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Another method that has also been used successfully is to varnish the leaves or plants, after pressing, with damar varnish or Canada balsam.


Liquid Court Plaster. The E. S. Co. writes: "Please tell us how to make liquid court plaster."

Celluloid varnish, made by dissolving celluloid in purified acetone to nearly the saturation point, makes a satisfactory article for this purpose. The camphor in the celluloid is antiseptic and healing, increasing its efficiency. It does not contract very much on drying, and is thoroughly water-proof.

The following formula is also used to a considerable extent: Pyroxylin

1 ounce. Amyl acetate

5 fluidounces. Acetone

.15 fluidounces. Camphor

.2 drachms. Fir balsam

2 fluidrachms. Castor oil

2 fluidrachms. Oil of cloves.

.....15 minims. Dissolve the pyroxylin in the amyl acetate and the acetone, and add the other ingredients. Keep the mixture away from fire. It is essential that a good grade of pyroxylin be used.

The flexible collodion of the U. S. P. VIII is quite frequently sold under the name of liquid court plaster.

Worth Knowing.

Solutions of silver salts should not be filtered through paper or cellulose, according to the Chemist and Druggist. “Dissolve and decant” should be the rule.

Spirit of nitrous ether should be kept in a bottle inverted. Loss of strength is thus greatly minimized by trapping the ethyl nitrite.

Mixtures with wholly soluble ingredients will look more elegant if strained through absorbent cotton to remove minute foreign bodies.

When dispensing apomorphine hydrochloride in solution, all trace of alkali should be removed from the bottle. The faintest trace of alkali turns the solution “green.”

Silver proteinate dissolves readily if placed in a measure and a few drops of glycerin added. Mix with a stirring-rod to a paste, then stir up with the requisite amount of water.

Testing Gold and Silver Coins. F. W. C. writes: “Please give a test for determining the genuineness of United States gold and silver coins.”

Probably the easiest, quickest, and best way is to use the method devised by Archimedes—that of determining the specific gravity of the coin or coins in question.

Take the specific gravity of a known-to-be-genuine United States coin and compare it with the specific gravity of a coin the genuineness of which is doubted. If the two gravities are identical the suspected coin is all right and not a counterfeit. Directions for determining specific gravity can be found in any text-book of chemistry or physics.

Restoring Old Tincture of Iodine.

The Interstate Medical Journal cites Roques that, on standing, tincture of iodine gradually becomes contaminated through the formation of hydriodic acid, which interferes with its usefulness. Roques has worked out an ingenious method by means of which the original purity of the tincture may be restored. The procedure is based upon two phenomena: the power of iodic and hydriodic acid mutually to destroy each other with the formation of iodine and water, and the complete insolubility of iodic acid in 95-per-cent alcohol. To the contaminated tincture a small amount of finely powdered iodic acid is added, and the whole vigorously shaken for five minutes. The excess of iodic acid is then allowed to settle to the bottom; the supernatant liquid is acid-free tincture of iodine.


Decolorizing Carbolic Acid. The W. Pharmacy writes: “Will you suggest a method for decolorizing carbolic acid which has turned a dark red after standing in a tin container?”

A good method is to add alcohol to the phenol and thien cool the mixture to a low temperature. The phenol will crystallize out in a colorless condition, and the colored alcohol may then be rejected.

Another method is to shake each liter of the liquefied phenol with about 3 grammes of white woolen threads. Zinc dust has been recommended for the same purpose.


This book by Victor W. Pagé, M.E., has been written with special reference to the requirements of the non-technical reader desiring easily understood explanatory matter relating to various types of automobile ignition, starting, and lighting systems. An introductory chapter is devoted to the consideration of ele mentary electrical principles enabling a person without previous electrical knowledge to follow the discussions of the workings of the various systems.

All the leading systems of starting, lighting, and ignition are described and illustrated in the book, and wiring diagrams are shown in both technical and nontechnical forms.

The price of the book is $1.50. Copies may be obtained from the Norman W. Henley Publishing Com- . pany, 132 Nassau Street, New York City.

Briefer Replies. The R. Pharmacy: We are not familiar with the formula of the proprietary liquid you mention. We may say, however, that the formula for antiseptic solution, which is printed on page 258 of the U. S. P. VIII, produces a preparation of somewhat similar properties.

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Tendency Toward Short Fountains..
Lemon Juice That Will Keep......
How to Whip Cream.....
A Simple Milk Test........
Checking Up the Iceman..




BUSINESS HINTS. The Bulletin of Pharmacy as an Adwriting Aid.....

253 Plain Language for Ads.

253 The Right and Wrong of Figuring Percentage.

254 Dunning Letters....

254 Required of the Man in Charge..... 254


Millionaires Made While You Wait.
By an Ohio Druggist.......

231 A Complete System of Bookkeeping for

the Druggist. By The Bulletin Staff.... 232 Reciprocal Registration Throughout the

United States. First Paper....... 236 Cashing In on a Hobby (Illustrated). By E. E. Duryee

How We Boost Our Stationery Sales-
Four Methods:
Prize Article: Educating Customers

to Use Better Paper. By W. A.

240 Featuring an Exclusive Line. By George D. Campbell ..

241 Taking Advantage of Stamp Customers. By O. W. Probert...

242 Repeated Displays of Popular Sellers. By Alex F. Peterson.......

243 Ductless Glands - Interesting Develop

ments. By Luther H. Vance, B.S....... 244 BOARD QUESTIONS ANSWERED. An Indiana Examination....

246 LETTERS. Variety is the Spice of Life..

248 Demonstrating that Price Tags Pay....... 248 That Quinine and Aspirin Incompatibility.

249 They Read Like War Orders...


THE MONTH'S The Dye Situation.....

215 The Industry Growing in America...

215 Advantages of the Metric System.. 215 Death Adjourns Court.......

216 More Harrison Law Regulations... 216 "Joel Blanc" and the N. A. R. D.. 216 A Ruling Revised.....

216 Bulletin Illustrations Come High!........ 217 The Enricht Gasoline Substitute......... 217 Minor Mention........

217 EDITORIAL A Common Fallacy.....

218 What is a Clerk Worth?...

219 Pretty Convincing Logic.

219 Right Now!........

220 ABOUT PEOPLE. Parke, Davis & Co.'s New Auditor ........ 220

ILLUSTRATED SECTION. “Slide, Kelly, Slide!”..

221 Three Mexican Stores..

222 Look Real, Don't They ?

223 The Coleman Laboratories..

223 These Win the Second Prize

224 These Cards We Awarded Third Place.... 225

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLES. How These Show-cards Were Made (Illus

trated). By Perry N. Black, Ph.G...... 226 Increasing Our Candy Sales. By Ralph Broadbent.....

227 Blue Sky I Have Bought!

A “Redeeming Station.” By a Mich-
igan Druggist....

228 Oil- And Other Things. By an Oklahoma Druggist.....

229 Successful in Spite of It! By a Minnesota Druggist ..


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255 An Economical Water-bath.

255 Incorporating Ichthyol in Ointments..... 255 Things Worth Knowing...

255 Handling of Corks........



QUERIES. Deodorants and Depilatories..

256 From an Egyptian Subscriber.

256 Safety Matches...

256 A Fly Chaser....

257 Whitewash that Will Stick to Wood...... 257 To Make a Smooth and Uniform Face Wash.

257 Artificial Extract of Lemon.....

258 Bait for Luring Fish..

258 Solid Perfume......

259 Universal Liniment.

258 Dry Cleaning Paste...

258 Lime-water and Simple Syrup.

258 Dutiable Books........

258 To Mend a Glass Graduate..


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Raising a Ten Cent Customer

a to a One Dollar Purchaser.

Display Mennen's Shaving Cream on your cigar counter-the man's department. It's a man's article and should not be kept among toilet articles and other things appealing to women, where men seldom go. When you display Mennen's Shaving Cream on your cigar counter it acts as a silent salesman. Just try it for only one week and watch your sales take a jump.

Not only will your sales increase, but it will assist you in making a one dollar customer out of a former ten cent customer.

Users of mug soap seeing Mennen's Shaving Cream prominently displayed will be prompted to make inquiries and try it. You should educate every mug soap user who is a customer of yours to use shaving cream, for it means larger profits for you and greater shaving satisfaction for your customer. The average man uses two cakes of soap a year, which at 5 cents a cake gives you a profit on only 10 cents in a whole year. Sell that same man one tube of Mennen's Shaving Cream, which retails for 25 cents, and you make more profit on the first sale than you do on one year's supply of mug soap. A man averages four tubes of Mennen's Shaving Cream in a year, hence

you make a profit in one year on one dollar as against 10 cents for mug soap. One trial of Mennen's will keep him a one dollar customer, for once a man tries Mennen's he will use no other. Every day we receive hundreds of letters from satisfied users stating that they will never use any other.

Mennen's is used differently; the lather is different and the result is different from all other shaving preparations. Dealers who handle Mennen's and other shaving creams tell us that Mennen's outsells all others.

Without increasing the appropriation, last year our shaving cream sales showed a gain of over 140 per cent. This year's advertising appropriation has been increased it will help you sell more Mennen's.

Your jobber can supply you and also with Mennen's Talcum for Men, the sidepartner of our Shaving Cream. Designed especially for men, it comes in a masculine can, has a man's perfume and will not show white on the face because it has a neutral tint.

If you are not familiar with Mennen's Shaving Cream we will gladly send you a medium size tube together with a free trial of Talcum for Men upon receipt of 10 cents, either in stamps or coin.

The House of Mennen,



New Jersey.

Vol. XXX.


No. 6.





which the dyestuffs cargo might be brought BULLETIN OF PHARMACY to this country. Shipping facilities are not

what might be termed good. Issued on the first of every month by

Added to all the rest is the possibility that E. G. SWIFT, PUBLISHER,

Germany may not have the required amount Corner Joseph Campau Ave. and Atwater St., DETROIT, Mich.

of finished goods on hand.


While negotiations of this

GROWING character have been going SUBSCRIPTION RATES:


on, however, an American United States and Mexico,

$1.00 per year

dyestuffs industry of no small proportions has Foreign countries,

1.50 per year

been in the process of development. Since the

war broke out more than $100,000,000 has WALKERVILLE, ONT., CAN.

been invested in this country in dyestuffs and 378 ST. PAUL STREET,

MONTREAL, QUE., CAN. 19 AND 20 GREAT PULTENEY STREET, W., LONDON, ENG. chemical industries, not including explosives, 125 YORK STREET, SYDNEY, N. S. W.,

and before the war is over we shall have gone All articles for publication and all communications bearing on

a long way toward being independent in this the text should be addressed:

particular. It is confidently predicted that in EDITOR BULLETIN OF PHARMACY,

another year or two the manufacture of this Box 484, DETROIT, MICH. All business letters should be addressed:

class of goods in the United States will have PUBLISHER BULLETIN OF PHARMACY,

been put on a permanent foundation. Box 484, DETROIT, MICH. Indeed, it would appear that no measure of

relief other than that which may be afforded

by domestic manufacture may be looked for THE MONTH'S HISTORY as long as the war lasts. While it is possible,

of course, that diplomacy may unsnarl the

tangle and that a big shipment may find its A great deal has appeared in

way across the Atlantic, those who are in the SITUATION.

the daily press lately con- best position to tap inside sources of informa

cerning the shortage of dye- tion do not expect such a development. stuffs in the United States. Very often the statement has been made that a big shipment, sometimes claimed to have a value of ten or

A bill has been introduced in

ADVANTAGES fifteen million dollars, was about to be released

Congress the purpose of

METRIC SYSTEM. by Germany, and that England had granted

which is to bring about a permission for the unobstructed shipping of

discontinuance of the use of the Fahrenheit this large consignment.

scale in thermometers. The Lancet-Clinic, a The truth seems to be that the British gov

medical journal, favors the change, and quotes ernment granted licenses several months ago to

this from a contemporary: permit $5,000,000 worth of dyestuffs to come Land is first mapped out in degrees and minutes, to this country, but that Germany has demand- then surveyed by the square mile; roads run ed all along that the goods should be ex- through by the rod, distances are measured by chains

and links. The land is farmed by the acre. It bechanged for cotton—a concession that England refuses to make.

comes valuable for building purposes and is sold by

the foot. Another obstruction is that it would in all

A building is erected by feet and inches, some of probability be found difficult to get ships in the metal work being in feet and tenths. Feet of lum





THE N. A. R. D.


ber, neither linear nor cabic, come into the estimate.


may be sworn to and used instead of The house is ready for occupancy and is supplied with

an inventory taken at the time application is carpets and curtains by yards of varying width. Contrast this with the metric system, where from the

made. No special form need be followed, but original map down to the minutest particular of house kind and quantity of the narcotics involved furnishing we are dealing with even multiples of the must be definitely stated. A copy must be kept same unit!

on file, also. The Lancet-Clinic sees something childlike

Collectors will refuse registration to those in our adherence to "systems which were born

who do not comply with the provisions of this

ruling, it is announced. when a grain of wheat from the middle of the ear was the standard.”

Matters pharmaceutical are “ JOEL BLANC"

enlivened somewhat nowaIn its crusade against “pat

days by periodical letters sent ADJOURNS COURT.

ent" medicines, the American
Medical Association has been

out by J. Leyden White, until recently the particularly severe in the treatment of Wine of

Washington correspondent of the N. A. R. D. Cardui, manufactured by the Chattanooga

Mr. White uses ink with ginger in it, and his

communications are always interesting—and Medicine Company. Not only was the prepara

therefore welcome-even though they may not tion attacked, but the owners of the company,

be vested with authority. John A. and Z. C. Patten, brothers, felt so aggrieved that they brought heavy damage

Differences exist, it seems, between Mr.

White and the officers of the N. A. R. D.suits against the association and against the editor of the Journal of the A. M. A., George

differences quite acute. So acute, in fact, that H. Simmons. One of these suits was for

Mr. White proposes to divulge a number of in

side facts and figures; to depict a few internal alleged personal libel, John A. Patten, plaintiff,

conditions. All of which will make more inand $200,000 being involved. This case had been on trial five weeks when Mr. Patten suf- teresting reading! fered what was taken to be a slight indisposi

What the N. A. R. D. needs is a new contion. An operation was advised for some

stitution, Mr. White avers; he says, furtherabdominal difficulty, and from the shock of

more, that one of his "offenses” was daring to this he failed to rally. His death came as a

side with the Iowa contingent, which somedecided surprise, and, of course, terminated

what mildly demanded a few reforms at the the personal libel case. The other case pend

last convention of the national body, held in ing, that of the company against the associa

Minneapolis. tion, will doubtless be pushed aggressively.

Mr. White has been succeeded at WashingMr. Patten was connected with a number of

ton by Eugene C. Brockmeyer. large business interests and was prominent in

* * * church circles.

It will be recalled that last

fall a ruling was promulgated The annual tax of $1, im

by the Commissioner of Inposed on all dealers in Harri- ternal Revenue to the effect that the narcotic

son law narcotics, must be content of a preparation should be stated in paid again by July 1, for the coming year. terms of grains, when a Harrison law item This fact should not be overlooked.

was ordered from a jobber or a manufacturer. There is a new ruling in connection with the This ruling was to become operative May 1, payment of this tax which should not be over- but was revoked late in April. looked, either—known as Treasury Decision In ordering such goods now, the quantity of No. 2327. When a dealer makes application the preparation or product must be stated in for reregistration, he must also file with the ounces, if the preparation is a liquid, or the collector a sworn-to inventory of such unex- "units or total thereof” must be stated, if the empted narcotics as he may have on hand at narcotic is contained in a pill, tablet, ampoule, the time the application is made. However, if or suppository. The particular narcotic inhe has on hand an inventory taken the first of volved must be made known, also. Examples: the year, or at some other time during the “32 ounces F. E. Opium Camphorated, in




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