Place the flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter into a large bowl. Cut the shortening into the flour using a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture is crumbly. Remove 1/2 cup of this and set it aside before stirring in the spices, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir well with a fork. Add sour milk and eggs, making sure the flour mixture is thoroughly moistened.
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