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To extract pointed weapons which have pierced the flesh, ashes of calcined shells of the sæpia are used, as also of the purple, the meat of salted fish, bruised river-crabs, or flesh of the silurus1 (a river-fish that is found in other streams as well as the Nilus2), applied either fresh or salted. The ashes also of this fish, as well as the fat, have the property of extracting pointed bodies, and the back-bone, in a calcined state, is used as a substitute for spodium.3

1 See B. ix. cc. 17, 25, 75.

2 See B. ix. c. 17. Ajasson says that it is also found of enormous size, in the Danube and in the Theisse.

3 See B. xxxiv. c. 33.

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