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Mail Tribune 100: January 10, 1914

Upon allegations of serving adulterated food, four warrants were issued against Medford and Ashland hotel and restaurant keepers this morning by State Food inspector M.S. Shroch through Prosecutor E.E. Kelly. More warrants of the same nature will follow.

Investigation of the pure food agent, it is said, showed but 3 percent butter fat in the cream, where 20 percent is required, and no maple in the maple syrup used on hotcakes. Cream served with strawberries was found deficient, and none of the pancake "slickum" filled the bill.

The cases will be heard next week unless pleas of guilty are entered. Otherwise a chemist will come from Salem to verify his findings. Fines comprise the principal penalty.

The probe of Inspector Shroch has been going on for some time, and includes the sanitary conditions and supplies of ice cream parlors and grocery stores. The question of serving stale and unaged beer is also being probed.

The practice of some eating houses sweeping while guests are eating is now tabooed and three sweepings a day required.

Most of the complaints will be based upon charges of deficient milk and cream.


All persons advertising to cure sexual diseases are to be given ten days in which to clean up such advertisements. The last session of the legislature passed a stringent law against all such advertising, making a penalty of from $100 to $1,000 and from six months to one year in jail for such advertising.

District Attorney Kelly started out to enforce this law this morning by giving the proprietors of drug stores ten days in which to clean up this sort of advertising.

"This law was passed," says the prosecutor, "because the effect of this sort of advertising is to create an impression in the mind of the unsophisticated that diseases of this character are not dangerous and can be cured quickly and at no great inconvenience or expense, and it is this vicious and gross misrepresentation that is the greatest contributing factor in the wide spread of these diseases.

"Public closets are the favorite advertising places of the distributors of these remedies, and although the owners of the closets have no share in the profits of this business, the law holds them equally responsible with the distributor, and because of this fact and the fact that the existence of this law is not generally known, ten days will be given in which to clean up this character of advertising, thereafter the law will be strictly enforced.

"The newspapers of this county, I am glad to say, are particularly clean in the respect of patent medicine ads, and I sincerely hope they will cooperate in wiping out this sort of business by publishing this notice conspicuously."