L - Licht to Loon
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Light, a lamp or candle.
The will o the wisp or jack o lantern (an omen of death in the NE).
Winter days in the North-East are short and the nights long and dark. The main source of light inside most houses until the middle of last century was the fire, augmented by the crusie lamp or the fir candle. The standard of light was very poor, and at the onset of darkness most people huddled round the fire, told stories or went to bed. The advent of paraffin lamps and gas mantles let people work indoors much longer, especially in the town and their factories.
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