This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
Scald a pint of milk, melt in it while warm a piece of butter the size of an egg, add a tablespoonful of sugar, a pinch of salt, and a cupful of yeast. Add flour to make soft dough and let it rise over night.
In the morning add half a teaspoonful of soda dissolved in a spoonful of water. Mix in enough flour to make the same stiffness as any biscuit dough, and roll out about a quarter of an inch thick. Cut with a large round cutter, spread soft butter over the tops, and fold one-half over the other by doubling. Cover, and place near the fire for fifteen or twenty minutes to rise before baking. Bake in rather a quick oven.