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CBAYBER OF COMMERCE,

AUenlown, Pa. Frankly, I know of no demand on the part of the public for a change from the present Pure Food and Drugs Act. I believe firmly, however, that the general public is solidly behind the Federal Government in the administration of the act now in force which seems to give ample protection. Any lessening of this proteotion would be a serious mistake. On the other hand, as I said, I know of do demand in this territory for any change in the present law.

WINTELD CLEARWATER, Manager.

LANCASTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCIA

Lancaster, Pa. I made a number of contacts, including the local newspapers, and so far as I can learn, there have been no demands, do agitation nor any publicity locally, far as the existing Federal Food and Drugs Act is concerned. We believe we have our ear to the ground in matters of public affairs and in case we should alip, certainly the newspapers should be familiar with what is going on. There just doesn't seem to be anyone, locally, interested in the subject.

L. W. NEWCOMER, Secretary.

UTICA CBAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Ulica, N.Y. Dr. Shaw in his official position, perhaps better than anyone else hereabouts, is qualified to discuss this subject intelligently, so far as Utica is concerned.

GEORGE J. WINBLOW, Secretary.

NORRISTOWN CHAMBER OF COUWERCE,

Norristown, Pa. None of our directors, all of whom represent a cross section of the business interests of our community, bave learned of any tendency on the part of the publio for a revision of tbe present law.

Frankly, one of our directors is very well posted on these so-called “Tugwell bills." After both sides of the matter were laid before the board the memben were of the opinion that if these bills were considered favorably and passed they would work a decided hardship upon the manufacturers on account of the bureaucratic control which would be established and the extreme measures imposed by the requirements of the bills as now written.

Further, these bills would bave a decided tendency to throw out of employment thousands of people now employed in legitimate business; also to increase prices tremendously upon such items as drugs, cosmetics and foodstuffs by placing the power of elimination in the hands of the Department of Agriculture. Certain firms could be forced out of business for no good reason, thereby retaining somo favorite few..

Our board is entirely opposed to these bills as explained and there is absolutely po inclination nor has there been any on the part of the public for a revision of the present food lawa.

EDWIN L. SEABROOK,

Ereculive Secrdary.

HARRISBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Harrisburg, Pa. We have no evidence that there is any demand on the part of the public in this vicinity for change in existing Federal Food and Drug Acto.

R. W. CRIST, Assistant Secrdary.

HARTFORD CAAYBER OF COMMERCE,

Hartford, Conn. I have today personally talked with seven of the leaders and most reliable men in this community on this subject and there isn't one iota of diversion in the opinion that the present Food and Drug Act is a very good thing and of very

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great benefit. Any changes in its construction and administration should receive very careful consideration and deliberation before making such changes.

Relative to the possibility of making the administrative section of the Depart ment of Agriculture the executive, the uniform expression has been that we should not encourage governmental supervision as the departments are not set up and manned for this kind of work; and the administration of such depart ments often goes beyond reason and injures the industry more than it benefits it. Everyone is strong for the establishment of rules governing the advertising 50 that advertisements will tell the truth and stop misleading the public. They felt that the public is educated largely by advertising and publicity and advantage should not be taken of those who are not fortunate enough to have the ability and education to understand the honest facts. There has been a great deal of good, constructive work done along these lines and every reasonable effort should be made to continue it.

C. B. WAITTLESET,

Executive Vice President.

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New Haven CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

New Haven, Conn. Asking whether there is a demand on the part of the public for a change in the existing Federal Food and Drugs Act, I have no comment at the present time. There has been no great amount of publicity as yet on the pro posed change and this may account for my lack of information.

J. F. FERGUSON, Secreary.

BENNINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Bennington, VL. There is no demand apparent to this organization for any present change in the Federal Food and Drugs Act. As an organization, we are most emphatioally opposed to any Government set-up which unites under one head the executive, legislative, and judicial departments.

D. E. MOORE, Secretary. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Manchester, N.H. Strengthening of laws having to do with public health is of paramount importance and deserves hearty cooperation of all agencies and every individual.

The best way to accomplish the desired results should be adopted. The forma this plan should take is worthy of serious thought.

W. T. ANTHONY, Secrelary.

SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Springfield, Mass. No demand by the local public for a change in the existing Federal Food and Drugs Act has come to our attention.

Doubtless it will be agreed that there are instances in which there is oppor tunity for desirable further safeguarding of the public's interests. It is believed, however, that there is no justification for the annihilation of important, and probably wholly innocent, industries representing a tremendous volume of cominerce in an effort to curb a relatively small group of offenders.

Producers and public alike may well regard with apprehension any attempt to substitute bureaucratic opinion for fact, or the surrender of the control of great and legitimate enterprises to a governmental department.

F. J. HILLMAN, Executive vice president.

CHAMBER OF COMYERCE,

Portland, Maino. As far as we have been able to learn, there has been no active agitation on the part of the public for a change in the present Pure Food and Drugs Act. This of course is just an opinion, which we trust may be of help to you.

ADELBERT H. MERRILL, Manager Research and Statistical Department.

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FORT WORTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Port Worth, Ta. No demand on the part of the public has been brought to the attention of this organization calling for a change in the present Pure Food and Drugs Act.

JACK A. Holt, Manager. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

San Antonio, Ta. We know of no great demand on the part of the public in this city for a change in the present Pure Food and Drugs Act.

PORTER A. WHALEY, General Manager.

RALEIGH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Raleigh, N.C. As far as we can ascertain there is no demand on the part of the public here for any change in the Pure Food and Drugs Act. If we should hear anything to the contrary we will be glad to communicate with you further.

H. B. BRANCH, Secretary.

CHARLOTTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Charlotte, N.C. Your letter received. As far as we know there is no demand on the part of the public for a change in the present Pure Food and Drugs Act. This has not been called to our attention by any of our people.

C. O. KUESTER, Business Manager.

NORFOLK ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE,

Norfolk, Va. At this particular time I know of no such demand.

W. 8. HARNEY, Manager.

MOBILE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Mobile, Ala. As far as I know, there is no demand whatever on the part of the public for any change in the Federal Food and Drugs Act. There have been no statements brought to my attention, nor have any communications been addressed to this organization, no committees have waited on me, and frankly I am of the opinion that the public is not asking for a change, or, to say the least, have not interested themselves to any noticeable extent.

O. M. PHILP8, President. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Roanoke, Va. asking for a statement as to whether or not there has been a local demand on the part of the public for a change in the existing Federal Food and Drugs Act, we wish to say that such a demand has nevet been brought to the attention of this Chamber nor have we heard of such demand through any other

B. F. Moomaw, Secretary.

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THE CHAMBER Or COMMERCE,

Topeka, kans. I am not acquainted with the popular demand of the publio in regard to a cbange in the present Pure Food and Drugs Act.

Mark W. DREHMER, Secrelary.

INDIANA Division or PUBLIC HEALTH,

Indianapolis, Ind. I, myself, have heard no great clamor for a change in the Federal Drugs and Food Act. I would, however, not expect such, inasmuch as the public knows very little about the provisions of this act, although they are greatly affected by it.

TUURMAN B. Rice, M.D.

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FLINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Flint, Mich. It is our honest opinion that there has been little or no interest locally in regard to demanding changes in the existing Federal Food and Drugs Act.

John G. Roorzon, Manager.

St. Louis CHAYBER OF COMYERCL,

St. Louis, Mo. We have not received any information from our members and at this time are not in position to make any comments to you as to their attitude. If we do receivo such comments will be glad to forward them.

W. B. WEISENBURGER, President.

ILLINOIS MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION,

Chicago, Ill. Relative to your survey to determine whether there has been a demand on the part of the public for a change in the existing Federal Food and Drugs Act. No demand of this character has come to my attention. As a matter of fact there seems to be a disposition of opposition toward any change in the act at the present time,

JAMES L. DONNELLY.

GRAND RAPID8 A880CIATION Or COMMERCE,

Grand Rapids, Mich. I believe I am stating the true sentiments of the public in this city and trade territory when I say that there is no demand or desire on the part of the public for a change in the cxisting Federal Food and Drugs Act.

Certainly there is no desire for a governmental administrative section of the Department of Agriculture or any other Federal department to act in a supervisory capacity concerning legislative and judicial matters regarding food, drugi, and allied industries that would involve control or censorship of advertising or selling by such a governmental department.

I am convinced that public sentiment in this section is practically unanimous in the feeling that the manufacture and distribution of foods and drugs are now and will be increasingly controlled and directed and censored by the existing laws and the existing and proposed codes of fair competition under the N.I.R.A.

Further, I am positive that it is the public sentiment that any uncertainty as to the possibility of further regulation or control of this type should be immediately ended by negative decision thereby giving business and industry some solid footing on which to climb to recovery because it is the general sentiment here that recovery is now being retarded to the extent that uncertainty exists as to provisions of proposed codes and interpretations of codes under N.I.R.A., in addition to the uncertainty which exists because of the manipulation of the dollar.

A. T. McFADYIN, Secreary.

SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Springfield, iu. So far as this office is concerned we have not been beseiged with requests or demands for us to take any action in this connection.

ROBERT B. IRWIN, Manager.

WHOLESALE MERCHANTS BUREAU,

Detroit, Mich. We do not know of any demand on the part of the public for a change in this act. Only today I talked with many of the food and drug people who apparently are satisfied with the act as it is being enforced in Michigan.

With the public and dealers being satisfied with the present act, I believe we should hesitate before suggesting any changes.

E. E. PRINE, Secreary.

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THE COLUMBUS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Columbus, Ohio. We have no evidence whatever of any public sentiment in this community that has deminded a change in the existing laws. It is our belief that the present Food and Drugs Act has been proven amply adequate, and we believe that the proposed legislation would not regulate the proprietary drug and cosmetic industry, but would destroy the industry.

The druggists in this community, both wholesale and retail, are business men of high principle, substantial citizens of and believers in the welfare of the community, and can be relied upon to continue to conduct their businesses as in the past, ethically, fairly, and squarely, and with consideration for both their cus tomers and their competitors.

FRED D. CONNELLEY,

Executive Director.

'DATTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Dayton, Ohio. I know of no demand on the part of the public for a change in the existing Federal Food and Drugs Act.

With reference to public opinion of this community upon present Pure Food and Drugs Act, I think this is best reflected in the action just recently taken by the Dayton Druggists Association, when very strong resolutions were adopted opposing any change in the present laws.

I am sending you a copy of these resolutions, as clipped from the local press, for your information.

“Whereas, the Tugwell bill designed to control and regulate food, drugs, and cosmetics, is a vicious threat to the entire drug and toilet industry;

“And whereas if said bill as now written is passed, its provisions and enforcement will adversely affect the sales of wholesale and retail druggists to a disastrous extent;

“And whereas such control and regulation of seid industry will cause new and increased unemployment to the extent of many thousands, vast losses in invested capital and trade rights, tremendous curtailment of advertising expenditure, and great loss of business to numerous allied industries;

"And whereas the ultimate power and control granted by the Tuguell bill to a l-man power, is certain to result in denying the public the constitutional right of self-diagnosis and self-medication, so that the public will find it increas ingly impossible to treat their common minor ailments, thus increasing the cost of medication tremendously;

"And whereas the Food and Drugs Act passed by Congress in 1906 is well understood and effective because of numerous interpretations by the courts of the land;

"And whereas, said act of 1906 could aptly be amended to include the cor metic industry: Be it, therefore,

Resolved. That the representatives of this association and the representatives of the allied industry present oppose the passage of the wholly unnecessary, radically un-American Tugwell bill, and that the president and secretary be and are hereby ordered to remit a copy of this resolution to each member of the house of representatives and to each member of the senate for the state of Ohio."

WAYNE G. LEE, Managing Direclor.

LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,

Lincoln, Nebr. Inquiring whether there has been a demand on the part of the public for a change in existing Federal Food and Drugs Act, we have no information on the subject whatever.

W. 8. WBITTEX, Secrdary.

KALANAZOO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Kalamazoo, Mich. I know of no business men's or general public demand for any change in the Pure Food and Drugs Act. I surmise there are a few who are interested in what Dr. Wylie started who may believe some of his work is being undermined.

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