from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gummy composition for the hair. See bandoline.
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I'll write a full post about that, but one particular item medically needed is these external fixature things to bind and support wounded limbs.
His barber had for many years been in the habit of saying, as he applied the stick of fixature to Tonelli's mustache, and gave it a jaunty upward curl, "Now we will bestow that little dash of youthfulness"; and it both amazed and hurt him to have Tonelli respond with a fierce "Tsit!" and say that this jest was proper in its antiquity to the times of Romulus rather than our own period, and so go out of the shop without that "Adieu, old fellow," which he had never failed to give in twenty years.