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better. A quiet active day.
Dec 18. at home || Evening to Chemists [[strikethrough]] Evening [[/strikethrough]] Club. There a young man whose name is H. [[red underline]] Brummer [[/red underline]] 41 East 11 str. who says he is connected with [[red underline]] secret service [[/red underline]] came to ask me to get information about Frederick Edel who is suspected to be a German Spy or German propagandist and is employed in Perth Amboy by [[red underline]] Roessler Hasslacher. [[/red underline]]
[[strikethrough]] Dec 18 Later on [[/strikethrough]] At University Club a certain Mr. [[red underline]] Brandt [[/red underline]] of Wilmington Del. (See his letter) came to see me to [[strikethrough]]request [[/strikethrough]] ask that I should ask Francis T. Dupont of Wilmington to take a look at his process for [[red underline]] fixation of nitrogen. [[/red underline]] He asks me however to refrain
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from mentioning his name. Says he is a friend of [[red underline]] Dupont [[/red underline]] and also a [[red underline]] Single-Taxer. [[/red underline]] Formerly was editor and publisher of "The Arena"
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During afternoon I had gone to [[red underline]] Hooker's [[/red underline]] office, and participated at discussion for plans for accepting order of [[red underline]] 100 million pounds of picric [[/red underline]] acid 
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to be delivered to U.S Government before Sept 1, 1918 and [[red underline]] a daily production [[/red underline]] of about [[red underline]] 12 tons of Picric acid [[/red underline]] 
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Then afterwards discussion with [[red underline]] Porter and Hooker [[/red underline]] about intended prospect of an agreement between [[red underline]] Royal Baking Powder and Hooker Electrochemical [[/red underline]] Co about [[strikethrough]] exploitation under [[/strikethrough]] operation of oxalic and tartaric processes.
Afterwards went for supper
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