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New York, July 9, 1906.
Editor Minneapolis Jouranl:
Dear SnWe have been in the pre
serving business for sixty years. Have
always had a national and even an in
ternational reputation for quality of
the highest grade, and this has been our
pride. Manv American families have
used our preparations for three genera
tions, and to them our brands are house
hold words.
Hng been most discourteously, un-
ustly and even brutally treated by the
and Food Commissioner of Min
nesota, Mr. Edward K. Slater, who has
the advantage of us in position and the
power to do as he pleases, which ad
vantage and power he has made use of
in the most pcrsecutive and vindictive
manner, we aie driven to protect our
selves by a public statement of fa^ts,
and to strive to reach the consuming
public of vour state by the most tho
rough publicity possible, not being able
to obtain any sntisfaction from the de
partment, in the piesent state of mind
of its chief.
We give herewith a true statement of
matteis as they stand to date. We re
ceived the following pro forma notice
Zrom the Dairy and Food Department:
Dairy and Fooa Department.
St. Paul, Feb. 23, 1906.
Messis. Gordon & Dilworth,
New York.
On Jan. 28, 1906, Inspector I. G. Fow
ler tool: from the stock of the C. S.
Brackett company, Minneapolis, a sam
ple of Preserved Blackberries, which
has bten analyzed and classed as ille
gal by our chemist. Sample is colored
with "coal tar dve.
Yours respectfully,
Milton Tienliam,. Sec.
A few davs later we were advised bv
the C. S. Brackett company of the same
fact, and that the commissioner intend
ed to piosecute them, and wanted to
know if we would stand suit or plead
guilty. Our books for five years back
showed no purchases of Blackberries
bv this house, and we promptly in
formed it that we should do neithei,
and if it had any such old goods on
hand, it should be ashamed to have of
fered them, it it had any regard for its
reputation, independent of brand that
our responsibility had long since ceased
and we were not accountable for what
might have happened in that period.
To the commissioner we promptly re
plied, stating that there must be some
mistake either in sample, confusion in
laboratory, or error in confounding a
natural with an artificial color that
we had no need for color in blackber
ries and have never used it that we
had had similar as well as other
charges made in the past by prominent
arties. but in no case was anything
on revision of analysis, but what
was natural to the fruit that we were
particeps in secuiing the passage of the
present New York food law, upon
which all others have been based, in
many cases the laws being almost word
for word the same in sections that this
law had long been inoperative appar
ently, mavbe for lack of appropria
tions, or possibly in some cases due to
"honest graft" that the war was now
on and we hailed the rising sun of food
investigation and hoped that more
might result than political clap-trap,
and that we might live long enough to
become something else than a nation of
"honest grafters'' and "moral perjur
Kepeating our denial of ever having
used the color charged or any other,
as it would be ridiculous, being an un
necessary expense, we invited further
We waited till April 4, 1906, and no
reply coming, we then wrote, calling
attention to our unanswered letter and
also advising him of the fact that one
of his agents had entered the store
of H. W. Kingsbury at Winona and
informed the proprietor that our pre
serves "were undoubtedly illegal," so
that Mr. Kingsbury was impelled to
write* us to know what disposition he
could make of them.
This letter was answered by Com
missioner Slater on April 19, 1906, ask
ing for definite information, as they
had no record of any condemnation at
Winona, but made no reference to the
important matter of the original charges
and our letter of February 28th, which
we know had been received and had
later been referred to by him. For our
own satisfaction we registered such let
ters, getting receipts from addressee.
We replied on April 25th, giving him
all the information we had, and request
ing him to communicate directly with
Mr. Kingsbury.
On May era Commissioner Slater re
plied he would do so, but still no re
sponse to our letter of February 28th,
About this time a friend gave us a
copy of the Minneapolis "Journal" of
March 17, 1906, in which appeared a
cross between a report and an inter
view of a most damaging nature to
our reputation, and from which we
quote: "The state chemist found a
Ted aniline dye in a jar of their (Gor
don & Dilworth's) blackberry iam. The
retailer called on the manufacturers,
who refused to take it off his hands,
and said the state department was
either mistaken or 'grafting.' We
did refuse to take back the goods for
the reasons already stated we did
say that there was certainly a mistake
due to one of several possible reasons,
but it is unqualifiedly false that we
charged "grafting,"
Mr. Slater is also quoted as saying
that "he had a thorough test made,
proving beyond doubt that the article
contains coal tar dye," and that he
would "issue a bulletin stating the
facts, ac there is no other way the man
ufacturer can be reached."
He is also quoted as saying: "In
Charged by the Oldest House of Its Kind in the Country with Lack of Business Oour-
tesy, Star Chamber Methods, Vindictiveness and Persecution, Which the Com-
pany Claims Have Seriously Injured Its Business.
Instead of Answering Letters, He Rushes Into Print, Publishes False Statements and
Bulletins, and Refuses Common Justice to His Victims.
Has Loaned Reputed Products of This House for Display at Public Fairs, Branding
Them as Illegal and Injurious to Health, and Has the Same Ticketed and
On Exhibition at His Headquarters.
Gordon & Dilworth of New York City Defend Themselves Against His Attacks and
Make Counter ChargesThey Publicly Repeat a Challenge Which They
Have Twice Made Him, and Which He Has Refused to Accept.
They claim he disgraces his position, and deny using coloring in their preserves, and if
the goods examined are their make, the state analyst is at fault and don't understand his
business, and that if the coloring is there, the goods are counterfeit and not their make. No
other alternative.Prepared to meet the commissioner in a fair and free inspection and
analysis of their preserves bought on the open market and by conjoint investigation, which he
has declined, and still he continues his persecution.
their letter to me Gordon & Dilworth
state that Dr. Wiley of the depart
ment of agriculture, and also the Mon
tana commissioner had been compelled
to back down after declaring their
products illegal. Our chemist, Mr. Hor
ton, has talked with both men, and
tells me that they most emphatically
did not back down from their rulings.
The retailer is not to blame, and as the
manufacturer will not stand back of a
case, the only thing I can do is to put
the trade possession of the* facts, and
notify dealers that the article is ille-
Now, for diabolical perversion of the
truth, this takes the palm. What we
did say was: "As we have not had
need of using any color whatsoever in
any preserves bearing our label, now
or at any time in our career, it is in
order to refer matters back to you for
revision, and if none of the errors
above indicated have been committed,
then you may have an opportunity for
scientific investigation, like our friend,
Dr. Traphagen (analyst of Food Dept.,
Montana), and when he charged us with
preserving catsup and Ted currant jelly
with salicylic acid, and previously Dr.
Wiley (chemist of the Department of
Agriculture), when charging the same
in regard to our okra and tomatoes.
Later knowledge on the subject showed
them that salicylic acid was common in
all of the named fruits, and could not
be isolated from the product in suf
ficient quantities to prove its artificial
Now the facts are that a good many
years ago the United States bureau of
chemistry did issue a bulletin showing
that the okra and tomatoes packed bv
us and other houses contained salicylic
acid and that a few years ago the Mon
tana food department stated the same
fact in regard to our red currant jellv
and tomato catsup. As we did not put
it there we know, if found, it must
have been natural.
We did not take up the matter with
the United States bureau of chemistry,
as it did not come to our attention till
long after publication, when we were
advised that later knowledge on the
subject showed salicylic acid to exist in
okra and tomatoes, and we presumed
the matter ended, as Dr. Wiley had not
pronounced the goods illegal and no
special publicity had been given the ar
ticle and no injury ensued.
In the case of the Montana food com
missioner it was a little different. We
asked for a revision and were ^treated
like gentlemen by a gentleman their
chemist, Dr. Traphagen, a man of cul
ture and high attainments his pro
fession, admitting an injustice had been
done owing to the analysis having been
made only qualitatively instead of
quantitatively. He wrote us on the
subject, apologizing for the uninten
tional wrong done us, and corrected the
bulletin in the very next issue. Now
all this is a matter of, seeord, and can
be seen in Bulletin No. 38 of the Mon
tana agricultural experiment station,
Bozeman, Mont., Oct. 1, 1902, at pages
10 and 16.
Hence we think if Chemist Horton
"talked with both men and tells me
that they most emphatically did not
back down from their rulings," there
must be a little Ananias work some
where. We did not use the word "back
down." We said "revision," and that
Dr. Traphagen certainly accorded us,
and we challenge Chemist Horton to
show in writing a statement from the
doctor denying his revision and publica
tion of the same. There was no occa
sion on Dr. Wiley's part to revise, as
we never asked him, having gotten the
information when the matter was cold
and the facts generally known of the
natural presence of the'acid in the veg
etables named.
Again, by courtesy of a friend, a
copy of The Food Law Bulletin of
Chicago of April 16, 1906, came into
our hands, in which appeared a letter
from Commissioner Slater, dated Apiil
10, 1906, devoted entirely to the black
berry jam case, heaping insults upon
us and bringing in the honored names
of Dr. Wiley and Dr. Traphagen, as tho
we had attempted to subject them to
ridicule. For these gentlemen we have
too much respect, having been brought
into contact with both of them in the
lines of their profession, but candor
compels us to say that this same Mr.
Slater and his chemist, Mr. Horton, are
putting themselvaa in a very ridiculous
position by their words and acts, as
note the following extract from the
letter ]ust referred to:
I have personally oxamined this
sample for coloring. There is a largo
amount of coloring matter not natural
to blackberries the sample contains
artificial coloring mattor. I am
obliged to class the color as of coal tar
origin. Our law prohibits any kind ot
added coloring matter."
What a confession of weakness! Ho
has charged us formally with using coal
tar color, and now virtually admits that
he don't know what it is, but is obliged
to class it as of coal tar origin.
This letter further says: A com
plaint is ready awaiting the next visit
of a representative of this firm to the
state," and I have called attention
to this case at length for the purpose
of demonstrating the tactics pursued by
some manufacturers in placing their
oods on the market and also to caution
ealers against buying supplies from
outside parties who will not stand back
of their goods."
Now all this time our letter of Feb.'
28, 1906, was ignored and unanswered.
We had stated emphatically that we
did not use the color named or any
other if there, it must benatural, if
the goods were packed by us. If the
goods were counterfeit, we could not
be held accountable, and asked for a
us to solve the mystery. No duplicate
was obtainable from the dealer, and
the goods were very old and we very
This neglect of over two months to
leply to ua and yet have time to issue
bulletins, give interviews and write
column long letters to newspapers about -,-J-
us made our blood boil. It was so
different from what we had been used
to from parties in high office that on
May 1, 1906, we wrote Mr. Slater a
plain, straightforward letter reviewing
matters, asking questions and demand
ing that he make response. While in
sistent, we were not discourteous, but
endeavored to impress our belief that
he was not acting justly by us, as the
whole matter turned upon one small
jar of very old goods, and it was not yet
shown that we were the issuers of the
goods in the form his agent bought
them. The contents might have been
eaten by some clerk or porter and re
placed by cheap flail goods, or the
bottle filled by second-hand packers,
there being no evidence of the goods
having been purchased from us.
We furthermore offered to appoint a
chemist in connection with his to go
on the open market, buy preserves of
any kind of our brand in any quan
tity to send a representative to Min
nesota to identify the goods, and pay
all the expenses if any coloring matter
beyond that natural to the fruit should
be found by the two chemists working
together. Furthermore, we agreed to
pay the cost of samples and transpor
tation, and the goods could be ordered
from any city in the United States.
Well, this at last brought an answer,
very short, very evasive of the main
question and declining our proposition
for a joint analysis, and advising us
to take lessons in business letter writ
ing. This from a man who had given
no evidence of his ability to write one
to us himself up to that time, but who
sought to shift the responsibility of
his own laches of' duty by intimating
that our unanswered letter was lacking
in business courtesy, and leaving us to
infar that that might be the cause of
his ignoring it.
We might probably have let the mat
ter rest there, however, for any exten
sive harm it might do us, our word
with our patrons being still honored,
and our wares not used except by the
most select and fastidious trade, had
it not been for another high-handed
and unwarranted exercise of a little
brief authority.
Our friends again advised us of a
fact, that we have since verified, viz.:
that in the collection of condemned
goods at the dairy and food depart
ment headquarters are three jars of
preserves now instead of one of our
reputed makecherries and raspberries
in addition to the original blackberries,
marked and numbered on tickets, stat
ing them to be illegal and injurious
to health, owing to being artificially
colored. We have never been notified
of these additional discoveries, and we
make the same affirmations and denials
in regard to them that we did concern
ing the blackberries. But what is worst
of all, and which, if true, we think
transcends his official duties, is that
he is reported to have loaned these sam
ples to certain fairs or public expo
sitions for display, where they have
been placarded in large type and used
to do us an injury.
There is no use in writing to him
any more. He appears incapable of
grasping the subject and knowing how
to perform the duties the people of a
great state are taxed to pay him and
his assistants for, and we 'must get
justice in any way open to us there
We desire to speak from the hilltops
so loud that all may hear, and to back
up our words by our willingness to be
tested by the severest methods known.
FirstWe state that in no preserves
which we issue under our brand can
any artificial coloring be found. This
naturally includes those varieties
claimed' to have beon analyzed by
Chemist Horton, and it therefore fol
lows that either the analyst has made
a mistake of some kind, the original
contents have been replaced by an in
ferior grade, the jars have been used
by somebody a second time without re
moving the labels, or we are the victims
of a conspiracy. AVe should not, up
to those last occurrences, have nurtured
any such suspicion, but merely attrib
uted the failure of the commissioner
to do what was plainly his duty to
some reason inscrutable to us. without
raising the question of his honesty, but
we confess that circumstances are mak
ing us suspicious, for we know whereof
wo speak, that we don't use artificial
coloring in our preserves. Tt would
be not only unnecessary but ridiculous,
as it adds to the cost, the fruit when
used straight and with cane sugar (our
only way of preserving) having all the
color needed.
SecondWe challenge Mr. Horton to
make affidavit that the goods he ex
amined were of our pack and that the
coloring found was without question
coal tar dye. It won't do to say the
jars bore our label. He "must
know them to have been, when ho re
ceived them, in the same condition as
when they left our factory. Otherwise
the commissioner had no right to go
ahead and issue bulletins, give inter
views and write letters for publication,
making a special case of ours, without
first exhausting his recourse to the man
ufacturers. The burden would then
have been on the dealer. We would
gladly have met him and helped him
in every wav, even by sending a rep
resentative to Minnesota, had he only
replied to us direct instead of by the
stab-in-the-back method he employed,
Editorial Section, THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL. Sunday, July 15, 1906.
.'IIs holds, and should forever cause him to
be regarded with distrust.
We have had many discussions and
controversies with food departments
and chemists in different states. Never
yet have we been compelled to eat our
words. Our correspondence has been
courteous, and in all cases where we
have been charged with improper prac
tices or adulterations those charging
have gracefully admitted their error
and acted like gentlemen should. This
man falsifies facts and evidently tries
to injure us still more by the unwar
ranted and rude manner in which he
handles respected names like Doctors
Wiley and Traphagen.
In closing we beg to say we shall
be pleased to answer any inquiries from
any source, and shall give this letter
the widest publicity possible. We
don't think Minnesotans are behind
other Americans in love of fair play,
and all we ask is even-handed Ameri
can justice.
We now repeat the challenge we
made Commissioner Slater and which
he declined. It is still open, and if he
is a man of honor he will accept. The
offer is also open to the dairy and food
departments of any state in the union.
It is as follows: We will appoint a
chemist to act in conjunction with
Chemist Horton. The two are at lib
erty to buy samples of our preserves
in any market in the United States
from Bangor to Seattle, from New Or
leans to San Francisco, provided they
are not antiquated and are in the same
condition in which we sent them out:
we will pay the cost of the samples and
the transportation and send a repre
sentative to Minnesota to examine anoj
warrant their genuineness, and if any
are found to contain artificial coloring
we will pay the expenses of the state
chemist also. Should, however the re
sult be in our favor, the department
must pay for the samples and their
own chemist. We will ray for our
We demand this as a right and an act
of justice, and should also in the last
case expectalthough not a condition
that the commissioner should ac
knowledge he had been premature, and
even though there had been coloring
matter found in the jar, vet no proof
existed of our having put it there or
that the goods were ours. It is hard
enough to answer for one's own sins,
but we object to being the vicars for
others, or to be the victims of false
statements publicly made by public of
ficials who are proven derelict in their
duty. We leave case in th hands nour
Youna people
to house-
receive special
the state.e Ven
of the thinknjr public".T' assuring
behin"them all
cordon & Dilworth.
"L ow Rates Via the Soo Line
$16.75 to Detroit and return via the
Soo Line.
$17.50 to Toledo and return via the
Soo Line.
$18.25 to Cleveland and return via
the Soo Line.
$20.25 to Buffalo and return via the
Soo Line.
For further particulars inquire at
ticket office. 119 Third street S.
Special sale this week of mahogany,
golden and weathered oak Buffets, all
the Grand Rapids make, at $15 $18
$20 $25 $30 $35 $40 and $50.
Special Easy Terms of Payment.
Seeger Syphon Re
We are sole agents for the celebrated
Seeger Syphon Eefrigerator, the most
sanitary refrigerator now on the mar
ket. We have them at $20 $25 $30
and $35.
Extra Easy Terms of Payment.
Lace Curtains and Drap
eries That Challenge
Make a tour of all the Minneapolis
Drapery Department* if you wish be
fore coming to Boutell's. Then go
calmly through the vast assortment
here and if you do not instantly pro
claim ours the bright particular star of
tfaem all, you will simply be registering
yourself an exception to the general
a kind friend
rakes over ashes of one youth,
it is to the entire of the
person to whom that youth was once
attached, but such is not the case of
the almist venerable "Fred" Smith,
president of the board of park commis
sioners and high officer in the Lodge
of Good Fellowship.
Mr. Smith is one of the oldest set
tlers. In fact he has been of the com
munity for so many years that he is
popularly supposed to have first seen
the light of day here, whereas the pop
ular village of Lee, Maine, is the place
of his nativity. For the benefit of the
unenlightened, Mr. Smith states that
in the past fifty years Lee has lost
one barn by fire and added a brick
chimney thru the enterprise of one of
its residents.
It is Dr. W. W. Folwell of the board
of park commissioners and the Univer
sity of Minnesota, who has added to
the historical data surrounding Mr.
Smith's remote past.
In the very old days there was pub
lished by Croffut & Clark, at what is
now the corner of Maine street and
Third avenue SE, in the identical build
ing now occupied by the Union Iron
works, the Minnesota B-epubican, a
newspaper of sainted memory.
The other day Dr. Folwell was pour
ing over the musty files of this ancient
publication and ran across the follow
ing luminous item on the local page
of the issue of Oct. 23, 1857:
"We have been very unsuccessful in
trying to get reliable boys to carry our
paper. After great exertions we have,
More Than 250 Stands of Winchesters,
Which Were Smuggled Into Mexico,
Confiscated, El Paso, Texas, July 14.Over 250
stands of repeating Winchester rifles,
which miners at Cananea had smuggled
into Mexico hidden in loads of alfalfa,
have been captured by Mexican troops.
The arms were being imported into
Cananea for the purpose of providing
arms for another outbreak, which is
said to be threatening. The wagons
were stopped fifteen miles south of the
border. On account of the Yaquis be-
You Pay No More for Boutell's Good Furniture Than Others Ak for the Cheaply Made Kind,
Buffets Genuinue Leather Couch
Monda only
Important Notice
Young married people and those who
Intend going to housekeeping should
send us their names and addresses at
once, and we will mall them something
worth TEN DOLLARS absolutely free.
Insurance Gasolene
You don't take any chances when you
buy an Insurance Gasolene Stove. They
come at $10.50 $12 $15 $16 $18
and $20.
Carpet and Rug Dept
uv uw j.vuut. veivet ana rapestry
Brussels Bugs, carpet sizes, at $10
$12 $15 and $18.
150 new Wilton Velvet Bugs, sire
9x12, at $40 $42.50 and $45.
75 Velvet Bugs, size 8-3x10-6 special
,eale at $25.
$*.&&k Lmrgmt JfMie, Hft mmd Ctmb Pmobikm* tm the NoittwmL
A Minneapolis Institution Owned by Minneapolis People.
*2W VJ*
Head of Minneapolis Park Board Was
"an Honest Carrier," Says an
Old Newspaper.
Ag He Appeared When He Carried the
at last, procured an honest carrier,
Master Frederick Smith, for our route
in lower town.*'
The accompanying picture of "Mas
ter Frederick Smith" was taken at
about this period of his honesty.
coming supplied with the weapons thru
importation, the taking of arms into
the state of Sonora is against the
Mexican law and all of the rifles were
Mexican miners at Cananea are
showing great restlessness as the result
of the work of agitators and a new
outbreak is feared. The Mexican
troops have been reinforced.
Vacation Trips for Hot Weather.
See Mr. G. F. McNeill, Agt. N. P.
By.. '*block.
Ky. INo, N i JNicollet N icoiie House
Have him arrange a trip to the Yellow
stone National Park and Pacific coast,
or a trip via Duluth and the Great
Lake steamers. Call and get the Tour
ist publications.
There Is not one man in a hundred who can have a home of his own if he is obliged to pay cash in fall, s^ve
by long and laborious saving. Accordingly we establish the home for him, place the furniture therein, and let
him pay for it a little at a time according to his means. Our contracts contain no mercenary or arbitrary
features. They impose on no one who falls ill or loses his position. Payments suspend when accidents
or illness occur, and no one is expected to pay anything when he can't, or when pressing necessities
arise. We show a greater assortment to choose from than all the other Twin City home furnishing stores, and
$35 For a $60 Couch
Karpen construction, upholstered with hair and moss, covered with genuine A-l
Sterling leather. This is an extra large couch and at the price asked is the
bargain we have ever offered. fifi
85 down and $1 the week.
They Scare His Cattle and They
Also Eat His Flannel jj|
Shirt. \~4*
Beading, Pa., Julyiffl.On the farm
of Alvin Shoemaker^ near Seipstown,
there is a pond in which big frogs fair*
ly swarm. Harry Wieder, who hunted
for them there yesterday, bagged sixt
seven, not one of which weighed less
than a pound.
For years the Shoemaker farm has
been noted as a frog resort, and Mr.
Shoemaker always welcomes the hunt
ers with open arms, as he declares the
frogs have become a pest. He does not
favor the Squibb law for protecting
frogs, as they have become a pest on
his farm.
He wants the frogs killed off, as their
croaking scares his cattle when he
drives them to water.
Last year the frogs raided his straw*
berry patch and devoured the entire
crop. The year before they got into
his summer house and ate a half-dozen
of his best flannel shirts, which lay
there in the wash basket.
Lake Deliveries
We make daily deliveries to
Lake Minnetonka and sur
rounding summer resorts.
Box seat, polished wood, finished in
golden oak worth $3.50. (H /y *y JT
Monday only *pjv j&
8 to a customer only.
House Decorations
We invite correspondence from archi
tects and owners especially, regarding
the complete decoration and furnishing
of new homes. As importers and re
tailers of the most exclusive things in
Furniture, Draperies, Lace. Curtains,
Wall Paper, Art Objects and Decorative
Materials, we offer an exceptional serv
ice not to be duplicated elsewhere.
Cyclist Pitches Off Precipice
Horrible Death.
Geneva, July 14.A terrible acci
dent occurred at the Gorge of Aa, a
favorite excursion rendezvous near
Carnan in the Canton of Obwold.
A Swiss named Bothlin delayed his
return journey to Sarnen from the
MelchtaJ valley, which he had been
visiting on his tricycle, and was over
taken Dy the night. In the darkness
he lost his way and rode out on the
road which leads to the gorge and ends
abruptly at a precipice nearly 2,000
feet in depth.
Bothlin, who must have been going
a good pace, crashed thru the wooden
barrier at the end of the road, and
was flung with his machine into space.
Next morning the body, which was
unrecognizable, was recovered from
the gorge. The victim leaves a wife
and large family.
PAID $1,000 FOB AN 1804 DOLLAB.
New York, Jury 13.Thomas L. El
der of 32 East Twenty-third street
bought yesterday an 1804 dollar. He
paid $1,000 for it. It was one of a col
lection of Major WJlliam Wetmore's
which was sold in Philadelphia on Jane
26, 27 and 28. A Mr. Chapman bought
it there for $720, and Mr. Blder bought
it from him. It is said that only six
1804 dollars are in circulation.
on 2nd,
3rd and 4th
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