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ALDERMAN TO ASK FOR MUNICIPAL COAL-YARD-$85,000,000
WORTH OF EGGS IN STORAGE
sloner is to protect? the health of the
city to keep down its mortality rate.
Aid. John C. Kennedy will intro
duce in the city council this after
noon a resolution calling, for the
opening of city-owned coal and wood
yards as a blow at the coal barons
who are-"stinging" the people.
Kennedy will also call for a report
to be made on the success of munici
pal coal plants in other cities where
they have been tried. The exposure
of the coal hogging game by the pub
lic utilities com'n will be cited to
show the need for municipal yards.
Intimations that the Elgin Board
of Trade, regulator of the prices of
butter and eggs, may be held for con
tempt of court was made at the office
of U. S. Dist Att'y Clyne today. Clyne
has made an investigation of the re
port that commission men were fix
ing the' nation-wide price of butter
in violation of a restraining order is
sued in 1914 by. Federal Judge Lan
dis. Eighty-five million dollars' worth
of foodstuffs was found hoarded up
by food gamblers in fQur of Chicago's
cold storage houses. The discovery
was made by Health Com'r rtobert
sOn and his staff of health inspectors.
And, in the meantime, the predic
tions are freely made that eggs will
soon reach 60 cents a dozen, butter
more than 60 cents ,a pound and
-other foodstuffs will go to record
breaking prices. Jim Wetz, "king of
eggs,", confidently prophesies that
the price he will get for hoard of
eggs will make him rich for the rest
of his Ifle.
Robertson discovered the foodstuff
while on the lookout for rotten eggs
Saturday. It is said some of the eggs
have been held in storage by the
gamblers since Feb., 1915. Robert
son's report on the condition of the
eggs he found will not be reauy until
this afternoon. In discussing his
raid on the cold storage warehouses
. "The duty of the health commiar
Food is the medicine of the' well man,
quite as much as drugs are medi
cine' for the sick man. No one ques
tions our authority to see that the, A
standard of medicine is kept up and
that its price lskept within reason.
. "We are making this fight on the
rising cost of eggs, and the condi
tion of eggs largely in the interest of
the 20,000 people in the city who are
receiving the aid and advice of the
health department in their cure of
their incipient stages of consumption.
We say to every one of these per
sons: 'Eat plenty of fresh eggs and '
drink fresh milk.' It is up to usto '
see that this prescription is kept
within a reasonable price and good
condition as much as it is our duty
td" see that the price of diphtheria .
anti-toxin is kept within reach of the
poor' and its quality at the same time
maintained. Within our legal rights
we are going the limit in this fight."
Chairman O'Connell, public utili
ties com'n, who has heen investigat
ing the holding of coal on railroad
tracks for higher prices, has deter
mined to ask for a curb on the recon
signment privileges on the coal ship- .
pers. He has found that coal gam- .
biers have been using the reconsign
ment? privilege as a game to keep the
coal cars standing on the tracks until
the gamblers force the price up.
Several more women's clubs have
joined -with, the Chicago Political '
Equality league in calling a boycott
on eggs for one month, as suggested
will speak before the Woman's City. lJ
Dr. Robertson's "diet squad" is still,
plugging away on its 40 cants a day
meals. Admit they're finding it rath
er hard. Robertson says they find it
necessary to go right up to the 40
cents' mark. The "dieters" say
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