Punch's Complete Tradesman: No. V [5/5]
Serial, Dialogue, Spoof
Adulteration, Narcotics, Crime, Commerce, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals
Consists of a spoof dialogue between 'Mr. Croton, the Chemist', who stands in his shop, and his apprentices, Mr Potash and Mr Glycyrrhizen. Opens with Croton reflecting on the fact that his firm has survived a trial for adulteration, and who then, with the help of Potash, explains to the Welsh novice assistant Glycyrrhizen, how opium is adulterated. Croton chastises Potash for using the word 'cooked' instead of 'vitiated' to describe the result of adulteration but gives Potash the chance to explain to the Welsh apprentice 'more of the secrets of the trade'.
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