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

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sions of their plant to be opened In
the spring. x
Cattlemen want government con
trol of the stockyards because this
would insure fair inspection of cat
tle, now in the hands of the packers,
square weighing of cattle, now left
to packers, legal bidding on cattle,
now controlled to suit the beef ba
rons in a manner that keeps prices
down, and decent wages.
Ed Lasater, Texas ranch owner,
who has the largest dairy herd in the
world, put the raisers peril before the
convention in this manner today:
"The history of live stock produc
tion -for the 25 years proves that un
less our farmers can command non
packer controlled markets for then
live stock and unless the unfair com
petition of the. Chicago packer can
be controlled and eliminated we can
not increase the production of our
live stock on -our farms.
"The Chicago packer has been an
intelligence as cold, pitiless and pen
etrating as the north wind fesh
from its frozen wastes. Before it
stands a nation of farmers, bewil
dered, benumbed, dreading, question
ing. '
"We ask that this convention of
representative Americans assist in
having a governmental inquiry made
into the cost of production of live
stock and marketing of all products
therefrom, so that this industry, so
vital to our welfare, be saved to our
nation while there is yet time.
"I make the statement that our
nation's future depends upon "live
stock production being made profit
able to the American farmer, and as
sert that, on the average for the past
25 years, it has not been profitable.
"Without an increase of live stock
on our farms we cannot maintain the
fertility of the soil, the one thing es
sential to our future greatness as a
"When the producer of a commod
ity has to take .his product to a mar
ket where the influence of the buyer
absolutely dominates owning the
stockyards; landlord of the commis
sion men who .handle the producer's
commodity; owns the bank facilities
that many of the commission men
are absolutely dependent upon to
grant accommodations to their cli
entele; has a preponderating influ
ence with the Chamber of Commerce
of the city in which the stockyards is
situated, because he controls the
largest industry in the city; and for
the same reason is catered to and de
ferred to by. the local press can a
producer expect to treat on terms of
equality with the buyer under these
conditions? I will leave the answer
of thip to you.
"The question of privately-owned
and packer-dominated stockyards is
of more vital importance to this na
tion than the, question of whether a
navy shall be built and equipped at
government-owned or privately-controlled
shipyards and munition -factories.
"The one has to do with the cost
of the defense of our national honor
and rights; the other has to do with
whether )r not there is to be any
thing worth defending."
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Washington, Dec. 6. Action by
congress on any food price legisla
tion will await the recommendation
of President Wilson and his cabinet.
Such executive recommendation
will be based on the reports, some of
which the president has already been
receiving for some days from the va
rious government departments con
ducting investigations.
This plan, it was stated today, on
best authority, has the approval and
will get every ounce of support of De
mocratic house and senate leaders.
According to reports now before
the president, the dep't of justice is
planning to call a special grand jury
in some district, probably New York
or Chicago, in an attempt to ascer
,tain whether attempts are being;

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