Salt Lake Telegram praised Poison Squad
As to ths Heroic -- Poison. Squad. The food consumers of America owe a debt of gratitude to DrJ Wiley's "poison squad." For four months the department clerks who compose this "squad" have been eating adulterated articles of food underthe direction of the Government's pure food expert. The object of the experiments is to ascertain what the effects of preserved foods are upon the human system. Not one of the twelve young men who are lending their services to Dr. Wiley has tasted food outside the official dining-roo- m In thebasement of the Department of Chemistry building in Washington since December 6th. Thtre is an entry for each meal, showing the weight of the food taken, the character of the food and when poison was being served. Four monthshas been sufficient time to convince Dr. Wiley 01 tne value of the experiments. Up to this time the experiments have dealt largely with the effect of borax asa preservative. During the next three months there will be experiments with other preservatives, and adulterated foods of various kinds will be experimented with. This "poison squad" is also a squad of heroes. They have voluntarily subjected themselves to these experiments which are of the utmost importance to the masses. They afe brave men and are entitled to the same credit a man receives when he' goes to war forhis country. The pure food soldier eats poison while the man of war faces flying bullets. The man who takes the poison into his in greater danger of deaththan the soldier who goes on the battlefield. All honor to the members of this heroic "poison squad" who have risked their lives in the interest of the Nation's health. They are brave men and true and Congress should give every one of them a gold medal.