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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 28, 1911, Image 3

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they will get on the job imme
diately. Therefore 1 invite the
chief of police of Chicago to in
vestigate our general offices, and
I stand ready to lend them all the
assistance in my power to un
cover this case of supposed train
I wish to state further that I
do not Jbelieve there is .a general
officer involved in this Harriman
line and Illinois Central strike but
what is perfectly willing to throw
their office doors open to any
,chief of police in the tities in
which they are located, and-the
quicker they get on the job, the
I have this date, invited the
chief of p'olice of Chicago to ex
amine our records and offices, and
volunteered my' services. Will
the Illinois Central do likewise?
The insinuation that the members
of the craft J represent are in
volved in this supposed train
wrecking, I am not ready to be
lieve, but I do believe hat the
Illinois Central engines and cars
need repairing and need it badly,
and possibly if they had been in
first class shape, there would not
have been this talk of train wreck
ing. ,1
, J.W.Kline.
Alhert H. Veeder sprung a sur
prise at the trial of the packers
Heretofore it has been believed
that the idea of the giant.merger
of the packing interests first
arose in the nimble mind of Mr.
Veeder himself. But 'twas not so.
It was an awfully beastlv jolly
English aristocrat, don't you
koriw, who first conceived the
cute idea of a trust so Jarge that
it would control tht meat indus
try of the world, and so well wa
tered that it would amply repay
those who organized it.
, Veeder is not the "father Of the
Beef Trust." That proud place
rightfully belonging to Lord Pan
mure Gordon, he of tb,e drawling
accent, the monocle and the habit
of acquiring; American railroads.
And. incidentally, the noble
man of the bright ideas, feeems to
have got lost in the shufflelso far
as the packers are concerned.
At least, he does not seem'to
have got anything out of it.
It was during a -discussion re
garding some early agreements,
that Veeder disclosed the true
paternity of the Beef Trust.
"Who conceived this idea of a
Syndicate, anyway Gustavus
Swift?" asked Attorney Pierce
Butler. " (
"No," replied Veeder. "None
of the packers did. The first
movement toward a merger came
from an Englishman. He was,
as I remember it, Lord Panmure
Gordon, and he represented an
English syndicate thaf had got
hold of some railroad properties
connected with the stock yards.
"This Englishman was a great ;
organizer. He had formed a New "
Jersey corporation and taken over

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