Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word fandangle.
So, what was happening in the world in 1934?
Well, someone called Adolph Hitler was becoming very popular in Germany, gangster John Dillinger broke out of jail using a wooden pistol, Edwin Hubble found that there were actually millions of galaxies, Shirley Temple appears in her first film, and that year’s Daily Express Enquire Within was published…
It is packed full of useful information for middle class life in Britain in the 1930s. Shall we dip in and choose some interesting items dear reader? At the top of each page there is a proverb or an uplifting piece of advice for us to ponder on as we thumb through – I will include these with today’s selection.
Page 409. (Say no ill of the year till it be past.)
Black Silk Reviver. – Boil logwood in water for half an hour; then simmer the silk half an hour; then take it out, and put into the dye a little blue vitriol, or green copperas; cool it, and simmer the silk for half an hour.
Page 98. (Procure not friends in haste.)
Woodcocks and Snipes may be cut right through the centre, from head to tail. serve with each portion a piece of toast upon which they come to the table.
Page 458. (Tall oaks from little acorns grow.)
Dog Licences.- …every owner of a dog must have a licence to keep it. Licences, which cost 7s 6d * for each dog, can be obtained through the postmasters at all post offices. No licence is required for (a) dogs under six months old; (b) hound puppies under twelve months not being part of a pack; (c) a dog being used by a blind person for guidance; (d) sheep and cattle dogs.
* Seven shillings and sixpence.
Page 321. ( Civility costs nothing but is worth much.)
Mustard Poultices.- These may be made of mustard powder alone, or in combination with bread crumbs. or linseed meal. When mustard only is used, the powder should be moistened with water, and the paste thus produced spread on a piece of linen, and covered with muslin to intervene between the mustard and the skin.
Mustard leaves, which can be procured from any chemist, are now much used in the place of mustard poultices.
Page 379. (Examples do not authorize sins.)
Hints on Spelling.
xii. All words of more than one syllable ending in a single consonant, preceded by a single vowel, and accented on the last syllable, double that consonant in derivatives; as commit, committee; compel, compelled; distil, distiller.
On the other hand words of more than one syllable ending in a single consonant not preceded by a single vowel do not double the final consonant in derivatives; as benefit, benefited; inhabit, inhabited, but travel, travelled, is an exception.