May 2021 Update

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A Year of Change and Achievement

On 23 May 2020 disaster struck our fandom when the software for the old lancerlovers site was corrupted beyond repair. On 25 May 2020, we created the new LancerLovers website on WordPress. Since then we’ve:
– transferred 158 authors and 2,398 stories from the old LancerLovers archive to the new one, with the help of an archive team which included Ronnie Fish, Margaret Pollitt, and Margaret Smith 
– worked with Karen on supporting the old Peter Brown site by transferring 29 authors and 365 stories to a new site on WordPress, Lancer FanFiction
– created the Lancer Fiction Gateway in September 2020, making it the portal for Lancer fans to find stories to read wherever those stories are archived on the internet.
The Gateway, which isn’t in itself an archive, links through to LancerLovers, Lancer FanFiction, and to several multi-fandom archives (such as fanfiction.net and Archive Of Our Own). Although, sadly, we lost links to 133 stories from 4 authors who didn’t want us to list their work on the Gateway, as of today we currently have access to 227 authors and 3292 stories.

Not bad, for one year’s work!

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New Stories Archived

LancerLovers Archive

All Or Nothing by ZoeyT

Besotted Rated R by RonD

(The) Bond Between Brothers by Buckskin

(The) Choice of A Life by Véronique

Fear by Olley

Fears by Silvia

(A) Mother’s Love by Barbara V.

Only One Who Cares by DaleL

Saying Hello by Sherry

Scott’s Journal by Laurie
New at the Nickelodeon – The Depth of Life
Peeling A Few Apples
Adding A Little Spice

Secrets in the Dark by Barbara V.

Wanted by chrischime

Well Aimed Conversation by Charlene

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Lancer FanFiction Archive

(A) Mother’s Worry by Shelley H.

Not Just Another Day (A/U Warning attached) by Shelley H.

Realizations by Shelley H.

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New External Archive Links (AO3, FFN, WWB, etc..)

The authors listed with the external links are not archived here. Their author pages are a simple list of their Lancer stories for the reader’s convenience.

(The) Chair (at FFN) by Melobee

Catching Hold of Something (at FFN) by Melobee

Un repas de famille (Family’s Dinner) (at FFN) by Nanthana14 

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Shelley H.

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Crossovers With Other Westerns

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Site Statistics for April

The total figures for each main site for April are:

LancerLovers: 6,371 visitors viewing 51,496 pages

LancerFanFiction: 1,657 visitors viewing 8,253 pages

These figures don’t cover visitors to the Gateway who then go on to view externally hosted stories (those on FFN or AO3 etc). Overall, numbers continue to rise steadily.

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May 2021

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Mid-Month Memo 04: The World According to Jelly Hoskins

“See, the thing about John Madrid? He’s an ace high shootist. He’s the kinda man who don’t care a continental ’bout facing up to them road agents who fancy they got the bulge on him when they’s facin’ him three varmints to one, and that don’t change none ’cause these days he’s callin’ hisself a Lancer. So when them three, four desperados figured they could call Scott Lancer a juniper and crowd him a might, they didn’t reckon on ol’ Scott not only bein’ a curly wolf on his own account — ’cos he got a scad o’ sand, that’s fer sure — but that Johnny, seein’ that this was a real hair in the butter sorta day, had Scott’s back. Sure, he sat back and let Scott play with ’em a mite, seein’ as how Scott was real good at sloggin’ and he was havin’ hisself a real hog killin’ time, but when Johnny sees one of them hornswogglin’ scalawags fixin’ to brace his brother and pull a black-eyed susan on him, Johnny looks blue at them and he wades right in….”

Clear as mud, eh?

One of the things a writer aims to do is create a world for the reader to immerse themselves in. After all, we don’t live in the 19th century wild West these days. We have to create that on the page. So a good writer thinks about how to evoke the world’s history, geography, languages, religions, economy and government; its weather, its societies, its peoples; its plants, its animals … and every other little detail of what makes that world feel real.

Most of the time, you don’t need but a tiny fraction of it to show the reader where they are and how everything fits together. A writer picks out some of these little details and lets them seep through naturally into the story, lets them sink into the background. Do it well, and you’ll bring the West to life.

One great way of doing this, is through how the characters speak and the language they use. You know Scott wouldn’t talk like that (points upwards), and nor would Murdoch: one’s from the East with his own dialect, and the other’s a middle class Scot, and both are well-educated. They’ll sound very different. Johnny might have some of this language, but perhaps not in such an exaggerated form. He hasn’t had the education of his father and brother, and will speak less formally than either.

But that little speech? I can see Jelly talking like that, in the vernacular of the country, where a unique collection of colourful idioms and phrases created a language that had a passing resemblance to English – if you had a dictionary and translator handy!

I wouldn’t write Jelly in quite this exaggerated fashion, but I certainly would sprinkle his speeches with some of those phrases, the same way I’d keep Scott’s voice educated and more formal, and let some of Murdoch’s lowland Scots seep through into his vocabulary.

To help with that, our Resources section here has a collection of 8 different glossaries of the words and terms used by cowboys in the west. If you’re a writer of western stories, or a reader who loves words and learning new ones, then take a look at the glossaries and enjoy the wonderful, imaginative, creative world of slang. It really is colourful and fun!

Cattle Glossary

Cowboy’s Personal Gear

Dictionary of Americanisms (downloadable .pdf of a dictionary compiled in 1859. Lots of New England phrases and words)

Horses and their gear etc

People and the Land

Saddles and Tack Glossary

Spanish Glossary

Western Slang

Oh, and a dictionary of the phrases I used at the beginning? Here you are:

ace high – first class
black-eyed susan – a six-gun.
brace  – confront with aggression
curly wolf   – real tough, dangerous man
don’t care a continental  – don’t give a damn
got the bulge  –  have the advantage
hair in the butter –  a delicate situation
hog-killin’ time  –  a real good time
hornswoggle – cheat
juniper   –  derogatory term for an easterner or novice cowhand
look blue at – to look with displeasure or dissatisfaction
road agent  – a robber, bandit, desperado
sand –  guts, courage, toughness
scad  – large quantities, plenty, an abundance
scalawag, scallywag  –  a mean, rotten, worthless, untrustworthy person
slog –  a blow, a fight with the fists

Enjoy learning a new language!

Anna
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April 2021 Update

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As of today, the Lancer Gateway offers you links to 3,269 stories by 225 authors.

Enjoy this month’s crop of new stories!

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New Stories Archived

LancerLovers Archive

After The Storm by SandySha

An Hour of My Time by Buckskin

Fire on the Water by Buckskin

Following A Dream by Barbara V.

Of Fathers and Sons by Castell

Playing The Devil’s Hand by Sherry

Regrets by Olley

Scott’s Journal by Laurie
The Shovel
The Clearance

Twisted Justice by Rhiannon

Wrongly Convicted (Rated R) by Nancy Marie

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Lancer FanFiction Archive

Observance Stories by Desert Sun
Bad Poetry Day
Buttons! Buttons! Buttons!
(A) Day For Checkers
(A) Day for the Birds
(A) Day of Panic
First International Day of Older Persons
(A) Forgetful Day
(A) Good Day to Nap
(A) Holiday for Women
(A) Hot Enough For Ya Day
Jelly’s Beard
Just Because
(A) Lumpy Rug, Do-Dah Day
Mother Goose Tale
No Interruptions!  Are You Sure?
Oh, What a Day
Potatoes!  Potatoes!  Nothing but Potatoes!
Rat Catchin’ Day at Lancer
Start of a New Tradition
Walking on the Wild Side
Who’s To Blame?

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New External Archive Links (AO3, FFN, WWB, etc..)

The authors listed with the external links are not archived here. Their author pages are a simple list of their Lancer stories for the reader’s convenience.

Did I Hear You Mention Boston? by DJK (at WWB)

Gunfighters by Stardust (at WWB)

Retour au ranch (Return to the Ranch) by Nanthana14 (at FFN)

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New Authors

Castell

DJK (at WWB)

Stardust (at WWB

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Our Specialist Collection Title Lists

Artwork

AU/AR Stories

Crossovers With Other Westerns

Drabbles

Episode Tags

For Specific Lancer Fans

Holiday-Related Stories

Lancer Writers 10th Anniversary Awards

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Site Statistics for March 2021

The total figures for each site for March are:

LancerLovers: 5,994 visitors and 50,702 page views

LancerFanFiction: 1,586 visitors and 9,114 page views

These figures don’t cover visitors to the Gateway who then go on to view externally hosted stories (eg those on FFN or AO3 etc).

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Lancer Gateway Team
April 2021

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Easter Stories

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Colored Eggs & Giant Bunnies by  Belinda

(The) Easter Bunny (Surprise Series #4) by Terri

(The) Easter Bunny and Johnny Madrid by d.b.brisbin

The Easter Bunny Cometh by Southernfrau

(An) Easter to Remember (#4 in the Holidays series) by Linda B (Kona)

Johnny’s Easter Resurrection by Margaret Schmitz Compton

(The) Lancer Easter Egg Hunt by JEB

(The) Love Letter (An Emoji story) by goldieasj

There Goes Peter Cottontail . . . by Kit

Truman’s Easter Miracle by  Boonie

Visits From The Easter Bunny by Barbara

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March 2021 Update

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New Stories Archived

LancerLovers Archive

All The Time In The World by DaleL

Brothers’ Honor by chrischime

Butter And Bread by DaleL

(The) Dark Angel by LisaA

Disinclined (The Gunman’s Woman Series #2) by Charlene

Drabbles by LisaA

Dreams Of What Might Have Been by Sherry

Gold Star For The Gun Hawk by Styzgal

(The) Hunter and The Hunted (Rated R) by Nancy Marie

Jelly’s Surprise by Barbara V.

(The) Love Letter -An Emoji story by goldieasj

(The) Madrid Stare by Charlene

One More Day – The Epilogue (NC-17) by Robyn B.

Regrets To My Loves by Barbara V.

Scott’s Journal by Laurie
The Porch Swing
The Bad Penny
The Doctor

Vaya Con Dios, Amigo by Robyn B.

Wind River Justice by Buckskin

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Lancer FanFiction Archive

Drabbles by Desert Sun

Christmas Worlds by Desert Sun

Decking The Halls by Desert Sun

(The) Eve of a New Year by Desert Sun

First Lancer Family Thanksgiving by Desert Sun

(A) Gift of Snow by Desert Sun

Pony Alice’s First Diary by Desert Sun

(The) Reason for the Season by Desert Sun

(A) Reason to Give Thanks by Desert Sun

(A) Visit From Pony Alice by Desert Sun

Whose Idea by Desert Sun

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New External Archive Links (AO3, FFN, WWB, etc..)

The authors listed with the external links are not archived here. Their author pages are a simple list of their Lancer stories for the reader’s convenience.

Between A Rock and A Hard Place by Melobee (At FFN) (Episode Tag for Blood Rock)

Big Dogs by Melobee (At FFN) (Episode Tag for The High Riders)

(A) Brother (linked to FFN) by Cadillac Red

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New Pages

Beauty and Homecare Recipes in the Resources section

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Our Specialist Collection Title Lists

Artwork

AU/AR Stories

Crossovers With Other Westerns

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Holiday-Related Stories

Lancer Writers 10th Anniversary Awards

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Site Statistics for February 2021

The total figures for each site for February are:

LancerLovers: 5,222 visitors and 46,967 page views

LancerFanFiction: 1,385 visitors and 7,541 page views

These figures don’t cover visitors to the Gateway who then go on to view externally hosted stories (those on FFN or AO3 etc).

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That’s all for this month. Enjoy the stories!

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March 2021

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Mid-Month Memo 03: Beauty and Homecare Recipes

L0031645 Edwards’ “Harlene” for the hair Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Edwards’ “Harlene” for the hair: the great hair dressing. Print. London: Edwards’ “Harlene” Co., [1890’s]. 1890s? Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Back to Great-Granny’s recipe book for more home recipes. Some of the ingredients had us scratching our heads in bemusement, but we’ll share the recipes here anyway. You’ll never know when you need to mention one of these in a story sometime!

Measurements are usually given in drams or drachms (same thing, different spelling), which is shown as ‘dr’ and a number. The Britannica encyclopaedia defines as this “An apothecaries’ dram contains 3 scruples (3.888 grams) of 20 grains each and is equal to one-eighth apothecaries’ ounce of 480 grains.”

Other measures used are ordinary ounce (oz) and pound (lb). Liquid measures used are pints and gills (a gill is ¼ of a pint).

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Beauty Products

We’re used to buying whatever beauty products we want, when we want. For most Victorian women, these were too expensive or difficult to come by. So, being inventive and clever, they created their own:

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Cold Cream

1 oz pure wase (?)
2 oz spermaceti
1 pint almond oil.

Melt together and mix well. Beat in 12 drops attar of rose and 3 oz honey. Put in jars and cover securely. It will last a long time.

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For Chapped Hands/Dirty And Rough Hands

Chapped Hands Recipe One
1 dr carbolic acid
1 oz glycerin

Mix with water and apply to hands.

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Chapped Hands Recipe Two
Take an equal quantity of glycerin and methylated spirits and mix thoroughly together to rub on hands after washing.

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For Dirty, Rough Hands
Use Bicrolium Jelly, which removes all dirt and makes them soft and white.

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Hair Products

Hair Tonic
1 oz Lavena de Composee (?)
¼ dr menthol crystals
3 oz Bay Rum

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Falling Hair
Get some Boranium from chemists (pharmacist) and mix with Bay Rum

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For Grey Hair

To keep hair from turning grey, obtain some Tammalite (?), dissolve it in Bay Rum and apply this lotion every day.

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Shampoo
1 teaspoon Stallax dissolved in hot water

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Home Care Products

Most housewives found it easier and cheaper to create her own polishes and cleaners, rather than buy ready-made ones. Here are a couple of recipes:

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Cheap boot polish

1 dr hulball (?)
1 dr turpentine
1 dr neat’s foot oil

Melt hulball and mix with oils, and put in a tin. This makes boots waterproof.

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A good floor polish

1 dr bees wax and scrape it into a jar. Pour over it enough paraffin to cover it and put on stove to melt. When cold it is ready for use. Is a good furniture polish, too.

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Do you have old family remedy recipes like this that you’d like to pass along? Post them into the comments here (or email them to starrydiadem@gmail.com) along with the name of your ancestress who is credited with the recipe, and we’ll add them to the relevant page in the Resources section.

February 2021 Update

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New Stories Archived

LancerLovers Archive

By Any Name (#2 in The Cate Series) by MaryB

(The) Devil’s Garden by SandySha

Goodbye Lizzie: Missing Scenes by Olley

Just A Matter Of Time by Buckskin

Keeping Resolutions by Barbara V.

Light Rain by Ronnie

Memories Rated R by Robyn B.

(A) New Shop In Town! by Véronique

One More Day NC-17 by Robyn B.

Scott’s Journal by Laurie
Clara, Emily, and Benedict
The Clocksmith

Sentenced To The Flames: Isham’s Regrets by Buckskin

Sons and Fathers (#2 Hero of Sacramento Series) by RonD

Unusual Suspects NC-17 by Robyn B.

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Lancer FanFiction Archive

(A) Case of Proper Etiquette by Desert Sun

Fate of the Borrowed Clothes by Desert Sun

(The) Joys of Branding by Desert Sun

(The) Making of a Crooked Gambler by Desert Sun

One August Night by Desert Sun

Package from St. Louis by Desert Sun

Revenge Never Pays by Desert Sun

(The) Shirt by Desert Sun

Staying Out of Trouble by Desert Sun

(The) Wallet by Desert Sun

Where Does The Truth Lie by Desert Sun

Who Would O’ Guessed by Desert Sun

Wishing Upon A Star by Desert Sun

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New External Archive Links (AO3, FFN, WWB, etc..)

The authors listed with the external links are not archived here. Their author pages are a simple list of their Lancer stories for the reader’s convenience.

Ain’t Nothing But A Kid by Phyllis

To Know Your Heart (at FFN) by Latebloomnriter 

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Artwork

AU/AR Stories

Crossovers With Other Westerns

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Lancer Writers 10th Anniversary Awards

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Site Statistics for January 2021

The total figures for each site for January are:

LancerLovers: 5,132 visitors and 42,288 page views

LancerFanFiction: 1,438 visitors and 7,896 page views

These figures don’t cover visitors to the Gateway who then go on to view externally hosted stories (those on FFN or AO3 etc).

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Lancer Gateway Team
28 February 2021

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Mid-Month Memo 02: Valentine’s Day Stories

A special post for the most romantic holiday of the year, with a list of the stories in the archives with a link to Valentine’s Day.

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(The) First Annual Green River Boxed Supper Auction and Valentine’s Day Dance by Dori

(A) Happy Valentine’s Day Affair by Margaret Schmitz Compton

Her Luggage by Margaret Schmitz Compton

Secret Valentines by  Belinda

Token of His Love by CC

Valentine’s Day Series by D.B.Brisbin
“Johnny, You Make Me Sweat”
“Girls, You Make My Sweat”

Valentines Greeting by Linda B (Kona)

(A) Valentine For Johnny by Patti H

Valentines for Truman by  Boonie

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If you’d like to learn more about Valentine’s Day itself, the wiki entry is here. This not only covers the history of the day, but also talks about different traditions around the world.

Enjoy the stories, and have a lovely, romantic day!

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January 2021 Update

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New Stories Archived

LancerLovers Archive

An Emoji Christmas Story by Suzanne

Brother, Where Are You? Rated R by Robyn B.

Burn by chrischime

(The) Challenge by Buckskin

Changes- The First Year by Buckskin

(A) Day In Green River by Barbara V.

Dream Within A Dream by MaryB

Enemy At The Door: The Devil’s Shadow (#2 Shadows of Another Time Series) by SandySha

Haunted by My Past (Rated R) by Nancy Marie

Hiding in Plain Sight (Rated R) by Nancy Marie

Kiss Me Cate by MaryB

(A) Matter Of Life And Death by Robyn B.

Missing Scene from Angel Day by MaryB

Picture Challenge 2017 by MaryB

Quicksilver- Part 1 by Skyehyker

Riled by MaryB

Services Rendered (Rated R) by Nancy Marie

Scott’s Journal by Laurie
An Evening at the Mansion
Kickshaws of Conversation
The Ritual of a Fine Cigar

(The) Talks by goldieasj

Thursdays by Charlene

Wanted: Dead Or Alive Series by Nancy Marie
Wanted: Dead Or Alive (Rated -R)
Abilene Bound (Rated -R)
Betrayed Trust (Rated -R)

With This Ring (Riding the River Series #8) by SandySha

Who Are You More? by Robyn B.

Why Madrid by MaryB

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Lancer FanFiction Archive

(The) Gallic Charmer by Desert Sun

If Only In My Dreams by Desert Sun

Last of the Super Lancers by Desert Sun

On a Moonless Night by Desert Sun

(A) Question of Ownership by Desert Sun

Remembering Mi Amiga by Desert Sun

Scott’s Dilemma by Desert Sun

Teresa’s Birthday Duo by Desert Sun
Teresa’s Birthday Presents
(The) Snake

Where’s Barranca? by Desert Sun

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New External Archive Links (AO3, FFN, WWB, etc..)

The authors listed with the external links are not archived here. Their author pages are a simple list of their Lancer stories for the reader’s convenience.

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New Pages

Episodes: Filming Order Vs Air Date

Home Remedies

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Our Specialist Collection Title Lists

Artwork

AU/AR Stories

Crossovers With Other Westerns

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Episode Tags

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Holiday-Related Stories

Lancer Writers 10th Anniversary Awards

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Site Statistics for December 2020

The total figures for each site for December are:

LancerLovers: 6,916 visitors viewing 46,033 pages
(av page views per visitor: 6.66)

LancerFanFiction: 1,650 visitors viewing 7,514 pages
(av page views per visitor: 4.5)

These figures don’t cover visitors to the Gateway who then go on to view externally hosted stories (those on FFN or AO3 etc).

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January 2021

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Mid-Month Memo 01: Home Remedies

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Here’s the first of a new series of mid-month posts about… well, stuff that might be of interest to our readers, and to writers who want to add a note of authenticity to their stories. These posts will cover a whole range of topics on the history of the old West. We hope they’ll be interesting, useful and fun. Enjoy reading this post, and be grateful for modern medicine!

For many Victorian families, seeking treatment from a doctor or drugs from a pharmacist was prohibitively expensive, a situation made worse in the American west where medical professionals may have been few and far between. Many families relied upon recipes for home remedies that have been passed down from generation to generation, using ingredients commonly available from a local apothecary or pharmacist – or, in some cases, the local butcher! This page gives you the recipes from the collections of two ladies: one an English Victorian (using her spelling, which was variable at times) and an American.

Measurements are usually given in drams or drachms (same thing, different spelling), which is shown as ‘dr’ and a number. The Britannica encyclopaedia defines as this “An apothecaries’ dram contains 3 scruples (3.888 grams) of 20 grains each and is equal to one-eighth apothecaries’ ounce of 480 grains.” Clear as mud.

Other measures used are ordinary ounce (oz) and pound (lb). Liquid measures used are pints and gills (a gill is ¼ of a pint).

Methods are often patchy, at best, and don’t give the sort of precise instructions we are used to – no oven temperatures, for example. But remember that the Victorian housewife used a stove (in the US) or a kitchen grate (UK) where the fire was always on, winter and summer, to ensure they could cook. They were used to controlling recipes by the position they’d put things in the oven.

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Victorian kitchen grate, with oven to the right

The recipes often contain ingredients that are now controlled drugs (opiate derivatives such as laudanum, or poppy syrup) or poisonous (such as syrup of squills, or belladonna), which were all then readily available and bought over the counter. Dosage instructions are sometimes missing – if they aren’t mentioned with the recipe below, then they aren’t given. That alone must have made taking these remedies a bit of an adventure.

So our advice is, don’t try these at home!

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(i) From the Receipts (Recipe) book of Julia Robson Winter

Julia Robson Winter (1872-1962) was Starry Diadem‘s great-grandmother (Starry’s first name is Julia, after her), born in the Co. Durham area of the UK. Her ‘receipt book’ was started just after her marriage in 1894, and she and her daughter Caroline kept it going for decades. It was handed on to Starry when Caroline died in 1978.

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Choleria Drops

1 oz tincture of cayenne
1 oz tincture of rhubarb
3 dr laudanum
1 oz essence of peppermint
1 oz spirits of camphor
2 dr oil of pennyroyal

Dose: 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon in well-sweetened hot water.

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Cough medicines

Recipe One
2 dr laudanum
2 dr oil of aniseeds
2 dr syrup of squills
2 dr paregoric
1 dr oil of mint
2 ozs of Spanish (liquorice)
1 lb of treacle.

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Recipe Two
2 dr syrup of squills
2 dr syrup of poppies
2 dr Friar’s Balsam
2 dr paregoric

Shake well before taking 1 teaspoonful, 2 times a day.

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Recipe Three
1 dr peppermint
1 dr paregoric
1 dr spirits of nitre
1 dr ether
1 dr laudanum
1 dr aniseed

Put ½lb treacle into a jug, pour ½ pint of boiling water over it and let it stand until cold. Then shake ingredients well and add to treacle and water.

½ a wine glass-ful for an adult, a little less for a child.

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Recipe Four
½ oz of ipecuana wine (that is: ipecacuanha or ipecac)
¼ oz essence of ginger
4 oz syrup of squills

Add to 8 oz bottle and fill up with water.

Dose: 1 teaspoonful every 4 hours.

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There are actually several more recipes in the book, but you get the general idea.

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Diarrhoea

Recipe One
2 drams (drachms) each of:
– tincture of rhubarb
– laudanum
– essence of peppermint
– spirits of champher (camphor)
– cayenne tincture

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Recipe Two
2 dr peppermint
2 dr red pepper
2 dr camphor
2 dr rhubarb
4 dr opium or laudanum

Adults 12 to 18 drops on sugar (cube).

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Recipe Three
1 dr tincture of capsicum
1 dr oil of cassia
1 dr oil of aniseed

10 drops on sugar.

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Liver Complaint

1 oz best Turkey rhubarb
1 oz of B Carbon Potass
? syrup of sugar

Put into a jug and pour over 2½ pints Boiling water keep in the steam until cold, then add 1 oz of spirits of wine and 1/10th oz of (?) peppermint.

1 tablespoon-ful before breakfast every morning.

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Pneumonia

6 dr of laudanum
2 dr of hearts-horn oil (harts-horn)
1 dr of soap liniment
1 dr of belladonna liniment

Mix it and shake well together.

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Rheumatism

Recipe One
¼ lb Epsom Salts
20 grains Pot sulphate of iron (potassium?)
20 grains quinine
5 drops sulphuric acid

Dissolve in 1 pint hot water.

Dose: 1 wineglassful in the morning.

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Recipe Two
1 packet of Lions Blood herbs
1 packet of Lions Constipation herbs
½ oz of liquorice juice

Boil 1 pkt blood herbs and ¼ pkt constipation herbs for 20 minutes together, then add juice and two tablespoons of treacle.

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Rubbing Bottle

½ gill of turpentine
½ gill of white wine vinegar
whites of 2 eggs

Shake well together in a bottle and let stand for 24 hours, then use.

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Salves and Ointments

Recipe One
3 oz lard
1 dr beeswax
1 dr camphor
1 dr spermaceti
1 red precipitate powder

Grate wax, camphor and spermaceti and put into a jar, then add the other ingredients. Place in the oven top until it is melted, then stand the jar in a dish of cold water, stirring until it stiffens.

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Recipe Two
1 lb mutton suet
¼ lb lard
2 oz olive oil
2 oz beeswax
2 oz burgundy pitch (?)

Cut suet up into small pieces and render down over a slow fire, then strain it into the other ingredients which must have been previously melted. Simmer the whole for about ¼ of an hour, then pour into a suitable receptacle to cool.

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Recipe Three
get 2½ oz resin
1 oz yellow wax
4 oz lard

Melt them together over a slow fire, strain the mixture through muslin and stir constantly until cold. This is good for scalds or burns.

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Recipe Four
1 oz beeswax
1 oz white pitch
1 oz white resin
2 oz frankincense
2 oz Venice turpentine
½ mutton suet

Render suet in the oven. Bruise beeswax, white pitch, white resin and frankincense. Add suet after it has been strained, and let stand in the oven until is is all properly dissolved, then add the Venice turpentine. Set it to cool.

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Sprains

Recipe
½ pint of best vinegar
½ oz camphor
½ oz spirits of wine
1 oz best turpentine
1 new laid egg

Break up camphor and put in with spirit of wine in a bottle. Beat up egg into the vinegar and when the camphor is melted, add the egg and vinegar to the spirit of wine. Then add turpentine, and shake it all up so it gets thoroughly mixed. Rub this mixture on sprained joint. It should be kept in a well-corked bottle. It is also good for rheumatism.

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(ii) From the recipe book of Zelma Irene (Heaney) Larson

Zelma was Buckskin‘s maternal grandmother, whose handwritten recipe book has been printed out for her descendants to treasure.

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Mustard Plaster

To help with congestion or croup:

3 beaten eggs
Add 3 heaping tablespoons flour
1 heaping teaspoon mustard powder
Mix well
Add 1 teaspoon turpentine and 1 tablespoon melted lard

Beat all together and spread on a cloth. Place cloth, mixture side down on chest. Leave on all night. It will not blister skin.
Makes three applications for a child

For boils and ulcers

Place a piece of bread (white bread) over the affected area. Drip HOT milk (whole milk) on to bread until saturated and let sit for 10 or so minutes. Will draw poison to a head to be drained.

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