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The Custom of taking medicine m the form of pills dates far back m history. The object is to enable us to swallow easily m a condensed form disagreeable and nauseous, but very useful, drugs. To what vast dimensions pill taking has grown may be imagined, when we say that m England alone about 2,000,000,000 two thousand million) pills a*e consumed every ye? In early days pills were made slowly by hand, as the demand was comparatively small. To-day they are produced m infinitely greater rapidity by machines especi ally contrived for the purpose, and with greater accuracy, too, m the proportions of the various ngredients employed. I No form ot medication can be better than a pill, provided only it is intelligently prepared. But right here occurs the difficulty. Easy as it may seem to make a pill, or a million of them there are really very few pills that can be honestly commended for popular use. Most of them either undershoot or overshoot the mark. As everybody takes pills of some kind, it may be well to mention what a good, safe, and reliable pill should be. Now, when one feels dull and sleepy, and has more or less pain m the head, sides, and back, he may be sure mhis bowels are constipated, and his liv 1 sluggish. To remedy this unhappy state of things there is nothing like a good cathartic pill. It will act like a charm by stimulating the liver into doing its duty, and ridding the digesdve organs of the accumulated poisonous

Tbe " Lyttelton Times " understands that the capitation grant to the Volunteers is to be inoreased to £2 per man. It is at present , only 80s. This increase, although only slight, will no doubt be very acceptable to the various companies. In 1816 one bushel of com would buy one pound of naile. In 1889 one bushel of corn would buy ten pounds of nails. In 1816 a pair of woollen blankets cost as much as a oow ; m 1889 a cow will buy five pairs of woollen blankets. In 1816 it required sixty* four bushels of barley to buy one yard of broadcloth; m 1889 sixty-four bushels ot barley will buy twenty yards of broadcloth. In 1816 it took twenty dozen eggs to buy one bushel of salt; m 1889 twenty dozen eggs will buy ten bushels of salt. In 1816 it required a bushel of wheat to buy one yard of oalioo ; m 1889 one bushel of wheat will buy twenty yards of oalioo. With these figures before them who can justly claim that farm products are not improving ? The outlook for the prodaotiooa of the farm is certainly hopefnl. The farmer oan exohange his orop for more of the necessaries of life than at any former period m the history of our country. , — " Wall Street Nowb."

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HOW PILLS ARE MADE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2145, 7 June 1889

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HOW PILLS ARE MADE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2145, 7 June 1889