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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 27, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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A substitute for the potato is being
grown with such success in Southern
Alabama that people down in that
part of Dixie are worrying not at all
about the high cost of spuds. Ar
rangements are today being made
with local commission dealers to in
troduce the new tuber to Chicago
this summer.
It looks like a beet, tastes like a
potato and is called a dasheen. It
grows in the ground with a leaf and
stem above that resembles the leaf
of an elephant ear plant The leaf
may be used in salads or as a sub
stitute for lettuce. The long roots of
the tuber are an excellent substitute
for asparagus.
Judge John Stelk Is the Christoph
er Columbus of the dasheen. He
heard of it from his brother, W. F.
Stelk, plantation owner of Foley,
"Fried, it tastes just as good as the
finest Idaho potatoes," W. F. wrote
the judge. "Baked, it is delicious. It
has a pleasant taste when eaten raw.
Then the roots and leaves make
savory dishes. I will send you a
The judge didn't wait for the send
ings. He packed his grip, asked
Chief Justice Harry Olson for a
three-weeks' leave of absence and
boarded the Dixie flyer for Alabam.
If there was anything to this dasheen
thing, the judge wanted to know
about it in time to do some good with
the next crop. If a substitute just
as good as the old Irish white can be
grown for 50 cents a bushel, well,
what's the use of poor people having
to do without potatoes because they
can't afford 85 cents a peck.
When Judge Stelk came back to
Chicago he brought some dasheens
and his brother with him. Today W.
F Stelk is making arrangements
with Chicago commission men to
handle some of the next crop of
' Fried dasheens were served to
callers in Judge Stelk's chambers to-
day. They looked like French fried
potatoes. They were meally, firm
but soft, and had a flavor like that
of a well-bred Irish spud.
The dasheen hails from China. In
the Orient it is grown so extensively
that regular potatoes haven's a
chance. Someone imported a few
and found they would grow in tho
sandy loam of the gulf coast It is
not believed they will grow in the
north, but they should flourish in
nearly every state south of the Ma
son and Dixon line.
"Why haven't they been on the
market before?" Judge Stelk was
"Why did the tomato grow for
centuries before people started eat
ing them a few score of years ago?"
rejoined the judge. "Why are there
many things common articles of food
in other countries that are not heard
of here? Agricultural convenience,
economic necessity and phychology
each has something to do with It"
"Southern farmers are taking en
thusiastically to the dasheen. If
proper marketing arrangements can
be made, dasheens will be sold in
quantities in Chicago this summer,
and at a fraction of the present cost
of potatoes."
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J. F. Haggerty, stock salesman of
Cleveland, 0., disappeared one day.
So did $5,000 worth of stocks. He
married two years ago and lived at
5489 Drexel av. Recently he came
to Chicago and registered in the De .
Jonghe hotel as J. T. Willis. Then he
decided, one night, to return to his
wife. A detective shadowed him to
the Drexel av. number and back to
the hotel. Then he was pinched.
"I'm the man," said Haggerty.
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Bills to be introduced in state leg
islature will legalize amusements oa
municipal pier.

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