Oat-sourcing deal turns to porridge

Fleming and Co's Invercargill mill. — Otago Witness, 16.8.1921
Fleming and Co's Invercargill mill. — Otago Witness, 16.8.1921
An interesting court case hearing on the interpretation and affect of the Pure Foods Act was to have come before Mr Justice Sim at the present sittings in Dunedin. We understand that Messrs Fleming and Co, of Gore, when their mills were destroyed by fire in 1918, ordered from an Otago miller a quantity of oatmeal to take the place of that which they would have manufactured themselves had their mill been in operation at the time. The oatmeal delivered complied with the specification set out in the existing regulations under the Pure Foods Act, which at that time allowed a mixture of flour to the extent of 2 percent, but the difficulty arose from the fact that it was delivered in Messrs Fleming and Co’s bags, which were marked with an express guarantee that the contents were 100 percent pure. As the oatmeal did not comply with Messrs Fleming and Co’s standard it was rejected. The Otago millers contended that so long as the oatmeal complied with regulation it was in accordance with the contract, whereas Messrs Fleming and Co took the other view, and alleged that it was in breach of the Act to deliver such oatmeal in bags so marked. We understand that the case has been amicably settled, and some interesting points as to the effect of the Pure Foods Act upon such a transaction will therefore remain in the meantime undecided.

Mayor urges social distancing

“I so want to sound a word of warning to the city in the dominion,” said Dr Thacker
MP, Mayor, at the commencement of a meeting of the Council last night (says a Press Association wire from Christchurch). “Three years ago we had a very serious epidemic, and the anniversary of it  appearance would be about the 14th of next month.” A similar phase of mild influenza was now passing through. The death of ex- Councillor Cuthbert Harper that day had been due to pneumonia, and there had been various other deaths from a similar cause. Not only as Mayor but as a medical man he urged the citizens not to congregate together, and to take the precautions taken before. The previous epidemic had come in a mild form, and had then become very severe. But the public had not realised its gravity until
November.

Male medics needed

At the conclusion of a meeting of ambulance workers last night, Dr Newlands introduced a deputation consisting of the Rev V.G.B. King, Mr C. Speight, and Mr W. Fleming. Mr King said while the Nursing Brigade (female section) was still going strong the male section of the St John Ambulance Brigade had practically gone out of existence. It would be of immense value to the city if the members of the No 2 Ambulance could undertake the training of a resurrected brigade. At present there was no body of trained men available for any accidents, such as a railway smash or a similar catastrophe, or to cope with an epidemic should it occur. Specialised and advanced training would be given by the Public Health officials and others in the
treatment of infectious diseases. Mr Speight said that while the Nursing Brigade was 100 strong, the male brigade was non-existent. The community owed a duty to itself in this matter of bringing into existence a brigade capable of dealing with any emergency, great or small. It was decided by the meeting to invite all those desirous of forming a brigade to attend a meeting on the 17th of nextmonth. — ODT, 24.8.1921.

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