Everyone knows how a small wound caused by rusty pieces of metal oftentimes develops blood poison, or lockjaw. The following old-fashioned but infallible "first aid to the injured" may therefore be of value to remember. An ordinary lump of brown sugar is heated on the surface sufficiently hot to produce smoke, and the wound is held in this smoke for several minutes. No serious results will follow after this treatment, and all soreness will be taken out of the wound even though the application takes place some time after the accident. The smoke given off by burning woolen rags is equally effective, and. as they are more often available, particularly to a man "off on a job," to keep this simple remedy in mind may be well worth while. Donald A. Hampson. Middletown, N. Y.
It is frequently necessary to disinfect our offices and shops; a very effective and inexpensive means is as follows: To 6½ ounces of crystals of potassium permanganate, add one pint of formaldehyde (40 per cent) for every 1,000 cubic feet of room space. The disinfectant should be mixed in a metal receptacle having at least ten times the volume of the ingredients used. This Is required to prevent the mixture from boiling over. The receptacle holding the crystals should be placed near the center of the room which is to be disinfected, after ascertaining that all doors, windows, etc., are securely calked to prevent the gas from escaping. The formaldehyde solution should be ready to be poured upon the crystals, which must be done quickly. The room must then be left closed for at least thirty-six hours to obtain the best results.
Denver, Col. E. W. Bowen.
To loosen the oil and grease, the hands should first be scrubbed with a stiff brush dipped in kerosene, and then they should be wiped dry with waste. Take a five-cent box of soap powder (I prefer Soapine, because it lathers freely), add to it an equal quantity of white sand. Mix thoroughly and rub over the wet hands in the form of a paste. This compound will rinse off in any kind of hard or soft, hot or cold water. Hands washed in this manner twice a day will be free from grime and clean all over.
New York. H. J. Bachmann.
To make a plaster or salve which can be used in case of accident in place of stitches where a person has sustained a deep cut, melt together white rosin, 7 ounces. beeswax, ½ ounce; mutton tallow, ½ ounce. Pour into cold water and work with the hands until it is thoroughly incorporated, and roll out Into suitable sticks for use. When required warm and spread upon a firm piece of cloth, cutting the wax into narrow strips in case of deep wounds. It will be found to hold the edges of the flesh firmly together. E. W. Norton.
While a great many shops now have facilities for attending to shop accidents, the necessity is often felt by the mechanic working in a small shop, or outside, for a useful salve to be applied to wounds in case of accident. The writer has made the following salve himself, has used it, and knows that it is far in advance of most articles for sale in drug stores at ten times the price. The ingredients are as follows: Two parts of swallow oil, five parts of petrol wax. two parts eucalyptus, and two parts of beeswax. Arden.
At your druggist's procure an ounce bottle and have him fill it three-fourths full of flexible collodion, and fill up with ether. Apply to cuts, bruises, etc., and it protects them and will not wash off. If the ether evaporates, leaving it too thick for use, have more ether put in to liquefy it. It is a good thing to have in the house: also the tool chest. F. H. Jackson.
Angelica, N. Y.