IT'S A FACT concerned the ancient flummery of cupping, which ancient doctors believed would draw ill humours out of the body. This was recommended in all seriousness by people who thought they knew what they were doing.

Above that specious non-fact: Mrs. M. B. Wallace had a New Year's Eve headache, took headache medicine, felt better, and was compelled to tell the company, perhaps out of the goodness of her heart. It's like a Facebook post preserved for eternity.