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PACKERS KEPT UP POOL
DESPITE" COURT ORDER
Grosscup's Injunction Don't En
join Beef Barons Changed
x Further evidence of the high
respect paid by the millionaire
packers to orders of the courts
was given at their trial today.
"Jerry" Pratt testified that af-tc-i
Judge Grosscup issued a re
straining order against the beef
barons holding "pool meetings,"
the defendants indulged in little
weekly gatherings at the homes
of Meeker, Swift and others.
"Jerry" Pratt Jerry is the pet
name of the packers for the wit
ness is in a position to know
whereof he speaks. At ihe time
in question 1902 he was man
ager of the beef department of
Armour & Company, and as such
himself attended the meetings.
The government is jubilant.
Pratt's testimony goes far to up
hold the conspiracy charge, and
also gives the lie to the oft-reiterated
itatement of the packers
and their attorneys that "P. O.
Box 2A7V and all its works be
came deceased in 1902.
In 1902, it was proven before
j.t judge urosscup mat tne pacKers
W were holding weekly pool meet
ings," at which prices were fixed,
territory divided, arid agreements
as to future shipments come to.
Grosscup issued a temporary
restraining order forbidding the
packers to hold such "pool meet
ings." The meetings objected o "by
Grossup were held in the Coun-
selman building. According to
Pratt's testimony, the packers, af
ter the issuance of the order,
merely changed the scene of
They held nice little family
gatherings, as it were, where they
continued the operations, which
in Grosscup's opinion had made
the Counselman building meet
Pratt's evidence came ofter the
government was balked in its ef
fort to connect the individual
packers directly with the conspir
acy. Certain price sheets forwarded
to department managers of Ar
mour & Company had been in
troduced as evidence by the gov
ernment. They were sheets made
out in 1904, and there were cer
tain notations, said to have been
made by Armour, Meeker & Con
nors on the margins of the sheets.
The defense objected vigorous
ly to the admission of the nota
tions a.s evidence. The matter
was argued before Judge Carpen
ter, and he ruled them as inad
missible. The price sheets themselves,
however, Judge Carpenter ruled
proper evidence, and these were
shown to the jury.
The government is well satis
fied with this. It says that these
price sheets substantially uphold
such testimony as it has intro
duced tending to prove that the
"pool meetings" did not end in
1902, as claimed by the defense.
Jerry Pratt had said he was
"not sure" about the circum
stances surrounding the no ta