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October 28, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(18):1331-1332. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510180047012

Since every one is a purchaser, directly or indirectly, it is a problem of universal interest as to how one may be sure that the goods purchased at any time or place were prepared for the market so as to be free from disease. In an interesting article2 on this subject, Mrs. Florence Kelley, secretary of the National Consumers' League, gives an insight into the problem. Goods supposed to have been made in a department store's "own factory" have been found to come from squalid, filthy sweat-shops. It was found to be impossible to depend on the statement of many stores concerning the origin of goods. A woman in the last stages of consumption was found making little boxes for wedding cake, moistening gummed edges with her tongue. A man with tuberculosis, and whose son had an external cancer, earned money by cracking walnuts. A $60 overcoat, supposed to