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MOTHERS ASK COUNCIL FOR AID AGAINST
FOOD HOGS MARCH TO LOOP POSTPONED
be presented to the aldermen and the
"Don't let the food hogs take the
bread and meat from out of our
mouths. Don't let the milk compa
nies steal the milk from our babies
with their high prices and big prof
its. Don't let the food speculators
force up the cost of ice, coal and veg
etables. Give us help."
This was the plea that a mother,
one of 500 who. crowded Hodcarriers'
halftoday, made to Mayor Thompson
and the city council of Chicago.
When she was through speaking
the women present voted into being
the Mothers' League of Chicago
just plain housewives who can't
stand the pressure of high prices any
They didn't parade to the City Hall
as they had planned, because the
newspapers had done their best to
make a bloody riot of such an affair
by making it appear that the police
department would be defied by these
women. They took the more orderly
course of organizing, so that they
can get a permit to parade.
The date for the monster hunger
march, to show Chicago's govern
ment how the West Siders are suf
fering from the excessive cost of
foodstuffs, was set. It will be Satur
day and every woman In Chicago
who wants to cut the cost of food is
Invited to get into the line of protest.
The crowd of mothers who made
their way to the meeting in the wet
today was in favor of marching de
spite the pouring rain outside. Once
they rose to their feet while Mrs.
Fannie Schneid, the chairman, was
talking to them, and demanded that
they be allowed to parade as they
had been promised.
But cooler heads, seeing that the
newspapers had fomented the ill
feeling of the police toward the wom
en by predicting a riot, prevailed, and
the parade was put off a week.
Once organized, the women unani
mously passed a- set of resolutions to
mayor at the Monday meeting of the
In their resolution they ask:
That municipal markets be estab
lished, where food can be obtained
cheap and the middleman's profit be
That the city council establish coal
and ice yards where the poor may
get both these necessities at cost.
That the renting agents be headed
off in. their attempts to raise the
That each woman influence the
peddlers not to buy vegetables for a
week to break the hold of specula
tors on the market
That the council aid them in a pro
test against the move of the milk
companies to boost the cost of milk.
That the women of the city,
whether rich or poor, get behind and
aid the growth of the Mothers'
. Some of our food hogs got severe
treatment at the hands of Morris Sis
kind, editor of the Jewish World, one
of the speakers at the meeting to
day. "A fair sample of the situation was
given when the papers said that the
price of ice would be raised by the
Consumers' Co. Why?
"We have had one of the coldest
winters in history and a cold winter
means an abundance of ice. But they
shove the price way up anyway.
It's simply ibecause they have con
trol of the ice business of the city.
They are so influential that the city
council and the administration won't
touch them. So they get away with
the price boosting and unless you
women make a public protest there
will never be a word 'said against it,
forthe newspapers are on their side.
"Don't think for a minute that the
papers are for you. They are not
They slighted our meeting today jin-