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Now is the
time to make
up your mind
that you are go-
ing to do a big-
ger business
next year than
you ever did
before in your
life. The coun-
try was never
more prosper-
ous than it is now, and if you are not
getting your share of trade it is not the
fault of the times, but something else
is radically wrong. Perhaps you are
in the wrong location. If so, it will
be money in your pocket to pull up
stakes and go somewhere else. Other
things equal, there is no reason why
every wide-awake, up-to-date drug-
gist should not be reaping his share
of the prosperity that has fallen all
over the land like sunshine after a

H New aec for Magncdia*

A shrewd English inventor has
patented a new scheme for making
statuettes and other objects easily.

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Powdered calcined magnesite (mag-
nesia) is mixed with water to form a
plastic material . As is well known
by pharmacists, magnesia has the
property of absorbing as much as fif-
teen per cent, of its weight of water,
forming a jelly. With small propor-
tions of water it sets to a hard mass.
After being moistened the mass is
pressed into the required shape and
then placed in carbonic acid gas,
which being absorbed, converts the
magnesia into solid magnesium car-
bonate. The statuette thus made is
to all purposes a true stone, but made
without carving. Why didn't some
pharmacist think of this ?


If the young man aspires to be mas-
ter of himself and his vocation, he
must be careful of his habits. We're
not preaching now about moral habits,
or habits of living, but we refer to the
habits formed in doing or neglecting
duties. The way that a man does
common things soon becomes a habit
with him, and whether this way is the
best or not makes a considerable dif-
ference. Habitual methods of work
mean much to a man in business.

Many a druggist is chafing over
work which, had he accustomed him-
self to the best way of accomplishing
it at the beginning, would now be a
natural and an easy task. Young men
just starting in a career, will do well
to remember that, while they may be
drawing a salary for work performed
for another, there is a sense in which
they are working for themselves alone.

Do yfisx Know Hnj^Mng?

Many a flower is born to bloom un-
seen, and many a cute trick is born to
live and die within the four walls of a
single store. We are surprised at
times, in talking with druggists to
learn of shrewd schemes and bright
aids in the daily routine, that have
become commonplace to the origina-
tors, but would be welcomed by other
druggists as first-rate points. Why
not swap ideas? 'Tisn't necessary to
write a long article to state a point.
The Spatui^a would rather receive a
practical letter, or a short or long ar-
ticle or an unadorned statement of
good points than to get your dollar
for a year's subscription. Think a
few minutes and then write us about
your tricks in dispensing, compound-
ing, window or show-case dressing,
soda-serving, book-keeping or any-
thing. Please don't forget it. Those
who help others help themselves.

Cbc Meetinge*

It is much to be regretted, but we
believe it is nevertheless a fact, that
the various pharmaceutical meetings
that have been held this season have,
as a rule, been marked by at least a
lack of enthusiasm, and in many cases
by an actual falling off in attendance
and interest. This, as we have before
remarked, is a bad symptom, and one
that should be immediately recognized
as being decidedly serious. Old meth-
ods seem no longer to produce their
former results. Is it not time to try
some new methods ? There can be no

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question about the value of such asso-
ciations if they have the active interest
of the great body of pharmacists. Is
there anything more important to be
done first of all than securing this in-
terest ? It is certainly not an impos-
sible task. A like work is done suc-
cessfully in other trades and profes-

Profedeional Qucstfons*

Probably the most prominent ques-
tions concerning the revision of the
Pharmacopoeia next May, will be the
introduction of doses and the exten-
sion of assay processes. Concerning
the first, pharmacists are almost a unit
and the medical profession is inclined
to favor. But about the second there
is a general apathy, particularly
among the pharmacists and physicians
at large. Probably there is a feeling
that the present assay methods are be-
yond the general pharmacist, and any
increase along that line will be in-
operative any way. So long as such
processes are not compulsory the
pharmacists are indifferent. But
while ideal standards are desirable in
the Pharmacopoeia and we want, as
pharmacists, a professional standing
in that work, it is not wise to intro-
duce too many inoperative methods
into it, even though they appeal to
our pride as professional men.

more purchasing people are than are
anywhere else. A store near a railway
station in a big city is worth twenty on
a back street. The more people the
more trade. It also follows, the more
people you get into your store the
more you will sell. Everybody will
not make a purchase, but many will
buy something who, if they had not
come in, would have bought nothing.
It is, therefore, a good idea to get as
many people into your store as possi-
ble. It makes many a druggist mad

0et tbcm Im

Why is it that a store on Broadway,
New York, is worth more than any-
where else ? It is because it is where


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to sell nothing but a postage stamp, —
but the fact that a person has come
into his store even on that errand is
worth to him a great deal more than
the cost of his trouble. This is a sub-
ject of which, in what we have said,
we have only mentioned the text.
We will let the reader think out the
sermon for himself.

Methods vs« processes*

Many pharmacists, in failing to dis-
tinguish between methods and pro-
cesses, are disappointed in trying for-
mulas which they find and which ap-
peal to their judgment. A method is
much more than a formula or a pro-
cess. It involves a policy, in quality,
in care in manipulations, and in ac-
curacy of adjustment. Thus a formu-
la which, in the hands of a pharma-
cist who employs high-grade methods,
gives excellent satisfaction, may in
the hands of one who regards only the
cost of materials and ease of com-
pounding, prove very disappointing.

Methods involve a business policy,
and business men are, many of them,
making their successes mainly on that
question. But we should like to re-
mind our querists that in all formulas
there is a question of method and poli-
cy as well as a process, which needs
attention. That is one of the circum-
stances which make the answering of
queries satisfactorily so diflScult.

SyntfKtic flavors*

During the past few years synthetic
oils have been on trial as substitutes

for the natural products. Methyl sal-
icylate, as a substitute for oil of win-
tergreen was one of the first, and for a
time it seemed to be fully the equal of
the natural oil, and was even preferred
to it. Of late, however, a reaction has
set in, and the natural oil is in greater
demand. The methyl salicylate has
been found deficient in delicacy and
roundness of flavor, and much more
prone to change on keeping, than the
natural oil. It is, therefore, being:
dropped for the better grades of goods.
On the other hand vanillin has gen-
erally gained in favor though its thin-
ness of flavor is recognized. To obvi-
ate this, it is combined with conmarin
or better with vanilla bean, and by-
many is then preferred to a pure bean

Probably we shall find that synthetic
flavors can in no instance wholly
replace nature's products, but can in
many instances be employed to advan-
tage as adjuvants.

Strange But Crue*

The postal laws and regulations of
the United States are more interesting
than a Japanese puzzle. For instance,
we can send four Spatulas from Bos-
ton and have them delivered to as
many separate persons in California or
Alaska for one cent. For us to send
four copies to one person in Brookline,
only a mile away, costs us eight cents.
Nor is this so strange as is the fact that,
while it costs the Spatula eight cents
to send four of its magazines to Brook-
line, it would cost anyone outside of

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its office only four cents. According
to the new parcel post treaty with
Germany, we shall be able to send a
pound package to Berlin, a distance of
some three thousand miles, for twelve
cents, while to send the same package
to Maiden, only six miles away, would
cost us sixteen cents. We should like
to see Dewey at the head of the post-
office for about a year to cut in pieces
the miles of red tape that surround
its affairs and to straighten things out.

Qlomen f n pharmacy*

The New York Sun, which is unlike
all other daily newspapers in that it
seldom makes a mistake, had a two-
column article in one of its recent
Sunday issues on ** Women in Phar-
macy.** The burden of the piece was
to the effect that while a great many
young women graduated from the
schools, and entered the profession,
but very few remained in it for more

than a few years. The male pharma-
cist, upon whom the responsibility for
what is said is thrust by quotation
marks, goes even so far as to say that
**at the utmost there are not at this
moment half a dozen women in the legi-
timate drug business in this country.**
There are said to be none in New York
City except those who are acting as
cashiers and those doing clerical and
laboratory work in wholesale and ma-
nufacturing establishments. The fact
is, there are more than half a dozen
women druggists owning or managing
stores in and around Boston alone.
Throughout the country there are
probably at least a hundred, while of
women drug clerks there are very
likely not far from ten times as many.
We trust the next time our always re-
spected and always read and almost
never wrong contemporary wants to
enlighten the world on any subject
connected with pharmacy it will take
a little more pains to discover the **true
facts** in the case.

Httending to BusfiKss*

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palatable dnpalatable Drugs*

In his "Packet Formulary of Diseases of
Children/* Dr. L. Freyberger has devoted
considerable attention to the important ques-
tion of how to disguise the taste of nauseous
drugs. The following list is given in the
Medical Record :

Acetanilid— gr. i is disguised by gr. iii. of
white sugar or gr. ij. of elseosaccharum
menthse piperitae.

Aconite — m i. of tincture is disguised by m
V. of elixir simplex.

^theris Nitrosi Spir.— m v. by 3 i. of sugar
water or aqua carui.

Aloin— gr. 1-4 by m x. of extr. glycyrrhizee

Ammonii Acetatis Liq.— m v. by 3i. aq.
camphorse, menth. pip., or mist, amygdalae,
milk and boiling water.

Ammonii Bromidum — gr. i. by m v. syr.

Ammonii Carbonas— gr. i. by m v. syr. au-
rantfi or tolu.

Bellaconnae Extr. — gr. 1-8 by m ii. spir.
chloroformi or m v. syr. aurantii.

Belladonnae Tinct. — m ii. by m ii. syr. au-

Caffeinae Citras— gr. i. by m xxx. syr. limo-

Calomel— gr. i. by gr. iv. saccharum lactis.

Camphora— gr. 1-6 by gr. iii. pulv. cinna-
momi comp. or 5i. aq. cinnamomi.

Cascarae Sagrad. Extr. Fl. — m x. by m v.
syr. zingiberis and ext. liquiritiae fid.

Chloral Hydras— gr. i. by m v. syr. aurantii
or pruni virginianae with 5i. aq. cinnamomi.

Copaiba — m v. by 3ii. mistura amygdalae.

Creosotum cannot be effectually disguised —
m i. in 3i. mist, amygdalae.

Cupri Sulphas— gr. i. by 3ii. syr. simplicis.

Digitalis Tinct.— m i. by m v. syr. aurantii.

Ferri Perchloridi Tinct.— m i. by m v. syr.
aurantii or glycerin.

Filicis Maris Extr. Liq.— m xx. by 5i. syr.

Guaiacolum — gr. i. by 3 ii. of sherry wine.

Ipecacuanhas Pulv. Comp. — gr. ss. by gr.
ss. pulv. cinnamomi and gr. i. sugar.

Morrhuae Oleum — m x. somewhat disguised
by m i. essence of almonds and lemon, or by
m ss. 0I. menth. pip.

Nucis Vomicae Tinct— m ss. by m x. syr. au-

Pepsinum — gr. i. by m v. syr. aurantii.

Phosphoricum Acid Dil. — m i. by m v. syr.
rubi idaei.

Phosphorus — m i. of ol. limonis to ounce of
mixture makes it more palatable.

Potassii Arsenitus Liq. — m i. disguised by
3 i. aq. cinnamomi or m v. syr. tolutani.

Potassii Acetas — gr. iii. by m xv. syr. rubi

Potassii Bromidum — gr. iii. by m xv. syr.

Potassii lodidum — gr. i. by 3 ss. aq. menth-

Quininae Hydrochlor.— gr. ss. by m xx. syr.

Ricini Oleum — m v. by m iii. syr. zingiberis
and 3i. aq. menth. pip.

Sodii Salicylas — gr. iii. by m v. syr. sim-
plicis and 3i. aq. cinnamomi.

Strychninae Hydrochlor. I^iq.— m i. by m
z. syr. aurantii or zingiberis or m xv. extr.
glycyrrh. liq.

Tannicum Acidum — gr. 1-12 by m v. syr.

Timothy Kahn, a Broome street. New York,
druggist, painted several signs telling about
the ferocity and the deadly venom of a snake
about to be exhibited in his store. When the
snake arrived he pushed off the lid of tde box
containing him and started to explore the
East Side. Learning that the serpent was
loose, the neighbors gathered their children
indoors and prepared to defend themselves.
Vainly the druggist explained that the signs
were facetious ; that the lost reptile was only
a pine snake, harmless as an angle worm.
His angry customers soundly berated him,
and he found that a lost snake with a bad rep-
utation is not a good advertisement.

IJ a photographer you will find lots ojfun in
belonging to the St>atula Photo Club,

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(From photograph contributed by H. F. Ruhl, Manheim, Pa., to the Spatula Photo. Club.)

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ed two ounces of
snake-root and two
ounces of Peruvian
bark to be powdered
and put up in four
portions, with direc-

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