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page 100 -- Peck & Walsh, C.C. Moore

updated 23 December 2015
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Moore's Lozenges
Dr. C.C. Moore advertised his Lozenges in the Gilboa Monitor, "a local journal devoted to the interest of its patrons," v.2 no. 37 p.2, 19 February 1880 in this PDF posted by notherncatskillshistory.com:


From this Google Books reference, a little more information is provided on the Moore's Lozenges endorser, Rev. C.C. McCabe:




Rev. Charles Caldwell McCabe was a handsome man and an accomplished singer as well as being a successful missionary for the Methodist Church. Wikipedia recounts:

"Charles Caldwell McCabe (October 11, 1836, Athens, Ohio-December 20, 1906, New York, NY), also known as "Bishop" C. C. McCabe and Chaplain C. C. McCabe, was credited by Julia Ward Howe [1] as having popularized her famous piece, The Battle Hymn of the Republic after his imprisonment as a prisoner of war by the Confederates in Libby Prison during the Civil War.

"...McCabe learned about the Battle Hymn of the Republic, according to his biography, when a newspaper was slipped through the bars of the Civil War prison where he and others were being held. Nineteenth-century newspapers featured poems and other art forms, including the lyrics to songs. Along with the lyrics to this newly written song was a notation telling readers it should be sung to the tune of "John Brown's Body Lies A-Mouldering In His Grave." McCabe liked the song, sang it, and taught it to his fellow prisoners—doctors, lawyers and other professionals—to pass the time in prison. Soon afterward, when the war was over, McCabe included the singing of this song with an ever-changing motivational talk he gave about the Bright Side of life at Libby Prison, where he joked about the vermin that crawled over them at night and made clever remarks about the lawyers who weren't such bad guys if you had to be in a prison with them."

Chaplain McCabe became famous in part because of his delivery of one speech, "the Bright Side of Life in Libby Prison," which, as he explains on page 119 of the reference below, consisted of many variations on the theme:

Bristol, Frank Milton, 1851-1932. The Life of Chaplain McCabe, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. New York: F.H. Revell Company, 1908, p.119



Thanks to Reference Librarian Lori Bessler and the staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society, one of many versions of The Bright Side of Life in Libby Prison is now in the public domain!


From: McCabe, C. C. (Charles Cardwell), 1836-1906. Bright Side of Life in Libby Prison : the Famous Lecture of the Late Bishop C.C. McCabe. Los Angeles :Free Tract Society (OCLC: ocm17933786)


I wouldn't be at all surprised to hear that Chaplain McCabe appreciated the work of Elizabeth Van Lew. (How's that for a "teaser?")

Dr. C.C. Moore assembled lots of testimonials to endorse his lozenges. Here's an unusual set from Peterson's Magazine:





A "Bertie Sprowl" was enumerated in the U.S. Census of 1870. Bertie's image must have been a favorite of Dr. Moore:


In 1900, the National Druggist (Google Books) noted that the Moore trade-mark had been sold along with the business:






Many bottles with the Peck & Walsh label are for sale
on the internet in 2015. Information about the
firm, however is hard to find. They also sold

the product below:






The other cards on this page are all characters from Elliott W. Barnes' play, "The Girl That I Love."
Page 101 of this Collection has more information about the play. According to some critics of the time, Mr. Barnes' work was best forgotten. ...And it has been.

The New York Times drama critic put it this way (New York Times; Oct 17, 1882, p.5):


In spite of such bad reviews, the play was popular. Favorable comments came from some quarters, such as this piece (perhaps penned by someone with an interest in the play's success) which appeared in the Cornell Daily Sun, v.9 no.93, 5 March 1889, p.4:


Hard to believe this is the same play the Times critic above characterized:


Perhaps the best that can be said of Only a Farmer's Daughter is that it provided the opportunity for Ezra Kendall, the extraordinary comedian of his time, to make his professional debut as the English butler.

"Now I've made it all plain to you, I'll go to bed."


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