The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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are wonderful. It can preserve animal substances from decay; leather is rendered soft and pliable, and preserved by it. If satu­rated with it, wooden vessels neither shrink nor dry up; its power in healing sores, removing pains, such as scratches, of burns, is marvellous. It is used for extracting the odor of flowers, and is of great use in the processes of dying, wine-keeping, brewing, and liquor making.
Glycerine Lotion.—Mix i oz. of glycerine with i pint of water. It allays itching and removes dryness, &c.,in various skin diseases, with the addition of 2 or 3 drachms of borax, it removes chaps from the lips, hands, and nipples,
Corns.—Scrape chalk and bind it upon the corn, or at night bind a piece of lemon upon it. Gylcerine is good for corns.
Corns. No. 2.—Take a small piece of flannel that has not been washed, wrap or sew round the corn and toe. One thickness will be sufficient. Wet the flannel where the corn is, nighipnd morning, with fine sweet oil. Remove the flannel weekly, and at the same time pare the corn, which will soon disappear.
To Cure Corns.—Before going to bed at night, put a coating of gum arabic over the corn. It will soon get well.
For Corns.—Powder some copperas and make a paste with water, put it on a cloth and bind it on the corn, when going to bed, for several nights; bind so as not stain the bed linen.
Cure for Warts.—French Physician.—Steep a small piece of raw beef in sugar all night, trim the wart and bind as much as will cover it and tie it on. If the excresence is on the forehead, con­fine it with sticking plaster cut in strips.
Reliable Cure for Corns.—Remove the hard part with a sharp knife, then wrap a piece of canton flannel twice around the toe, and tie it with a thread near the end, just tight enough to keep the cloth on. Then saturate the cloth directly over the corn with pure spirits of turpentine. In ten minutes the annoyance will cease.
Mechanical Corn Plasters.—Any suitable adhesive plaster is spread on a thick leather (buckskin), which is cut to a suitable size; punch a hole in the centre, vulcanized India rubber, or any soft leather, prepared in the same way; the hole must just fit so as to let the corn through.
Warts and Corns, ro Cure in a few Minutes.—Make a poultice of some slacked saleratus, and powdered gum arabic and a little water. Spread it on a small piece of rag. Then with a sharp knife trim the corn or wart and put the plaster on and let it remain ten or