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Sticks Like A Brother

A paste that will adhere to anything


Alex. Winchell is credited with the invention of a cement that will

stick to anything (Nat. Drug). Take two ounces of clear Gum Arabic,

one and one-half ounces of fine Starch and one-half ounce of White

Sugar. Pulverize the Gum Arabic, and dissolve it in as much water as

the laundress would use for the quality of starch indicated. Dissolve

the starch and sugar in the gum solution. Then cook the mixture in a

vessel suspended in boiling water until the starch becomes clear. The

cement should be as thick as tar and keep so. It can be kept from

spoiling by dropping in a lump of Gum Camphor, or a little Oil of

Cloves or Sassafras. This cement is very strong indeed, and will stick

perfectly to glazed surfaces, and is good to repair broken rocks,

minerals or fossils. The addition of a small amount or Sulphate of

Aluminum will increase the effectiveness of the paste, besides helping

to prevent decomposition.