There is little doubt, however, that The Allenbury's Throat Pastilles (tin pictured above), did indeed provide relief for sore or scratchy throats. The blend of diamorphine (another name for heroin) and cocaine would certainly combat throat discomfort.
I found it via the enjoyable twitter feed @VictorianLondon, curated by Lee Jackson. In recent days he's been on a tear with countless riddles and jokes from Victorian sources, such as:
"Why should a teetotaller not have a wife? Because he cannot sup-porter." joke, 1900Which reminds me of one of my favorite jokes, as written by Samuel Beckett in one of his novels:
Why did the barmaid champagne?Lee Jackson has been kind enough to set up the Random Victorian Joke Page. It's worth a page refresh or two.
Because the stout porter bitter.