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In reading the newspapers, I found some interesting things that you would not find in today's newspapers.  I am putting them here just because they are interesting.
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Source: Portage County Advocate - Ohio
Dated: May 5, 1854

TO WASH CARPETS.  Shake and beat well; lay it upon the floor, and tack it firmly; then with a clean flannel wash it over with one quart of bullock's gall, mixed with three quarts of cold soft water and rub it off with a clean flannel or housecloth.  Any particular dirty spot should be rubbed with pure gall.

POTATO ROLLS - Four large potatoes boiled, one tablespoonful of butter, salt to the taste, half a pint of milk, half a tea cup full of yeast, flour sufficient to form a dough.  Boil the potatoes, peel and mash them and while they are hot add the butter and salt, then pour in the milk.  When the mixture is lukewarm add the yeast and flour.  Knead the dough, and set it away to rise, place them on buttered tins, let them rise, and bake them.

The following receipe is from a Connecticut lady:  It is the best and quickest method of making ice cream we have seen.  "Take one teacup of cream, one tea cup of sugar, one egg; beat the egg and the sugar well together; flavor as you please, and then stir in light snow until it is frozen as stiff as you wish.  IT is quickly made, and first-rate.

Beat five eggs, add to them four cups sweet milk, one of sweet cream with salt.  Into this stir a cup full of flour and wheat meal sufficient to make a batter a little thicker than for griddle cakes.  Boil one and a half hours - Serve in the same manner.  The water should be boiling when the puddings are put in, and kept so till they are done.  It is necessary to turn them occasionally, as they will rise to the top.

LEMON PIES -  A lady tells the Agriculturalist how to make lemon pies.  Grate the peels of four lemons, and squeeze the juice into the grated peel.  Then take nine eggs leaving out half of the whites, one pound of loaf or white sugar, half a pound of butter, one pint of cream, or of milk, and four tablespoonfuls of rose-water, and beat them well together, and add the lemon.  Divide into four pies with undercrust and bake.

Source: Portage County Advocate - Portage Co., Ohio
Aug. 9, 1854

TO CLEAN STRAW CARPETS - Wash them in salt and water, and wipe them with a clean dry cloth.
TO BLACK A BRICK HEARTH - Mix some black lead with soft soap and a little water, and boil it - then lay it on with a brush.  Or mix the lead with water only.
TO CLEAN FREESTONE. - Wash the hearth with soap and wipe it with a wet cloth.  Or rub it over with a little freestone powder, after washing the hearth in hot water.  Brush off the powder when dry.
TO CLEAN MARBLE - Pound very fine a quarter of a pound of whiting and a small quantity of stone blue; dissolve in a little water one ounce of __da, and mix the above ingredients carefully together with a quarter of a pound of soft soap, boil it a quarter of an hour on a slow fire, carefully stirring it.  Then when quite hot, lay it with a brush upon the marble and let it remain on half an hour.  Wash it off with warm water, flannel, and a scrubbing brush, and wipe it dry.

Source:  Portage County Advocate
Dated: Dec. 27, 1854
WASHING FOR THE BARK OF FRUIT TREES - The Working Farmer in speaking of the efficiency of lime wash, objects to it on the account of its quick conversion from a caustic state to a state of carbonate, forming a hard crust upon the surface, and preventing the perspiration of the bark.  Soap is recommended on account of its well known mildness, and consequent safety of application, at the same time that preserves its causticity for an indefinite period, assisting in the destruction of insects and their eggs, and softening and cleansing the bark as each successive rain washes down a portion.  A solution of soda (known as bleacher's soda No. 1) is most strongly recommended for its power to cleanse, soften and render healthy the bark.  For using, a pound is dissolved in a gallon of water.  We mention these applications in order that our fruit raising readers may be able to give them a fair trial for a comparison of results. - Country Gentleman.

Blooming Hyacinths in Glasses.
     We are indebted to Messrs J. M. THORBURN & Co., whose advertisement appears in this paper, for a very timely and acceptable present of a dozen of the finest hyacinth bulbs. - And this reminds us that the present is a good time for planting all kinds of hardy bulbous flower roots, (though last month was still better), and also for placing hyacinth bulbs in glasses for winter blooming in-doors.  Those who have not witnessed them can scarcely conceive what beautiful parlor ornaments a few hyacinths make when in full bloom in midwinter; and where a house affords one room that does not freeze hard of a winter night, it is very easy to grow these flowers, if one has the roots and a few bulb glasses which latter can be procured at small cost, at most crockery stores.  The following are the directions for managing bulbs in glasses, as given in Messrs. Thorburn's new catalogue of bulbous flowers.
     Hyacinths intended for glasses, should be placed in them during October and November, the glasses being previously filled with pure water, so that the bottom of the bulb may just touch the water; then place them for the first ten days in a dark room, to promote the shooting of the root, after which expose them to the sun and light as much as possible.   The will blow, however, without any sun but the color of the flowers will be inferior. - The water should be changed as it becomes impure; draw the roots entirely out of the glasses, rinse off the shores in clean water, and wash the inside of the glass well.  Care should be taken that the water does not freeze, as it would not only burst the glass, but cause the fibres to decay.  Whether the water be hard or soft is not of much consequence - soft is preferable - but must be perfectly clear to show the fibres to advantage. - Ohio Cultivator. 

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