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Important Comments by Members on Legislation
The Bovie-Seeley Bill The Gallup Bill In the April issue of The Spy the Bovie and Gallup Bills (New York Assembly) were published and comments asked. The Bovie Bill sought to license cold storages and was afterward passed as the Seeley Bill. This was published in the May Spy. Storages carrying fruit. vegetables, cheese or nuts exclusively were exempted from its provisions. The Gallup Bill sought to compei the settlement by railroads of all claims for damage to property within thirty days after filing. This bill was not passed
Among others, we have received two very interesting comments both suggesting National action. We publish them by permission for your information and consideration.
BY EDJUND PEYCKE CO., LOS ANGELES, CAL.
“We are in receipt of the April issue of The Spy and in reply to your request for comment on the “Bovie Bil!" New York Assembly No. 2069, will say that while the bill may not affect the trade to any great extent, the principle involved is worthy of consideration. If the license fee of $25.00 is to be applied to a fund to increase the scope and efficiency of the State Board of Health, then it it a very good thing, for there seems to be considerable room for improvement. Any bill having a tendency to improve the standard of State and City health officers should be supported by the trade generally.
While it may be a fact that the majority of Cold Storage piants are operated at a high degree of efficiency, there still remains the doubt int our mind as to whether “Siald" and other damage to fruit held in storage is entirely due to the inherent nature of the goods or to improper handling on the storage people's part. The storage people follow no set rules for holding the temperature and there is no question but what it is too low in some cases and too high in others. The temperature is also permitted to fluctuate to a marked degree and which is not good for the fruit. Boxed apples, potatoes, oranges and lemons should be held at different temperatures to get the best results, while the storage people hold them all in the same room. le do not believe that all the damage to fruit coming from cold storage is di!e to the inherent nature of the goods, but in a measure to improher handling on the part of the storage people.
Would it not be well for the Association to start a movement with a view of securing government inspection of all storage plants, which we believe would help to systematize matters, and there is no question but what governmental aid would be advantageous to the shipper, receiver and consumer of perishable freight."
BY F. M. LEONARD & CO., BOSTON, MASS. “In your April number of Tue Spy, we notice vour comments on the Gallup Bill, New York Assembly 2079. We are thoroughly in sympathy with this bill and believe there ought to be some such National law, for as things are at present the collection of our claims against the railroads is one of the most vexatious things we have in our business. We think, however, that the thirty-day limit of time is too short. The railroads ought to be allowed sixty or ninety days in which to make full settlement."