In the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser for West Fife 100 years ago this weekend (to be specific the Saturday June 26 1915 issue):
A supposed cure all
"For the blood is the life"
Do you suffer from any skin or blood disease such as eczema, scrofula, bad legs, abscesses, ulcers, glandular swellings, boils, pimples, sores of any kind, piles, blood poison, rheumatism, gout etc? If so don't waste your time and money on lotions and ointments which cannot get below the surface of the skin. What you want and what you must have is a medicine that will thoroughly free the blood of the poisonous matter which alone is the true cause of all your suffering. Clarke's Blood Mixture is just such a medicine. It is composed of ingredients which quickly expel from the blood all impurities from whatever cause arising and by rendering it clean and pure can be relied on to inflict a lasting cure.
Over 50 years' success. Pleasant to the taste.
Clarke's Blood Mixture.
Has cured thousand will cure you.
Sold by all chemists and stores, ?/? per bottle.
[This struck a personal note with me. My great-grandmother died very prematurely in 1917 days after giving birth to my great-aunt due to my great-grandmother's exhaustion and general ill-health and many years later we found very similar ads cut out from newspapers in her personal effects. It is sad to think that 100 years ago people who could not pay for doctors relied on such 'medicines'.]
The benefits of wearing an H Samuel watch at Ypres
Smashed by a German shell!
Miss K Stovell, 148 New Street, Hersham writes of an H Samuel watch worn by her brother Corporal Stovell, RFA:-
"When near Ypres it was struck by a German shell and battered in but even that did not stop it for it still goes though undoubtedly it saved him from a severe wound."
That is the kind of quality you find in all H Samuel's watches - remarkable strength.
H Samuel watchmaker to the admiralty, 40 North Bridge and 25 Princes Street, Edinburgh.
Luminous wrist watch and compass. As illustrated. Invaluable to the men at the front. Shows true time and direction instantly by night or day. 15 jewels, lever movement, handsome night case, strong strap, 30/-, other luminous watches from ?/?.
Now, here's a challenge for my genealogist readers. Is there any chance the testimonial is genuine, can you find any trace of Miss K Sovell and her corporal brother?