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CURE FOR MILKLEG

SOAK OAK LEAVES IN WATER UNTIL PLIABLE, THEN WRAP AROUND THE
INFECTED LEG. AFTER COVERING WITH THE LEAVES WRAP THE LEG AND
LEAVES WITH HOT TOWELS.

Submitter comment: AN INDIAN FROM CANADA CURED HIS GRANDMOTHER AFTER A DOCTOR TOLD
HER THAT THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO TO SAVE THE LEG.
THE INFORMANT SEEMED TO BELIEVE THE STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): AMERINDIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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Old English Saying

Mirror, mirror tell me
Am I pretty or plain?
Or am I downright ugly, and ugly to remain?
Shall I marry a gentleman?
Shall I marry a clown?
Or shall I marry old knives and scissors
Shouting through this town?

Submitter comment: A saying of women in fear of becoming an "old maid."

Where learned: ENGLAND ; LONDON

Keyword(s): Knife Grinder

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Food: Recipe

Spiced Watermelon Rind:

9 cups (3lbs) cubed white watermelon rind. (remove all green skin)

4 cups water (1 glln)

2 tbsp salt

5 cups sugar

2 cups cider vineegar

1 cup cold water

1 sliced lemon

1 tbsp whole cloves

1 tbsp whole all spice

1 tbsp coarsley chopped cinnamon

Cover watermelon rind with 4 cups water. Add salt and let stand minute. Drain. Cover with more cold water in sacepan. Cook, covered, over low heat until tender, about 2 hours. Drain. Meanwhile, combine sugar, vinegar and remaining 1 cup cold water. Tie spices and lemon slices in a cheesecloth bag. Drop into vinegar mixture. Boil 5 minutes. Then add watermelon rind and cook until rind is transparent - about 45/60 minutes. Remove bag of spices. Pack rind and syrup into jars and seal. For crisper rind, add 2 tbsp powdered alum to water in which rind is first cooked.

Keyword(s): Canning ; FOOD ; Jar ; Meal ; RECIPE ; Rind ; Spiced ; Watermelon

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Tamarind Water:

Pat tamarinds into a pitcher or tumbler till it is 1/3 full. Then fill up with cold water, cover it, and let it infuse for quarter of an hour or more. Currant jelly or cranberry juice mixed with water makes a pleasant drink for an invalid.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Cranberry ; Currant ; DRINK ; Invalid ; Jelly ; RECIPE ; Tamarind

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Water

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