I. — M. Mouray recommends the use of an emulsion of equal parts of rum and olive oil, made by shaking these liquids together in a bottle. When a burnishing stone is used, the peculiar black streaks first appearing should not cause vexation, since they do not injure the metal in the least, and may be removed with a woolen rag. The object in question may also be brightened in potash lye, in which case, however, care must be taken not to have the lye too strong. For cleaning purposes benzol has been found best.


Aluminum is susceptible of taking a beautiful polish, but it is not white like that of silver or nickel, rather slightly bluish, like tin. The shade can be improved. First, the grease is to be removed from the object with pumice stone. Then, for polishing, use is made of an emery paste mingled with tallow, forming cakes which are rubbed on the polishing brushes. Finally, rouge powder is employed with oil of turpentine.

Polishes for Bars, Counters, etc.


Linseed oil......... 8 ounces

Stale ale........... 8 ounces

Hydrochloric acid . . 1 ounc

e Alcohol, 95 percent. 1 ounce

White of 1 egg.

Mix. Shake before using. Clean out the dust, dirt, etc., using an appropriate brush, or a bit of cloth wrapped around a stick, then apply the above, with a soft brush, or a bit of cotton wrapped in a bit of silk—or, in fact, any convenient method of applying it.


Japan wax...... 1 av. ounce

Oil of turpentine 3 fluidounces

Linseed oil...... 16 fluidounces

Alcohol........ 3 fluidounces

Solution of potash.......... 1.5 fluidounces

Water to make 32 fluidounces. Dissolve the wax in the turpentine, add the other ingredients, diluting the potash solution with the water before adding to the other ingredient , and stir briskly until well mixed.