Contracts were recently let for the erection of a splendid trade-school building in Boston, to be paid for with the fund which has accumulated from the five thousand dollars Benjamin Franklin bequeathed to the city at his death. Although the contract price is almost three hundred and twenty thousand dollars, yet the trustees of the fund have a hundred thousand dollars additional to be used for equipment. Franklin intended that his original bequest should be lent in small sums at five per cent interest to young married mechanics who had served their apprenticeship in Boston. This was not found practicable, as they could not give the security which the will demanded; but the money has been kept at interest, and there is now, after allowing for the new building and its equipment, a balance of more than a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, which is to accumulate till the latter part of the present century. It is intended to offer instruction in the evening to those actually employed during the day.

The Board of Food and Drug Inspection of the Department of Agriculture has decided to refuse to recommend an extension for another year of the privilege by which, under the pure food law, labels printed and on hand Oct. 16, 1906, which did not contain a misstatement as to the character of contents, but which were not in strict compliance with other requirements of the regulations, might be used without fear of prosecution until Oct. 1, 1907. The Board held that sufficient time had elapsed for manufacturers, jobbers, and wholesalers to adjust their business affairs to the terms of the law and regulations.

At a recent convention of attorneys general at St. Louis, a committee was appointed to draft a scheme of anti-trust legislation to be sent to all attorneys general. A resolution in the shape of a memorial to Congress was adopted, which is expected to aid in removing the interference by Federal Circuit Courts with the operation of State laws. Permanent organization was also effected under the name of the "National Association of Attorneys General of the United States," and a united front will be presented in legal actions brought by different States against the same corporation or trust.

October 12, 1907

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