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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

Sign on farm in Kansas – “Hunters Take Notice: Hunt all you durn please, and when you hear the horn blow come to the house for dinner. If the quail are scarce kill a chicken or two, and if you can’t get any squirrels kill a hog.” – Boston Transcript

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

Enough Stored to Last Year and Prices Going Higher; Authorities Refuse to Act Against Criminals Responsible For This Condition.

There are enough eggs stored in Omaha today for every man, woman and child in the city to have one egg a day each for a whole year, without bringing another egg into the city. This is aside from frozen eggs, of which there are enough to furnish one a one-half eggs for each of them one day for a second year. The people of Omaha are paying 45 cents a dozen for eggs.

During the next year a conservative estimate is that 10,000,000 eggs will be permitted to go to waste, in order to keep up the price of hen fruit. That is one of the secrets to the present high cost of living.

There is also in storage in the city 12,000 tons of meats, or 24,000,000 pounds. Of butter there is one and a half million pounds in storage. If the Union stockyards were closed for ten months there would still be enough meat left to supply the city for a year. With the normal receipts of live stock and other commodities the Omaha market will receive enough products within the next year to supply the city for twelve years, even if another pound was not received.

These are the conditions, just as they exist. It means that the most ungodly system of profiteering that ever was heard of is in existence. It means that a coterie of gangsters have combined to hold up the consumers of the country to the last cent that the peace of the country will stand for. In cities other than Omaha the officials are taking the bull by the horns. In Omaha the ring that is bleeding the public is working daily and getting away with not even serious censure.

There is in storage in Omaha 54,000 pounds of iced rabbits. When the rabbit season opens in October they will be placed on sale and the fresh rabbits will be stored for next year. What is left over will go to the dump to be buried. Some of the produce dealers of Omaha have had the nerve to say that they had a right to let their stuff decay and rot if they so desired and it was nobody’s business.

This is the situation that has come to light as a result of an abortive attempt to get at the bottom of the high cost of living. Our county attorney has not even ventured to suggest to the district judges a grand jury to probe conditions as they exist.

There is absolutely no excuse for this condition. Storage houses are keeping the prices from going higher, not because of patriotism, but because they do not have room enough to handle more produce and thus keep it away from the consumer. With capacity for storing twice the amount now in cold storage, prices would be twice as high. Thrice as much food as is now being wasted would go into the sewers, in order to maintain the high scale of food prices.

These are actual facts. They cannot be controverted. If our law-enforcing powers so desire they can improve the situation bountifully. If they maintain their present silence and inactivity pries will go still higher. It is the plain duty of the people to either force them all into activity or put the whole bunch out of office, city, county and state.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

The One Minute cafe, at 418 South Fifteenth street, has been purchased by Amos Abley and John Christensen, who will operate it in the future. The “One Minute” has an enviable record as an Omaha eating place. Originally it was opened on the site of the Henshaw hotel, nearly thirty years ago. When that hotel was built the place was sold to an employe, who moved to the present location and the cafe has been operated there ever since.

No Omaha restaurant, not even the Calumet, on Douglas street, has had a more continuous and successful business. The famous English teapot, which for twenty-five years stood in the front window as a sign, is still in the hands of the One Minute owners.

The new owners have given the One Minute a thorough overhauling, renovating and new decorations. New table linen has been purchased throughout.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

When several ice cream dealers appeared in police court to plead to a charge of selling ice cream below the standard the fact came out that most of them were victims of the concerns that made the ice cream or the milk dealers who sold them cream. Five of them pleaded guilty and were fined.

The law provides that all ice cream must contain from 12 to 18 per cent butter fat. In each of the cases heard the ice cream was far below the standard. It was also shown that the dairy concerns of whom the dealers bought their cream were generally responsible for this condition. The ice cream dealers paid their fines, but it was understood that in some instances they would be reimbursed by the creamery men who so skillfully evaded the law.

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