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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 31, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Thousands of people will not get
their milk tomorrow morning if the
farmers decide to stand pat on their
demands to the milk trust, according
to the small dealers, who are not so
vitally affected by the demands of the
Milk Producers' ass'n.
A group of small dealers today told
- a day Book reporter of the situation
which confronts the citizens of Chi
cago. From what they said every
thing has been working out to the
satisfaction of everyone except the
consumer, and he pays.
The Milk Producers' ass'n want
$1.55 a hundred pounds an increase
of 22 cents. The Borden, Bowman,
Ira J. Mix and Wieland dairy com
panies refuse to pay this price. They
say it is exorbitant
Years ago these milk companies
were big advertisers. They wanted an
ordinance passed which would have
compelled all milk to be bottled in
the country. Fresh air, purity and
cleanliness, the papers shouted. They
failed to pass the ordinance, so they
went ahead and invested millions of
dollars in bottling plants that are
nearly a hundred miles away from
Chicago and Cook county loses the
taxes. The consumer pays enormous
freight bills and for bottle breakage
in transportation. The railroad and
the milk trust profits.
Sanitary bottling plants can be es
tablished in Chicago, claim the small
dealers. You can have better sani
tation, better light and better sewer
age here.
Expensive machinery, manned by
cheap labor" now, run big bottling
plants in the country. Mountains of
broken glass are beside these build
ings. They are the bottles the rail
road breaks and the consumer pays
The railroads profit under the pres
ent arrangement. Milk bottled in the
Country is placed 12 quarts in a case
and iced. On a 12-quart case the
freight averages a cent a quart. On
a 32-quart can at averages -cent
a quart The freight bill would be cut
in half if the milk were bottled in
the city, claim the small dealers, and
cheaper milk would be the result.
Tomorrow morning milk may not
be delivered to many of the bottling
plants. The farmers will picket them
to see that the milk is not delivered.
They threaten to dump their milk in
the roads if they do not get the Zy
cents a quart they have demanded.
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Another suit to prevent consum
mation of the sale of the automatic
telephone system to the Bell Tele
phone trust will be filed in the circuit
court tomorrow or Monday by a cit
izen acting for the Public Owner
ship league.
League leaders today declined to
say what the new suit would be, but
expressed confidence that the auto
matic phone sale will be vtied up for
years at least, with chances for ulti
mate victory for the league excep
tionally bright
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Paris. French troops have evacu
ated ruined village of Melancourt, but
firmly hold two highways leading to
Bethincourt and Eanse.
London. French troops have
evacuated all but eastern and south
ern outskirts of village of Malan
court, according to Paris dispatches.
Heavy German artillery pounding
having made position untenable. Vil
lage and highway intersection is
being swept by fierce French artillery
fire, preventing Germans, from oc
cupying position.
Berlin. Fortified village of Malan
court and defenses on both sides have
been stormed and captured by Ger
man troops. Germans took 328 prisoners.

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