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until it is wet through (say ten or fifteen minutes), then lay it upon
a newspaper, that the moisture may dry from the surface and still keep
the other side damp. Immediately varnish your glass the second time,
then place your engraving upon it, pressing it down firmly, so as to
exclude every particle of air; next, rub the paper from the back until
it is of uniform thickness, so thin that you can see through it, then
varnish it the third time and let it dry.
These transferred pictures make lovely ornaments for table, bracket,
MATERIALS FOR MAKING THE VARNISH.
Take two ounces balsam of fir to one ounce spirits of turpentine.
Apply with a camel's-hair brush.
TO PREVENT HORSES BEING TEASED BY FLIES.
Boil three handfuls of walnut leaves in three quarts of water; sponge
the horse (before going out of the stable) between and upon the ears,
neck, and flank.
TO PREVENT FLIES LIGHTING ON WINDOWS,
PICTURES, MIRRORS, ETC.
No fly will light on a window or other article which has been washed
in water in which garlic has been boiled.
TO MAKE LEATHER WEAR FOREVER.
Let it receive as much neat's-foot oil as it will take. If regularly
repeated every three months, leather so treated seems to be impervious
to outward action and will last for years.
TO RENDER PAPER FIREPROOF.
Whether the paper be plain, written, printed, or even marbled,
stained, or painted for paper hangings, dip it in a strong solution of
alum water and thoroughly dry it. In this state it will be fireproof.
TO PREPARE WATERPROOF BOOTS.
Take three ounces of spermaceti and melt it in an earthen pot over a
slow fire; add thereto six drains of India rubber cut into slices, and
after it dissolves add of tallow, eight ounces; amber varnish, four
ounces. Mix it, and it will be ready for use immediately.
TO CURE DRUNKENNESS.
Keep the patient for one week freely dosed with figwort. This is a
TO CURE LAZINESS.
Give the patient an occasional dose of ferri. The sulphate of ferri is
the best. It acts on the liver and vital organs, and is a sure cure
TO EXTRACT THE ESSENTIAL OIL FROM ANY FLOWER.
Take any flower you like, which stratify with common salt in a clean
glazed pot; when filled to the top, cover it well and carry it to the
cellar; forty days afterwards put a crape over a pan and empty the
whole to strain the essence from the flowers by pressure. Bottle this
essence, and expose it for four or five weeks in the sun and dew of
the evening to purify. One single drop of this essence is enough to
scent a whole quart of water.
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