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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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against W. J. Moore, pres. American
Bond & Mortgage Co.
Ten men caught in gambling raid
on Frank Burns' saloon, 350 Madi
son. Harold Treynor Ray given divorce
from Dorothy Polk Ray, artist. She
preferred art to him.
Seventy Chicago clergymen on
way to Buffalo to see Billy Sunday.
Strike at Accurate Engineering
Co,, 14th andt Western av. More
, wages.
Victoria Quppa, 55, 1464 Indiana
av., dead, result of being run over by
Parmalee Co. wagon at 12th and
Hugh Murphy, 45, 115 N. Sanga
mon, found dead in bed.
Two measures of tremendous im
portance to every common working
citizen they affect the price of food,
ice, coal and living commodities
were born at the meeting of the city
council yesterday.
The first asked preparation of an
enabling act to be presented to the
state legislature which would give
the city power to go Into the business
of selling the necessities of -life to
the people of the city at cost This
would break the commission gang,
the food and ice clique and the de
partment store hold on Chicago
The second was a move toward
preparation of a memorial to con
gress to ask for the regulation of in-
terstate shipments and the prices of
fodstuffs and other necessities, de-
signed to stop speculation.
W Aid.. Wm. E. Rodriguez, who fa
thered both bills, spoke for them as
the only chance to stop, the food
hogs' greed.
"Saturday's papers tell of 500
mothers meeting on the West Side
to protest against the high cost of
living," said Aid. Rodriguez. "These
women declared they could noLstand ,
the press of high prices much long
er and asked this council to aid them.
"They asked in very distinct terms
for establishment of municipal food
markets, as well as coal yards and ice
houses. They want these necessi
ties of life at cost. They are tired of
being held up by commission men
and speculators.
"I am introducing an enabling act,
which, if it goes to the legislature
with our recommendation and is
passed, will allow Chicago to take a
hand in the food situation for -her cit
izens. "Another order which I wish to of
fer is a memorial to congress asking
action on the food question. It's the
best way of letting the governing
body of our country know how the
public feels.
"Chicago has right to ask power of
the legislature to go into business.
Cities of Europe did it two years ago
when war put them up against a life-and-death
struggle. This city should
be in a position to meet food specu
lators at their own game by under
selling them."
The order intended to establish
local public markets follows:
"Whereas, The present crisis con
fronting the city, caused by high
prices of all kinds of food, fuel and
kmdred commodities, is bringing dis
tress to the great masses of our peo
ple and calls for an immediate and
radical remedy; therefore be it
"Resolved, That the judiciary com
mittee is instructed to formulate an
enabling act to be presented to the
legislature which will give the city
the power to take over, purchase and
maintain the necessary plants or es
establishments for the purpose of
purchasing at the point of produc
tion or the manufacturing of any
quantity of any kind of foodstuffs
products, coal, ice, milk or any other
necessities of life, and to sell the
same to the residents of Chicago at
cost, including distribution and over
head expenses, and that, because of
the emergency, the judiciary com
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