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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 19, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 9

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MY DEPARTMENT WILL TRY TO MAKE DAILY
PROBLEM OF MARKET BASKET EASIER
BY WILLIAM
Secretary of the Department
The keynote of the administration
of the affairs of the Department of
Commerce will be: "Service."
By this I mean that the constant
effort of all branches of the depart
ment will be to furnish the rank and
file of the people with usable inform
ation about .things close at home to
them that will make it possible for
them to live- more economically, more
happily.
Two. illustrations taken from the
activities of the department show
specifically the character of service
I mean. Take our bureau of. fisher
ies. It is possible, through that
bureau, to develop an. almost un
limited supply of food. By finding
out the facts about fish suitable for
food, by stimulating the develop
ment of fish 6f that character, by
using the authority and influence of
the department for the establishment
of proper market con3itions, and by
obtaining additional legislation if
necessary on the basis of .our facts
the department of commerce can
render a service of tremendous bene
fit to every citizen.
It can make the daily problem of
the niaritet easier of solution, for it
can make wholesomc,food accessible
to all. Another opportunity for the
same kind of service is offered by our
bureau of standards. We, can find
out, there, just what a manufactured
article ought to contain; what a steel
rail can be expected to stand, What is
the best material for railroad ties,
what type of -passenger elevator is
safest for office building, etc.
One of the things that nobody
knows now,but which, in time, the
bureal of standards ought to be able
to discover, is the capacity of big
bridge girders. We have been build
ing very large bridges almost by rule
of .thumb, and as a result a .bridge
C. REDFIELD,.
of Commerce at Washington.
sometimes goes down. We have got
to find a method of testing girders,
partly because; the railroads and
others need" the information, but
chiefly to insure--the safety of the
millions of "people who cross the
bridges.
That is what I mean by "service,"
and that is the character of work that
William C. Redfield.
can be done by every one of the
bureaus of the department of com
merce. When we do that we will be
doing what the people expect and de
mand of their government
I cheerfully pledge myself to that
policy.
o o
She was well over eighty years of
age and for the first time in her life
she had been taken to a picture pal-'
ace. As .she came out a friend" met
her in the vestibule. "Hope you en
joyed yourself, Mrs. Smith," she ex
claimed. "Yes," replied the old dame,
"I did. But I'm gettin' that deaf now
adays I couldn't' hear a word they
said,"
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