From the Abingdon Virginian, 1/23/1863, p. 2, c. 2
Leather as a Small Pox Disinfectant.
The shavings or scraps of leather burned in localities infected by the small-pox, is said to be a sure disinfectant against this disease. The receipt comes from an old physician whose practice has been largely among small-pox patients for the past thirty years, and who, in all that time, was never called upon to treat for small-pox a workman in leather, either as a shoemaker or tanner.
The theory has been put in practice at Castle Thunder with very good success, no cases having occurred since the burning commenced. The remedy is simple and within the reach of every one, and is certainly worth a trial. – Richmond Examiner.