A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

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Fowler’s Solution

Fowler's Solution was used for nearly every type of ailment from the 1780's through the late 1950's. During the Civil War, it was used as a cure-all tonic. Invented by Thomas Fowler of Stafford, England, Fowler's Solution was a arsenic-based liquid that contained 1% potassium arsenite (KH2AsO3).

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "Fowler's Solution" is used as follows:

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When Hiram questioned him, he explained that the general had fallen while trying to control Traveller, who had spooked. Bud then changed the subject, and went on to describe how he had stayed at the home of Miss Madeline Smith, who lived with her elderly parents. Lieu-tenant Colonel Scruggs, who had also fallen ill with fever, was staying at a nearby residence. Dr. Hudson had prescribed Fowler’s Solution to all of his patients, which Bud obediently guzzled down, despite the flavor. Miss Smith then told him about several hams she had hidden inside her chimney to protect against the marauding Yankees. She cheerfully invited him to partake in dinner with her once he was well, but alas, it was not to be, for Colonel Scruggs ordered the recuperated soldiers to re-turn to duty.

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"...had spooked. Bud then changed the subject, and went on to describe how he had stayed at the home of Miss Madeline Smith, who lived with her elderly parents. Lieutenant Colonel Scruggs, who had also fallen ill with fever, was staying at a nearby residence. Dr. Hudson had prescribed Fowler’s Solution to all of his patients, which Bud obediently guzzled down, despite the flavor. Miss Smith then told him about several hams she had hidden inside her chimney to protect against the marauding Yankees. She cheerfully invited him to partake in dinner with her once he was well, but alas, ..."

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