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Third vice-president, W. B. Cheatham, San the same line before even a compromise with Francisco, Cal.
opposing forces may be brought about. It Secretary, Thos. H. Potts, Chicago, Ill. would not be the part of wisdom to lay all the Treasurer, Grant Stevens, Detroit, Mich. cards on the table. No reasonable man could
S. A. Eckstein, Milwaukee, was elected to expect it, and no member asks it. the one-year term on the Executive Committee, It should be borne in mind also that obtaindisplacing President Frick; Jas. P. Crowley, ing justice through legislative processes has got Chicago, was reëlected for a three-year term; the mills of the gods beat seven ways from and Theodore F. Hagenow, St. Louis, becomes Sunday when it comes to the matter of slowa member for a period of three years. The ness. other members of the Executive Committee are So we must not be startled when we realize Jas. F. Finneran, Boston; Chas. H. Huhn, that the dominant note, which is but another Minneapolis; and Chas. F. Harding, Cincin- way of saying the big issue, is price maintenati.
nance, just as it was eighteen years ago. Doubtless the convention was held at In- Here is a significant paragraph taken from dianapolis this year as a sort of a tribute to M. President Stout's address: “The retail drug A. Stout, the outgoing president. Indiana is trade is going through an evolution, and what Mr. Stout's home State; he lives at Bluffton. the final results will be is hard to predict. At Indianapolis was not among the cities that the present time soda fountains and lunch made a bid for the convention last year at counters are taking the place of the prescripMinneapolis.
Edward W. Stucky, president of the Indianapolis association, had general charge of convention arrangements. Mr. Stucky delivered one of the addresses of welcome, on the night of the formal opening. Charles G. Genolin, president of the State association, spoke also, as did Mrs. Frank H. Carter, in behalf of the women's entertainment committee. Responses were made by Chas. H. Huhn, Minneapolis; Chas. F. Harding, Cincinnati; and Mrs. William Estelle Lee, Philadelphia, one of the Indianapolis papers christening Mrs. Lee "Little Mother of the N. A. R. D.”
SLOW, PATIENT WORK. In order to get at what has been accomplished between the convention this year and the one held at Minneapolis last year, it is necessary to turn to the reports made by the of
M. A. Stout, Bluffton, Ind., the retiring president. ficers and by the different committees. Stating the obvious is a fault that most of these docu
tion department in a great majority of the
stores in cities, while in the smaller cities and ments have, and the recommendations at the end of each effusion are not always altogether
towns the drug store is a variety store because savored with sanity; but contained somewhere
of competition by dispensing physicians, wagon
pedlers, and others.” between the hackneyed reiteration and the
Mr. Stout made an excellent presiding ofword of advice there ought to be found the
ficer. Gail Borden in the cocoanut. For these papers, at least in theory, constitute just so many
THE GENERAL CONDITION OF AFFAIRS. stewards' accountings.
The financial showing this year is not quite It is always wise to bear in mind, however, so good as that reported at the annual meeting that there must necessarily be much that re- last year, but the difference is not marked. The mains hidden. Suppose a piece of legislation surplus at that time was stated to be $26,is being worked on, for instance, and that much 170.42. September 1, 1916, the treasurer's more effort will yet have to be expended along report shows it to be $25,247.16. Last vear
the statement was drawn August 1, so it would gree of antagonism existing between the orappear tliat the 1916 accounting includes thir- ganization and Secretary Edmond A. Whittier teen months. This may be due, however, to of the Fair Trade League. This could be read the fact that the convention was held later this at the Minneapolis meeting, Mr. Whittier havyear than it was last year.
ing been present in a speaking capacity, and the But it is evident that the affairs of the asso- situation has lost none of its element of chill ciation are in good shape. The surplus on since that time. Incidentally it might be menAugust 1, 1913—three years ago—was $13,- tioned that Mr. Whittier was expected to be 652.67, only a little more than half the present present at the Indianapolis meeting, but that showing.
he did not appear. Treasurer Grant Stevens was confined to his Both Chairman Finneran of the Executive room during a large part of the convention, a Committee and Chairman Henry of the Legispainful attack of rheumatism putting his best lative Committee reported on general condileg out of the running.
tions in this respect, and each in turn succeeded Secretary Potts stated that the number of in convincing the assembled delegates that the
N. A. R. D. has every right to pose as the aggrieved rather than as the aggressor. Notwithstanding this, both Mr. Finneran and Mr. Henry, in their reports, recommended that the national organization still continue to work with Mr. Whittier and the League he represents in further attempts to secure the passage of the Stephens-Ashurst bill and of the proper legislation for the suppression of the trading stamp evil. It is doubtless the N. A. R. D. policy to continue its support of the price maintenance measure which failed to get out of committee during the last session of Congress as long as there appears to be reasonable assurance that the Stephens-Ashurst bill will pass unemasculated, but to introduce a new bill, to be known as the “N. A. R. D. Price-Maintenance Bill," should circumstances so shape them
selves a little later on that such a course beE. W. Stucky, Indianapolis, elected second vice-president. comes necessary in order that drug interests
may be satisfactorily protected. State associations affiliated with the national
THE AID OF CONSUMERS TO BE SOUGHT. body remains the same as it was last yearthirty-eight. Local affiliated associations have
It was one of the recommendations of the increased 41, making a total of 1121. The as
Executive Committee that druggists circulate sociation employs six traveling organizers on petitions among their customers, and among salary and one who works on commission, consumers generally, asking Congress to pass a making seven in all. The expenses of the or
price maintenance law.
It is not the intenganization department during the last conven
tion, however, that druggists shall do this on tion year were $21,451.81.
their own initiative. Should such a plan be The national secretary visited nine State as
adopted it must, in order to be effective in a sociation meetings during 1916, and Hugh
big way, be carried out under the direction of
big way, bę. Craig, editor of the N. A. R. D. Journal, vis- the national body. ited two, the latter being those held in Texas Samuel C. Henry makes a very satisfactory and Iowa.
chairman of the committee on legislation. He
is quiet, courteous, determined, absolutely fair, TROUBLES WITH THE FAIR TRADE LEAGUE.
and one can well imagine that it would not be One who has followed N. A. R. D. affairs a hardship for a busy official to grant him a during the past year or so must have learned hearing. There is no trace of the bulldozer that for some time there has been a certain de- hanging anywhere about him.
GREEN HERB MATERIA MEDICA.
This committee recommended the passage of the Kern-Doremus poison-mailing bill, coun
The report of the Propaganda Comniittee, seled a continuance of effort looking to a re
John H. Webster, Detroit, chairman, was unvision of our patent laws, as proposed by the
usually interesting this year for the reason that Paige bill now before Congress, and urged
quite a little curiosity has been aroused by the that all attempts to eliminate section 6 of the
proposal to emancipate the drug business by Harrison law be strenuously opposed.
displacing our ordinary liquid preparations of TELEPHONE TROUBLES.
vegetable substances with green drug tinctures. One of the features always looked forward
Under the new order, instead of carrying a to is the report read by Wilhelm Bodemann
bottle of tincture of digitalis on his shelves, the as chairman of the Telephone Committee. The druggist would take the green leaves and preSage of Hyde Park strikes straight from the
pare the tincture as called for.
pare shoulder and some of his comments are ex
But how to get the green leaves at all times? tremely amusing—as this, for instance, lifted
That was the question concerning which a great bodily from his 1916 contribution:
many held doubts—and hold them yet. "We would urge all druggists in cities where
Mr. Webster frankly stated that his committhere are coin boxes to be present when the collector empties the box, if for no other purpose than to satisfy themselves that the count is correct.”
There is still a great lack of uniformity, when rates allowed druggists are considered. In Cleveland, for example, druggists get 50 per cent after the first $6 are removed, while a delegate from St. Louis reported that he gets only 10 per cent of what is taken in. There is a wide discrepancy between 10 per cent and 50 per cent.
A delegate from Milwaukee stated that when he went to that city and bought a store the company offered him 10 per cent. He wouldn't take it, and got 30.
In Boston the company allows 15 per cent on all money received up to $100 and 20 per cent on that amount exceeding $100. When there
Theodore F. Hagenow, St. Louis, elected third vice-president. are three phones in the store they are considered one; receipts from any of them, or all of tee had split fifty-fifty on the proposition, "a them, may be used to make up the $100. portion of the members being heartily in favor
Minneapolis has two telephone systems, the of finding out more about it, and the other Bell and the Tri-State. Chas. H. Huhn re- portion being in favor of letting the present ported that arrangements made with the Bell system alone.” were not satisfactory and that druggists had Otto E. Bruder, assistant editor of the A. been unable to either ascertain how the com- A. R. D. Journal and head of the Propaganda pany arrives at its figures or to get a represen- Department at national headquarters, was tative to meet with them so that the atmos- called upon. Mr. Bruder is very enthusiastic, phere might be cleared. Mr. Huhn complained and it is probably due entirely to his initiative that the monthly statements received from the that the movement has attained even its present company were complicated.
proportions. However it was noticeable that Chairman Bodemann rather discouraged the none of the officers or those occupying posiidea that a uniform rate might be obtained. tions on the important committees took part in Too many utility commissions stand in the way, the discussion, and it may therefore be inferred he said. Mr. Bodemann does not believe in that the idea has not yet become an adminiscommissions of this character.
John H. Webster is destined to become a every compounder and dispenser of medicine national figure in organization affairs.
which is intended for the cure or relief of THE JOURNAL.
human ailments to be a regularly licensed and
registered pharmacist, without exception;" the There has been a marked improvement in the
Executive and Legislative Committees are to N. A. R. D. Journal during the year; Editor
prepare or have prepared a model anti-vending Craig is putting out a very creditable paper. It
measure in time for presentation to the 42 rewas stated that there has been a gain in sub
spective State legislatures which will convene scribers of 6 per cent. Chairman Riemen
on or after January 1, 1917; an attempt is to schneider of the Advertising Committee re
be made to have pure food and drug laws. ported that the publication distanced its lead
and sanitary inspection laws made applicable to ing competitor from the standpoint of space
the physician in the same manner that they are sold to advertisers by six pages a month. He
enforced against the druggist; the association did not, however, call attention to the fact that
re-affirms its position on trading stamps and the Journal is issued 52 times a year, against
coupons, and pledges the use of every power it its "leading competitor's” 12 times per annum.
may possess to aid in the creating of national RESOLUTIONS.
and State laws which will abolish this form of The Resolutions Committee was, as usual, gift enterprises; the organization favors the headed by Dr. Wm. C. Anderson of Brooklyn, passage of the Kern-Doremus poison-mailing and of course the chairman presided when the bill, believing that the mails should not be different measures were brought up for final closed to medicines containing poison, providdisposition in open meeting. Very often this ing proper restrictions are observed as to pack
The action of the American Pharmaceutical Association in endeavoring to provide a model pharmacy law is commended, and the N. A. R. D. is pledged to aid in the work. All efforts to amend the Harrison law by the elimination of Section 6 are to be fervently opposed, and the association pledges its support to efforts made to secure a decision from the court which will set aside certain unfair and unjust rulings of the Treasury Department. The Paige bill was indorsed, it was decided to continue to employ
an attorney to represent the association at Chas. F. Harding, Cincinnati, a member of the Executive
Washington, and the manufacturers of a cersession is enlivened by heated debate, but there
tain proprietary tooth preparation came in for
some pretty hard raps by reason of the fact wasn't a ripple on the placid waters this year.
that the company puts out a 10-cent package to Skeletonized, here are the important resolu
be sold exclusively by 5- and 10-cent stores and tions adopted:
department stores. A committee consisting of one member from each State where an organization of the N. A. R. D. exists, to be known as the Committee on The liquor question came up again this year, Elections, is to be appointed, whose duty it and there was a little discussion on the floor, shall be to investigate candidates for public although taken as a whole the situation was offices and ascertain their attitude toward in- much more adroitly handled than it was at the terests affecting the drug trade; the Legislative Minneapolis convention. Committee is to prepare a model anti-coupon There can be no doubt that the N. A. R. D. or trading-stamp measure for submission to the as a body—at least in so far as its delegates legislatures of the various States through the may be deemed to represent that body—is not local committees having such matters in in sympathy with the action of the revision charge; the association is to continue its efforts committee in deleting whisky and brandy from to secure better laws for the protection of drug- the Pharmacopæia. Strong resolutions of congists, believing it to be highly desirable “for demnation were almost unanimously adopted
WHISKY AND BRANDY AGAIN.
at the 1915 convention. Meanwhile the Phar- mittee had been guilty of an error in judgment. macopæia has been printed, but this does not Professor Beal deplored the conditions, and seem to lessen the opposition or to heal the sore then went on to say that very recently he had spot.
accompanied Professor Remington and Dr. Before the convention convened it was ru- Wiley to a conference with Dr. Alsberg, Chief mored that an attempt would be made to secure of the Bureau of Chemistry, Department of action which would open the way for the pas- Agriculture, and that it was the understanding sage of a remedial measure by Congress some that no attempt would be made to base the entime during the coming winter session. It was forcement of Federal drug laws on the new stated that a bill would be introduced at Wash- Pharmacopæia until January 1, 1917. ington having for its aim the establishing of Chas. M. Woodruff is secretary of the standards for whisky and brandy, and it was National Association of Manufacturers of Mehoped to get the indorsement of the National dicinal Products, and his remarks were conAssociation of Retail Druggists.
fined largely to the Kern-Doremus poisonAll this constituted a mere rumor, and very mailing bill. little happened during the convention which The courtesy of the floor throughout the enwould tend to lend color to its truthfulness. Nevertheless the association went on record. Here is the exact phraseology of the resolution passed: “That we favor an official standard for whisky and brandy, in order that inferior articles for medicinal purposes may be avoided.”
Looking back over these issues to which the association stands committed, it will be observed that practically nothing new is to be taken up during the coming year. Price maintenance is still the big issue; the association stands pledged to put its best efforts back of this principle, all other matters taking relative positions below it in importance, some of them shading off into the dim distance near a purple horizon. NOT TO BE EN FORCED UNTIL JANUARY. .
James P. Crowley, Chicago, a member of the Executive During the course of the convention Professor James H. Beal, Frank H. Freericks and
tire convention was extended to Professor Chas. M. Woodruff were asked to make brief
Beal, Mr. Freericks, and Mr. Woodruff. addresses. Professor Beal's talk was particu
Another speaker who was listened to with larly interesting, in that he touched on a sub
close attention was Eugene C. Brockmeyer, the ject that has been engaging the thought of
association's Washington attorney and correevery druggist in the United States—and that
spondent. Mr. Brockmeyer has had a varied is how to live in accordance with the provisions
and valuable experience, and his services canof the new U. S. P. when it has only been not fail to prove of the greatest assistance to within the last few days that it was possible
it it was possible the association. He made a good impression. to get a copy of the book. Professor Beal said that when the revision
TIIE WOMAN'S AUXILIARY. committee set September 1 as the date on whicl: Mrs. J. H. Riemenschneider, of Chicago, the new work should go into general use it had was elected president of the W. O. N. A. R. D. every assurance that the book would be out in at the final business session lield Thursday. ample time. Even in June when that part of The other officers elected are: Miss Clara L. the volume setting September 1 as the date was Hulskamp, of Louisville, first vice-president ; printed it looked as if there would be no Mrs. S. A. Eckstein, of Milwaukee, second trouble. But later a number of difficulties de- vice-president; Mrs. A. J. Hoening, of St. veloped which made it appear that the com- Louis, third vice-president; Miss Nora V.