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Forced to Aid President In
Recent Mine Question
Patriotism Involved.
Cold-Pack Methods Not
Blamed For Deaths In
Washington, IX C, Nov. 5. The
Republicans are still maintaining, ex
plaining and declaring their position
shown in their vote of Friday up
holding the arm and voice of the
President in the mining crisis. They
are probably conscience stricken. Tha
actual vote shown in the Congression
al record shows 267 to 0 in favor of
the President's stand. Fortunately for
the country, in spite of their gross
partisanship displayed the day before
the vote was forced and taken, the
majority saw the light of true Amer
icanism in time to save their faces.
From the report of the debate
shown in the record there is no ques
tion now as to where the real snag
occurred. Thfe Republican side of tha
House were ijrced as Americans to
be in favor of the stand they took; it
was only their blind partisanship that
kept them from taking the action
they finally took a few days earlier.
Their first opportunity occurred sev
eral days earlier, on Roosevelt's brith
day, October 27, in fact, when the
first concurrent resolution was intro
duced in the House by Mr. Connally
of Texas. Whipped on m the last days
of this session to finish some legis
lation that will save the Republican
party's face, the majority is now
playing a shrewd and calculating
game of politics, and the Republican
leaders were afraid to endorse the
Democratic head of the Government
or give- dignity to a resolution of
such importance introduced in the
House by a Democrat.
Twice before the vote was taken
the Republican leaders were urged
on the floor of the House to put the
members of Congress on record in
support1 of tha Government's stand
for law and order. Majority Leader
Mondell himself read into the Record
the letter addressed by President Wil
son to the miners and the public. On
being asked whether he endorsed the
President's utterance he decisively de
clared that he did. But when the
Connally resolution of endorsement
came an objection was made on the
Republican side to its unanimous
consideration and it was referred to
the Judiciary Committee. If con
sidered at that time the effect of the
House standing behind the President
would have had greater force than it
did coming at a late hour on the eve
of the coal strike. In fact it might
have been warning to the miners
that might have influenced them to
call off the strike.
The day before the vote was taken
Majority Reader Mondell declared it
was unwise to express by formal
resolution the approval of executive
"I think it would be most unfortu
nate for the Congress to adopt any
such policy, said Congressman Mon
dell. That evening the Senate passed the
Thomas resolu rion endorsing the
President. This forced the Republi
can niajority in the House into the
open. Within five minutes of the
opening of the session Friday morn
ing, (.the next day), Majority Leader
Mondell was on his feet with the
Senate resolution to explain.
"That resolution now being before
us, it seems to me highly proper
that it should be adopted by the
House, and I hope that it will be
adopted unanimously and without a
el's.-enting voice."
The Republican majoritj7" would
have taken sui-h action three or four
days sooner had the resolution been
in support of a Republican Admin
istration, or had it been introduced
by a Republican, but this time their
blinded partisanship nearly left them
pinioned as an un-American Congress.
Decayed products, not the cold
pack method of canning, are respon
sible for the recent deaths of five
people In Detroit who ate ripe olive
say scientists in the United States de
partment of Agriculture. They also
say that if people would throw away
or refuse to eat food that smells
spoiled they would be insured against
poisoning by the Bacillus botulinus,
the bug that has come into the lime
light recently through Its nefarious
behavior. This organism when pres
ent in canned food is the cause of ac
tive decay.
It is poor economy to eat food
which has begun to spoil or rot. Tha
person who does runs the risk o!
death. In every case observed of
botulinus poisoning, the people who
served the food knew that it had an
unpleasant stench a smell of decay
or putrefaction, and it should never
have been put on the table.
Ripe olives, which the Detroit
health commissioner claims caused
the death of the five in Detroit, ara
not canned by the cold-pack method.
The process usually employed to pre
serve olives is to dip them several
times in lye. rinse them in fresh
water and then put them in a weaK
brine. Xo heat is used and the brine
is not strong enough to prevent toxin
Successful canning, so far as the
danger from poisoning by the Ba
cillus botulinus is involved, depends
not so much on the methods selected
as on the rejection of infected ma
terial at the start. Dirty, wilted, and
partly rotted food carries multitudes
more of organisms into the canning
process than fresh, sound, clean fruit
and vegetables. Dirty tables, dirty
jars and lids, sewage-polluted water
and flies are sources of contamination
which should be eliminated.
The material may be processed
according to the best experienc
available, but it must be frankly
recognized that an occasional jar or
series of jars may yet spoil because
some factor has escaped in spite of
all precautions. Such food as has
spoiled should be destroyed. Do not
salvage it. If you do, you do it at
a risk. It is not fit for human food
and should not be fixed up into
salads, mince-meat, catsup or pia
Typical spoiled cans are readily
identified. Doubtful cases, however,
occur occasionally. A consumer un-
ramiliar with a particular product is
frequently puzzled by its odor, as it
comes from the can in an apparently
sound condition. Cooking appears to
be the practical method of eliminat
mg the danger. Heat destroys the
toxin and if the jar, top, and con
tents are heated until the contents
to the very center of the jar are at
a boiling point there will be no
Suspected foodstuffs should not
even be tasted, "for death has oc
curred after tasting two teaspoons of
spoiled product wlveh contained the
Bacillus botulinus. Feeding suspect
ed food to domestic animals without
safeguards is undesirable, for some
of them are very susceptible to the
No person should take the respon
sibility or serving otner people any
food product which has commenced
to decompose. Let your nose be your
guide and discard food with a putrid
odor, warn the expert food chemists
of the Department of Agriculture.
First College Game
of Football Played
Just 50 Years Ago
On a crisp November afternoon 50
years ago, in 18 GO, a train filled to
overflowing with the students of Old
Xassau pulled into Xew Brunswick,
X J., the home of Rutgers College.
The men from Princeton turned loose
a mighty cheer, and it was immedi
ately answered by a defiant shout
from the Rutgers men. The first in
tercollegiate football game was about
to be staged in America, but before i
the historic contest the students of t
the rival institutions mingled in '
friendly spirit. In those days no
charge of professionalism had ever
been lodged against college sports,
and the true sporting spirit of "let the
best team win" prevailed. Inter
collegiate contents were followed by
social affairs, in which whole-souled
hospitality ruled.
That Rutgers-Xassau Hall gridiron
competition was not held on a grid
iron at all, in the modern meaning
of the word, but on a vacant lot. The
grandstand was conspicuous by its
absence. Some of the spectators sat
on a fence surrounding the field,
while others stood, or squatted on
the ground. Each team was composr
ed of 25 men, and there were four
judges and two referees. The uni
forms and armor of the gridiron hero
of todav were undreamed of True,
the Rutgers men vere distinguished
by turbans of a gtjwiny red, adding
a dash of color to the scene.
Otherwise, the players wore, their
everyday attire, although they shed
their coats when the contests com
menced. "When time was called, each
side divided into three parties. The
"fielders" were sent to certain parts
of the grounds, which the rules for
bade them leaving. Another party,
called "bulldozers," were to follow
the ball, which was much smaller
than the pigskin of today, in the field.
A third section, consisting of two
men, guarded the goals of the oppos
ing "twenty-five." At the beginning
of the game, the fortunes of war gave
Rutgers the wind arid Xassau the"
1 ball. The horrible details will bo
published tomorrow.
A small fire caused by a plumber's
torch, at 308 Beach street, called tha
fire department out yesterday after
noon shortly after 4 o'clock. The
blaze started in a kitchen, and was
iii1rVlv ctine:uished bv the use of
chemicals. The damage was slisht.A
London, Xov. 5 (By The Associat
ed Press) A decline in the world's
sugar production of about fourteen
per cent., as compared with the sea
son 1913-14 was registered during
1918-19, according to figures issued
by the official Board of Trade Jour
nal. But for the increase in the Cu
ban output, from 2,600,000 tons in
1913-14 to an esiimated 4,000,000 tons
in 1918-19, the decline would nave
been much more serious, says tne
The world's production of raw cane
sugar, excluding the Indian crop,
which is consumed lGeally, rose from
7,500,000 tons in 1913-14 to 9,700,000
tonse in 1913-19, an increase of 2,
200,000 tons. In the case of raw
beet sugar, however, production
dropped, from 8,900,000 tons to 4,
300,000, a decrease of 4,500,000
tons. On balance, therefore, there
was a deficiency in the world's sup
ply of sugar in the season just ended,
compared with pre-war supplies,
amounting to approximately 2,400,
000 tons.
The latest reports, the Journal
states, ' indicate that for 1919-20 the
world's crops are likely to fall short
of those of the previous season by
about 400.000 tons.
Turner and McEride
Gldest Players In
Ma j ar Leagues Now
The age of ball players, particularly
the ages of players who have been in
the game for a decade or so, unusually
are unknown to fans, for diamond
stars dislike almost as much as do
prima donna to tell how old they are.
Nevertheless, the record books indi
cate that two American Leaguers who
played at least part of the season of
19 J 9 are older than any players in
the senior league. They are Terry
Turner and George MeBride.who wers
born in 18S1, and are therefore 38
years of age. The oldest men' who
took part in championship games for
National League elubs last year are
Gawy Gravath, who succeeded Jack
Coombs as manager of the Phillies in
mid-season, and Leon Ames. Cravath
aiyi Ames are both 87.
It was a very useful thing to have
the peace treaty read in the Senate,
as the throats of the Senators were
getting both tired and dry.
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