This article appeard in the 24 March 2016 issue of The Union Democrat, in the “Good Old Days” section by Bob Holton.
It reads: “March 16, 1867. A Sonora Apothecary delivery boy was lately sent to leave at one house a box of pills, and at another half a dozen leeches. Getting confused on the way, he left the pills where the leeches should have gone, and the leeches at the pill place. The folks who received the “bloody suckers” were astonished on reading the accompanying directions: “Swallow one every two hours.”
article from Union Democrat, 24 March 2016, in section “Good Old Days” by Bob Holton.