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Scottish Feet-Washing

The eve of the Scottish wedding-day is termed the feet-washing, when a party of the neigbbours of tbe bride and bridegroom assemble at their respective houses. A
tub of water is brought in, in which the feet of the party are placed, and a small piece of silver or copper money dropped inlo the water; but at this moment one of the company generally tosses in a handful of soot, by which the water is completely blackened. A most eager and ludicrous scramble now takes place among the lads and lasses, striving who shalt get the piece of money, pushing, shoving, and splashing above the elbows; for the lucky finder is to be the first married of the company. A second and more cleanly ablution afterwards
takes place.

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