(Transcribed from the Evergreen Star, Evergreen, Alabama, September 18, 1879)
I imagine having cinders in the eyes was a common problem since riding by rail was the way for modern travel in 1879. I don’t know if this is a safe recipe or not so check with a doctor before you try it.
CINDERS IN THE EYES
A very simple and effective cure is within the reach of every one. It is simply one or two grains of flax-seed.
It is said they may be placed in the eye without injury or pain to that delicate organ, and shortly they begin to swell and dissolve a glutinous substance that covers the ball of the eye, enveloping any foreign substance that may be in it.
The irritation or cutting of the membrane is thus prevented, and the annoyance may soon be washed off.