Cumberland Times-News

September 8, 2013

Washington needs a dose of Lifebuoy soap

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Many years ago, one would often read this ad: “Lifebuoy Soap Refreshing — Nothing better in hot weather. Lifebuoy soap refreshes, invigorates, purifies. It is cooling and soothing. Gives the skin that rich, healthy glow. Unequalled for sunburn, prickly heat, chafing and skin irritations. In camp, or on cruise, in country, or on the sea shore, it is the kind refresher of summer heats. Two cakes for ten cents.”

 This unusual soap, created in England by the Lever Brothers in 1894 was the first soap to contain carbolic acid, which gave it a red color accompanied by a strong medicinal scent.

My English mother was well aware of this product, consequently I was raised in a home that had a few cases of Lifebuoy soap on hand.

I remember as a lad of six, I used to stack bars of this red soap to form tunnels and barricades for my Lionel train, which would run through the Lifebuoy tunnels and also smash through the Lifebuoy wall across the tracks.

However, there was another side to this soap besides being used as building blocks, and scrubbing my neck clean.

The other use was more sinister. My Irish father had a leather razor strap for sharpening his razor. But that strap had another function, it was used to straighten me up when I misbehaved. The method was very effective.

However, my mother had other means for cleaning me up.

With a bar of Lifebuoy soap in her hand she would grab me and say, “Open your mouth!” She meant business!

As soon as I opened my mouth, in went the soap! Ugh! It was awful as she scraped that awful bar back and forth over my teeth, scraping off sherds of red-bar Lifebuoy soap.

Some individuals foam at the mouth because of a disease, but my foaming was caused by Lifebuoy soap.

It was the most awful thing that I have ever tasted! Yes! Even worse than being forced to ingest cod liver oil!

My strict mother’s punishment came as a result of my mouth. Talking back, or telling a lie was punishable, either by the razor strap or by the expert use of Lifebuoy soap.

The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942 and revised in 1950.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Notice that expression, “Under God.”

That means that we as a nation are pledging that we are under the authority, rule, and will of God, which are revealed in His Word, the Bible. Our nation’s leaders have pledged themselves to this. Really?

The Attorney General, Eric Holder; The White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney; The IRS Commissioner, Douglas Shulman; and Director Lois Lerner; The Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice; and the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton; have all been accused of lying to the American people.

What about the commandment; “Thou shalt not bear false witness’? (Exodus 20:16). What about God’s verdict? “All liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.” I pray for our leaders that they will repent of their sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, “For the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin’ (1 John 1:7).

In the meantime, if anybody has a case of Lifebuoy soap for the mouths of these people, please mail it to Washington, and I will pay the Express Mail postage.

Robert E. Surgenor

Fairview Park, Ohio