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The ears from some sirup buckets were removed and three of them soldered, at equal distances apart, on the bottom of the washbasin near the outside edge of the lower part. These prevented the wear from coming on the bottom of the basin, and it lasted several times as long as ordinarily. - Contributed by A. A. Ashley, Blanket, Texas.
To curl feathers, heat slightly before a fire, then stroke with something like the back of a case knife.