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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 31, 1916)
THE OMAHA SUNDAY REE: DECEMRER 31. 1016.
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Financial Eeceipts Eclipse All
Records by Almost Thirty
Five Million Dollars.
MANY NEW BUILDINGS
Almost $35,000,000 increase over
t lie business of 1915 is the packing
house record of the year just closed.
The mammoth total receipts in dol
lars during the last twelve months
has been $149,000,000. In 1915 re
ceipts were $115,434,850 and in 1914
the business yielded $113,000,000.
Of course, the four big plants of
Armour, Cudahy, Swift and Morris
made the most of this money. But
I he smaller packers gained from
8 to 12 per cent in their business.
Many Records Going.
While sales were tremendous, other
statistical records were eclipsed.
More men were employed. A greater
amount of money was expended in
tered in the number of cattle, hogs
Jand calves slaughtered. The hog
' record showed the largest increase,
the exact total being 327,000, and this
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''inline uic mil uim uic mui t la nuK-
i.nnng department nas been out ot
commission since the disastrous fire
on Octocr 2.
Total Head EUlrd.
Cattle. Hog's. Sheep. Calves.
I'M ...478.K2S !,i;,:l,737 1.77&.1M 1)1,231
1!M. ...6:.2.00!( 2.n0J,S47 3.962,700 2s,lti9
19)i . . . Thl.sf.i, J,;tJO.65 l,8:j.!l0 31.935
The slaughter of hogs at the Mor
ris plant is soon to begin. General
Manager 1'aul announced last week
that the work of rebuilding the pork
house, four stories of which had been
entirely destroyed, will be completed
within the next two weeks. While i
the construction work has been going
on, a modern sausage room with tiles !
of the best construction has been in-'
stalled. Among the other plants there
were no serious setbacks. As fast as
the yards increased their receipts the
different plants increased their buy- j
ing. Nearly 500 more men were em-.
ployed this year than last. This,
however, does not reach the high lig-
' ,r. ni th vear before nor the im
mense pay roll of that year.
During the year approximately 56.
000 cars of produce of all kinds were
shipped from the local plants. This
is a record by itself. Most of the
stock was marked for foreign lands
and comprised the greater part nf the
$149,769,680 sales that were recorded
for the year by the Commercial club.
The shipping facilities were not ham
pered through the year and no loss
was sustained by reason of delay of
In improvements the year has been
a banner one. Atop this is the an
nouncement that the building "opera
tions planned for the year to come
are even greater. Where the slock
yards spent a quarter million dollars
in completing the concrete and steel
ling pens and other additions to the
yards, Morris and Company spent
more than $200,000 in rebuilding their
gulled pork house. Resides this, the
company installed a sprinkler system
and a fertilizer. The expenditure in
these ventures will amount to nearly
The Armour plant, under the super
vision of General Manager R. C.
Howe, has completed and moved into
a new $125,000 office building. A
whole series of new departments, in
cluding a new time keeping depart
ment, a chemistry laboratory, a dis
play room, a domestic science lecture
room, a new fireproof beef-loading
dock, beef coolers, ice plant and ma
chine shops arc planned. Roughly es
timated, the new additions will cost
$4(10,000. The ice plant, machine shops ;
and beef coolers have been under con-1
struction for several months.
The Cudahy plant, with General 1
Manager M. K. Murphy directing, has j
increased amazingly in business pro-1
portions. Of the whole one hundred
and thirty-three millions of business 1
that the Cudahy plants did during i
,i, i,.. ..,, ,,,. li '
sponsible for 30 per cent. The prod
ucts manufactured include those from
the glycerine, Oid Dutch Cleanser,
pepsin and pharmaceutical depart
ments. The cost of remodeling and
repairs during the last year has ap
proximated $205,000. The coming year
will find the installation of two 300
ton k'e machines in progress at a cost
The Swift & Company plant did no
building other than ordinarv. The
immense new cold storage plant
erected in 1914 has proven immensely
Customs Receipts Here
Show Big Increase
Although the bulk of importations
have been cuT"off from this country
because of the European war, the of
fice of the United States collector of
customs at the inland port of Omaha
shows a substantial gain for the year
The annual figures given out by
Collector of Customs C. W. McCune
shows that the total duties collected
in 191( amounted to $69,473, ami in
1915 $66,046, this being an increase
Total value of imports through
this port were $907,428, as compared
with $015,342 in 1915, or an increase
Of these amounts of $127,606 worth
of goods came in free of duty and
$779. 7o2 were dutiable. In 1915 goods
valued at $185,283 came in free of
duty and $430,059 were dutiable. This
shows an increase of $57,619 in the
value of free goods and an increase
of $349,703 in the value of dutiable j
goods over 1(,I5.
The increased valueof the dutiable
goods tine collector Oi the post be
lieves, is due to the fact that import
ers are forced to pay increased prices
for the articles abroad.
The customs district of Omaha.
No. 46, comprises the states of Ne
braska, Wyoming and a small area
of Iowa. There is also a port of
entry at Lincoln in charge of Deputy
K. R. Birge. The office force of the
Omaha port consists of James Bur
ness, chief deputy; J. C. Thomas,
deputy and inspector, and George K.
Porter, deputy and clerk.
Water Department Has
Surplus in Treasury
'Ten miles of new service mains.
1,250 new services connected with the
system. 188 fire hydrants installed
and $110,000 expended for improve
ments, represent briefly the forward
steps taken by the municipal water
department during the year.
The establishment of a laboratory
at Florence was one of the improve
ments. All of the coagulant used in
the purification of the city water is
now manufactured in this laboratory,
reducing the cost, it is claimed, one
third. The sinking fund is $560,000, reserve
for depreciation, $400,000; surplus,
Crime Increase Keeps
Pace With Other Things
Along with the H. C. of I.., the
'number of marriage licenses, di
vorces, births, etc., crime is also in
creasing in Douglas county, accord
ing to statistics compiled in the office
of George A. Magney, county at
torney. There were 161 convictions in 1916,
as against 149 the previous twelve
months. The acquittals, however.
were fewertwelve in 1916 and
twenty in 1915. Fifty-six cases were
dismissed for want of evidence and
100 cases are pending. The figures on
the different classes of cases lor the
last two vcars are as follows:
Mur.1i"r. first !irrrp-. ......... 1 3
Mlr.l.T. nat'oml il.'Krf .",
MminlAUKtltAr ...... 4 2
Hreaklrm unit cnlprliiK ... tin fii.
Oraml larc-ny IX in
Wlnntnus njult 11
Tarrying roiK'nat,! wniipnnfi. . . . 17
l.itri eny from I ho lit'rxoii 1
.Vllaci'llauollfl I .
Total conviction Hi
Milr.lcr. first Argree. ........... . I
llroiiklnii ami cntprlTlK '.
Fi'lflnfmi a.iiault. 2
the defendant and seventy-three were I in Downing street this morning. It
dismissed alter the jury was impan-1 wU a call of courtesy, offering the
died. i Amcricsn representative his first op-
A u-4- D ... I Porttmity of seeing Mr. Lloyd George
MiHUcioanuui raye iicjr,c 5ince n( became premier.
Call On Lloyd George
London, Dec. 29. Ambassador
Page called on Premier l.loyd George
Persistent Advertising Is the Roa:l
Cases Filed in District
Court Total Over 3,000
Civil and criminal cases tiled in the
olticc of the clerk of the district court
during the last year totaled well over
3,1X10, according to tigures compiled
by Axel Stecre, jr., chief deputy clerk.
This is slightly in excess of the total
in 1915. There were nearly 2,500 civil
cases filed in 1916, as against 2,449
the previous year. The criminal cases
totalled 578, a falling off from the fi
gures of 1915. 600.
Mr. Steerc's statement shows that
830 divorce suits were filed during
the year. Two hundred and fifty-one
personal injury suits, amounting to
$2,809,043.35, and 190 damage suits,
involving $2,116,682.54. were filed.
The total number of verdicts re
turned is 356,320 civil and thirty-six
criminal. One hundred and forty-nine
civil cases were decided in favor of
the plaintiff for $208,441.59. while
ninety-eight were decided in favor of
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AfT Lindley Live Stock Jml -
gfljl Commission Co. 5v
noil 202 ExchangeBldg.
Cattle, Hogs and Sheep jj :
Receipts for Years Ending Dec. 30, 1916-1915
1916 1915 Increase Pet. Increase
Cattle 1,434,304 1,218,342 215,962 17.7
Hogs 3,116,820 2,642,973 473,847 17.9
Sheep 3,170,908 3,268,279 ...
Carloads ...... 112,187 101,786 10,401 10.2
Why This Increase?
Because It is a Clean Market for Clean Live Stock.
It is the Most Modern Live Stock Market in the World,
over $1,600,000.00 having been expended during the past .
six years for improvements and betterments, insuring
shippers the very best and most efficient facilities for
the prompt handling and marketing of stock,
The South Omaha Stock Yards are Open for Inspection
As Well As For the Handling Of Yo ur Live Stock
Enormous increase in Live Stock receipts during 1916 over previous years means
SERVICE THAT SATISFIES
Un ion Stock Yards Company, Ltd.
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