News: The Clark
Republican and Press 7-8-1886
----Source: The Clark Republican and Press Date: 7-8-1886
Allen, the accused murderer of Henry Wright, was taken by the sheriff last Thursday to the jail in Black River Falls for safety from attempts at lynching which the sheriff was aware would take place. We will give our friends from Greenwood a little advice on this subject: Let the law take its course with the prisoner. The sheriff is bound to protect him and bring him to a fair trail. Any attempt at lynching will be resisted by the sheriff, and would lead to bloodshed, and should therefore not be attempted. Allen is now where it will be impossible to lynch him without the lynchers being discovered, and that would lead to more trails and perhaps imprisonment for life by those engaged init. We should hate to be obliged to chronicle the fact that the fair fame of Clark county had been sullied by lynching a prisoner who was in the hands of the officials for safe keeping and trial, no matter how black his crime may be.
POISONING CHILDREN: (From the Hall’s Journal of Health) "Forty years ago almost every mother thought her child must have paregoric or laudanum to make it sleep. These drugs will produce sleep, and a few drops too many of them will produce the sleep from which there is no waking. Many are the children who have been killed and whose health has been ruined for life by paregoric, laudanum and morphine, each of which is a narcotic product of opium. The use of opium in any form stupefies, intoxicates, and in quite small quantities, kills. China resisted its importation by a war with Great Britain. In America and other countries, druggist are prohibited from selling either of the narcotics named to children at all, or to anybody, without labeling them "poison." Because children can be conveniently stupefied they have been forced into silence by a dose of narcotics although their stomachs may be full of indigestible food. The definition to narcotics is: A medicine which reduces pain and produces sleep, but which in poisonous dose, produces stupor, coma, and death." As the dangerous nature of opium medicines began to be better understood, some dealers disguised their peculiar taste and smell in various mixtures’ and thus continued to sell the same ingredient under the names of "Bateman’s Drops< Grodfrey’s Cordial, Soothing Syrups, etc" Many substitutes for dangerous opium preparations have been searched for and experimented with: the only effective and reliable one found was a composition of seen, pumpkin seed, oxygen, mint, anise see, sal-sode and clarified sugar. This prescription met with pronounced favor on the part of pharmaceutical societies and medical authorities. It was used by physicians with results so gratifying that subsequently the originator of the formula procure for it, under the name of "Castoria," the protection of the Patent Offices of the United States and other governments. It is thus seen that the discovery of this remarkable and beneficent remedy was not an accident. While narcotic remedies can, with safety, be only administered by a physician, this prescription can be used by anyone. The [resent extended use of Castoria is unquestionably the result of three facts: 1st, The indisputable evidence that it is harmless, 2d, That it not only allays stomach pains and quiets the nerves, but assimilated the food, and 3d, It is an agreeable and perfect substitute for castor oil.. This is a good deal for a medical journal to say. Out duty, however, is to expose danger and record the means of advancing health. The days for poisoning innocent children through green or ignorance ought to end. To our knowledge, Castoria is a remedy which produces health by regulating the system not by stupefying it and our readers are entitled to the information.
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