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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 06, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Is the milk strike a design of the
big dealers to crush small competi
tors out of existence?
The direct accusation that big
dealers are willing for the strike to
continue for a while regardless of
how Chicago and its babes may suf
fer was today made by a little deal
er. The little fellows say they will
have to pass out of existence if they
are not soon able to get milk to sell.
"The big milk companies are hav
ing no trouble getting all the milk
they want," said a one-wagon dealer
today. "Such companies as Borden
and Bowman have almost unlimited
capital behind them. They can afford
to send agents to Iowa, Michigan
and other distant points to buy up
great quantities of milk and ship it
in to their supply houses.
"One company which is wailing to
the papers that it is short on supply
is taking on new customers by the'
score every day. The new customers
this company is getting were former
ly served by little dealers, but the lit
tle dealers can't get the milk for their
trade. Some of the little fellows have
already had to quit business.
"Many of us little fellows have con
tracts with farmers that have six
months to run, but our farmers can't
get the milk to us. Some who at
tempted to ship to us the first day of
the strike had their wagons over
turned. "This is 'all very pleasing to the big
Chicago milk companies. They know
that so long as present conditions
prevail-we cannot get milk for our
customers unless we pay a premium
that will mean a big daily loss to us.
I am doing that now, but I can't keep
it up very long.
"We have tried to make the farm
ers understand that the big dealers
are working them into refusing to
supply us in order that wje may be
forced to the. wall, but if the fanners
don't soon wake up and let us have
milk we little fellows will all be out?
of business, bankrupt, and the big
dealers will have an absolute monop
oly on the Chicago milk trade.
"If this strike continues a few
weeks 500 small dealers will go to the
And all the time that the farmers
and the big fellows are having it out
to the discomfiture of the little fel
ows, the real hurt that is being done
from a humane standpoint strikes
Chicago's little babies.
It is hard enough now for poor
families and children's homes and
sanitariums to keep clean milk and
plenty of it on hand. The death rate
of babies is plenty high enough at
the present sitting without bringing
on any new cause to increase it
In a nutshell, the whole situation
lines up about this way:
The farmers want a fair share of
what milk houses are getting for
milk and cream.
The big dealers don't want to give
it to them.
The little dealers are being made
the business goats. They are hav
ing much difficulty in getting milk
and cream for regular customers.
And, lastly, Chicago's babies may
be led into much suffering from lack
of proper nourishment unless the
milk war is brought to a sudden
At Belvidere, HL, today, 300 deter
mined farmers threw a cordon
around the BZorden condensing plant
and turned back every milk wagon
that approached. Some who insisted
on delivering their milk were
threatened with rough treatment and
broken wagons if they did not turn
back, s
At railroad shipping station
throughout the milk producing re
gion farmers gathered in bands and
refused to make shipments to Chi,-
cago dealers.

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