To the milk dealers themselves I have long been convinced we must look for a practical solution of our great problem—proper milk supplies for our large cities.
The milk dealer of to-day occupies a unique position in the commercial world. He traffics in a product which is one of our most important food-stuffs, bringing blessings to millions of people when properly produced, carefully handled and distributed, but which, when coming from unhealthy and insanitary sources and when carelessly handled, is capable of spreading disease and misery. His difficulties are increased by the fact that, although he scarcely has anything more than a superficial oversight or control over the production of his supplies, he is held to strict accountability for their purity and wholesomeness.
The dealer in large cities in the past was nothing more than a common carrier, purchasing his supply in the country wherever convenient and shipping
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