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EXPLORING UNCLE SAM'S
LARDER. OFFICE OF INFORMATION, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. OW MUCH FOOD has Uncle Sam in his national larder with which to start the new year? How adequately can he feed his many millions of civilians and soldiers? Will it be neces sary during the coming twelve months for his citizens to eat war bread? Can he furnish the share which he ought of the daily ra tion needed by the fighting men of the allies? And can he supple ment somewhat, perhaps, the meager fare of the friendly neutrals to whom the war has brought the pinch of hunger? These are the big and vital questions, so important to the conduct of the war, which the Bureau of Markets of the United States De partment of Agriculture is seeking to answer by carrying out the war emergency food survey provided for by the last Congress. All over the country today first steps are being taken to answer these questions. Hundreds of thousands of persons in control of food sup plies, large and small, are filling out schedules mailed to them by the army ol employees which the Bureau of Markets has assembled in Washington to conduct the big year-end food inventory. These schedules will show the quantities of more than one hundred differ ent foods on hand December 31, 1917, quantities on hand December 31, 1916, for comparison, and the quantities shipped out by freight or express that have not been delivered to the consignee. To the totals of these figures will be added quantities held by retail food dealers in certain counties where store-to-store canvasses are being 3.