Massachusetts state law provides:
When the board of health of a town shall deem it necessary, in the
interest of the public health, to require a resident wage earner to
remain within such house or place or otherwise to interfere with the
following of his employment, he shall receive from such town during
the period of his restraint compensation to the extent of three
fourths of his regular wages;
provided, that the amount so received shall not exceed two dollars for each working day.
Thanks to Chas. Owens for bringing this to my attention. The cartoon
panel is taken from Webcomic Name.
I wonder when this law was enacted? The web site does not say.
To “slub” is to pull out and twist a bit of fiber from a wad, in
preparation for spinning it. The twisted lump at the end is also called a
slub. I had previously only known slubs as the little bumps, left over
from the cocoons, that you see on raw silk dresses.
The Pandrol clip is named for its inventor, a guy
named Per Pande–Rolfson.
All the Scandinavian versions of “Peter” are missing the ‘t’: Per, Pehr,
Peer, and Pär. What happened to it?
“Impropriation” is when ecclesiastical property is placed under control
of a layperson. The diary of John Evelyn mentions that the tithing in
some parish was impropriated to his uncle, who then gave £20 per year
back to maintain the church. Why didn't the parish just keep the tithes,
then? (Maybe they came to less than £20? I really don't know.)