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WHILE several hundred of our readers have already responded to the Star's Emergency fund Drive appeal, our drive for funds is behind schedule. The Star has already been forced to reduce to 8 pages. And unless we achieve our minimum goal of $7,500, we wiH be unable to continue publication. We are sure our readers will agree that The Star is needed now more than ever before. But good wishes alone will not publish The Star. PRICE TRENDS since eerly pert of century, shown on chert, indi cete plight of people today. According to- U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices are now at all-time peak. Progressive petitions filed with Gov. Green SPRINGFIELD— Petitions bearing 75,268 signatures of voters who want the Progres sive Party to appear on the bal lot in Uinois Nov. 2 were turned over this week to Gov. Green at the Executive Mansion here. William Miller, state director of the party, said that the signa tures covered 3,710 petition sheets. The petitions were also filed in accordance with the legal re quirements with the state audi tor of public accounts and the secretary of state. With the signatures gathered from 88 different Illinois coun ties, the Progressive Party spokesman declared that a place on the Illinois ballot was as sured for Henry A. Wallace and Glen H. Taylor. A full Progressive Party slate, headed by Curtis D. MacDougall for U S. senator and Grant Oakes for governor was also Chicago Nisei to canvass for Progressive Party Chicago Nisei for Wallace—a new Japanese-American organ ization—got underway this week with the election of Miyo Uyeno as chairman. Mrs. Uyeno also is secretary of the 6th Ward Progressive Party. A door -to - door canvassing campaign to bring the issues of the election to the Japanese-Am erican community will be carried out under the direction of Don Matsuda and Yoshitaka Takagi. Nl. Supreme Ct. to rule on PPI SYCAMORE, ILL.—The Illinois Supreme Court Is expected to rule within the next few days on a Progressive Party plea that its status as a legally qualified politi cal party in Cook County be re affirmed. The high court issued such a ruing last Spring, but Cook County election officials have re sorted to delaying tactics in the lower Appellate Court. The PP appeal was made here last week to Chief Justice Fulton. filed. The election law requires that 25,000 signatures be gath ered, with a minimum of 200 from each of 50 counties in the state. Oops! Our error Don’t let the House Un-Am erican Committee hear of this, but The Star’s face is red. Infla tion statistics printed in a recent issue were incorrect. Here are the correct figures, as reported by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: the cost of liv ing in Chicago is now 76.2% above the pre-war level, with prices here having jumped 45.3% since price controls were re moved. Here’s how prices have jumped above the pre-war level: food, 121.5%; clothing, 99.2%; rents, 31.5%. The Star misinterpreted the BLS percentages. Last week Toshiye Ishimoto, who was a delegate to the Pro gressive Party convention, re ported on the accomplishments of the Philadelphia meeting at a gathering in the offices of the Chicago Resettlers Committee, 1110 N. LaSalle. * * * THE new group’s constitution says that its aim is “to gain the widest participation of Japanese- Americans in support of Henry Wallace and other progressive candidates.’’ It declares that the Wallace movement is the best force for solving the “special problems of Japanese-Americans” citizen ship for the foreign-born, dem ocratization of immigration laws, elimination of restrictive cove nants, and enactment of a fair employment practices act. Officers of the club, besides Mrs. Uyemo, are: Ernest S. liya ma, Jack Otake, and James Miy ashiro, vice chairmen; Yuri Tash ima, recording secretary; Toshiye Ishimoto, corresponding secre tary; and “Smoky” Sakurada, treasurer. The need: $7,500 Received: $2,245 ' Here are some of the reasons why $7,500 will guarantee continued publication: • The Star operates at a deficit. We sell the paper to subscribers for about 4 cents a copy and total cost to us is around 9 cents. Meat ban spreads; packers feel pinch Housewives from Progressive Party ward clubs and Women for Wallace committees this Thurs day engaged in city-wide mass demonstrations protesting the outrageous prices of meat. And as the Wallaceite anti inflation campaign in Chicago rolled up steam, a Chicago. Sun survey revealed that meat sales had dropped as much as 50% in some Chicago butcher shops. Varied and colorful Progres sive picket signs emphasized that the housewives’ target is neither the farmer nor the corner butcher, but the big packer, whose net profits last year aver aged 312% above 1939- The ward demonstrations dif fered according to the ingenuity of the 50 ward “Beat High Cost of Living” committees. Buggy parades were featured in some places, while in many wards, protesting housewives distributed thousands of leaflets featuring the slogan—“No meat for me till prices come down.” * * # MEANTIME, the city - wide chain telephone campaign, joint ly sponsored by 7 women candi dates of the Progressive Party and Women for Wallace, was moving ahead, and hundreds of women were obtaining signatures on a new “meat price roll-back pledge.” Signers of the pledge affirmed this declaration: “I want to help roll back meat prices and to stop the robbery of American con sumers by the giant meat pick ing interests. I will not buy a single pound of fresh meat until the packing corporations have reduced the wholesale price of meat, thereby making it possible for my corner butcher to sell i ............. i • Our total income on subscriptions, advertising, newsstand, ond bundle sales is about $450 a week below operating expenses , • If $7,500 is raised, it will provide that dif ference between present income and expenses to take care of the deficit from Labor Day until January Ist. We on The Star have come to you with this, aur most difficult problem. Only you can decide what happens to your paper at this crucial time. " e re counting on you to send in your con tribution NOW-TODAY! These are meat profiteers ... S ' Dept ' -° f Labor llatUtic * * h °" sharply who * raspon «bl« for high prices. Prices paid lo farmers for livestock have gone tip 74% since June 1946. but The Meal Trust has raised its prices on wholesale meat to retail butchers by 120%! And the butchers are getting squeeied—the price they charge the consumers has gone up only 112%. You’d expect this to be reflected in the Meal Trust's profits, and it is. Profits of the Big Four last year were 430% over 1939 profits. 120.9% over 1945 profits. Here are how the individual Big Four packers have made out: PROFITS in MILLIONS of DOLLARS 1947 1946 1939 Armour 53.0 57,j 3 7 WiUon 23.6 17.0 L 3 Cudahy 12.5 16.0 4.0 meat to me at a reasonable price.” Dorothy Bushnell Cole, chair man of the anti-inflation pro gram committee of the Progressive Party and Women for Wallace, reported on the first week of the campaign to the Cook County central committee. That body agreed that the fight to drive prices down and to curb evictions must be given major emphasis in the weeks ahead, especially in precinct canvassing * * * EARLIER nearly a hundred housewives had staged a power ful demonstration against the “Big Four” packers, picketing the main gate of the Chicago Stockyards for two hours. A statement released by Dor othy Bushnell Cole, Progressive Party candidate for Congress from the 9th district, commented that “the packers in their ex pensive newspaper propaganda try to make us, the housewives, a scapegoat for high meat prices. They tell the public that we ‘in sist’ on having meat for the fam ily without regard to price. That is nonsense. The records show that the average American is consuming 10 pounds less meat this year than he did last—l4s pounds compared with 155 pounds in 1947.” Calls jury anti-Jewish SACRAMENTO, Calif. (FP) The federal grand jury which indicted 12 Communist party leaders was a “white, Aryan and upper middle class” blue ribbon jury with an anti-Semitic bias, John Abt, national counsel for the Progressive party, charged here. Abt ,who spoke at the found ing convention of the California Independent Progressive party, based his charge on his own ex periences when called to testify before the grand jury in New York. Abt said he was persistently questioned about his religious be liefs by one juror. When he re plied for a second time, “The faith of my fathers was Jewish, but I do not attend any religious institution,” the questioner in sisted: “But are you a Jew?" At this point even the prosecuting attorney became alarfhed, Abt said, and the episode was strick en from the record over Abt’s objections. Hearing set NEW YORK—Motions in the case of the 12 indicted members of the national board of the Communist Party, including Gil bert Green of Chicago, will be heard in U. S. District Court here Sept. 27. 3 THE CHICAGO STAR, AUGUST 21. 1948