Saturday, July 24, 2010

Aimless Reading: The H's, Part 41.5 (Zora Neale Hurston)

Hurston, Zora Neale
Folklore, Memoirs,
& Other Writings

Purchased at the late lamented Niagara Falls Outlet Mall discount book store for $9. Ah, the good old days. I wish that place still existed.

A dream just came back to me, I think from last night. I dreamt that Jon Welch of Talking Leaves...Books in Buffalo showed up at my house, along with his wife, Martha, to tell me that Talking Leaves was closed as of that moment. No one was buying books anymore. They both had rather stricken looks on their faces, which I read as meaning they were also destitute. Then, I ran into Kristi Meal from Rust Belt Books, who told me that they were about to close but that TL had beat them to it and that they would now have to wait a little while before closing. I remember feeling really sad that Jon and Martha were so broke and because there would now be no more bookstores in Buffalo.

I had two other dreams that I intended to remember when I woke up. I am trying to recall them...nothing. Where's Leo DiCaprio when you need him.

from Folklore, Memoirs, & Other Writings

Prescriptions of Root Doctors...


a. Fifty cents of iodide potash in two quarts of water. Boil down to one quart. Add two teaspoons of Epsom salts. Take a big swallow three times a day.
b. Fifty cents iodide potash to one quart sarsaparilla. Take three teaspoons three times a day in water.
c. A good handful of May pop roots; one pint ribbon cane syrup; one-half plug of Brown's Mule tobacco cut up. Add fifty cents iodide potash. Take three times a day as a tonic.
d. Parch egg shells and drink the tea.
e. For Running Range (Claps): Take blackberry root, sheep weed, boil together. Put a little blueing in (a pinch) and a pinch of laundry soap. Put all this in a quart of water take one-half glass three times a day and drink one-half glass of water behind it.
f. One quart water, one handful of blackberry root, one pinch of alum, one pinch of yellow soap. Boil together. Put in last nine drops of turpentine. Drink it for water until it goes through the bladder.


a. Ashes of one good cigar, fifteen cents worth of blue ointment. Mix and put on the sores.
b. Get the hear of a rotten log and powder it fine. Tie it up in a muslin cloth. Wash the sores with good castile soap and powder them with the wood dust.
c. When there are blue-balls (buboes), smear the swellings with mash up granddaddies (daddy-long-legs) and it will bring them to a head.
d. Take a gum ball, cigar, soda and rice. Burn the gum ball and cigar and parch the rice. Powder it and sift and mix with vaseline. It is ready for use.
e. Boil red oak bark, palmetto root, fig root, two pinches of alum, nine drops of turpentine, two quarts of water together to one quart. Take one-half cup at a time. (Use no other water).

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