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Author:  Mel [ Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:09 am ]
Post subject:  A Burnley Boy's Strange Experience - 1894

North Wales Chronicle

2 June 1894

Narrow Escape

A Burnley Boy's Strange Experience

In the Burnley papers the experiences of a lad have been exciting much attention. The boy's parents are widely respected and intelligent people, and the story interesting. William Henry Coupe, a lad of fourteen, of 7, Holly-street, Burnley, had always been delicate, but up to a couple of yars ago used to run about much as other boys do. An attack of influenza left him with rheumatic pains in various parts of the body, which contributed to the danger he afterwards so fortunately escaped. In January, 1892, the boy fell down several times, and was strictly confined to his bed unable to rise, requiring constant attention for over a year and a half. Doctors did no good, and in spite of all treatment and numberless remedies, the poor little fellow was pronounced paralysed.
Even for an incurable cripple, however, life does not pass wholly without adventure, and the crisis of #his life was at hand. It can hardly be better described than in the intelligent words of his father: -"I will not harrow anyone," he writes, " by attempting to describe what the boy suffered: even when he was asleep his legs would contract! At length we read in the papers of a man similarly afflicted being cured by the use of Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People. We procured a box. On the third day, when he could not have had more than about five pills in all, we noticed a change in his legs. They became suffused with a healthy colour we had not seen there for a long time. He had a pricking sensation in his feet. We increased his doses until he was taking six pills per day. In about four months from the tome he began to take Dr. Williams' pink Pills he walked about the house once more, and he is now able to run about the street." In short, the incurable, dying child is brought back to life and strength by Dr. Williams' Pink Pills, a sure remedy for such diseases as rheumatism, neuralgia, paralysis, locomotor ataxy, St. Vitus' dance, nervous headache, ocr? fula, chorinc erysipelas, etc. They restore pale and sallow complexions to the glow of health, and are specific for troubles peculiar to the female, while in men they effect a radical cure in all cases arising from worry, overwork, or excesses of nature. They are manufactured by the Dr. Williams' Medicine Company, of 46, Holborn Viaduct, London, at 2s. 9d. a box, or six boxes for 13s. 9d. They are never sold in bulk, or by the dozen or hundred; the box must be in a pink wrapper bearing the full name Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People.

Author:  Mel [ Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: A Burnley Boy's Strange Experience - 1894

Was this the first discovery of those pills that help older men :wink: :twisted: (the word is banned form use on the site as we used to get a lot of adverts for it!)

Do you think people were actually duped by this type of article/advert back in the 1890's?

Author:  StephenBray [ Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: A Burnley Boy's Strange Experience - 1894

Very possibly! Even now we're still very much a culture of "Ooh, I read in the paper the other day..." or "Someone told me that..."

We don't like to believe advertisements, but when it's written in a different way to an obvious advertisement, the tendancy can be to believe it.

Author:  portia [ Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:24 pm ]
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Or maybe they were iron tablets. . .

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