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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 16, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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HOW THE GREAT STRIKE WILL
AFFECT CHICAGO FOOD
TO LAST TEN DAYS
Here is how Chicago is braced to
meet the rail strike if it is called to
morrow night. These figures are
given after interviews with food
hogs, transportation men and city of
ficials:
Transportation. 154,000 commut
ers are dependent on suburban train
service. The Aurora, Elgin & Chi
cago and the Chicago & North Shore
Electric are planning to handle a
great deal of this number. Auto
routes will make their appearance on
the various highways to the more
populous suburbs.
Milk. Dealers claim they -will only
be able to get 60 per cent of their
present milk supply. Heajth Com'r
Konertson arranging witn surface
and suburban electrics and motor
truck hrms- to transport sufficient
milk to nourish babies. Price jump
expected.
Coal. Boss Fred Upham, price
boosting chief of the Consumers' Co.,
silent-on coal situation. Expected
to be planning making people come
across if they want fuel. Other deal
ers say there are 1,000,000 tons in
reserve here and that the city con
sumes 100,000 tons daily. Half this
amount supplies factories. Many of
these expected to close during strike.
Meats. 54,000,000 lbs. of beef,
10,000,000 lbs. of pork, 827,000 lbs. of
lamb and 1,000,000 lbs. of veal in
stockyards cold storage houses
alone. Demand of neighboring cities
would raise local prices.
Flour. 160,000 barrels in reserve.
Daily consumption, 12,000 barrels.
Food gamblers have much more
wheat, unmilled, in elevators.
Butter and Eggs. 6,000,000 lbs. of
butter on hand, enough to last city
one week. 1,750,000 doz. eggs in
storage. Art Meeker, Armour Co.,
says there should be no reason for
advance in egg prices.
Poultry 25,000,000 lbs. in stor
age. Should last several weeks. ,
Ice. Boss Upham again In con
trol. Has already announced price
advance under normal conditions.
Expected, to squeeze more money
from people. Enough to laBt one
week on hand, dealers say.
Green Vegetables. Probably will
be a rarity. Dealers only keep three
days' supply on hand.
Food Transportation. Auto trans
portation leaders say, motor trucks
can transport many tons of food
stuffs from nearby towns. In addi
tion to trucks there are 100,(00 pri-vately-owned
autos, some of which
may be available in a crisis.
Industry.' Thousands of factories
will probably close as soon as strike
is declared. Can't run without ship
ments. 50,000 may be thrown out Of
work at stockyards. Steel mills and
foundries will undoubtedly close.
ORGANIZED LABOR TO STAND
BEHIND RAILROAD MEN
Organized labor of Chicago will
stand behind the railroad brother
hoods locally with the same kind of
support the American Federation of
Labor has pledged to the brother
hoods nationally.
"As a part of the A. F. of L. the
trades unions here will be with the
railroad men in their attempts to win
conditions go long denied them," said
Emmett Flood, A. F. of L. organizer,
Mortimer bldg.
Throughout the railroad world
there was clearly more excitement,
nervousness, than any day since the
striketalk started. While It Is ad
mitted leaders of the unions have the
situation pretty well in hand, it is
also conceded strike feeling runs
stronger and there is a keener edge
of impatience over delay than, there -
was last summer.
- o o
Grand jury considered new indict
ments in 18th ward vote fraud case.
Chas. Hedge and Vito Angeranio
Indicted for alleged auto theft.
Ex-Chief Healey may be hit by a
w indictment.

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