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The doctors inform ns that alum is a poison, and that alum baking powders sbonld be avoided because thty make the food unwhoJesome. Prominent hygienists, who have given the matter most study, regard these powders as an evil that should be suppiessed by state aetion. In Minnesota and Wnconsin alum powders are not permittedto be sold unless they are branded to warn consnmers of their trne character, while in the District of Columbia the authorities have ouder the direction of congress adoptnd regnlations to prohibit the nse of alnm m bread altogether. Are not the people of the other states, as well as those of Minnesota and Wisoonsin, entitled to warning of danger which is apparenüy menacing them at close hand, and is not the whole country entitled to absolute protection, as the people of the District of Columbia are protected, by legislation which is entirely prohibitive? Until we can have protection in the forni of a statnte, how can our state boards of health, state analysts or food commissions bettïr serve the public tban by publishing in the uewspapers from time to time the names of the baking powders wiiich they find to be made from alnm? Meantime it will aid the housewife in designating tnese alnm powders to ïemember tbat all powders sold at 25 cents or less per pound are of this dangerons class. Pure cream of tartar powders are psually sold at from 45 to 50 cents a uonud. Capt. .T. J. Parshall, the peach grower of Ann Arbor town, reports a very singular condition among his peach trees. He says he does not know what to make of the peach blossoms. They are a different color this year than nsnai, being a palé white. Some of them contain an embryo peach but many do not. Nnmbers of his yonng trees as also plum trees were f rozen. He says he does not become discouraged bnt replaats where a tree is dead.