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ADULTERATION. The grocer is never an advocate of adulteration. Some manu facturers adulterate for the sake of profit, but even then they are generally driven to it unwil lingly by the demand for cheap goods. A fair price is necessary to secure pure goods.

The cry of adulteration goes to great ex the desire to appear critical and to be considered a good judge gives rise to much of it, and no sensible dealer will encourage it. Indeed, an honest and intelligent investigation nearly always proves that at least half the accusations are unfounded.

It should also

be remembered that there are many food items which are not desirable when absolutely pure—mustard is "adulterated" by nearly every large manufacturer by the addition of flour, because it is too pungent in its natural state; such "adulteration" is not only harmless but may be defended as perfectly proper and justifiable.

Again, many of the statements with regard to adulteration are rendered alarming by the misuse of chemical terms. To tell the average consumer that a table syrup is made of "glucose" is to state a mystery; to say that it is made of "starch treated with hydrochloric or muriatic acid" would cause alarm—yet the final result is a thor oughly wholesome product whose principal constituents are "sugars" identical with, or closely allied to, those into which the sucrose of flowers is converted by bees in the manufacture of honey, and all starchy food is converted by the human stomach in the ordinary process of digestion.

If, as modern medicine asserts, a state of dread affords a direct opening to disease, the alarmists are as dangerous as the adulterists, and it would seem better to live in ignorance than to be frightened out of the world by too critical inquiries as to what we eat or drink.

Much adulteration exists which is deleterious to health, but, unfortunately, it is generally where it is least expected and rarely detected. Laws of the most stringent character are enforced in Great Britain, and fall very oppressively on retail grocers, many of whom purchase goods the purity of which they are unable to determine.