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Garden regiments are being enlisted. The
drive is on.
c The democratic senator from Omaha is wor
ried. That much is certain.
The Bee's suggestion tp the grand jury:
Throw the whitewash brush away.
Mr. Baker's peep over "No Man's land" ought
to enable him to reconstruct some of his views
It is definitely settled that there are more
Joyal people than disloyal people in Wisconsin.
,tt will be the same in Nebraska.
Mr. Heney expresses satisfaction with his visit
'o Omaha. Others interested must withhold com
ment till they see what comes of it. i
That grand jury can, if it will,, do a whole lot
:fio help Omaha with its spring housecleaning.
a-let busy and let no guilty man escape.
; Still,' William Jennings Bryan never cham
pioned the kaiser's bill to make America helpless
by shutting down our munition factories through
in embargo which Senator Hitchcock sponsored.
One thing Mr. Heney did develop in Omaha
rs that the old misunderstanding between buyer
and seller is not much nearer settlement now than
it was at the beginning. Each wants the long end
pf the bargain.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat suggests that
VVillard and Fulton be permitted to settle their
differences in private. Second the motion; the
; public has something more important before, it
" than a dispute between two professional bruisers
i" Late returns from Wisconsin indicate that the
kaiser has lost his first real engagement on
"American soil. Lenroot went over the La Fol-
Ictte Frenches behind a perfect barrage of bal
lots, and has consolidated the captured positions
. ror loyalty and Old Glory.
Our "kiddies" are coming through in grand
""style with their organization for the summer's
garden campaign. Enthusiasm now rampant
ihould be well conserved, to make it last through
the hot days, when the swimming hole will heav
: 'ly outweigh the hoe handle as a source of pleas
One Legislative Task Simplified. ,
- An order from the War department has sim
plified one of the tasks set for the Nebraska leg
islature, that of collecting the soldier vote. It
as been announced from Washington that no
effort will be made to gather the votes of soldiers
serving in France, Here would have been great
est of the mechanical difficulties in the way of
collecting the ballots of the voters who are with
the colors. Delay and uncertainty of mail com
munication would make it almost impossible to
distribute and collect the official ballots within
the time limit prescribed by the law. In Ne
braska it is possible to change names on the
ballot up to within eight days of the election.
If the official ballot were mailed to a soldier in
France it scarcely could reach him until two
weeks after election had been held here, and he
could not return it much under a month longer.
Experience so far is that mail communication
with mtrt in the fighting line in Europe is most
uncertain, and therefore the decision of the War
department seems wise. Soldiers in the United
States may be reached more readily, and are to
be allowed to vote. Those who are outside the
country will know that ontjj physical obstacles
are interposed to prevent their participation in
the election, and will fight on with the assurance
'that all their rights and interests are being looked
after by the folks at home. '
WHEN FRIENDS FALL OUT.
The renewed outbreak of the deep-rooted
vendetta between those two eminent and dis
tinguished Nebraska democrats, William Jen
nings Bryan and Senator Hitchcock, may be ex
pected to afford exciting diversion to republicans
viewing the spectacle from the bleachers. The
senator's personallyfowned and proxy-edited
hyphenated newspaper publicly lays these charges
up against the former secretary of state:
"Using epithets which are the weapon i.
"Embittered and revengeful!
These are the endearing terms now applied
by the hyphenated World-Herald to the man who
for nearly two years was its editor with his name
at the masthead and whom that paper ostensibly
supported three times for the exalted office of
president of the United States.
Still, under the circumstances, we have no
doubt Mr. Bryan will be quite able to take care
of himself in the comeback, which should be
worth waiting for and listening to. . '
More Power for the President.
Agreement by the judiciary committee of the
senate to modifications in the Overman bill,
clothing the president with extraordinary pow
ers for the conduct of the war, presages the clos
ing of a debate that had shown some signs pf acri
mony. The controversy between the executive
and the congress was overshadowed by the un
popular proposal, made last spring, to name a
congressional committee for the conduct of the
war. This failed of approval among members,
who could not consent to anything savoring of
interference with the constitutional prerogative
of the president.
When the Chamberlain bill, empowering the
president to name a board of three, to be con
firmed by the senate, who would be charged with
full authority and responsibility under the presi
dent, was being considered, it was objected to by
administration leaders and by the president him
self, because it seemed to thrust a board between
the president and his cabinet officers. In lieu
of this,, the Overman bill in its original form
was brought in, presumably at the instance of
Mr. Wilson. By its terms the authority of the
executive was greatly extended, so much so that
some members of congress felt that it was an. in
trusion on the legislative branch. Advocates of
either measure have recognized the impossibility
of securing its passage as presented, and the fact
that the judiciary committee has come to an agree
ment on the terms of the Overman measure, while
the Chamberlain bill still is held by the military
affairs committee, may be accepted af a sign that
the needed' compromise has been reached.
With the passage of the proposed bill, and the
additional legislation recommended by the War
department for the control of private property,
Mr. Wilson will be invested with the, greatest
authority ever conferred on one man.
Pigs and Potatoes.
Experiments recently made in the feeding of
pigs on potatoes have given results so satis
factory that the new combination is recommended
as a possible solution of one angle of the food
problem. Compared with corn, the potato ration
produced meat and lard quite as abundantly and
of equally good quality. In the experiment re
ported on, 403 pounds of corn and tankage at the
rate of 6 to 1 was fed to produce 100 pounds gain
in live weight Potatoes and tankage at 6 to 1
required 698 pounds for 100-pound gain; potatoes
and oil meal in same proportion took 584 pounds,
and potatoes and fish meal required but 428
pounds. The time of feeding was 56 days; the
corn-fed lot gained an average of 87.77 pounds in
that time; the lot fed on the first potato ration
gained 45 pounds; the second, 51.33 pounds, and
the third, 74.33. Comparison of the cost of feed
is not reported, but market prices suggest that
the potato ration was far the cheaper, per pound
of gain. The point is that pork production need
not be confined to the corn belt region, if farm
ers elsewhere take up the matter seriously. For
the matter of that, pigs and potatoes can be
profitably combined in Nebraska, just as pigs
were mixed with alfalfa to create a really tooth
some quality of breakfast bacon. In another way
the feeding experiment is interesting. Demand
has been made that the price of hogs be fixed on
the ratio of 13 bushels of corn to 100 pounds of
live weight. According to the figures here fur
nished, the ratio is but a little more than six
bushels, assuming that the ration was appor
tioned on weight.
An) Omaha high school boy has made the su
preme sacrifice for liberty and a gold star will
shine for him on the service flag, throwing its
radiant rays along the path of patriotism on
which the young feet are pressing forward. Our
schools are the fountains from which flow the
love of country, and there will be treasured the
memory of the lad who helped hold the line that
dreadful day at Badonvillier. Corporal Russell
G. Hughes should have a tablet to commemorate
his fidelty to his cause.
A Wonderful Worker in War
Efficiency of France in Fighting Equaled in Food-Getting
Paris Letter in London Chronicle.
I imagine that economists, even of the
most optimistic nature, have to confess their
surprise that France: has been able to get
through three and a naif years of war with
out enduring any serious privations. For
it is a fact that in the matter of food France
still is in a better situation than any other
belligerent nation, America excepted. And
that despite the enemy's occupation of a
number of her departments which were
sources of (agricultural as well as industrial
riches. Civilians in France are only just be
ginning to feel the pinch of war in a ma
terial way, I mean, for all the world knows
how terribly the war-scourge has struck the
population of France, spreading death and
bereavement in every town and village.
A . Parisian returning to his city now
after an absence of three years would find,
things much as they were then. For his
petit dejeuner he would enjoy his usual cof
fee and milk (unrestricted) and a generously
calculated quarter of a pound of bread
with butter and jam ad lib. His appetite
revived by a walk in the Bois, or a stroll
along the busy and astonishingly cheerful
and animated boulevards, thronged by a
military medley of races from the ends of
the earth, our Parisian enters his favorite
restaurant for lunch. Here he has a shock.
The menu is varied, complete, tempting. All
the succulent dishes he kiyws so well are
enumerated: Hors d'oeuvre, meat, fish, vege
tables, fruit, entrements, wines, all are there.
But the prices, unless his pockets are excep
tionally well lined, are likely to make him
feel uncomfortable enough to spoil his diges
tion of ani excellent meal. In a general way,
almost everything in France, except bread,
has doubled in price since the war.
The returned Parisian is perhaps accus
tomed to take a cup of tea in the afternoon.
So at 5 o'clock he walks down the Rue Cam
bon, and is surprised to see in the windows
of one of the English tea rooms, not the
usual heaps of cakes and pastry, but a dis
play of carrots, potatoes, bacon, button-cutlets
and cabbages. He can have his cup of
tea, and vegetables if he" likes, but no pastry.
A government order issued some weeks ago
forbids the serving of cakes, pastry or sweets
of any kind in cafes, tea rooms, bakeries, or
confectionery establishments. In certain
shops you may buy cakes, but you must take
them away with you, and not eat them on
The situation of householders in the mat
ter of food restrictions is not very different
Unil a fortnight ago there was no restric
tion on bread whatever, although measures
for limiting the consumption were often dis
cussed. The necessity of releasing as much
shipping tonnage as possible for the trans
port of troops finally decided the govern
ment to institute bread cards. The minister
of supplies, M. Boret, recently explained that
while France required for her consumption
6,800,000 tons of wheat for the year, she had
only- produced 3,100,000 tons. The deficit
could have been made good by importing
foreign wheat, but transport difficulties had
made it impossible to maintain the regular
flow. For instance, during the last three
months of 1917 only 694,000 tons were im
ported instead of 1,566,000 as had been ar
ranged. On March 1 the wheat imports would
be 2,683,000 tons below the original estimates.
There was no alternative therefore but to
ration the population.
The bread card system adopted is very
simple. Everyone of whatever age or sex,
is entitled to 300 grammes per day, which
is equivalent, roughly, to 10 good English
ornces. Agricultural and other laborers may
have this ration increased on application.
In restaurants each customer is entitled to
100 grammes, or a little less than a quarter
of a pound. In practice the quantity allowed
is generally greater. It should be mentioned
that the French bread ration of 300 grammes
per day is bigger than that of other countries,
even neutral, the Swiss ration, for instance,
being only 225 grammes.
Sugar .restrictions were enforced here a
year ago, the monthly ration allowed to
each person being at first a pound and a
half. This, however, was reduced last Oc
tober to one pound, and there has been no
modification since then.
There are no restrictions on meat for the
present. Two meatless days a week were
instituted in 1916 and maintained for six
months or so, after which the cattle supply
being declared satisfactory, the restrictions
were withdrawn. Previously, as an experi
ment, restaurants were forbidden to serve
meat for dinner, but this never worked well.
Butcher shops are closed now on Mondays,
but there is nothing to prevent people buying
ahead, and restaurants continue to servo
meat every day.
With regard to pastry, restriction meas
ures had been in force long before the last
decree abolished it almost entirely. Two
days a week the pastry cooks were obliged
to close their shops. On the same day no
chocolates, jam or sweets of any kind could
be sold anywhere. The latter measure is
Milk has become scarce but can be ob
tained in moderate quantities with com
parative ease by everyone. No cards are re
quired, and there are no restrictions, but
cards are given on application in order to en
sure children and invalids getting a sufficient
Petroleum and lamp oils and spirits of all
kinds are now almost nonexistent for the
ordinary public. It is true that until quite
recently the number of private motor cars
seen about the streets and in the country
was a constant source of indignation.
The scandal has ceased, for no petrol can
now be sold to private citizens. The gov
ernment promises. to allow a pint occasional
ly.to people who have no gas in their homes,
but no more. For the moment, however, it
cannot be denied that the restrictions in
France are still very light. Few foodstuffs
are actually lacking. Only scarcity of labor,
transport difficulties and profiteering make
everything phenomenally dear.
Taking Over German . Property
Uprooting Junker Industrial Power in This Country
New York Journal of Commerce.
Spring's advent hereabouts was most delight
fully gentle. May it be accepted as an omen?
It should be understood that the provision
adopted by a unanimous vote of the senate
as an amendment to the urgent deficiency
bill, authorizing the government to take over
German property in this country and dispose
of it, applies to no property owned by Ger
mans living here or even by individuals in
Germany having investments here. There
are large financial organizations within the
empire, in close association with its govern
ment or its rulers and under their influence,
which absolutely control large properties
engaged in manufacturing, some of them pro
ducing munitions and war supplies at a large
profit that goes td the real owners to help
their country in war against the United
States. Their employes are for the most
part presumably American subjects, though
some are not naturalized, and some have in
no sense given up their allegiance to their
native country. The worst of it is not that
they use their opportunities here as a means
of helping financially an enemy country, but
among them have been plotters working di
rectly against the rights and interests of this
nation, helping to destroy the property and
the lives of loyal Americans on land and sea.
While the intended effect of the proposed
provision is to enable the government to put
these business properties and their operation
out of the control of Germans in Germany,
so far as circumstances may show reason
for it, it is not the purpose or the likely ef
fect to put them out of industrial and com
mercial activity here or to deprive thoseem
ployed in them of their occupation. It is to
transfer their capital control and their man
agement to American hands and to place
and make them safe" so long as they are loyal
to the country in which they live and faithful
in their service. It will be an advantage and
a benefit to them as well as to the communi
ties in which their work is done and to the
nation as a whole, and it will in no way
prejudice those of German birth or origin
or even of German sympathy so long as they
are guilty of no offense as "enemy aliens."
Already congress, as is well known, has pro
vided for an alien property custodian, author
ized to take control of these properties and
in a sense to supervise their operation. To
do that in any. effective way would be a
heavy and expensive task, requiring a large
number of special employes, and it would
not Change the financial control from Ger
many or the profit derived from the business
by those subject to that empire. Many among
the investors in these properties are said to
belong to th ruling class there, including
the kaiser himself.
Alien Property Custodian A. M. Palmer,
In his statement before the senate finance
committee, gave convincing reasons for dis
posing of the taken over properties to Ameri
can owners who would keep them in opera
tion. Those taking them would not have
to pay the government for them, as it would
retain financial responsibility for any obliga
tion to the original owners, who may or may
not be reimbursed according to circum
stances. They will have "claims" to be
settled one way or another hereafter, but not
while the war is going on. During that
period all financial responsibility will be with
Among the properties involved are not
only shipping docks and munitions works,
but manufactures of rails, of cloths and
clothing, dyes and chemicals, lumber, sugar,
tobacco, beer, etc. Getting this property as
property is not the object, but, as Senator
Underwood said in his speech, "we are fight
ing an autocratic power that has spread its
roots of influence into our very industrial
life here," and we must "stamp it out." "We
must extinguish every vestige of junkerism
from America forever," he said, and so far as
this property is concerned, not "a particle of
it" should go back to German hands "until
Germany has paid for the American ships
she has sunk and for other deliberate injury
to American property during this war."
In a separate bill, amending the "Trading
with the Enemy Act," also unanimously
adopted by the senate, the president is
authorized to take over and dispose of the
Hamburg-American and North German
Lloyd piers at Hoboken. Both of these steps
are distinctly war measures and they transfer
implements that have been used against the
United States in war to the hands of Ameri
cans to use against the power that has made
itself their enemy. There can hardly be a
doubt of its legitimacy and it may be an
important factor in bringing about peace and
determining the terms on which it may be
secured and perpetuated.
People and Events
The Bankers' club of New York struck
the names of four pro-German members from
the rolls. All four are doing the goosestep
at an internment camp.
Mrs. Sally Gold, ,102," of Brooklyn, cast
her first vote at the recent special election
for a congressman. Did she tell her age?
Sure, Sally boasted of it.
It is estimated that 150,000 Germans who
have not perfected their citizenship will be
disfranchised in Missouri under the ruling
of State Attorney General McAllister. Should
the estimate prove correct it means a huge
slump in the "wet" vote. Whereat the "drys"
threaten an immediate drive which they con
fidently believe will put them over the top
and far beyond.
One Year Ago Today In the War.
French and British columns eon
verged on St Quentin.
United States formally recognised
the new government of Russia.
German admiralty reported return
of the raider Moewe from a second
The Day We Celebrate,
Charles W. Parka, chief of the bu
reau of yards and docks of the Navy
department, born in Massachusetu,
(5 years ago. .
Frank W. De Wolf, state geologist
of Illinois, born at Vail, la,, 37 years
Edith Barnes Mason, opera singer,
born in St Louis IB years ago.
- Emilio Agnlnaldo, leader' of the
Filipino Insurrection, born at Cavite,
r. I years ago.
This Say In History. '
1711 -The stamp act, one of the
: ehief cause of the American war of
Independence, signed by George lit
nil congress grantea nvs year
lull pay to officers in lieu of half-pay
'or life, promised in 1780.
1SSI Johann Wolfgang von
Joethe, whose nam I on of the few
mrolled In the front rank of the poeta
of all nations, died at Weimar. Born
August It. 1749.
184$ The Austrian! war forced to
withdraw from Venice.
. 1889 Italy waa annexed to Bar
iinia by vote of the people.
J ust SO Years Ago Today
At a meeting of the police and fire
commissioners the committee on prop
erty reported tne purchase of two new
horses for the patrol wagon. ,
South Omaha will sport an athletic
club. It will be called the Sporting
Sons of Erin club and already has on
its membership roll Thomas Rowley,
James Fleming, Pat McMahon. John
Sexton, Pete Hagney, John MeSorley,
James Mclnerny, John Morey, Thomas
Fleming and Rody Redmond.
O. E. Shannon is spoken of as a law
and order candidate for city clerk of
At the last meeting the Ivy Lent
club held Its regular election of offi
cers and the following were elected:
John Kuhn, . vice president; T. F.
Broderiek, secretary; Edd Doe, treas
urer; Charles Stacy, chairman board
Marlenne Brandt the gifted and
charming vocalist who sang at the
Apollo club concert waa tendered a
reception at Uto Brachvogel'"
Twice Told Tales
1 Too Late.
The taking over of the railr6ads
and the cutting down of certain six
figure salaries led Senator Tillman to
"I am reminded of a young fellow
who applied for a job on the Oil City
and Millville line.
'"Well, young man. what can you
do?' said the superintendent.
" 'Nothing.' the young 'man replied.
" 'Humph, said the superintendent.
'AH those high-salaried positions have
been done away with since the gov
ernment took us over.' "Washington
One afternoon some time since a
young woman weighing about 250
pounda was gracefully waddling down
the street when she suddenly stepped
on a banana skin in front of a-grocery
store. Immediately the young
woman began to fly in all directions
at the same time, and finally landed
in a crate of fresh country eggs that
were on exhibition beside the door.
"How very unfortunate, madame!"
solicltlously exclaimed the grocery
man, hastening to her succor. "I
trust that you are not badly hurt."
"Not th least bit thank you." an
swered the other as she arose to her
feet. "But I greatly fear that I have
broken some of your eggs."
"Oh, no. you haven't" was the gal
lant relolnder of the grocervman. as
j he glanced at the crate. "They are
only siiV- -!' Philadelphia
State Press Cdmment
Hastings Tribune: Winter wheat at
this time of the year never had better
prospects than it has today.
Beatrice Express: The home guard
organization proposes to work along
the line that he who isn't with the
United States in the fight for world
democracy will bear watching. And
it's the right idea.
Plattemouth Journal: Just a few
fellows In each community are stren
uously trying to make it possible for
some other fellow to carry their gun.
Wonder if they will ever know Just
who is carrying it
Beatrice Express: The Omaha pa
pers are pointing with considerable
pride to the number of ladies em
ployed In the banks of that city. Beatrice-banks,
too, are taking advantage
of the opportunity to call to their as
sistance members of the fair sex and
find that the ladles, naturally, are
bankers, , and are making good.
Grand Island Independent: The Bee
calls attention to the fact that several
weeks ago it suggested the mobiliza
tion of boys for farm work and that
the idea has "been responded to most
heartily by a group of business men."
From the experience of the paat one
can very readily give complete cred
ence to the claim. But, also by tho
experience ofthe past, it is with some
anxiety that one awaits the reception
of the proposition on the part of ' a
group of farming men." -Last year the
farmers thanked the city gentry very
politely but very earnestly for antici
pating that they had time for a school
of Instruction. It became, th rather,
j a school of "fire " '
Right to the Point
Washington Post: "Mud Rains
from Sky in Ohio," reads head line;
and the fall elections six months oft'!
Washington Post: Secretary Baker
Is said to have taken refuge in a Paris
wine cellar during the air raid. Those
higher ups always do have the luck!
Baltimjere American: A Belgian re
lief ship laden with grain and under
safe conduct promise waa seized and
taken to a German port. The Huns
are turning pirates as well.
Minneapolis Journal: The fact that
the author of "Keep the Home Fires
Burning" has been slain by the bomb
of a Hun air pirate ought to add some
fuel to the flame.
Brooklyn Eagle: Dr. Cadman's plea
for religion in the schools is perhaps
subject to the mental qualification of
Froude's epigram: "The Lord was the
author of religion, but the devil in
New York World: General Gorgas
need neither explain nor apologize for
the use of transports instead of hos
pital ships to bring wounded men
home from France. The Germans
would sink one just as quickly as the
other; other considerations only need
Louisville Courier-Journal: A Ger
man paper exclaims that for the pres
ident of the' United States to invite
divine Judgment is blasphemous. Of
course, in the Potsdam view. For in
that the kaiser has a copyright on the
very name of God; he uses it as a
trade mark on all his atrocities and
infamies; and for anyone else even to
breath It is both blasphemy and lese
Meat Prices and Packers' Profits.
Chicago, March IS. -To the Editor
of The Bee In accord with the sug
gestion of various newspaper editors,
1 am pleased to discuss the meat price
situation. I regret, exceedingly, that
office seeking demagogues have been
able to stir up bitterness toward men
and an industry which is doing its
full share In prosecuting the war. War
time prices on foodstuffs are suffi
ciently burdensome to enable agita
ors to arouse the public with their
charges of graft and profiteering.
Meat packers are the especial targets
of these defamers.
It Is not true that there is an undue
margin between the price of meat on
the hoof and meat on the hook. It is
not true that enormous profits are the
cause of high prices. It is a falsehood
to charge that meat is being hoarded
to keep the price up.
The malicious or ill-informed per
son notes that live hogs sell at 17
cents a pound and that bacon sells as
high as 60 cents a pound and cries
out to heaven to witness how the peo
ple are being robbed. From live hog
at 17 cents to bacon at 60 cents is too
big a jump, he says, to be Justifiable.
"Profiteering," he cries and the pub
lic is prone to believe.
Sixty-cent bacon from the 17-cent
hog does not spell profiteering to the
man who investigates. So far as the
packer ie concerned there is no such
thing as 60-cent bacon. The finest
grade of bacon turned out by Armour
& Co. wholesales at 46 cents per
pound in the current price list. Other
grades sell as low as 32 cents per
pound. But for the purpose of this
discussion, lefs speak of 50-cent bacon
as coming from the 17-cent hog and
see if it gives ground for the charge
If 50-cent bacon from 17-cent hog
indicates profiteering, what conclu
sion follows the discovery that from
that same 17-cent hog comes liver at
6 cents a pound, feet at 7 cents, back
bones at 5 cents, sweetbreads at '11,
kidneys at 12, snouts at 12, brains
at 13, tails at 17, melts at 6, knuckles
at 1 1 and various other cuts and prod
ucts which sell, dressed, for less than
they cost alive?
Is it profiteering to sell pickled pigs
feet at half what they cost standing in
the mud of the pig sty? Is it profit
eering to sell pig hearts which are
ready for the pot at less than half oi
what they cost when they were busily
pumping blood through the hog?
Is it good business to sell 17 of the
32 separate cuts and products on tbe
pork list for less than the price per
pound of the living hog?
Whether it be good business or not,
the fact remains that a considerable
portion of the porker has to be sold
for less per pound dressed than it cost
per pound alive. It ought to be ap
parent to anyone why this is true.
More people want hams and bacon
than want phjs feet or hearts. But
no way has been found to raise hogs
that consist only of hams and bacon.
In the beef field much the same cir
cumstances exist. People want sirlclj
steaks, tenderloins and porterhouse.
But every time we kill a steer to get
sirloins, we put a beef heart on the
market, too. Likewise do we majte
it necessary to dispose of chucks,
flanks, neck, rounds and the various
other cuts that are less in demand
but which figure in the poundage of
the live animal for all that. Our
wholesale price list shows lungs sell
ing at 3 cents a pound, although we
pay four or five times that much for
them. If consumers were willing to
pay a higher price for lungs, the price
of sirloins could be reduced.
' Including every branch of our in
dustry in the United States and some
of them are more profitable than aro
Kthe strictly food lines we made, last
year, a profit of 3.8 cents when we
sold a dollar's worth of goods. On
that basis, a good sized hardware store
doing a business of $50,000 a year
would pay its owner $1,900 and the
corner grocery doing $25,000 a year
would show a profit of $950.
On strictly food products of all
kinds, Armour & Co. earned at the
rate of 2.21 Cents on the dollar last
year. A tobacco store conducted on
that same basis and doing a business
of $10,000 a year and that is a pretty
good business for a small tobacco1
store would show a profit at the end
of the year of only $221.
On meat and meat products alone,
our company earned only 2.07 cents
on the dollar. The government says
that the average citizen eats 230
pounds of meat in a year. At the cur
rent price of fresh beef in the carcass
the way we sell most of it 230
pounds is worth $39.10. That iswhat
the retailer paid us for it. Out of that
sum, 80 cents was our proflit.
Meats cannot be cheap when hogs
are selling at $17 per 100 pounds live
weight and when steers on the hoof
cost from $13 to $15 per 100 pounds.
My knowledge of the stock raisers'
problem prevents me from blaming
high prices on" them. We have high
prices for meat because the world is
at war and because there is a greater
demand and a smaller comparative
supply than was ever the case before.
And the wonder is that prices are not
higher. Civil war days found them
higher, despite the fact that there was
then no world war and no world
No one realizes better than do I
the absolute impossibility of explain
ing in a few short paragraphs the
whole truth about the meat situation
truths that completely disprove the
charges of profiteering and which
knock into a cocked hat the pack of
lies, inferencesvand innuendoes which
have been put in circulation by irre
sponsible political aspirants.
J. OGDEN ARMOUR.
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Senior Partner They're too old to so in
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'1 suppose no woman ever admits that
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