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June 15, 1908


Big Catch of Kansas City Boys In a
Louisiana Swamp.

Five Kansas City boys had quite an exciting experience in the Louisiana Swamps about a week ago with a nine-foot alligator, which they finally subdued, lassoed, dragged to a log car and wheeled it into camp ten miles away. Now they have it penned up at the camp, Carson, La. If they can get the railroad to "deadhead" it to Kansas City, they are willing to donate it to the Swope Park zoo as the nucleus for an alligator colony.

Fred Cutler, Charles Gibbens, Walter Sergeant, Peter Burn, and "Bud" Nichols are the boys who throttled the "gaiter." They have been down at Carson, La., learning the lumber business. Recently they have been felling trees in the forest about Carson. They boys were out some ways from the log car railroad, just rambling through the forest seeing what they could find. Suddenly young Cutler stepped upon what he believed was an old log. It moved, however, and so did Cutler. Gibbens, who was close behind and was just in the act of stepping onto the "log," felt the swish of the "log's" tail. Then the howl went up -- "It's an alligator. Run. Chase yourself. He's a fierce one."

When the boys had removed themselves to a safe distance, and they saw that the alligator had again become calm, they grew bold and began to figure on the capture of "big game." Many plans were suggested but all were argued down as not practical. When lassoing the pachyderm was suggested it was at first laughed at. But the one who suggested it insisted, and in a short time he was on hand with a rope, on the end of which he had arranged a lasso.

Then the question of how to throw the rope came into question. Noises were made so the alligator would stick up his head, and the rope was thrown. Many times it missed but after several trials, the rope-thrower made a hit. All hands and the cook then dragged the monster up to a tree and held it fast until another rope could be placed over the head. Knots in both ropes kept them from slipping down and choking the animal.

Then the march to the log car began. Two men had a rope on one side and two on the other. That was to keep the alligator from making a dash at anyone and compelling him to climb a tree. If it started toward the two on the left the two on the right would stop its progress with a yank. The fifth boy was kept busy teasing the animal from the rear to prevent its taking a seat and refusing to go. After a long and tedious pull the boys got the monster to the log car, loaded it successfully and gave it a swift railroad ride into camp -- but it was tightly roped to the car. In camp they built a pen of stout lumber, and Mr. Alligator is there now, sunning himself and anxiously awaiting free transportation to Kansas City.

Fred Cutler is a son of Dr. W. P. Cutler, pure food inspector, and Charles Gibbens is the son of W. H. Gibbens, field agent for the Humane Society. All of the boys live here, however.

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February 27, 1908


It Has Forced the Dairies to Raise
Standard of Product Sold.

In discussing the work done by the department of food inspection of the board of health W. P. Cutler, the general inspector, yesterday said:

"In the last month we have secured over 500 sample of milk, every one of which prove to be up to standard in every respect as required by the city ordinances, in consequence it has been unnecessary for us to make any arrests. Kansas City is getting better milk, according to the ordinances, than ever before in its history. Milkmen who sell milk below the standard are invariably arrested. We get milk both from grocers and dairymen alike."

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January 14, 1907


River Water Not Responsible for
Epidemic Across the Line.

"I doubt very much if the supply of water from the Missouri river used in Kansas City, Kas., is responsible for the number of typhoid fever cases reported from there," said Dr. W. P. Cutler, city pure food inspector yesterday.

"It is my belief that if the health authorities will investigate thoroughly they will find the cause in the use of cisterns and wells for water supply. Leaky cisterns are productive of typhoid, and they should be closed up. This is the only way to stamp out typhoid.

"In Kansas City, Mo., it has been definitely determined that the majority of typhoid fever cases reported were directly traceable to the use of water from wells and cisterns. Missouri river water is not productive of typhoid."

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January 8, 1907


Dr. Murray Made a Profitable Round
of Food Shops Yesterday.

Dr. Benjamin P. Murray, an assistant food inspector in the office of Dr. W. P. Cutler, was out on the scout yesterday for bad meat, bad game -- in fact, anything bad that came within the provisions of the food laws. And he had his trusty coal oil can with him, a dead shot when nit comes to placing suspicious food stuffs out of commission.

At an East Missouri avenue meat market the doctor found twenty-three and one-half pounds of mutton and ninety pounds of spareribs, all bad. He "shot" both with a stream of coal oil.

In a Fourth street commission house Dr. Murray came upon twenty-four rabbits which he found necessary to oil A short block brought him to the city market where he oiled twenty-eight large, long-eared jack rabbits. Later he found a sixty-pound pig in a wholesale meat market on Fourth street. The doctor had just taken aim with his coal oil can, when he was importuned to let piggie go unharmed to the soap factory. He uncocked his oil can and consented. But he remained there long enough to see the little porker off to the factory.

H. F. Guyette, inspector of bakeries, hotels, and restaurants under Dr. Cutler, reported that he had coal oiled ten pounds of hamburger steak which he found in a Main street restaurant.

"Our inspectors have to be doubly careful now," said Dr. Cutler, "o account of the warm weather, when, at this season of the year, it should be cold. Especially is that true as to rabbits shipped here.

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July 3, 1907


Terrible Plight and Sufferings of Two
Confiding Women.

That's what the city chemist developed yesterday in an analysis of a face cream, or face food, a sample of which was handed to Mayor Beardsley by two women. They complained that they had bought the stuff of a druggist for 25 cents, and this is what happened to them after they had applied some of it to their faces.

Irritation; welts on the skin; itching; fever; swelling of the face; dark puffing under the eyes; choking sensation; shortening of breath; breaking out at the throat.

"Zinc poisoning," ruled Dr. W. P. Cutler, city pure food inspector, when made acquainted with the symptoms developed by the victims of the face wash.

"And the serious part of it all is I do not know how to go about it to prevent the sale of the stuff, and to punish the makers. They can't be reached by the pure food law, as the lawmakers ruled that drugs are not a food. Besides, there is no s uch thing as face food. People ought to be careful not to expose themselves to face creams, anyhow.

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March 3, 1907


Food Inspector Uses Kerosene on a
Shipment from Texas
Food inspector Cutler anointed 262 crates of Texas strawberries yesterday with coal oil, to give them that rich, nutty flavor that is so unpopular with hasheries. Reading in the nespapers that the inspector was in wait for a car load of moldy berries, htere was a crowd in the Frisco yards yesterday when Dr. Cutler hove on the scene. They expected he would dump the berries on the ground, and they were ready with their pans and their boxes to sort the rejected fruit and effect some salvage.
Instead of that, Dr. Cutler kept the berries in their crates, and gave the owner of the car till noon to sell the moldy berries, 262 crates out of a shipment of 440 crates, to some vinegar factory. When noon arrived and no sale had been made, the coal oil cans were brought into play.
Although berries are seling from $3.50 to $5 per crate, and there were 200 good crates in the car, the consignee got stampede and sold the lot for $60, not quite half of what the freight on the shipment was.
"Moldy berries are highly dangerous," explained the food inspector after the seizure, "although, it is the mold which makes viengar, and as vinegar the berries would have been all right. However, as fresh berries they would have been good for orders for several physicians and maybe an undertaker or two."

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January 19, 1907


Samples That Contain Coal Tar and
Are Flavored With Peppermint.

Maraschino cherries -- Dyed with coal tar and flavored with peppermint.
Maraschino cherries -- Flavored with extract of wild cherry and dyed with nitric
Confectioners' Paste -- Colored with coal tar.

When the man with a thirst and 15 cents stands on the outside of the bar and wants a luscious red cherry in his cocktail he will hereafter say to the mixiologist: "A little coal tar flavored with peppermint."

Again when the demure miss strays into the ice cream parlor and orders a dish of cream made tempting by a little bouquet of cherries, she will murmur to the waiter, "Those of wild cherry flavor and doctored with amyl." If she doesn't eat more than two or three of the cherries, she will not experience any disagreeable results, but if she goes over three there is every likelihood that she'll feel like summoning the doctor. Amyl will be the cause.

The inspectors of the staff of Dr. W. P. Cutler, city pure food inspector, were out yesterday selecting promiscuously bottled and canned goods from diver stores, among the lot the alleged Maraschino cherries, which were labeled as such and the confectioners' paste. Maraschino is a pure and exquisite preservent, and when added to cherries makes it tempting and sought after by high livers. It is a tasteful and soothing adjunct to mixed drinks, and large quantities of it are used. Therefore the temptation to adulterate and impose on gullible humanity.

City Chemist Cross made an analysis of the Maraschino cherries and brought forth the shams described.

"What are you going to do about it?" Dr. Cutler was asked.

"If the dealer from whose place these samples were taken has any more in stock he will have to paste on the label the word 'adulterated,' together with the names of the adulterations contained. The pure food law does not forbid the adulterating of food stuffs when the adulterant is not down right poisonous."

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