The Bartlett Tribune (Bartlett, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 7, Ed. 1, Friday, June 10, 1904 Page: 4 of 9
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FROM THE LADIES' HORDE JOURNAL-May 1904
The following nrtlclo U presented to our renders ns giving somo new and startling light on the temperance question. Whcther'you
ore for or agninit prohibition the facts presented by Mr. Bok, the fumous editor of the Ladles' Home Journal, must necessarily open a
new line of-thought with you.
THE "PATENT-MEDICINE" CURSE
By Edward Bok
JVERY ycAr, pnrttctthrly In the springtime,
tens u thousands 01 uottics 01 pacr-m'
tivedicines are used throughout the
country by parsons ho are in Absolute
Ignorance of what they nre swallow
liijr. 'I hey feci " slugBisli'' alter the
nil-winter Indoor confinement; they
feci Hint their svtems need n " toning
tin." or a " blood purifier." Their eye
Cliche come nth crtLiclncnt in a newspaper, or on a
feme, or on the side of a barn, and from the clc.erly-
uorttcil dts,ai!iom of svinptonis tlicy nre convinced
tli.ittlils titan's " bilteiV' or that nun's " s irsapanlla,"
or that "doctor's " (!) " vegetable couipo'ind." or
So-and-so's " pills " h exact the thins tnc' nccd a3
"MO Usfe go't"' to r doctor." nrcue these folks : " ve
" can'savt tint nionej," iiul instead of pacing one
or two dollars for lio'ict, IntilllRent medical .vlvice they
"invest from tu enty-fn e,to si venly-f.v c cents for n bottle of
this, or a bo of that And vhat do the) buy, and wlnt
do they put into their svstcms? Few kno'v Pcner
realize the nbiolutc clnmige they are Viorkmc upon
themselvc; and their households. For the sake of
sating a phvsiclan's fee they pour into their mouths
and into their systems n quantity of unknown drugs
which hive in them percentages of alcohol, cocaine and
ppium tint arc absolutely aUrrn.ng. A mother who
would hold up her hands in holy horror at the thought
of her child drinking a ghss of beer, which contains
from two to five1 per cent, of alcohol, ghes to that child
v with her own hands a' patent medicine that contains from
seventeen to fortj -four p-rcent. cf alcohol to say noth-
ing of opium and cocaine! I Imescen a tempcraice
woman, who raged at the thought ol whisky, take bottle
after- bottle of some " bitters," which contained five
times.as much alcohol and compared to which sherrj,
port, claret and champagne wcrii as harmless as the pink
lemonade at Sunday-school picnics. I have had women
rage in letters to this office because this magazine adver-
tised a certain rootbe.pr, with really no alcohol in it at
nil, while all the time these simc women were swallow-
ing bottle after bottle of "Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable
Compound," containing, by volume. 206 percentage
of alcohol, and allowing " Bokcr's Stomich Bitters,"
with 4.6 percentage of alcohol, by Volume, to be adver-
tised on their barns !
CANCY, for a momen the state of ignorance of, one
young wife who was expecting her first baby. She was
suffering some of the discomforts incident to this condi-
tion when a friend recommended to her as a sure relief
from these discomforts a widely-advertised patent medi-
cine known as " Doctor Pierce's Favorite Prcscrip-.
lion." Fortunately, a doubt arose in the mind of the
oung mother as to whether it was re illy a good thing
for her to take. She asked Miss Maud Banfield, of Tub
Journal's editorial staff, for advice; whereupon we
communicated w ith Doctor Samuel V. Abbott, Secre-
tary of the State Board of Health of Massachusetts, who
quotes the following extract from an anal) sis-made by
the well-known-German chemist, Hager, and published
in Harm's Gchcimmittel:
"In about nine ounces of this 'Favorite Prescrip-
tion ' there were, among ot'ver ingredients:
" A OMEN mav seek to excuse
v ' they did not know these facts,
know them. No woman has a moral right to give a medi
cine to her child, or to any member of her family, or to take
any medicine herself, the ingredients of which either she
dod not know or has not the assurance of a responsible
physician to be .harmless. There is nothing so danger-
ous as drugs used without Intelligence or t.ikell without
ndvi'cc. The physician's fee of a dollar or two, which
the mother seeks to save, may prove to be the costliest
form of economy which she has ever practiced. The
fact that these patent medicines will sometimes give a
supposed sense of relief, or tone up a sluggish systemi
makes them all the more dangerous. Why should they
not stimulate and tone up, or soothe pain I The alcohol
,in these preparations often gives a sense of temporary
well-being. Opium, ns wc all know, will soothe pain,
while 'cocaine will stimulate and excite, making the
beggar feel a millionaire. Tlie mixtures containing these
dnfgs are freely taken by people who would be outraged
at the very thought of. going into a saloon and ordering
n glass of whisky ; who would be still more shocked if
any one suggested that a drink of whisky three times a
themselves by saying IT IS not by any means putting the matter to6 strongly
icts. Hut they snould to say that the patent-medicine habit is one of the
gravest curses, with the most dangerous results, that is
inflicting our American national life. Sooner or later
the people of America must awaken to the fearful dan-
gers that lie in these proprietary preparations. The
mothers of our children, In particular, must have their
eyes opened to the dangers that lurk in these patent
medicines. Here and there ji IvopefuPsign of an awak-
ening is seen. Slowly but surely the bestln.igazines nre
falling into line in thqir refusal to accept palcnt-modiciuc
advertisements of any kind. Not long ago one of the
Insurance companies made an excellent move by requir-
ing Its medicat examiner to fisk of each subject for
insurance, " WJial patent medicines have you used dur-
ing the last five jcars? " and gradually other insurance
companies nre realizing the fact that the use of patent
medicines is cv en more injurious than the use of alcohofic
liquors. But much still remains : more should be done.
Public interest must be more widely aroused.
The Alcohol in VPalenl Medicinfes"
1""IIE following percentages of alcohol in the
I "pstent medicines" named arc given by the
Massachusetts Stste Bond AuaUst, in the pub-
lished document N". 34 .
of !kol I
Tincture or Dleltalin
Tincture of Opiii in
H fluid ilrnrlim
Vi fluid drnclim
- VA oum'is
"Thiswould make a prtpiralion containing about
seventeen per cent, of alcohol,"
Now, as Miss Banfield rightly says," thinkfor a moment
of the effect 011 the life yet unborn of the mother taking
habitually three times a day any portion, however small,,
of opium, of digitalis, which is a powerful drug and has a
marked effect on the heart, and alcohol I All those who
' have reared children know the effect which is immediately
felt by the child through the mother's milk if she takes
comparatively simple remedies. Even if the breasts are
rubbed w ith medicaments, or plastered as withbelladonua
plaster, this is absorbed through the skin, and poisons the
baby. How much more, then, must it be influenced dur-
ing the even closer contact of gestation. Can ) ou w onder
that the newly-born baby it alwajs fretful? It may
need its opium, which it has been alnorbing through its
mother's circulation. Can you wonder that its digestion
is out of order, or that, if it survives a weakly childhood,
it develops a taste for alcohol ? And yet the mother her-
self has taught this to her own child by taking these use-
lessaud harmful medicines. Mothers, too, bowed down
wjth grief In the later years of theirlives, when their sons
become drunkards, wonder where their sons could have
acquired the taste for alcohol when no one' in their fam-
ilies ever showed such tendencies before. 'Hard ns it
. may sound, the fact remains that thousands of drunkards
are being created by the first love for alcohol being
roused into being through the use of patent medicines
liberally filled with alcottpL.
I.vdls Plnklitin's Vegetable Compound
fame's Celery compound ....
Dr. Wilhsnis's Vegetable Jaundice Kilters
Wlilskol, " a non Intoxicating stimulant "
Coldm'3 Liquid Beef Tonic, recommended
for treatment of alcohol habit " ,
Thayer's Compound Estract of Sarsaparilla
Hood's Sarsaparilla ...
Allen's Sarsaparills - -
Dana's Sarsaparilla ' ,
Brown's Sarsaparilla ( " '
Perun 1 ..)
Vinol, Wmc orCod-Llvcr Oil - '
Dr. Petem's Kuriko ' 1
Carter's Physical Extract 1- '
Hooker's Wigwam Tonic ' -
Hoofl.incTs German Tonic -Hone's
Arablsn Tome, " not a rum drink"
J icLsou's Golden Seal Tonic -Mensman's
Peptonized Beef Tonic
Parker's Tonic, "piirelv vegetable"
Schciick's Sean ced Tonic,"cntirely Inrmlcss'
Baxter's Mandrske Bllteis -
Boker'sStomacli Balers - -
Burdock BI00J Bitlers
Greene's Nervura ....-.
Hoofl-md's German Bitters, "entirely vege-
Hon Hitters .---.
Hosteller's Stomach Bilters . 44 j
Kaufman's Sulphur Bitters, "contains no
alcohol " (as a matter of fact it contains
ao 5 per cent, of alcohol and no sulphur) :n.s
Puritaiia ....... sj.
Richardson's Concentrated Sherry Wine
Warner's Saf Tonic Bilters ... 35 7
Warren's Bilious Bitlers - - - - - si S
Faitli Whltcomb Nerve. Bilters 303
In connection wlih Ihls lljl. ihink ol beer, hich con-
loins only from two to live per cent, ol alcohol, while
some ol these "bitters' contain ten lines as much,
making then stronger than whisky, lor 'itronier than
sherry or port, with claret and chamosane way behind.
day would make them feel better, and would cure any
disease. They might feel better temporarily. I do not
deny that. But ifit were a question of the saloon and
the order across the counter would it be taken? "
CVERYTHING here said about tliesc patent medicines
" can be readily prov ed. This magazine lould riot
venture to catalogue 'these "preparations" byname,
and print the percentage of sitiohot whkh they lontain,
if it were not that thejacts are'precisel) ns they are here
given. And no one knows better the truth of these
analyses than the proprietors or nuimfacturers of these
patent medicines. Let any woman who reads these
words ask Iter physician as to the truth of the state-
ments made here. Every' intelligent physician knows
tli.it this nrticle is decidedly within the truth, rather than
bevond it. But the physician cannot speak of the
patent-medicine curse unless he is asked, because, if he
does, he lavs himself open to the accusation that he is
afraid of these " patent-medicine cures," since their use
interferes with his practice. As a matter of fact, the
more patent medicines that nre used the better it is for
the medical profession, since few things in the end bring
a man or a woman or their child more surelyto the
phvsician than pateht-medicine tippling. It is a curse
to the patient but a moneymaker to the physician..
I HAVE fraid before on tins page, and I repeat it here,
unpalatable as were my previdus wotds to the
Woman's ChristiaiiTenipcrauce Union, that here, indeed,
a campaign lies before that organization. It is not meet-
jng the case by any means, ns the officers of that organiza-
tion have written me, that thev have a department of their
work devoted to this evil. Not enough has bech done,
nor has sufficient emphasis been laid on this branch of
their vvoik, nor enough prominence been given to it.nor
enough well-directed energy been put into the effort.
Hundreds of the most zealous members of the Woman's
Christian Temperance Union, tiling on farms and in
small communities, nre allowing the advertisements of
these alcohol-filled " remedies" to be painted on their
fences, barns, sides of houses and outbuildings. If the
officers of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union
are in earnest in this matter why do they not notify each
local branch to compel every member of their association
to sign an agrecmsnt, ns a condition of membership,
that they will efface these advertisements from thtir
' lauds nnd houses and buildings, and keep them off?
They would soon find out how many of their members -arc
lending direct aid to the spread of alcoholism among
the people unconsciously, perhaps, but none the less
surely. If these members are unaware of what they are
doings let the organization make them aware of it!
Ignorance in this matter is absolutely no 'excuse when
the means of enlightenment arc cnsilv at lund.
I ET the officers of the Woman's Christian Temperance
- Union look into the advertising columns of the relig-
ious papers of the country, and see how their columns
fairly reek with the advertisements of these djngerous
concoctions. Yet in these very same so-called religious
papers there are official Woman's Christian Tcmpcraiice
Union columns setting forth the " olhcial'vncws of the
organization nnd its branches. A pretty consistent pic-
ture do these two portions of the average religious piper
present advocating, with one hand1, alcoholic prohibi-'
tion, or temperance, nnd receiving, with the other hand,
money for advertising nnd thereby recommending to
their readers preparations filled ten times over with
more alcohol than the beer which fills them with so
much horror in the editorial columns ! There arc no
papers published that are s'o flagrantly guilty of admitting
to their columns the advertisements not only of alcohol-,
filled medicines but preparations and cure-alls of the
most flagrantly obscene nature,, as the so-called relig-
ions papers of this country. Unable, owing to their
small circulations, to obtain the advertising of discrim
inating advertisers, they are all too ready to accept the
most obscene class of advertising business which the
nvcrage second-rate secular paper would hesitate or
refuse to admit into its columns. I am shaking hereof
I know in this matter. Beside me, ns I write, lie issues
of some twenty different " religious" weeklies, the ad-
vertising columns of which arc a positive stench in
the nostrils of decent, self-respecting people. Let the
Woman's Christian Temperance Union officers counsel
its members who subscribe for these papers to compel
their publishers to omit these advertisements, nnd if they
refuse, let these people discontinue their patronage of
the paper. Such measures would very quickly shut out
from publicity the majority of these baneful patent
medicines. There is vital, important work here for the
Woman's Christian Temperance Union work in a
cause which is aiming' with far greater danger at the
very heart of American homes than the cracking, of a
bottle of champagne over the hull of a ncwty-laur.ched
CAR better, ladies, that the contents of a bottle ol cham-r
pngne should go into the water, where it will do uo
one any harm, than that the contents of a botde-of
" patent medicine," with forty per cent, of alcohol in it,
by volume, should be allowed to go Into the system of
a child and strike at his very soul, planting t.'ra'sced
of a future drunkard t
Inooulatlon of Soil.
There are some farmers who will
pot be benefitted by science, be-
cause they will not apply it.
Science has developed and demon-
etrated the fact that alfalfa, one of
the most profitable crops grown,
will not succeed without the assist-
ance of nitrogen gathering bacteria
peculiar to the plant. On land where
these minute creatures do not ex-
ist, the plant turns yellow and dies
out, and the former cries out
"alkali!" and plpws up his alfalfa
and plants cotton there. If he had
gone to some neighbor who grew
good alfalfa, and procured a cart-
load of soil from his neighbor's al-
falfa field, and sowed it broadcast
on his alfalfa ground the "alkali"
would haVc disappeared and his al-
ialfa would have assumed a thrifty
green color, This process is called
6bii inpculation, and ought to be un-
derstood by every farmer. The bac-
teria can bo cultivated and grown in
immense numbers,, and put up in
! biscuits and sold, or given away. Tho
Agricultural Department ifi now do-
dhg this. Farm and Eanch.
THAT TIRED FEELING!
If you are languid, depressed
and incapable for work, it indi-
cates that your liver is out of or-
der. Hcrbine will assist nature to
throw off headaches, rheumatism
and ailments akin to nervousness
and restore the energies and vital-
ity of sound and perfect health.
J. J. Hubbrd, Temple, Texas,
writes", March 22. 1902: "I have
used Herbine for the past two
years. It has done me more good
than all the doctors. When 1 feel
bad and have that tired feeling, I
take a dose of Herbin,e. It is the
best medicihe ever made for chills
and fever." socts a bottle. For
sale by C. S. Moores.
We have a number qf choice
farms and sections of lands, in
large and small bodies in Run
nells county for sale at prices,
that are low. If you wane, fco
Koiaman & Cates.
Granger, Tex,, june 4. The
voters of this precinct were called
in convention this afternoon by
Chairman L. E. Sheffield and del-
egates to the county convention
were selected. Delegates were
instructed to support Hon. T. W.
Gregory of Austin, as delegate to
the National convention, with j.
C. Anderson of this place, as
alternate; to support judge Parker
for President, and to vote as a
unit on all questions.
Fine. Farm For Sale.
214 acres about 170 in cultiva
tion, balance in pasture, one mile
west ol Bartlett plenty wood and
water; finest place in the country.
Good improvments, fine residence
this is a choice land and can be
bought at a bargain.
See Koluiam & Gates.
ff .. . . la m 1
sometimes tne Hair Is 'no
properly nourished.- It suffer
For food, starves.- Then, It J
falls out, turns prematurely
gray. Ayer's Hair Vigor is
hair food. It feeds, nourishes.' t
lne hair stops failing, grows 1
lung aim nea,vy, ana an dan-
"Mr lijlr Trnticotalnff oat terrlblr. Iwih?
almost nfralil to eomblt.. But Ajer's Hair
Vliror promptly torped the falling, and alio
restored tlin natural color." "' ,
iuiis. .. u. n. vabd, Landing, N.J.
t 00 a bottle.
3, C. AYBR C0
Just Have to Make Honey Theje
Pnlmbly many people who taio-v"
v.crv little, of the good and gvYecfca
little city of Honey Gro,vc are of.thcK
opinion that its name was, carelessly"
given and is meaningless. AVo havn'fcf
theitime at present to dive into an-
'ient historv further than to say- ,Jii
.... - - . 1. . " ..v- a
i-Uiat the name was given by the in ! w
nortal David Crockett becduso; iiffifigf
"niinfl linrp nn nViiindnnnA of 4.1irw "4a
-WW..-. ..w. ... ......... ..-. , ,
t inlinaf nnrl cwvirifncf llnnitr. Tf? urL '
vorywhere in the trees, on tbia
iirairics, in the cave tho very air
.vas laden with its breath and its'-
flavor covered the earth like? thfr
dews of llcrmon's Mount. But.,"
enough of history.
With the settling up of the cotm
try a change enme oer the face oi".
the land. The Indian gave way. to-
the white man, tho wolves disap-
poured, the rabbits fled to Bonhanii' j.j
and the howl of the coyote -wasi-w
inniri rr mnro unr nnr an win rurm-. i.-,y
I.flAU A.V .,,V.l . . .JV WV ..AW. . '.,
bees. This was the sweetest jepct)
on earth and here thev remtline&? 5
to gather up the sweetest treasures !fL
f year by year. t ' , -&fl
.utst Tuesday in one ot the pqm-f ts
tial residences ot the city, wmem Vm
stanus wnnin a stones uirow ox, 'jm
!,.. , Prtl- rt ...liirtli lln- f!lplL- . t.71
mc;-rvi! .-.yci, .ji n .111111 lj Vll "V"--). j C.
ett and his companions camped; tha'J
occupants it ere surprised to fintL KJSJa
uurmur wuiuuw iiiuruiiy miuu win - ,
lirlrrTif miro Virmnv Tf won fir fVir(, .-C..
homo of Mr. John A. Pierce. imtffcKiti
the window projects from the sec- "'M.
pud story, making a little room toc, $'
small for use and into which mem
bers 01 the lamilY seldom looic. The e
busy bees had laid
pounds of fine honey.
up fully 201P
Mr. Pieree is "-
the. best, at Ed
Georeetown, Tex., June 3.
Dr. Jas. Kilgore of Austin, com-
missioner of education of the
Southwestern university, arrived
here today and reports the finan-
cial conditiou of the" university
better than ever before in the his-
tory of the institution. More than
30.000 in endowments has been
received by him for the university
during the past five months,
Cuts, Bkuisus and Burns
.Chamberlain's Pain Balm is .an
antiseptic liniment, and when ap-
plied to cuts, bruises and burns,
causes them to heal without rnatu-
ration and much more quickly
than by the Usual treatment
For sale by C.S. Moores.
Eon Sale at a BAnoAm A
scholarship in one of the boat
business collegea in Texas. Ap-
pljj at this office.
enjoying an 'outing in the Territory, .-.$ Jj
bub neighbors were called in and
11.- 1 1.1..1 .1 L! , I
nit: licu; Yuru ruuneu oi u purium ui. , y
their wealth. More) than 100 pounds''
of choice honey was removed and &
lnrrrft nnnntirv-u'tiK loff tn nnfmirntrri
the bees to continue their work 0 ,'
in n ,, . n ..111 ..,. r ntiinAlnnnn a i L
Mr. Pierce's is probably the only,
residence in the world that case
boast of its own apiary, rc suggests
that he christen it "Svveet 'Horned
Honey Grove Signal. ' . ( ,
ACUTE RHEUMATISM. 3J. XI
Deep tearing or wrenching;
pains, occasioned by getting lyet;
through; worse when at rest, or o J .
first mnvinrr tTif limrvc nnrl in rnlf?4,
or rlfimn itrA?iflir ic iii-1 .V T?il t I'lm
W. V....;, V.t..V.., V...H ,H "r.' .
lard s Snow Liniment. Oscar
Oleson, Gibson City, Illinois,
writes, reb. 10, 1902: "A yetrv ,s
ago I was troubled with a pain 'inx ,1
my back. It soon got so bad I. V
11 . 1 . . . tf.-r-
couta not Dena over, une Dotue''
ot uanara s snow .uniment cured
me." 25c, sqc, $1.00. For salc'
bv C. S. Moores
Granger Tex,.; June 0, AlV"
the last regular meeting 'ol",
Granger Lodge No. 077, A. F. V
A, M., the following officers?'.
were elected for the ensuingrl
year; u. x. unapmmi, woramp
ful master; J. &. Fox, senior,
warden; C. G. Danforth, junior1"
warden; J. C. Anderson, tveasurV J
or; J. w. Teer, secretary; J, u
Barclay, tiler. - ' f
iaunuii, iox., uunti o, a. ier-1
rifio rain and wind slorm hit Bsl
ton yesterday causing great dark
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