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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 4, 1921

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Oct. 4, 1921


The pure food law has done much toward maintaining the health of the people of this country and believing that the “Truth in Fabrics” bill now pending before congress would be a step toward giving people a square deal on knowing the exact kind of clothes they buy, the directors of the Medford Chamber of Commerce endorsed the same. The truth in fabric bill calls upon the manufacturer to mark the goods with the proportionment of raw material used in its manufacture. If adopted, it will be impossible for cloth to be sold as all wool unless the same is made up of 100 percent wool. Where shoddy is used, or other substitutes the proportion of substitutes must be stated.

The resolution adopted and which has been forwarded to members of congress from Oregon is as follows:

Whereas, a large and ever-increasing proportion of the new materials used in the manufacture of “all wool” cloth is composed of wool substitutes, the chief of which is shoddy — old rags, re-worked in some cases as often as eight times;

Whereas, textile manufacturers generally sell “all wool” cloth without making known its content of shoddy and virgin (new) wool;

Whereas, the absence of descriptive labels on “all wool” cloth deprives the public of its right to know what it is buying and of its right to choose between shoddy and virgin wool cloth, prevents competition between the substitute and the genuine and forces purchasers to pay the same for the substitute as for the genuine;

Whereas, rag-picking is thriving throughout the world, while American sheep husbandry is languishing;

Whereas, a bill has been introduced into congress known as the French-Capper Truth in Fabric bill, which is designed to compel textile manufacturers to stamp their cloth with its content of virgin wool and of shoddy, therefore, be it.

Resolved, that the Medford Chamber of Commerce requests in the name of square business dealing, for the protection of the cloth-buying public and for the encouragement of American sheep husbandry that congress forthwith enact the French-Capper Truth in Fabric bill, which is known in the House of Representatives as H. R. 64 and in the senate as S-799.


Market Master Runyard after mature consideration has decided to keep the stove in the market unshined as it has been for a couple of years past, for every time heretofore he has blackened the old junk pile the councilmen and mayor accused him of criminal extravagance in having bought a new stove.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com