The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 18
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of cod liver oil. He also gave her a bottle of dope he called
his Madagascar tonic. She paid him the five dollars taking
his receipt for it. We filed charges against him for prac-
ticing medicine without a license. The case came to trial
in December. He was convicted and given a sentence of
three months in the county jail and a five hundred dollar
fine. Among other things this old reprobate swore on the
witness stand, that the inhaler for which he charged seventy
five dollars, cost him less than a dollar to make. So taking
his word that he was only manufacturing and selling a com-
merical article, his profits were only seventy-four dollars
and twenty-five cents on each inhaler he sold, and the poor
unfortunate consumptive paid the Dutchman's one per cent,
and then paid the penalty with perhaps his life.
He appealed his case to the higher courts, and on April
30th, 1913, his case was affirmed by the higher courts.
On May the first the Governor pardoned him of his jail
sentence on account of his representing to the Governor
that he was some good Confederate soldier, but made him
pay the five hundred dollar fine. He continued to run his
place of business until some time in July. I sent a man to
see him who really had tuberculosis. He examined him and
prescribed his wonderful Madagascar tonic. He also pre-
scribed a common cob pipe in which to smoke his chips and
weeds. We had him arrested again the latter part of July.
He then, in order to get his case dismissed, signed a con-
tract to close his place, and leave the country. Which he
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Dixon, Chas. D. (Charles D.). The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor, book, 1914; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143569/m1/28/: accessed July 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.