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GUEST,Margaret Origins: Beware, Oh, Take Care (21) RE: Origins: Beware, Oh, Take Care 14 Jan 12

The celluloid collar seems plausible, but it's possible that "guard" could refer to the small bag of asafoetida often worn around the neck as an amulet against diseases (Twain makes references to them either in Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer. Or perhaps both. To the extent such amulets were effective, it's because the repulsive odor kept people at a distance.)

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