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A question of commercial usage came up. SELECTIONS

A member purchased a gross of Beef, Wine and Iron, labeled one dollar a bottle, and at a special sale sold two bottles for a dollar and

one cent. Other druggists were selling the THE YAMACRAW CLUB.

same preparation at 39 and 47 cents a bottle. [The mailboy brought us the following report of a The member was reprimanded. recent session of the Yamacraw Drug Club. Those

An interesting paper was read by Mr. Saber interested in association matters will appreciate the keen

upon the wonderful detergent action of a mix

a sarcasm.--The EDITORS.)

ture of the oleates, palmitates and stearates of

certain alkalies when properly combined with The meeting was called to order promptly at 8:30, thirty-eight of the forty members being

hydrogen monoxide. Action was best at 42°

Cent., it was said. present. After the minutes of the last meeting

A member reported upon a “Capsule of were read and confirmed, reports of committees were in order.

Science,” where the statement was made that a

“heatless" flame could be produced by igniting Committee on Drug Standardization re

ether floating upon the surface of tetrachloride ported an examination of six samples of tinc

of carbon, He says that water, well cooled ture of digitalis by the colorimetric method of W. Martindale.

and saturated with carbon dioxide, is excellent Four were found standard and two slightly above. This was a relief to

for painful burns.

More time was asked by Mr. Kennenall, his the Club, as for some time members had been using the rather disagreeable "pithed frog"

report not being completed, upon the solubility method for physiological assay.

of acetanilide in a hydroalcoholic solution of The President here called attention to the

the bromides, citrates, etc. His request was

granted. condition of weights, balances and graduates,

The Question Box contained but one query: the monthly inspection showing a variation of nearly one-hundredth of one per cent from

“If (a) the porter breaks a bottle of 'Bruna, standard.

retail price one dollar, cut to 69 cents, wholeAn examination of a “moth powder" now

sale price eight dollars the dozen, less two per on the local market was reported. Package

cent and expense of doing business (twentylabeled: "Moth Powder; better than moth

eight and a half per cent)—what is the loss? balls; cheaper than camphor; most noxious to

"Should (b) the porter be made to pay? If

so, how much? Or should the broken bottle be moths; price 25 cents.” Weight of contents, 436 grammes. The powder was found to con

returned to the jobber for credit? Or both?" sist of a finely comminuted ligneous product,

There being no further business to be trans

acted, the Club enjoyed a delightful supper evidently of the Pinaceæ family, impregnated with an impure cedrene camphor. Traces

prepared by the steward, and the evening was were found of the hydrocarbon C.H. Cost,

finished by an automobile drive. about three cents the package; evidently an imposition on the public.

TO PURIFY DRINKING-WATER. A member was reprimanded by the Committee on Business for varying from custom. The Chicago Department of Health, accordHe was found placing a large slice of orange ing to the Illinois Medical Journal, offers the or lemon in the drinks dispensed at his foun- following suggestions: tain, so that the fruit was directly under the There are two simple methods by which nose and in line of vision. His defense was water may be made safe for drinking purrather weak, he claiming that it was merely a poses: (a) boiling, (b) hypochlorite treat

) matter of olfactory- and vision-psychology; ment. The purification of drinking-water by that with the nose and eyes closed the citrine hypochlorite treatment is very simple, inexodors could not be differentiated by taste; that pensive, and highly efficient; it is a precaution“the vibratory hypothesis of the action of ary measure which should be adopted by every odors” was not yet understood, and that there traveler whose duties carry him into "typhoid was an intimate analogy between odor, taste, territory.” and vision. His case was continued.

To purify drinking-water, prepare the fol

In the pro

germ life.

lowing stock solution: Water, 1 quart; chlo- produce millions within a day. When it ride of lime, 1 teaspoonful.

reaches its maximum size it divides into variKeep this solution in a tightly stoppered bot- ous parts, each of which becomes a new germ, tle; a mason jar or a thermos bottle being well and every germ divides in the same way as adapted to the purpose, the latter especially long as conditions are favorable. when traveling

cess of cell-division certain poisons or toxins Label the bottle "Stock Solution;" write the are formed which either retard or destroy formula on the label, and add the following directions:

Germs enter the body through open wounds To purify water for drinking purposes add in the skin and through the various mucous one teaspoonful of the stock solution to two membranes, especially those of the food canal gallons of water.

and air passages.

Hundreds of thousands of If the water is turbid strain it through fine deaths are produced annually in the United muslin before adding any of the stock solution. States by disease germs which enter the body

After adding stock solution allow the water through impure food and air. prepared for drinking purposes to stand un- The following are the principal communicacovered for twenty minutes before using. This ble diseases: Tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid allows the gases to escape and makes the water fever, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, diphmore palatable.

theria, whooping-cough, lockjaw, la grippe, Then bottle the prepared water and keep on chicken-pox, smallpox, yellow fever, bubonic ice. Never put ice in the water.

plague, cholera, gonorrhea, syphilis, erysipelas, dysentery, and blood poison. Communicable

diseases are preventable. GERMS.

Heat is the best germicide known, and

should be used in preference to all others Protozoa are the smallest and simplest form

whenever applicable. All refuse from sickof animal life.

rooms and elsewhere should be burned.— Bacteria are the smallest and simplest form

Louisiana Health Almanac. of vegetable life.

Protozoa and bacteria are commonly called germs. A germ, therefore, is the smallest and

INCONSISTENCY. simplest form of either animal or vegetable life, consisting of a single animal or vegetable Consistency may be a jewel; we do not procell.

pose to know, but nevertheless we agree with In size germs vary greatly, the average being Emerson that “with consistency a great soul about one twenty-five-thousandth of an incl. has simply nothing to do. If you would be a

There are numberless varieties of germs. man, speak what you think to-day, in words They exist in the water, in the air, on the sur- as hard as cannon-balls; and to-morrow, speak iace of the earth, on the skin and clothes, and what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, on practically every other living or dead object. though it contradict all you said to-day.”

Many germs are not only harmless but essen- Some people would rather be wrong than tial. Dead animals and vegetables are changed change their minds; in fact an effort to conby them into carbonic acid, water, ammonia vince them they are wrong merely succeeds in and certain other substances which fertilize the proving to them that they are right. earth and, in turn, serve as nourishment for Professor Wilbur L. Scoville, of Detroit, other animals and vegetables. They are also has amply demonstrated that diluted fluid exresponsible for the souring of milk, the color- tracts make just as good tinctures as tinctures ing of leaves, the fading of leaves in autumn, made from the powdered drug. the fragrance of certain plants, and many other posed to what we have always believed, but works of nature. Many germs derive their being great admirers of Mr. Scoville, and food from living human tissue, and are disease- knowing that he conducted exhaustive experiproducing

ments to prove his facts, we here and now Under favorable conditions, such as warmth, proclaim our conversion to the new faith. moisture and a suitable soil, a single germ may

Carolina Journal of Pharmacy.

This is opNOTE BY THE EDITORS.—It is just such a LETTERS

letter as this that we like to receive—a letter that shows that the writer has given consider

able thought to the matter of the proper pricPRESCRIPTION PRICING COMMENTS.

ing of prescriptions. To the Editors:

We may say in regard to the Evans rule, I have read with considerable interest the however, that it does not constitute a hard and article entitled “Prescription Pricing in a Bad fast method for determining the selling prices Way," which appeared on page 419 of the of all prescriptions. There should of course October BULLETIN.

be a minimum figure, for inexpensive tablets, The Evans rule referred to in the article I for instance, beneath which the druggist consider a very good one-in so far as it goes. should never go. There is no reason why one But how should it be applied to a prescription should not get a relatively larger price on inexlike the following?

pensive medicines that are ordered in quantiT. T. Strych. sulph., 1/60 grain.

ties large enough to constitute a long-term Dispense 50.

treatment. Directions: One three times a day after meals. But neither is there any reason why one

According to the Evans rule one should should not get a living profit from a prescripcharge about 13 cents—the tablets would cost tion simply because the ingredients entering 3 cents, the container 1 cent, and the time con- into it are expensive. sumed would be about three minutes.

The idea of the Evans rule is not to lead My charge for such a prescription, however, the druggist to believe that he should get only would be seventy-five cents, and I think that a certain profit on low-cost prescriptions, but most of my business friends in the high-rent rather that he must get a definite profit on all district here would charge the same.

prescriptions, no matter what the cost of the I get this same prescription occasionally, or ingredients entering into them. rather one calling for one hundred tablets, and While advocating a minimum charge for all I charge, and get, $1.25 for it. The hundred prescriptions, the druggists who favor the tablets constitute over a month's treatment, so

Evans rule do not insist that the minimum that a price of $1.25 is surely not exorbitant. shall be applied rigidly to every prescription

A minimum charge of fifty cents for a pre- which the physician writes. Prescriptions for scription, as suggested in the BULLETIN a calomel powder, a single dose of a headache article, is not advisable—to my mind, at least. powder, or a bottle of citrate of magnesia, How about a single calomel powder, to be may well constitute exceptions. Furthermore, taken at bedtime? I would charge fifteen cents prescriptions of this kind are usually accomfor it. It is not worth any more.

panied by the familiar “S.n.p.," and in such There are several things aside from the cost cases it is obviously impossible to charge more of materials and labor which, with me, influ- than the regular retail price. ence the pricing of prescriptions. For instance, But, after all, it is not with the exceptions if the customer waits for the prescription the to the rule that the druggist should concern charge is less than if I have to deliver the pur

himself. If he will only follow it in the majorchase.

ity of cases, he will find that he is getting I have a fairly large hotel trade here, and properly remunerated for his services and that the attending physician always insists on hav- his patrons are receiving value in full for their ing his prescriptions filled immediately. He money. gets them immediately, but with an added charge of 20 per cent for the prompt service.

MOVING THE GOODS. Is that excessive?

To the Editors: On to-be-delivered-promptly prescriptions, At the present time competition in the drug if my own messengers (I employ two) are out, business is keener than ever before. Nowaa special messenger is secured and the expense days if the druggist makes a good salary he added to the prescription price.

must be up with and ahead of his fellow I have yet, after ten years in business, to tradesmen. He must everlastingly work on hear of any complaints of high prices arising new schemes and methods for moving goods in such cases.

Av OTTAWA DRUGGIST. from his shelves to the consumer.

In the first place, people must know what displayed in the window, only to come out you have for sale. This problem is solved, in with shirts, collars, underwear and possibly part, by making attractive, clean counter and silk pajamas! After one has awakened from window displays. If you want to get stuck on the spell of the salesman, under such circumsomething just put it underneath the counter, stances as these, and begins to realize a thing out of sight of the customer!

or two, I am inclined to think that the next I will cite an example of doing business in time he passes that window he will shield his this manner. We had about fifty dollars' eyes from temptation. From the standpoint worth of flashlights that absolutely failed to of the haberdasher this may have seemed like sell. We had kept these lights carefully hid- good business. But was it? den away under the counter, all the batteries “What doth it profit a man" to sell his goods were "dead,” and we would have gladly and at the same time lose his customer? Sellsold the entire outfit for ten dollars. Finally ing goods is important, but serving the cusa representative of the company came to town. tomer means equally as much. It seems to me We went over the stock carefully, gave him an that there is only one safe way, and that is to order for new batteries and bulbs, put in a sell the patron what he asks for and then to window display, and talked flashlights. suggest only those things that would actually

All the boys, being now familiar with the be of benefit to him. line, got back of the goods on display, and, I have compiled a list of "group suggesneedless to say, we sold lots of flashlights and tions” that I have found satisfactory, when batteries.

the suggestions are made with tact. For inThe public don't know you sell these side- stance, if it is malted milk that is called for I lines if you keep them hidden.

suggest a nursing bottle, nipples, a pacifier, or Some druggists have said that goods are possibly, in season, a cough remedy. The varoften stolen from the counters. That is very iations are quite optional, and most sales can true; we had a five-dollar mirror stolen last be subjected to this treatment. Christmas. But we had rather lose several

Chicago, Ill.

HAROLD N. BRUUN. dollars this way than lock the goods up and wait for somebody to inquire if we carry certain articles.

A VETERINARY SURGEON ON CANTHARWe have found it a very good idea to have

IDES. special sales, Saturday having proved the best To the Editors : day for these. Candy, tooth-brushes, toilet On page 416 of the October BULLETIN I articles, some concoction at the soda fountain notice that Wilbur L. Scoville comments on —anything, just so we have all the boys inter- the U. S. P. preparations of cantharides. ested and keep on talking the goods.

I have used the drug as a veterinary blister And push the goods that bear the long since 1879, and from my experience I do not profits!


hesitate to state that cerate of cantharides Anderson, S. C.

(U. S. P. 1890) is the best preparation of the drug that has been offered to date.

I do not think, however, that cerate of canIS HE RIGHT?

tharides should be offered for sale until it is To the Editors :

thoroughly aged. I like to keep it a year beI have been interested in the papers on sales

fore using

Thos. B. ROGERS, manship which have appeared in the BULLE

The Woodbury Veterinary Establishment. TIN.

Woodbury, N. J. I do not believe that we should try to sell everything we have to everybody who comes into the store. Most people come in for a

WHEN OTHER LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN. specific purpose and usually resent any effort To the Editors: to get them to buy other things, unless they The United States is a cosmopolitan counreally want them.

try, and customers frequently like to be waited How many of us have been tempted into a on by a man who can talk their language. If haberdasher's store by an attractive necktie the proprietor is German-born, as in my case,


and if a clerk, by reason of having lived in Mexico for quite a while, can speak Spanish, why would it not be a good idea to let as much of the world as possible know about it?

It struck us that it would, so we fixed up a couple of simple little cards. On one was “German is Spoken Here;” and on the other, "We Speak Spanish.”

These signs have proved excellent tradewinners.


To the Editors:

I would like to know the formula or composition of the liquid that is used in so-called sanitary closets. It is a sort of deodorizer and is also supposed to even dissolve paper.

By “sanitary closets" I mean those sold in places where there is no system of sewerage. De Soto, South Dakota.

L. G. ENGLISH. (NOTE.-- We are not familiar with the composition of the product mentioned, nor have we been able to secure the information desired. We understand that there is such a liquid and that it is sold in connection with portable "closets” which may be installed in the homes for about $25 complete. Will some of our readers come to the rescue?-THE EDITORS.)

Houston, Texas.



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