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Conditions in Kosher Chicken Market More Favorable As Trust Loses Grip

September 12, 1928
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

Conditions in the New York Kosher chicken market during the High Holiday season, which usually witnesses a maximum consumption, look more favorable as the pre-holiday week starts.

A survey of conditions disclosed that kosher chickens can be purchased at thirty-nine cents per pound and spring chickens at forty-two cents. Even these prices were regareded as too high, but it was declared that the retailers this year can purchase their poultry whereever they like, having been freed from the compulsion of the trust under the threat of gangsters.

This new development was due to the steps taken by the United States District Attorney and the legal action now pending in the Federal Court as a result of the recent disclosures. Notwith-standing the fact that the trust seemed to have lost its control, the fear was expressed among retail dealers that it is not altogether impossible that on the very ever of Rosh Hashanah the prices may again be raised due to the machinations of the trust leaders.

Harry Silver, a member of the Butcher’s Clerks Union, died last night of a stab wound, and Philip Brus is in the hospital with a wounded arm, as a result of a fight with Left wing members at the butcher shop of Morris Oxman in the Bronx. Oxman, who had always employed Right wing members, hired Louis Laskowitz, a member of the Left wing.

According to Oxman, an agent of the Right wing entered the shop and tore up the card indicating that Oxman supported the Right wing. Thereupon Laskowitz telephoned his union headquarters who sent three men, William Shiffrin. Michael Kluger and another, who disappeared following the fight.

According to witnesses, six Right wing men arrived. Silver led the Right wing members and had a knife drawn. Shiffrin participated in a knife duel with him. Shiffrin was held on charge of homicide for having inflicted the wound over Silver’s heart and wounding Brus. Six arrests were made.

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