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THE last Thursday--a clear week before Christmas day --was formerly always claimed by the tinners as a holiday, and was called by them White-Thursday (Jew-whidn), because on this day, according to tradition, black tin (tin ore) was first melted and refined into white tin. From Jew-whian to Chi-widden 'is an easy transition. Jew-whidn is a name given to the old furnaces generally called Jews'-houses.

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