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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
| 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
| 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
| 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 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
| 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
| 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
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.
| 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
| 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 means funds in other cities made available by bankers' drafts
on such places. These drafts afford the safest and cheapest mea...
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...
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;
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.)
| 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.
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.
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...
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...
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
| The Name Of God In Fifty Languages|
Hebrew, Eleah, Jehovah;
Syrian and Turkish, Alah;
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|
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
| 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
So much has been said about Loisette's memo...
| Memory Rhymes|
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.
| Appalling Depths Of Space|
Distances that Stun the Mind and Baffle Comprehension.
The stars, though appearing small to us because of their immense
| 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
| 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
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|
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;
Buenos Ayres, 7,110;
| 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|
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
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;
| 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;
| 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.
Brown--Brown and white.
Columbia--Light blue and white.
| 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.
| Poor Richard's Sayings|
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
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...
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.
| 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
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|
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
Air is about eight hundred and fifteen times ligh...
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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...
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
| 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
| 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 ...
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...
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
| Paradise Liniment|
Take a gill of Alcohol, one-fourth ounce Tincture
Capsicum, one-half ounce Paradise Seed, cracked, and put all together.
| 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.,
| 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
| 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
| 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...
Pumpkin Seed one oz., Cenria Leaves one oz., Rochelle Salts
one oz., Anise Seed one-half oz., Bi. Carb. Soda one oz., Worm Seed
| 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
| 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
| 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.,
| 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
| 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 ...
Alcohol two pints, Oil Sassafras two ozs., Oil Organum twi
ozs., Camphor Spirits one-half oz., Tinct. Opium one oz., Chloroform
| 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
| 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 are best healed by laying a piece of folded lint, well
wetted with extract of lead, or boracic acid, on the part, and, if
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
| 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
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...
Attend to the following essential rules: 1. Lose no time.
2. Handle the body gently. 3. Carry the body face downwards, with the
Loosen the cord, or whatever it may be by which the person
has been suspended. Open the temporal artery or jugular vein, or bleed
| 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
| 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...
After emetics have been freely and successfully given,
the patient should be allowed to breathe the vapor of sulphuric ether,
| 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,
Acids are sometimes swallowed by mistake. Alkalies, lime water,
magnesia, or common chalk mixed with water, may be freely given, and
| 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 paste, kept for roach poison or in parlor matches, is
sometimes eaten by children, and has been wilfully taken for the
| 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
| Blue Ink|
Six parts Persian Blue, one quart Oxalic Acid; triturate
with little Water to smoothe paste, add Gum Arabic and the necessary
| 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.
Write with a Solution of Green Vitriol and wash with Tincture
Nitrate of Cobate, wash with Oxalic Acid.
Subacetate of Lead, wash with Hydrochloric Acid.
Arsenate of Potash, wash with Nitrate of Copper.
Solution of Gold and Muriate of Tin.
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| To Make The Cheeks And Lips Rosy|
Use a little Red Carmine.
Oils of Rosemary and Lemon each a half ounce, Bergamot and
Lavender half drachm, Cinnamon four drops, Cloves and Rose each two
| 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|
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,
| Upper Ten|
Spirits of Wine four quarts, Essence of Cedrat two drachms,
Essence of Violets one-fourth ounce, Essence of Neroli one-half ounce,
| 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 ...
Gum Camphor one ounce, Cayenne one ounce, Gum Myrrh one ounce,
powdered Gum Quaial one ounce, Sassafras Bark one ounce, Spirits of
| Liniment To Kill Pain|
One gallon Alcohol, one ounce Tincture Cayenne,
two ounces Tincture Gum Camphor, two ounces Tincture Ammonia, one-half
| 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
| Cure For Sweeney|
Alcohol and Spirits of Turpentine each eight ounces,
Camphor Gum, pulverized Cantharides and Capsicum each one ounce, Oil of
Nitrate of Potash four ounces, Black Antimony two ounces,
Sulphite of Soda one ounce, Elecampane two ounces. Mix. Dose, one
| 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
| 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
| 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...
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,
Take Balsam Copaiba two ounces, Sweet Spirits of Nitre
three ounces, Spirits of Turpentine two ounces, Oil of Juniper two
Vinegar three pints, Capsicum one-half drachm, Tincture of
Aconite Root fifteen drops. Mix and boil down to one quart; when cool
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
| 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
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...
This disease is usually caused by over feeding in confined
quarters. The bird may be noticed moping for some days, but usually the
Like apoplexy, is caused by over feeding and lack of
exercise. The fowl runs in a circle with but partial control of the
Is caused by irregular feeding. A hungry bird fills his
crop to such a degree that the contents, when moistened, becomes a
Five grains powdered chalk, 5 grains turkey
rhubarb, 5 grains cayenne pepper.
This is a very contagious disease. The well fowls should
immediately be separated from the sick ones, and the old quarters
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
| 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
Forty ounces Nickel, twenty ounces Copper, thirty ounces Block
| 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
Take an ounce of precipitated Silver to half an ounce of
Cyanate of Potas...
| Original And Genuine Silver Plating|
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|
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|
Tinfoil or Rottenstone, equal parts, all pulverized together. Roll up
in balls, show as you go, and sell for 10 cents a ba...
Four pounds Whiting, one-quarter ounce Oxalic Acid,
one-half ounce Cream Tartar. Stir all together, then add slowly three
| 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,
| 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...
The above will admit of any coloring you please.
| Water-proof And Fire-proof Cement For Roofs Of Houses|
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
Cements of various kinds should be kept for occasional use.
Flour paste answers very well for slight purposes; if required stronger
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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
| 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 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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,
| 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...
Take one gallon 95 per cent Alcohol or Cologne Spirits, two
ounces Oil of Bergamot, one-half ounce Orange, one-half ounce Oil of
| 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
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
| Barber's Shampooing Mixture|
Soft Water one pint, Sal Soda one ounce,
Cream Tartar one-fourth ounce. Apply thoroughly to the hair.
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
| 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 ...
A design patent can be obtained for novelties in the shape of
configuration of articles, or impressions by any means whatever. These
A caveat is a confidential communication used in the Patent
Office, and it consists of a specification, drawings, oath and
| 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...
Spirits one gallon, Oil Bergamot one ounce, Oil of Lemon
one ounce; macerate for four days, frequently shaking; then add Water
| Silvering Powder|
Nitrate of Silver and common Salt, of each thirty
grains, Cream of Tartar three and one-half drachms. Pulverize finely,
| 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.
| Moulds And Dies|
Copper, Zinc and Silver in equal proportions, melt
together under a coat of powdered charcoal, and mould into the form you
| Indestructible Lamp Wicks|
Steep common wicks in a concentrated
aqueous solution of Tungstate of Soda, and then dry thoroughly in an
| 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
| 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
| 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...
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
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
| 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...
Same, only flavor with strawberry; color with liquid
| Maple Caramels|
Use one-half Maple Sugar with C Sugar. No flavor.
| Walnut Caramels|
Same as the first. When done, stir in sufficient nuts
A better caramel can be made with white sugar, and milk instead of
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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,
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
| 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
| 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;
| 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.)
| 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
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
"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
| 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
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
"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
| 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
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
| 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
| 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
| 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...
| 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.
| 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
| 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
Dissolve bismuth in nitrous acid. When the writing with this fluid is
exposed to the vapour of liver of sulphur, it will become quite ...
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.
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
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...
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
| 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
| 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|
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
| 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
| 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.
| 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|
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|
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,
| To Melt A Piece Of Money In A Walnut-shell Without Injuring The|
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
| 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|
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,
| 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
| 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
| 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|
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
| 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|
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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|
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|
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|
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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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,
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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|
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
| 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
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
| 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|
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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|
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
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|
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
| 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
| 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|
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
| 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
| 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|
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...
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;
| 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,
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
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,
| 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
| 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
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
| 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 fr