Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wood decayed to powder, or eaten by a worm which leaves its holes full of powder.
“What modern medical science would predicate concerning this panacea, I know not, but thousands of cuts in rural districts treated with powder-post did very well, and faith in it waxed strong.”
“The bottle filled slowly, however, and it needed much splitting and hammering to obtain even a teaspoonful of powder-post.”
“So when Sam Eastman cut his foot over in the "east woods," all the wiseacres in the neighborhood declared that that foot must be done up in powder-post.”
“When at last we had helped Sam home, night was at hand; and although we went to all the neighbors, we could not collect enough powder-post to dress the cut.”
“It was dressed three times with powder-post, and showed no sign or symptoms of "proud flesh.”
“When a shovel or a pitchfork-handle snaps suddenly, or an axe-helve or a rake's tail breaks off under no great strain, the farmer says, "'Twas powder-post.”
“But I must get the powder-post for Sam's foot!" exclaimed John.”
“The next morning Sam's younger brother, John, Willis Murch and I went up to the old barn to get powder-post.”
“But everything has its virtues, if only they can be found out; and long ago, in New England, some rustic AEsculapius discovered that powder-post was a sovereign balm for all flesh-wounds, causing them to heal rapidly, without "proud flesh.”
“From the frames of old buildings, when of oak, powder-post will sometimes run in streams when a beam or brace is struck.”
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