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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 08, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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On the law books of the state of
Illinois is one law which has been
sticking there now 23 years. It reads
like a real lawto-protect common
people against hold-up men and pick
pockets. This law, never enforced, a dead
letter, a joke that lawyers have
laughed at, State's Att'y Maclay
Hoyne said today is going to be tried
out by a special department of his
office. Hoyne said:
"If there are criminals operating
in Chicago in violation of this stat
ute I shall make every possible at
tempt to get evidence and convict
Under this law, if a bunch of coal
men get together and fix things up
so they control the coal supply of
Chicago and the coal prices of Chi
cago, these coal men are robbers
guilty of "conspiracy to defraud."
If proven guilty they are liable to
$15,000 fine. Also, they can be stuck
behind the bars of the county jail
just like ordinary, every-day thieves.
Ice trust thieves, taxicab trust
thieves, fruit trust thieves, any com
binations "to regulate or fix the
price of any article or to limit the
amount produced or sold" are subject
to prosecution under the anti-trust
law of Illinois passed by the legisla
ture June 11, 1891, and since that
time a sleeping, unknown and per
fectly harmless law.
Herbert C. Lust, assistant state's
attorney, will head the new depart
ment aimed at enforcement of this
law. The work of his department
will be along the lines somewhat like
the federal department of justice ex
cept that Lust's work will be confined
to Cook county and trusts and mo
nopolies operating in Chicago and
Lust said the only time he knew
of that enforcement of this law had
been attempted was in 1901 .when
Deneen, then state's attorney, threat
ened corporations who had not filed
affidavits as to their connection with
"Suits have been filed the past
week against 628 corporations who
failed, after proper notice, to send in
statements," said Lust. "Ten days'
notice was given every corporation in
Cook county. This was in May. We
sent them printed copies of the anti
trust law, which requires them to
swear whether they have any price
fixing or supply-control arrangement
with other corporations, firms or in
dividuals. These are some of the concerns
sued: Chicago General Ry. Co.; Chi
cago, Joliet & Kansas City Ry. Co.;
Chicago, Peoria & Western Ry. Co.;
Chicago, Evanston & North Shore Ry.
Co.; Carthage & Western Illinois
Electric Ry. Co.; Chicago & Wiscon
sin Traction Co.; Chicago, Pox Lake
& Lake Geneva Ry. Co.; Chicago,
Joliet & Central Illinois Ry. Co.; El-gin-Evanston
Ry. Co.; Milwaukee,
Peoria & St Louis Ry. Co.; Peoria,
Pekin & South Eastern Ry. Co.;
Standard Trust & Savings Bank; Na
tional Life Insurance Co.; Union Lia
bility Co.; Chicago & Calumet Ry.
Co.; Chicago Junction Ry. Co.; Wal
ter J. Powers Co. ; Chicago Magazine
Publishing & Printing Co.; Dri-Seal
Products Co.; J. Florsheim & Co.
A penalty of $17,500 for each cor
poration convicted is provided by the
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Freddy was 6, and went to a school.
One day when he came home his
father said to him:
"Freddy, I hear you are at the bot
tom of your class."
Then Freddy said: "It makes no
matter whether I am at the bottom
or the top of the class, does it? They
teach the same at both ends."
Western Christian Advocate.
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Customer How are your salted
almonds? Fresh?
Clerk No'm; salted. Judge.

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