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INTERPRETING YOST LAW.
Now that the Yost law is in operation, an opportunity will offer soon in the
Kanawha Intermediate court to determine if this new statute will in any way affect the status of druggists as has been fixed by the Supreme Court which recently found that a druggist may be fined for selling intoxicants but not placed in jail or sent to the penitentiary for the offense. While the case in Kanawha county is one of a negro, Marshall Jones, a druggist whose alleged illicit transactions were many, and who has been indicted, placed in jail after violating injunctions inhibiting the sale of intoxicants by him, and otherwise severely dealt with, it will bear watching. He Iwill be tried on at least one of four in
dictments, each of which charges the sale of whiskey as a beverage. Jones is the only Charleston druggist who has been caught. After he had been arrested several times, he disposed of his store, a small one in what was the former segregated district of the city and left the city. He got but a little over $100 for his stock, which was worth considerably more than that. He had been released from jail a short time before he disposed of his business, having given $1,000 bond, and was not present in court when he was due in consideration of his recognizance. Friends telegraphed him in Cincinnnati and he returned at once, and as soon as he reported at the office of the sheriff was placed under arrest and is being held in jail until the time for his trial. Jones has given both county and state officials a great deal of trouble. He was one of the leading colored politicians in Kanawha for a number of years.
In making an address recently before a Convention of the W. C. T. U., Dr. J. B. Dodrill, of Webster Springs, said that not even the Yost law, which prohibits the manufacture and sale of intoxicants in West Virginia, is a sufficient safeguard for the public. He says the laws are not sufficiently stringent to prohibit the sale of certain kind of drugs. He called attention to the fact that it is possible to purchase at many country crossroads stores headache tablets which contain as much as three grains of acetanilide. He called attention to one woman who had 11 of these tablets or 33 grains of acetanilide in ten hours, and became dangerously ill in consequence.
Dr. Dodrill said the new prohibition law has a tendency to bring about more drug users than ever before. He called attention also to the fact that the better class of drugstores will not become parties to the careless sale of dangerous drugs, and that the pharmacists, in general, are doing all they can to prevent the increase in the number of drug habituals.
In the course of his address, Dr. Dodrill called attention to the sale of patent medicines in country stores, that well regulated pharmacists will not handle because of the stringency of the Yost law. He, as well as others, have noted that in many country districts, such so-called remedies are on sale and that their use often brings about the intoxication of those who use them. The Yost law inhibits the sale of such mixtures as contain alcohol, yet some of the grocery stores are disposing of them almost in wholesale lots in various counties of the
EMPLOYMENT BUREAU AT PHARMACY COL
Druggists of West Virginia have been apprised of the establishment of a Pharmacist's Register for the benefit both of employer and employe, by the Department of Pharmacy of West Virginia University. If you are a proprietor desirous of securing a clerk or a clerk wishing to change your location, notify this bureau and its officials will do all in their power to assist you. There is no charge for services rendered.
"The establishment of a first class drug store in a new industrial addition to a city or in a new town, has much to do with the industrial success of the locality," asserted a prominent Real Estate man in speaking of J. A. Carr's new store in South Charleston. Located on a busy corner, this store, from the time it was opened, has been enjoying a patronage unexpectedly large. It gets not only all the local patronage but draws much of that from far below and back of South Charleston.
John Dent has charge of the establishment, Mr. Carr, the owner, devoting most of his time to the conduct of business in his big store near the state capitol in Charleston proper. Mr. Dent had been employed in several of the first class stores of Charleston for years and was part owner in one, but he has disposed of
all his interests and will devote himself to making the South Charleston venture one that will justify the owner's expectations. South Charleston is growing with wonderful rapidity, and there are now 2,000 men employed in the various industries there, with employment promised to many more as soon as residences are erected in which they and their families may be properly accommodated.
One of the most important business deals closed in Charleston during the last month was that by which W. C. Builtman purchased the half interest of McLean Nash in the Builtman-Nash Drug Company, on Charleston street. Mr. Builtman and Mr. Nash started the business last summer and it has proved a prosperous one, but as neither of them is a practical man in the business it was mutually agreed that it would be better for one or the other to take over the business. Mr. Nash finally decided that he would retire from the business. The name of the concern was changed to The Builtman Drug Co. The store operated is one of the finest in the city. It is in a central location, directly opposite the new $250,000 Federal building, and in the business district where every day the passing crowds are like those on circus days in most cities the size of Charleston. Mr. Nash has not decided what line he will enter. He was formerly a successful traveling salesman, and may return to the road. Mr. Builtman will devote his entire time to the store.
In keeping with the progress of the city, the South Side Pharmacy, in Fairmont, has made arrangements to make an addition to the store room, and the new department will be devoted to soft drinks and other light refreshments. The South Side concern is in the W. C. T.
U. building. It has an enormous trade, and while the present quarters are commodious, are not large enough to properly accommodate the growing patronage. C. W. Smith is at the head of the company doing business here, and devotes all his time to the South Side establishment. He has made it one of the most prosperous businesses on his side of the river. One of his secrets of success is a splendid delivery service. No matter how small the order nor to what part of the city delivery is necessary, he has a system that always gives satisfaction. Not only is Mr. Smith a pharmacist, but he
has been trained well in all branches of business and is one of the most enterprising of the Fairmont business men, always one of the first movers in any project that will lend to Fairmont's. advancement.
Elmer Coffman Sorrell, connected with the Imperial Drug Company at Huntington, recently became a benedict. Miss Freda Mae Heckler, of Ann street, Parkersburg, charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Heckler, became his bride, at her home, the evening of Thanksgiving. giving. Mr. and Mrs. Sorrell will be at home after December 10, in Huntington, where he will continue his identity with the Imperial. He is an experienced pharmacist.
"Old Reliable Bill" Worthing, who has been the genial drug man of the Ohio Valley Drug Co., at Wheeling, and Percy D. Leap of New Martinsville have opened a new store at Martinsburg, with Bang's fixtures, onyx fountain and all the modern appurtenances. With these two hustlers in charge this store will not long remain in the background.
E. Bruce Dawson, formerly of W. Va., but now located in Shadyside, Ohio, has remodeled his store with a sixteen-foot extension to the building, a new plate glass front, new show cases and lighting system, which makes this one of the most complete stores in the Wheeling district.
John R. Elson, President of the West Virginia Pharmaceutical Association is rejoicing over the arrival of a new daughter at his home.
B. S. Thorniley, West Union, who is Deputy Grand Master of the Masonic Order, attended the Grand Lodge of Royal Arch Masons at Bluefield during
the week of October 9th.
H. H. Howard of Cameron, with a party of his townsmen, hunted for big game in the mountains of Randolph and Mineral counties early in the month.
John Farrell of Clarksburg lost a residence building on November 9th, by fire. The house was unoccupied at the time and was undoubtedly set fire by tramps.
Chas. R. Harrison, Clarksburg, is treating the boys over the arrival of a son at his home on November 10th.
W. W. Irwin of Wheeling was a business visitor to Rochester, N. Y. recently.
C. M. Hornbrook of New Martinsville, was a member of the class that took the Scottish Rite and Shriner degrees at Wheeling in October.
Harry B. Honaker has purchased the Worthington Drug Store and moved it to Monongah, his home town. He is full of good ideas as to how to conduct a drug store and things look good for a successful venture.
Lee Morgan, of Pine Grove, in company with Dr. McClusky, State Senator from Tyler County, made a trip to Arkansas during November.
Joe Kaszer, owner of the Seneca Drug Co. at Morgantown, was an earnest worker at the W. & J. and Pitt foot-ball game in Pittsburgh.
Joe Burke of Clarksburg, is back at the Monongah Drug Co., Monongah.
Russell Kincaid of the Talbott Pharmacy at Weston spent a week at his home in Cameron at election time.
Harry Haught of Shinnston, was a business visitor to Columbus, Ohio, early in November.
He may be six kinds of a liar,
I know he has faults by the billion,
Ever ready to give or to lend.
I knock him, I know; but I do it
The same to his face as away; And if other folks knock-well they rue it And wish they'd had nothing to say. I never make diagrams of him.
No maps of his soul have I penned; For I don't analyze-I just love him, Because-well, because he's my friend. -Exchange.
The following letter, from William Cullen Bryant to his mother, quoted by Professor Chubb in "Stories of Authors," indicates that the author of "Thanatopsis" and the immortal lines "To a Waterfowl" could enjoy his little joke on occasion:
Dear Mother. I hasten to send you the melancholy intelligence of what has lately happened to me.
Early on the evening of the eleventh day of the present month I was at a neighboring house in this village. Several people of both sexes were assembled in one of the apartments, and three or four others, with myself, were in another.
At last came in a little elderly gentleman, pale, thin, with a solemn countenance, pleuritic voice, hooked nose and hollow eyes. It was not long before we were summoned to attend in the apartment where he and the rest of the company were gathered.
We went in and took our seats; the little elderly gentleman with the hooked nose prayed and we all stood up. When he had finished, most of us sat down.
The gentleman with the hooked nose then muttered certain cabalistic expressions, which I was too much frightened to remember; but I recollect that at the conclusion I was given to. understand that I was married to a young lady by the name of Frances Fairchild, whom I perceived standing by my side, and whom I hope in the course of a few months to have the pleasure of introducing to you as your daughterin-law, which is a matter of some interest to the poor girl, who has neither father nor mother in the world.-Youth's Companion.
The clue to all the perplexities of law and custom lies in this, that human association is. an artificiality. We do not run together naturally and easily as grazing deer do or feeding starlings or a shoal of fish. We are beings strongly individualized, we are dominated by that passion which is no more and no less than individuality in action-jealousy. Jealousy is a fierce insistence on ourselves, an instinctive intolerance of our fellow-creatures, ranging between an insatiable aggression as its buoyant phase and a savage defensiveness when it is touched by fear. In our expansive moments we want to dominate and control everyone and destroy every unlikeness to ourselves; in our recessive phases our homes are our castles and we want to be let alone.-H. G. Wells.
AAAA Communications. »o do do do
The columns of this department are open to subscribers for the expression of their views upon any topic of interest to the drug trade, it being understood that the views thus expressed are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the editorial opinion or policy of the Midland.
Anonymous communications will not receive attention, but the names of writers will not be printed unless permission to do so is expressed or plainly implied.
BROOKLYN, N. Y., Nov. 14, '14. Editor, Midland Druggist,
MY DEAR EDITOR:-Let me compliment you on your editorial, "Pills and Fiddlesticks" and also for the letter by Robert Terry in the November issue.
Thus far the Midland Druggist is the only pharmaceutical journal which had courage enough to give an answer to Pearson's Magazine and defend the pharmacist in the United States against such slander.
No doubt you have received a copy of my Bulletin published October 15, in which I also have an editorial and two letters by students on the same subject.
Not knowing the correct address of Mr. Terry, I would kindly ask that you mail enclosed letter and Bulletin to him. Thanking you for this courtesy,
DEAR SIR: I would like to have this letter published in the Midland Druggist, as I believe the pharmacist needs to think seriously along the line set forth, if we are to hold firmly to our profession.
Pharmacy is a dignified profession requiring a preliminary preparation that is by no means an easy one. The apprenticeship must be served at the most valuable time in a young man's life, for which he receives very little compensation. Next comes the college work requiring several years' time, costing a considerable sum of money in addition to his apprenticeship earnings.
I know what it means to prepare for this profession, am proud of my profession and hope it will continue to be highly honored. Pharmacy is not a lost art, but there is grave danger that it will be if there is not a measure put forth to stop
those not trained to practice pharmacy from so closely following its lines as to barely keep within the law. I have in mind a town of 1600 population with one drug store proper and one other store not operated by a pharmacist, carrying an extensive line of proprietaries, sundries and in fact everything that goes to make up a complete drug store. This store may not have any salt-mouth bottles on its shelves, but I can plainly see that if every salt-mouth bottle, all crude drugs and those ordinarily dispensed by the pharmacist were taken out of a store, it would affect its financial condition very little indeed, but pharmacy as a profession would be buried forever.
It is sincerely hoped that the state of Ohio will profit by what has been done. in other states that have laws protecting the pharmacists' interests. We must do it and that soon. I do not wish for any laws that will favor us, but do ask for laws that will protect.
If any reader doubts the foregoing statements, I shall ask him to inquire of the state of Ohio just how many stores are operated by unregistered men, and that he step into such a store and note how long it would require to detect whether it be a drug store or a patent medicine shop. The first thought would be to look for salt-mouth bottles, fluidextracts, tinctures, etc. No pharmacist in the small towns would feel a heavy loss if the above mentioned articles were all taken from him and he was made to depend wholly on what the unregistered men are accustomed to sell, but the public would feel a heavy loss.
In view of the fact that the pharmacist has spent so much time to prepare himself to serve the public in that capacity, it is sincerely urged that every individual pharmacist lend his aid to secure a protective measure for the pharmacists of the Buckeye State. I have in mind a patent medicine store ordering pharmaceuticals from the various pharmaceutihouses and turning same over to the
local doctors, thus making a nice profit. What is right about it? It is a profit that the pharmacist should have.
The colleges and boards are raising their standards from time to time. Why? Under the existing law it seems almost absurd.
I hope and plead for the day when the good old state of Ohio can boast of her professional pharmacists-efficient benefactors of our race. The pharmacist is under the critical eye of the law, watched at every step; is required to register every poison sold; if he fails to do so, he is liable to the law. He is called out at all hours of the night to make a sale; if it proves to be a five-cent sale, he says nothing but thanks the customer. It is right that he does so, because he is a pharmacist. He is supposed to be the most friendly individual in the world; if a customer buys a postage stamp and asks him to paste it on a letter and he refuses, he is called a grouch, etc. The dealer outside the drug store can sell Paris green in original packages, and no demand is made to have same registered, although the law says he shall register it. He can sell in any quantity wood alcohol, turpentine, in fact there is very little he cannot sell. Under the existing law any individual can order saccharine, sulphur, Paris green, turpentine, etc., to be put up in original packages, thus reaping the profit on the goods that the pharmacist should have. Is it not absurd when we stop to think?
Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 13, 1914.
EDITOR PEARSONS MAGAZINE,
425-435 E. 24th St., New York City. DEAR SIR: I have your reply of the 26th. ult., with reference to my answer to Mr. Gordon's article "Pills and Piracy." The apparent delay of this letter is due to my waiting for the December issue of Pearson's and as I expected, nothing is mentioned either of the article or letter.
Your communication leads one to believe that the article in question undoubtedly received editorial sanction. In view of this fact and your announced purpose to be as near right as humanly possible, I do not feel that your answer is frank or to the point. On the contrary it is evasive and incomplete.
A letter to Mr. F. G. Ryan, (President of Parke, Davis & Co.), written by yourself, on October 19, 1912, reads in part: "This magazine would not publish any article that would retard science or which might work to the disadvantage of the sick." you will give us good reasons why a story like that I have explained would be injurious to public welfare, we will not publish it." Your letter of October 23, 1912, states: "We do not care whether or not we offend that profession, if the offense is due to an article which is useful and helpful to the readers of the magazine."
Why not submit the article and letter to a group of pharmacists whose integrity is irreproachable and abide by their decision? A fearless attitude is naturally the proper one, but I believe that one's fearlessness could be as clearly shown in recalling of an article or in the proper investigation of the relative worth of any adverse criticisms which it might call forth, as in the publication of the article itself. This is but justice to the reading public, which ultimately is the party most concerned.
In the event of my contentions being proven correct, I shall certainly expect an announcement in your publication to that effect, thus "disseminating the truth" to your readers, as well as the recalling what I consider a direct and ill-advised slur upon a public-serving institution.