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Mail Tribune 100

Aug. 13, 1914

The department of agriculture handed down an opinion that the numerican count of apples or pears in boxes is insufficient to ensure knowledge of the contents.


When the provision was rendered, it was believed by the grower and expert shippers and by the dealers themselves the count numerically would be sufficient to achieve the protection at which this bill was aimed, and at the same time not place a serious obstacle in the way of grower and shipper.

Out of a clear sky comes the announcement from one of the acting secretaries of the department of agriculture, as evidence of the interpretation of that provision in respect to fruit, that "A statement of the number of apples or pears contained in a box is not a satisfactory compliance of the federal food and drugs act as amended by the act of March 3, 1913, or with the regulation 29 as amended by food inspector decisions 154, inasmuch as it does not give accurate information as to the quantity of the food in the package. That there is nothing in such a statement to indicate whether the apples are small or large, and nothing that indicates the capacity of the box."

Summary of War News as Passed by Censors

The first dispatch direct from Berlin uncensored by the authorities of the nations at war with Germany was received today by The Associated Press through the medium of the Goldschmidt Wireless Company's station at Tuckerton, N.J. The message contained important information that during the fighting at Muelhausen considerably more than 1,000 French officers and soldiers were taken prisoners by the Germans, who also captured four cannons, while another fight with the French on the border of Lorraine, further to the north, the Germans also took 1,000 prisioners. The dispatch also adds that German soil has been cleared of German troops.

Developments in the war zone, which appears chiefly confined over Belgian territory, are made vague owing to the strict censorship over news relating to military movements.

Positions occupied by the main French, Belgian and British forces are not permitted to be disclosed, even approximately, so that their plan of campaign cannot be assumed.

As to the German forces, indications from various sources point to the concentration of the main body, with its right wing in Belgium and its left wing in the Duchy of Luxemburg. The German staff is said to have gathered 26 army corps along the eastern frontier facing Belgium and France. Many of these troops probably are stationed in the great fortresses in Alasco and Lorrain, and along the Rhine.