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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Clubwomen, headed by Harriet
Vittum, are planning a protest meet
ing, at Which efforts will be made to
find out if the milk dealers entered
into a conspiracy to boost the price.
If the dealers secretly planned the
boost Hoyne will be asked Ijo pre
sent the matter to the grand jury. It
is also possible that If. S. B-is't Att'y
Clyne may be asked to take a hand.
Among the organizations which
will take part in the investigation are
the Women's City club, the Parent
Teachers' ass'n and the Chicago
Women's club. Harriet Vittum will
immediately ask that the city coun
cil call on the dealers to explain.
Health Com'f Robertson said in
"It is estimated the people of Chi
cago consume 1,200,000 quarts of
milk each day. One cent increase
in the price of milk means $12,000
daily for the people of Chicago, and
only 52,400 of it goes to the farmers
each day. In my judgment this
threatened advance in the price of
milk is absolutely unwarranted.
"I believe it is a move that the
people will vigorously resent and as
vigorously support the dep't of
health in its efforts to prevent any
increase in cost to the consumer."
This morning the Borden company
sent announcements to their cus
tomers that beginning tomorrow
morning quart bottles of milk would
be 9 cents. It is believed that all the
other big fellows will soon follow
Borden's example.
Nothing was accomplished at the
conference of the dealers and Com
missioner Robertson. The nine deal
ers who appeared refused to say any
thing that might implicate them in a
conspiracy to raise the price, but
said if they did raise the price they
would all act as individuals. After a
few moments of stalling they ad
journed. Robertson, disgusted by the result
of their visit, announced that he was
perparing a list of 1,300 small dealers
who are putting out first-class mUkj
at 8 cents a quart and would make
this list public.
Mayor Thompson thinks that the
death rate among babies will increase
as a result of a general boost in milk
prices, but dodged answering when
asked if he would urge any action.
Ira J. Mix made a statement in
Which he said all the dealers would
have to increase now because the
milk wagon drivers would in all like
lihood ask an increase.
This opinion was proved ground
less by representatives of the drivers'
union, who said that under the terms
of the agreement they could not ask
for an increase until next April.
In the Chicago Examiner a $75 ad
this morning attempted to tell why
Borden, who serves 20 per cent of
the consumers in Chicago, is going
to boost the price.
The ad is full of remarkable state
ments. First, the company contends
80 per cent of the producers signed
up at the old price, but were prevent
ed from delivery by the Milk Pro
ducers' ass'n. Next, they say the en
tire supply was cut off and tell how
they were obliged to import milk
from New York, how the local situa
tion became so serious that they
were obliged to give in and they are
now selling milk at a loss, and how,
to support their standard of "Quality
and Service," they now have to boost
the price.
Kansas City, Mo., April 20. Ten
persons reported dead and nearly 100
injured by tornadoes which swept
three distinct areas in Kansas and
Missouri last night.
Property damage in Southeastern
Kansas, Southwestern and Central
Missouri said to be large. Wires de
moralized, details meager.
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H. D. Hewitt, 1408 Rosemount av.,
piano agent, dead in Toledo. Found
in alley. Police probing.

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