Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Saturday, November 9th, 1861

To day is very dull in the way of business. Nothing doing on my house. The boys still at work with the potatoes. weather changeable & warm.

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  1. 150 years ago today . . . MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [MEMPHIS, TN], November 9, 1861, p. 2, c. 7

    A Substitute for Quinine.—Last week we published the following in reference to a substitute for quinine:

    "It is said a Mr. Dance, of Texas, has made quinine from a tree common to our southern forest. The Houston (Texas) Telegraph thinks it was made from the prickly ash. In its taste it has the same long, lingering, bitter sensation that quinine leaves."

    The tree alluded to above is the button willow or elbow wood, and can be found upon most any of the branches in this county. It bears a ball something like a sweet gum, and when in bloom, in the summer, the ball is white. The Rev. A. R. Scarborough, who is a relative of Mr. Dance, informs us that he has been using it in his family with great success for the last week or ten days. Mr. S. gives us the following directions for preparing and using it: Take half a gallon of the bark of the tree, to which add one gallon of water, and boil it down; in order to get the full strength of the bark, it would be best to add another gallon of water, and boil it down the second time, until you leave only about a pint of the liquid; then take two table spoonsfull to the dose. Or, if you prefer it, you can boil it down to a syrup and make it into pills.

    From the manner in which it is recommended, we have no doubt it will answer the purpose of quinine. For further information on this subject, we refer our readers to Mr. Scarborough.—Livingston (Ala.) Banner.

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