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1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

GLEANINGS There is a qualitative test for butter so simple that any housewife can put it into successful practice. A clean piece of white paper is smeared with a little of the suspected butter. The paper is then rolled up and set on fire. If the butter is pure the smell of the burning paper is rather pleasant; but the odor is distinctly tallowy if the "butter" is made up wholly, or in part, of animal fats.

Advice for Ladies - The Southbridge Journal, Southbridge, Massachusetts, December 25, 1885

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