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Pow-Wows, or Long Lost Friend, by John George Hoffman, [1820], at


In a vessel of white glass must be put: 8 grains of civit, (musk), and as much castorium; two ounces of eel-fat, and 4 ounces of unsalted butter; after which the vessel must be well closed, and put in some place where it will keep moderately warm for nine or ten days, and then the composition must be well stirred with a stick until it is perfectly mixed.

APPLICATION.--1. In using the hooks.-Worms or insects used for baiting the hooks must first be moistened with this composition, and then put in a bladder or box, which may be carried in the pocket.

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2. In using the net.--Small balls formed of the soft part of fresh bread must be dipped in this composition and then by means of thread fastened inside of the net before throwing it into the water.

3. Catching Fish with the hand.--Besmear your legs or boots with this composition before entering the water at the place where the fish are expected, and they will collect in great numbers around you.

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