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Cloves. — One hundred and eighteen samples. Fifteen contained the usual admixtures. Only two bore brands : No. 2824, Parsons' Premium, Albany; No. 9287, Select.

Allspice. — Forty-seven samples. Four were adulterated, including No. 9099, D. E. Rounds & Co., Providence.

Ginger. - Fifty-one samples. Four were adulterated, including No. 1934, Union Spice Co., N. Y.; No. 9103, D. E. Rounds & Co., Providence.

Coffee. — Thirty-eight samples. Seven consisted wholly of burnt pease and rye with chicory.

Tea. — Twenty-nine samples; Chocolate, four samples, and Cocoa, three samples. All genuine.

Olive Oil. - Six samples. Three consisted of cotton-seed oil : No. 677, E. Loubon, Nice; No. 1431, C. H. Carton, Nice; No. 2129, B. Dufour & Cie, Bordeaux.

Miscellaneous. — The following articles were examined for salicylic acid, and were found to contain it: California Apricot Juice, non-alcoholic, E. L. Watkins, San Gabriel, Cal. (two samples); Kaiser Beer, Bremen, F. Hollender & Co., Sole Agents; Pure Fruit Syrup, Strawberry, F. P. Adams & Co., Boston ; Pure Fruit Syrup, Raspberry (two), F. P. Adams & Co., Boston ; Lemon Syrup (Adams) ; Vanilla Syrup (Adams).

The following were examined for salicylic acid, with negative results : strawberry jam; lemon syrup; grape juice; “ blood orange” (two samples); “ sarsaparilla ;” lager beer (“ Pavonia”); orange syrup.

The following contained no foreign substances : gelatine (three samples), pickles, celery salt, nutmeg (one each).

Total, 1,286 samples : 1,039 genuine and 247 adulterated.

Respectfully,

CHARLES HARRINGTON, M.D.

DR. WORCESTER'S REPORT UPON MILK.

Dr. S. W. ABBOTT, Secretary of the State Board of Health.

DEAR SIR:- I have the honor to submit the following report on the analysis of milk for the year ending September 30.

The 1,535 * samples received during the year were taken from dealers in eighteen cities and eleven towns of the State, and from fifteen suspected producers. Twenty-five samples were of known purity and eight of “skim-milk.” In tabular form the results of my analyses may be stated as follows:Percentage of standard quality of whole number received, .

49.2 samples taken from cities,

50.6 towns,

59.8 Percentage of standard qnality of samples taken from suspected producers,

29.0

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The actual number of samples received was somewhat greater than appears, owing to the fact that certain samples of known purity received during the early part of the year were included in my last report, in order to complete the series.

Respectfully,

CHARLES P. WORCESTER.

Boston, Oct. 1, 1891.

DR. DAVENPORT'S REPORT UPON FOOD.

Boston, Jan. 15, 1892. To the State Board of Health.

I have the honor to present the following report of analysis of articles of food during the past year:

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The only new forms of adulteration met with during the year, and which have not already been mentioned in my previous reports, have been several samples of cream of tartar wholly composed of lime sulphate, except for the small proportion of tartaric acid needed to give them the slightly acid taste of true cream of tartar; also some samples of mustard composed wholly of corn and wheat flour, colored and flavored to imitate the true powder. BENNETT F. DAVENPORT,

Analyst.

DR. DAVENPORT'S REPORT UPON MILK.

Boston, Jan. 15, 1892.

To the State Board of Heallh.

I have the honor to present the following report of analysis of milk during the past year:

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DR. DAVENPORT'S REPORT UPON DRUGS.

To the State Board of Health.

I have the honor to present the following report of analysis of drugs during the past year: Number conforming to the standard, .

352 Number adulterated or not conforming to the standard,

72 Total,

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Quinine,
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Spirits ether com-

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Ethereal oil,
Alcohol,
Brandy,
Red wine,
Iodoform,
Chloroform,
Chloral,
Menthol,
Lemon oil,
Olive oil,
Sweet almond oil,
Honey,
Jalap,

The only unusual and not previously reported form of adulteration met with by me during the year was a sample of lycopodium composed wholly of precipitated sulphur; this, however, was most likely only an accidental substitution.

BENNETT F. DAVENPORT,

Analyst.

Boston, Jan. 15, 1892.

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