norance or for mercenary reasons are opposing the sale of a!) household remedies, why is it not equally neces-sar- y for patients to know the composition of the remedy prescribed by a physician T Docs any sane person believe that the opium In a physician's prescription is less potent or less likely lo create a drug habit than the opium in a proprietary medicine? As a matter of fact, more opium-addicand cocainflends hare been made through the criminal carelessness of ignorant physicians than by any othei means. Unquestionably, there are a number of proprietary remedies on the market the sales of which should be prohibited, and no doubt they will be when the requirements of the Food and Drugs Act are rigidly enforced; many are frauds, pure and simple, and some are decidedly harmful. Of the average proprietary remedy, however, It may truthfully be said that It is distinctly better than the average physicians prescription: for not only is its composition less secret, but it is prepared for the proprietor by reputable manufacturing pharmacists in magnifi-centlequipped laboratories and under the supervision and advice of able chemists, competent physicians and skillful pharmacists. It should not be considered strange, therefore, that so many physicians prefer to prescribe these proprietary remedies rather than trust those of their own devising. ARE PHYSICIANS' PRESCRIPTIONS NOSTRUMS? To one not qualified, and few lay- men are, to discriminate intelligently between physicians prescriptions, proprietary medicines and nostrums. It may seem little short of a crime to bint eten that physicians prescriptions are in any manner related to nostrums; nevertheless, an impartial examination of all the facts In the ease leads irresistibly to tho conclusion that every medicinal preparation compounded and dispensed by a physician is, in the strict sense of the word, a nostrum, and that the average, proprietary remedy Is superior to tho average specially-preparephvsicians prescription. What is a nostrum? According to the Standard Dictionary a nostrum is "a medicine the composition of which is kept a secret." Now, when a physician compounds and dispenses with Ins own hands a remedy for the treatment of a disease and it is authoritatively stated that probably 60 per cent, of all physicians' prescriptions in this country are so dispensed the names and quantities of the Ingredients which constitute the remedy are not made known to the patient, lienee, since its composition Is kept a secret by the physician, the remedy or prescription is unquestionably, In the true meaning of the word, a Simon-pur- e nostrum. Furthermore, the prescription compounded by the averago physician is more than ifkely to he a perfect jumble replete with therapeutic, physiologic and chemical Incompatibilities and bearing all the earmarks of pharmaceutical lncompe-tency- ; for it is now generally admitted that unless a physician has made a special study of pharmacy and passed some time in a drug store for tho purpose of gaining a practical knowledge of modern pharmaceutical methods, be Is not fitted to compound remedies for his patients. Moreover, a physician frho compounds his own prescriptions not only deprives the pharmacist of his Just emoluments, but ho endangers the lives of patients; for it 1b only b.v the detection and elimination of errors In prescriptions by clever, ' ts ready-prepare- y ready-prepare- ALL RELIGIONS IN LONDON. Faithist Community Latest Addition to Its Queer Sects. The Faithist community which has established & modest footing In Bal-haand whose comprehensive gospel ranges from the creation of man to the glory and labors of the gods and goddesses of the Etherlan heavens, Is the latest addition to the long list of Loudons religious sects, which are now almost, as many as the days of the year. In London the Chinaman burns his Incense stick In more than one In the east end, the Mahometan has his mosque, the Malayan his near St. Georges street competent presortptlonists that the cast;temple, Parsecs worship the sun In the ho of the safety public can effectually misshielded from the criminal blunders Bloomsbury, the Mormons have a sion In Islington, and In many parts of Ignorant physicians.' of the metropolis the Buddhists and Nor can It be said that the average Ancestor Worshipers perform their physician Is any more competent to strange rites. Of in formulate a prescription than he Is to Londoh there are Christian seots includat least 300, compound It. When memorized or di- ing the Cokelers, the disciples of Wilrectly copied from a book of "favorite liam Sirgood, the Walworth shoeprescriptions by famous physicians," maker; the Peculiar People, who preor from some text-booor medical fer prayer to physicians; the journal, the prescription may be all the followers of Joanna that it should be. It is only when the the prophetic Southcott, serving to physiciau is required originate a maid; the Shakers and the Seventh formula on the spur of the moment that his Incompetency is distinctly evi- Day Baptists. dent. Seemingly, however, the physiWOMEN IN MEDIEVAL TIMES. cians of the United States are little worse than the average British physi- In Many Ways They Had Easier Lives cian; for we find Dr. James Burnett, Than Their Descendants. lectuivf on Practical Materia Medica and- Pharmacy, Edinburgh, lamenting The women of the sixteenth century In the Medical Magazine 'the passing and earlier' times had easier lives than of the prescription and bemoaning the those of our generation. To be sure, fact that seldom does he find a final there are a hundred labor saving deto able man" devise a prescription vices which were unknown to even In "good contracted Latin. them. But in at least two Important And what, it may be asked, is the respects they had the advantage over status of the written prescription the their descendants. They waged no prescription that is compounded and conflict against dirt such as we carry dispensed by the pharmacist is it, on from morning till night. The Eliztoo, a nostrum? It may be contended abethan had no against garthat the patient, with the written bage in his frontprejudice vermin in his yard, formula in his possession, nmy learn bedroom, decaying rushes on the floor the character of the remedy pre- of his banquet hall, or soiled lace in scribed. So, possibly, he might if he his sleeves. The strength of arm and understood Latin and were a physician spirit which now goes to clean or a phaimacist, "it as he usually pos- was left to the medieval keeping for other lady sesses no professional training and tasks. Moreover, her clothcannot read Latin, the prescription is ing was gorgeous although rich with embroidpractically a dead secret to him. ery and lace, and heavy with Jewels Furthermore, the average prescription it was not subject to rapid changes of is so badly written and so greatly fashion. The cut of a sleeve or the abbreviated that even the pharmacist, hang of a skirt was settled tor five skilled as he usually is in deciphering years rather than five months. Life medical hieroglyphs, is constantly was then free from the modern terror obliged to interview prescribers to of looking like a last year's rsg bag." find out what actually has been preYouth's Companion. scribed. It may also be contended, as that Inasmuch the formula is known THE LOAD OF THE LAZY. to both physician and pharmacist the prescription cannot therefore be a se- This Man Worked Hard in His Own cret. But with equal truth It might be Particular Way. contended that the formula of any nostrum Is not a 'secret since it One of the neighborhood loafers sat Is known to both proprietor and manu- comfortably Bmoklng bis foul pipe, to his dally custom, in the prefacturer; for It must not be forgotten that, according to reliable authority, scription room of a drug store. He 95 per cent of the proprietors of was soliloquizing aloud to the clerk. patent medicines prepared in Here is a sample of his sound, conthis country have their remedies made tented philosophy: Til tell you what! for them by large, reputable manufacA man is mighty miserable if he ain't turing pharmacists. But even 6hould got nothin to do, when he aint work-ia patient be able to recognize the at somethin. I know it Ive tried names of the Ingredients mentioned in both ways an I find that there aint a formula he would only know half nothin' that makes a man more miserthe story. It is seldom, for instance, able than doin nothin. BuL you that alcohol is specifically mentioned know, there's two kinds of work; one in a prescription, for It is usually of them is where a feller goes to work masked in the form of tinctures and at six in the mornin an works with fluid extracts, as are a great many his hands till six at night. The othei other substances. It is evident, there- is where a feller sits around an' thinks. I ain't never happy unless Im work-in- , fore, that the ordinary formulated prebut I don't believe in that first scription is, to the average patient, little less than a secret remedy or nos- kind of work. I believe in thinkln all trum. day long, an thats harder than the On the other hand, the formulae of other kind, I can tell you you just try it if you don't believe me; t, man nearly all the proprietary medicines that are exploited exclusively to the is mighty miserable when he ain't medical profession as well as those workin. of a large percentage of the proprieIn Praise of the Pie. tary remedies that are advertised to I.aura Simmons tells in an article the public (the patent medishould cines) are published in full. Under why good New Englanders the Food and Drugs Act, every medi- - stick to pie, aud calls attention to the clnal preparation entering Interstate fact that Emerson ate it three times commerce is now required to have the a day, and says that pie is the ladder proportion or quantity of alcohol, by which New England has climbed to Us place of proud eminence. She opium, cocain ahd other or, harmful ingredients which it questions whether any sensible permay contain plainly printed on the son was ever known to forage at the midnight hour for predigested cereal As physicians label. prescriptions seldom or never enter Interstate com- or the innocuous prune. She does not merce they are practically exempt un- believe that many New England ancesder the law. And if it be necessary tors died of apoplexy, due to pie, but despite for the public to know the compos!- - counsels all to go on tion of proprietary remedies, as Is the fact that the fiat has gone forth contended by those who through ig- - that it is vulgar to eat pie. joss-hous- e Sande-manlan- to-da- j habit-formin- g Will you let Gosse come many davs, but had quieUy. never heard to me in an hour? him talk so much at tlme as he had Avas this last ten minuter "Certainly. Good-nighJaspai Jasper Hume let himself ouL He Hume was generally a silent man; walked across a small square to a decisive even to severity, careless s log house and opened the door, which carriers and shirking creaked and shrieked with the frosL thought. Yet none could complain A dog sprang upon him as he did so, that he was unjust. He was simply and rubbed its head against his straightforward, and he had no symbreast. He touched the bead as if pathy with those who were not the it had been that of a child, and said: same. He had carried a drunken Lie down, Jacques." Indian on his back for miles, and It did so, but it watched him as from a certain death by frost. He he doffed his dog-skicap and buf- had, for want of a more convenient OF THE falo coat. He looked around the punishment, promptly knocked down room slowly once as if he wished to Jeff Hyde, the sometime bully of the fix it clearly and deeply in his mind. Fort, for appropriating a bundle of Then he sat down and held near the furs belonging to a French half-breefirelight the letter the factor had But he Gaspe Toujours. given him. His features grew set nursed Jeff Hyde through an attack and stern as he read it. Once he of pneumonia. Insisting at the same paused in the reading and looked time that Gaspe Toujours should By into the fire, drawing his breath help him. The result of it all was Then that Jeff Hyde and Gaspe Toujours sharply between his teeth. SIR GILBERT PARKER he read it to the end without a sign. became constant allies. They both A pause, and he said: So this is formulated their oaths by Jaspar Cloud-in-thThe Indian. how the lines meet again, Varre Hume. He read the last sen- Sky, though by word never thanking Lepage! (Copyright, lfMi, oy U. t. Fenno A Co.) tence of the letter aloud: , his rescuer. ' could not be induced to CHAPTER I. "In the hope that you may soon give leave the Fort, except on some mis"Ask Mr. Hume to come here for me good news of my husband, I am, with sion with which Jaspar Hume was a moment, Gosse, said Field, the all respect, He preferred living an Sincerely yours, connected. "ROSE LEPAGE." chief factor, as he turned from the life, and undignified, an With all re- earning his food and shelter by frosty window of his office at Fort Again he repeated, Providence, one of the Hudson Bay spect, sincerely yours. Rose Lepage. coarsely laboring with his hands. The dog Jacques looked up. Per- He came at least twice a week to posts. The servant, or company's more properly, Orderly Sergeant haps It detected something unusual Jasper Hume's log house, and, sitGosse, late of the Scots Guards, de- In the voice. It rose, came over, ting down silent and cross-leggeparted on his errand, glancing curi- and laid its head on Its masters before the fire, watched the Subously at his masters face as he did knee. Jasper Humes hand fell factor working at his drawings and so. The chief factor, as he turned gently on the head, and he said to calculations. Sitting so for perhaps round, unclasped his hands from be- the fire, Rose Lepage, you ?an an hour or more, and smoking all the hind him, took a few steps forward, write to Factor Field what you dare time, he would rise, and with a grunt, then standing still in the center of not write to your husband if you which was answered by a kindly nod, the room, read carefully through a knew! You might say to him then: would pass out as silently as he came. letter which he had held tn the With all love, but not With all reAnd now as Jasper Hume stood fingers of his right hand for the last spect. looking at his "Idea, ten minutes as he scanned the wastes He folded the letter- - and put it In entered, let his blanket fall by of snow that stretched away beyond his pocket. Then he took the dogs the hearthstone and sat down upon Great Slave lake to the Arctic circle head between his hands and said; it. If Jasper Hume saw him or and the Barren Grounds. He mediListen, Jacques, and I will tell you heard him, he at least gave no sign tated a moment, went back to the a story. The dog blinked, and at first. He said in a low tone to window, looked out again, shook his head negatively, and with a sigh walked over to the huge fireplace. He stood thoughtfully considering the floor until the door opened and Subfactor Jaspar Hume entered. The factor looked up and said: Hume, I've something here that's been worrying me a bit. This letter came in the monthly batch this morning. It is from a woman: The company sends another commending the cause of the woman and urgihg us to do all that Is possible to meet her wishes. It seems that her husband is a civil engineer of considerable fame. He had a commission to explore the Copper Mine region and a portion of the Barren Grounds. He was to be gone six months. lie has been gone a year. lie left Fort Good Hope, skirted Great Bear Lake, and reached the Copper Mine river. Then he sent back all' of the Indians who accompanied him but two, they bearing the message that he would make the Great Fish river and come down by Great Slave lake to Fort Providence. That was nine months ago. He has not come here, nor to any other of the forts, nor has any word been received from him. His wife, backed by the H. B. C., ures that a relief party be sent to look for him. They and she forget that this is the Arctic region, and that the task is a well-nighopeless one. He ought to have been hpre six months ago. Now, how can we do anything? Our fort is small, and there is always dauger of trouble with the Indians. We can't force men to join a relief party like Who this, and who will volunteer? would lead such a party and who will make up the party to be led?" The brown face of Jaspar Hume With His Back to His Superior He Read the Letter. was not mobile. It changed in expression but seldom; it preserved a pushed its nose against its master's the dog: "It is finished, Jacques; it steady and satisfying character of in- arm. is ready for th world. telligence and force. The eyes, howThen he put it back, locked the Ten years ago two young men ever, were of an inquiring, debating who had studied and graduated to- box, and turned toward kind, that moved from one thing to gether at the same college were and the fireplace. The Indian another as if to get a sense of balance struggling together in their profes- grunted; the other nodded with the before opinion or judgment was ex- sion as One was debating look again dominant in his civ, engineers. pressed. The face had remained Varre Lepage and the other was eyes. Tho Indian met the look with but the eyes had kindled a There was something Hume. The one was bril- stoic calm. little as the factor talked. To the Jaspar and the other was in Jasper Humes habitual reticence liant persuasive, factors despairing question there was and studious. Varre Le- and decisiveness in action which apnot an immediate reply. The eyes persistent than could have succeeded in any pealed more to were debating. But they suddenly page Hume had only any freedom of speech could possibly Jaspar profession; steadied and Jaspar Hume said heart and mind for one. Only for have done. "A relief party should Jasper Hume sat down, handed one, Jacques, you understand. He go." lived in It, he loved it, he saw great the Indian a pipe and tobacco, and, "Yes, yes; but who is to lead things to be achieved in it. He had with arms folded, watched the fire. them? got an idea. He worked at It night For half an hour they sat so, white Again the eyes debated. Then Jaspar and day, he thought it out, he de- man, Indian, and dog. "Read her letter," said the factor, It, he perfected it, he was Hume rose, went to a cupboard, took veloped handing him it. and matches, ready to give it to the world. But out some sealing-waJaspar Hume took it and mechan- he was seized with illness, became and in a moment melted wax was ically scanned it. blind, and was ordered to a warm dropping upon the lock of the box The factor had moved toward the climate for a year. He left his idea, containing his Idea. He had just fintable for his pipe, or he would have his invention, behind him his com- ished this as Sergeant Gosse knocked seen the other start, and his nostrils plete idea. While he was gone his at the door, and immediately after slightly quiver as his eyes grew con- bosom friend stole his perfected idea entered the room scious of what they were looking at. Gosse, said the "find yes, stole his perfected idea, and Turning quickly, Jaspar Hume walked sold it for twenty thousand dollars. Jeff Hyde, Gaspe Toujours, and Late toward the window as if for more He was called a genius, 8 great in- Carsallen, and bring them here. light, and with his back to his su- ventor. And then he married her. Sergeant Gosse immediately departYou ed upon this errand. Jaspar Hume perior he read the letter. Then he You don't know her, Jacques. turned and said, "I think- this thing never saw pretty Rose Varcoe, who, then turned to and should be done. I want you to .iking two men, chose the one who said, The and brilliant, and go a long journey hereaway to the shrugged his shoulders was handsome a genius. Barren Grounds. Have twelve dogs slightly: "Well, as to that, I think so, whom the world called too, but thinking and doing are two Why didn't Jaspar Hume expose ready by nine oolock morndfferent things, Hume." him, Jacques? Proof is not always ing. "Will you leave the matter in my easy, and then he had to think of shook his head hands until the morning?" her. One has to think of a woman in thoughtfully, and then after a pause Even a dog said, Strong-bac"Yes, of course, and glad to do so. such a case, Jacques. go too? (StrongYou are the only man who can ar- can see that. back was his name for Jaspar Hume) He was silent for a moment, and But the other either did nor or would range the affair, if it is to be done at all. But I tell you, as you know, then he said. Come, Jacques. You not hear. The Indian, however, apthat everything will depend upon a will keep secret what I show you. peared satisfied, for he smoked harder He went to a large box In the afterward, and grunted to himself leader, even if you secure the men. So you had better keep the let- corner, unlocked it, and took outi many times. A few moments . passef It may help you to model made of brass and copper and and then Sergeant Gosse entered, foi ter for get the men together. A woman's smooth but unpolished wood. lowed by Jeff Hyde, Gaspe Toujour "After ten years of banishment, and Late Carscallen. Late Carscallei handwriting will do more than a man'.s word any time. Jacques, he has worked out another had got his tiame Late from having Jasper Hume's eyes had been look- idea, yqu see. It should he worth been called The Late Mr. Carscaling at the Factor, but they were ten times the other, and the world len by the Chief Factor because oi studying something else. His face called the other the work of a genius, his slowness. Slow as he was, however, seemed not quite so fresh as it was a dog." the stout Scotsman had more tha few minutes before. Then he became silent, the animal once proved himself sound and true "I will see you at ten oclock to- watching hint the while. It had according to Jaspar Humes ideas. " his model for morrow morning, Mr. Field." he said seen him workinz '" BE CONTINUED.) I TEN YEARS OF PAIN. t. Unable to Even Do Housework Be-- cause of Kidney Troubles. under-officer- r MARCH Mrs. Margaret Emmerich, of Clinton St., Napoleon, O., says; For fifteen years I was a great sufferer from kidney trou- bles. My back pained me terribly. Every turn or move caused WHITE GUARD a e n d Cloud-in-the-Sk- y h pains. My eyesight was p00r dark spots appeared before me, and I had dizzy spells. For ten years I could not do housework, and for two years did not get out of the house. The kidney secretions were irregular, and doctors were 'not helping me. Doans Kidney Pills brought me quick relief, and finally cured me. They saved my life. Sold by all dealers. 50 cents a box. Foster-MIlburCo., Buffalo, N. Y. $7-- n CAME PRETTY FAST FOR PAT. At That, He Had Had Only What the Doctor Ordered. A Philadelphia physician says that not long ago he was called to see an Irishman, and among other directions told him to take an ounce of whisky three times a day. A day or so later he made another visit and found the man, while not so sick, undeniably drunk. How did this happen? the physician demanded of Pat's wife, who was hovering about solicitously. Sure, dochter, an tis just what you ordered, an no more, that he had, she protested. I said one ounce of whisky three times a day; that could not make him He has drunk, the physician said. had much more than that. "Divil a drop more, dochter, dear, she declared. Sure an oi didnt know just how much an ounce was so oi wint to the drug store an asked, an the lad hes a broth of a boy, too told me that an ounce was 16 drams and Pat has had thim regular, an no more! Harpers Weekly. y Used Ink for Bluing. "One can never be too careful about apparently harmless articles setting about the house, said a housewife the other day. "Not long ago my husband brought home one of those big tall bottles of ink from the office. It had got to be such a nuisance buying one of t the small bottles every time we ran out of ink, that he said he would bring home a supply. About a week after that I got a new maid, and when she did the washing she took the big bottle of ink for bluing. Of course every stitch of our white clothes in the washing was ruined. five-cen- " Punishment by Inches. A Bergen (Genesee county) justice of the peace has adopted an original scheme for the dispensation of justice. Henry Meyer, 27 years old and seven feet two inches tall, was a prisoner in his court for stealing four bags of oats. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, one day for each inch of stature and one for each bag. Nunda (N. Y.) News. A Big Loser. Mrs. Myles I see the son of a London dry goods man is a bankrupt, having managed to get rid of $2,100,000 since he came of age. Mrs. Styles Oh, well, boys will be boys! Mrs. Myles Well, this looks as If a boy had an ambition to be a bridge whist player. 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