Distinguishable by the Touch.-Such should be the STRAY ITEMS AND COMMENTS.

bottles containing prescriptions for external use, especially when the mixtures are poison. The English

medical Is New Jersey the Oldest ?-According to claims

press is advocating the adoption of bottles of

distinctive form for use in dispensing poisons and and as far as we know in accordance with the records

preparations for external use. This reminds us that the New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association is the

one of the states was about to enact a law requiring the oldest organization of the kind in existence. The thirty-fifth annual meeting was held at Atlantic City

use of a bottle of a certain special type when some one

discovered that the bottle was copyrighted, and the in June.

manufacturer would have a monopoly in the sales of Chewing Gum Is Not Official, never has been, nor

the bottles. It is needless to say that the bill failed is it likely ever to be. It was, however, a chewing to pass the legislature. gum manufacturer who hit upon the timely idea of

Little by Little the Monument Grows.-We refer offering the U. S. P. as a prize in connection with the

to the proposed' William Procter, Jr., monument to be sale of his goods. If the new Pharmacopoeia is appre

erected in Washington. The project was originated ciated by chewing gum manufacturers, why should it

by Dr. John F. Hancock, of Baltimore, and is being not be pushed in advertising schemes by those who manufacture official preparations.

favored by various pharmaceutical bodies throughout

the country. The New York Association appropriated Formaldehyd is now being prescribed for internal $50.00 for the use of the committee and the Kings

At one time and, in fact, many physicians now County (N. Y.) Pharmaceutical Society has just voted believe that it is not suitable for internal administra- $25.00. The Manhattan (N. Y.) Pharmaceutical Astion. It is likely, however, that pharmacists will be

sociation also contributes $25.00 to the fund. Among called upon to prepare tablets, solutions and mixtures prominent pharmacists of that state who are pushing for internal use. This is an opportunity for the retail the matter, we may mention William Muir, W. C. druggists to experiment and see what can be produced Alpers and W. C. Anderson. At the 1905 meeting of from the pharmaceutical point of view.

the Illinois Association, retiring President Herman

Fry suggested a contribution of $100.00 to the Procter Learning to Smoke is not a pleasant experience,

fund, but the suggestion was pushed aside by a motion but, when the period of probation is over, it becomes

to refer the matter to a committee to be appointed by a life-long practice with the majority of people who

the new president, thus putting it off for another year. try it. The crusade against smoking is now mainly

It is to be hoped that all of the state associations will directed against cigarettes. The manufacturers, how

take some substantial recognition of the movement ever, are little inconvenienced and have recently hit upon a novel plan of enabling the retailers to evade during the 1906 season of annual meetings. the law. They mail cigarette paper to the smokers The Medicine-Dropper.—(By A. S. Bleyer, M. D., and the retailers sell the smoking tobacco, so that ci- St. Louis). The evolution of this little instrument garettes are rolled as usual.

dates back to 1818, when a flacon was introduced in California Drug Clerks Happy and the proprietors which served to retard the outflow of the liquid which

France which was constructed with a narrowing neck, do not seem to be gloomy. That state has a new law

arrived at the mouth of the bottle by gently inclining regulating the number of hours which shall constitute

it toward a horizontal. a maximum day's work of a drug clerk. It is claimed

In 1866 an instrument was introduced which would that the clerks are now so happy and contented that they prefer the life of an assistant to that of a proprie- temperature of 15°C, that they would weigh just one

give issue to exactly twenty drops of such size, at a tor, and the time may come when it will be difficult to

gramme. sell a drug store in the State of the Golden Gate. It

In 1884 the French Pharmacopeia described the is doubtful whether many other states will follow the

medicine dropper as an instrument consisting of a example and

similar laws.

glass tube terminating in a finer capillary tube, which Mistakes of the Shorter Hours for Druggists would restrict the evacuation of the contained liquid Movement.-An exchange says that “gradually the to a drop by drop issue, acting because of its own early closing movement is gaining headway in some weight-and no vacuum. parts of the country.” This is true and has been the At the 1903 conference at Bruxells for the Internacase for a generation or more past. The trouble is, tional Unification of Medical Formulæ, Guon prethat, while it is gaining headway in one place, it is sented a modification of the last mentioned instrulosing ground in another, so that the general condition ment, which is now used with a rubber bulb atreminds us of the school boy's definition of parallel tachment, so as to hasten, retard or arrest the outflow lines, when he said, “Parallel lines are always coming of drops. The diameter of the opening of the capillary together, but never meet.” The movement in favor tube must measure just three millimeters. At a temof early closing and Sunday closing seems to just about perature of 15°C., twenty drops will weigh one gramme. maintain itself, when the country as a whole is con- This instrument was adopted by the congress.- [Gaz. sidered.

Med. de Paris (Courier of Medicine.)

We publish extracts as follows:

“In the year '89 Mr. Meyer was taken ill and went

to Europe to regain his health. Since that time it has Born 1830; Died 1905.

been my pleasure to have been in close touch with Meyer Brothers Employes' Mutual Aid Associa

him, by means of correspondence and frequent visits tion.—On the page opposite is a reproduction of the

on his part, regardless of the great intervening dis

tance between the two places of abode. Even this Resolutions offered by this association in respect to their employer, Mr. Christian F. G. Meyer." They year I looked forward to his visiting me, but alas, his were read and adopted at a memorial meeting in the

death occurred unexpectedly, and the country in office of Meyer Brothers Drug Co., and published in

which he first saw the light of day was the one which

was to hear the last faint breath of this brave Germanthe August issue of the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGGIST.

American. The engrossment of these Resolutions is beautifully done in pen and ink work on very heavy pasted card

His life journey has reached its end, but what Mr. board, 12x16, and bound in album style, full padded Meyer created remains and is carried on by his sons, morocco, lettered in gold on the side, cased in a full under the same policy as was practiced by him. cloth outside cover, making a very handsome volume. So we likewise place a palm upon the grave of this

From the New Zealand Friend of Mr. German who has clearly proven that the true “It is with sincere regret that I learn of the death of

and genuine genius will find its way through all diffi

culties that obstruct one's way and opportunity Mr. Christian F. G. Meyer. I have by no means forgotten the kindly spirit and the pleasant manner in

throughout life. which he received me when I visited St. Louis in The very remarkable career of this man was one 1904. I little thought at that time that the end was

which may well be compared with that of the greatest so near, but life is indeed fleeting. I read the history scientist of the past century, Michael Faraday (1791of Mr. Meyer's career as published in the MEYER 1867), who, lacking the preparatory education, as a BROTHERS DRUGGIST. He has, indeed, laid the foun- bookbinder's apprentice attained the presidency of the dation of a remarkable business. It is one of which Royal Academy of England. Also to the chemist, his sons have just cause to be very proud.”—[JOHN “Schonbein” (1799-1868), a workingman who sucW. OWENS, Sharland & Co., Limited, Wholesale ceeded in becoming a professor of the high school. Druggists, Wellington, N. Z.

We, however, should learn from the biography of Death Has Again Invaded the St. Louis Paint, Oil

Mr. Meyer that it is wrong to think that the avenues to and Drug Club and taken from its membership one of

a practical business are surrounded with such walls as its oldest and most esteemed members.

only one can surmount that has received many years Mr. Christian F. G. Meyer ended his earthly career

of preparation." in his Fatherland, July 12, 1905.

How is This for Butter?—The Oil, Paint and Drug In his death St. Louis lost a valuable citizen and

Reporter says: “It has been proved that the addition one who was held in high esteem by his associates.

of a small quantity of cottonseed oil to milk will imFrom the foundation of his business establishment

prove the quality and quantity of the butter. It is here his career has been an open book, reflecting

recommended that just before beginning to churn, great credit upon himself and the city of his adoption.

pour into the milk a half teacupful of good cooking He was one of the organizers of this club, a member

(cottonseed) oil heated to about blood heat to every of its first executive committee and elected as its second

gallon of milk to be churned and proceed as usual. president. All the time that he was actively in busi

It will materially hasten the coming of the butter, ness he gave his fellow members the benefit of his

lessen the labor of churning, improve the buttermilk counsel and assistance. His example was one we may

and increase the quantity and improve the quality of well emulate and his memory revere.

the butter, for not only is the oil put in returned as To his bereaved wife and the surviving members of

butter, but it enables the better collection of the butter his family, the club extends their sincere sympathy fat, makes the butter softer and the buttermilk in this, to them, irreparable loss.

smoother." CYRUS P. WALBRIDGE,

Intermountain Pharmaceutical Association.-Col. COURTNEY H. WEST,

D. Y. Wheeler, first vice-president of the Colorado One of the Vast Number of Intimate Friends Pharmacal Association, proposed the union of the of Mr. C. F. G. Meyer was Dr. O. Rössler, of Baden Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and perhaps Idaho and Baden, Germany. The doctor clearly demonstrated Montana Associations. It is planned to have some in what high esteem Mr. Meyer was held by him in central place selected for the meetings. In that counthat he caused to be printed in pamphlet form for his try of magnificent distances we fear that the attendpersonal distribution a lengthy article which appeared ance would be small. It is true, however, that our in the Apotheker Zeitung, relating to the life career western friends are accustomed to traveling several and death in Homburg, Germany, of Mr. Meyer. days before they reach a destination.



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cat with its feet all wrapped up to keep : from scratchFROM A DRUG CLERK'S DIARY. ing, and about four inches of the end of its tail split

open, hurrying from the wood pile to the honse,” and A Week's Experience in a Retail Drug Store in a

I joined the doctor in his laugh at the memory of the Country Place.

scene. “The old woman had taken my joke seriously, and if her 'gal' happens to get well right away, the tail of a black cat will be added to the list of her su

perstitions.” (Continued from page 162.]

I had a customer just at this point and, before I had

finished waiting on him, some one called “Doc." and Black Cats and Black Hens are Synergists.

I did not get to hear any more of his tales. But I “Yes," said the doctor, settling himself in my best want to get him started again some of these days on chair and lighting his pipe, “I am tired. I have just the superstitions of the country in regard to methods returned from a ten-mile ride into the woods over west

of “doctorin," for I am sure he can tell me lots of of here. By the way, have you any black hens in them. stock?' “Black hens,” said I, “who ever heard of Did You Ever Smother a Mole?-I took a little such a thing?” “Well,” said the doctor, “that is the business trip into the country today accompanied latest remedy for the shingles. As I was passing a by Mack Sims the constable. A debt was to be collog cabin today, an old woman with an old red han- | lected and the debtor had started for the state line. dana handkerchief around her head and a black clay So with attachment papers we hurried on to overtake pipe in her mouth hailed me with: "Hey, Doc., come him. On our way back as we let our jaded horses in here a minute; I want you to see my gal.” I tied take their time, I led Mack around to the subject of my horse to a sapling and went in. On a rickety superstitions in regard to the practice of medicine and home-made bed in one corner lay the 'gal.'' "She's

was rewarded by hearing an entirely new one. Mr. got ther shingles, Doc.,” volunteered the old woman. Sims is a good specimen of the honest, sturdy, in“Have you done anything for her?” I asked. "Wal,

dustrious frontiersmen who have blazed out the way

for civilization in our mountainous country. While no, Doc., I haint yit. You see, we haint got no black

devoid of "book-larnin' ” yet on some subjects he is hen, an' I can't git out ter none of ther neighbors ter possessed of a fund of knowledge which is very ingit ary'n.” “Hen," I said, “why, cook her one of teresting. He had been a driller of wells for a numthese nice young chickens," indicating a number of

ber of years and from observation had gathered a youngsters of the proper frying age that were stalking Hills and valleys. He became so enthusiastic on this

great many interesting facts about the geology of the around the room eyeing me and plainly showing that subject that we rode for miles before I finally steered they would have said, could they have used the old him

away from it to one in which I was more interwoman's dialect: “Who writ fer ye, anyhow?” “Cook

ested. Finally I gently lead him to the subject of nothin," and she gave me a withering glance, full of

superstitions without his suspecting any object. “Did

you ever hear of 'em making a child smother a mole pity for my ignorance, “why, don't you know that a

to death to give it the power to squeeze back felons?” black hen will cure ther shingles?" I confessed my ig- No, I had never heard of it. “I never hear of it now norance and asked her how it could be done, in the days either, but when I was born my folks firmly be

lieved in these old superstitious ideas. My father meantime dosing out some simple remedy to leave for

was away in the army when I was born and I did not the girl. “Ye jest take the hen alive an'cut her open see him until I was more than a year old. My mother

lay the fresh bleedin' cut right on the hide of the and grandmother believed that if a child who had person what has the shingles an' it jest naterally cures

never seen its father was made to smother a mole to 'em, that's all,” and she puffed away at her pipe as if

death by squeezing its nose with its hands that the

child would have power for the rest of its life to cure the matter were settled. Just then I saw an old black felons and run-arounds by simply squeezing the finger. cat dozing on a bench by the door, and it put some So one day when I was about a year old when one of devilment into my head. I told her that, although I

the neighbors sent mother word that they had caught had never heard of the hen cure, that I did know of a

a mole alive she and grandmother bundled me up in

a hurry and took me over there. They tied a thread sure cure that was similar to it. She wanted to know around the mole's nose to hold its mouth shut and what it was, and I told her to take a black cat, split then made me hold my little hands over its nose unthe end of its tail for a few inches and use that while

til I had smothered it to death. Mother told me all

about it years after. I can remember when I was the cat was alive. After showing her how to use the

about ten years old that one of the neighbor women remedy I had prepared, I mounted my horse and rode

came in with felon on her hand. She was a fat old off.”

lady and I can well remember how big and ugly that “Down under the hill, a short distance from the

finger looked. I didn't want to take hold of it at all cabin, a fine spring, clear and cold, gushes out of the

but finally they got me to take hold and hold it in a

tight grip 'till I got mighty tired of it.” “Did it rocks and it looked so enticing that I stopped. After cure the felcn?” I asked as Mr. Sims paused to take getting a drink, I sat on the mossy rocks in the deep a chew of hillside navy. “I don't know. I don't reshade to cool before I started on. All at once I heard member of ever hearing from it any more." “Did one of the most unearthly yells that ever came from

you ever believe in it yourself?" I asked. “No, I never

did have any faith in such things myself but my the throat of a domestic cat. I jumped up just in time mother and grandmother believed it and were honest to catch a glimpse of the old woman holding the black in their belief."


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60 grs.


Potassium nitrate



12 av. ozs. Tragacanth, mucilage, sufficient.

Mix the first five ingredients previously reduced to BY ALBERT E. EBERT, PA, M., PH.D., CHICAGO.

fine powder, incorporate enough mucilage to form a

mass; divide this into pastilles weighing about sixty Correspondence solicited. Numbered items are answers to grains and dry. questions. Also see Quiz and Prescription Case Departments.

2. Benzoin..

2 av. Ozs. Cascarilla.

1 av. oz. Myrrh

1 av. oz. Liquid Sabadilla (vermin killer).


4 av. Ozs.
Sabadilla, powder....

2 av. Ozs.
Potassium nitrate..

12 av, oz.
Acetic acid..

. 12 fl. oz.

Potassium chlorate
Wood alcohol.

2 fl. ozs.
Oil of cloves

1 fl. dr.
Water sufficient to make....... .16 f.ozs.

Oil of cinnamon

1 f. dr. Mix the acetic acid with fourteen fluid ounces of

Oil of lavender.

1 f. dr.

Mucilage of tragacanth sufficient. water and boil the sabadilla in this mixture for five to ten minutes and when nearly cold add the alcohol, | powder, add the oils and then incorporate enough

Mix the first ingredients previously reduced to fine let stand and decant the clear solution and bottle. Directions: Shake the bottle and apply to the mucilage to form a mass; divide this into pastilles

weighing about sixty grains and dry. affected parts night and morning.

Formula for Solid Perfumes.—The novelty sold Almond Toilet Cream (49).

under this name is again coming into demand, possiTragacanth, powder.

12av. oz. Borax....

.av. oz.

bly on account of the holidays when the same is sold Ammonium chloride

1 av, oz.

by street fakirs. It is prepared by melting paraffin in Glycerin.....

... 10 f.ozs.

a water bath, adding odorous substances when nearly Tinct. benzoin, simple

1 f. dr. Oil bitter almonds.....

...10 drops.

cold and molding into small flat tablets inch by inch Water.........

.54 i. ozs.

and a half. The following formulas may be employed Triturate the gum with the glycerin to a smooth in preparing them, each of the mixtures given being paste; dissolve the borax and ammonium chloride in enough for one pound of paraffin: a portion of the water, filter this solution, mix the two

Oil of bergamot....

1 f. oz. Oil of lavender flowers.

1 fl. oz. liquids, add the remainder of the water and incorpo

Oil of cloves..

Y fl oz. rate the benzoin and essential oil by agitation.

Oil of rose geranium.

1 f. dr.

Vanillin.... Holland Gin Essence (50).- Formula wanted.

Oil of juniper. 1.

.2 fi. ozs.
Oil of bergamot..

1 fl. oz.
Oil of turpentine..

1. fl. oz.
Oil of neroli...

2 f. drs.
Oil of nutmeg.....
....1 fi. dr.
Oil of rose geranium.

2 f. drs.
Oil of caraway..

15 drops.
Oil of lavender flowers.

2 fi, drs.
Fusel oil.
..10 drops.
Oil of cloves....

. 10 drops.
Alcohol enough to make 16 fl. ozs.


1 dr. Mix one fuid ounce of this mixture to 5 gallons of

Oil of linalce...

1 fi. oz. Oil of bergamot

1 f. dr. proof spirits.

(il of lemon

1 f. dr. 2. Oil of juniper.....

.6 f. ozs. Oil of turpentine...

1 dr.
6 fi. ozs.

Fusel oil......

... 4 f. ozs.
Oil of ylang ylang.

1 f. oz.
Oil of neroli.

4 fi, drs. Mix one fluid ounce of this mixture to 30 gallons of

Oil of sandalwood.

2 f. drs. proof spirits.


1 dr. Fumigating Paper.

Tincture of musk.

1 f. dr. Benzoin......

5. Oil of bergamot .

2 fi.ozs.

1 av. oz.
Oil of lemon..

* fi. oz.
Fumigating essence..

2 A. ozs.
Oil of orange..

22 fl. oz.

1 f. oz.
Oil of rose geranium..

1 f. dr.
Acetic acid, glacial..

..20 drops.
Oil of rosemary, flowers..

1 f. dr.

2 fl.ozs.
Oil of lavender, flowers..

1 f. dr. Dissolve the benzoin and storax in a mixture of the

Oil of neroli..

.1%, f. drs. alcohol and ether, filter and add the fumigating and 6. Oil of bergamot

1 f. oz. Oil of bitter almonds

1 f. dr. the acetic acid. Spread the mixture upon filtering or

Oil of rose...

1 f. dr. bibulous paper and allow it to dry. To prevent stick

Tincture of orris..

1 fl. oz. ing dust the surface with talcum and preserve in wax

Tincture of musk

1 fl. oz. paper. When used the paper is simply warmed, or 7.

Oil of rose..

1 A. dr. over a lamp.

Oil of neroli..

1 f. dr. Oil of patchouly.

14 f. dr. Pastilles of the Turkish Seraglio.

Oil of lavender, flowers.

1 fl. dr. 1. Benzoin

5 av.ozs.
Oil of verbena....

12 f. dr. Olibanum..

5 av, ozs.
Oil of sandalwood

2 f. drs. Juniper berries.. ..... 1 ay. oz. Essence of jasmin..

2 A. ozs.

60 grs.



1 av, oz.

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