Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 29, 1917 Continued


Thanksgiving day is a reminder that in 1894 there was a double observance of the national holiday in Oregon. In that year. Gov. Sylvester Pennoyer of this state locked horns with President Cleveland, each issuing a proclamation respecting the Thanksgiving date. Tradition has it that the president appointed the fourth Thursday in the month and that the governor designated the last Thursday, which, presumably was a fifth Thursday, though the fact remains that this schedule might have been reversed. At all events the governor's proclamation shared the respect supposed to be due to the president's appointment. Sylvester also rubbed it into Grover by adding, "in the hour of adversity, consider Ecclesiastes 7:14."


The orders of State Food Administrator Newell restricting the sale of sugar to consumers went into effect last Monday. All grocers or other dealers are only permitted to sell $1 worth of sugar at a time to a customer, except to farmers or miners living a long distance from a city or town, to whom twenty-five pounds can be sold at one time. And the customer cannot purchase more sugar until the last purchase is all used up.

The penalty for violation on the part of a merchant is the cutting off of his supply of sugar from the wholesalers and jobbers. There is also a penalty for the consumer who violates the restriction. So far as can be learned, local grocers have obeyed the orders of the food administrator, but there was a rumor around town Tuesday that two of them had been reported to state headquarters as having violated the orders.

Most customers have taken the restriction imposed in good nature when the situation was explained to them, but others have been disposed to argue and grumble. It is said that some have gone from grocery to grocery and purchased one dollar's worth of sugar at each. As to how to meet this situation, local grocers have applied to Food Administrator Newell for advice.

One woman who thought she could beat the game phoned to several groceries and ordered a dollar's worth of whit sugar and a dollar's worth of brown sugar sent to her home. In each case she was refused, as the the food administrator's orders are that only one dollar's worth of sugar can be sold to a customer at a time.

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