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June 12, 1909
"SAVE THE BABIES" IS
THE CAMPAIGN CRY.
CITIZENS TO BE "TAGGED" IN
PURE MILK CRUSADE.
Three Hundred Young Women Will
Raise Money for Establishment
of Pasteurizing Plant to Re-
duce Infant Mortality.
Every Good Citizen Will Wear One of These Tags Today.
The campaign for pure milk for the babies will begin this morning when 300 young women, decorated with blue ribbons, will take possession of the town and ask money from the liberal-minded, in exchange for tags which will render them immune from further solicitation.
Stands will be placed in the main entrances of every large office building, each one in charge of a patroness and a limited staff comprised of two or three women and a policeman. Behind a table on which will be heaped the tags will be a large milk can to be filled with money from the contributions. Their campaign will begin at 9 o'clock this morning and cease at 5 o'clock this afternoon.
The money to be raised today will be used in equipping a plant for pasteurizing milk for what might be called the infant trade. Rabbi Harry H. Mayer, president of the pure milk commission of this city, declares hundreds of babies die here annually from diseases contracted by drinking milk taken out of tainted cans or which has otherwise been exposed to germs.
Two years ago a pasteurizing plant was established in the Associated Charities building and six sub stations for milk distribution were opened in the two Kansas Citys. The milk is hermetically sealed in three six and eight-ounce bottles. It is not given away, but sold for just enough money to pay for operating the plant. The commissions considered that, should the milk be given away, proud poor people would look with disfavor upon it as making themselves objects of charity.
Besides the women stationed in buildings, motor cars carrying a bevy of women and possibly a policeman will make the tour of the wholesale district morning and afternoon, so that none who are willing and anxious to give may lose the chance.
The police detailed by the board of police commissioners will go direct to the office of Charles Sachs, 631 Scarritt building, for instructions this morning, and they will carry the tags and blue ribbons to the women of the outposts. Tonight they will return the milk cans with their precious burden to Mr. Sach's office.
Mrs. H. H. Mayer will be personally in charge of the campaign as the representative of Rabbi Mayer, president of the pure food commission.
Labels: Associated Charities, charity, children, food, Jews, pure food commission, Scarritt building, women
July 2, 1908
WAR ON IMPURE MILK.
Pure Food Inspector Has a Plan for
Five milk dealers will be arraigned in police court today on charges of selling milk that had been watered and was insufficient in butter fats. Warrants are also out for the arrest of butchers on a charge of selling meat treated with sulphuric acid. Recent analysis of samples of ice cream picked up at random by the city pure food squad revealed the presence of gelatin and an absence of the ordinance requirements of 12 per cent butter fat. The offenders will be arrested.
Dr. Frank J. Hall, city pure food inspector, is conducting a campaign of education among dairymen and handlers of milk with a view of having it produced in a sanitary and cleanly manner and to put a stop to the use of preservatives and the watering of milk. He is outlining a plan which, when put in operation, it is believed will result in a better milk supply.
"I am going to give my plan a fair test," said the doctor yesterday, "and if I find the milkmen stubborn and not disposed to co-operate I will then invoke the full power of the law. The sale of impure and unwholesome milk must be stopped."
Labels: butchers, food, pure food commission
January 14, 1907
CISTERNS CAUSE OF TYPHOID.
River Water Not Responsible for
Epidemic Across the Line.
"I doubt very much if the supply of water from the Missouri river used in Kansas City, Kas., is responsible for the number of typhoid fever cases reported from there," said Dr. W. P. Cutler, city pure food inspector yesterday.
"It is my belief that if the health authorities will investigate thoroughly they will find the cause in the use of cisterns and wells for water supply. Leaky cisterns are productive of typhoid, and they should be closed up. This is the only way to stamp out typhoid.
"In Kansas City, Mo., it has been definitely determined that the majority of typhoid fever cases reported were directly traceable to the use of water from wells and cisterns. Missouri river water is not productive of typhoid."
Labels: Dr. W. P. Cutler, Missouri river, pure food commission, typhoid
January 8, 1907
HE OILED THE JACK RABBITS.
Dr. Murray Made a Profitable Round
of Food Shops Yesterday.
Dr. Benjamin P. Murray, an assistant food inspector in the office of Dr. W. P. Cutler, was out on the scout yesterday for bad meat, bad game -- in fact, anything bad that came within the provisions of the food laws. And he had his trusty coal oil can with him, a dead shot when nit comes to placing suspicious food stuffs out of commission.
At an East Missouri avenue meat market the doctor found twenty-three and one-half pounds of mutton and ninety pounds of spareribs, all bad. He "shot" both with a stream of coal oil.
In a Fourth street commission house Dr. Murray came upon twenty-four rabbits which he found necessary to oil A short block brought him to the city market where he oiled twenty-eight large, long-eared jack rabbits. Later he found a sixty-pound pig in a wholesale meat market on Fourth street. The doctor had just taken aim with his coal oil can, when he was importuned to let piggie go unharmed to the soap factory. He uncocked his oil can and consented. But he remained there long enough to see the little porker off to the factory.
H. F. Guyette, inspector of bakeries, hotels, and restaurants under Dr. Cutler, reported that he had coal oiled ten pounds of hamburger steak which he found in a Main street restaurant.
"Our inspectors have to be doubly careful now," said Dr. Cutler, "o account of the warm weather, when, at this season of the year, it should be cold. Especially is that true as to rabbits shipped here.
Labels: city market, doctors, Dr. W. P. Cutler, food, Fourth street, Main street, Missouri avenue, pure food commission
July 3, 1907
POISONED BY FACE CREAM.
Terrible Plight and Sufferings of Two
That's what the city chemist developed yesterday in an analysis of a face cream, or face food, a sample of which was handed to Mayor Beardsley by two women. They complained that they had bought the stuff of a druggist for 25 cents, and this is what happened to them after they had applied some of it to their faces.
Irritation; welts on the skin; itching; fever; swelling of the face; dark puffing under the eyes; choking sensation; shortening of breath; breaking out at the throat.
"Zinc poisoning," ruled Dr. W. P. Cutler, city pure food inspector, when made acquainted with the symptoms developed by the victims of the face wash.
"And the serious part of it all is I do not know how to go about it to prevent the sale of the stuff, and to punish the makers. They can't be reached by the pure food law, as the lawmakers ruled that drugs are not a food. Besides, there is no s uch thing as face food. People ought to be careful not to expose themselves to face creams, anyhow.
Labels: Dr. W. P. Cutler, Mayor Beardsley, pure food commission, women
May 31, 1907
FORTY-TWO CASES INOCULATED.
Test Made Last Night to Develop
Forty-two cows selected from dairies in the northeast part of the city were inoculated
at 8 o'clock last night with tuberculosis virus by City Milk Inspector Wright and L. Champlain, veterinarian of the city pure food inspectors, for the purpose of determining if any of the herd are afflicted with tuberculosis. The temperatures of the cows treated were taken at three different times yesterday, the last shortly before the tuberculosis virus was injected. It takes twenty-four hours for tuberculosis to develop in a cow, and the real results of the tests made last night will not be known until tonight.
Labels: health, Northeast, pure food commission, veterinarians
March 18, 1907
WRIGHT MUST HAVE MONEY.
Before He Can Experiment on Cows
"Before tests can be made to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis in cows," said A. C. Wright, city milk inspector, yesterday, "it will be necesary for my department to have an appropriation with which to buy the baccilus with which to make experiments. I have no funds for such purposes. They will have to come through the board of health and if the board meets Monday I will make a request for an appropriation.
"For the past two or three days with Dr. Lloyd Champlain, veterinarian of the pure food commission, I have been making inspections of the hundreds of dairies within the limits of the city and we detected some very suspiciuos appearances among many cows. I am not prepared to say that this was caused by the presence of tuberculosis."
Labels: board of health, health, pure food commission, veterinarians
January 19, 1907
SHAM MARASCHINO CHERRIES.
Samples That Contain Coal Tar and
Are Flavored With Peppermint.
Maraschino cherries -- Dyed with coal tar and flavored with peppermint.
Maraschino cherries -- Flavored with extract of wild cherry and dyed with nitric
Confectioners' Paste -- Colored with coal tar.
When the man with a thirst and 15 cents stands on the outside of the bar and wants a luscious red cherry in his cocktail he will hereafter say to the mixiologist: "A little coal tar flavored with peppermint."
Again when the demure miss strays into the ice cream parlor and orders a dish of cream made tempting by a little bouquet of cherries, she will murmur to the waiter, "Those of wild cherry flavor and doctored with amyl." If she doesn't eat more than two or three of the cherries, she will not experience any disagreeable results, but if she goes over three there is every likelihood that she'll feel like summoning the doctor. Amyl will be the cause.
The inspectors of the staff of Dr. W. P. Cutler, city pure food inspector, were out yesterday selecting promiscuously bottled and canned goods from diver stores, among the lot the alleged Maraschino cherries, which were labeled as such and the confectioners' paste. Maraschino is a pure and exquisite preservent, and when added to cherries makes it tempting and sought after by high livers. It is a tasteful and soothing adjunct to mixed drinks, and large quantities of it are used. Therefore the temptation to adulterate and impose on gullible humanity.
City Chemist Cross made an analysis of the Maraschino cherries and brought forth the shams described.
"What are you going to do about it?" Dr. Cutler was asked.
"If the dealer from whose place these samples were taken has any more in stock he will have to paste on the label the word 'adulterated,' together with the names of the adulterations contained. The pure food law does not forbid the adulterating of food stuffs when the adulterant is not down right poisonous."
Labels: City Chemist Cross, Dr. W. P. Cutler, food, health, pure food commission
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