WE'RE LONG WAY FROM REAL
FAMINE, SAYS ROBERTSON
S,tacked in storage houses In Pack
ingtown is at least 100,000,000
pounds of beef, pork, ham and bacon,
according to Health Com'r Robert
son. We're a long ways from "fam
ine," says the doc, who promises to
give statistics soon on local food
Will potatoes tumble in price? Yes,
say commission men. Boycott re
ducing consumption and fresh ship
ments increasing supply.
Rice at 3 cents a pound, all that
Chicago can use, was offered Mayor
Thompson yesterday in telegram
from Southern Rice Growers' ass'n
of Beaumont, Tex. He wired back
for samples of such a cheap food.
OPERA STAR PAINFULLY HURT
IN AUTOMOBILE CRASH
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Mme. Schumann-Heink, famous
opera singer, is ill in St Louis fol
lowing an accident in which her au
tomobile and a street car collided.
Two of her ribs were broken "and. a
JANITOR'S WIFE BLAMES GAS
CO. FOR DEATH BLAST
Coroner Peter M. Hoffman, at the
inques't yesterday, scored Morris
Feldman, janitor, in connection with
the gas explosion in the 14th pL
apartment house a few weeks ago.
Feldman had testified that he had
noticed gas escaping in the building
on several occasions. "On Jan. 28
I smelled gas stronger than ever,"
"Did you notify the owner of the
building?" asked Hoffman.
"I asked my wife to," said Feld
man. Then Hoffman jumped on him.
"You might have saved these four
teen lives that were lost," he said.
Mrs. Feldman, the janitor's wife,
then tossed the blame on the Peo
ples Gas Light and Coke Co. "I re
ported the leak to "the gas company
several times," she said, "and em
ployes tried to fix it by stuffing soap
into the leak and by wrapping tape
around the pipe."
She- testified that the day before
the blast an intoxicated employe of
the'gas company appeared to fix the
leak, talked roughly to her and never
returned to keys she gave him to
open the basement.
The inquest was continued Mon
day afternoon until Wednesday
morning. Jurors will visit the scene
of the blast
FEDERAL H. C. L. RELIEF
Washington, Feb. 27. Resolution
introduced in senate by Sen. Borah
would appropriate $6,000,000 to be
expended by the president in aiding
local authorities to furnish food and
clothing to the needy. Also provides
for investigation of high prices.
Freight car situation much Im
proved. New York. Bill will be introduced
in legislature empowering city to
purchase foods for sale at cost.
Charles Brinkman, 70, 538 Liberty
st, found dead by gas.
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