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VOI,. XXXVII.
M.MHKR 114.
PARIS FLOODED;
RIVER SEINE ON
FIERCE RAMPAGE
Eiffel Tower Is Imperiled;
Quays and Subways
Ruined by Water
THOUSANDS SUFFER
Several Cities Inundated;
Millions of Dollars
Damage Done
(Special Cablo to The Herald)
PARIS, Jan. 22.—The low sections of
Paris tonight present a devas
tated appearance. Hundreds of
liquor storage plants and warehouses
along the quays are completely inun
dated, several millions dollars' dam
age has been done, thousands are
homeless, and the flood waters of thb
Seine are still rising to such an ex
tent that Lille, Chalons, Troyes and
Paris are threatened with incalculable
destruction.
The Eiffel tower tonight is In great
peril. The foundation of this and
many historic structures of Paris have
been infiltrated and much weakened.
Railroad, telephone and telegraph
service is almost abandoned through
out eastern France.
Thousands of people living along the
river are tonight homeless. There is
sixty-one . feet of water In the great
new subway extending between the
Place de la Concorde and the Passage
de la Trinite. A large portion of tho
famous boulevard of St. , Qermalne,
over tho subway, has caved in, and
several are believed to have met death
under tho debris.
Factories Flooded
Over 1000 factories, many of them
extensive structures, the under water,
nd the losses, estimated tonight by
this source alone, are said to exceed
$7,000,000. .
Tho conditions at Chalons are re
ported to be desperate. Two million
dollars' damage has been done there
to docks, warehouses and wineries.
The loss to the wine dealers at Cha
lons and Troyes, it is said, will exceed
$2,000,000.
Communication with Lille was aban
doned tonight, the last wire having
gone down at 10 o'clock. •
The flood has assumed the propor
tions of a catastrophe. The < water at
2 o'clock this afternoon had risen
thirteen and one-half Inches since 5
o'clock this.morning. Trains are back
ing into Paris from all river points,
and several are stalled,' unable to re
: turn, as results of the deluge of va
rious streams.
• Canal traffic is completely paralyzed.
Hundreds of bridges have been washed
away. "-/ ' y:U .-'' :'v:-■;;■;'■..'
Other Rivers Raging
■ The waters of the Rhone and Marne,
with their raging tributaries, continue
to wreak havoc in many sections, but
are. believed to . have reached the
height of their flood stage.
The situation in Paris, however,'
promises ■ to be worse, as the ! Seine
continues to rise rapidly. It Is ex
pected the river will reach maximum
tomorrow. . ■
Half of the surface and subway
transportation lines have been ren
dered inoperative.
The Seine is debris-laden, end its
torrents are almost overflowing the
banks. Cellars along the quays are
full of water and there will be heavy
loss in wines and . other warehouse
goods. >'',' •
Railroad and telegraphic communi
cation is interrupted in the eastern
provinces, where the streets of many
villages are flooded.
• The Rhone and the Marno are re
ported as apparently having reached
their maximum flood.
_ Immense damage is reported from
the suburban towns along the Seine
like Charentoi., Billancourt, Argen
tenuil, Asnieres, Sevres and Meudon.
The water at Port Royal is fourteen
feet above normal, and the indications
up stream presage a further rise by
tomorrow night. ... „
Troops and firemen everywhere were
calle.l out today to aid in the work of
■ rescue.
The cabinet has decided to ask par
liament on Monday to appropriate
$400,000 for the relief of the people in
the afflicted districts. ■
,' Railroad traffic out of Paris, espe
cially to the south I? nd west, is badly
crippled. _
Thousands of rats are escaping from
the sewers here, indicating that the
waters are Invading the entire laby
rinth beneath Parlo. "
Heavy damage has been caused by
the Hood in the Loire and Indre val
leys. Two bridges have been washed
away, railroad traffic demoralized and
many tanneries abandoned. '
Some cities aro without light and
street ear service owing to the inun
idation of power plants.
Corpses Washed Out
Although some of the rivers have
reached their maximum, the Seine, fed
by its torrential tributaries, continues
to rise, causing continued damage.
In addition to the heavy property ioss
resulting from the flood thousands of
persons have been thrown out of em
ployment. |
At Chalons dnd neighboring villages
the situation is critical, the water hav
ing reached the second lloor of many
of the houses.
At Chateau Landon the undermined
hillside became an avalanche and
burled four houses. Five of the occu
pants were killed. Other cave-ins are
feared.
The water is flooding the streets of
the lower suburbs of Paris, and a boat
service has been organizedl. As it
surges through the heart of Paris, tile
Seine la black v lth wreckage, and a
■core of corpses of persons long since
dead have been dragged out.
The drinking water of the city is
badly discolored and the police and
physicians have recommended boiling.
The Heine is expected to rise three
feet more by Sunday night, when the
worst probably will be over.
TWELVE MEN KILLED
CHABLBROI, Belgium, Jan. •!■>.— A
large building in the course of construc
tion near the viaduct, the foundations
of which had been weakened by Hie
rains fell today. Mirylng the workmen
in the ruins. Twelve men were killed
and a. score Injured.
LOS ANGELES HERALD
INDEX OF
HERALD'S NEWS
TODAY
FORECAST
For Los Angeles and vicinity:
Cloudy Sunday; continued warm;
moderate north winds. Maximum tem
perature yesterday 81 degrees; mini,
mum temperature 59 degrees.
LOCAL
Ten , days in jail sentence Imposed on
chauffeur convicted of exceeding the
speed limit. Section 2, PAGE 1
Quartet of babies born to Mr. and Mrs.
Wilson aro thriving.' Section 1, PAGE 9
Much owed to Municipal league by LoS
. Angeles for the good the organiza
tion has done to better political con
ditions of city. Section 2, PAGE 10
Convict-made machine promises to stop
forging and tampering with checks.
Section 1. PAGE 10
Policies of former Forester Gilford '
Pinchot Indorsed at City club
luncheon. | Section 2. PAGE 1
All is in readiness for consolidation of
Hollywood with Los Angeles at the
election to V.a held toniuicuw.
Section 2. PAGE 1
Christian Scientists trill today dedicate
handsome new church with special
services. Section 2, PAGE 1
Former Texas attorney tell 3 of progress
made by Democracy in address be
fore Jefferson club. Section 2, PAGB 1
Auditor Dow's report shows county has
large aurslus in treasury.
Section 1. PAGE 7
E. E. - Rowel!, missing attorney, again
falls to appear in court. Serlion 1. I'AUfc' 7
Wealthy widow trades property for slot
machines, -and now slio Is sorry.
Section 1. PAGIO 7
Police commission will decide Tuesday
<>n 'att/ltudo toward brewery-owned
saloons. . -,V , Section 1, PAGE., 7
Los Angeles-Pacific yields point In re- > '
gard to double tracking Santa Monica
avenue. Section 1, PAGE 7
Los Angeles Record corrects mlsstato
ments made by former political edi
tor concerning T. E. Gibbon.
Section 2. PAGE 12
Town building in California Is Illus- v
trated excellently in growth of Beau
-moht. « Section 2, 1M.<38 1-'
Louis James declares lie believes Ibsen
and Shakespeare unpopular aa plays.
Section 3. PAGE 11
Local Scotch organizations will com
memorate birthday anniversary of
Robert Burns. Section 1, PAGE 7
Editorial, Letter box. Haskins' letter.
Section 1, PAGE 6
Los Angeles Joins In boycott *of meat
- products; great mass meeting called
to protest against trust methods.
Section l- PAGE 1
Armed thugs, routed by woman's
screams, shoots restaurant keeper in
leg, then escape. , Section 1, PACE 1
His left arm shattered by bandit's bul-
I let, man walks to receiving hospital
to have wound treated.
Section 1. PAC3H I
Society and clubs. Section 3, PAGES C-7
Marriage licenses, births and deaths.
. . , Section 2, PAGE 4
Notts of the courts. Section 1. PAGE 7
Municipal affairs. Section 1, PAGE .7
Markets and financial. " Section 3, PAGE 11
Classified advertising. Section 2, PAGES 4-10
Real estate. \, I. \ Section. V PAGES 2-S
Shipping. '•":'• ■"" ;' ' Section 3, AGE 10
Theaters and dramatic criticism.
.-": „;";>"_ Section 4. PAGES 1-2
Music. |'.':; Section. 3. PAGE 7
Fraternal and secret orders.
Section 4. PAGE 2
City brevities. Section 1. PAGE 7
Automobiles. Section 3, PAGES 1-4
Building permits. Section 2, PAGE 10
Mines and oil fields. Section 3, PAGE It
SOUTH CALIFORNIA
Santa Fe to start work immediately on
double tracking Coast lines system.
_;_. Section 3, PAGE 9
Pasadena factions in fight: over coming
water bond election. Section 3, PAGE &
COAST
Ship after battling with storms for more
than week arrives safely at Seattle; no
one hurt. Section 1, PAGE 3
Sheriff of county in Michigan causes
arrest of his son in San Francisco 1;
young man is. wan on several
charges. "V>// Section 1, PAGE 2
EASTERN
Sales for profit taking lowers values in
stocks, but later prices move upward.
Section 3. PAGE 11
F. Augustus Hcinze freed by federal Judge
on Indictment charging violation of bank
- ing news, and attorneys tor Charles W.
Morse are hopeful they may get him out
of prison on name technical error charged
in Heinze's case. , Section l, PAGE 1
Antt-meat crusade to annihilate beef trust . -
continues with added vigor, and govern
ment is forced to begin investigation. .
Section 1, PAGE 1
Secretary Ballingcr in desperate defense
attacks enemies; calls them muckrakers,
but carefully avoids mentioning names. *
Section 1, PAGE 10
Brickmakers In Chicago ask for increase In
wages. Section 1, PAGE 3
President Lewis of Mine Workers , rules
convention in Indianapolis with Iron hand.
Section l, PAG 2
Secretary Knox, declaring congestion of
great cities due to lack of good Cos I ,
■•cures federal appropriation.
Section L, PAGE i
Senate committee on irrigation con
cludes proposition for raising ?-'!..'),
--000,000 lor reclamation work.
Section 1, PAGE ,4
Loan of $30,000,000 to Chinese railroad
settled, and England, Franco, . Ger
many and United States will parti
cipate. Section 1, PAGE 2
Union Pacific railroad will complete 40
miles of railroad in six months.
' Section i, PAGE 2
Evangelist causes adjournment and
. probable dismissal of county grand
jury in Oklahoma. Section 1, PAGE 2
FOREIGN |
Lord T.yttun's sister, Lady Constance, la in
jail, the noted suffragette having been . '
. convicted of breaking jail windows.
Section 1, PAGE 1
Unionists .still in lead in election In Great
Britain, total gain of Conservatives be
ing 100. > , Section l, PAGE 2
Foreign steamer from New York, due
at - Honolulu, , must pay., fine of . $200
each Cor . every passenger landed at
United States ports. Section 1, PAGE 3
War will go on In Nicaragua,.- says
I Gen. / Estrada, and action of United
States in helping to rout Zelaya •
causes criticism. Section 1, PAGE 1
Paris Hooded by overflow of River Seine
and millions of dollars damage done
by worst Hood in year;*.
Section 1, PAGE I
Scenes at wreck of Canadian Pacific *
train in Ontario unnejw* many; death
list may reach fifty. Section l, PAGE 4
SPORTING
MeCarey decides to have 4J-rounJ 'fight
at Vernon on ~ Washington's birthday
, and will put on Webster-Attell ban
tam championship bout. . -
• Section 3. PAGE -5
Hunting parly returns after long trip
and brings good report. l*'lßhinir and .
hunting conditions improving every
where. ■■-.- Hcctlon 3, PAGE 3
Indoor Trifle experts meet in tournament V
at Pittsburg for ten '■ days beginning:
,-,'; Feb. 1. ■ i.'iral = toam to - participate.'*,. . .
Scotivn v, V4-Q
SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 23, !!)!<>.
REVOLUTIONISTS
DETERMINED TO
CONTINUE FIGHT
'War Must Go On' Declares
Estrada, and Armies
Plan for Battle
ACTS OF U. S. SCORED
Troops Advance for Clash;
Nicaraguans Suspicious
of Americans
iim kiim.dk, Nicaragua, Jan. 32.—
President Mndriz, through Rear Admiral
Kimbsill, today refused to accept the.
provisional government.
All peace negotiation* were called off
tonight. s^' :
The Mjlilriz administration has sud
denly Manned the nggrcssive, and ap
pears anxious for a decisive clash with
tho revolutionists. ■
"Anything but Estrada," is the ulti
matum from Managua.
Generals Chamorro, Menu, - Zeledon,
Miimis and Correo lire, now in Chontalps
with 4000 men, and a battle is expected
at any hour. .
General Juan Reyes, former governor,
who turned traitor on the revolution
ist*, arrived at Minefields today to ne
gotiate for peace and was arrested and
lent * to Com Inland as a political
prisoner. / •
[Special to The Herald.]
SAN JUAN DEL SUR. Nicaragua,
Jan. 22. —"Tho war has only just
begun in Nicaragua."
This statement, made today by Gen.
Estrada, is believed to indicate the
exact conditions in Nicaragua. Fol
lowing tho rejuvenation, of tho Con
servative army, which has come to the
of the revolutionary forces on
tho eve of tho big clash expected at
Acoyapa, the belligerents are enthused
with new determination. "The war
will ko on," declare the revolutionists.
'Today the government dispatched COO
men to Acoyapa. They were equipped
With heavy artillery.
The revolutionary columns are en
camped at La Libertad. twenty-six
miles from Acoyapa. Between this
point and Acoyapa, five miles from the
latter city, the battle is expected.
The loaders of the Conservative
party, which was reorganized after its
rejection of the Dollclea of Madriz, say
Estrada and his generals havo merely
been "holding fire' to determine the
position of the United States.
Suspect United States
The revolutionists believe the United
States has decided to take no further
hand in Nicaragua's affaire, that Sec
retary Knox is reconciled to the regime
of Madriz. and that American inter
ference was due merely to a desire to
ciuell the revolution, save Zelaya and
i nable the abdicating president to turn
his administration over to the man
most to be relied upon to enforce the
same policies —Zelaya's personal friend
and sympathiser. Madriz,
Many revolutionists are denouncing
the United States as havimr been in
sincere in its attack on Zelaya. Public
statements havo been made to the
i fl'< it that the United States govern
ment desired only to protect certain
American capitalists heavily interested
here, -hence that it interfered long
enough to save Zelaya and secure the
appointment of a successor who would
moderately continue Zelaya's system.
The silent recognition of Madriz has
caused a large proportion of the public
sentiment to turn against the United
States, but many revolutionary leaders'
point gratefully to the good work done
here by tho American Red Croat,
Like Americans
Although politically the sentiment is
anti-Anierican. every one has a warm
personal feeling for Americans as in
dividuals—excepting, perhaps, for
those American capitalists in control of
Nicaragua!) Industries.
Minister General Baca today sent a
message to "congress requesting the
adoption of a. measure legalizing the
paper money issued by the unsuccess
ful revolutionary party of 1896, of which
Baca was the provisional president and
Madriz his chief lieutenant.
Baca also asks that ■ pensions be
granted to the revolutionists who were
incapacitated and to the families of the
revolutionists killed in that uprising.
It Is .said the chief Masonic lodge of
Nisaragua has asked for the punish
ment of^General Medina In retaliation
for the shooting of the American,
Groce, who was ,i merrier of the order.
There lias been a great revival by
President Madriz of Nicaragua of the
old Zelaya policy of Imprisonment of
respectable people for alleged political
reasons. • x ' ■■•
In one case a house, immediately
across the. street from' the United
States consulate -vyas entered .by sol
diers without warrant.
Troops are being hurried to meet the
Estrada army. The general situation
in Managua is-doclared to be strained.
STOCK THEATERS ON
COAST JOIN INTERESTS
Two Day Conference Attended by
Oliver Morosco Results in
Action by Managers
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22.—What Is
said to be the Initial step in the for
mation of a stock theater trust in the
west was taken today when the inter
ests of the five principal stock theaters
on the Pacific coast . were merged.
This action followed a two days' con-,
ferenco by the managers, and is the
outcome of a movement : started in
New York by Frederick Belasco.
The object of the combine, which at
present includes only the five prin
cipal cities on the coast, but," it is said,
will be extended to Denver, Salt Lake,
Helena and other.western cities, is to
avoid ■ rivalry . In obtaining plays and
engaging actors and .- thereby ; control
the dramatic stock field ■ in the west.*; ,
- The theaters whose . interests ; have
been , merged - are . the Alcazar, \ t San
Francisco;,; I'.urbank, '• Los '• Angnles;
Baker,;' Portland;, Beattlu ,■ of ' Seattle,
and : the; Spokane; of, Spokane. .
Famous Copper Magnate
Freed from Indictments
F. AUGUSTUS HEINZE
LORD LYTTON'S
SISTER IN JAIL
SUFFRAGETTE LEADER FOUND
SERVING TIME -
Famous Noblewoman of England Ac.
cused of Smashing Windows Is
?■'■:•":> Imprisoned Under Assumed
Name at Liverpool
- y , ", ' [Associated tress] ■• ■ .-■■■
•■ LIVERPOOL,:; Jan. 'I..22.—That § Lady
Constance Lytton. sister of Lord Lyt
ton, is serving a sentence in Walton jail
here, under the name of Jane Warton,
for smashing jail windows, has Just be
come known and has caused a sensa
tion among the supporters of woman's
suffrage.
Lady Lytton disguised herself as a
working woman and set about to force
the authorities to imprison her lor the
purpose of proving her assertion that
Home Secretary Gladstone's recent
action in.releasing her from Newcastle
jail, on the official ground that she
had a weak heart, was really on ac
count of her social position and the
agitation which was excited by the
forcible feeding of the. prisoners who
refused to take food.
It is said she is starving herself
again and is submitting - to. forcible
feeding to prove Mr. Gladstone's state
ment with reference to her "weak
heart" was what she called It —"simply
liberal snobbishness.",
Lady Lytton came to Liverpool Jan
uary 14. She proceeded deliberately to
smash the jail windows with stones. '
When arrested she gave the name of
Jane Warton, and says she broke, the
windows as a protest against the jail
regulations.- •'■ j . '.-.'■'-•'%^:-
ARMED THUGS ARE
ROUTED BY WOMAN
Fleeing Without Booty, Bandits Fire
Three Times at Restaurant Keep
er, One Shot Taking Ef.
feet
With a revolver pressed against her
head, Mrs. Nettle shirk, wife of F. Ij.
Black, proprietor of ;i restaurant at 402
Aliso street, (ought off two masked
burglars last night until her husband
had aroused the police, although la his
efforts he was shot at three times, one
bullet taking affect ill his right !' I
just below the thigh. The robbers,
'without obtaining any booty, esc
by jumping Into a buggy and driving
away, disappearing in the direction of
First street.
Mr. and Mrs. SUn-k were about to
close their restaurant, and Mrs. Black
hud the day's receipts, amounting to
$fiO, in a bag, when two men entered
the place, each haying a revolver and
wearing handkerchiefs to conceal
their features. Mr. Slack was in a rear
room when the men' entered and first
knew of tlic attempted robbery when
his wife screamed.
lie ran nut <>r a rear door, veiling
"Help' Murder! Police!" At the
sound of his voice the two men ran out
the front way and one Mm! a shot at
htm, which missed.
Continuing his cry for help, Slack
took shelter behind a horse thai was
hitched to a post, another shot being'
Bred at him. which lodged in his right
leg below I lie thigh. The third shot
missed him. and the two men, un
hltchini the horse, started away in th
direction '>;■ Gar< la street, and th«
crowd attracted by the shots ti
Hi, hi 1,. BSaal Kir-t street, where they
disappeared over the bridge in the
direction of noylo Heights.
RESISTS BANDITS;
ARM IS SHATTERED
With his lefl arm shattered by a
bullei An.ii eas Cano OC 1387 Wilson.
! walki d 10 the receiving hospital
Coutlnued on I'nge '!«■«
HEINZE SAVED;
MORSE JOYFUL
COPPER MAGNATE FREED; ICE
KING IS HOPEFUL
Invasion of Grand Jury Room by Out.
sider Causes Federal Judge to
Quash Indictment Against
Promoter.Ca pita list
[Associated PressJ
XKW YORK, Jan. 22.—A decision by-
Judge Hough in the federal court
quashing the indictment against F.
Augustus Heinze, financier and pro
moter, has H given renewed hope to
friends and counsel of Charles W.
Morse, the banker, now serving: a term
of fifteen years in the federal prison at
Atlanta, Qa,
Martin W. Littleton, Morse's lawyer,
said tonight that the Heinze decision
may apply equally to the case of Morse,
and if he could establish similar facts
he would move, that no valid indict
ment was found against his client.
Heinze was indicted October 12, 1909.
for violation of the national banking
laws. In quashing the indictment Judge
Hough said:
"The common law is that a grand
Jury, while deliberating, shall listen to
witnesses who give testimony and to no
one ehse, except the authorized law of
ficers of the commonwealth. When this
indictment was under consideration in
the grand jury John P. Fernsler took
part In the proceedings to the extent of
asking technical questions o f some
Other expert accountants, and through
out suggested the method of examining
expert witnesses thought to be allied
with the defendant."
Not a Lawyer
.Mr. Fernsler la an expert accountant,
not a lawyer, and was not retained by
the proeecutton as counsel.
"This may be a good system," con
tinues the court, "but it has not been
adopted by law. It has never been
urged before that counsel is entitled to
have at'his elbow in a grand jury room
an expert assistant."
.Mi-. Littleton issued a statement, In
pari aa follows: "It has been brought
to my attention that the method by
which tlie Indictments against .Morse
were procured included the service be
fore the grand jury of a non-profes
. in,i,il official, designated by the federal
government.
"I understand the court has deter
■mined that, for similar practices, an in
dictment against Mr. Heinze shall he
quashed. It I can establish similar
facts l:i the ease of my client T shall
move that no valid Indictment was
iuiir.il against him.
"Hut whether I can establish such
facts or not I expect within thirty days
I.' apply to the federal court at Atlanta!
(Hi' a writ of habeas corpus which will
en.iMe me m present to the court these
questions:
"First Way the court a constitu
tional court within the meaning of the
constitution, it being conceded that one
Of I lie Jurors was demented at the time
of I he trial.
"Second As to whether the defendant
was afforded a trial by an impartial
jury, when the jury was overihadowed
and lurrounded by the private paid de
tectlvee of the prosecution.
"Third -As to whether or not a sen
(ence of flve years In exoeu of the
statutory terni Is a void sentence upon
which the defendant can be confined."
Then' are stlU two Indictments pend
ing- against Heinzo.
DENVER WILL BE DRY FOR
PERIOD OF ENTIRE DAY
DENVER, Jan. 82.—The lid was
clapped on Denver ai midnight tonight,
and If it will be poialble for any ku
loon or ii'siauiiint keeper to pry it off
before Monday morning the officials of
the Hotel Men's allocution and Auti-
Saloon league and the district attorney
will be greatly surprised, judging by
their assertions this afternoon when
they united in deciding that Denver
was to be given one absolutely arid
Sunday.
With or withoul meato, i( is declared,
no llqupr or near-liquor may i>.
pproachlng oampaign tor ■ Sry
Denver is thoiißhi to Influence the
movement toward .1 parched Sunday
SINGLE COPIES: 2^kl^fT^^S
LOS ANGELES JOINS
IN MEAT BOYCOTT;
MASS MEETING CALLED
Thousands Enter Protest Against Trust
Methods That Have Resulted in Pro
hibitive Prices in Beef Products
PEOPLE EAT TOO MUCH, SAYS PACKER
Union and Non-union Workers in Angel
City Unite in Mighty Outcry for Re
lief from Grasping Combine
rHE anti-meat crusade, directed by the American people
against the beef trust, as a result of excessive costs of living,
has become a powerful national movement, as shown by ac
tions taken in numerous cities yesterday.
Los Angeles, while not the first to take up the protest, is ex
pected to lend a stanch support to the movement. A mass meet
ing has been called for next Wednesday.
The government took active steps yes.erday to prosecute the
trust, and legal action will be begun soon in Chicago.
Federal Attorney Sims at Chicago announced he would now
make known the results of his investigation into the affairs of
Morris & Co., made last year.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Boston, New York, Phil
adelphia and other cities yesterday and last night signed pledges
to abstain from meat eating until the trust has reduced pricese.
Mass meetings were held in many cities yesterday to induce
people to join national movement.
Prices of vegetables are reported to have gone up in several
large eastern cities.
Hundreds of hotel and restaurant proprietors throughout the
country have eliminated meat from their menus.
Prominent men blame high tariff and Taft's policies for ex
cessive cost of living.
Republicans much worried by anti-meat crusade, which they
say comes at bad time.
AS A DIRECT result of the national
campaign being waged against the
high prices of meats, thousands in
Los Angeles have boycotted this class
of food in a determined effort to fight
trusts. ."...'.
■ «|g^Eht begun in the east has been
taJtSiBSS by the laboring- classes from
the Pacific to the Atlantic, from Can
ada to 1 the Gulf'of Mexico, and "no
quarter" will be the battle cry until
the trusts • decisively have been de
feated. :■ ... ■ .
Meat packers contend that the high
prices of all kinds of meat are but the
natural result of short supply, and that
it is only the best grades of meat which
have advanced in price. But labor, or
ganized and unorganized, feels that this
is but a subterfuge and that the real
reason is the greed of the trusts. That
the fight against the high prices of
meat is but one phase of a world-wide
battle between trusts and consumers
and capital and labor is the belief of
nearly every person who has investi
gated the situation.
That the consumption of meat al
ready has been affected materially in
Los Angeles is admitted by the more
prominent packers. Were the present
unheard of prices but the natural result
of a meat famine the present boycott
would cause meat prices to drop, is the
conclusion of the smaller dealers and
the restaurant men.
Adopt Vegetarian Diet
But notwithstanding i the fact that
thousands of dollars which formerly
were expended for meat have during
the past two days bought eggs, vege
tables and other , necessities of life,
prices remain high. So bitter has the
feeling grown against the trusts that it
now is doubtful if any compromise can
be effected.
I Local unions have taken a hand, and
the members promise to fight to . the
last ditch. "I don't think we shall feel
much worse without meat than with
it," declared a section foreman yester
day afternoon. "My family will not use
10 cents' worth of meat for thirty days,
and if necessary we can double or
treble the time. It's the only way to
beat cm, and 1 think we'll do it."
Already the unions of Los Angeles
have appealed to every member, and a
meeting has been .called for next
Wednesday evening at Labor Temple,
and many non-union men will be pres
ent. Union men and non-union men
have Joined hads In the anti-meat trust
effort. . *
' Mayor George Alexander will speak
and take up many phases of the in
creased cost of living. , Stanley. B. Wil
son also will be another speaker.
-, Local Committee at Work '
A local committee of five, with C. M. f
Feider chairman and composed of Chris
Ploeger, W. A. Vanna, G. Haag and
George Mooney, has been appointed by
the Central Labor council to look into
the local situation and to arrange for
Wednesday night's meeting. |
"We probably shall take a vote on
the meat question," declared Feldor
yesterday afternoon, "and l believe that
every one present will favor boycotting
meat until prices are decidedly lower.
The unions will do-nothing more than
make an appeal to the members. "We
do not expect that the man who labors
all day can do without meat altogether.
But there are many ways in which the
consumption- can be cut down. My
family has used no meat < during the
past few days, and formerly we con
sumed at least 50 cents' worth daily.
HORRORS OF 'JUNGLE' MAY BE
REVIVED IN BEEF PROSECUTION
CHICAGO, Jan. 22.—The federal gov
, ernment apparently has awakened,
after excessive t public protest,^ to
the gross'injustice done,to consumers
by 'the. beef" trust,' which .for ', many
years. has . flourished'-without, a [ sem
blance of interference; but at last faces
, the prospect of a heavy penalty.if not
P^ CENTS
With thousands taking the same stand
the result is inevitable.
It is admitted that the high prices
asked for meat are not the only staples
which may suffer. Sugar, butter, oil
and flour are considered too costly for
the average workingman. "While we
admit that we now are being paid more
than several years ago," said a. promi
nent union man yesterday, "it is an
undeniable fact that the cost of nearly
every commodity has increased out of
proportion to the increase of salaries."
Even the better class of restaurants
am! cafea feel the results of the battle,
while none of the local packers is able
to predict what the result will be. They
are, however, unanimous in attributing
the high prices to natural causes rather
than to the trusts.
"We people eat too much meat," was
the naive explanation of H. J. Hauser,
of the Hauser Packing company, for
the sudden marked increase in the
price of meat. Mr. Hauser, who is suf
ficiently thin and abstemious in appear
ance to be absolved from tl.e charge
which he makes against the people,
iiad a neat economic formula ready to
prove that the problem is merely the
inevitable result of the working out
of the law of supply and demand. It Is
simple as walking in your sleep. Peo
ple have become so prosperous they
must have meat. They buy meat and
the price goes up. The cattle owners
also arc partlcepa crimina with the
people, according to Mr. Hauser.
"Those who own cattle," he said,
"hold on to their stock, knowing that
the supply is limited, and that they
may wait patiently until the packing
houses pay their price.* Mr. Hauser
pointed out that the pack«\s are re
luctantly compelled to raise prices
when the hard-hearted cattle owners
take advantage of the fact that they •
have the cattle. The recent washouts
on the Salt Lake railroad and general
difficulty in shipping also were men
tioned by Mr. Hauser us contributing
causes to the increased prices here.
Hotel keepers and restaurant man
agera protested against the raise, in
wholesalers' prices, but when attempts
were made to got them definitely to
place the blame their replies were as
evasive as the shifty card in a rouge
et noir deck.
Part of Trust Campaign
"Of course, I don't want to be quoted
in this," saiil one agitated boniface,
looking about furtively to make sure
that be was not overheard. "Don't
quote me, bat you know it's all a part
of a big campaign which the. meat
trust has begun." Happily, there were
no minions of the hated meat trust hid
den anywhere about, and the bold
restaurant man still is doing business.
Produce dealers have given attention
f to the advanced prices in meats, ana
are wondering what will happen if all
the people ko on strike and turn vege
tarians for a month or six; weeks, due
of the jobbers ih discussing the situ
ation said last night:
"1 don't think there will bo any
marked advance, if any at all. in the
price of market goods. We have a
great abundance of everything that can
be grown in Southern California, and
can meet any ordinary condition Or
demand. I think the people, if they
give up the meat eating habit, will pn
after fish, eggs, potatoes, fruits and
vegetables. We can load up for a rush
if It comes. We are now experiencing
increased demand for supplies. As to a
possible rise in prices, I am not author
ised to state at this time. It will all
depend upon the demand and supply."
I Special to The HeralJ.]
of dissolution,' and regulative legislation
of a drastic character. ;-,i',;-.- ,: -ij^. 1.
The people ( of .'Chicago, one of -the
meat-packing centers, and * distributing
points | of; the United i States,', are i pus
gled I- as it to t just ■?. what 5. plea tho s beef
trust will., make, for bore, where s ltd
methods are well known and thousands
(tuntlnnil on l"»«« TlirM).

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