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worn during the day; they should be frequently rubbed together to
promote circulation. Sunburnt hands should be washed in lime water or
lemon juice. Should they be severely freckled, the following will be
good to use: Take of distilled water, half a pint; sal ammoniac, half
a dram; oxymuriate of quicksilver, four grains; divide the two last in
spirit, and gradually add the water to them; add another half pint of
water, mix well together, and it is ready for use. It should be
applied as often as desirable, with a piece of soft sponge. If
rose-water is substituted for distilled water, the effect is
=Remedy for Chapped Hands.=--The simplest remedy is the camphor ball, to
be obtained of all chemists. Powdered hemlock bark put into a piece of
muslin and sprinkled on the chaps is highly recommended. Or, wash with
oatmeal, and afterwards rub the hands over with dry oatmeal, so as to
remove all dampness. It is a good thing to rub the hands and lips with
glycerine before going to bed at night. A good oil is made by
simmering: Sweet oil, one pint; Venice turpentine, three ounces; lard,
half a pound; beeswax, three ounces. Simmer till the wax is melted.
Rub on, or apply with a rag.
=To Cure Red Hands.=--Wash them frequently in warm, not hot, water,
using honey soap and soft towel. Dry with violet powder, and again
with a soft, dry handkerchief. Take exercise enough to promote
circulation, and do not wear gloves too tight.
=Almond Paste for the Hands.=--Take one pound of sweet almonds,
one-quarter of a pound of bread crumbs, one half a pint of spring
water, one-half a pint of brandy, and the yolks of two eggs. Pound the
almonds with a few drops of vinegar or water, to prevent them oiling;
add the crumbs of bread, which moisten with the brandy as you mix it
with the almonds and the yolks of eggs. Set this mixture over a slow
fire, and stir it continually or it will adhere to the edges.
=Almond Paste for Chapped Hands= (which will preserve them smooth and
white).--The daily use of the following paste will keep the hands
smooth and white: Mix a quarter of a pound of unsalted hog's lard,
which has been washed in common, and then in rose, water, with the
yolks of two fresh eggs and a large spoonful of honey. Add as much
paste from almonds (well pounded in a mortar) as will work it into a
=General Remarks.=--The human hand, regarded either with reference to
its ingenious construction and usefulness, or to its beauty, stands
alone, in its superlative excellence, in the whole animal world. In no
species of animal is the hand so wonderfully formed and so perfectly
developed as in man.
To preserve the delicacy and beauty of the hands, some little care,
and more than that which is ordinarily bestowed on them, is required.
Foremost in consideration must be the subject of cleanliness. Dirty
and coarse hands are no less marks of slothfulness and lowbreeding
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