Medicine: Wiley

Feast. A fortnight ago, in Manhattan, Harvey W. Wiley, coeur-de-lion of pure-food crusades, onetime chief U. S. Government Chemist, sat down to dinner. The occasion was his 80th birthday; his hosts were the members of the Agricultural Chemists' Association, of which he is the Honorary President. Down the long table, fenced with formal shirtfronts, candles shone on the sparkling glasses, on the dishes and dishes of food that succeeded one another. Savory food it was, nourishing, succulent; but on the little cards beside each place it was called by strange names—Borax, Benzoate,...

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