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for meetings for our agents, whether with influential individuals, com
mittees in control, or public gatherings. These proved exceedingly interesting. The agent carried a model drier with an eight inch ex haust fan and did actual drying work. A conspicuous window was located where this model was placed in full view of passers by, and various signs called attention to the display and explained it. In the smaller places, the post office window was very courteously cleared for us and proved an excellent place as many were continually com ing in for their mail. In larger towns, which enjoyed mail delivery the window of some up-to-date grocery store was donated. "We found that grocers of this type were much interested in our work as giving a means of avoiding part of their losses and enabling them to put some of their perishable products back upon their shelves once more. During much of the day the agent remained with the exhibit, displaying the blue-print, the operation and samples of the dried product, and spreading the news of the public meeting to be held later. Also he held conferences with small groups appointed for the purpose, and endeavored to interest influential persons in the enter prise. In the evening it was customary to speak at the moving pic ture theater giving a short snappy talk, and showing the slides, from nine to ten in number, illustrating the work. This made an excel lent opportunity for advertising the public meeting. It was very interesting to notice the difference between the comments of the men and those of the women. The men almost im mediately warmed up as soon as they understood the underlying principles, and frequently sent in or brought groups of friends to be convinced. More rarely did they require proof of the palatability of dried products. A nibble at the samples seemed to be all that was necessary. The women, however, were less ready to accept new methods and slower to adopt what was to them new food stuffs. "With them a cooking test was absolutely necessary. Here was where it was exceedingly helpful to have the short time recipes given in Emergency Bulletin number 33. Invariably the women were in terested in the project, anxious to have an opportunity to make use of the community drier, and dubious about the possibility of getting the men sufficiently interested to make it possible to finance it. 6.