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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
KDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 S. PEOniA ST. CHICAGO, I LI,.
Tolonhnnpct Editorial, Monroe 35.1
1 eiefJIlUHKV circulation, Monroe 3W0
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier in Chi
cago, 30 cents a Month. Br Mull.
United States and Canada, 1 00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914, at the postorfice at Chicago
111., under the Act of March 3. 1!79
STILL MORE ABOUT GASOLINE.
Gasoline's long flight skyward be
gins to show the expected tragic re
sults. Among the "innocent victims"
of the present gasoline raid are a
Baltimore motor transportation com
pany, which went out of business last
week on account of the increased
cost of motor fuel, and one of the
largest of the New York taxicab
companies which failed the other day
for the same resason.
It is not only the owner of a small
car who can qualify as the innocent
victim of the soaring cost of gaso
line. Department stores in some of
the large cities use over 10,000 gal
lons of gasoline a month, for which
they are now paying in the neighbor
hood of $2,400 a month. Thus all
shoppers are "innocent victims" be
cause the extra charge must of
course be paid by them as their share
of the cost of delivery of the goods
That is why EVERYBODY is tre
mendously interested in Uncle Sam's
present investigation of gasoline.
The federal trade commission is
nof working on this inquiry with
the department of justice. Among
other points which will be considered
is "the exact relation between the
several companies into which Stand
ard Oil was dissolved in 1911."
That is exactly what the "innocent
victims" want most to know. Ac
cording to Herbert S. Bigelow of Cin-,
1 cinnati, who has studied the subject,
"the Standard's privilege of taxing
the American people is worth three
times as much as it was when the
trust was prosecuted."
If indirect methods of controlling
the big oil corporations only result
in tripling the burden of the people,
why should not Uncle Sam try direct
He owns the gas lands.
Why should he not develop them?
DYES. The effort to make some
very ugly colors fashionable is the
last trial of the style makers. Even
though the odd new shades are called
"Bakst," nobody likes them. Some
of the queerest colors are exactly like
the walnut browns and sumac reds
which pioneer American women used
to dye their hand woven woolens
the brown for the men's clothes, and
the red for the women's.
Forty to fifty per cent of the colors
produced in the United States are of
inferior value. They crock and fade.
But the worst of it is that lack of
dyes is throwing weavers and knit
ters Out of employment. Some man
ufacturers, because they cannot get
reliable dyes, are limiting their out
put Even the best dry cleaning estab
lishments are now able to dye noth
ing but blues and blacks, except occa
sionally, when they manage to get a
small portion of other colors.
The dye situation has promoted the
transportation of dyes from Germany
through China. It is possible to con
centrate 200 pounds of some colors
into 10 ponds of jelly, and dilute it
again on its arrival in this country.
Because American chemists have
been so astonishingly slow to Im
prove the dye situation, some colors
which formerly cost but $6 a pound
now sell for $62 a pound.
Sometimes a woman who thinks
her husband the kindest, quietest and
best-natured man on earth gets a
sneaking suspicion that he's just Uug
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