Panel 1: Saul is shown close-up painting the side of his new building, in the same clothes and hat he arrived in on page 1.  Caption:  “Saul did some of the detail work…”

Panel 2: “…before he even bought heavy painting clothes for the big work.”  Saul is on a ladder in heavy painting pants and shirt, painting the topmost front of the shop’s wooden facade.

Panel 3: Interior scene of Saul’s apothecary shop.  Two counters fill much of the floor, on one, a jug of medicine sits alongside a string of several gold coins.  Saul is hunched over the left-side counter, on which his brass folding scales and mortar and pestle sit; Saul is in a black hat, and brown coat with brownish white undershirt, looking down at his hands, counting the same few pills over and over.  Nearly all the wall space, excepting where the doors are, is covered by shelves large and small, holding numerous glass bottles, jars and jugs of varied opacity, containing liquid and powder and other forms of medicine.  Directly behind Saul towers a dresser with drawers below and shelves above holding bluish medicine jugs.  Caption: “For the pharmacy stock, Saul brought crates of medicines from back East.  He couldn’t have found medicines in this one horse town if he’d wanted to.”

Panel 4: Again the interior of the shop, Saul leaning over the counter, counting the pills unseen between his hands.  There’s no change in the scene except a little girl of about 10 years has appeared in front of Saul’s counter, with shoulder-length natural brown hair and clad in a traditional black and white dress with puffy sleeves.  She looks up at Saul.   Caption: “Saul opened on a crisp April morning. His first customer was a little girl who seemed to slip through a crack in the door.”

Panel 5: Centered on the girl’s head and shoulders, her hair brown with gold highlights. She asks Saul, “got anything for a colicky baby?”

Panel 6: Close-up of Saul’s hand and wrist, extending over the counter lightly holding a green glass dropper bottle with label.  Saul says: “Paregoric”

Paregoric was a diluted tincture (an alcohol-based solution) of camphorated opium, which was mostly used for pediatric complaints, and was a ubiquitous remedy in the 19th century and much of the 20th century as well, “…widely used to control diarrhea in adults and children, (as) an expectorant and cough medicine, calm fretful children, and to rub on the gums to counteract the pain from teething.”  Really dumb laws severely restricted its use in 1970, leading to its decline into obscurity.



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