To make Lucifer Match composition.
--Take one ounce and a half of glue, one ounce of phosphorus, two and a half ounces of nitre, one ounce and a quarter of red ocher, and half an ounce of smalt.
Having carefully weighed out the ingredients, manipulate as follows: First reduce the glue to a smooth jelly in warm water, the temperature of which is not to be above 145 Fahrenheit; now add the phosphorus and stir the mixture till the latter is perfectly, divided into minute particles; then add the remaining, materials and mix them till the whole is one uniform paste.
The composition must be kept warm, but never warmer than the thermometer heat above mentioned.
Finally, the matches are to have their ends rubbed over a hot iron plate, and then dipped into the paste and left to dry in an airy situation, Some manufacturers use all smalt instead of the ocher; others use red lead in lieu of either.
individuals cannot, of course, make matches, but every one should know the nature of common things.