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the drug stores in the city, except one-a foxy pill roller, who saw the point and said: “No, thank you. I know how to say 'no' with that chilly inflexion that makes a man button up his coat and a woman chatter with fear,” And so this druggist still continues to buy tickets of all kinds at the old stand, while all the other druggists point to their little card hanging on the wall and say: “No we're in the trust."

It is quite often found that unless some social features are included in local associations interest in them is likely to lag. The St. Louis organization has found this to be the case, and is arranging to have a big smoker to call the scattered forces together around the festive board. The Philadelphia association has a big event of some kind every year, and it is making preparations now for this year's affair.

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Labor troubles have reached the As everybody knows, Maine is a prohibition State, but STRIKEI

sacred realms of the drug store at the druggists of the commonwealth will this winter

last. Pity 'tis, 'tis so! Last month strive to secure the passage of a measure in the legisla. the mortar was stilled and the soda fountain was put out ture which will give them the privilege of selling liquor of service in a St. Louis store for a number of hours. It for medicinal purposes only and under proper restricseems that some trouble had arisen between the propri- tions. etor and the head clerk. The employees sided with the clerk, and so one fine morning, when the clerk's resigna. One of the New York City inspectors of the New York tion was demanded, they all, from the janitor and the State Board of Pharmacy has been arrested on the charge “boy” up, marched out in a bunch and left things at a of soliciting and receiving a bribe to ovorlook a violastandstill. Prescriptions began to pile up on the coun- tion of the pharmacy law. He has been suspended from ter and orders of all sorts to accumulate; and the dis- duty pending the trial of his case. comfited proprietor was at his wits' end to straighten things out. The “want” columns of the newspapers were hastily searched, and by night two clerks had been

Professor Beal has been appointed to the place on the found. We have no later information, but it is to be

board of trustees of the United States Pharmacopeia presumed that things began to run along more or less

made vacant by the death of Mr. Thompson; and Mr. normally after a few days.

Dohme has been elected president of the board.

It is evident from several directions that some measure restricting the sale of cocaine will be introduced in the Ohio legislature during the next session.

The Philadelphia Association of Retail Druggists is now making preparations to organize the city into quasi. independent ward or district bodies after the plan adopted in Chicago and followed with such successful results; and, as in Chicago, price - lists on counter goods, as well as on patents, will be formulated. There has been some talk, too, about using secret codes for marking prices on prescriptions. In a number of such ways as these local associations, whether in the city or the country, can make themselves of great financial benefit to their constituents, quite apart from the old and troublesome question of patents.

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The Philadelphia Association of retail druggists has had to give up its efforts to secure better concessions from the telephone company. The "telephone committee" of the association lays the failure at the door of the druggists of the city, who, it declares, would not support the movement in sufficient numbers.

Mr. Edward C. Frisbie, senior member of the well known jobbing firm of Talcott, Frisbie & Co., of Hartford, Conn., and ex-president of the N. W. D. A., retired from the firm last month, and will shortly take a trip to the Pacific coast. We are not informed of Mr. Frisbie's plans for the future.

These are the portraits of two prominent delegates to the recent convention of the N. A. R. D. at Buffalo. The gentleman on the left is Mr. Thomas Voegeli, of Minneapolis, who has been foremost in handling the local N. A. R. D. situation in his city, and who was elected second vice-president of the national body at Buffalo. The gentleman on the right is Mr. J. A. Lockie, of Buffalo, whose vaudeville "turn” at the evening entertainment given the delegates by the local hosts showed that a good actor had been lost in order that a prominent and successful druggist might be gained.

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHEMICAL TRADE. 1. CHARLES S. JONES, with Powers & Weightman.

6. CHAS. W. Griffiths, with Herf & Frerichs.

u. DR. R. L. TYE, with Merck & Co. 2. FREDERICK BARR PERRY, with Powers & Weightman.

7. KI 7. RICHARD S. JOHNSTON, with Merck & Co.

12. WM. G. Cook, with New York Quinine and Chemical Works. 3. THOMAS P. Cook, with New York Quinine and Chemical Works 8. HENRY D. MARTIN, with Mallinckrodt chemical Works

13. E T. GREEN, with Mallinckrodt Chemical Works. 4. IKDRONBERGKR, with Mallinckrodt Chemical Works

9. JOHN GLEICHMANN, with Rosengarten & Sons.

14. C. M. BADGLY, with Chas. Pfizer & Co. 5 WMT CASE, with Hoehringer X Hoehne

10 JOHN W. ROSSITKK, with Powers & Weightman.

19. FRANK B, TRACY, with Chas, Pfizer & Co.

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHEMICAL TRADE. The Fifteen Gentlemen Who Represent the Various Chemical Houses of the Country, and Who Visit

the Wholesale Druggists and Manufacturing Pharmacists.

Traveling men are proverbially a well-groomed and banner. Born in Boston fifty-three years ago, dehandsome class in the community; and the group of scended of distinguished New England ancestry, and fifteen which the BULLETIN is pleased to present this going with his family to Chicago when eight years month on the opposite page faithfully testifies to the old, Mr. Perry was educated in the latter city and truth of this charge. These gentlemen are the ones who afterward sent back to Boston to complete the proc. sell the medicinal chemicals to the jobbers and manu- ess. Soon after his final graduation he became facturers of the country. While thus they are known identified with the Chicago house of Fuller, Finch to the wholesale buyers throughout the land, and while & Fuller, now known as the Fuller & Fuller Co., their faces will in these quarters immediately call up and after seven years' service undertook a European congenial friendships and hearty hand - clasps, they are trip in the interests of M. A. Mead & Co. Returning for the most part unknown to retail pharmacists. Never- in 1875, he engaged with Billings, Clapp & Co., staying theless they comprise an important class in the drug with this house until 1876, when he began a traveling trade; they handle the chemicals which ultimately reach career with Powers & Weightman. After representing the pharmacist and are dispensed by him; and we believe P. & W. on the road for over twenty years he was in that the readers of the BULLETIN in general will be in 1898 given the assistant managership of the New York terested to see their faces, to read their biographies, branch of this great house. Since then Mr. Perry's and to know something of their operations.

visits to the jobbing trade have been confined to trips of

special importance; but while he is sadly missed by 1. CHARLES S. JONES.

those upon whom he called so long and so regularly, Mr. Jones, the gentleman who occupies the center of he has the hearty good wishes and congratulations of the group, is the Nestor of the fraternity. Entering the all upon his well-deserved promotion. drug trade as long ago as 1853, he has had a long, honorable, and successful career, and is widely known and

3. THOMAS P. COOK. generally esteemed. He began life in the retail drug business in Bloomington, Illinois; after four years' experience

It is safe to say that no one connected with the chembought a partnership in the firm; seven years later sold

ical trade has had a more varied experience and a better his interest and engaged himself with Fuller, Finch &

practical training than Thomas P. Cook. Mr. Cook Fuller of Chicago; and, after staying here seven years, began wie by working in a drug stor

ars began life by working in a drug store in Philadelphia organized the firm of Jones & Terry, and began the

during out-of-school hours, graduated from this into the wholesale business of dealing in drugoists' sundries jobbing business of a firm dealing in chemicals, dye This was in the spring of 1871, and, alas! only six

stuffs, etc., and later secured a position in the then months later the great Chicago fire came, completely

rising house of John C. Hurtt. Next entering the ruined the property and stock of the new firm, and

employ of Powers & Weightman, his ambition and swept away the earnings of eighteen years. Mr. Jones

energy won him several minor promotions, and soon now returned to Bloomington, the scene of his entry

attracted the attention of Mr. Powers, who advanced into the drug business, and, forming a partnership with

him to a representative position and later gave him Dr. C. Wakefield, under the name of C. Wakefield & Co.,

charge of the exhibition work of the house (which began the manufacture of proprietary medicines; and

explains, we may say parenthetically, why Mr. Cook of this business he was the manager for nineteen years.

succeeded so admirably with the exhibit feature of this During this time he was successful enough to regain what

year's meeting of the American Pharmaceutical Assohe had lost by the Chicago fire. In 1890, eleven years

ears ciation). He stayed with P. & W. for eighteen years,

clation). He, ago, he sold out his interest in the firm and identified

and in 1889 left them to undertake some special work himself with Powers & Weightman, whose representative

ive for Eli Lilly & Co., after the completion of which he in the South and West he has ever since been, and will

became confidential representative of E. Merck & Co. doubtless continue to be for many prosperous decades.

Finally, about six or seven years ago, his unusual abilities and wide experience won for him the management

of the New York Quinine and Chemical Works. No 2. FREDERICK BARR PERRY.

better tribute can be paid to Mr. Cook-and none better The distinguished and scholarly - looking gentleman is needed—than the remarkable growth which has been who occupies the position in the group to the left registered by this comparatively young house since he of Mr. Jones likewise sails under the “P. & W.” assumed the position at the helm.

4. L. R. DRONBERGER.

changing two years later to the firm of Boehringer & Mr. Dronberger speaks humorously of his advent into Soehne. Mr. Case has been with this latter house now the drug trade. “I was born in Ohio .a short time for twelve years - and years of success and popularity since,'" he says, “and began life in a drug store in Ply. they have been! As we write he is taking a much. mouth of that State. It was about the worst experience needed rest in the home of his birth - England; and I ever had. The proprietor kept dry goods, groceries, his numerous friends will welcome his return to strength boots and shoes, and a few drugs on the side. I was and health, and to the country of his adoption. expected to put up prescriptions in all departments of this model pharmacy, besides helping to sack wool in

6. CHAS. W. GRIFFITHS. season, and weigh butter and count eggs both in and Born, brought up, and educated in Chicago, that city out of season." After some years of this intellectual of hustlers, is it any wonder that Mr. Griffiths became, employment Mr. Dronberger went into business with his as his portrait clearly shows, an acute and successful father, later was employed for a time by W. S. Merrell business man? He began his commercial life with Tol& Co., and then, in 1880, began traveling for the New man & King, later engaged with John A. King & Co., York jobbing house of Lazelle, Marsh & Gardiner, his and was the credit man of the latter firm when it retired territory being Western New York, Western Pennsyl from business. In 1887 he identified himself with the vania, and Northern Ohio. This firm went out of busi. Herf & Frerichs Chemical Co. He was the first traveler ness some years later, and he then began traveling in employed by this house; and he has now ably reprethe jobbing centers of the Western and Central States sented the interests of the firm for more than fourteen for E. Merck & Co. During the years between 1893 and years. It certainly reflects great credit upon the ability 1900 the same territory was covered for Thurston & of a man who enters the employ of a firm in its infancy Braidich of New York; and since the latter date Mr. and by hard and faithful work helps it to build up a Dronberger has represented the Mallinckrodt Chemical business that occupies so prominent a position in the Works, succeeding to the position formerly occupied commercial world as Herf & Frerichs do to-day. Mr. by the lamented George C. Wright, making Chicago Griffiths enjoys the reputation of being an extremely his central point, and radiating from there in all direc- well - posted chemical man, and is respected not alone tions. Mr. Dronberger is always a welcome visitor at for his ability, but for his sterling character as well. He the purchasing departments of the manufacturers and belongs to the “trustworthy" class of men, and this in a jobbers in his territory; and both he and the Mallinckrodt great measure accounts for the esteem in which he is Chemical Works are to be congratulated upon the com- held by his competitors not less than by his patrons. bination of interests between the successful traveler and the prominent house.

7. RICHARD S. JOHNSTON.

No chemical traveler on the road is more popular 5. WM. T. CASE.

than “Dick” Johnston. He has a pleasing and original One of the most interesting men in the chemical trade

manner which is all his own; and when he walks into a is Mr. Case. It is safe to say that he has traveled in

buyer's office he sells the goods—that's all! Mr. Johnsmore countries, and “seen more of the world," than any

ton says he “came into the world, a bare-footed boy, on of his brethren. Born in Liverpool, England, in 1842,

the 21st day of February, 1860;" and in the absence of securing the thorough education common in the old

any proof to the contrary we must assume that the manworld, and serving the customary five years of appren

ner and date of his entrance on the stage were in acticeship in the manufacturing establishment with which cordance with his statement. Previous to his father's his father was connected, he afterwards represented the

retirement from the wholesale and manufacturing busihouse on the road, in England, Scotland, and Ireland. ness in Indianapolis, Mr. Johnston was associated with Later he became connected with a large exporting firm him; and afterward he entered the employ of Lord, in London, and in the service of this house traveled Owen & Co. of Chicago. Then, when the C. D. Smith through Europe, continued on to the Far East, and

Drug Co. of St. Joseph, Mo., embarked in the drug spent some time in British India, where he opened up a

business, he went with them, later associating himself successful trade with the Parsees and the Hindoos, two

with the Meyer Bros. Drug Co. of St. Louis. During races which play an important part in the trade of the

the past eight years he has represented Merck & Co. Orient. Returning to London, he was sent out to

Mr. Johnston is married and makes his headquarters America, where he journeyed through Mexico, the West

in St. Louis. Indian Islands, and the Central-American States. Falling in love with this great and growing country, he cut

8. HENRY D. MARTIN. loose from London in 1888, came to New York, and Mr. Martin is the Western and Southern representative identified himself with the house of E. Merck & Co., of the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, and, with perhaps

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