(Joanna) professed to have made a very wonderful
discovery, and Drummond, the banker, set on foot a subscription to
purchase her secret. The sum, she asked was 5,000. When 1,500 had been
raised by private subscription, government voted 3,500. The secret was
a decoction of soap, swine's cresses, honey, egg-shells, and snails,
made into pills, and a powder to match. Joanna Stephens got the money
and forthwith disappeared.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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