This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
These may be filled neatly and permanently by thoroughly soaking newspapers in paste made of half a pound of flour, three quarts of water and half a pound of alum. The mixture will be about as thick as putty. It can be forced into the cracks with a case-knife, and smoothed on top. It will harden like papier-maché.