“This represents a healthy life, throughout its various scenes, just such a life as they enjoy, who use the Smith’s bile beans.”
According to an article in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Medicine, bile beans were,
a very popular proprietary medicine during the twentieth century in the UK. The product consisted of a variety of purgatives, cholagogues and carminatives formulated into a pill and advertised for ‘inner health’. The product was devised in Australia in 1899, survived a damning judgement in a law court in Scotland in 1905, became a brand leader in the 1930s and was on sale until the mid-1980s.
Thanks to Senor W for the photo.