Folklore Surrounding The Spring
The body of folklore that has grown around these waters is interesting and absorbing. According to folk who have lived nearby for many years, one must drink about ten regular glasses of the water each day to maintain the "innards" and for external complains, lave the water on the affected parts freely and let it dry in the air. Repeat as often as convenient. Local tradition has held steadfast for over 100 years that the waters have curative powers.
The below was taken from an advertisement published in 1887 for what was then Thompson's Bromine-Arsenic Springs:
Thompson's Bromine-Arsenic Springs Water is offered to the public as a gift of nature for the alleviation and cure of many of the ills to which the human family is subject. Wherever it is known, it has the unqualified approval of physicians in the treatment of impurities in the blood.
Bromine and Arsenic commented it to the most favorable consideration of sufferers from Eczema, Scrofula, Cancerous Affections, Primary and Secondary Syphilis, Ulcers, Tumors, Boils, Erysipelas, and Diseases of the Lungs, Kidneys, Womb and Bladder, and builds and repairs these organs and wasted tissues of the system. Through its action in purifying the blood, it imparts health to the skin and gives clearness to the complexion.
Its analysis by Dr. H. Froehling (whose reputation as a chemist is second to no one in this country) is a sure guarantee of its correctness, and any educated physician will testify to the value of the ingredients which are so happily blended in this water. It is the only combination of the kind ever discovered in this or any other country and is destined to become the most extensively used natural mineral water in the world.
It is put up in cases of one dozen half-gallon bottles each and sold at $6.00.
It is estimated that many thousands of dollars are spent daily for (so-called) mineral waters, which contain but faint traces of curative component parts, many possessing not even a trace of healing virtue. Such folly will no longer be excusable, since the discovery of this appropriately styled, "Pool of Siloam." For it is a well-established fact that in drinking this water, each glass assists in rapidly purifying the blood, yea the whole human system. When a house is on fire no one hesitates to put it out if possible. Now, if your system needs a panacea, why procrastinate?
Order a case of the water and note the inevitable results. We have hundreds of testimonials from prominent persons in many States, but lack room to publish them. I have been interviewed by numbers of the most prominent physicians of our largest cities, who are amazed at the happy results of this water in such a large variety of Blood, Lung, Liver, Kidney, and Stomach Troubles.