This malady generally commences with a lameness in one of the legs, attended with a high degree of inflammation ; which soon extends to the. body, and its principal parts : these become extremely hard, tense, and appear much distended with wind. Sometimes the tension and inflammatory symptoms first appear in the body, the dewlap, or the lower part of the rump ; but, in all cases, a total stagnation of the blood and mortification of the part ensue, in consequence of which the animal dies in a few hours.
Although the quarter-evil is not supposed to be contagious, yet it generally spreads id the same herd; five, six, or seven, out of ten, upon an average, usually fall victims to this dreadful disorder.
In the 14th vol. of Annals of Agriculture, the following recipe is inserted by R. Proctor Ander-doN, Esq. who states it to be an effectual preventive of the quarter-evil, if duly administered :—Take Rue, La vender-cotton, Common Southernwood (Artemisia Abrotn-mum), a few heads of Garlic, and ;a little Savin, cut very small; add to these ingredients, Flour of Sul-phur, Diapente (vol. ii. p. 401), and Elecampane-Powder, half an ounce of each. Boil the whole in urine, then remove, it from the fire, and let it stand till milk-warm. After taking about one quart of blood from each calf, drench the animal with two common bullocks-hornfuls of the liquor, prepared as above directed, adding to each a table-spoonful of Barbadoes tar; a little of which he might be induced to lick, by smearing it over his nose, loins, and ribs ; an expedient which will promote his recovery.