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HON. WILLIAM SULZER
Apple Package and Grade Bill
Plain Truths From A
A Large Grower Excerpts from the Address of Hon. S. L. Lupton, Winchester, Va
MAKE THE SULZER BILL ALIVE. I have wondered if we have labored to bring about legislation tha we do not need. Quite a number have told me since I have been here tha they had no special interest in the APPLE BILL, because their name the barrel was better than the l'nited States standard brand ; that they di not care to use this, because their particular emblem and their name was good deal better in trade than to have the stamp of the United States Standard. Gentlemen, I don't agree with you in this. It is my contenti. that within five years you will not be able to sell your apples ei'en ai your brand on it, unless you do put on it, in addition, the United State. stamp. That l'nited States stamp simply means a guarantee that th: apples conform with the standard. You can make them better if you wis! and your name will be worth just what it is now. You must hate, i addition to that, the government guaranty.
Now, I expect to use that brand a year in advance of the time that is i goes into effect by law, and I should very strongly urge you gentlement do the same thing this year, so as to get the people ready for the Unite States stamp.
CONTRACT UNDER THE BILL. I believe this Association should get up a blank form of contract witi your Association name in one corner and the firm name in the other. Thi contract should be made to contain the conditions laid down in the Sulze! Bill, and those contracts should be furnished members of your Association for this year's business. Your members should go into the orchards this vear with this form of contract and I believe that, if only a part of them would adopt that official form of contract, it would not be very long before a large number of apple (lealers would join your Association for the very purpose of getting the benefit of that contract. It will come to that in the end.
I suggest that you give this matter your consideration and also prepare a form for a stencil, showing the proper brand. You can do it this year without incurring any penalty, because the law does not go into effect until next July. You will get all the advantages of starting in time. You have a whole year now to perfect your plans and start your apple growers to pack in accordance with the bill; and I think by the time the law does go into effect you will be in shape to really begin operations under the bill in a scientific way.