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' ["Published it Arrangement.] NATIONAL PROHIBITION

PATENT MEDICINES VERSUS ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS. There are those amongst us who honestly believe that a glass of ale or a glass of wine is pure, undiluted alcohol, and that the person who drinks it is pouring down his throat something that is positively injurious. These people do tint know that to the vast majority of persons who drink ale, wine, or diluted spirits these beverages are as harmless and more beneficial than tea, cocoa, or lemonade. The greater number of them contend that nothing but harm to the drinker can follow their use. The experience of many thousands to the contrary counts for nothing. It is. therefore, worth while pointing out that not only is the percentage of alcohol, particularly in ales and wines, small, but much less than that contained in many patent medicines that are known the world over, and that are largely used by total abstainers, ns well as by those who arc not abstainers. This statement is capable of verification, as may be proved by reference to Document No. 34. published by the Massachusetts State Board Analyst. A copy of this table is before us, and for the benefit ami edification of the public we herewith append it: Per rent, of Alcohol (by volume). Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound 20.6 Paine’s Celery Compound 21.0 Dr Williams' Vegetable Jaundice Ritters 18.5 Whiskol. ‘ anon-intoxicating stimulant" 23.2 Coition's Liquid Beef Tonic, “ recommended for treatment of alcohol habit ’’ 26.5 Ayer's Sarsaparilla 26.2 Thayer's Compound Extract of Sarsaparilla 21.5 Hood’s Sarsaparilla 18.8 Allen’s Sarsaparilla 13,5 Dana’s Sarsaparilla 13,5 Brown’s Sarsaparilla 13.5 Peruna 28.3 Vinnl, Wine of Cod Liver Oil ... 18.8 Dr Peters's Kttriko ... 14,0 Carter’s Physical Extract 22.0 Hookers’ Wigwam Tonic 20.7 Hoofland's German Tonic 29.3 Howe's Arabian Tonic. “ not a rum drink ” 15.2 Jackson’s Golden Real Tonic ... 19.6 Mensman's Peptonhed Beef Tonic 16.5 Parker’s Tonic, “purely vegetable” 41.6 Rchenck’s Seaweed Tonic, “entirely harmless” 19.5 ■ Baxter’s Mandrake Bitters 16.5 Roker's Stomach Milters 42.6 Burdock Blood Bitters 25.2 Greene's Nervnra 17.2 Hartshorn's Bitters 22.2 Hoofland's German Bitters, " entirely vegetable ” 25,6 Hop Hitters 12.6 Hostetler's Stomach Bitters ... 44.5 Kaufman’s Sulphur Ritters, “ con fains no' alcohol " las a matter of fact, it contains 20.,5 per cent, of alcohol and no sulphur) ... 20.5 Puritana 22.2 Richardson's Concentrated Sherry Wine Bitters 37.5 Warner’s Safe Tonic Bitters ... 35.7 Warners' Bilious Bitters 21.5 Faith Whitcoinbc's Nerve [Sitters 20.3 This (able is not. of course, published with a view to proving that, the use of the above medicines is harmful. As a. matter of fact, many of them are wisely kept in the house as a stand-by, as they have stood the test of years, and are now regarded by heads of households as a very present help in times of trouble. But if these patent medicine.-, all of which are said to have a largo consumption in the Prohibition Stales of America, and all containing a much larger proportion of alcohol than is found in light ales and wines, are taken with positive benefit to the consumer, it is pertinent to ask on what grounds is the use of alcoholic beverages condemned? Surely, the answer that men and women do not take patent medicines to Mir-, hnt that a relatively small number do drink more alcoholic beverages than they should, is not a convincing answer. Tho conclusion to the average man and woman, rather, is that the Prohibitionist standpoint towards alcoholic beverages > wrong, and in need of radical revision.

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' ["Published it Arrangement.] NATIONAL PROHIBITION, Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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' ["Published it Arrangement.] NATIONAL PROHIBITION Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914