Sleepy Little Township
The front door opens into the main living area of the house, which has only the most basic of furnishings. No stove or oven; just a hook over the fireplace and rack for placing a metal tray to “bake” small breads and such. There is a single table with two chairs, a single lantern, and a simple sink with an outside drain and water bucket. Herbs, vegetables, and dried foods hang on simple hooks along the wall. The main living area has two internal doors.
The door on the left of the far wall leads to a simple bedroom with small dresser, simple bed and cheap mattress, and tiny end table. A shuttered window is above the bed, and a door to the outside is on the left-hand wall – locked with two iron bolt latches. A simple shelf is attached to the wall opposite the bed. On it are two old photos in protective frames separated by a beautifully carved and painted clay turtle.
One photo is of a fair young woman with incredibly long blond hair holding the hand of a small boy. On the back is written: “Elizabeth Miller and her adopted son John – July 10, 1867”. The other is of a fine looking gentleman, clean shaven with short black hair, chiseled square features, and wearing a white/pale dress shirt and dark jacket. He is seated with his hands on a table, displaying fine “S” shaped silver cuff-links. On the back is written: “J. P. S. III – July 10, 1867”.
The door on the right of the far wall leads to a room with long exam table, spin-seat adjustable chair, smaller table for medical equipment, and cupboards full of medical equipment, supplies, and medicines. A pail of blood-soaked bandages lies near the exam table (from the Loghaire’s hand’s accident earlier that day). There is also a small book shelf with a few books on anatomy; medicines; basic cut and fracture binding, wrapping, and stitching; a medicine inventory/ordering pad; and a patient diary. The medicine cabinet contains various medical supplies; however, a few basic ones are oddly missing. It includes:
- small quantity of various bandages, gauzes, wrappings, tape, scissors, and small splints
- chalk powder: stop bleeding
- (empty spot) for lime juice
- (empty spot) for concentrated plum juice
- (empty spot) for clove powder: toothache, reduces inflammation
- croton oil: constipation
- coriander powder: arthritis and digestion
- (low) cod liver oil
- mercury: scrapes and cuts
- (empty spot) for bacillius: honey/copper antibacterial ointment
- creosote: black tar antiseptic and preservative
- (low) distilled alcohol: pain relief, antiseptic
- digitalis leaves: congestive heart failure, dropsy/edema (accumulation of water in tissues)
- (low) Laudanum (opium): pain relief
- morphine: chronic severe pain, labor pains
- (low) cocaine: local anesthetic
- (low) ether: anesthetic
- chloroform: deep anesthetic
- Investigation of the patient diary will show no appointments the first few days of the last week of every month.
- Inside the inventory pad on the last record shown is a receipt from the “Williamstown Post” for receipt of a package from ‘James and Blackwell Commemorative Hospital’ on Dec. 23, 1897 for a Doctor Benjamin Relgad. Also, a receipt for Doctor John Miller with the same date.
- Cross-investigation of both records shows that the per month quantity of many items (e.g., bacillius, Laudanum/opium, cocaine, lime juice, cod liver oil, and distilled alcohol given is 1/2 the amount ordered.