OCCASIONAL NOTE

The fact ascertained as to the etiology of beri-beri have prompted physiologists to inquire whether other cereals besides rice are deteriorated by modern processes of manufacture. It has long been known that the nutrient value of white bread is less than that of bread made from the whole meal, and recent investigations point to the conclusion that there are other foods which suffer by the removal of part of their natural material. The British Medical Journal states that these researches tend to show that "certain common articles of diet contain minute quantities of substances which are of so much importance in nutrition that their absence may prevent the normal growth of young animals, or lead to actual disease in them or in adults." The nature of these substances remains for the present a mystery, but the discovery of their existence will strengthen the position of those vegetarian enthusiasts who contend that the foods of the field should be eaten as nearly as possible in the state in which Nature has provided them.

NEWS ITEMS

COTTON CONGRESS OVER
Suggestion To Government Of India
London, June 12
The Cotton Congress came to an end today. Among the resolutions passed was one to the effect that India being the only country in the world where an immediate and large expansion of cotton-growing could be expected, the Conference suggested that the Government of India should assist agriculture financially. Another resolution hoped that other countries would follow Britain’s example in guaranteeing the Sudanese Loan. A further resolution recommended the erection of houses for testing cotton in all European ports at which cotton is received.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN BOMBAY
Indian Impaled On Spikes
(From Our Correspondent)
Bombay, June 12
Today Baburao Bulwantrao, Gaekwar, who belongs to the family of Bhaya Saheb of Poona, was found on the railings of his house at Queen’s Road, and has removed to G.T. Hospital where it was ascertained that one of the spikes of the railings had entered his thigh and he had also received internal injuries. He died in hospital. The deceased’s life was recently insured for eight thousand rupees, and enquiries are being made to ascertain how he happened to fall in that position.
13 June, 1913