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be made with a less number, or home-made dishes may be constructed. Keep one dish solely for the developing, and mark it in some way that it may not be used for any other purpose. Mark the bottom or side of the dish with black enamel with OX, so as to distinguish it easily. Arrange three or four dishes side by side. Into the first pour distilled water till about one inch in depth ; into the second, third and fourth a clearing solution is poured to the depth of one and a half inches. The clearing solution is made as follows: -
Acetic acid ... ... ... ... ... I dr.
Distilled water ... ... ... ... 10 ozs.
A considerable bulk of this solution should be made, so that the prints can be moved about in it quite freely. The hypo or fixing bath should not be touched or measured out till the whole of the developing is completed. Now take an exposed piece of paper and lay it face downwards on the distilled water, and as soon as the edges begin to curl up lift the sheet of paper, turn it over and immerse it bodily in the water, and allow it to soak till limp ; then pour the distilled water off into a jug or other convenient vessel, and flood the paper with the developer in one even sweep; rock the dish till the image begins to appear. Allow the development to continue till the picture appears dense or black enough in the shadows, when by this time, if correctly exposed, the half tones and high lights will be full of detail. At this point, then, the print is raised from the developer and immersed at once, without draining or washing, into the first dish containing the clearing solution, and this is then rocked once or twice, and allowed to remain quiet. The developer is now poured back into the measure, and the developing dish rinsed out with a little distilled water, and drained, again filled with distilled water, and another exposed sheet of paper treated just like the one as described above; but while the paper is soaking in the developer, the already developed print is raised from the first clearing bath, drained slightly, and immersed in the second clearing bath. Attention is now turned to our developing print, and when this is developed sufficiently it is placed in the first clearing bath, like the first print, without draining and washing. We now proceed to treat our t hird print in like manner to the first two ; and as soon as placed in the developer the first print