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U. S. AT" WORK TO ABOLISH EGG "CORNERS"
FOREVER! THE PARCEL POST IS ANSWER!
BY FREDERICK M; KERdY j try experiments to the employes of
Washington, Dec. 5. "The gg
producer and the egg-consumer can
be brought together and "egg cor
ners" abolished forever! The high
cost of- eggs and the cost of many
other farm products, too can be
lowered by co-operation between
the farmer and the egg user in the
city or town. The parcel, post is the
That is the way Charles J. Brand,
agricultural department' . expert, on
marketing, and chief of President
Wilson's newly-created '""division of
Chas. J. Brand, Chief of-U. S. Divi
sion of Markets; "
markets," sizes up .the egg situation.
"The division of markets, in co
operation with the bureau of animal
industry and the ppstb'ffice depart
ment, has been for mpre than a
month quietly testing out. the possi
bilities of the parcel, pqsfih shipping
eggs from the country; to the town.
It can be done, and it ,can be done
successfully and at low cost," cte
clared Brand. "The agricultural de
partment poultry farm at Beltsville,
Maryland, has. heen sellingithe eggs
produced there in the course of po'ul-
the department at the market price.
We have, in the past month, been
using these eggs, simply to test the
possibilities of more than a hundred
different types of egg containers by
sending them through the parcel
"Of course, the tests have not been
concluded, but at least six of the con
tainers are standing mail trips satis
factorily. Out of the first twenty-five
dozen that we shipped," continued
Mr. Brand, "there were only five
brdken eggs and four were in one
particular dozen; so that there were
twenty-four dozen eggs shipped with
only one broken."
"How about the expense for con
tainers " I asked.
"It is not at all necessary that the
containers be expensive," he replied.
"The less expensive types in several
cases are proving to be as satisfac
tory as the others. But it is quite
possible to use a container that is ex
pensive without hurting the efficiency
of the service. For instance, a num
ber of the containers can be kept un
til they reach the parcel-post limit
twenty pounds and then returned to
the farmer bi parcel poBt. But no
doubt- the best type will be found to
be the 'gift package' type that can
be thrown away after being once
"Is the public taking much interest
in these experiments?"
He swung around in- his chair and
pointed to three wire baskets piled
with letters. '
"We are simply .being deluged with
correspondence from all over the
country from people who.want to
know how best to get in touch with"
the producing farmer and buy their
eggs and other farm produce
fresh and cheaply. As a matter of
fact, we have to spend so much time
answering letters that it is retarding
'us in writfng'the bulletin which- we