CHAP. 50.—REMEDIES FOR PHTHIRIASIS, AND FOR VARIOUS OTHER
In phthiriasis, all the vermin upon the body may be killed in
the course of three days, by taking the cast-off slough of a serpent, in drink, or else whey of milk after the cheese is removed,
with a little salt, Cheese, it is said, will never become rotten
with age or be touched by mice, if a weasel's brains have been
mixed with the rennet. It is asserted, too, that if the ashes, of
a burnt weasel are mixed with the cramming for chickens or
young pigeons, they will be safe from the attacks of weasels.
Beasts of burden, when troubled with pains in staling, find
immediate relief, if a bat is attached to the body; and they are
effectually cured of bots by passing a ring-dove three times
round their generative parts—a truly marvellous thing to relate,
the ring-dove, on being set at liberty, dies, and the beast is in-
stantly relieved from pain.