Items of Interest

The National Wholesale Grocers' Assotion of the United States, with a membership pledged and in prospect of more than one thousand individual jobbers, was organized in Buffalo last week. The constitution recites that the association is formed for the purpose of fostering; first, friendly relations among grocers; second, the work of securing national legislation on pure food; third, the unification of State food laws to facilitate interstate commerce; fourth, restraint of manufacturers from giving premiums; fifth, abolition of the abuse of manufacturers in subsidizing jobbers' salesmen; sixth, such other legislation as shall meet the needs and requirements of the jobbers. The association, it is provided in the by-laws, is not to interfere in any way with legitimate competition. It is not to restrain trade, nor is it to act in the matter of limited prices. It is distinctly stated that the association will not be understood as a combination.

All Japanese are to be excluded from the American navy on July 1, unless they produce citizenship papers or a signed declaration that they intend to take out the same. In the future no Japanese will be allowed in the navy unless he renounces the Mikado in favor of the Stars and Stripes. Orders to drop the names of all alien Japanese from the papers of every warship of this country have been issued by the Secretary of the Navy, who further directs that the places of Japanese who have been employed as stewards and servants are to be filled by American Negroes. It has been discovered that the Japanese Government has been able, through its subjects on board American ships, to learn too much about the Yankee service.

Dr. Carl Muck, recently conductor of the Royal Opera at Berlin, has been engaged to conduct the Boston Symphony for the ensuing season. Before signing for the engagement it was necessary to obtain permission of the German Emperor for the leave of absence. The new conductor is one of the most prominent men in his profession in Europe, and has never appeared before an American audience. He occupies a unique position as an interpreter of Wagner's works, his services as a Wagnerian conductor are much in demand, and he is regularly engaged for the Beireuth festivals.

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Dedicatory Message
June 16, 1906

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