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PROFESSOR GOESSMANN'S REPORT.

MILK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. The examination of the milk obtained in the four western counties of the State as usual presents a good result as compared with that of the eastern counties.

The whole number of samples examined was 326. (The whole number collected was 346, but of this number 20 were too sour for analysis when they were received by the chemist.)

The results of analysis were as follows:

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REPORT UPON ARSENIC IN WALL-PAPER

AND FABRICS.

DR. HILLS' REPORT UPON ARSENIC IN WALL

PAPERS AND FABRICS.

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After a prolonged hearing before the committee Public Health of the Legislature of 1891, at which much evidence was presented with reference to the dangers which may occur in connection with the use of arsenic as a pigment, for the purpose of coloring many of the articles in common household use, the following law was enacted :

[CHAP. 374, Acts of 1891.] AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE SALE OF ARTICLES CONTAINING ARSENIC. Be it enacted, etc., as follows :

Section 1. Whoever by himself or by his servant or agent, or as the servant or agent of any other person, manufactures, sells or exchanges, or has in his custody or possession with intent to sell or exchange, or exposes or offers for sale or exchange, any children's toys or confectionery, containing or coated wholly or in part with arsenic, shall be punished by fine of not less than fifty por more than one bundred dollars.

Sect. 2. The state board of health may make such investigations and inquiries as they deem necessary as to the existence of arsenic in any paper, fabric or other article offered for sale or exchange, and for that purpose may appoint inspectors and chemists, and expend an amount not exceeding one thousand dollars, and report to the next legislature in print on or before the first day of February in the year eighteen hundred and ninety-two.

Sect. 3. Every person offering or exposing for sale or exchange any paper, fabric or other article shall furnish a sample thereof sufficient for the purpose of analysis, where such sample can be obtained without damage to the remaining portion, to any inspector, chemist or other agent or officer employed by the state board of health, who shall apply to him therefor for that purpose and who shall tender him the value of the same. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished as provided in section one of this act. [Approved June 5, 1891.

The State Board of Health attended to the duties authorized in the foregoing act, and appointed Dr. Wm. B. Hills of the medical department of Harvard University to make the investigations referred to in the second section of the act. The following report contains the results of his inquiries.

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