40 to 45 cents a dozen in
Mr. Daily of the Toombs & Daily
firm yesterday received a letter from
friends in Montana saying the farm
ers were feeding their potatoes to
the hogs or letting them rot in the
ground because they couldn't fpt
enough for them to pay for hitching
up a team and hauling them to the
railroad. And did you ever see a
Montana potato? When cooking for
a family of three you don't cook po
tatoes, you cook a potato, men you
can have potato cakes for breakfast
continental railroad advertises itself
as the "Baked Potato Route' be
cause its road runs through the Mon
tana potato country. It serves baked
potato, with every meal on its dining
"In Winfield, Kan., ypu can today
buy apples in the grocery stores for
as low as 35 cents, a bushel good
apples," said Toombs today. "'The'
for the fancy, hand-picked apples."
"Maybe- the railroad freight
charges account for the difference
between 75 cents a bushel in Kansas
and ?3 per here," suggested the re
"The freight charges do no such
thing," replied .Toombs. "For this
shipment of a single barrel the Santa
Fe charged me at the j-ate of 91 cents
a hundred pounds. Apples shipped in
carload lots would certainly secure a
rate much lower than this.( -
"It's the commission man who is
getting the big gob of coin. Between''
the, Kansas, Dlfnois or Michigan apple
grower and tie consumer their is
often a difference of about $2.50 'a
bushel. The middleman is the man
"If carloads of cabbages and pota-
toes are being held In- Chicago rail
road yards to keep the market up,
as government agents have declared
is being done, then mark my word,
itis the commission man who is hav
ing them held. He would rather
pay demurrage to the railroad com
panies on the idle cars and let the
products rot than release themv on
the market and' cause drop in the
high prices of cabbage and potatoes.
These commission men are doing
two great evils, they are forcing high
prices and they -are keeping railroad
cajs idle when there is such great
need for them.,
"There is but one. solution, in my
mind. That is organization of the
from what is left over. One trans- -rf aimers in manner so thorough that
they can s.weep the middleman out
"We have talked here of apples and
eggs and potatoes, but it is the same
with every farm product The mid
dle man is gettirig the big share."
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