St. Paul, Oct. 30, 1906.
To the Editor:
—I notice in an editorial in The Journal, October 27, page 1382, that Ontario County, New York, is thought to have been the first county to appoint a county bacteriologist. The date of this appointment does not appear, but St. Louis County, Minnesota, I think, antedates Ontario County, New York, so far as I can judge from the editorial. In July, 1905, an agreement was entered into between the Minnesota State Board of Health and the city of Duluth by which the former was to establish a laboratory in said city. The control of this branch laboratory is entirely under the State Board of Health. The country district contiguous to Duluth felt that it should have the benefit of this laboratory, and a request was made of the county commissioners of St. Louis County that it enter into negotiations with the State