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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
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sh wick. Rush-lights are made in the same manner as dipcandles, a peeled rush being used for a wick. One narrow ribbon of the rind is left on the pith to hold it together. The rushes thus prepared are bleached and dried. They are dipped vertically in the melted tallow several times, as usual with dip-candles. Fifteen inches of rush-light is said to burn about 30 minutes. There are 1,600 rushes in a pound, and it takes 6 pounds of fat to dip them; the cost is thus very low. So says Gilbert White. Rural lock. Rus′set. (Leather-manufacture.) The condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface, either the flesh or grain, as the case may be, according to the purpose for which the skin is intended. This is called russet-finish, and in this condition leather is stored to be completed in fair leather, that is, uncolored, black on the flesh or black on the grain, for harness, boots or shoes, or for other purposes.