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FROM HELL TO BREAKFAST
that a broth made from the carcass of the bird was considered
very efficacious in the treatment of certain ailments.
At another time when some of the Mexican highway
workmen were forced to wade out in mud and water during
a severe freeze, I noticed some of them taking off their hats
and wetting their heads with the cold water. The workmen
told me that they always wet their heads when they get their
feet in cold water, to prevent illness from getting their feet
When I was living at Fowlerton, in La Salle County, the
local physician, Dr. C. W. Coutant, returned from a call in
the country near Fowlerton one day, and told me of an odd
experience on the call.
He found a little Mexican child quite ill upon arrival.
The first thing that attracted his attention was a peculiar
blue color on the child's lips. He asked the parents if they
had given the child any medicine and they said no. He was
puzzled by the blue color of the child's mouth, until he
happened to see a cup on a nearby table containing blue
liquid. He asked the parents if they had given some of it
to the sick child, and they acknowledged that they had. The
liquid was laundry bluing.
A friend of mine was once in charge of some Mexicans
grubbing out the right-of-way for a road. One day when
the noon hour arrived some of the men built a fire to brew
some coffee, and one of the Mexicans sat down and leaned
back against a nearby tree.
A rattlesnake coiled up in a hole in the tree trunk struck
out and bit him between the shoulder blades. The frightened
Mexican let out a yell and the whole camp was thrown into
a furor of excitement.
Some of the man's comrades coolly grabbed him, yanked
off his shirt and threw him face down on the ground. Despite
his frantic struggles and excited yells they held him firmly
while one of the group secured a brand from the fire and
pressed it tightly against the sizzling flesh where the man
had been bitten by the snake. This treatment was rated a
sure cure for snake bites and it worked in his case.
Many Mexicans eat the "tunas" or fruit of the prickly
pear, the Spanish name of the plant itself being "nopal."
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From Hell to Breakfast (Book)
Volume of popular folklore of Texas and Mexico, including religious anecdotes, stories about Native American dances, stories about petroleum and oil fields, folk songs, legends, customs and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 205.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. From Hell to Breakfast, book, 1944; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67649/m1/66/: accessed September 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.