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foolish discrepancies of the present abolished. For example, it is a crime against the commercial life of today that 46 lbs. should constitute a bushel of some commodity in one state while 55 lbs. are required to constitute a bushel of the same commodity in an adjoining state. STANDARDIZATION IS ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS
ATIC CONFRONTING COMMERCE TODAY. The problem will be solved. As business men, it is up to you to see that it is solved correctly.
The Standard Barrel and Box Bills
Both Bills Reported Favorably--Success Crowns Real Work
HE re-hearing on the Standard Fruit and Vegetable
Barrel Bill, otherwise known as the Tuttle-Weeks Bill, T
and concerning which you have been closely advised, was held before the House Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures on Tuesday and Wednesday,
May 26th and 27th. Large delegations were present representing the various interests involved.
The three trade organizations were represented by R. S. French of the National League, W. L. Wagner, Samuel E. Lux and W. M. Roylance of the Western Fruit Jobbers, and R. G. Phillips of the International Apple Shippers' Association. The Cranberry Association had a large delegation present from Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin, headed by A. U. Chaney. The Virginia Potato Growers, with an output of 2,500,000 barrels, were represented by Mr. Westcott. The National Conference of Weights and Measures officials, then in session at Washington, appointed a special committee of five, with Dr. L. A. Fischer of the Bureau of Standards at the head, to attend the hearings and support the measure. Hon. William E. Tuttle of New Jersey, introducer of the Bill and the earnest friend of standardization, was in general charge of the presentation of the case.
Keen interest was shown throughout, not only by the House Committee and the delegations present, but also by a large number of congressmen from many sections who appeared and spoke on behalf of the bill. Adjournment was taken until Friday, May 29th, when the Committee gave it final consideration in executive session.
We are advised by wire that the Tuttle Bill was reported favorably and substantially in the form desired by those interested. At the time of this writing the bill as reported has not been received by us, but as soon as it is, publication will be made if there is any material change from the Senate Bill as passed and which received the unanimous approval of all parties.
On Wednesday, the 27th, the last day of the hearing, the Box Bill was also called up and a favorable report urged. It is a pleasure to advise that such action was taken by the House Committee on Friday, the 29th.
This bill has been heretofore published in full and you are
familiar with its provisions. Two days in February were devoted to hearings on the proposed measure and the ground thoroughly covered. Constant work has been going on ever since, with the result as indicated. The measure as reported is satisfactory in its provisions and, as a matter of justice to the Northwest, should be enacted into law.
The trade generally is to be congratulated and commended for the real interest taken in these proposed laws. Because of that interest it has been possible to bring things to pass. Keep up the good work.
The Membership Roster
The Executive Committee has authorized us to again carry the advertisements of members in the coming Roster. Fifteen Hundred copies will be issued and distributed not only among our members, but also to nearly one thousand dealers, shippers, growers and associations outside of our membership.
The size of the pages will be either 6 x 41/2 or 61/2 x 31/2 inches. The price for a full page will be $10 and for a half page $5. CHECKS MUST ACCOMPANY COPY in the interests of eliminating book-keeping as far as possible.
Bear in mind that advertisements in the Roster are limited to members only and that it will go to a carefully selected and valuable list, among whom it pays to advertise. A first class and highly creditable issue is guaranteed. This is your opportunity. Advertising matter will be arranged alphabetically by states, except the outside of the back cover page, which is offered to the first person applying for it at $20.
The Advertising section will positively close on July 20th and the Roster will be issued immediately after the close of the Convention. Anyone desiring to avail himself of the opportunity should have his copy in the hands of the Secretary prior to July 20th.
AT THE PLAY. Mrs. Posey-Mercy, Hiram! Them awful society women dress like they was goin' swimmin'.
Mr. Posey-O' course, Jerusha. Hain't you heard th't in th' soshul swim th' wimmin try to outstrip each other?-(Exchange.)
ILLUSTRATION OF TACT. There were two old women who were discussing the meaning of the word 'tact,' and the one remarked to the other that she did not know what it meant. “Weel?" replied the other, "it's like this: Supposin' ye were tae dee ang gang up tae heaven, an' at the gate ye were tae meet Peter, ye wadna speak tae him about cock-crawin', wad ye? Weel, that's tact."-(Sacklopedia.)
The Society Column
By Ward Mcdllister, Jr.
A DANSANT AT EVANSTON Mr. Robert Harold Pennington, of Evansville, Indiana, attended a dance at Evanston, Friday, June 5th. As he entered the hall the Master of Ceremonies led him gently to the door and put him out. He went back. The Master of Ceremonies hustled him out the second time. Mr. Pennington went back. The Master of Ceremonies then kicked him rudely down the stairs. R. H. then gathered himself up slowly and, looking back at the hall, said wisely: "I know what it means! They don't want me at that dance." Eagle brain.
SURPRISE PARTY AT THE WAGNER'S On the evening of June 2nd a very enjoyable surprise party was tendered Mr. William Lion Wagner, 2nd, of Chicago, in celebration of his fifty-ninth birthday.
“We have the surprise beautifully planned," said Mrs. Wagner to the guests, "and Will doesn't suspect a thing. I think he has even forgotten that today's his birthday. He will get home from the office at about 7 o'clock. Then he always goes upstairs to take off his coat and put on his smoking jacket for the evening. When he is upstairs I will call out suddenly, 'Oh, Will, come down stairs quick! The gas is escaping.' Then he will rush down here, unsuspecting, to find the crowd of friends waiting for him.”
It went off exactly as planned. Wagner came home at the regular hour and went directly upstairs. The guests held their breath while Mrs. Wagner called out excitedly, “Oh, Will, come down quick. The gas is escaping in the parlor.”
Every light had been turned out and the parlor was in perfect darkness. There was a rapid rush of feet down the stairway, then a voice said, “I don't smell any gas.”
“Better light the jet,” Mrs. Wagner suggested tremulously. “Here's a match.”
There was a splutter and suddenly the room was flooded with light. Everybody screamed. The hostess fainted. For there in the center of the room stood Wagner, attired only in a natty union suit, with a fresh pair of trousers carried over his arm.
Birthday parties still form a forbidden subject of conversation at the Wagners'.
NO SWEDE, AT THAT. Two men were working in a ditch and got into a fight. Finally one crawled out and went home. His wife met him at the door and exclaimed: "Why, Ole, what is the matter with you?" Said Ole, "Me und an Irishman vos working in ditch und got in fight. He bat me in eye und say, “You Svede, you!' He smash me in nose und say, “You Svede, you! Den he hit me in mout, knock dese two teet' out und say, “You Svede, you?' Und all de time (laughing) I vas a Norwegian.”-Yarns.