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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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Washington, Sept 1. "It is not
overstating the situation to say
there is probably not a single food
commodity that will last as long as
a week in the larger cities of the
country, taking it 'on the average, in
case of a railroad strike!"
This statement was made today by
Charles J. Brand, chief of the office
of maikets and rural organization in
the U. S. dep't of agriculture.
"There are no definite statistics
on stocks of food on hand in the cit
ies," he continued. "Our records for
some months past have been giving
us the total carload shipments of va
rious commodities, but it will re
quire fully a year of collection of
such statistics before we can esti
mate the' weekly or daily consump
tion of various foods in the cities.
"With respect to some food pro
ducts, the supply on hand probably
will not last more than two days, for
instance, fresh fruits and vegetables.
"When you open a car of peaches,
for example, they must be distrib
uted practically within two days.
"The proposition is one where
there is not lack of food, but where
it is the kind, of food supply that
must be kept moving.
"Potatoes are not so perishable,
but, on the other hand, are consumed
so generously there is always a small
supply on the tracks.
"Take such matters as meat pro
ducts. I don't suppose there is
enough meat to last over a week in
any city of from 300,000 population
"As to butter and eggs, the situa
tion is a little better because the cold
storage plants are centralized in the
larger cities, but in any case -a tie-up
in food shipments is going to be a
very serious proposition."
"To what extent can the cities
take care of immediate needs by trol
ley, canal, river and auto truck ship
ments," Brand was. asked.
"Cities that have such facilities:
will of course use them but they will
be taxed to capacity and will be ut
terly inadequate.
"Cities like Washington and Balti
more can get a good deal of food by
way of Chesapeake bay, the Poto
mad, the Chesapeake & Ohio canal"
and trolley lines and auto trucks, and 0
most of the big cities can take care
of their milk supply, but New York
city draws, its milk supply not only
from New England, but from Onta
rio and Quebec provinces.
"The best information we have in
dicates that on the average the larg
er cities could not hold out more
than a week."
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Use of a baby carriage as a missile,
without removing the baby, was ,
proved against a woman in a, Boston
court. Isn't there a hint for Europe
in this?
It was $3,000,000 for the Louisiana
territory, $7,500,000 for Alaska, $20,
000,000 for the Philippines, and now
Denmark refuses $25,000,000 foij the
Danish West Indies, which are not
much bigger in area than the city-of
Chicago. It seems, by these figures,
the less valuable and extensive the
land the more" it costs. Whereby a i
long-established rule of economics is
Township J. P.'s have no right to
collect fines from auto speeders, the
Ohio attorney general has decided.
Now look out, you hickory buggies!
Our government, it seems, is run on '
the department store glan. We must
accept Ahe credit of the warring i.a
tions or lose their custom. They
haven't the cash. V
Nqtice. The party who took a
lawn mower from the home of Mr. J.
Ackworth during the week of July 4
can save himself trouble by return
inc the same. Orwell. O.. Newa-
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