The Long-Lost Friend
I’ll leave you with this, because who knew there were so many uses for peaches?
cease. But if your headache is caused by strong drink, or otherwise will not leave you soon, then you must repeat those words every minute. This, however, is not often necessary in regard to headache. This sounds to me as if it would give you a headache, but aspirin would be easier and take less memorizing and muttering. A better cure for a hangover is a Bloody Mary and a hot bath. Got yourself into a court date? All that backbiting and carousing wasn’t going to lead you into anything good, so here you are.
PEACHES The flower of the peach-tree, prepared like salad, opens the bowels, and is of use in the dropsy. Six or seven peeled kernels of the peach-stone, eaten daily, will ease the gravel; they are also said to prevent drunkenness, when eaten before meals. Whoever loses his hair should pound up peach kernels; mix them with vinegar, and put them on the bald place. The water distilled from peach flowers opens the bowels of infants and destroys their worms.
TO RETAIN THE RIGHT IN COURT AND COUNCIL Jesus Nazarenus, Rex Judeorum. First carry these characters with you, written on paper, and then repeat the following words: “I (name) appear before the house of the Judge. Three dead men look out of the window; one having no tongue, the other having no lungs, and the third was sick, blind and dumb.” This is intended to be used when you are standing before a court in your right, and the judge not being favorably disposed toward you. While on your way to the court you must repeat the benediction already given above.
Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.
If that doesn’t get you off the hook, nothing will. 22
Tidewater Times April 2018