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1 This is impracticable; neither vinegar, wine, nor water, will mingle with pitch. These resins, however, if stirred up briskly in hot water, become of a paler colour, and acquire an additional suppleness.
2 Perhaps so called from Calabria, a country where the pine abounded, and part of which was called Bruttium.
3 Or wine-vats.
4 See c. 8 of the present Book.
6 See B. xiv. c. 25.
7 This operation removes from the pitch a great portion of its essential oil, and disengages it of any extraneous bodies that may have been mixed with it.
8 Fée remarks that there is no necessity for this selection, though no doubt rain-water is superior to spring or cistern water, for some purposes, from its holding no terreous salts in solution.
9 This would colour the resin more strongly, Fée says, and give it a greater degree of friability.
10 See B. xxxiv. c. 20.
11 See B. xiv. c. 25, and B. xxiv. c. 22.
12 "Sartago." Generally understood to be the same as our frying-pan. Fée remarks that this method would most inevitably cause the mass in fusion to ignite; and should such not be the case, a coloured resin would be the result, coloured with a large quantity of carbon, and destitute of all the essential oil that the resin originally contained.
13 See B. xiv. c. 20.
14 The terebinthine of the mastich, Fée says, is an oleo-resin, or in other words, composed of an essential oil and a resin.
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