Actual Newspaper Article from July 13, 1854


The following was published on July 13, 1854 in a newspaper called The Agitator in Wellsborough, Pennsylvania. Not only is the language interesting, but the content is fascinating. The original language and grammar has been left exactly as originally published. Disclaimer: This is not actually a remedy for anything today. Should you have any of the symptoms of the disease, I recommend you see your doctor.

A Cure for Hydrophobia–Infallible Remedy

The effects resulting from the bite of a rabid dog are so inconceivable heart rending that the writer deems it but an act of justice to make the subjoined remedy public, for the benefit of the unfortunate hereafter. Within the past two weeks there have been two cases of hydrophobia of the most distressing character–one in the city and one in New Jersey–and duly reported in the newspapers of mad dogs being seen in and about the city. Every individual in the community thereof, should procure and preserve a copy of the following cure, so that in case of emergency he might avail himself of its beneficial tendency. Wm. Hoffler, Esq. of Pass., the gentleman from whom the writer obtained this invaluable receipt, states that he has known several instances of men and animals who have been bitten in the severest manner by made dogs, but who, having taken this remedy, never experienced any effect whatever of the desease:

Take of the root Elecampane one ounce and a half, cut fine then boil in one half pint of new milk down to a half pint, take this three mornings, fasting, and eat no food till 4 o’clock in the afternoon. It should be taken every morning, the two last doses must weigh two ounces each. This remedy will have the desired effect if taken at any time within twenty four hours after the accident.

The press generally, by giving the above excerpt a conspicuous insertion, will advance the cause of humanity.–Pensylvanian

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