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TBT: Miscellaneous items from 1872 newspaper reveal humor of the day

 Miscellaneous items from 1872 newspaper reveal humor of the day

  • A GENTLEMAN In London lately, in making a return of his income to the Tax Commissioners, wrote on the paper: “For the last three years my income has been somewhat under ₤150;  in the future, it will be more precarious, as the man is dead of whom I borrowed the money.”
  • FOR LADIES – A recipe for dressing the hair – First buy your hair
  • American sewing machines are common in Egypt
  • Three hundred million letters yearly pass through the Post-Offices of the world
  • There are said to be five hundred miles of gas-pipe underlying the streets of New York City
  • It is said that there are twenty-five centenarians living in the State of New Hampshire.
  • There are twenty-eight orphan asylums in the State of New York, giving shelter to over 9,000 children.
  • A new style of hand-ring has a chain with a small gold bird attached, which holds the handkerchief in its bill.
  • A Baker has invented a new kind of yeast. It makes bread so light that a pound of it only weighs twelve ounces.
  • The number of clergymen in the United States is set down at ninety-one thousand and their average salaries at $700 each.
  • A man in Cincinnati gained a bet that he would produce a one-wheeled carriage in less than half an hour. He went out and came back with a wheelbarrow.
  • AMATEUR FARMING – Henry Ward Beecher says the profits derived from his farm are such that he is anxious for a moneyed partner, who takes a delight in the literary pursuit of drawing checks.

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VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

By (author): Donna R Causey
Have you heard excessive brain labor causes baldness or the cure for wrinkles is a tepid bath in bran?

Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?

Have you ever had ‘blueberry pickles’, ‘batallia pie’ or ‘snow birds’? You will learn all this and more in “Vinegar of the Four Thieves.”

Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.

This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.

With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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