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£B,OOO Worth of Medicine Sold in Newcastle

New Zealand, it appears, is not the only place where quacks can find dupes. Tho Newcastle 'Leader'reports the "farewell" that one "Sequah," the "Prairie Flower" medicine man, took of Newcastle on Saturday. St. George's Hall, the largest roofed space in the city, went like a fair at both afternoon and evening levies, the attendance at night being phenomenal, even in a city where large gatherings of people are oommon. The immense disposal of medicino was no less extraordinary, and it is calculated that he must have sold something like LB.OOO worth during his three weeks' stay in Newcastle. A crowd of two or three thousand well-dressed people waited to the end, when " Sequah," on standing up (aa ho remarked) to say "Good-bye," was enthusiastically applauded aud cheered. Ultimately a crowd of men seized the shafts, and, turning the huge machine containing the baud, "Sequah," his manacer, and the Indians set otF with it into the streets, led by a workman who had regained the use of his limbs by " Scquah's " treatment. Thousands followed this veritable " triumphal car " to the dispensary at 41 Percy street. The commotion between ten and eleven o'clock created unwonted exoitcmont in the principal thoroughfares. The band played ' Auld Lang Syne' in Percy street, and also 'God Save the Queen.' There was great cheering, and while " Sequah " drove off in a cab, the band was dragged home in the car by the populace. The editor states that ho has received a number of letters, noma anonymous and some signed, for and against "Sequah." Oae letter eigned "M.D." makes the point that "it is high time that tho supporters and managers of our medical charities should ascertain to whom they are giving gratuitous relief. Persons who are able and willing to pay 4s and more for patent medicines are, in my opinion, not fit objects for charity."

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£8,000 Worth of Medicine Sold in Newcastle, Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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£8,000 Worth of Medicine Sold in Newcastle Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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