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CITY MARKETS COMING SLOW
BECAUSE OF POLITICS
City markets commission is pos-I-tive-ly
expected to pick two sites on
o trin this nftprnoon. Then, about
. m "thfi middle of next week," the com-
missipn, headed Jay Aid. Jas. H. Law
ley, will hold a meeting and decide
w'hat to do with the sites. .
Retail grocers' organizations got
busy during the campaign just closed.
Their votes talk, and Aid. Jas. H.
Lawley is not sure now just what
sort of a market he wants the city
At first Lawley said it would be
practical tp run regular retail stores
and sell all citizens' foodstuffs at cost
prices. The report of the commis
sion said there are 8,000 retail stores
in Chicago, only about 3000 are run
efiiciently and about 5,0000 are use
less and wasteful.
City government stores in Chicago
like the federal government stores in
the Panama canal zone were serious
ly considered. Lawley announced he
sent a telegram to the governor of
the canal zone asking for food price
list. Reply to this telegram has not
been given out. Plans for this type
of city market has been abandoned.
Open air markets, without any cost
for canopies, can be Btarted in two
days, the non-political members of
the commission say. School land is
available where fanners can stand
their wagons and go to it selling
farm stuff to the housewives, it is
pointed out. Sole expense to this
would be wages of a market master.
Such temporary markets could then
be followed later with permanent,
canopied markets with well arranged
Women market masters are now
proposed. They would understand
housewives' needs better than men
market masters, it is urged.
Retail prices today compared with
30 days ago show that there has
been a slight downward slide in flour,
sugar and a few other food" prices.
Lots of hungry people will be up
against a stiff game next winter, ac
cording to Aid. Merriam, Sup't E. T.
Lies of the United Charities and oth
ers. Markets commission next week
will hear from Chicago labor union
representatives and officers of Chi
cago Association of Commerce on
what kind of markets to establish to
help the hungry. County Agent Jos
eph Myers says there is more desti
tution now than a year or two years
To corporations and business men
markets commission is sending plea:
"Lay off your men only half time. In
stead of discharging one-fourth or
one-half your force of employes,
keep them all on the payroll and cut
down the working time for all."
Report of commission on Gary city
market shows stuff sells at lower
prices there than in Chicago". Green
beans for instance were going at 5
cents a quart, just half what they
were in Chicago. Onions were 2 cents
less a pound and tomatoes ten cents
less a bushel and'so on.
"Mabel and her husband are an
ideal couple. They are of one mind
Kansas City, Mo. Steers reached
new high mark here yesterday.
Climbed to $10.75 per hundred.
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