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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 14, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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There is a rumor in medical circles
that an attempt is being made to gain
a monopoly on salvarsen, popularly
known as "606," used in the curing
of syphilis.
According to the rumor, a prom
inent doctor has been making the
rounds of the big drug stores with of
fers to buy up the medicine at mar
ket price.
Salvarsan comes only from Ger
many, as the government holds the
patent on the discovery of Dr. Ehr
lich. During the war it will be im
possible to get any more from there.
It is said the supply in the United
States is extremely limited for such a
popular drug. When the mysterious
doctor, who is said to be prominent,
so prominent that no one will reveal
his name, first made the rounds a
week ago a tube of the drug was sell
ing at $10 market price. Two days
later it jumped to $15. And it is free
ly predicted that before long it will
be selling at $75 or $100 a tube.
Dr. E. von Herrmann, who keeps a
drug store in the People's Gas, Light
& Coke Co., was approached by a
man last week, who asked him how
many tubes of salvarsan he had on
"Sixty," replied the druggist.
"Well, I'll take them," the man
said. But von Herrmann thought
the offer was yery peculiar and re
fused to sell them to him.
Dr. Burton Hazeltine is very in
censed against the activity of the
man, but believes the druggists of
Chicago will not allow any one. to get
a monopoly on this dnig, which is so
necessary in the cure of the dread
blood disease.
Dr. Haseltine is of the opinion the .
city 'should immediately, open a hos
pital for poor syphilis patients who
may be forced to suffer terribly when
the price of "606" goes beyond all
hope of purchase by any one but the
St. Louis, Mo. With visions of the
bread line before her, Miss Ethel Val
entine of SL Louis has cabled friends
here of her distress in famine-threatened
Pdris5. , .-
Miss ValentinV'has secured passage
on the "France, but- the boat and
many other boats have cancelled
their tranSjrAtlantic trips, leaving
thousands of Americans stranded in
Paris.' Unless. Miss Valentine reaches
New York within the next ten days,
the opening of- the play, "Today,"
will haveTa he 'postponed, as she is
to play the leading1 role in the production.
Mae xDe Sous'a, 'opera stari asked
divorce It?m husband, Cruelty, . '

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