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Ranch and Range.
NBwSEmEs'v^.^No.'Se.f SEATTLE and SPOKANE, WASH., DECEMBER 11, 1897. $1.00 Per Year
OLEO USERS CONVICTED.
On Friday last there came up before the justice's court in
Seattle the prosecution of six resturant men, owners of the
"Windsor restaurant, the Chicago, the California, the Gilt
Edge, the German Kitchen and the Liverpool.
It came out that the restaurant proprietors, through their
attorney, met Dairy Commissioner McDonald, and they made
the proposition that one of their number would plead guilty,
anJ jointly they would pay the fine and costs, providing the
other five suits were dismissed, and they would follow strictly
any reasonable regulations the dairy commissioner would
stipulate. They claimed that the former dairy commissioner
informed them that if they used oleo on their tables in the
uncolored state, that it would not be a violation of the law.
Mr. McDonald stated in reply that he did not believe that the
former commissioner had any authority to thus construe the
law, but, as these were the first arrests for violation, and he
had no reason to disbelieve their statements, and they plead
ing guilty, which did not weaken his position and also prom
ised that they would follow strictly any regulations that they
might make, he accepted their proposition, and he will here
after hold that the law is violated unless signs are hung in
large sized letters in a conspicuous place with no attempt at
concealment so that the patrons could not fail to see them,
or have printed on the bill of fare, in the same size type as the
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Furthermore, that he may not be misunderstood, he stated
that he will prosecute to the full extent of the law, asking for
highest fine for anyone not living up to those regulations,
carrying the case to the supreme court if necessary.
There was a little side play after the above agreement was
reached with the dairy commissioner as to who should plead
guilty and stand as the figurehead of the fight. The proprietor
of the California restaurant is a Japanese and they thought
that they could induce him to be the lamb in the slaughter, but
he was a little too cute. One suggested that they would draw
lots, but an objection was raised, and finally the proprietor
of the Chicago restaurant agreed to the sacrifice and was
subjected to the fine and costs, the latter being nominal. The
other cases were dismissed.
Mr. McDonald would like to have all exchanges note the
fact that he has made such strict stipulations so that in cases
of future arrest Ignorance of the law cannot be made a plea
of the defense.
Mensor Bros., lumbermen operating in Pierce county, were
fined last week $25 for feeding oleomargarine to their log
gers. The stuff was beautifully colored, and was an importa
tion from P. D. Armour, Kansas City, Neb.