Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, March 08, 1913, Page 5, Image 5
THE BEE: OMAHA, SA'ITliDAY, MAHC1I 8, 191. 5 BECKER BLAMES RETAILERS Former Association Secretary Says They Cause High Cost. PRODUCE ROTS IN WAREHOUSE Man Who Lost Po.ltlnn Asso ciation ?, ,t X lnck. Hat nnd line .ot Fix I'rlce. detail grocers cause the high cost of living in Omaha, ncccrrng to Joseph Becker, former secretary of the Omaha netnll Grocers' association. Uccker has not testified before the legislative com rnlttee. which Is making an Investigation in Omaha, but has privately told member Foster some facts regarding the eitua tlon here. Becker asserts that although one grocer testified before ino committee that the .Retail Grocers"assoclatlon had never Indulged in fixing prices that very grocer once introduced in the association a reso lution to the- effect that no member should pay more than 85 cents a dozen for goods selling at 10 cents apiece. He declared the resolution was adopted, but later was repealed at his behest. Now, so far as he knows, there is no price fixing, but grocers by pushing up prices for goods they can get cheaply from produce merchants and commission men, directly cause prevailing high prices. Conda Hot In Wnrehunnr. Becker says there are vast quantities of goods such as cabbage and onions literally rotting away In warehouses about Omaha, because the prices on them are kept high by the grocers on tacit agreement and consequently arc not In demand by consumers. If prices I were placed by the grocers at a fair profit, lievker rays, the demand for i mese goous woum do greater anu inoy ; could bo moved out of the warehouses ) Becker was beaten for the secretary-1 ship of the association at the election In November by Fred Hansen. He avers that a faction of the association, which desired to uso its strength in forcing produce and commission merchants to extend them longer credit was respon sible for his defeat. According to Becker, his tenure of the office resulted In the formation of a credit bureau,1 which availed members of Information concern ing "dead beats" and, he admits, vir tually amounted to a black listing propo sition though there was no Iron clad black list. Not Like I'ortlnnd. , Becker declares there is no produce men's organization in Omaha such as the oiv: recently Indicted and fined In Portland. Fifteen members of the Port land Produce Merchants' association were Indicted by a federal grand Jury on February 5, and fines aggregating $8,450 were Imposed by the Judge on March 1. The produce men pleaded guilty to violation of the Sherman anti trust law. No ' Jail sentences were Im posed because the produce men promised to dissolve the association. The produce men of I'ortlnnd had an ngrcement with brokers, whereby cars of goods which cotlld not be used by associ ation members were diverted to other cities and towns, the broker reporting to his shipper that tKere was no market. Thus produce merchants outside the as sociation were scarcely able to get goods and those within it kpt down tho quant ity of goods on tho market and were able to hold up prices. It was an agree ment by which the brokers prevented tho uso of "pool" cars by wholesalers MUNYON'S COLD CURE ym antee that thir 9mr- outside the association, mid sent out of the city, such "tramp" cars ns tho ' members could not use. The Portland case was the first of ' Its kind to be handled by . the govern ment authorities, who arc said to bo working through tho west at the present time nnd procuring evidence against simi lar orgnnlxntlonB. i B "Omntas Greatest Clothing House' E aunni.K .mi:. hut tiii: raoi'iT J. J. I'om- Tell" I.lvliinr ('ml Commit tee Produce Arc Sufferers. 111.1 WATER DAMAGE SALE! THE DEWEY HOTEL FIRE Two doors east of ub caused our basement to be flooded over five feet deep. Thousands- of dollars worth of bottled goods all In perfect condition (excepting the labels) jnust be sold .Quickly, regardless of cost or value. We absolutely guarantee the sound and perfect con dition of every artlole. Settlement with the IhBura.nce Companies having been completed, our objeot Is to clear this, damaged label stock out In a hurry to make room for clean new stock already ordered. Olives Olive Oil Sardines Cherries T Inw of All Kinds 'Whiskies French Bauternes and Clarets German Wines and Knmmel Italian LIqnors Swedish and Dansh Liquors Frtllt Brandies and Cordials Imported Gins and many others. IMPORTED RHINE WINES VIRGINIA DARE A direct importation recently and Southern - Scupernong arrived of very fine, wry old wi we ha whole car. Rhine wines, such as Laubon- ' . helmer, Nierstelner, Deldes- load of these elegant wines m helmer, eta.; $1.00, and basement, all are water $1.50 bottles; labels soaked ' otherwise as good as Aft- soaked-, otherwise O. K JQ- ever all go SG 75o large bottle's TTUw FRUIT BRANDIES IMPORTED iARDIlTES The finest line of Cordials, Nothing wrong with these such as Apricot, Orange, Sardine ; 3U8t the outer la- Raspberry, Cherry, Banana, bels soiled. . f ' Vi on nnil rt 5o and 10c cans 4c tl 25 bottle d 9 i 150 -an 20e cans ' ' $1.25 bottles- 25o and 35o cans 13t nrrMTan VHf SKIES 50o qts. Cal. Port. . f . . .23 75o, 85c and $1 qts. JT $1.00 and $1.26 Imported Wines. g0 at WVW MutaYet AuVelicarToka;6! Bottled in boi!d Whiskies, $1 many other fine wines, 76c and $1.25 and $1.50 brands, go at 65c grades, go at 32 89d, 79g and 69p AP For a Gallon of Ex- OJJVES IJHA tra Fine California The fine large ones also ifUV port Wine; regnlar stuffed 25c, 35c, 40e A $2.00 Grade. This wine is large size bottles iOh perfect; the jugs are soiled "Wo do not carry any cheap from smoke, the labels gone, olives andtoply full size bot- but the wine is delicious. ties ; these are real bargains. tjt a riT7"RVT?T.v POMPEIAN OLIVE OIL c i, nA -p This Italian OIJ is considered A Special Fine Grade. Pure one of the very beBt In can,f Blackberry should be m ev- hardly touched by water. All ery home for mediciual use. must go to make room for new $1,00 BOTTLES 49 k This is surely a rare oppor- 60c pInt cah, , 3 tunity. $1.00 quart cans G8i If It Comes From HILLER'S It MUit Be Good. THE FAMILY LIQUOR STORE 1309 FARM AM STREET. We will ship direct to consumer for personal use any sale goods, Producer nnd consumer." of life ne ccsJltles botli nre victims of the middle! men, nccordltiR to testimony fclvon yes terduy afternoon before the stnte legis lative commltteo InvcstlRntliiB the high cost of living. Ah Interesting situation developed when J. J. Folc. n fruit broker, wan culled ns a witness, lie attempted to shield the commission men by declaring thnt not 'one of them ever mndu large profits, nnd to prove his statement cited the sale of two cars of apples mmle during the morn. Ing. These apples were growi by a farmer In Iowa and were sold to a snee. ulator, who took tho entire orchard nt around $1.75 n barrel of three bushels The" speculator furnished the barrels at a cost of 40 cents euoh, paid for the pack ing and shipped to Omaha, where they went Into storage, the storage house owner getting 50 cents per barrel. He had paid freight of 18 cents and Insurance nnd Interest charges of 5 cents. Then he plnced the apples on tho market Not being nble to sell. Mr. Speculator applied to Foye. who disposed of the fruit at KM, charging a commission of 6 cents a barrel. This was u loss to tho speculator, birt several persons had gotten bites out of the apples. The commission man who bought the apples, willing to tnko a email profit, priced them to tho retollcr nt jr.73. who sold them to the ultimate consumer nt 40 cents a peck, J4.S0 per barrel, three times what tho grower received for them. Sam Joe, proprietor of n restaurant, threw a little light on what happens to the ultimate consumer of butter. Two days ago Marsh & Marsh, commission men, testified as to tho price of Clover dale butter, which nt the stored Is priced to tho consumer nt around 38 cents a pound. Joe use more butter than tho average family u;d he buys of tho Mnrsh & Marsh firm. lie made a purchase of ten pounds yesterday . and paid 31 cents a pound. John Smith, a south side retail grocer, proved to be something of a rate man on the property value and wealth of com mission men. He explained that he had been In business here twenty years and bad maae a Close siuay oi wimi me iiu mlsslon men are worth. He gavo his In formation to the committee. Taking up tho Trimble brothers, Hob nnd Charles, Mr. Smith told the commlt teo that fifteen years ngo they were drivers for J. It- Snyder, working at r0 u month. Then they became salesmen nt 75 a month, and five year ngo they were taken Into the company. Now they nre the solo owners and tho concern Ib one of tho rlchciit of Its kind west of Chicago. Smith said thnt ten years ago H. Ulotcky began handling cabbage-nnd po tatoes in n little coop of n building ut Tenth and Howard streets a poor man: now be Is worth not less than $100,000, made in a commission business that has been testified to as being without profit. If. Gllinsky of tho Glllnsky Fruit com pany was the next man given a rating by Smith. "Glllnsky Is worth upward of OCOO." said Smith, "nnd ho has been in no other business other than selling fruit and produce, and ho has made It all In ten years." Wednesday Louis Klrschbraun testified that thero wero no profits In the com mission business. Smith Informed the commltteo Klrschbraun Is now one of the wealthy men of the city; he is the prin cipal owner of a creamery and storage plant, has a largo bank account, and Is tho owner of an $18,000 home. To disprove testimony that the retail grocers are all growing rich. Smith said that not to exceed ten per cent of the 400 In the city are making more than a bare living. C N Ball, a restaurant proprietor, twelve years In business, said prices of food products have Increased fifty to 200 per cent during the last seven years. He would not attempt to state the cause, but thought perhaps commission men and brokers had been responsible for some of the Increase. He told of paying 17 cents a pound for roosters last week. Right here Member Gustofson, of the committee, volunteered the Informa tion that on the same day out forty miles from Omaha chickens of the same kind and weight were retailing at nine cents a pound. U, C. Howe, manager for Armour Co., at South Omaha, testified as to cold storage plants. He looked upon them aa equalizers of 'prices. Mr. Howe thought that without the storage plants, produce would go begging, especially at the season of the year when most plentiful and during tire cold months, could not bo had at any price. He added that the Armours rent storaiv to customers, but handle goods only for their customers and the branch houses. Ilaudazal TcIU of Trnat. Vincent RandazzI, head of the Omaha fruit company, an extensive dealer In bananas, told of his experience with the Omaha Produco exchange. Thinking that a membership would help him in hli business, ho Jplned, but when he, found that the corporation proposed to run his business, he dropped out, ho said, Then committee after committee visited him and tried to get him back. As a last resort, one called ansVplcaded with him. He still refused, and the ex change man raid: "If you do not get back In, we will put In a stock' of bananas." According o Randazzl, his answer was: "You go and put In your bananas." Randazzl told the commltteo the uananaa have never been added to tin stock of the threatcner. Berg's Final Clean-Up Sale Saturday is the last day of our final clean-up sale in the men's young men's and children's departments we offer suits, overcoats, trousers, hats and furnishing goods at prices below one-half original price. Our spring stuck is here. In order to make a little more room we give you this last opportunity. AVe call your particularattention to our one dny hat sale. Note the reductions. Our spring display of the highest and most reputable makes of wearing apparel for men and buys made in the world is open for your inspection now. MEN'S FURNISHING MEN'S SUITS AND GOODS ' OVERCOATS 35 Discount on Rg-ulr Xdnca of Underwear. 4 . 50 and 15 assar sIIk and wool Swiss ribbed union MiiltH 53.30 American Hosiery Co. Au stralian woid underwear, regular 13 values, at. tho garment $1.79 3.B0 worsted, closed crutch, union mum, nt 52.49 Meu'H 11.50 Vassnr union SllltH 85o Men's II union suits. . . .390 Men'M Derby ribbed uudei wear, up to 75o values, al. garment 30o Men's sllkatecn underwear. 12.00 values, nt. the gar- j ment ...U SKIRTS. " Regular 11 negllgeo nhlrtv now spring patterns 69o 1 12 custom tailored shirts I nt 1. Separate collar, light flan nel Hhlrte, $1 50 values 93o I Broken lines of Sulta that formerly sold up to SlCfiO, on aalo now at... 87.50 Broken Uiuh of buUh that formerly Hold up to $2, on sale. now. .go to $12.50 llrokon lines or Kuppen holmor, SoliloRB Uros., Stoln-Uloeh and Society Brand stilts and overcoats, that sold up to $40, on salo now at S15.00 All overcoats at prices that will amnio you Bomo overcoats that sold up to $1!5, on sain now at SO to fSl.2.50 S WHAT Hit COATS. ? 11.50 wool sweater coats, shawl collars $2.2 $1 sweater coats at. . .G5d IN THE BOYS' AND CHILDREN'S DEPARTMEN Hoys' (iolf fllovcs, regular GOc. at lOd Hoys' Scout Gloves, regular GOc. at 25ti riillrircn'N ScnnilOhH Itlhbod PIjAX.VKI, siiihts. Hegular $1. at 59 Shirts, collar dotachcu, slightly soiled, regular 76c. at 100 Klccco Mned t'nlon .Suit, regular 50c, at 350 Hoys' Waists, regular 75c, now at 400 Muslin I'njninas, regular ?1, now at 400 Two-IMeco Underwear, regu lar 50c, at 200 Night Klilrts, regular 50c "t 300 Hoj'm' Sweat cis, regular $1, t 50 Hoys' Windsor Tics, regular 25c, at 50 HuMcr Brown Holts, worth 25c and 36c, at 100 Walst.s, regular 50c. 10,0 Hoys' Knee runts, that sold at $1.50, $1 nnd 75c, are divided Into throo lots, nt. . .300. 50d and 70i MH.VH HOHIKHV. Fancy nnd plain silk lisle, hose, 50c value, at..2SO Silk llslo hose, 26c values, at 12H0 Kvorwenr silk llslo hose, G pairs, guaranteed six months, sold for $3, now at $2.00 R Several thousand hats worth up to $4.00, on sale f Saturday O SSL m only, at W Let us show you our new models in sprinir suits for men and boys. G DAKOTA PAMPHLET LAW TAKEN FROM THE STATUTES l'IKHHK, S. D.. March ". (Special Tel egram.) The Curtis publicity pamphlet, which wns the cause of so much conten tion In the last legislative session and all through the campaign of last sum mer and fall, Is no longer a part of the lnu- nt ibla stntp. hnvliiir been renenled this afternoon, when the house adopted the Fenato bill requiring publication of amendments nnd referred laws through the newspapers of the stuto Instead of by pamphlet publicity. The fight was a warm one by the m:noi;:y which wob opposing, but the bill went through with an easy mujority when tho vote wan se cured. The- house also adopted tho senate act for a state gamo preservo on tho state forest lands near Custer. In the Ulnck Hills, nnd tho net carries with it nn ap-nrnm-lntlnu of 115.00U from the game fund surplus for fencing and stocking the re scrvo of several townships in the heart of the Uluek Hills. The general Investigation committee continued taking testimony until late this nftcrnoon, and whllo tney may get WILLIAM AVERILL HARRIMAN ELECTED DIRECTOR OF BANK NEW YOnif, March 7.-Will!am Averill. Harriman, son of the late 13. II. Harri- man, entered the financial world today when he was ejected a director of the Harriman National bank here. Mr. liar rlman was elected a few duyo ago a di rector of the Union Pacific railroad. In the development of whlcn his father played so great a part. Young Harriman. who became 21 year of age last November, Is a. senior at Vale, where he hns been largely inter- ted In the training of the crew, ltefore entering the university he worked at railroading for several months, carrying a chain for a surveying party on the Oregon Short IJne, their report In shapo to hand In tonight, tho probabilities" now are that they will not be able to report until tomorrow. K. A. Platts, former assistant secretary of state, was before the committee this aft ernoon and explained several matters which tho commute desired to learn about tho department. It Is generally known the commltteo will deeluro Irregu larities of greater or lem Importance to havo shown up In tho matter of attempt ing to mako a sale-of a national bank on the part of Public Hxamlner Wlngflold, which he admits lit his testimony and conversation outside tho commltteo room Hind declares to havo been within his rights. Whllo the uppolntment of Oeorgo II. McClelland as mine Inspector was an nounced today, it did not go to tho sen ate with tho other appointment? made nt tho same time, and tho Ulnck Hilts mem bers announce, that they will oppose the conflrmutlonit It comes In. Tho appointment of duy H. Krary as puro food commissioner to succeed A. N. Cook was announced later this even ing nnd did not go to tho senate with the other names. The senate passed tho house thousand-to-ono saloon hill this evening nnd amended it to COO population, allowing two saloons In towns of any size and re ducing tho maximum of saloon licenses to 11,100. POLICEMAN'S LITTLE SON KILLS HISBABY SISTER NK WYOUK. March 7-When Herman Corcll, a policeman, opened the top drawer of his dresser today his pistol was missing. Ah ho started to look for It ho heard n shot In the next room. There he found his 4-year-old sou holding the weapon in his hand. In a little heap on the floor lay tho boy's sister, aged IS months. The bullet had entered her left ej'c. pierced her brain and killed her Instantly. GAYLEY CONTINUES EVIDENCE NSTEEL CORPORATION SUIT NHW YOHK, March ". .lames Gayley, former vice president of tho United States Steel corporation, continued his testimony today In tho government sul( to dissolve tho corporation ns an Illegal combination. Mr. Gayley testified that he had recom mended tho purchase of tho Champion Iron mlnc,s by tho steel corporation In 1913 In order that It might not bo taken over by competitors. Tho Union Sharon ateol company, sub sequently acquired by tho trust, was after tho property at tho tlmo. Bronze Bust Given to James Wilson WASHINGTON, Marcli 7.-A life-sized bronze bust of himself will serve to re mind Jnmcs Wilson,' retiring secretary of agriculture, of his sixteen yeurs of service in that department when ho re turns to hla homo In Iowa, Tho bust, a replica of which will be placed In the department, wan presented to Mr. Wilson tonight in the National Museum building by tho employes of tho department In. tho prcsenco of Sccrolury of Htuto Bryan und Secretary of Agrl culturo Houston nnd several hundred of tho men nnd women who havo worked with tho retiring secretary In, tho mnliy years he has served tho department. 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