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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / 1893 sixth annual meeting of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association, held at the City Council Chamber, at Grand Rapids, January 10th and 11th
(1893)

Save the cranberry: why and how?,   pp. 9-13 PDF (1.0 MB)


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chiel caume to see her. He stood in silence a long tiiiie
gazing upon her pale face. The large tears rollowedeaci
other down his copper colored cheeks and in silence lie
turned away. He returned again with hope beaming in Iiik
eyes. He had found some wild cranberries which lie had
brought with him to cure his kind white friend.
About a year ago a correspondent of the Alen Engluand
Homestead writing to a personal friend says:-
"I had often heard that cranberries were healthy blt
not until last fall and winter did I get good evidence of
their marked benefit in any particular disease. We had at
that time about fifty crates of cranberries and I gave 1lotice
that I would give them to parties who would like to 1lve
them. Nearly every family in townl had slight or severe
attacks of grip and the exceptions g-ive me the hint uiponl
which I write.
Not one who used cranberry sauce freely Yvas attackeil
with this mysterious disease. When I first heard about this
exemption, I set about miaking particular inquiries aiil il.
no case did I find an exception."
He adds:-"I have no doubt but what cranberries pip>-
erly prepared are a remedial agent of great iimportaiice.
and their free use will do Iuilch to keep the hlllull.l luhv
in a healthy state. I am iRow illstitutilig inquiries as ii'
the nature of the acid il the cranberry and its action ;.iiid
importance as a remedy and curative agent and call proiiu-
ise you some interesting developinents in that direction.'
I do not believe the masses of people know half tihe
good there is in this fruit. As a preventive of cholera. tie
combined testimony of the last sevellty-eighlt yeairs. .>iee
1814, all points to an acid as a preventive of this die;ise.
In 1883, Dr. Robert Koch, then director of tile pathological
labratory of the linperi; I Board of Health in Berlin, tiI-
ceeded in identifying the comma bacillus which is now ic-
garded as the infecting agent and cause of Asiatic chioleri.
and its life history and conditions are entirely ill aceo tl
with the generalizations as to the actions of acids acd lal-
kalies as set forth in their report of 1884.
The most exhaustive report yet published in this Cmtil-
try on Asiatic cholera is the report o-i cholera ill Elni lre
and India by Edward 0. Shakespeare. of Philadelphia. %N hIs
was appointed United States Commissioner in 1885 to stiil(V
the disease in Spain and elsewhere in Europe. This rep-rt
was not completed until 1890, and contains substantiallY
all the latest developments in the study of the disease since
Koch's discovery. It contains the records of numerous vx-
perimnents in which the destructive action of acids oil the
comina bacillus and its rapid developmellt ill alkaliiie
moisture have been demonstrated. On page 530 of this re-
port Dr. Koch points out the fact that the humaim stonuiichi
is not at all tines filled with strongly acid masses of ft-o
but that very often its contents have a neutral or eveli ;1l
alkaline reaction, and that during this condition cholera
bacillus might pass through the stomach and develop their
poison in the smuall intestines.
He says most probably a healthy stomach destroys thle
bacilli during the period of digestion and therefore it is it
to be expected that if cholera has been introduced into tile
human stomach that infection must result in every ca.>e
Some persons have a constantly acid condition of the st-li-
ach. The wife of the Rev. J. R. Creightoll, present presi(l-
ing elder of the Milwaukee district, told me a few days


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