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Etiquette Of Courtship And Marriage
It is a growing custom in America not to announce an engagement until the date of the marriage is approximately settled. Long engageme...

Mourning Customs
There has been of late years a healthy revolt against the excessive use of crepe or the wearing of mourning for an undue period. Mourn...

Etiquette Of The Visiting Card
The prevailing shape for a woman's card is nearly square (about 2-1/2 by 3 inches), while the correct form for a man's card is slightl...

Formalities In Dress And Etiquette
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy was old Polonius' advice to his son, and he counseled suitability as well. It is this question o...

Proper Apparel For Men
American gentlemen are no longer dependent on English tailors or on English fashions as they were some years ago. The American type of...

Wedding Anniversaries
First Anniversary Cotton Wedding Second Anniversary Paper Wedding Third Anniversary Leather Wedding Fifth ...

How To Select Colors
The Natural Laws of Tints, Tones, Shades and Hues. Some combinations of color are pleasing to the eye, and some are discordant. The...

Colors For Blondes And For Brunettes
Now, for a practical application of this knowledge. The hair of the blond is a mixture of red, yellow and brown. As a rule the skin...

Color Contrast And Harmony
The following tables will be found useful in selecting colors for dress, decoration, or any other purpose in which the proper applicat...

The Care Of The Teeth
Decay of the teeth, or caries, commences externally, appearing upon the enamel or bony structure of the teeth. Usually it is the resul...

Toothache
Toothache is not always due to an exposed nerve, for in the majority of teeth extracted because they are painful the nerve is dead. In...

The Teeth Of Children
Children have twenty temporary teeth, which begin making their appearance about the sixth or seventh month. The time varies in differ...

Dentifrices--useful And Injurious
The habit of caring for the teeth daily, and if possible after each meal, should be established early in life. Those who have negle...

Cleansing The Teeth
Preparations for cleansing the teeth and purifying the mouth should be free from all acids, and should be saponaceous or soapy, contai...

The Perfect Female Figure
According to the Chicago Tribune, Miss Helen Loewe, a student at the Chicago Art Institute, is credited by art critics with closely a...

Men And Complexions
Dr. Katherine Blackford, of Boston, speaking of men's complexions, arrives at the following conclusions. There are, of course, excepti...

How The Baby's Mind Develops
In his book on The Development of the Intellect, Mr. H. W. Brown presents a conspectus of the observations of Prof. Preyer on the mind...

The Wonderful Human Brain
According to the novel computations of a renowned histologist, who has been calculating the aggregate cell forces of the human brain, ...

Mourning Colors The World Over
Black is by no means the only color used by man to express grief or mourning for the dead. In the South Sea Islands the natives expres...

Curious Facts About Hair
The hair of men is finer than that of women. The average weight of a head of hair is from 5 to 12 ounces. On an average head ther...

Things That Are Misnamed
Catgut is gut of sheep. Baffin's Bay is no bay at all. Arabic figures were invented by the Indians. Turkish baths are not of T...

The Language Of The Flag
To strike a flag is to lower the national colors in token of submission. Flags are used as the symbol of rank and command, the offi...

Death Sentence Of The Savior
The following is said to be the sentence of death, word for word, pronounced against Jesus Christ: Sentence pronounced by Pontius P...

The Horse's Prayer
To thee, my master, I offer my prayer: Feed, water and care for me; and when the day's work is done, provide me with shelter and a cle...

A Lady's Chance Of Marrying
Every woman has some chance to marry. It may be one to fifty, or it may be ten to one that she will. Representing her entire chance at...

Hints On Shaving
Learn to shave right. Don't shave in a hurry. Have the water hot enough so that it won't cool too quickly. Wash the face with ...

Facts To Settle Arguments
Telephone invented. 1861. There are 2,750 languages. Sound moves 743 miles per hour. Hawks can fly 150 miles an hour. Chine...

The Single Tax
This idea was first formulated by Mr. Henry George in 1879, and has grown steadily in favor. Single-tax men assert as a fundamental p...

The Mysteries Of Hypnotism
A Compend of the General Claims Made by Professional Hypnotists. Animal magnetism is the nerve-force of all human and animal bodies,...

How To Care For A Piano
By William H. Damon The most important thing in the preservation of a piano is to avoid atmospheric changes and extremes and sudden...

Salt-rising Bread
The real formula for making salt-rising bread, as set down by the daughter of Governor Stubbs, of Kansas, and by him communicated to ...

A Cure For Love
Take twelve ounces of dislike, one pound of resolution, two grains of common sense, two ounces of experience, a large sprig of time, a...

Doing Business With A Bank
In opening your account with a bank it is proper that you should first be introduced to the cashier, or some other official. If you ar...

The Signature
This signature should be just as you intend to use it in all your dealings with the bank. If, for instance, your name is John Henry Sm...

Depositing Money
When making a deposit, always use the deposit ticket provided by the bank, filling it out yourself in ink. From this ticket, which is ...

How To Avoid Mistakes
Consider for a moment the vast aggregate of bank transactions, and you will see that perfect system on the part of the banks and bank ...

How To Make Out A Check
Checks are the most satisfactory and most convenient method of paying a debt or making any ordinary remittance. The stub of your check...

Paying Notes And Acceptances
Make your notes and accepted drafts payable at the bank where you do business. Whether it or other banks hold them for collection, the...

Exchange
Exchange means funds in other cities made available by bankers' drafts on such places. These drafts afford the safest and cheapest mea...

Collections
A draft is sometimes the most convenient form for collecting an account. The prevalence of the custom is due to the fact that most men...

Borrowing
Banks are always willing to loan their funds to responsible persons within reasonable limits. That is what they exist for. There is, o...

Indorsing Checks Etc
When depositing checks, drafts, etc., see that they are dated properly and that the written amounts and figures correspond. The proper...

Mistakes In Banking
Mr. Samuel Woods, a member of the American Institute of Bank Clerks, recently contributed to Munsey's Magazine an interesting article ...

Check-raising Made Easy
One of the first lessons, for instance, that a depositor should learn before he is qualified to own a check-book is to commence writin...

Altered Words And Figures
The altered check is the bane of the paying teller's profession, and it is the general practice in conservative banks to accept no che...

The Names Of The States
Alabama--Indian; meaning Here we rest. Arkansas--Kansas, the Indian name for smoky water, with the French prefix arc, bow or bend i...

Mottoes Of The States
Arkansas--Regnant populi: The peoples rule. California--Eureka: I have found it. Colorado--Nil sine numine: Nothing without the Div...

Geographical Nicknames
States and Territories. Alabama, Cotton State; Arkansas, Toothpick and Bear State; California, Eureka and Golden State; Col...

Theosophy
Much is said nowadays about theosophy, which is really but another name for mysticism. It is not a philosophy, for it will have nothin...

The Evolution Theory
The evolution or development theory declares the universe as it now exists to be the result of a long series of changes which were so ...

The English Sparrow
The first English sparrow was brought to the United States in 1850, but it was not until 1870 that the species can be said to have fir...

Feminine Height And Weight
It is often asked how stout a woman ought to be in proportion to her height. A very young girl may becomingly be thinner than a matron...

When A Man Becomes Of Age
The question sometimes arises whether it man is entitled to vote at an election held on the day preceding the twenty-first anniversary...

Dreams And Their Meaning
The Bible speaks of dreams as being sometimes prophetic, or suggestive of future events. This belief has prevailed in all ages and ...

Dictionary Of Dreams
(Note.--If you do not find the word you want, look for a word of identical or closely similar meaning.) A Abundance--Deceitful s...

The Language Of Flowers
Flowers may be combined and arranged so as to express even the nicest shades of sentiment. If a flower is offered reversed, its dir...

Alphabet Of Advice To Writers
A word out of place spoils the most beautiful thought.--Voltaire. Begin humbly. Labor faithfully. Be patient.--Elizabeth Stuart Phel...

What Different Eyes Indicate
The long, almond-shaped eye with thick eyelids covering nearly half of the pupil, when taken in connection with the full brow, is indi...

The Mysteries Of Palmistry
The following points, upon which the Science of Palmistry is based, explain its mysteries, and will be found very interesting, amu...

Riddles Old And New
Feet have they, but they walk not--stoves. Eyes have they, but they see not--potatoes. Noses have they, but they smell not--tea-p...

Last Words Of Famous Men And Women
'Tis well.--George Washington. Tete d'armee.--Napoleon. I thank God that I have done my duty.--Admiral Nelson. I pray thee se...

Toasts And Sentiments
Merit to gain a heart, and sense to keep it. Money to him that has spirit to use it. More friends and less need of them. May t...

Opportunity
Master of human destinies am I. Fame, Love and Fortune on my footsteps wait. Cities and fields I walk; I penetrate Deserts and seas ...

Language Of Precious Stones
The ancients attributed marvelous properties to many of the precious stones. We give in tabular form the different months and the ston...

Grammar-spelling-pronunciation
Five Hundred Common Errors Corrected Concise Rules for the Proper Use of Words in Writing or Speaking. The most objectionable err...

English Grammar In A Nutshell
Who and whom are used in relation to persons, and which in relation to things. But it was once common to say, the man which. This shou...

Accent And Pronunciation
Accent is a particular stress or force of the voice upon certain syllables or words. This mark in printing denotes the syllable upon ...

Short Rules For Spelling
Words ending in e drop that letter on taking a suffix beginning with a vowel. Exceptions--words ending in ge, ce, or oe. Final e of...

Punctuation
A period (.) after every declarative and every imperative sentence; as, It is true. Do right. A period is also used after every abb...

The Use Of Capitals
1. Every entire sentence should begin with a capital. 2. Proper names, and adjectives derived from these, should begin with a capit...

The Name Of God In Fifty Languages
Hebrew, Eleah, Jehovah; Chaldaic, Eiliah; Assyrian, Eleah; Syrian and Turkish, Alah; Malay, Alla; Arabic, Allah; Languages of the...

Facts About Sponges
By Albert Hart. Sponges belong to the animal kingdom, and the principal varieties used commercially are obtained off the coasts of Fl...

Don't Be Buried Alive
From time to time we are horrified by learning that some person has been buried alive, after assurances have been given of death. Unde...

How To Serve Wine
A fine dinner may be spoiled by not serving the proper wine at the proper time and at the proper temperature. A white wine (Sautern...

The Steps In The Growth Of American Liberty
MAGNA CHARTA. About seven hundred years ago there was organized a movement which resulted in the great charter of English liberty--...

The Mecklenburg Declaration
More than a year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence a document was drawn up that was almost a model in phraseology ...

The Declaration Of Independence
In Congress, July 4, 1776. When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds w...

The Constitution Of The United States
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide f...

Workingmen Easily Gulled
Who fought for King George in 1776? Working people. What interest did they have in being ruled by him? None. Why, then, did they ...

Jefferson's Political Policy
1. Legal equality of all human beings. 2. The people the only source of power. 3. No hereditary offices, nor order of nobility, n...

Presidents Of The United States
Declaration of Independence July 4th, 1776 General Washington, first President. 1789 and 1793 John Adams 1797 Thomas Jef...

Facts About The Liberty Bell
Cast by Thomas Lester, Whitechapel, London. Arrived in Philadelphia in August, 1752. First used in statehouse, Philadelphia, Aug....

How The Presidents Died
George Washington's death was the result of a severe cold contracted while riding around his farm in a rain and sleet storm on Dec. 10...

Who Is The Author?
The following literary curiosity found its way recently into the query column of a Boston newspaper. Nobody seems to know who wrote it...

The Art Of Not Forgetting
A Brief but Comprehensive Treatise Based on Loisette's Famous System of Memory Culture. So much has been said about Loisette's memo...

Memory Rhymes
The Months. Thirty days hath September, April, June and November; All the rest have thirty-one, But February, which has...

Happiness Defined
Wanting nothing and knowing it. The mental sunshine of content. A will-o'-the-wisp which eludes us even when we grasp it. Exce...

Appalling Depths Of Space
Distances that Stun the Mind and Baffle Comprehension. The stars, though appearing small to us because of their immense distance, are...

Senator Vest's Eulogy On The Dog
Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son and daughter that he...

Would You Be Beautiful?
In womanly beauty the excellences expected and looked for are faultless symmetry of form and feature and a complexion varying in hue a...

Care Of The Scalp And Hair
Beautiful hair, beautiful skin and a beautiful form are the three graces which are the birthright of every woman, but which, through l...

Care Of The Skin
A beautiful skin is smooth, soft and clear; the color varies in different individuals. In perfect health it is moist and with the del...

To Develop The Bust
A beautiful bust is the desire and admiration of every woman. If nature has not been kind in this respect, any woman can develop a bea...

Care Of The Hands
A study of the hand is very interesting, and if mothers understood more of its beautiful construction many of the little accidents whi...

Infant Feeding And Management
It is of prime importance in feeding an infant to do this at regular intervals, since during the first three months of its life the fe...

The Names Of The Months
THE DERIVATIONS OF THE NAMES OF THE MONTHS. January.--The Roman god Janus presided over the beginning of everything; hence the firs...

Days Of The Week
Sunday, (Saxon) Sunnandaed, day of the sun, Monday, (German) Montag, day or the moon. Tuesday, (Anglo-Saxon) Tiwesdaeg, from Tiw,...

What Housekeepers Should Remember
That cold rain water and soap will remove machine grease from washable fabrics. That fish may be scaled much easier by first dippin...

Character As Seen In Faces
Thick lips indicate genius and conservatism. Large dilating nostrils are a sign of poetic temperament and a sensitive nature. A long f...

Bell Time On Shipboard
Time on shipboard is divided into periods of four hours--from midnight to midnight--and the lapse of every half hour is marked by one ...

Queer Analogies In Nature
The cocoanut is, in many respects, like the human skull, although it closely resembles the skull of the monkey. A sponge may be so hel...

Modern Fables
Luxury. Of two cats, one, thinking to be very fine, hunted only humming birds, and the other hunted only mice. The first had to hun...

Number Of Miles By Water From New York
To Amsterdam, 3,510; Bermudas, 660; Bombay, 11,574; Boston, 310; Buenos Ayres, 7,110; Calcutta, 12,425; Canton, 13,900; Cape Hor...

Business Law In Brief
It is a fraud to conceal a fraud. Ignorance of the law excuses no one. A contract made on a Sunday is void. A contract made wi...

The Right Of Dower
Dower is one-third of the husband's estate, and in general cannot be destroyed by the mere act of the husband. Hence, in the sale of r...

Marriage And Divorce
Marriage may be entered into by any two persons, with the following exceptions: Idiots, lunatics, persons of unsound mind, persons rel...

Rights Of Married Women
Any and all property which a woman owns at her marriage, together with rents, issues and profits thereof, and the property which comes...

The Law Of Finding
The general rule is that the finder has a clear title against every one but the owner. The proprietor of a hotel or a shop has no righ...

The Law Of Copyright
The new copyright law, which went into effect July 1, 1909, differs in many respects from the law previously in force. Its main provis...

Legal Holidays In Various States
Jan. 1, New Year's Day. All the States (including District of Columbia), except Mass., Miss. and N. H. Jan. 19, Lee's Birthday. In ...

Principal Points Of Constitutional Law
Congress must meet at least once a year. One State cannot undo the acts of another. Congress may admit as many new States as desi...

Chamois Skins
The animal from which the chamois skin derives its name inhabits the high mountains from the Pyrenees to the Caucasus. Chamois are mos...

What's In A Name? Origin And Meaning Of Names Of Men
A Aaron, Hebrew, a mountain, or lofty. Abel, Hebrew, vanity. Abraham, Hebrew, the father of many. Absalom, Hebrew, the father...

Principal American Cities
With Population of over 100,000 in 1910. (The population for 1900 is given in parentheses by way of comparison.) New York, N. Y.,...

State Flowers
The following list includes all the State flowers Commonly accepted or officially adopted: Alabama, goldenrod; Arizona, sequoia ca...

Height Of Noted Structures
Following is the height in feet of some noted monuments and structures: Amiens cathedral, 383; Bunker Hill monument, 221; Capitol,...

Maximum Age Of Trees
Palm, 250 years; elm, 355 years; cypress, 388 years; ivy, 448 years; maple, 516 years; larch, 576 years; lemon, 640 years; plane...

Dictionary Of Aeronautics
The new science of aeronautics has given rise to many new words, among them some of awkward derivation, and even those properly formed...

College Colors
Amherst--Purple and white. Beloit--Old gold, Bowdoin--White. Brown--Brown and white. Columbia--Light blue and white. Cor...

The Claims Of Osteopathy
Strictly construing the claims of osteopathic doctors, it is an anti-medicine system of practice for the cure of every disease to whic...

The Law Of Trademarks
Any person, firm or corporation can obtain protection for any lawful trademark by complying with the following: 1. By causing to be...

How To Obtain A Patent
Patents are issued in the name of the United States, and under the seal of the Patent Office. A patent is a grant by the Government to...

Shakespeare's Counsel
(Polonius' Advice to His Son Laertes.) And these few precepts in thy memory See thou character: Give thy thoughts no tongue. Nor a...

Poor Richard's Sayings
(Benjamin Franklin.) Drive thy business! Let not thy business drive thee! Diligence is the mother of good luck. Now I have a she...

How To Make Change Quickly
Always consider the amount of purchase as if that much money were already counted out, then add to amount of purchase enough small cha...

Merchants' Cost And Price Marks
All merchants use private cipher marks to note cost or selling price of goods. The cipher is usually made up from some short word or s...

Time In Which Money Doubles
Per Simple Compound Ct Interest. Interest. 2 50 yrs. 35 yrs. 2-1/2 40 yrs. ...

A Dollar Saved A Dollar Earned
The way to accumulate money is to save small sums with regularity. A small sum saved daily for fifty years will grow at the following ...

Short Interest Rules
To find the interest on a given sum for any number of days, at any rate of interest, multiply the principal by the number of days and ...

Trade Discounts
Wholesale houses usually invoice their goods to retailers at list prices. List prices were once upon a time supposed to be retail pric...

How To Detect Counterfeit Money
In the space at disposal here, it is impossible of course to give a complete illustrated counterfeit detector, but the following simpl...

Facts Of General Interest
A hawk flies 150 miles per hour; an eider duck 90 miles; a pigeon, 40 miles. A man's working life is divided into four decades: 20 ...

Some Of Nature's Wonders
The human body has 240 bones. Man's heart beats 92,160 times in a day. A salmon has been known to produce 10,000,000 eggs. Some ...

The Rule Of The Road
The rule of the road in the United States is turn to the right; in England it is the reverse. The rule holds in this country in the ca...

Canary Birds
How to Keep Them Healthy and in Good Song. Place the cage so that no draught of air can strike the bird. Give nothing to healthy ...

Recipes Trade Secrets Etc
Toothache Cure.--Compound tinct. benzoin is said to be one of the most certain and speedy cures for toothache; pour a few drops on cot...

Opportunity
They do me wrong who say I come no more When once I've knocked and failed to find you in; For every day I stand outside your door, ...

Weights And Measures
Troy Weight.--24 grains make 1 pennyweight, 20 pennyweights make 1 ounce. By this weight, gold, silver and jewels only are weighed. Th...

Handy Weights And Measures
One quart of wheat flour is one pound. One quart of corn meal weighs eighteen ounces. One quart of butter, soft, weighs 14 to 16 ounce...

To Tell The Age Of Any Person
Hand this table to a young lady, and request her to tell you in which column or columns her age is contained, and add together the fig...

Dr Spurzheim's Phrenology
The first claim put forth by the teachers and professional demonstrators of phrenology makes it a system of mental philosophy, besides...

Principles Of Parliamentary Law
List of Motions Arranged According to Their Purpose and Effect. [Letters refer to the rules below.] Modifying or amending. 8. ...

Letter Combinations
When King Stanislaus of Poland, then a young man, came back from a journey, the whole Lescinskian House gathered together at Lissa to ...

Points Of Criminal Law
You cannot lawfully condone an offence by receiving back stolen property, The exemption of females from arrest applies only in civi...

To Tell Pure Water
The color, odor, taste and purity of water can be ascertained as follows: Fill a large bottle made of colorless glass with water; look...

Hand Grenades
Take chloride of calcium, crude, 20 parts; common salt, 5 parts; and water, 75 parts. Mix and put in thin bottles. In case of fire, a ...

How To Get Rid Of Rats
Get a piece of lead pipe and use it as a funnel to introduce about 1-1/2 ounces of sulphite of potassium into any outside holes tenant...

Tomato In Bright's Disease
When Thomas Jefferson brought the tomato from France to America, thinking that if it could be induced to grow bountifully it might mak...

Relief For Asthma
An old friend of the editor of this book writes: I have been a sufferer from asthma for twenty-five years, and for more than a dozen y...

For Swollen Feet
Policemen, mail carriers, and others whose occupation keeps them on their feet a great deal, often are troubled with chafed, sore and ...

Rules For Fat People And For Lean
To increase the weight: Eat to the extent of satisfying; a natural appetite, of fat meats, butter, cream, milk, cocoa, chocolate, brea...

When Quinine Will Break Up A Cold
It is surprising, says a family physician, how certainly a cold may be broken up by a timely dose of quinine. When first symptoms make...

A Mistaken Idea
The old adage. Feed a cold and starve a fever. is characterized by the Journal of Health as very silly advice. If anything, the revers...

Hints On Bathing
There has been a great deal written about bathing. The surface of the skin is punctured with millions of little holes called pores. Th...

Tea And Coffee
Tea is a nerve stimulant, pure and simple, acting like alcohol in this respect, without any value that the latter may possess as a ret...

To Straighten Round Shoulders
A stooping figure and a halting gait, accompanied by the unavoidable weakness of lungs incidental to a narrow chest, may be entirely c...

Care Of The Eyes
In consequence of the increase of affections of the eye, a specialist has recently formulated the following rules to be observed in th...

How And When To Drink Water
According to Doctor Leuf, when water is taken into the full or partly full stomach, it does not mingle with the food, as we are taught...

What Causes Coughs
Cold and coughs are prevalent throughout the country, but throat affections are by far more common among business men. Every unfortuna...

Physical Exercise
The principal methods of developing the physique now prescribed by trainers are exercise with dumbbells, the bar bell and the chest we...

Accidents And Emergencies
What To Do If an artery is cut, red blood spurts. Compress it above the wound. If a vein is cut, dark blood flows. Compress it belo...

Poisons And Their Antidotes
General Rules Always send immediately for a medical man. Save all fluids vomited, and articles of food, cups, glasses, etc., used b...

Keep Still
Keep still. When trouble is brewing, keep still. Even when slander is getting on its legs, keep still. When your feelings are hurt, ke...

Philosophical Facts
The greatest height at which visible clouds ever exist does not exceed ten miles. Air is about eight hundred and fifteen times ligh...


Wise Facts

Bogardus' Liniment
Take two ozs. Oil Cajeput, one oz. Oil Sassafras, one oz. Oil Cloves, one oz. Oil Organum, 1/2-oz. Oil Mustard, one oz. Tinc. Capsicum,...

Healing Salve
One lb. Lard, 1/2 lb. Resin, 1/2 lb. Sweet Elder bark. Simmer over a slow fire 4 hours, or until it forms a hard, brown salve. This is ...

Specific Inflammatory Rheumatism
One oz. Salt Petre, pulverized; one pint Sweet Oil. Bathe the parts affected three times a day with this mixture and a speedy cure will...

Another Salve
One oz. Sheep's Tallow, Beeswax one oz., one-half oz. Sweet Oil, one-half oz. Red Lead, two ozs. Gum Camphor. Fry all these together in...

Magnetic Ointment
One lb. Elder Bark, one lb. Spikenard Root, one lb. Yellow Dock Root. Boil in two gallons of water down to one, then press the strength...

Ointment Stramonium
One lb. Stramonium Leaves, three lbs. Lard, one-half lb. Yellow Wax. Boil the Stramonium Leaves in the Lard until they become pliable, ...

Cathartic Pills
One-half oz. extract Colacinth, in powder, three drms. Jolop in powder, three drms. Calomel, two scru. Gamboge in powder. Mix these tog...

For Heartburn Lozenges
One oz. Gum Arabic, one oz. pulverized Licorice Root, one-fourth oz. Magnesia. Add water to make into lozenges. Let dissolve in mouth a...

Another Cough Cure Good
Take the white of an egg and pulverized sugar; beat to a froth. Take a tablespoonful every hour for 3 or 4 hours. ...

Tetter Ointment
One oz. Spirits Turpentine, one ounce Red Precipitate in powder, one oz. Burgundy Pitch in powder, one lb. Hog's Lard. Melt all these i...

A Sure Cure For Piles
Confection of Senna, two ozs., Cream of Tartar one oz., Sulphur one oz., Syrup of Ginger, enough to make a stiff paste; mix. A piece as...

Diphtheria
Take a clean clay tobacco pipe, put a live coal in it, then put common tar on the fire and smoke it, inhaling and breathing back throug...

Fever And Ague
Quinine one scru., Elixir Vitriol one drm. Dissolve the Quinine in the Elixir and Tinc. of Black Cohash fourteen drops. Dose: 20 drops ...

Corns - A Sure Cure And Painless Eradication
Extract of Cannabis, Indicus ten grs., Salicylic Acid 6 grs., Collodion one oz. Mix and apply with a camel's hair pencil so as to form ...

Magic Oil
One gallon Sweet Oil, two ozs. Oil Hemlock, two ozs. Oil Organum, two ozs. Chloroform, four ozs. Spirits Ammonia. Mix. Let it stand 24 ...

Cure For Sore Throat In All Its Different Forms
Two ozs. Cayenne Pepper, one oz. common Salt, one-half pint of Vinegar. Warm over a slow fire and gargle the throat and mouth every hou...

Drops Of Life
One oz. Gum Opium, one drm. Gum Kino, forty grs. Gum Camphor, one-half ounce Nutmeg powdered, one pint French Brandy. Let stand from on...

Catarrh Positive Cure
Carbolic Acid, ten to twenty drops; Vaseline, one to two ozs. Mix and use with an atomizer 3 or 4 times per day. ...

Cough Drops
Tinc. Aconite 5 drops, Tinc. Asclepias one drm., Glycerine two ozs., Syrup of Wild Cherry. Mix and take a teaspoonful every 40 minutes ...

Eye Water
Table Salt and White Vitriol, each one teaspoonful. Heat them on earthen dish until dry. Now add them to soft water one-half pint. Whit...

To Remove Tape Worm
Let the patient miss two meals. Give two teaspoonfuls powdered Kamala. Should the bowels not move within two and-a half hours, give ano...

A Sure Cure For Small Pox
A gentleman contributes to the Chicago News the following as a sure and never failing cure for small pox: One ounce Cream of Tartar dis...

To Strengthen And Invigorate The System
Two drms. Essential Salt of the Round Leaf Cornel, one scru. Extract Rhubarb, one scru. Ginger Powder. Make into pills, and take for a ...

Gonorrhea
Balsam of Copabia one oz., Oil of Cubebs two drms., Laudanum one dram, Mucilage of Gum Arabic two ozs., Sweet Spirits Nitre half oz., C...

Sure Corn Cure
One-half ounce Tincture of Iodine, one-half ounce Chloride or Antimony, 12 grains Iodide of Iron. Mix. Pare the corn with a sharp knife...

Nb
The law imposing stamp duty on medicines, compounds, perfumes, cosmetics, etc., has been repealed. ...

Russia Salve
Take equal parts of Yellow Wax and Sweet Oil, melt slowly, carefully stirring; when cooling stir in a small quantity of Glycerine. Good...

Paradise Liniment
Take a gill of Alcohol, one-fourth ounce Tincture Capsicum, one-half ounce Paradise Seed, cracked, and put all together. For rheumatism...

Court Plaster
This plaster is a kind of varnished silk, and its manufacture is very easy. Bruise a sufficient quantity of Isinglass, and let it soak ...

A Certain Cure For Drunkenness
Sulphate of Iron five grains, Magnesia ten grains, Peppermint water eleven drachms, Spirits of Nutmeg, one drachm, twice a day. This pr...

French Lustral
Take Castor Oil three ozs., Alcohol one and one-half ozs., Ammonia one-sixteenth of an oz., well shaken and mixed together; perfume to ...

Lung Medicine
Take Black Cohosh one-half oz., Lobelia one-fourth oz., Canker root three-fourths oz., Blackberry Root three-fourths of an oz., Sarsapa...

Toothache Drops
Four ounces pulverized Alum, fourteen ozs. Sweet Spirits of Nitre. Put up in one oz. bottles. Retails readily at 25 cents per bottle. T...

Magnetic Toothache Drops
Take equal parts of Camphor, Sulphuric Ether, Ammonia, Laudanum, Tincture of Cayenne, and one-eighth part of Oil of Cloves. Mix well to...

Green Mountain Salve
Take one pound Beeswax, one pound of soft Butter, and one and one-half pounds soft Turpentine, twelve ounces Balsam Fir. Melt and strai...

Warts And Corns To Cure In Ten Minutes
Take a small piece of Potash and let it stand in the open air until it slacks, then thicken it to a paste with pulverized Gum Arabic, w...

Liniment Good Samaritan
Take 98 per cent Alcohol two quarts, and add to it the following articles: Oils of Sassafras, Hemlock, Spirits of Turpentine, Tincture ...

Plain Court Plaster
Plain court plaster hat will not stick and remains flexible: Soak Isinglass in a little warm water for twenty-four hours, then evaporate...

A Cure For Cancer As Used By A New York Physician With Great Success
Take Red Oak Bark, and boil it to the thickness of molasses, then mix with sheep's tallow of equal proportion. Spread it on leaves of L...

Davis' Pain Killer
One quart proof Alcohol, one drm., Chloroform, one oz. Oil Sassafras, one oz. Gum Camphor, one drm. Spirits of Ammonia, two drms. Oil o...

August Flower
Powdered Rhubarb one oz., Golden Seal one-fourth oz., Aloes one drachm, Peppermint Leaves two drms., Carbonate of Potash two drms., Cap...

Blood Purifier Bbb
Fluid Extract Burdock one oz., Fluid Extract Sarsaparilla one oz., Fluid Extract Yellow Dock one oz., Fluid Extract Senna one oz., Syru...

Boschee's German Syrup
Wine of Tar two ozs., Fluid Extract Squills one oz., Tinct. Opium two drms., Fluid Extract Sanguinarie two drms., Syrup of Sugar eight ...

Centaur Liniment
Oil Speke one oz., Oil Wormwood one oz., Oil Sassafras one oz., Oil Organum one oz., Oil Cinnamon one oz., Oil Cloves one drm., Oil Ced...

Castoria
Pumpkin Seed one oz., Cenria Leaves one oz., Rochelle Salts one oz., Anise Seed one-half oz., Bi. Carb. Soda one oz., Worm Seed one-hal...

Harter's Iron Tonic
Calisaya Bark two ozs., Citrate of Iron two ozs., Gentian two ozs., Cardamon Seed two ozs., Syrup two ozs., Alcohol two ozs., Water eig...

Hall's Balsam For The Lungs
Fluid Extract Ipecac one-half oz., Fluid Extract Squills one oz., Chloroform one-fourth oz., Wine of Tar one oz., Tinct. Opium, one-fif...

Godfrey's Cordial
Tinct. Opium six ozs., Molasses four pints, Alcohol eight ozs., Water six pints, Carbonate Potash four drms., Oil Sassafras cut with Al...

Hall's Honey Of Hoarhound And Tar
Wine of Tar one oz., Fluid Extract of Hoarhound one oz., Tinct. Opium one drm., Syrup Orange Peel one-half oz., Honey three ozs., Syrup...

Hood's Sarsaparilla
Fluid Extract Sarsaparilla one oz., Fluid Extract Yellow Dock one oz., Fluid Extract Poke Root, one-half oz., Iodide of Potash one-half...

Hamlin's Wizard Oil
Oil Sassafras two ozs., Oil Cedar one oz., Gum Camphor one oz., Sulph. Ether two ozs., Chloroform two ozs., Tinct. Capsicum one oz., Aq...

Hop Bitters
Hops four ozs., Orange Peel two ozs., Cardamon two drms., Cinnamon one drm., Cloves one-half drm., Alcohol eight ozs., Sherry Wine two ...

Hostetter's Bitters
Gentian Root (ground) one-half oz., Cinnamon Bark one-half oz., Cinchona Bark (ground) one-half oz., Anise Seed one-half oz., Coriander...

Injection Brou
Water four ozs., Nitrate Silver twenty grs., Tinct. Opium one-half oz., Sulph. Bismuth and Hydratis two oz. Mix. ...

Jayne's Expectorant
Syrup Squills two ozs., Tinct. Tolu one oz., Spirits Camphor one drm., Tinct. Digitalis one drm., Tinct. Lobelia one drm., Wine of Ipec...

Jayne's Tonic Vermifuge
L. santonnie twenty grs., Fluid Extract Pink Root three drms., Fluid Extract Senna two drms., Simple Elixir two ozs., Syrup two ozs. Mi...

Mustang Liniment
Linseed Oil fourteen ozs., Aqua Ammonia two ozs., Tinct. Capsicum one-fourth oz., Oil Organum one-fourth oz., Turpentine one oz., Oil M...

Sss Fluid
Extract Phytolacca one oz., Fluid Extract Sarsaparilla one oz., Iodide Potash one oz., Extract Fluid Xanthoxylon one-half oz., Culiver'...

Smith's Tonic
Fowler's Solution of Arsenic two drms., Culiver's Root one oz., Syrup Orange Peel four ozs., Simple Syrup twelve ozs. Mix. Then add Chi...

Sozodont Fragrant
Tinct. Soap Bark two ozs., Tinct. Myrrh one drm., Glycerine one-half oz., Water one and one-half ozs., Essence Cloves ten drops, Essenc...

Shaker's Cutive Syrup
Fluid Extract Blue Flag twenty drops, Fluid Extract Culiver's Root twenty drops, Fluid Extract Poke Root twenty drops, Fluid Extract Bu...

Ayer's Cherry Pectoral
Take four grains of Acetate of Morphia, two fluid drachms of Tincture of Bloodroot, three fluid drachms each of Antimonial Wine and Win...

Brown's Bronchial Troches
Take one pound pulverized Extract of Licorice, one and one-half pounds Pulverized Sugar, four ounces pulverized Cubebs, four ounces pul...

Succus Alterns Mcdade's
Fluid Extract Starlinga one oz., Fluid Extract Sarsaparilla one oz., Fluid Extract Phytolacca Decandra one-half oz., Fluid Extract Lapp...

Seven Seals Of Golden Wonder
Oil Cajeput two drms., Sassafras one-half oz., Oil Organum one drm., Oil Hemlock one drm., Oil Cedar one drm., Tincture Capsicum one-fo...

Wakefield's Wine Bitters
Cinchona Bark four ozs., Gentian Bark two ozs., Juniper Berries one oz., Orange Peel one oz., Lemon Peel fresh sliced one-fourth oz., C...

St Jacob's Oil
Camphor Gum one oz., Chloral Hydrate one oz., Chloroform one oz., Sulphate Ether one oz., Tinct. Opium (non-aqueous) one-half oz., Oil ...

Rrr
Alcohol two pints, Oil Sassafras two ozs., Oil Organum twi ozs., Camphor Spirits one-half oz., Tinct. Opium one oz., Chloroform one oz....

Piso's Consumption Cure
Tartar Emetic four grains, Tinc. Tolu one-half oz., Sulphate Morphia four grains, Fluid Extract Lobelia two drms., Chloroform one drm.,...

Warner's Tippecanoe Bitters
Cardamon Seed two ozs., Nutmeg one drm., Grains of Paradise one drm., Cloves one oz., Cinnamon two ozs., Ginger one oz., Orange Peel on...

Warner's Safe Cure
Take of Smart Weed four pounds, boil for one hour with one gallon soft water, adding warm water to supply waste by evaporation; then st...

Wakefield's Blackberry Balsam
Blackberries crushed two pounds, Boiling Water four ozs., Sugar four ozs., Jamaica Ginger four grs., Alcohol two ozs. Mix and add Syrup...

What To Do
If an artery is cut, red blood spurts. Compress it above the wound. If a vein is cut, dark blood flows. Compress it below and above....

Scalds And Burns
The following facts cannot be too firmly impressed on the mind of the reader, that in either of these accidents the first, best and o...

Body In Flames
Lay the person down on the floor of the room, and throw the table cloth, rug or other large cover over him, and roll him on the floor. ...

Dirt In The Eye
Place your forefinger upon the cheek-bone, having the patient before you; then slightly bend the finger, this will draw down the lower ...

Lime In The Eye
Syringe it well with warm vinegar and water in the proportion of one ounce of vinegar to eight ounces of water; exclude light. ...

Iron Or Steel Spiculae In The Eye
These occur while turning iron or steel in a lathe, and are best remedied by doubling back the upper or lower eyelid, according to the ...

Dislocated Thumb
This is frequently produced by a fall. Make a clove hitch, by passing two loops of cord over the thumb, placing a piece or rag under th...

Cuts And Wounds
Clean cut wounds, whether deep or superficial, and likely to heal by the first intention, should always be washed or cleaned, and at on...

Contusions
Contusions are best healed by laying a piece of folded lint, well wetted with extract of lead, or boracic acid, on the part, and, if th...

Hemorrhage
Hemorrhage, when caused by an artery being divided or torn, may be known by the blood issuing out of the wound in leaps or jerks, and b...

Bleeding From The Nose
From whatever cause, may generally be stopped by putting a plug of lint into the nostrils; if this does not do, apply a cold lotion to ...

Violent Shocks
Violent Shocks will sometimes stun a person, and he will remain unconscious. Untie strings, collars, etc.; loosen anything that is tigh...

Choking
When a person has a fish bone in the throat, insert the forefinger, press upon the root of the tongue, so as to induce vomiting; if thi...

Fainting Hysterics Etc
Loosen the garments, bathe the temples with water or eau-de-Cologne; open the window, admit plenty of fresh air, dash cold water on the...

Drowning
Attend to the following essential rules: 1. Lose no time. 2. Handle the body gently. 3. Carry the body face downwards, with the head ge...

Hanging
Loosen the cord, or whatever it may be by which the person has been suspended. Open the temporal artery or jugular vein, or bleed from ...

Apparent Death From Drunkenness
Raise the head, loosen the clothes, maintain warmth of surface, and give a mustard emetic as soon as the person can swallow. ...

Apoplexy And Fits Generally
Raise the head; loosen all tight clothes, strings, etc.; apply cold lotions to the head, which should be shaved; apply leeches to the t...

Suffocation From Noxious Gases Etc
Remove to the fresh air; dash cold vinegar and water in the face, neck, and breast; keep up the warmth of the body; if necessary, apply...

Lightning And Sunstroke
Treat the same as apoplexy. ...

The Mind Cure
The Mind Cure, otherwise known in its various subdivisions as metaphysics, Christian science, mental science, etc., is a species of del...

Opium And Other Narcotics
After vomiting has occurred, cold water should be dashed over the face and head. The patient must be kept awake, walked about between t...

Strychnia
After emetics have been freely and successfully given, the patient should be allowed to breathe the vapor of sulphuric ether, poured on...

Alcoholic Poisoning
This type of poisoning should be combated by emetics, of which the sulphate of zinc given as above directed, is the best. After that, s...

Acids
Acids are sometimes swallowed by mistake. Alkalies, lime water, magnesia, or common chalk mixed with water, may be freely given, and af...

Alkalies
Alkalies are less frequently taken in injurious strength or quantity, but sometimes children swallow lye by mistake. Common vinegar may ...

Nitrate Of Silver
when swallowed is neutralized by common table salt freely given in solution in water. ...

Mercury Or Arsenic
The salts of mercury or arsenic (often kept as bedbug poison), which are powerful irritants, are apt to be very quickly fatal. Milk or ...

Phosphorus
Phosphorus paste, kept for roach poison or in parlor matches, is sometimes eaten by children, and has been wilfully taken for the purpo...

Red Ink
Two ounces Cochineal, bruised; pour over it one quart Boiling Water, let it stand eight hours. Boil two ounces Brazil Wood in one pint ...

Blue Ink
Six parts Persian Blue, one quart Oxalic Acid; triturate with little Water to smoothe paste, add Gum Arabic and the necessary quantity ...

Indelible Ink To Mark Linen
One and a half ounces Nitrate of Silver dissolved in six ounces Liquor Ammonia Fortis, one ounce Archill, for coloring; one-half ounce ...

For Yellow
Write with Muriate of Antimony; when dry wash with Tincture of Galls. ...

Black
Write with a Solution of Green Vitriol and wash with Tincture of Galls. ...

Blue
Nitrate of Cobate, wash with Oxalic Acid. ...

Yellow
Subacetate of Lead, wash with Hydrochloric Acid. ...

Green
Arsenate of Potash, wash with Nitrate of Copper. ...

Purple
Solution of Gold and Muriate of Tin. ...

Black
Perchloride of Mercury, the wash is Hydrochloric of Tin. ...

Black Ink
Extract of Logwood one ounce, Bicromate of Potash one-quarter ounce. Pulverize and mix in a quart of soft hot water. This makes a beaut...

Black Ink
Shellac four ounces, Borax two ounces, Water one quart; boil till dissolved and add two ounces Gum Arabic, dissolved in a little hot wa...

Green Ink
Dissolve 180 grains Bichromate of Potash in one fluid ounce of Water; add while warm one-half ounce Spirits of Wine, then decompose the...

Beautiful Blue Writing Fluid
Dissolve Basic or Soluble Prussian Blue in pure water. This is the most permanent and beautiful blue ink known. ...

Violet Copying Ink
For blue violet dissolve in 300 parts of boiling water, Methyl Violet, 5 B, Hofman's Violet, 3 B, or Gentiana Violet, B. For reddish vi...

New Invisible Ink
C. Wideman communicates a new method of making an invisible ink to Die Natur. To make the writing or drawing appear which has been made...

Bucher's Carmine Ink
Pure Carmine, twelve grains, Water of Ammonia three ounces, dissolve, then add Powdered Gum eighteen grains. One-half drachm of Powdere...

Brilliant Red Ink
Brazil Wood two ounces, Muriate of Tin one-half drachm, Gum Arabic one drachm. Boil down in 32 ounces water to one-half, and strain. ...

White Ink
Mix pure freshly precipitated Barium Sulphate, or "Flake White," with Water containing enough Gum Arabic to prevent the immediate settl...

Indelible Ink For Marking Linen
Add Caustic Alkali to a saturated solution of Corpous Chloride until no further precipitate forms; allow the precipitate to settle, dra...

To Write Secret Letters
Put five cents' worth Citrate of Potassa in an ounce vial of clear cold water. This forms an invisible fluid. Let it dissolve and you c...

Black Copying Ink Or Writing Fluid
Take two gallons of Rain Water, and put into it Gum Arabic one-fourth pound, Brown Sugar one pound, clean Copperas one-fourth pound, Po...

To Make Rubber Stamp Ink
Dissolve Aniline in hot Glycerine, and strain while hot or warm. ...

Commercial Writing Ink
Galls one ounce, Gum one-half ounce, Cloves one-half ounce, Sulphate of Iron, one-half ounce, Water eight ounces. Digest by frequent sh...

Travelers' Ink
White Blotting Paper is saturated with Aniline Black, and several sheets are pasted together, so as to form a thick pad. When required ...

Indelible Marking Ink Without A Preparation
Dissolve separately one ounce of Nitrate of Silver and one and one-half ounces of Sub-Carbonate of Soda (best washing soda) in rain wat...

Invisible Ink
Sulphuric Acid one quart, Water twenty parts; mix together and write with a quill pen, which writing can be read only after heating it....

Horticultural Ink
Copper one part, dissolve in Nitric Acid ten parts and add Water ten parts; used to write on zinc or tin labels. ...

Gold Ink
Honey and Gold Leaf equal parts, Turpentine until the Gold is reduced to the finest possible state of division, agitate with thirty par...

Silver Ink
For silver ink the process is the same as gold, substituting Silver Leaf for the Gold leaf. ...

Indelible Ink For Glass Or Metal
Borax one ounce, Shellac two ounces, Water eighteen fluid ounces; boil in a covered vessel, add of thick Mucilage one ounce; triturate ...

Brown Ink
A strong decoction of Catechu. The shade may be varied by the cautious addition of a little weak solution of bicromate of potash. ...

Luminous Ink
Shines in the dark. Phosphorous one-half drachm, Oil Cinnamon one-half ounce; mix in a vial, cork tightly, heat it slowly until mixed. ...

Ticketing Ink For Grocers Etc
Dissolve one ounce of Gum Arabic in six ounces of Water and strain; this is the Mucilage; for a black color use Drop Black, powdered an...

Common Ink
To one gallon boiling Soft Water add three-fourths ounce Extract of Logwood; boil two minutes; remove from the fire and stir in forty-e...

Red Ink
In an ounce phial put one teaspoonful Aqua Ammonia, Gum Arabic size of two or three peas, and six grains No. 40 Carmine. Fill up with s...

Liquid For Curling The Hair
Two ounces scrapings of lead, half ounce Litharge, one-quarter ounce Gum Camphor. Boil all in one pint of soft water for half an hour. ...

Hair Oil
One gallon Cologne Spirits, 90 per cent proof, one pint Castor Oil, one ounce Oil Cinnamon. Mix well and it is ready for use. ...

Powder For The Complexion
Half ounce Tincture of Elder Blossoms, half ounce Beef Marrow, half pint Orange Flower Water, one Cassia Buds, two ounces Bitter Almond...

Paste To Produce Whiskers
One ounce of Oil of Paricada, two ounces Southern Wood Bark, one ounce Dog's Lard. Fry over a slow fire until it forms a paste. Apply t...

To Clean The Teeth
Castile Soap and Cigar Ashes applied with a soft rag is one of the best tooth preparations known. ...

To Make The Hair Soft And Glossy
One pint Alcohol, four ounces Castor Oil. Mix, and flavor with Bergamot. Apply frequently with the hands. ...

To Remove Freckles
Use Oxolate of Copper Ointment. ...

Hair Tonic
Sugar of Lead five grains, Sulphate Quinine two grains, Muriat of Ammonia one drachm, Glycerine six ounces, Distilled Water six ounces....

Hair Dyes No 1
Distilled Water six ounces, Alcohol one ounce, Pyrogalic Acid one drachm. The Acid must be dissolved in the Alcohol before the water is...

To Beautify The Teeth And Make The Breath Smell Sweet And Pleasant
One ounce Chlorate of Lime in a pint of Soft Water, and let it stand 24 hours. Then pour off the clear water and add forty drops of Ess...

To Make The Cheeks And Lips Rosy
Use a little Red Carmine. ...

Perfumery
Oils of Rosemary and Lemon each a half ounce, Bergamot and Lavender half drachm, Cinnamon four drops, Cloves and Rose each two drops, A...

Hair Restorative
Sugar of Lead, Borax and Lac Sulphur each one ounce, Aqua Ammonia half ounce, Alcohol one gill. Mix and let stand 20 hours, then add Ba...

New York Barber's Star Hair Oil
Castor Oil six and one-half pints, Alcohol one and one-half pints, Oil of Citronella one-half ounce, Lavender one-fourth ounce. Mix wel...

Celebrated Moth And Freckle Lotion
For the skin and complexion; a great secret. Distill two handfuls Jessamine Flowers in a quart of Rose Water and a quart of Orange Wate...

Imperial Onguent For Forcing Whiskers And Mustache To Grow
Made as follows: Two drachms of Benzoin Comp., two drachms Tincture of Cantharides, six ounces of Castor Oil, nine and one-fourth ounce...

Curloline For Making The Hair Curl
One pound Olive Oil, one drachm Oil of Origanum, one and one-half drachms Oil of Rosemary. Mix well, bottle and label. Apply two or thr...

Hair Restorative And Invigorator
For a trifling cost. Sugar of Lead, Borax and Lac Sulphur of each one ounce, Aqua Ammonia one-half ounce, Alcohol one gill. mix and let...

Manner Of Application
When the hair is thin or bald, make two applications daily, until this amount is used up. Work it into the roots of the hair with a sof...

Jockey Club
Spirits of Wine five gallons, Orange Flower Water one gallon, Balsam of Peru four ounces, Essence of Bergamot eight ounces. Essence of ...

Ladies' Own
Spirits of Wine one gallon, Otto of Roses twenty drops, Essence of Thyme one-half ounce, Essence of Neroli one-fourth ounce, Essence of...

Upper Ten
Spirits of Wine four quarts, Essence of Cedrat two drachms, Essence of Violets one-fourth ounce, Essence of Neroli one-half ounce, Otto...

Wounds And Cuts
Take four ounces Lard, Beeswax four ounces, Resin three ounces, Vaseline four to six ounces. Melt these together and add Carbolic Acid ...

Colic
Gum Camphor one ounce, Cayenne one ounce, Gum Myrrh one ounce, powdered Gum Quaial one ounce, Sassafras Bark one ounce, Spirits of Turp...

Liniment To Kill Pain
One gallon Alcohol, one ounce Tincture Cayenne, two ounces Tincture Gum Camphor, two ounces Tincture Ammonia, one-half ounce Chloroform...

Best Condition Powders
Fenugreek, Cream of Tartar, Gentian, Sulphur, Saltpetre, Resin, Black Antimony and Ginger each two ounces, Cayenne Pepper one ounce. Pu...

Brittle And Contracted Hoofs
Take Castor Oil, Barbadoes, Tar and Soft Soap. Equal parts of each. Melt all together and stir while cooling, and apply a little to the...

Contracted Hoof And Sore Feet
Take equal parts of Soft Fat, Yellow Wax, Linseed Oil, Venice Turpentine and Norway Tar; first melt the wax, then add the others, mixin...

Cracked Heels
Tar eight ounces, Beeswax one ounce, Resin one ounce, Alum one ounce, Tallow one ounce, Sulphate of Iron one ounce, Carbolic Acid one d...

Eye Water
White Vitriol and pure Saltpetre of each one scruple, pure soft water eight ounces. Mix. This should be applied to the inflamed lids th...

Cure For Sweeney
Alcohol and Spirits of Turpentine each eight ounces, Camphor Gum, pulverized Cantharides and Capsicum each one ounce, Oil of Spike thre...

Farcy
Nitrate of Potash four ounces, Black Antimony two ounces, Sulphite of Soda one ounce, Elecampane two ounces. Mix. Dose, one tablespoonf...

Farcy And Glanders
Iodide of Potassium one and one-quarter drachms, Copperas one-half, Ginger one drachm, Gentian two drachms, powdered Gum Arabic and Syr...

Wolf's Liniment
One quart Alcohol, two ounces Tincture Arnica, one ounce Oil Hemlock, one ounce Oil of Spike. Mix well and let stand twenty-four hours....

Cuts Wounds And Sores
Take of Lard four ounces, Beeswax four ounces, Resin two ounces, Carbolic Acid one-quarter ounce. Mix the first three and melt, add Car...

For Poll Evil
Rock Salt one ounce, Blue Vitriol one ounce, Copperas one-half ounce. Pulverize and mix well. Fill a goose quill with the powder and pu...

Cure For Scratches
Sweet Oil three ounces, Borax one ounce, Sugar of Lead one ounce. Mix and apply twice daily after washing thoroughly with castile soap,...

Great Arabian Heave Remedy
Give your horse a teaspoonful of Lobelia once a day for a week and then once a week, and you will hardly know he ever had the heaves. T...

Bots
Take new Milk two quarts, Syrup one quart, mix and give the whole, and in fifteen or twenty minutes after give two quarts of warm, stro...

Diuretics
Take Balsam Copaiba two ounces, Sweet Spirits of Nitre three ounces, Spirits of Turpentine two ounces, Oil of Juniper two ounces, Tinct...

Founder
Vinegar three pints, Capsicum one-half drachm, Tincture of Aconite Root fifteen drops. Mix and boil down to one quart; when cool give i...

Mange
Oil Tar one ounce, Lac Sulphur one and one-half ounces, Whale Oil two ounces. Mix. Rub a little on the skin wherever the disease appear...

Poll Evil And Fistula
Tincture of Opium one drachm, Potash two drachms, Water one ounce; mix, and when dissolved inject into the pipes with a small syringe, ...

Condition Powder
Take Antimony Crude one ounce, Lobelia gr. one ounce, Ginger two ounces, Sulphur Flour three ounces, Berberry gr. one ounce, Cream Tart...

For Bone Spavin
Hog's Lard half pint, best Oil Origanum one and a half ounces, Oil Cajeput two ounces, pulverized Cantharides half ounce. Mix, and appl...

Arabian Horse Tamer's Secret
Take Oil of Cummin, Oil of Rhodium and Horse Castor. Keep separate in air-tight bottles. Rub a little of the Oil of Cummin on your hand...

Cure For Spavin And Ringbone
Cantharides one ounce, Mercurial Ointment half ounce, Corrosive Sublimate a half drachm, Turpentine one and a half ounces, Tincture Iod...

Jockey Tricks
How to make a horse appear as though he was badly foundered Take a fine wire and fasten it tightly around the fetlock, between the foo...

How To Tell The Age Of A Horse
The safest way of determining the age of a horse is by the appearance of the teeth, which undergo certain changes in the course of year...

Age Of Sheep And Goats
At one year old they have eight front teeth of uniform size. At two years the two middle ones are supplanted by two large ones. At thre...

Age Of Cattle
A cow's horn is supposed to furnish a correct indication of the age of the animal, but this is not always true. For ordinary purposes, ...

The Disposition And Character Of The Hog
In all histories of animals, the hog stands a natural phenomenon, and alone in relation to his appetite and physical constitution. T...

Symptoms Of The Disease Hog Cholera
1st. Gentleness and sluggishness. 2d. You will see the hog moving around with his nose close to the ground, with a kind of a forced...

Prevention And Cure Of Hog Cholera
We are aware of the fact that the talent, ingenuity and skill of man has been employed in searching out some remedy as a preventative ...

On Treatment
A little further advice concerning the treatment of hogs when penned for fattening; hogs should be penned on rolling ground if possibl...

Advice To The Young Man
When the young man leaves his father's home to plan out his course as a farmer it is very necessary for him to observe two grand point...

The Treatment Of Fowls
In the rearing of poultry for profit it may safely be stated that dry, well-aired, warm poultry houses are necessary. To keep fow...

Apoplexy
This disease is usually caused by over feeding in confined quarters. The bird may be noticed moping for some days, but usually the trou...

Vertigo
Like apoplexy, is caused by over feeding and lack of exercise. The fowl runs in a circle with but partial control of the limbs. Reme...

Crop-bound
Is caused by irregular feeding. A hungry bird fills his crop to such a degree that the contents, when moistened, becomes a dense compac...

Diarrhoea
Remedy Five grains powdered chalk, 5 grains turkey rhubarb, 5 grains cayenne pepper. ...

Roup
This is a very contagious disease. The well fowls should immediately be separated from the sick ones, and the old quarters thoroughly d...

Gapes
Is caused by parasitic worms in the wind pipe, or from a small tick-like parasite lodged on the head of the chicken when between two an...

Poultry Lousiness
Appears only in poorly kept fowls. Sprinkle the fowls and nests with Scotch snuff or flower of sulphur. In addition thoroughly cleanse ...

How To Imitate Gold
Take the following metals and melt them in a covered crucible; sixteen ounces Virgin Platina, twenty-four ounces pure copper. ...

Silver
Forty ounces Nickel, twenty ounces Copper, thirty ounces Block Tin. ...

Artificial Gold
Sixteen parts of Virgin Platina and seven parts Copper and one of Zinc. Put these in a crucible with powdered charcoal, and melt them t...

Manheim Or Jeweler's Gold
Three parts of Copper, one part of Zinc, and one part of Block Tin. If these are pure and melted in a covered crucible containing charc...

Best Pinchback Gold
Five ounces of pure Copper and one ounce of Zinc. This makes gold so good in appearance that a great deal of deception by its use in th...

Silver Fluid
For silvering brass and copper articles of every description Take an ounce of precipitated Silver to half an ounce of Cyanate of Potas...

Original And Genuine Silver Plating
Galvanism Simplified Dissolve one ounce of Nitrate of Silver in Crystal in twelve ounces of soft water. Then dissolve in the water two...

Powder For Cleaning And Polishing Tin Britannia And Brassware
Take one-half pound ground Pumice Stone and one-quarter pound Red Chalk, mix them evenly together. This is for tin brass. For silver an...

Silver Polish For Tin Brass And Metallic Articles
Quicksilver, Tinfoil or Rottenstone, equal parts, all pulverized together. Roll up in balls, show as you go, and sell for 10 cents a ba...

Another
Fine Four pounds Whiting, one-quarter ounce Oxalic Acid, one-half ounce Cream Tartar. Stir all together, then add slowly three ounces ...

Kangaroo Cement
Rubber one ounce, pack tightly as possible in a bottle and cover it with Bi-Sulphate of Carbon. When the rubber is dissolved you will h...

How To Eat Fire
Anoint your tongue with liquid Storax, and you may put hot iron or fire coals into your mouth, and without burning you. This is a very ...

Imitation Silver
Eleven ounces refined Nickel, two ounces Metallic Bismuth. Melt the composition three times, and pour them out in ley. The third time, ...

Imitation Gold
Four ounces of Platina, three ounces of Silver, one ounce of Copper. ...

Oroide Gold
The best article is made by compounding four parts pure Copper, one and three-fourths part pure Zinc, one-fourth part Magnesia, one-ten...

How To Increase The Weight Of Gold
Take your bar of Gold and rub it long and carefully with thin Silver, until the Gold absorbs the quantity of Silver that you require. T...

Mason's Frozen Perfume
This perfume is in a solid, transparent form, and by rubbing on the handkerchief it imparts an exquisite perfume; by carrying it in the...

Freezing Mixture
Take four parts Nitric Acid, six parts Nitrate Ammonia, and nine parts phosphate of Soda. Having first prepared a vessel of galvanized ...

Improved Troy Starch Enamel
Melt five pounds of Refined Paraffine Wax in a tin boiler or pan over a slow fire; use care in melting. When melted remove the vessel f...

Brilliant Self-shining Stove Polish
This is one of the greatest inventions of the age. It has been the result of a large amount of study on the part of the inventor to per...

To Frost Window Panes
Take Epsom Salts and dissolve in beer. Apply with a brush and you have the finest window frosting known. ...

The Housekeeper's Friend Or Electric Powder
This is one of the most salable articles of the day and staple as flour--something that every housekeeper will buy. It is used for gold...

The Lightning Ink Eraser
The great Lightning Ink Eraser may be used instead of a knife or scraper for erasing in order to rectify a mistake or clean off a blot,...

The Magic Annihilator
To make one gross eight-ounce bottles--aqua ammonia one gallon, soft water eight gallons, best white soap four pounds, saltpetre eight ...

Fire-proof Paint
Take a sufficient quantity of Water for use; add as much Potash as can be dissolved therein. When the water will dissolve no more Potas...

Nb
The above will admit of any coloring you please. ...

Water-proof And Fire-proof Cement For Roofs Of Houses
Slack Stone Lime in a large tub or barrel with boiling water, covering the tub or barrel to keep in the steam. When thus slacked pass s...

Paint For Rough Woodwork
Six pounds melted Pitch, one pound Linseed Oil, and one pound Yellow Ochre. ...

Superior Paint For Brick Houses To Lime Whitewash Add For A Fastener
Sulphate of Zinc, and shade with any color you choose, as Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red, etc. It outlasts oil paint. ...

Art Of Etching On Copper
Having obtained a piece of fine Copper, which will be well polished, make a mixture of Beeswax and a small quantity of Resin; melt thes...

Mahogany Furniture Varnish
Take of Proof Alcohol one quart, cut therein all the Gum Shellac it will take, add two ounces of Venice Turpentine, and coloring to sui...

Water-proof For Leather
Take Linseed Oil one pint, Yellow Wax and White Turpentine each two ounces, Burgundy Pitch two ounces, melt and color with Lamp Black. ...

To Take Stains Out Of Mahogany
Mix Spirits of Salts six parts, Salt of Lemons one part, then drop a little on the stains, and rub them till they disappear. ...

Cements
Cements of various kinds should be kept for occasional use. Flour paste answers very well for slight purposes; if required stronger tha...

To Mend Iron
Mix finely some sifted Lime with the White of an Egg till a thin sort of paste is formed, then add some Iron Filings. Apply this to the...

Patent Glue
One pound fine Isinglass and one pint Rain Water, boil and prepare an ordinary glue, then add slowly, stirring continually, two ounces ...

Patent Blacking
One gallon Alcohol, one ounce Sulphuric Acid, one and one-half pounds Gum Shellac; let stand 48 hours, then add one-fourth pound of Ivo...

Stencil Cutting
Take a thin copper or brass plate, lay flat on the side, then take a sharp edged steel, write thereon the same as common writing, but p...

Glue For Cementing Paper And Leather
Take Isinglass and Parchment each one ounce, Sugar Candy and Gum Tragacanth each two drachms, add to them one ounce Water, and boil the...

New England Soap
Take three pounds of hard, white soap, shave it up fine, dissolve it in ten quarts boiling water; add one ounce Salts of Tartar, three ...

To Harden Wood
One often desires to impart the hardness of Oak to shutters, doors, etc., made of soft wood. This is easily done by giving them a first...

Washing Fluid
Two pounds crude Potash, one ounce Sal Ammoniac, one-half ounce Saltpetre, two gallons Rain Water, one pint for eight gallons of Water,...

Liquid Cement
Cut Gum Shellac in 70 per cent Alcohol, put it in vials, and it is ready for use. Apply it to the edge of the broken dish with a feathe...

To Clean Wine Decanters
Use a little Pearl Ash or Soda, and some Cinders and Water. Rinse them out with water. ...

To Clean China
Use a little of Fuller's Earth and Soda or Pearl Ash with Water. ...

Burning Fluid
Four quarts Alcohol, one pint Spirits of Turpentine; mix well. It is the best in use. ...

Fly Poison
Sugar half ounce, half ounce thoroughly ground Black Pepper. Make it to thin paste and place it on paper where the flies do congregate....

Furniture Polish
Best Vinegar one pint, Turpentine half pint. Mix and apply with a brush. ...

Patent Soap
Half pint Turpentine, three pints Sal Soda, three pounds grease, two pounds Resin Soap, forty gallons Water. Boil one hour and it is fi...

Rat Mouse And Roach Exterminator
One pint Alcohol, one-fourth ounce Cayenne Pepper, one ounce powdered Anise Seed, one-fourth ounce Saltpetre, one-fourth ounce White Le...

To Clean Britiannia Ware
Britiannia ware should be washed with a woolen cloth and sweet oil, then washed in water and suds, and rubbed with soft leather and whi...

The Art Of Painting Glass
The only difference between ordinary painting and painting on glass is, that in the latter all transparent colors are used instead of o...

Oil Paste For Blacking Boots And Shoes
Two ounces Oil of Vitriol, four ounces Tanner's Oil, mix and let stand forty-eight hours, then add five ounces Molasses and one pound I...

Crystal Cement
Dissolve one pound of White Glue in one and one-half pints of hot water, then cut one ounce Gum Shellac in one and one-half pints Alcoh...

For Cleaning Marble
Muriatic Acid two lbs., Acetic Acid one-half lb., Verdigris one-quarter ounce. Mix and apply with a brush. Wash the stone after with sp...

A New Art Or The Lightning Interest Rules
Reduce the whole time to months and set it down in figures; divide the number of days by three, and set the quotient down to the right ...

Bottle Wax
Black.--Black Resin six and one-half pounds, Beeswax one-half pound, finely powdered Ivory Black one and one-half pounds. Melt together...

Liquid Mucilage
Fine clean Glue one pound, Gum Arabic ten ounces, Water one quart. Melt by heat in glue kettle or water bath; when entirely melted, add...

Bluing For Clothes
Take one ounce of soft Prussian Blue, powder it and put in a bottle with a quart of clear Rainwater, and add one-fourth ounce of Oxalic...

Swain's Vermifuge
Wormseed two ounces, Valerian, Rhubarb, Pink-Root, White Agaric, of each one and one-fourth ounces. Boil in sufficient water to yield t...

To Make Pads
A piece of fine Woolen Cloth saturated with ink, makes an excellent pad, but it is customary to place sheet cotton underneath and musli...

To Make Wax Flowers
The following articles will be required to commence wax work: two pounds White Wax, one-fourth pound Hair Wire, one bottle Carmine, one...

Portable Lemonade
Tartaric Acid one ounce, White Sugar two pounds, Essense of Lemon one-fourth ounce; powder and keep dry for use. One dessert spoonful w...

To Neutralize Whisky To Make Various Liquors
To forty gallons of Whisky add one and one-half pounds unslacked Lime, three-fourths of a pound of Alum, and one-half pint Spirits of N...

Madeira Wine
To four gallons prepared Cider, add one-fourth pound Tartaric Acid, four gallons of Spirits, three pounds Loaf Sugar. Let stand ten day...

Sherry Wine
To forty gallons prepared Cider add two gallons Spirits, three pounds of Raisins, six gallons good Sherry and one-half ounce Oil of Bit...

Artificial Honey
Take eight pounds of White Sugar, add two quarts of Water, boil four minutes, then add one pound of Bee's Honey. Strain while hot. Flav...

Port Wine
To forty gallons prepared Cider add six gallons good Port Wine, ten quarts Wild Grapes, clusters, one-half pound bruised Rhatany Root, ...

Cleaning Compound
Mix one ounce of Borax and one ounce Gum Camphor with one quart of boiling water. When cool add one pint of Alcohol, bottle and cork ti...

Shaving Soap
Good white Soap in fine shavings, three pounds; Balm Soap, one pound; Soft Water, three-fourths of a pound; Soda, one ounce. Melt caref...

Leather Cement
Take Gutta Percha cut in Chloroform to right consistency for use. Equal to Cook's best for putting patches on leather, cloth shoes or b...

To Fasten Paper To Tin
Take good clear pale yellow Glue, break it into rather small pieces, and let it soak a few hours in cold water. Pour off the supernatan...

Hunters' And Trapper's Secret
Take equal parts of Oil of Rhodium, Anise Oil, Sweet Oil and Honey, and mix well. Put a few drops on any kind of bait. For musk-rats us...

Fire Kindlers
To make very nice fire kindlers take Resin, any quantity, and melt it, putting in for each pound being used two or three ounces or Tall...

Red Sealing Wax
Purchase four pounds Shellac, one and one-half pounds Veneer Turpentine, three pounds finest Cinnabar, and four ounces Venetian; mix th...

Furniture Polish
Equal parts Sweet Oil and Vinegar and a pint of Gum Arabic finely powdered. Shake the bottle and apply with a rag. It will make furnitu...

Black Sealing Wax
Purchase the best Black Resin three pounds, Beeswax one-half pound, and finely powdered Ivory Black one pound. Melt the whole together ...

Cement For Leather
Virgin India Rubber dissolved in Bisulphide of Carbon. Add Bisulphide until of proper consistency to apply. After applying hold a moder...

Aromatic Schiedam Schnapps
to imitate To twenty-five gallons good common Gin, five over proof, add fifteen pints strained Honey, two gallons clear Water, five pi...

Champagne Cider
Good Cider, pale, one hogshead, Spirits three gallons, Honey or Sugar twenty pounds. Mix and let them stand for two weeks; then fine wi...

Cider Without Apples
To one gallon of cold Water add dark brown Sugar one pound, Tartaric Acid one-half ounce, Yeast three tablespoonfuls. Shake well togeth...

St Croix Rum
To forty gallons p. or n. Spirits add two gallons St. Croix Rum, two ounces Acetic Acid, one and one-half ounces Butyric Acid, three po...

Irish Or Scotch Whisky
To forty gallons proof Spirits add sixty drops Creosote dissolved in one quart of Alcohol, two ounces Acetic Acid, one pound Loaf Sugar...

French Brandy
Pure Spirits one gallon, best French Brandy for any kind you wish to imitate, one quart, Loaf Sugar two ounces, Sweet Spirits Nitre one...

English Gin
Plain Malt Spirits one hundred gallons, Spirits of Turpentine one pint, Bay Salt seven pounds. Mix and distill. The difference in the f...

French Furniture Polish
Alcohol 98 per cent one pint, Gum Copal and Shellac of each one ounce, Dragon's Blood. Mix and dissolve by setting in a warm place. ...

To Take Fac-similes Of Signatures
Write your name on a piece of paper, and while the ink is wet sprinkle over it some finely powdered Gum Arabic, then make a rim around ...

Chemical Compound
Aqua Ammonia two ounces, soft Water one quart, Saltpetre one teaspoonful, Shaving Soap in shavings one ounce. Mix all together. Dissolv...

Distilling Whisky From Molasses
Take five gallons of Molasses, mix thoroughly with twenty-five gallons soft Water in a barrel. Stir in one-half gallon Brewer's Yeast; ...

Ink Powder
Powdered Nut Galls four ounces, Copperas three ounces, Logwood one ounce, Gum Arabic one-half ounce. Sufficient for one quart of water....

Florida Water
Dissolve in one-half gallon of 90 per cent Alcohol, one ounce each of Oil of Lavender, Oil of Bergamot and Oil of Lemon and Oil of Clov...

Molasses Candy
Boil Molasses over a moderately hot fire, stirring constantly. When you think it is done drop a little on a plate, and if sufficiently ...

To Make Eggs Of Pharaoh's Serpents
Take Mercury and dissolve it in moderately diluted Nitric Acid by means of heat, take care, however, that there be always an excess of ...

Boot And Shoe Blacking
Ivory Black one pound, Molasses two ounces, Olive Oil four ounces, Oil of Vitriol four ounces, Alcohol eight ounces, Rye Flour one poun...

Angler's Secret No 1
Mix the juice of Lovage or Smellage, or spoiled cheese, with any kind of bait. ...

Angler's Secret No 2
Mullen Seed pulverized and mixed with dough, and sprinkled on the surface of still water, intoxicates fish and makes them turn up on th...

Bristol's Tooth Powder
Prepared Chalk one pound, Castile Soap one-half pound, powdered Yellow Bark two ounces, powdered Gum Myrrh two ounces, powdered Loaf Su...

Royal Washing Powder
Mix any quantity of Soda Ash with an equal portion of Carbonate of Soda--ordinary Soda--crushed into coarse grains. Have a thin solutio...

Egyptian Cement
For mending china, glass or woodenware: Take one pound of the best White Glue, one-half pound dry White Lead, one quart soft Water, one...

Handy Water Pens
Take best quality violet Analine, reduce to a thick paste with water; then add Mucilage and mix thoroughly. Apply the paste thus made t...

Artificial Oysters
Grate green corn in a dish; to one pint of this add one egg well beaten, small teacup of flour, half a cup of butter, salt and pepper; ...

Paste That Will Not Sour
Dissolve one-half of an ounce of Alum in a pint of boiling water, add an equal weight of Flour, made smooth in a little cold water, and...

Essences
Essences are made with one ounce of any given oil added to one pint of Alcohol. Peppermint is colored with Tincture Turmeric, Cinnamon w...

Tinctures
Tinctures are made with one ounce of Gum, Root, or Bark, etc., dried, to each pint of proof spirits and let it stand one week and filter...

Oleomargarine Manufacture
The process by which suet is converted into the substance called oleamargarine is as follows: The crude suet after first being washed i...

Silver Plating Fluid
Take one ounce Precipitate Silver to one-half ounce Cyanite of Potash and one-fourth ounce of Hyposulphate of Soda. Put all in a quart ...

Mucilage For Labels
Dextrine two ounces, Glycerine one drachm, Alcohol one ounce, water six ounces. ...

Fig Candy
Take one pound of Sugar and one pint of Water, set over a slow fire. When done add a few drops of Vinegar and a lump of Butter, and pou...

Raisin Candy
Can be made in the same manner, substituting stoned raisins for the Figs. Common Molasses Candy is very nice with any kind of nuts adde...

Peppermint Rose Or Hoarhound Candy
These may be made as Lemon Candy. Flavor with Essence of Rose, or Peppermint, or finely powdered Hoarhound. Pour it out in a buttered p...

Cologne
Take one gallon 95 per cent Alcohol or Cologne Spirits, two ounces Oil of Bergamot, one-half ounce Orange, one-half ounce Oil of Cedar,...

Bay Rum Equal To The Best Imported
Oil of Bay, fine, one and one-half drachms, Oil of Neroli (bigard) ten drops, Ether Acetic two drachms, Alcohol deod. (strong) three pi...

Copying Pad
White Gelatine four ounces, Water eight ounces, Glycerine eight ounces, Gum Dextrine two ounces. Always use these same proportions for ...

To Bore Holes In Glass
Any hard steel tool will cut glass with great facility when kept freely wet with camphor dissolved in turpentine. A drill bow may be us...

To Etch Upon Glass
Procure several thick, clear pieces of crown glass; and immerse them in Melted Wax, so that they may receive a complete coating, or pou...

Rubber Hand Stamps
Set up the desired name and address in common type, oil the type, and place a guard about one-half inch high around the form. Now mix P...

Common Twist Candy
Boil three pounds of common Sugar and one pint of water over a slow fire for half an hour without skimming. When boiled enough take it ...

Sticky Fly Paper
Boiled Linseed Oil and Rosin; melt and add honey. Soak the paper in a strong solution of Alum, then dry before applying the above. ...

Kiss-me-quick
Spirits one gallon, Essence of Thyme one-fourth ounce, Essence of Orange Flowers two ounces, Essence of Neroli one-half ounce, Otto of ...

How To Test The Richness Of Milk
Procure any long glass vessel--a cologne bottle or long phial. Take a narrow strip of paper, just the length from the neck to the botto...

Fine Peppermint Lozenges
Best powdered White Sugar seven pounds, pure Starch one pound, Oil of Peppermint to flavor. Mix with Mucilage. ...

How To Fasten Rubber To Wood And Metal
As rubber plates and rings are nowadays used almost exclusively for making connections between steam and other pipes and apparatus, muc...

To Transfer Printed Matter And Print From It Again
Take your picture or print and soak it for a short time in a weak solution of Caustic Potash, then remove it carefully, and let it dry ...

Ixl Baking Powder
Take one pound Tartaric Acid in Crystals, one and one-half pounds Bi-Carbonate of Soda, and one and one-half pounds of Potash Starch. E...

Everlasting Fence Posts
I discovered many years ago that wood could be made to last longer than iron in the ground, but thought the process so simple and inexp...

Liquid Glue
To one ounce of Borax in one pint of boiling water, add two ounces of Shellac, and boil until the Shellac is dissolved. ...

To Mend Tinware By The Heat Of A Candle
Take a phial about two-thirds full of Muriatic Acid and put into it little bits of Sheet Zinc as long as it dissolves them; then put in...

To Whiten And Soften The Hands
Take one-half lb. Mutton Tallow, one ounce Camphor Gum, one ounce Glycerine; melt, and when thoroughly mixed, set away to cool. Rub the...

A Branding Ink
A waterproof branding ink, good for marking sheep: Shellac two ounces, Borax two ounces, Water twenty-four ounces, Gum Arabic two ounce...

French Polish Or Dressing For Leather
Mix two pints best Vinegar with one pint soft water. Stir into it one-fourth pound Glue, broken up, one-half pound Logwood chips, one-f...

New York Barber's Star Hair Oil
Castor Oil six and one-half pints, Alcohol one and one-half pints, Citronella and Lavender Oil, each one-half ounce. ...

Barber's Shampooing Mixture
Soft Water one pint, Sal Soda one ounce, Cream Tartar one-fourth ounce. Apply thoroughly to the hair. ...

Crucibles
The best crucibles are made of a pure fire clay, mixed with finely ground cement of oil crucibles, and a portion of black lead or graph...

What To Invent
Cheap, useful articles that will sell at sight. Something that everyone needs, and the poorest can afford. Invent simple things for the...

How To Protect Your Invention
Patent it. If you do not, others will reap the benefits that rightfully belong to you. A PATENT IS A PROTECTION given to secure the i...

To Whom Letters Patent Are Granted
Section 4886 of the Revised Statutes of the United States provides that: "Any person who has invented or discovered any new and useful ...

Designs
A design patent can be obtained for novelties in the shape of configuration of articles, or impressions by any means whatever. These pa...

Caveats
A caveat is a confidential communication used in the Patent Office, and it consists of a specification, drawings, oath and petition. Th...

How A Copyright Is Secured
The method by which a copyright is obtained under the revised acts of Congress is as simple and inexpensive as can be reasonably asked....

Trade Marks Labels Prints Etc
Copyrights cannot be granted upon trade marks, nor upon mere names of companies or articles, nor upon prints or labels intended to be u...

Water Ices
Some make these with acid, water, flavor, and the whites of eggs. No good. The best rules for the amount of sugar is to suit your tas...

Frangipanna
Spirits one gallon, Oil Bergamot one ounce, Oil of Lemon one ounce; macerate for four days, frequently shaking; then add Water one gall...

Silvering Powder
Nitrate of Silver and common Salt, of each thirty grains, Cream of Tartar three and one-half drachms. Pulverize finely, mix thoroughly,...

Extract Of Lemon
Three ounces Oil Lemon; cut with 95 proof Alcohol; add one gallon 80 proof Alcohol, and filter through cotton or felt. Put up in two ou...

Balm Of A Thousand Flowers
Deodorized Alcohol one pint, nice white Bar Soap four ounces; shave the soap when put in, stand in a warm place till dissolved, then ad...

Tin Cans
Size of sheet for from 1 to 100 gallons: For 1 gallon 7 by 20 ins. For 3-1/2 gallons 10 by 28 ins. For ...

Moulds And Dies
Copper, Zinc and Silver in equal proportions, melt together under a coat of powdered charcoal, and mould into the form you desire. Brin...

Indestructible Lamp Wicks
Steep common wicks in a concentrated aqueous solution of Tungstate of Soda, and then dry thoroughly in an oven. ...

A Gold Plate For Small Articles Without A Battery
Digest a small fragment of gold with about ten times its weight of mercury until it is dissolved, shake the amalgam together in a bottl...

A Gelatine Mould For Casting Plaster Ornaments
Allow twelve ounces of Gelatine to soak for a few hours in water, until it has absorbed as much as it can, then apply heat, by which it...

Imitation Of Ground Glass
The following is from an Antwerp scientific journal. Paint the glass with the following varnishes: Sandarac eighteen drachms, Mastic fo...

Unshrinkable Patterns
The best mixture for small patterns, that does not shrink in casting, is sixty-nine parts Lead, fifteen and one-half parts Antimony, fi...

To Make Artificial Marble For Paper Weights Or Other Fancy Articles
Soak Plaster of Paris in a solution of Alum, bake it in an over, and then grind it to a powder. In using mix it with water, and to prod...

Molds Of Glue And Molasses Such As Rodgers Uses For Making His Statuettes
The flexible moulds referred to are prepared as follows: Glue eight pounds, Molasses (New Orleans) seven pounds. Soak the Glue over nig...

To Clarify Liquids
The following composition is said to bleach all colored liquids, and to render bone-black perfectly unnecessary: Albumen three hundred,...

To Prevent Store Windows From Steaming
J. F. writes: I am about to have the front show windows of my store inclosed with inside windows. Can you tell any way to prevent the o...

Artificial India Rubber
A cheap and useful substitute for Indian rubber is prepared by mixing a thick solution of Glue with Tungstate of Soda and Hydrochloric ...

Rubber Stamps For Photographs
Many photographers employ a rubber stamp for imprinting the backs of mounts, and in these circumstances a good ink is very essential. H...

A Good Idea
How to Remove Pain and Soreness from Wounds. The value of the smoke from burned wool to remove the pain and soreness from wounds of all...

Chilblains
We glean two prescriptions from the British Medical Journal. They are now being used in this country, and with good results. Lin. Bella...

Said To Be Good For Grip
Anything that affords hope of relief from Grip is of interest. Pauline Crayson writes from Cranford, N.J., to New York Tribune, saying:...

Sticks Like A Brother
A paste that will adhere to anything Prof. Alex. Winchell is credited with the invention of a cement that will stick to anything (Nat....

Molasses Taffy
New Orleans Molasses one pint, Sugar one and one-half pounds, Water one-half pint (no doctor). Stir all the time to a good light snap. ...

Cream Taffy
Same as above. When to the ball degree have ready half cup cider vinegar, one-fourth pipe Cream Tartar, dissolve in the Vinegar, four o...

Nut Taffy
Use the cream taffy recipe. Just before the candy is done cooking stir in any kind of nut goodies, pour out, and when cool enough not t...

Good Brown Butter-scotch
C Sugar, three pounds; Water, one and one-fourth pint; Cream Tartar, one full pipe dissolved in one cup Cider Vinegar; Molasses, one-ha...

Sour Lemon Drops
Make a batch of barley squares. Just as soon as you pour it on the slab sprinkle over it three-fourths ounce dry Tartaric Acid, two tab...

Stick Candy
Stick candy is made precisely the same as peppermint clips, by keeping the batch round, and a second person to twist them and keep them...

Strawberry
Same, only flavor with strawberry; color with liquid coloring slightly. ...

Maple Caramels
Use one-half Maple Sugar with C Sugar. No flavor. ...

Walnut Caramels
Same as the first. When done, stir in sufficient nuts to suit. A better caramel can be made with white sugar, and milk instead of wa...

Almond Bars
Same as peanut, only add the Almond nuts in time to allow them to roast a little in the boiling sugar. One-fourth of a pint of New Orle...

Chocolate Coating
Can use sweet confectioners', or confectioners' plain (never use the quarter and one-pound grocery packages, as it contains too much su...

Cold Sugar Icing
For dipping cream drops. Confectioners' sugar with the white of eggs and a small amount of dissolved Gum Arabic in water. Make this int...

Cocoanut Cream Ice
Two pounds granulated sugar, three-fourths pint water, boil to a light crack; set off, add four ounces glucose (or the amount of cream ...

Opera Creams
Two pounds white sugar, three-fourths pint cow's cream, boil to a soft ball; set off; add two ounces glucose; set on, stir easy until i...

Italian Cream Operas
Melt four ounces butter with four ounces plain chocolate. Take a batch of the opera cream; when cooked, add the above, stir it in the k...

Butter Creams
One and one-half pounds white sugar, and one-half pound C. sugar, three-fourths pound glucose, one-fourth pint molasses, one and one-fo...

Boston Chips
Three pounds of white sugar, one-half pipe cream tartar, one and one-fourth pints water; boil with a lid over it to the hard snap; pour...

Date Or Fig Squares
Can be made by cutting them fine, scatter them thick over the greased stone, and pour over them a batch of barley square candy. Mark an...

Pine Tree Tar Cough Candy
First have one tablespoon oil of tar dissolved in two tablespoons of alcohol. Cook to a hard snap twenty pounds sugar (white), three ...

Date And Fig Creams
Seed dates, cut a piece out of the end V shape, insert a white or pink cream ball, press it in, and stick a clove in the end; it looks ...

Factory Cream Dough
This recipe is worth twenty-five dollars to any candy maker. When the cream is first done it appears flaky and coarse; but the next mor...

Imitation Hand-made Chocolate
Take a suitable hand made. Make your plaster paris prints. Take a quantity of the above cream, melt in a bath, flavor and mould. Dip. ...

A Number One Chocolate Drop
Moulding cream; granulated sugar, twenty pounds; water, three quarts. Boiled to a thread, set off, add three pounds of glucose dissolve...

Cheap Chocolates
Quick work. Make a batch of the above number one. Exactly the same process. After the glucose is dissolved in the batch do not pour out...

To Work Over Scraps Of Candy
To thirty pounds of scraps use one gallon water; stir until it boils; set off, for it would never melt any more by boiling; continue st...

To Cook Over Maple Sugar
To sixty pounds broken up maple, add water (according to the hard or soft grain of the sugar) enough to dissolve. Stir until melted. If...

Artificial Maple Sugar
Dark C. sugar (driest), two pounds; water, one-third pint; butter, two ounces, melted; flavor with maple flavor; boil to a ball, cream ...

Molasses Pop-corn Balls
Always sift your corn after it is popped. For home use, add butter and lemon flavor to your syrup. This is too expensive for retail and...

For White Or Red
Sugar and glucose half and half, water, to melt and boil as above. Work the same. To make six hundred bricks a day and pop this corn,...

Candy Penny Pop-corn Pieces
Cook a batch of glucose to a light snap, flavor well, pour thin. While hot place your pop-corn sheet hard down on the candy, mark deep ...

To Shell Cocoanuts
Take the nut in the left hand with the three eyes up; strike from the nut down with your hatchet; peel with a knife or spoke shave, cut...

Red Center
Take two-thirds, pour thin; color the remaining one-third red with the liquor color; place this on the half of the two-thirds, and turn...

Flavorings
To any kind of oils take eight times in bulk the amount of Alcohol: stir, let set in a warm place a short time; can be used if needed i...

Home Made Maple Sugar
To two pounds of maple (bricks, not cakes) 1 pint water, one-third pipe cream of tartar (or four ounces of glucose is best); boil slow ...

To Make A Candy House
House for a show window. Take any design you fancy, of card board. Cut out the windows; place this on your candy slab. Now with a lead ...

To Make A Delicious Candy Cocoanut Cake
Have your cake layers cold. Place in your rice steamer one-half grated cocoanut and a chunk of hand-made cream the size of your fist; s...

Ice Cream
I will give only the best recipe, my own improvement, as workmen will find all my private recipes in this book to be different from oth...

Fair Ground Lemonade
Take one barrel water; dissolve in one quart of warm water twenty-five cents worth citric acid; dissolve two dollars' worth A sugar in ...

Jap Cocoanut
One pound XXX confectioner's sugar, dampened a little; one and one-half pounds glucose; stir when cooked to a soft ball; add all the gr...

Lemon Ice
Seven lemons, the juice only, juice of three oranges. Take one pint water, dissolve in one-half ounce of French sheet gelatine; then ad...

Orange Ice
The same by changing the fruit proportionately. ...

The Adulterations Used By Certain Factories
(Please never try to make use of the following, for I never would print it for that purpose, only to expose the stuff.) Grape sugar,...

How To Ornament Cakes
You need four cups of confectioners' finest sugar, whites of two eggs. Beat the eggs just a little, add the sugar gradually, juice one ...

Taking Leaf Photographs
A very pretty amusement, especially for those who have just completed the study of botany, is the taking of leaf photographs. One ver...

Curious Things
1. To apparently burn water, fill a glass lamp with water, and put into it for a wick a piece of Gum Camphor. The lamp should not be qu...

Muriate Of Tin Tin Liquor
If druggists keep it, it is best to purchase of them already made, but if you prefer, proceed as follows: Get at a tinner's shop block ...

The Centennial Illuminating Oil
Recipe for Making One Gallon.--Take seven-eighths gallon Benzine or crude Petroleum, add to it one-half ounce Gum Camphor, one-half oun...

Handy Facts To Settle Many Arguments
London plague in 1665. Telephone invented 1861. There are 2,750 languages. Two persons die every second. Sound moves 743 ...

Fate Of The Apostles
The following brief history of the fate of the Apostles may be new to those whose reading has not been evangelical: St. Matthew is su...

The Single Tax
This idea was first formulated by Mr. Henry George in 1879, and has grown steadily in favor. Single tax men assert as a fundamental p...


Curious Facts about Authors

The Finding Of John Evelyn's Ms Diary At Wotton
The MS. Diary, or "Kalendarium," of the celebrated John Evelyn lay among the family papers at Wotton, in Surrey, from the period of hi...

Families Of Literary Men
A Quarterly Reviewer, in discussing an objection to the Copyright Bill of Mr. Sergeant Talfourd, which was taken by Sir Edward Sugden,...

The Blue-stocking Club
Towards the close of the last century, there met at Mrs. Montague's a literary assembly, called "The Blue-Stocking Club," in consequen...

Dr Johnson And Hannah More
When Hannah More came to London in 1773, or 1774, she was domesticated with Garrick, and was received with favour by Johnson, Reynolds...

Miss Mitford's Farewell To Three Mile Cross
When Miss Mitford left her rustic cottage at Three Mile Cross, and removed to Reading, (the Belford Regis of her novel), she penned th...

Smollett's Hugh Strap
In the year 1809 was interred, in the churchyard of St. Martin's in the Fields, the body of one Hew Hewson, who died at the age of 85....

Collins's Poems
Mr. John Ragsdale, of Richmond, in Surrey, who was the intimate friend of Collins, states that some of his Odes were written while on ...

Captain Morris's Songs
Alas! poor Morris--writes one--we knew him well. Who that has once read or heard his songs, can forget their rich and graceful imagery...

Literary Dinners
Incredible as it may appear, it is sometimes stated very confidently, that English authors and actors who give dinners, are treated wi...

Popularity Of The Pickwick Papers
Mr. Davy, who accompanied Colonel Cheney up the Euphrates, was for a time in the service of Mehemet Ali Pacha. "Pickwick" happening to...

Swift's Disappointment
"I remember when I was a little boy, (writes Swift in a letter to Bolingbroke,) I felt a great fish at the end of my line, which I dr...

Leigh Hunt And Thomas Carlyle
The following characteristic story of these two "intellectual gladiators" is related in "A New Spirit of the Age." Leigh Hunt and...

Cowper's Poems
Johnson, the publisher in St. Paul's Churchyard, obtained the copyright of Cowper's Poems, which proved a great source of profit to hi...

Hearne's Love Of Ale
Thomas Warton, in his Account of Oxford, relates that at the sign of Whittington and his Cat, the laborious antiquary, Thomas Hearne, ...

Sheridan's Wit
Sheridan's wit was eminently brilliant, and almost always successful; it was, like all his speaking, exceedingly prepared, but it was ...

Smollett's History Of England
This man of genius among trading authors, before he began his History of England, wrote to the Earl of Shelburne, then in the Whig Ad...

Magna Charta Recovered
The transcript of Magna Charta, now in the British Museum, was discovered by Sir Robert Cotton in the possession of his tailor, who wa...

Fox And Gibbon
When Mr. Fox's furniture was sold by auction, after his decease in 1806, amongst his books there was the first volume of his friend Gi...

Dr Johnson's Pride
Sir Joshua Reynolds used to relate the following characteristic anecdote of Johnson:--About the time of their early acquaintance, they...

Lord Byron's Corsair
The Earl of Dudley, in his Letters, (1814) says:--"To me Byron's Corsair appears the best of all his works. Rapidity of execution is ...

Booksellers In Little Britain
Little Britain, anciently Breton-street, from the mansion of the Duke of Bretagne on that spot, in more modern times became the "Pater...

Reconciling The Fathers
A Dean of Gloucester having some merry divines at dinner with him one day, amongst other discourses they were talking of reconciling t...

Sir James Mackintosh's Humour
Sir James Mackintosh had a great deal of humour; and, among many other examples of it, he kept a dinner-party at his own house for two...

Writings Of Lope De Vega
The number of Lope de Vega's works has been strangely exaggerated by some, but by others reduced to about one-sixth of the usual state...

Popularity Of Lope De Vega
Other writers, of the same age with Lope de Vega, obtained a wider celebrity. Don Quixote, during the life of its ill-requited author,...

Swift's Loves
The first of these ladies, whom Swift romantically christened Varina, was a Miss Jane Waryng, to whom he wrote passionate letters, and...

Coleridge's Watchman
Coleridge, among his many speculations, started a periodical, in prose and verse, entitled The Watchman, with the motto, "that all mig...

Ireland's Shakspeare Forgeries
Mr. Samuel Ireland, originally a silk merchant in Spitalfields, was led by his taste for literary antiquities to abandon trade for tho...

Hoole The Translator Of Tasso The Ghost Puzzled
Hoole was born in a hackney-coach, which was conveying his mother to Drury-lane Theatre, to witness the performance of the tragedy of ...

Lord Byron's Vanity
During the residence of Lord Byron at Venice, a clerk was sent from the office of Messrs. Vizard and Co., of Lincoln's Inn, to procure...

Lord Byron's Apology
No one knew how to apologize for an affront with better grace, or with more delicacy, than Lord Byron. In the first edition of the fir...

Fine Flourishes
Lord Brougham, in an essay published long ago in the Edinburgh Review, read a smart lesson to Parliamentary wits. "A wit," says his lo...

Mathematical Sailors
Nathaniel Bowditch, the translator of Laplace's Mecanique Celeste, displayed in very early life a taste for mathematical studies. In t...

Lewis's Monk
This romance, on its first appearance, roused the attention of all the literary world of England, and even spread its writer's name to...

Thomson's Recitations
Thomson, the author of the "Seasons," was a very awkward reader of his own productions. His patron, Doddington, once snatched a MS. fr...

Goldsmith's She Stoops To Conquer
Goldsmith, during the first performance of this comedy, walked all the time in St. James' Park in great uneasiness. Finally, when he t...

Silence Not Always Wisdom
Coleridge once dined in company with a person who listened to him, and said nothing for a long time; but he nodded his head, and Coler...

Dr Chalmers In London
When Dr. Chalmers first visited London, the hold that he took on the minds of men was unprecedented. It was a time of strong political...

Romilly And Brougham
Hallam's History of the Middle Ages was the last book of any importance read by Sir Samuel Romilly. Of this excellent work he formed ...

Physiognomy Of The French Revolutionists
It is remarkable, (says Bulwer, in his Zanoni,) that most of the principal actors of the French Revolution were singularly hideous in ...

Death Of Sir Charles Bell
This distinguished surgeon died suddenly on April 29, 1842, at Hallow Park, near Worcester, while on his way to Malvern. He was out sk...

Classic Pun
It was suggested to a distinguished gourmet, what a capital thing a dish all fins (turbot's fins) might be made. "Capital," said he; "...

Poetry Of The Sea
Campbell was a great lover of submarine prospects. "Often in my boyhood," says the poet, "when the day has been bright and the sea tr...

Felon Literature
One of the most stinging reproofs of perverted literary taste, evidently aimed at Newgate Calendar literature, appeared in the form of...

Death Bed Revelations
Men before they die see and comprehend enigmas hidden from them before. The greatest poet, and one of the noblest thinkers of the last...

Stammering Wit
Stammering, (says Coleridge,) is sometimes the cause of a pun. Some one was mentioning in Lamb's presence the cold-heartedness of the ...

Origin Of Bottled Ale
Alexander Newell, Dean of St. Paul's, and Master of Westminster School, in the reign of Queen Mary, was an excellent angler. But Fulle...

Bad's The Best
Canning was once asked by an English clergyman, at whose parsonage he was visiting, how he liked the sermon he had preached that morni...

Ludicrous Estimate Of Mr Canning
The Rev. Sydney Smith compares Mr. Canning in office to a fly in amber: "nobody cares about the fly: the only question is, how the dev...

The Authorship Of Waverley
Mrs. Murray Keith, a venerable Scotch lady, from whom Sir Walter Scott derived many of the traditionary stories and anecdotes wrough...

Quid Pro Quo
Campbell relates:--"Turner, the painter, is a ready wit. Once at a dinner where several artists, amateurs, and literary men were conve...

Hope's Anastasius
Lord Byron, in a conversation with the Countess of Blessington, said that he wept bitterly over many pages of Anastasius, and for two ...

Smart Repartee
Walpole relates, after an execution of eighteen malefactors, a woman was hawking an account of them, but called them nineteen. A gentl...

Colton's Lacon
This remarkable book was written upon covers of letters and scraps of paper of such description as was nearest at hand; the greater p...

Bunyan's Copy Of The Book Of Martyrs
There is no book, except the Bible, which Bunyan is known to have perused so intently as the Acts and Monuments of John Fox, the mart...

Literary Localities
Leigh Hunt pleasantly says:--"I can no more pass through Westminster, without thinking of Milton; or the Borough, without thinking of ...

Creed Of Lord Bolingbroke
Lord Brougham says:--"The dreadful malady under which Bolingbroke long lingered, and at length sunk--a cancer in the face--he bore wit...

Bunyan's Preaching
It is said that Owen, the divine, greatly admired Bunyan's preaching; and that, being asked by Charles II. "how a learned man such as ...

Hone's Every-day Book
This popular work was commenced by its author after he had renounced political satire for the more peaceful study of the antiquities o...

Bunyan's Escapes
Bunyan had some providential escapes during his early life. Once, he fell into a creek of the sea, once out of a boat into the river O...

Drollery Spontaneous
More drolleries are uttered unintentionally than by premeditation. There is no such thing as being "droll to order." One evening a lad...

Origin Of Cowper's John Gilpin
It happened one afternoon, in those years when Cowper's accomplished friend, Lady Austen, made a part of his little evening circle, th...

Hard Fate Of Authors
Sir E. B. (now Lord) Lytton, in the memoir which he prefixed to the collected works of Laman Blanchard, draws the following affecting...

James Smith One Of The Authors Of Rejected Addresses
A writer in the Law Quarterly Magazine says:--To the best of our information, James's coup d'essai in literature was a hoax in the sh...

Contemporary Copyrights
The late Mr. Tegg, the publisher in Cheapside, gave the following list of remunerative payments to distinguished authors in his time; ...

Miss Burney's Evelina
The story of Evelina being printed when the authoress was but seventeen years old is proved to have been sheer invention, to trumpet ...

Epitaph On Charles Lamb
Lamb lies buried in Edmonton churchyard, and the stone bears the following lines to his memory, written by his friend, the Rev. H. F. ...

Tom Cringle's Log
The author of this very successful work, (originally published in Blackwood's Magazine,) was a Mr. Mick Scott, born in Edinburgh in 1...

Chances For The Drama
The royal patent, by which the performance of the regular drama was restricted to certain theatres, does not appear to have fostered t...

Fuller's Memory
Marvellous anecdotes are related of Dr. Thomas Fuller's memory. Thus, it is stated that he undertook once, in passing to and from Temp...

Lord Hervey's Wit
Horace Walpole records Lord Hervey's memorable saying about Lord Burlington's pretty villa at Chiswick, now the Duke of Devonshire's, ...

Anacreontic Invitation By Moore
The following, one of the latest productions of the poet Moore, addressed to the Marquis of Lansdowne, shows that though by that time ...

The Poets In A Puzzle
Cottle, in his Life of Coleridge, relates the following amusing incident:-- "I led the horse to the stable, when a fresh perplexity...

Sale Of Magazines
Sir John Hawkins, in his "Memoirs of Johnson," ascribes the decline of literature to the ascendancy of frivolous Magazines, between th...

Mrs Southey
And who was Mrs. Southey?--who but she who was so long known, and so great a favourite, as Caroline Bowles; transformed by the gallant...

Devotion To Science
M. Agassiz, the celebrated palaeontologist, is known to have relinquished pursuits from which he might have been in the receipt of a c...

Disadvantageous Correction
Lord North had little reason to congratulate himself when he ventured on an interruption with Burke. In a debate on some economical qu...

Patronage Of Literature
When Victor Hugo was an aspirant for the honours of the French Academy, and called on M. Royer Collard to ask his vote, the sturdy vet...

Dr Johnson's Wigs
Dr. Johnson's wigs were in general very shabby, and their fore-parts were burned away by the near approach of the candle, which his s...

Sheridan's Pizarro
Mr. Pitt was accustomed to relate very pleasantly an amusing anecdote of a total breach of memory in some Mrs. Lloyd, a lady, or nomin...

Dr Johnson In London
The following were Dr. Johnson's several places of residence in and near London:-- 1. Exeter-street, off Catherine-street, Strand...

Regality Of Genius
Gibbon, when speaking of his own genealogy, refers to the fact of Fielding being of the same family as the Earl of Denbigh, who, in co...

Fielding's Tom Jones
Fielding having finished the manuscript of Tom Jones, and being at the time hard pressed for money took it to a second-rate publisher,...

Voltaire And Ferney
The showman's work is very profitable at the country-house of Voltaire, at Ferney, near Geneva. A Genevese, an excellent calculator, a...

Clean Hands
Lord Brougham, during his indefatigable canvass of Yorkshire, in the course of which he often addressed ten or a dozen meetings in a d...

Moderate Flattery
Jasper Mayne says of Master Cartwright, the author of tolerable comedies and poems, printed in 1651:-- "Yes, thou to Nature hadst ...

Every-day Life Of James Smith
"One of the Authors of the Rejected Addresses" thus writes to a friend:-- "Let me enlighten you as to the general disposal of my ti...

French-english Jeu-de-mot
The celebrated Mrs. Thicknesse undertook to construct a letter, every word of which should be French, yet no Frenchman should be able ...

Relics Of Izaak Walton
Flatman's beautiful lines to Walton, (says Mr. Jesse) commencing-- "Happy old man, whose worth all mankind knows Except himself,...

Praise Of Ale
Dr. Still, though Bishop of Bath and Wells, seems not to have been over fond of water; for thus he sings:-- "A stoup of ale, then,...

Dangerous Fools
Sydney Smith writes:--If men are to be fools, it were better that they were fools in little matters than in great; dulness, turned up ...

Bulwer's Pompeian Drawing-room
In 1841, the author of Pelham lived in Charles-street, Berkeley-square, in a small house, which he fitted up after his own taste; and ...

Sterne's Sermons
Sterne's sermons are, in general, very short, which circumstance gave rise to the following joke at Bull's Library, at Bath:--A footma...

Tom Hill
A few days before the close of 1840, London lost one of its choicest spirits, and humanity one of her kindest-hearted sons, in the dea...

Tycho Brahe's Nose
Sir David Brewster relates that in the year 1566, an accident occurred to Tycho Brahe, at Wittenberg, which had nearly deprived him of...

Foote's Wooden Leg
George Colman, the younger, notes:--"There is no Shakspeare or Roscius upon record who, like Foote, supported a theatre for a series o...

Rival Remembrance
Mr. Gifford to Mr. Hazlitt. "What we read from your pen, we remember no more." Mr. Hazlitt to Mr. Gifford. "What we read f...

Who Wrote Junius's Letters?
This question has not yet been satisfactorily answered. In 1812, Dr. Mason Good, in an essay he wrote on the question, passed in revie...

Literary Coffee-houses In The Last Century
Three of the most celebrated resorts of the literati of the last century were Will's Coffee-house, No. 23, on the north side of Great ...

Lord Byron And My Grandmother's Review
At the close of the first canto of Don Juan, its noble author, by way of propitiating the reader for the morality of his poem, says:--...

Walpole's Way To Win Them
Sir Robert Walpole, in one of his letters, thus describes the relations of a skilful Minister with an accommodating Parliament--the de...

Dr Johnson's Criticisms
Johnson decided literary questions like a lawyer, not like a legislator. He never examined foundations where a point was already ruled...

Gibbon's House At Lausanne
The house of Gibbon, in which he completed his "Decline and Fall," is in the lower part of the town of Lausanne, behind the church of ...

Origin Of Boz Dickens
A fellow passenger with Mr. Dickens in the Britannia steam-ship, across the Atlantic, inquired of the author the origin of his signatu...

Boswell's Life Of Johnson
Sir John Malcolm once asked Warren Hastings, who was a contemporary and companion of Dr. Johnson and Boswell, what was his real estima...

Patronage Of Authors
In the reigns of William III., of Anne, and of George I., even such men as Congreve and Addison could scarcely have been able to live ...

Learning French
When Brummell was obliged by want of money, and debt, and all that, to retire to France, he knew no French; and having obtained a gram...

Johnson's Club-room
In a paper in the Edinburgh Review, we find this cabinet picture:--The club-room is before us, and the table, on which stands the omel...

Dr Chalmers's Industry
In October, 1841, Dr. Chalmers commenced two series of biblical compositions, which he continued with unbroken regularity till the day...

Latest Of Dr Johnson's Contemporaries
In the autumn of 1831, died the Rev. Dr. Shaw, at Chesley, Somersetshire, at the age of eighty-three: he is said to have been the las...

A Snail Dinner
The chemical philosophers, Dr. Black and Dr. Hutton, were particular friends, though there was something extremely opposite in their e...

Curran's Imagination
"Curran!" (says Lord Byron) "Curran's the man who struck me most. Such imagination!--there never was anything like it that I ever hear...

Cowley At Chertsey
The poet Cowley died at the Porch House, Chertsey, on the 21st of July, 1667. There is a curious letter preserved of his condition whe...

A Pretty Compliment
Although Dr. Johnson had (or professed to have) a profound and unjustified contempt for actors, he succeeded in comporting himself tow...

Thomas Day And His Model Wife
Day, the author of Sandford and Merton, was an eccentric but amiable man; he retired into the country "to exclude himself," as he said...

Washington Irving And Wilkie In The Alhambra
Geoffrey Crayon (Irving), and Wilkie, the painter, were fellow-travellers on the Continent, about the year 1827. In their rambles abou...

Bolingbroke At Battersea
When the late Sir Richard Phillips took his "Morning's Walk from London to Kew," in 1816, he found that a portion of the family mansio...

Relics Of Milton
Milton was born at the Spread Eagle, Bread-street, Cheapside, December 9, 1608; and was buried, November, 1674, in St. Giles's Church,...

Writing Up The Times Newspaper
Dr. Dibdin, in his Reminiscences, relates:--"Sir John Stoddart married the sister of Lord Moncrieff, by whom he has a goodly race of ...

Relics Of The Boar's Head Tavern Eastcheap
The portal of the Boar's Head was originally decorated with carved oak figures of Falstaff and Prince Henry; and in 1834, the former f...

Origin Of The Edinburgh Review
The Edinburgh Review was first published in 1802. The plan was suggested by Sydney Smith, at a meeting of literati, in the fourth or ...

Clever Statesmen
However great talents may command the admiration of the world, they do not generally best fit a man for the discharge of social duties...

The First Magazine
The Gentleman's Magazine unaccountably passes for the earliest periodical of that description; while, in fact, it was preceded nearly ...

Boswell's Bear-leading
It was on a visit to the parliament house that Mr. Henry Erskine, (brother of Lord Buchan and Lord Erskine,) after being presented to ...

Lord Elibank And Dr Johnson
Lord Elibank made a happy retort on Dr. Johnson's definition of oats, as the food of horses in England, and men in Scotland. "Yes," sa...

Relics Of Dr Johnson At Lichfield
The house in which Dr. Johnson was born, at Lichfield--where his father, it is well known, kept a small bookseller's shop, and where h...

Coleridge A Soldier
After Coleridge left Cambridge, he came to London, where soon feeling himself forlorn and destitute, he enlisted as a soldier in the 1...

Cobbett's Boyhood
Perhaps, in Cobbett's voluminous writings, there is nothing so complete as the following picture of his boyish scenes and recollection...

Coleridge An Unitarian Preacher
During his residence at Nether Stoney, Coleridge officiated as Unitarian preacher at Taunton, and afterwards at Shrewsbury. Mr. Hazlit...

Fontenelle's Insensibility
Fontenelle, who lived till within one month of a century, was very rarely known to laugh or cry, and even boasted of his insensibility...

Pains And Toils Of Authorship
The craft of authorship is by no means so easy of practice as is generally imagined by the thousands who aspire to its practice. Almos...

Joe Miller At Court
Joe Miller, (Mottley,) was such a favourite at court, that Caroline, queen of George II., commanded a play to be performed for his ben...

Collins' Insanity
Much has been said of the state of insanity to which the author of the Ode to the Passions was ultimately reduced; or rather, as Dr. J...

Moore's Epigram On Abbott
Mr. Speaker Abbott having spoken in slighting terms of some of Moore's poems, the poet wrote, in return, the following biting epigram:...

Negroes At Home
When Lord Byron was in Parliament, a petition setting forth, and calling for redress for, the wretched state of the Irish peasantry, w...

A String Of Jerrold's Jokes
At a club of which Jerrold was a member, a fierce Jacobite, and a friend, as fierce, of the Orange cause, were arguing noisily, and d...

Conceited Alarms Of Dennis
John Dennis, the dramatist, had a most extravagant and enthusiastic opinion of his tragedy of Liberty Asserted. He imagined that there...

A Composition With Conscience
Lully, the composer, being once thought mortally ill, his friends called a confessor, who, finding the patient's state critical, and h...

Sale The Translator Of The Koran
The learned Sale, who first gave to the world a genuine version of the Koran, pursued his studies through a life of wants. This great ...

The Latter Days Of Lovelace
Sir Richard Lovelace, who in 1649 published the elegant collection of amorous and other poems entitled Lucasta, was an amiable and ac...

Payment In Kind
The Empress Catherine of Russia having sent, as a present to Voltaire, a small ivory box made by her own hands, the poet induced his n...

Chatterton's Profit And Loss Reckoning
Chatterton, the marvellous boy, wrote a political essay for the North Briton, Wilkes's journal; but, though accepted, the essay was no...

Locke's Rebuke Of The Card-playing Lords
Locke, the brilliant author of the Essay on the Human Understanding, was once introduced by Lord Shaftesbury to the Duke of Buckingham...

Haydn And The Ship Captain
When the immortal composer Haydn was on his visit to England, in 1794, his chamber-door was opened one morning by the captain of an Ea...

Haydn's Diploma Piece At Oxford
During his stay in England, Haydn was honoured by the diploma of Doctor of Music from the University of Oxford--a distinction not obta...

Origin Of The Beggar's Opera
It was Swift that first suggested to Gay the idea of the Beggar's Opera, by remarking, what an odd, pretty sort of a thing a Newgate ...

The Two Sheridans
Sheridan made his appearance one day in a pair of new boots; these attracting the notice of some of his friends: "Now guess," said he,...

Killing No Murder
In a journey which Mademoiselle Scudery, the Sappho of the French, made along with her no less celebrated brother, a curious incident ...

Sensitiveness To Criticism
Hawkesworth and Stillingfleet died of criticism; Tasso was driven mad by it; Newton, the calm Newton, kept hold of life only by the su...

Butler And Buckingham
Of Butler, the author of Hudibras--which Dr. Johnson terms "one of those productions of which a nation may justly boast"--little furth...

The Mermaid Club
The celebrated club at the "Mermaid," as has been well observed by Gifford, "combined more talent and genius, perhaps, than ever met ...

Porson's Memory
Professor Porson, the great Graecist, when a boy at Eton, displayed the most astonishing powers of memory. In going up to a lesson one...

Wycherley's Wooing
Wycherley being at Tunbridge for the benefit of his health, after his return from the Continental trip the cost of which the king had ...

A Carouse At Boileau's
Boileau, the celebrated French comedian, usually passed the summer at his villa of Auteuil, which is pleasantly situated at the entran...

Thomson's Indolence
The author of the Seasons and the Castle of Indolence, paid homage in the latter admirable poem to the master-passion or habit of his ...

A Learned Young Lady
Fraulein Dorothea Schlozer, a Hanoverian lady, was thought worthy of the highest academical honours of Goettingen University, and, at ...

A Hard Hit At Pope
Pope was one evening at Button's Coffee-house, where he and a set of literati had got poring over a Latin manuscript, in which they ha...

Dryden Drubbed
"Dryden," says Leigh Hunt, "is identified with the neighbourhood of Covent Garden. He presided in the chair at Russell Street (Will's ...

Rogers And Junius
Samuel Rogers was requested by Lady Holland to ask Sir Philip Francis whether he was the author of Junius' Letters. The poet, meeting ...

Alfieri's Hair
Alfieri, the greatest poet modern Italy produced, delighted in eccentricities, not always of the most amiable kind. One evening, at th...

Smollett's Hard Fortunes
Smollett, perhaps one of the most popular authors by profession that ever wrote, furnishes a sad instance of the insufficiency of even...

Jerrold's Rebuke To A Rude Intruder
Douglas Jerrold and some friends were dining once at a tavern, and had a private room; but after dinner the landlord, on the plea that...

An Odd Present To Shenstone
An Edinburgh acquaintance is related to have sent to Shenstone, in 1761, as a small stimulus to their friendship, "a little provision ...

Waller The Courtier-poet
Waller wrote a fine panegyric on Cromwell, when he assumed the Protectorship. Upon the restoration of Charles, Waller wrote another in...


Science Experiments

To Produce Fire By The Mixture Of Two Cold Liquids
Take half a pound of pure dry nitrate, in powder; put it into a retort that is quite dry; add an equal quantity of highly rectified oi...

The Exploding Bubble
If you take up a small quantity of melted glass with a tube, (the bowl of a common tobacco-pipe will do,) and let a drop fall into a v...

The Magic Picture
Take two level pieces of glass, (plate glass is the best,) about three inches long and four wide, exactly of the same size; lay one on...

Artificial Lightning
Provide a tin tube that is larger at one end than it is at the other, and in which there are several holes. Fill this tube with powder...

Artificial Thunder
Mix two drachms of the filings of iron, with one ounce of concentrated spirit of vitriol, in a strong bottle that holds about a quarte...

Another Way
Mix three ounces of saltpetre, two ounces of salt of tartar, and two ounces of sulphur; roll the mixture up into a ball, of which take...

Money Augmented By An Optical Illusion
In a large drinking-glass of a conical shape, (small at the bottom and wide at the top,) put a shilling, and let the glass be half ful...

Three Objects Discernible Only With Both Eyes
If you fix three pieces of paper against the wall of a room at equal distances, at the height of your eye, placing yourself directly b...

To Construct The Camera Obscura
Make a circular hole in the shutter of a window, from whence there is a prospect of some distance; in this hole place a magnifying gla...

The Magnifying Reflector
Let the rays of light that pass through the magnifying glass in the shutter be thrown on a large concave mirror, properly fixed in a ...

To Tell By A Watch Dial The Hour When A Person Intends To Rise
The person is told to set the hand of his watch at any hour he pleases, which hour he tells you; and you add in your mind 12 to it. Y...

A Person Having An Even Number Of Shillings In One Hand And An Odd
Number in the other, to tell in which hand the odd or even Number is. You desire the person to multiply the number in his right hand b...

Secret Correspondence
To carry on a correspondence without the possibility of the meaning of the letter being detected, in case it should be opened by an...

Another Way
Take two pieces of card, pasteboard, or stiff paper, through which you cut long squares at different distances. One of these you keep ...

Secret Correspondence By Music
Form a circle like Fig. 2, divided into twenty-six parts, with a letter of the alphabet written in each. The interior of the circle is...

The Magic Vessel
On the bottom of a vessel, lay three pieces of money, the first at A, the second at B, and the third at C, Fig. 3. Then place a person...

Artificial Earthquake And Volcano
Grind an equal quantity of fresh iron filings with pure sulphur, till the whole be reduced to a fine powder. Be careful not to let any...

Artificial Illuminations
A very pleasing exhibition may be made with very little trouble or expense, in the following manner: Provide a box, which you fit up w...

The Cameleon Spirit
Put into a decanter volatile spirit, in which you have dissolved copper filings, and it will produce a fine blue. If the bottle be st...

Invisible Ink
Put litharge of lead into very strong vinegar, and let it stand twenty-four hours. Strain it off, and let it remain till quite settle...

Another
Dissolve bismuth in nitrous acid. When the writing with this fluid is exposed to the vapour of liver of sulphur, it will become quite ...

Another
Dissolve green vitriol and a little nitrous acid in common water. Write your characters with a new pen. Next infuse small Aleppo ga...

Invisible Gold Ink
Put as much gold in as small a quantity of aqua regia as will dissolve it, and dilute it with two or three times the quantity of disti...

Invisible Silver Ink
Dissolve fine silver in aqua fortis; and after the dissolution, add some distilled water in the same manner as in the gold ink. Wha...

Invisible Yellow Ink
Steep marigold flowers seven or eight days in clear distilled vinegar. Press the flowers and strain the liquor, which is to be kept in...

Invisible Red Ink
To the pure spirit of vitriol or nitre, add eight times as much water. Use the above solution of violets to make visible the charact...

Invisible Green Ink
Dissolve salt of tartar, clean and dry, in a sufficient quantity of river water. Use the violet solution to render it visible. ...

Another Invisible Green Ink
Dissolve zaffre, in powder, in aqua regia, for twenty-four hours. Pour the liquor off, and the same quantity of common water, and keep...

Invisible Violet Ink
Express the juice of lemons, and keep it in a bottle well corked. Use the violet infusion to make the writing visible. ...

Invisible Grey Ink
Mix alum with lemon-juice. The letters written with this ink will be invisible till dipped in water. * * * ...

A Secret Correspondence By Means Of Invisible Ink
A person wishing to carry on a correspondence with another, and who is fearful of having his letter opened, or intercepted, can adopt ...

The Mysterious Writing
Write on a piece of paper with common ink any question; then underneath it write the answer either in invisible silver ink, or the in...

The Restored Flowers
Make a bouquet of artificial flowers; the leaves should be formed of parchment. Dip the roses in the red invisible ink, the jonquilles...

Winter Changed To Spring
Take a print that represents winter, and colour those parts which should appear green, with the second green invisible ink, described ...

The Silver Tree
Dissolve an ounce of fine silver in three ounces of strong aqua fortis, in a glass bottle. When the silver is dissolved; pour the aqua...

The Lead Tree
A more modern invention, and an easier method by far than the above, is the following: To a piece of zinc fasten a wire, crooked in...

To Produce Beautiful Fire-works In Miniature
Put half a drachm of solid phosphorus into a large pint Florence flask; holding it slanting, that the phosphorus may not break the gl...

Artificial Rain And Hail
Make a hollow cylinder of wood; let it be very thin at the sides, about eight or ten inches wide, and two or three feet diameter. Divi...

Illuminated Writing
It is well known that if any words are written on a wall with solid phosphorus, the writing will appear as if on fire; but it is nece...

A Lamp That Will Burn Twelve Months Without Replenishing
Take a stick of phosphorus, and put it into a large dry phial, not corked, and it will afford a light sufficient to discern any object...

Curious Transcolorations
Put half a table-spoonful of syrup of violets and three table-spoonfuls of water into a glass; stir them well together with a stick, ...

Another
If you put a tea-spoonful of a liquor composed of copper infused in acid of vitriol, into a glass, and add two or three table-spoonful...

Another
Put half a tea-spoonful of a liquor composed of iron infused in acid of vitriol, into half a glass of water; and add a few drops of p...

Curious Account Of The Electric Effects Of A Russian Climate
Mr. AEpinus in a letter to Dr. Guthrie, relates the following phenomena, which took place in Russia, when a severe frost had continue...

Astonishing Power Of Steam
If you put a small quantity of water into a tea-kettle, and place it on the fire, it will disappear in a short time, having escaped in...

Account Of The Wonderful Effects Of Two Immense Burning-glasses
Mr. de Tschirnhausen constructed a burning-glass, between three and four feet in diameter, and whose focus was rendered more powerful ...

Fulminating Powder
This powder is made by rubbing together, in a hot marble mortar, with a wooden pestle, three parts, by weight, of nitre, two of mild ...

A More Powerful Fulminating Powder
The most wonderful instance of chemical detonation is formed by the combination of volatile alkali with silver. Gunpowder, or fulminat...

To Make The Phosphorus Match Bottles
Nothing more is necessary for this purpose, than to drop small pieces of dry phosphorus into a common phial; gently heat it till it me...

To Make A Ring Suspend By A Thread After The Thread Has Been
burned. Soak a piece of thread in urine, or common salt and water. Tie it to a ring, not larger than a wedding-ring. When you apply t...

To Form Figures In Relief On An Egg
Design on the shell any figure or ornament you please, with melted tallow, or any other fat oily substance; then immerse the egg into ...

To Give A Ghastly Appearance To Persons In A Room
Dissolve salt in an infusion of saffron and spirits of wine. Dip some tow in this solution, and, having set fire to it, extinguish all...

To Change Blue To White
Dissolve copper filings in a phial of volatile alkali; when the phial is unstopped, the liquor will be blue; when stopped, it will be ...

Magical Transmutations
Infuse a few shavings of logwood in common water, and when the liquor is sufficiently red, pour it into a bottle. Then take three dri...

To Make Pomatum With Water And Wax
Water and wax are two substances that do not naturally unite together; therefore, to those who witness the following process, without ...

Iron Transformed Into Copper
Dissolve blue vitriol in water, till the water is well impregnated with it; and immerse into the solution small plates of iron, or coa...

Iron Transformed Into Silver
Dissolve mercury in marine acid, and dip a piece of iron into it, or rub the solution over the iron, and it will assume a silver appe...

Chemical Illuminations
Put into a middling-sized bottle, with a short wide neck, three ounces of oil or spirit of vitriol, with twelve ounces of common water...

The Philosophical Candle
Provide a bladder, into the orifice of which is inserted a metal tube, some inches in length, that can be adapted to the neck of a bot...

To Make The Appearance Of A Flash Of Lightning When Any One Enters A
Room with a lighted Candle. Dissolve camphor in spirit of wine, and deposit the vessel containing the solution in a very close room, ...

To Melt Iron In A Moment And Make It Run Into Drops
Bring a bar of iron to a white heat, and then apply to it a roll of sulphur. The iron will immediately melt and run into drops. Thi...

Never-yielding Cement
Calcine oyster-shells, pound them, sift them through a silk sieve, and grind them on porphyry till they are reduced to the finest powd...

To Remove Stains And Blemishes From Prints
Paste a piece of paper to a very smooth clear table, that the boiling water used in the operation may not require a colour which might...

To So Fill A Glass With Water That It Cannot Be Removed Without
spilling the whole. This is a mere trick, but may afford some amusement. You offer to bet any person that you will so fill a glass wi...

Two Figures One Of Which Blows Out And The Other Re-lights A
Candle. Make two figures, of any shape or materials you please; insert in the mouth of one a small tube, at the end of which is a pie...

A Vessel That Will Let Water Out At The Bottom As Soon As The Mouth
is uncorked. Provide a tin vessel, two or three inches in diameter, and five or six inches in height, having a mouth about three inch...

A Powder Which Catches Fire When Exposed To The Air
Put three ounces of rock alum, and one ounce of honey or sugar, into a new earthen dish, glazed, and which is capable of standing a st...

Fulminating Gold
Put into a small long-necked bottle, resting on a little sand, one part of fine gold filings, and three parts of aqua regia, (nitro-m...

To Melt A Piece Of Money In A Walnut-shell Without Injuring The
shell. Bend any thin coin, and put it into half a walnut-shell; place the shell on a little sand, to keep it steady. Then fill the sh...

A Liquid That Shines In The Dark
Take a bit of phosphorus, about the size of a pea; break it into small parts, which you are to put into a glass half full of very pure...

Luminous Liquor
Put a little phosphorus, with essence of cloves, into a bottle, which must be kept closely stopped. Every time the bottle is unclosed,...

The Changeable Rose
Take a common full-blown rose, and, having thrown a little sulphur finely pounded into a chafing-dish with coals, expose the rose to t...

Golden Ink
Take some white gum arabic, reduce it to an impalpable powder, in a brass mortar; dissolve it in strong brandy, and add a little commo...

Another Way
Reduce gum ammoniac into powder, and dissolve it in gum arabic water, to which a little garlic juice has been added. This water will n...

White Ink For Writing On Black Paper
Having carefully washed some egg-shells, remove the internal skin, and grind them on a piece of porphyry. Then put the powder into a s...

To Construct Paper Balloons
Take several sheets of silk paper; cut them in the shape of a spindle; or, to speak more familiarly, like the coverings of the section...

Water-gilding Upon Silver
Take copper-flakes, on which pour strong vinegar; add alum and salt in equal quantities; set them on a fire, and when the vinegar is b...

A Water Which Gives Silver A Gold Colour
Take sulphur and nitre, of each an equal quantity; grind them together very fine, and put them into an unglazed vessel; cover and lute...

To Make An Old Gold Chain Appear Like New
Dissolve sal ammoniac in urine, boil the chain in it, and it will have a fine gold colour. ...

To Give Silver The Colour Of Gold
Dissolve in common aqua fortis as much silver as you please. To eight ounces of silver, take four ounces of hepatic aloes, six ounces ...

A Water To Give Any Metal A Gold Colour
Take fine sulphur and pulverize it; then boil some stale spring water; pour it hot upon the powder, and stir it well together; boil it...

Another Way
Take hepatic aloes, nitre, and Roman vitriol, of each equal quantities; and distil them with water, in an alembic, till all the spiri...

To Give Silver-plate A Lustre
Dissolve alum in a strong ley, and scum it carefully; then mix it up with soap, and wash your silver utensils with it, using a linen r...

The Fiery Fountain
If twenty grains of phosphorus, cut very small, and mixed with forty grains of powder of zinc, be put into four drachms of water, and ...

To Take Impressions Of Coins Medals &c
Cut fish-glue, or isinglass, into small pieces, immerse it in clear water, and set it on a slow fire; when gradually dissolved, let it...

To Tell A Person Any Number He May Privately Fix On
When the person has fixed on a number, bid him double it and add four to that doubling; then multiply the whole by 5; to the product l...

To Tell Any Number A Person Has Fixed On Without Asking Him Any
Questions. You tell the person to choose any number from 1 to 15; he is to add 1 to that number, and triple the amount. Then, 1....

The Lamp Chronometer
Figure 4 represents a chamber lamp, A, consisting of a cylindrical vessel made of tin, in the shape of a candle, and is to be filled w...

The Phial Of The Four Elements
Take a phial, six or seven inches long, and about three quarters of an inch in diameter. In this phial put, first, glass coarsely powd...

The Magic Bottle
Take a small bottle, the neck of which is not more than the sixth of an inch in diameter. With a funnel, fill the bottle quite full of...

The Globular Fountain
Make a hollow globe, of copper or lead, and of a size adapted to the quantity of water that comes from a pipe (hereafter mentioned) to...

The Hydraulic Dancer
Procure a little figure made of cork, which you may dress as your fancy dictates. In this figure place a small hollow cone made of thi...

A Person Having Put A Ring An One Of His Fingers To Name The Person
the Hand, the Finger, and the Joint on which it is placed. Let a third person double the number of the order in which he stands who h...

The Water Sun
Provide two portions of a hollow sphere, that are very shallow; join them together in such a manner that the hollow between them be ve...

The Magical Cascade
Procure a tin vessel, shaped like Fig. 5, about five inches high and four in diameter, with a cover, C, closed at top. To the bottom o...

The Illuminated Fountain That Plays When The Candles Are Lighted
and stops when they are extinguished. Provide two cylindrical vessels, A B and C D, as in Fig. 6. Connect them by four tubes open at ...

A Fountain Which Acts By The Heat Of The Sun
In the annexed engraving, Fig. 7, G N S is a thin hollow globe of copper, eighteen inches diameter, supported by a small inverted basi...

Inflammable Phosphorus
Take the meal of flour of any vegetable, put it into an iron pan over a moderate fire, and keep it stirring with an iron spoon till it...

The Magical Mirrors
Make two holes in the wainscot of a room, each a foot high and ten inches wide, and about a foot distant from each other. Let these a...

To Cause A Brilliant Explosion Under Water
Drop a piece of phosphorus, the size of a pea, into a tumbler of hot water; and, from a bladder furnished with a stop-cock, force a st...

Fulminating Mercury
Dissolve 100 grains of mercury by heat, in an ounce and a half of nitric acid. This solution being poured cold upon two measured ounce...

The Iron Tree
Dissolve iron filings in aqua fortis, moderately concentrated, till the acid is saturated; then add to it gradually, a solution of fix...

To Make Any Number Divisible By Nine By Adding A Figure To It
If (for example) the number named be 72,857, you tell the person who names it to place the number 7 between any two figures of that su...

Arithmetical Squares
An arithmetical magical square consists of numbers so disposed in parallel and equal lines, that the sum of each, taken any way of the...

To Find The Difference Between Two Numbers The Greatest Of Which Is
unknown. Take as many nines as there are figures in the smallest number, and subtract that sum from the number of nines. Let another ...

The Boundless Prospect
Take a square box, about six inches long and twelve high, or of any other proportionate dimensions. Cover the inside with four flat pi...

To Set Fire To A Combustible Body By Reflection
Place two concave mirrors at about twelve feet distance from each other, and let the axis of each be in the same line. In the focus of...

To Find The Number Of Changes That May Be Rung On Twelve Bells
Multiply the numbers from 1 to 12 continually into each other, as follow: and the last product will give the number required. ...

To Find How Many Square Yards It Would Require To Write All The
Changes of the Twenty-four Letters of the Alphabet, written so small, that each Letter should not occupy more than the hundredth part of...

The Enchanted Bottle
Fill a glass bottle with water to the beginning of the neck; leave the neck empty, and cork it. Suspend this bottle opposite a concave...

The Solar Magic Lantern
Make a box, a foot high, eighteen inches wide, and about three inches deep. Two of the opposite sides of this box must be quite open, ...

The Artificial Rainbow
Opposite a window into which the sun shines direct suspend a glass globe, filled with clean water, by means of a string that runs over...

The Aeolipiles
The aeolipile is a small hollow globe of brass, or other metal, in which a slender neck or pipe is inserted. This ball, when made red...

The Talking Busts
Procure two busts of plaster of Paris; place them on pedestals, on the opposite sides of the room. Let a thin tube, of an inch diamete...

The Inanimate Oracle
Place a bust on a pedestal in the corner of a room, and let there be two tubes, as in the preceding article, one to go from the mouth,...

The Solar Concerto
In a large case, similar to what is used for dials and spring clocks, the front of which, or at least the lower part, must be of glass...

Of Painting The Glasses
You first draw on a paper, the size of the glass, the subject you mean to paint; fasten this at each end of the glass with paste, or a...

To Represent A Storm At Sea
Provide two strips of glass, whose frames are thin enough to admit both strips freely into the groove of the lantern. On one of these ...

To Produce The Appearance Of A Spectre On A Pedestal In The Middle Of
a Table. Enclose a small magic lantern in a box, Fig. 11, large enough to contain a small swing dressing-glass, which will reflect th...

There Must Also Be A Glass Planned To Rise Up And Down In The Groove A B And So Managed By A Cord And Pulley C D E F That It May
raised up and let down by the cord coming through the outside of the box. On this glass, the spectre, (or any other figure you please,) ...

The Artificial Landscape
Procure a box, as in Fig. 12, of about a foot long, eight inches wide, and six inches high, or any other dimensions you please, so the...

To Draw Easily And Correctly A Landscape Or Any Other Object
without being obliged to observe the Rules of Perspective, and without the Aid of the Camera Obscura. Procure a box of pasteboard,...

Illuminated Prospects
Provide yourself with some of those prints that are commonly used in optical machines, printed on very thin white paper; taking care t...

The Magnetic Wand
Bore a hole three-tenths of an inch in diameter, through a round stick of wood; or get a hollow cane about eight inches long, and half...

The Mysterious Watch
You desire any person to lend you his watch, and ask him if it will go when laid on the table. He will, no doubt, say it will; in whic...

The Magnetic Dial
Procure a circle of wood or ivory, about 5 or 6 inches diameter, which must turn quite free on a stand with a circular border; on the ...

The Magnetic Cards
Draw a pasteboard circle; you then provide yourself with two needles, similar to those used in the foregoing experiment, (which you mu...

The Magnetic Orrery
Construct a round box, Fig. 16, about eight inches diameter, and half an inch deep. On the bottom fix a circular pasteboard drawn like...

The Magic Verse
The eight words which compose this Latin verse, "Tot sunt tibi dote, quot coeli sidera, virgo,"[F] being privately placed in an...

Bottles Broken By Air
Take a square bottle of thin glass, and of any size. Apply it to the hole of the air-pump, and exhaust the air. The bottle will sustai...

Glass Broken By Air
Lay a square of glass on the top of an open receiver, and exhaust the air. The weight of the external air will press on the glass, and...

The Hand Fixed By Air
If a person hold his hand on an open receiver, and the air be exhausted, it will be fixed as if pressed by a weight of sixty pounds. ...

Water Boiled By Air
Take water made so warm that you can just bear your hand in it, but that has not been boiled; put it under the receiver, and exhaust t...

Aerial Bubbles
Take a stone, or any heavy substance, and putting it in a large glass with water, place it in the receiver. The air being exhausted, t...

The Floating Stone
To a piece of cork tie a small stone that will just sink it; and, putting it in a vessel of water, place it under the receiver. Then ...

Withered Fruit Restored
Take a shrivelled apple, and, placing it under the receiver, exhaust the air. The apple will immediately be plumped up, and look as fr...

Vegetable Air-bubbles
Put a small branch of the tree with its leaves, or part of a small plant, in a vessel of water, and, placing the vessel in the receive...

The Mercurial Wand
Take a piece of stick, cut it even at each end with a penknife, and immerse it in a vessel of mercury. When the air is pumped out of t...

The Magic Bell
Fix a small bell to the wire that goes through the top of the receiver. If you shake the wire, the bell will ring while the air is in...

Feathers Heavier Than Lead
At one end of a fine balance, hang a piece of lead, and at the other as many feathers as will poise it; then place the balance in the ...

The Self-moving Wheel
Take a circle of tin, about ten inches in diameter, or of any other size that will go into the receiver, and to its circumference fix ...

The Artificial Halo
Place a candle on one side of the receiver, and let the spectator place himself at a distance from the other side. Directly the air b...

The Mercurial Shower
Cement a piece of wood into the lower part of the neck of an open receiver, and pour mercury over it. After a few strokes of the pump,...

Magic Fountain
Take a tall glass tube, hermetically sealed both at top and bottom, by means of a brass cap screwed on to a stop-cock, and place it on...

The Exploded Bladder
Take a glass pipe open at both ends, to one of which tie fast a wet bladder, and let it dry. Then place it on the plate of the pump. W...

The Cemented Bladder
Tie the neck of the bladder to a stop-cock, which is to be screwed to the plate of the pump, and the air exhausted from the bladder; t...

Cork Heavier Than Lead
Let a large piece of cork be pendent from one end of a balance beam, and a small piece of lead from the other; the lead should rather ...

The Animated Bacchus
Construct a figure of Bacchus, seated on a cask; let his belly be formed by a bladder, and let a tube proceed from his mouth to the c...

The Artificial Balloon
Take a bladder containing only a small quantity of air, and a piece of lead to it, sufficient to sink it, if immersed in water. Put th...

Curious Experiments With A Viper
Many natural philosophers, in their eagerness to display the powers of science, have overlooked one of the first duties of life, human...

Experiments With Sparrows
Count Morozzo placed successively several full-grown sparrows under a glass receiver, inverted over water. It was filled with atmosphe...

The Animated Feather
Electrify a smooth glass tube with a rubber, and hold a small feather at a short distance from it. The feather will instantly fly to t...

The Candle Lighted By Electricity
Charge a small coated phial, whose knob is bent outwards so as to hang a little over the body of the phial; then wrap some loose cotto...

Candle Bombs
Procure some small glass bubbles, having a neck about an inch long, with very slender bores, by means of which a small quantity of wat...

The Artificial Spider
Cut a piece of burnt cork, about the size of a pea, into the shape of a spider; make its legs of linen thread, and put a grain or two ...

The Miraculous Portrait
Get a large print (suppose of the king) with a frame and glass. Cut the print out at about two inches from the frame all round; then w...

The Cup Of Tantalus
You place a cup of any sort of metal on a stool of baked wood or a cake of wax. Fill it to the brim with any liquor; let it communicat...

Magical Explosion
Make up some gunpowder, in the form of a small cartridge, in each end of which put a blunt wire, so that the ends inside of the cartri...

Artificial Earthquake
In the middle of a large basin of water, lay a round wet board. On the board place any kind of building, made of pasteboard, of separa...

The Magic Dance
From the middle of the brass arch suspend three small bells. The two outer bells hang by chains, and the middle one by a silk string, ...

The Electrical Fountain
Suspend a vessel of water from the middle of the brass arch, and place in the vessel a small tube. The water will be one continued str...

The Electric Kite
Make a small cross of two light strips of cedar, the arms so long as to reach to the four corners of a large thin silk handkerchief, w...

The Magic Chase
On the top of a finely-pointed wire, rising perpendicularly from the conductor, let another wire, sharpened at each end, be made to mo...

The Unconscious Incendiary
Let a person stand upon a stool made of baked wood, or upon a cake of wax, and hold a chain which communicates with the branch. On tur...

The Inconceivable Shock
Put in a person's hand a wire that is fixed on to the hook that comes from the chain, which communicates with one side of the battery,...

The Miraculous Luminaries
You must previously prepare the following phosphorus: Calcine common oyster-shells, by burning them in the fire for half an hour; then...

The Fiery Shower
On the plate put a number of any kind of seeds, grains of sand, or brass dust. The conductor being strongly electrified, those light ...

The Illuminated Vacuum
Take a tall receiver that is very dry, and fix through the top of it, with cement, a blunt wire; then exhaust the receiver, and presen...

The Illuminated Cylinder
Provide a glass cylinder, three feet long, and three inches diameter; near the bottom of it fix a brass plate, and have another brass ...

The Electric Aurora Borealis
Make a Torricellian vacuum[G] in a glass tube, about three feet long, and hermetically sealed.[H] Let one end of this tube be held in ...

The Electrical Orrery
By the motion of circulating points, we may in some measure imitate ...

The Revolutions Of The Heavenly Bodies Forming What Is Called The Electrical Orrery Let A Single Wire With The Extremities Point
and turned, be nicely balanced on a point; fix a small glass ball over its centre to represent the sun. At one extremity of the wire, le...

The Electrified Cotton
Take a small lock of cotton, extended in every direction as much as can conveniently be done, and by a linen thread about five or six ...

The Electric Sparks
When the prime conductor is situated in its proper place, and electrified by whirling the cylinder, if a metallic wire, with a ball a...

Dancing Balls
Take a common tumbler or glass jar, and having placed a brass ball in one of the holes of the prime conductor, set the machine in moti...

The Leyden Phial
When a nail or piece of thick brass wire, &c., is put into a small apothecary's phial, and electrified, remarkable effects follow; but...

The Self-moving Wheel
The self-moving wheel is made of a thin round plate of window-glass, seventeen inches in diameter, well gilt on both sides, to within ...

Resin Ignited By Electricity
Wrap some cotton wool, containing as much powdered resin as it will hold, about one of the knobs of a discharging-rod. Then having cha...

Spirits Ignited By Electricity
Hang a small ball with a stem to the prime conductor, so that the ball may project below the conductor. Then warm a little ardent spir...

The Electric Balloon
Two balloons, made of the allantoides of a calf, are to be filled with hydrogen gas, of which each contains about two cubic feet. To e...

The Illuminated Water
Connect one end of a chain with the outside of a charged phial, and let the other end lie on the table. Place the end of another piece...

The Electrified Ball
Place an ivory ball on the prime conductor of the machine, and take a strong spark, or send the charge of a Leyden phial through its c...

Illuminated Phosphorus
Put some of Canton's phosphorus into a clear glass phial, and stop it with a glass stopper, or a cork and sealing-wax. If this wire be...

The Luminous Writing
Small pieces of tin-foil may be stuck on a flat piece of glass, so as to represent various fanciful figures. Upon the same principle i...

The Electric Explosion
Take a card, a quire of paper, or the cover of a book; and keep it close to the outside coating of a charged jar: put one knob of the ...

Electrified Air
Fix two or three pointed needles into the prime conductor of an electrical machine, and set the glass in motion so as to keep the pri...

Another Electric Orrery See Page 92
From the prime conductor of an electric machine suspend six concentric hoops of metal at different distances from each other, in such ...

The Electric Ball
Provide a ball of cork about three-quarters of an inch in diameter, hollowed out in the internal part by cutting it in two hemispheres...

To Spin Sealing-wax Into Threads By Electricity
Stick a small piece of sealing-wax on the end of a wire, and set fire to it. Then put an electrical machine in motion, and present the...

The Electrified Camphor
A beautiful experiment of the same nature is made with camphor. A spoon holding a piece of lighted camphor is made to communicate with...

To Tell The Number Of Points On Three Cards Placed Under Three
different Parcels of Cards. You first premise that the ace counts for eleven; the court cards ten each; and the others according to t...

The Ten Duplicates
Select any twenty cards; let any person shuffle them; lay them by pairs on the board, without looking at them. You next desire several...

To Tell How Many Cards A Person Takes Out Of A Pack And To Specify
each Card. To perform this, you must so dispose a PIQUET pack of cards, that you can easily remember the order in which they are plac...

A Hundred Different Names Being Written On The Cards To Tell The
particular Name any Person thought of. Write on ten cards a hundred different names, observing that the last name on each card begins...

Several Different Cards Being Fixed On By Different Persons To Name
that on which each Person fixed. There must be as many different cards shown to each person, as there are cards to choose; so that, i...

To Name The Rank Of A Card That A Person Has Drawn From A Piquet
Pack. The rank of a card means whether it be an ace, king, queen, &c. You therefore first fix a certain number to each card; thus you...

To Tell The Amount Of The Numbers Of Any Two Cards Drawn From A
common Pack. Each court card in this amusement counts for ten, and the other cards according to the number of their pips. Let the per...

Example Suppose The Two Cards To Be As Before Ten And Seven Then
the person deducting ten from twenty-six, there remain sixteen, and deducting seven from twenty-six, there remain nineteen; these two r...

To Tell The Amount Of The Numbers Of Any Three Cards That A Person
shall draw from the Pack. After the person has drawn his three cards, draw one yourself and lay it aside, for it is necessary that th...

Example Suppose The Three Cards To Be Ten Seven And Six As
before; then, each of those numbers subtracted from seventeen, the remainders will be respectively, seven, ten, and eleven, which, added...

How To Make The Pass Hold The Pack Of Cards In Your Right Hand So
that the palm of your hand may be under the cards: place the thumb of that hand on one side of the pack; the first, second, and third f...

The Long Card Another Stratagem Connected With The Performance Of
many of the following tricks, is what is termed the Long Card; that is, a card, either a trifle longer or wider than the other cards, no...

The Divining Card
Provide a pack in which there is a long card; open it at that part where the long card is, and present the pack to a person in such a ...

The Four Confederate Cards
A person draws four cards from the pack, and you tell him to remember one of them. He then returns them to the pack, and you dexterous...

The Numerical Cards
Let the long card be the sixteenth in the pack of piquet cards. Take ten or twelve cards from the top of the pack, and, spreading them...

The Card Found Out By The Point Of The Sword
When a card has been drawn, you place it under the long card, and by shuffling them dexterously, you bring it to the top of the pack. ...

The Card Hit Upon By The Guess
Spread part of the pack before a person, in such way that only one court card is visible; and so arrange it, that it shall appear the ...

The Card Changed By Word Of Command
You must have two cards of the same sort in the pack, (say the king of spades.) Place one next the bottom card, (say seven of hearts,)...

The Three Magical Parties
Offer the long card to a person, that he may draw it, and replace it in any part of the pack he pleases. Make the pass, and bring that...

The Magic Vase
Construct a vase of wood, or pasteboard, see Fig. 20. On the inside let there be five divisions; two of them, c d, to be large enough ...

The Divining Perspective Glass
Procure a small perspective-glass, wide enough, where the object-glass is placed, to hold the following table: +-------+--------+...

Example Suppose The Person Wishes His Card To Be The Twentieth
from the top; and the first time of making the heaps, he says it is in the third heap; you then look at the table in the perspective, an...

The Card In The Ring
Get a ring, made of any metal, in which is set a large transparent stone or piece of glass, to the bottom of which is fastened a small...

The Card In The Mirror
Provide a mirror, either round or oval, the frame of which must be at least as wide as a card, and the glass must be wider than the di...

The Card In The Opera Glass
Procure an opera-glass, two inches and a half long; the tube to be made of ivory, so thin that it may appear transparent. Place it in ...

To Separate The Two Colours Of A Pack Of Cards By One Cut
To perform this amusement, all the cards of one colour must be cut something narrower at one end than the other. You show the cards, a...

The Metamorphosed Cards
In the middle of a pack place a card that is something wider than the rest, which we will suppose to be the knave of spades, under whi...

To Discover The Card Which Is Drawn By The Throw Of A Die
Prepare a pack of cards, in which there are only six sorts of cards. Dispose these cards in such manner that each of the six different...

To Tell The Number Of The Cards By Their Weight
Take a parcel of cards, suppose forty, among which insert two long cards; let the first be, for example, the fifteenth, and the other ...

The Four Inseparable Kings
Take the four kings, and behind the last of them place two other cards, so that they may not be seen. Then spread open the four kings ...

To Change The Cards Which Several Persons Have Drawn From The Pack
On the top of the pack put any card you please--suppose the queen of clubs; make the pass, bring that card to the middle of the pack, ...

The Card Discovered Under The Handkerchief
Let a person draw any card from the rest, and put it in the middle of the pack; you make the pass at that place, and the card will co...

The Convertible Aces
On the ace of spades fix, with soap, a heart, and on the ace of hearts a spade, in such a manner that they will easily slip off. Sh...

To Tell The Card That A Person Has Touched With His Finger
This amusement is to be performed by confederacy. You previously agree with your confederate on certain signs, by which he is to denot...

The Card In The Pocket-book
A confederate is previously to know the card you have taken from the pack, and put into your pocket-book. You then present the pack to...

The Card In The Egg
Take a card, the same as your long card, and, rolling it up very close, put it in an egg, by making a hole as small as possible, and ...

The Card Discovered By The Touch Or Smell
You offer the long card, or any other that you know, and as the person who has drawn it holds it in his hand, you pretend to feel the ...

The Inverted Cards
Prepare a pack of cards, by cutting one end of them about one-tenth of an inch narrower than the other; then offer the pack to any one...

The Transmuted Cards
In a common pack of cards let the ace of hearts and nine of spades be something larger than the rest. With the juice of lemon draw ove...

The Convertible Cards
To perform this amusement you must observe, that there are several letters which may be changed into others, without any appearance of...

The Alteration As The A Into D The C Into A E D G O Or Q The I Into B D Or L The L Into T The O
into a, d, g, or q; the v into y, &c. Take a parcel of cards, suppose twenty, and on one of them write with juice of lemon or onion, ...

Visible Now You Will Observe That By Altering The A In The Word Law Into D And Adding O Before The L And Oman After The W It Bec
the invisible ink, and let it remain so. On the rest of the cards you write any words you think fit. Present the cards in such manner...

Them Before The Fire As If To Dry The Names Just Written The Word Law Will Presently Change Into Old Woman
...

The Enchanted Palace
On the six-sided plane A B C D E F, Fig. 21, draw six semi-diameters; and on each of these place perpendicularly two plane mirrors, wh...

Opaque Bodies Seemingly Transparent
Within the case A B C D, place four mirrors O P Q R, Fig. 22, so disposed, that they may each make an angle of 45 degrees, that is, t...

The Deforming Mirrors
If a person look in a concave mirror placed perpendicularly to another, (that is, supposing one mirror to be laid on the floor, and t...

The Magic Tube
Procure a small tube of glass, whose canal is extremely narrow, and open at both ends; let one end of it be plunged in water, and the ...

The Magician's Mirror
Construct a box of wood, of a cubical shape, A B C D, Fig. 23, of about fifteen inches every way. Let it be fixed to the pedestal P, a...

The Perspective Mirror
Provide a box, A B C D, Fig. 24, of about two feet long, 15 inches wide, and 12 inches high. At the end A C, place the concave mirror,...

Gunpowder Exploded By Reflection
Place two concave mirrors at about 12 or 15 feet distance from each other, and let the axis of each be in the same line. In the focus ...

The Igniting Mirrors
The rays of a luminous body placed in the focus of concave mirror, being reflected in parallel lines, and a second mirror being placed...

The Armed Apparition
If a person with a drawn sword place himself before a large concave mirror, but further from it than its focus, he will see an inverte...

The Phantom
You inform a person that at a certain hour, and in a certain place, he shall see the apparition of a deceased friend, (whose portrait ...

The Distorting Mirror
Opticians sometimes grind a glass mirror concave in one direction only, or longitudinally; it is in fact a concave portion of a cylin...

Water Colder Than Ice
Put a lump of ice into an equal quantity of water, heated to 176 degrees, the result will be, that the fluid will be no hotter than w...

Exploding Salt
If a small quantity of powdered charcoal and hyper-oxymuriate of potash be rubbed together in a mortar, an explosion will be produced,...

Dioptrical Paradox
Construct a machine similar to that in Fig. 25. Its effect will be, that a print, or an ornamented drawing, with any object, such as a...

To Show The Spots In The Sun's Disk By Its Image In The Camera
Obscura. Put the object-glass of a ten or twelve feet telescope into the scioptric ball, and turn it about till it be directly opposi...

The Diagonal Opera Glass
By the diagonal position of a plane mirror, a curious opera-glass is constructed, by which any person may be viewed in a theatre or pu...

To Observe An Eclipse Of The Sun Without Injury To The Eye
Take a burning-glass, or spectacle-glass, that magnifies very much; hold it before a book or pasteboard, twice the distance of its foc...

The Burnt Writing Restored
Cover the outside of a small memorandum book with black paper, and in one of its inside covers make a flap, to open secretly, and obse...

The Opaque Box Made Transparent
Make a box three or four inches long, and two or three wide, and have a sort of perspective-glass, the bottom of which is the same siz...

The Transposable Pieces
Take two guineas and two shillings, and grind part of them away, on one side only, so that they may be but half the common thickness; ...

The Penetrative Guinea
Provide a large tin box, of the size of a large snuff-box, and in this place eight other boxes, which will go easily into each other, ...

To Make Pictures Of Birds With Their Natural Feathers
First take thin board or panel, of deal or wainscot, well seasoned, that it may not shrink; then paste white paper smoothly on it, and...

The Art Of Bronzing
Bronzing is that process by which figures of plaster-of-paris, wood, &c. are made to have the appearance of copper or brass. The metho...

Method Of Taking The Impression Of Butterflies On Paper
Clip the wings off the butterfly, lay them on clean, in the form of a butterfly when flying. Spread some thick clean gum-water on anot...

To Soften Horn
To one pound of wood-ashes, add two pounds of quick lime; put them into a quart of water. Let the whole boil till reduced to one-third...

To Make Moulds Of Horn
If you wish to take the impression of any coin, medal, &c., previously anoint it with oil; then lay the horn shavings over it in its s...

To Cast Figures In Imitation Of Ivory
Make isinglass and strong brandy into a paste, with powder of egg-shells, very finely ground. You may give it what colour you please;...

To Extract The Silver Out Of A Ring That Is Thick Gilded So That The
Gold may remain entire. Take a silver ring that is thick gilded. Make a little hole through the gold into the silver; then put the ri...

To Soften Iron Or Steel
Either of the following simple methods will make iron or steel as soft as lead: 1. Anoint it all over with tallow; temper it in a g...

To Take A Plaster-of-paris Cast From A Person's Face
The person must lie on his back, and his hair be tied behind. Into each nostril put a conical piece of paper, open at each end to allo...

Curious Experiment With A Glass Of Water
Saturate a certain quantity of water in a moderate heat, with three ounces of sugar; and when it will no longer receive that, there is...

To Make Artificial Coruscations
There is a method of producing artificial coruscations, or sparkling fiery meteors, which will be visible, not only in the dark but at...

Another Method
Artificial coruscations may also be produced by means of oil of vitriol and iron, in the following manner:--Take a glass vessel capab...

To Produce Fire From Cane
The Chinese rattans, which are used, when split, for making cane chairs, will, when dry, if struck against each other, give fire; and ...

To Make An Eolian Harp
This instrument may be made by almost any carpenter: it consists of a long narrow box of very thin deal, about five or six inches deep...

To Show The Pressure Of The Atmosphere
Invert a tall glass or jar in a dish of water, and place a lighted taper under it: as the taper consumes the air in the jar its pressu...

Subaqueous Exhalation
Pour a little clear water into a small glass tumbler, and put one or two small pieces of phosphoret of lime into it. In a short time, ...

Remarkable Properties In Certain Plants
Plants, when forced from their natural position, are endowed with a power to restore themselves. A hop-plant, twisting round a stick, ...

Flowers Curiously Affected By The Sun And The Weather
The petals of many flowers expand in the sun, but contract all night, or on the approach of rain; after the seeds are fecundated the p...

Easy Method Of Obtaining Flowers Of Different Colours From The Same
Stem. Scoop out the pith from a small twig of elder, and having split it lengthwise, fill each of the parts with small seeds that pro...

A Luminous Bottle Which Will Show The Hour On A Watch In The Dark
Throw a bit of phosphorus, of the size of a pea, into a long glass phial, and pour boiling oil carefully over it, till the phial is o...

To Make Luminous Writing In The Dark
Fix a small piece of solid phosphorus in a quill, and write with it upon paper; if the paper be carried into a dark room, the writing ...

The Sublimated Tree
Into a large glass jar inverted upon a flat brick tile, and containing near its top a branch of fresh rosemary, or any other such shru...

Easy And Curious Methods Of Foretelling Rainy Or Fine Weather
If a line be made of good whipcord, that is well dried, and a plummet affixed to the end of it, and then hung against a wainscot, and ...

Contrivance For A Watch Lamp Perfectly Safe Which Will Show The
Hour of the Night, without any trouble, to a person lying in Bed. It consists of a stand, with three claws, the pillar of which is mad...

Curious Experiment With A Tulip
The bulb of a tulip in every respect resembles buds, except in their being produced under ground, and include the leaves and flower in...

The Travelling Of Sound Experimentally Proved
There is probably no substance which is not in some measure a conductor of sound; but sound is much enfeebled by passing from one med...

To Produce Metallic Lead From The Powder
Take one ounce of red lead, and half a drachm of charcoal in powder, incorporate them well in a mortar, and then fill the bowl of a t...

To Diversify The Colours Of Flowers
Fill a vessel of what size or shape you please, with good rich earth, which has been dried and sifted in the sun, then plant in the sa...

How Far Sound Travels In A Minute
However it may be with regard to the theories of sound, experience has taught us, that it travels at about the rate of 1142 feet in a ...

Easy Method Of Making A Rain Gauge
A very simple rain gauge, and one which will answer all practical purposes, consists of a copper funnel the area of whose opening is ...

To Make Beautiful Transparent Coloured Water
The following liquors, which are coloured, being mixed, produce colours very different from their own. The yellow tincture of saffron...

Curious Experiment On Rays Of Light
That the rays of light flow in all directions from different bodies, without interrupting one another, is plain from the following ex...

The Power Of Water
Let a strong small iron tube of twenty feet in height be inserted into the bung-hole of a cask, and the aperture round so strongly clo...

The Pressure Of Water
The pressure of water may be known to every one who will only take the trouble to look at the cock of a water-butt when turned: if the...

Refraction Of Light
In the middle of an empty basin put a piece of money, and then retire from it till the edge of the basin hides the piece from your sig...

Wonderful Nature Of Lightning
If two persons, standing in a room, looking different ways, and a loud clap of thunder, accompanied with zigzag lightning, happen, the...

To Show That The White Of Eggs Contains An Alkali
Add to a wine-glass half full of tincture of red cabbage a small quantity of the white of an egg, either in a liquid state or rendered...

Two Inodorous Bodies Become Very Pungent And Odorous By Mixture
When equal parts of muriate of ammonia and unslaked lime, both substances destitute of odour, are intimately blended together in a mo...

Interesting Experiment For The Microscope
The embryo grain of wheat, at the time of blossoming, being carefully taken out of the husk, will be found to have a small downy tuft ...

The Travelling Of Light
Light travels at the rate of a hundred and fifty thousand miles in a single second; and it is seven minutes in passing from the sun to...

Calculation Of The Mass Of Water Contained In The Sea
If we would have an idea of the enormous quantity of water which the sea contains, let us suppose a common and general depth of the oc...

Different Degrees Of Heat Imbibed From The Sun's Rays By Cloths Of
different Colours. Walk but a quarter of an hour in your garden, when the sun shines, with a part of your dress white, and a part bla...

Alternate Illusion
With a convex lens of about an inch focus, look attentively at a silver seal, on which a cipher is engraved. It will at first appear ...

Alarum
Against the wall of a room, near the ceiling, fix a wheel of twelve or eighteen inches diameter; on the rim of which place a number of...

Musical Cascade
Where there is a natural cascade, near the lower stream, but not in it, let there be placed a large wheel, equal to the breadth of the...

Writing On Glass By The Rays Of The Sun
Dissolve chalk in aqua fortis, to the consistence of milk, and add to that a strong solution of silver. Keep this liquor in a glass de...

To Produce The Appearance Of A Flower From Its Ashes
Make a tin box, with a cover that takes off. Let this box be supported by a pedestal of the same metal, and on which there is a little...

Imitative Fire-works
Take a paper that is blacked on both sides, or instead of black, the paper may be coloured on each side with a deep blue, which will b...

To Represent Cascades Of Fire
In cutting out cascades, you must take care to preserve a natural inequality in the parts cut out; for if, to save time, you should ma...

The Oracular Mirror
Provide a round mirror of about three inches in diameter and whose frame is an inch wide. Line the under part of the frame, in which ...

The Hour Of The Day Or Night Told By A Suspended Shilling
However improbable the following experiment may appear, it has been proved by repeated trials: Sling a shilling or sixpence at the ...

Of Lightning And The Best Method Of Guarding Against Its Mischievous
Effects. Experiments made in electricity first gave philosophers a suspicion, that the matter of lightning was the same with the elec...

Snap But In The Great Operations Of Nature The Light Is What We Call Lightning And The Sound Produced At The Same Time Though
generally arriving later at our ears than the light does in our eyes) is, with its echoes, called thunder. If the communication of th...

The Leech A Prognosticator Of The Weather
Confine a leech in a large phial, three parts filled with rain water, regularly changed twice a week, and placed on a window frame, fr...

The Awn Of Barley An Hydrometer
The awn of barley is furnished with stiff points, which, like the teeth of a saw, are all turned towards the point of it; as this long...

The Power Of Water When Reduced To Vapour By Heat
Whatever force water may have while its parts remain together, is nothing, if compared to the almost incredible power with which its ...

Artificial Memory
In travelling along a road, the sight of the more remarkable scenes we meet with, frequently puts us in mind of the subjects we were t...

To Procure Hydrogen Gas
Provide a phial with a cork stopper, through which is thrust a piece of tobacco-pipe. Into the phial put a few pieces of zinc, or smal...

To Fill A Bladder With Hydrogen Gas
Apply a bladder, previously wetted and compressed, in order to squeeze out all the common air, to the piece of tobacco-pipe inserted i...

Exploding Gas Bubbles
Adapt the end of a common tobacco-pipe to a bladder filled with hydrogen gas, and dip the bowl of the pipe into soap-suds, prepared as...

Another Method
Put a small quantity of phosphorus and some potash, dissolved in water, into a retort; apply the flame of a candle or lamp to the bot...

Singular Impression On The Visual Nerves By A Luminous Object
If, while sitting in a room, you look earnestly at the middle of a window, a little while, when the day is bright, and then shut your ...

Curious Effects Of Oil Upon Water And Water Upon Oil
Fasten a piece of pack-thread round a tumbler, with strings of the same from each side, meeting above it in a knot at about a foot di...

Another Curious Experiment With Oil And Water
Drop a small quantity of oil into water agitated by the wind; it will immediately spread itself with surprising swiftness upon the sur...

Remarkable Effects On The Visual Nerves By Looking Through
differently-coloured Glasses. After looking through green spectacles, the white paper of a book will, on first taking them off, appea...

Weather Table
--------------------+---------------------+------------------------ NEW AND FULL MOON. SUMMER. WINTER. -...

Benzoin Is Used In Fire-works More For Its Pleasant Scent Than Any
material use for the purposes of fire. It may be procured at the chemists, ready for use. The oil is also used in wet composition, for ...

Of Sulphur Or Brimstone
Sulphur is by nature the food of fire, and one of the principal ingredients in gunpowder, and in almost all compositions of fire-work...

Of Saltpetre
Saltpetre being the principal ingredient in fire-works, and a volatile body by reason of its aqueous and aerial parts, is easily raref...

To Pulverize Saltpetre
Take a copper kettle, the bottom being spherical, and put into it fourteen pounds of refined saltpetre, with two quarts or five pints ...

To Prepare Charcoal For Fire-works
Charcoal is a preservative, by which the saltpetre and brimstone are made into gunpowder, by preventing the sulphur from suffocating t...

Of Gunpowder &c
Gunpowder being a principal ingredient in fire-works, it will not be improper to give a short definition of its strange explosive forc...

How To Meal Gunpowder Brimstone And Charcoal
There have been many methods used to grind these ingredients to a powder for fire-works, such as large mortars and pestles made of eb...

Spur Fire
This fire is the most beautiful of any composition yet known. As it requires great trouble to bring it to perfection, particular care ...

To Make Touch Paper
Dissolve in some spirits of wine or vinegar, a little saltpetre; then take some purple or blue paper, wet it with the above liquor, an...

Of Such Ingredients As Show Themselves In Sparks When Rammed Into
choked Cases. The set colours of fire produced by sparks are divided into four sorts, viz., the black, white, grey, and red; the blac...

Of The Method Of Mixing Compositions
The performance of the principal part of fire-works depends much on the compositions being well mixed; therefore, great care ought to ...

To Make Crackers
Cut some stout cartridge-paper into pieces three inches and a half broad, and one foot long; one edge of each of these pieces fold dow...

To Make Squibs And Serpents
First make the cases, of about six inches in length, by rolling slips of stout cartridge-paper three times round a roller, and pasting...

Sky-rockets
Rockets being of the fire-works most in use, we shall give them the preference in description. As the performance of rockets depends m...

Method Of Rolling Rocket Cases The Cases Must Be Made Of The
strongest cartridge-paper, and rolled dry. The case of a middling-sized rocket will take up paper of four or five sheets thick; having ...

Of Mixing The Composition The Performance Of The Principal Part Of
fire-works depends much on the compositions being well mixed; therefore, great care must be taken in this part of the work, particularl...

To Drive Or Ram Rockets Rockets Are Filled Hollow Otherwise They
would not ascend, and there is not a part that requires greater attention than this stage of the process. One blow more or less with th...

Decorations For Sky-rockets Sky-rockets May Be Decorated According
to fancy. Some are headed with stars of different sorts, such as tailed, brilliant, white, blue, and yellow stars, &c. Some with gold a...

To Fix One Rocket On The Top Of Another When Sky-rockets Are Fixed
one on the top of another, they are called towering rockets, on account of their mounting so very high. Towering rockets are made after...

Caduceous Rockets They Are Such As In Rising Form Two Spiral
lines, by reason of their being placed obliquely, one opposite to the other; and their counterpoise in the centre, which causes them to ...

Honorary Rockets These Are The Same As Sky-rockets Except That
they carry no head nor report, but are closed at top, on which is fixed a cone; then on the case, close to the top of the stick, is tied...

To Make A Rocket Form An Arch In Rising Having Some Rockets Made
headed according to fancy, and tied on their sticks, get some sheet tin, and cut it into round pieces about three or four inches diamete...

To Make Several Rockets Rise Together Take Six Or Any Number Of
sky-rockets, of any size; then cut some strong packthread into pieces of three or four yards long, and tie each end of these pieces to a...

To Fix Several Rockets To The Same Stick Two Three Or Six
sky-rockets, fixed on one stick, and fired together, make a grand and beautiful appearance; for the tails of all will seem but as one of...

To Fire Rockets Without Sticks You Must Have A Stand Of A Block
of wood, a foot diameter, and make the bottom flat, so that it may stand steady: in the centre of the top of this block draw a circle tw...

Scrolls For Rockets Cases For Scrolls Should Be Made Four Or Five
inches in length, and their interior diameters three-eighths of an inch: one end of these cases must be pinched quite close before begi...

Stands For Rockets Care Must Be Taken In Placing The Rockets
when they are to be fired, to give them a vertical direction at their first setting out; which may be managed thus: Have two rails of wo...

Table-rockets Table-rockets Are Designed Merely To Show The Truth
of driving, and the judgment of a fire-worker; they having no other effect, when fired, than spinning round in the same place where they...

Note All The Vents In The Under Side Of The Cases Must Be Lighted
at once, and the sharp point of the cone cut off; at which place make it spherical. WHEELS. Wheel-cases are made to any length; ...

Single Vertical Wheels There Are Different Sorts Of Vertical
wheels; some having their fells of a circular form, others of an hexagonal, octagonal, or decagonal form, or of any number of sides, ac...

Horizontal Wheels They Are Best When Their Fells Are Made
circular; in the middle of the top of the nave must be a pintle, turned out of the same piece as the nave, two inches long, and equal i...

Spiral Wheels They Are Only Double Horizontal Wheels And Made
thus: the nave must be about six inches long, and rather thicker than the single sort; instead of the pintle at top, make a hole for the...

Plural Wheels Plural Wheels Are Made To Turn Horizontally And To
consist of three sets of spokes, placed six at top, six at bottom, and four in the middle; which last must be a little shorter than the ...

Illuminated Spiral Wheel First Have A Circular Horizontal Wheel
made two feet diameter, with a hole quite through the nave; then take three thin pieces of deal, three feet long each, and three-fourths...

Double Spiral Wheels For These Wheels The Block Or Nave Must Be
as long as the height of the worms, or spiral lines, but must be made very thin, and as light as possible. In this block must be fixed ...

Balloon Wheels They Are Made To Turn Horizontally: They Must Be
made two feet diameter, without any spokes, and very strong, with any number of sides. On the top of a wheel range and fix in pots, thre...

To Load Air Balloons With Stars Serpents &c &c When You Fill
your shells, you must first put in the serpents, rains, &c., or whatever they are composed of, then the blowing powder; but the shells ...

Aigrettes
Mortars to throw aigrettes are generally made of pasteboard, of the same thickness as balloon mortars, and two diameters and a half lo...

Chinese Fountains
To make a Chinese fountain, you must have a perpendicular piece of wood, seven feet long, and two inches and a half square. Sixteen i...

The Dodecahedron
So called because it nearly represents a twelve-sided figure, is made thus: First have a ball turned out of some hard wood, 14 inches ...

Stars With Points
These stars are made of different sizes, according to the work for which they are intended; they are made with cases from one ounce to...

Fixed Sun With A Transparent Face
To make a sun of the best kind, there should be two rows of cases, which should show a double glory, and make the rays strong and full...

Water-rockets
They may be made from four ounces to two pounds. If larger, they are too heavy; so that it will be difficult to make them keep above w...

Pipes Of Communication For Water
They may be used under water, but must be a little thicker in the paper than those for land. Having rolled a sufficient number of pipe...

Horizontal Water-wheels
To make horizontal wheels for the water, first get a large wooden bowl without a handle; then have an eight-sided wheel, made of a fla...

Water-mines
For water-mines you must have a bowl with a wheel on it, made in the same manner as the water-wheel; only in its middle there must be ...

Fire Globes For The Water
Bowls for water-globes must be very large, and the wheels on them of ten sides: on each side nail a piece of wood four inches long; an...

Odoriferous Water-balloons
They are made in the same manner as air-balloons, but very thin of paper, and in diameter one inch and three-fourths, with a vent of h...

Composition I Saltpetre Two Ounces Flour Of Sulphur One Ounce
camphor half an ounce, yellow amber half an ounce, charcoal-dust three-fourths of an ounce, salt of Benzoin half an ounce, all powdered ...

A Sea-fight With Small Ships And A Fire-ship
Having procured four or five small ships, of two or three feet in length, make a number of small reports, which are to serve for guns....

To Fire Sky-rockets Under Water
You must have stands made as usual, only the rails must be placed flat instead of edgewise, and have holes in them for the rocket-stic...

Neptune In His Chariot
To represent Neptune in his chariot, you must have a Neptune (made of wood, or basket-work) as big as life, fixed on a float large eno...

Swans And Ducks In Water
If you would have swans or ducks discharge rockets into the water, they must be made hollow, and of paper, and filled with small wate...

Water Fire-fountains
To make a fire-fountain for the water, first have a float made of wood, three feet diameter; then in the middle fix a round perpendic...

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