a OUB LONDON LETTEL [From our Special Correspondent.] It was startling and disooncerting to fine that Zeppelins could still get to London. We had all felt so sure that the Zeppelip menace had been conquered, at any rate, whatever might be the case with regard t< aeroplanes. Numerous high authorities, too, had declared that nothing more need b< feared from the great gasbags. And then a fleet of them came over! How many got t< London is uncertain, but probably hot mon than one, as only three bombs were dropped. But that even one could get here and drop bombs was surprising, and the general ail of bewilderment caused by the official state- ment was very noticeable. In some ways this was the most remark- able of all the raids on fondon. Hours passed without anything happening aftei the "take cover" warning was given, hours of silence—no guns, no sound of aircraft -engines. Then-a bomb: after an interval, another, and then a third. And still no guns. Another remarkable thing in connec- tion with this raid was that there was no talk of any of the raiders having been brought down-not even a rumour. It was all mystery. The news of the following day was the more welcome for that. Some people are asking why the Zeppelins could not have been brought down in this country instead of in France, but others, so long as the raiders are destroyed, don't mind much who does the deed. All the same there are points in connection with the raid which one would like to have cleared up. Perhaps by the time these lines are in print expla- nations may have been given. It is a usual practice to sing the first verse ■of the National Anthem at morning service nowadays. Indeed, most people would be at a loss if called upon to sing without the book any other verse of the composition. In at least one suburban church on Sunday morning the Vicar gave out the second Terse: "0 Lord our God, arise, Scatter 'his enemies, And make them fail." Surely no words could have been more appropriate to the occasion. The congrega- tion, one need hardly say, sang them with peculiar fervour. Lord Rhondda has had to talk pretty plainly to the butchers who, as housewives tbave discovered, have not all reduced their prices as they should have done under the Order which came into force some seven -weeks ago. The maximum profit which retail "butchers are permitted to make on beef is twopence-halfpenny per lb., and the officers of the Food Ministry have found out that in many cases bigger profits are being made. Lord Rhondda points out that an overcharge of this kind constitutes a serious infringe- ment of the Order, and renders butchers ii-able to proceedings under the Defence of the Realm Regulations. Butchers are in- formed that they are not permitted to make any additional charge for cutting, and that they may add to the price they have paid to the wholesaler twopence-halfpenny per lb., or 20 per Qent. on a fortnight's turnover, whichever is the less. This margin of profit must cover all charges except delivery and credit, for which a halfpenny per Lb. may be added. Officers of the Ministry of Food and of the loeal Food Control Committees have powers to examine books and otherwise to assure themselves that butchers are keeping their charges within the legal limits, and butchers are warned that full use will be made of these powers. The report of the Committee which has been going into the question of the State purchase of the liquor trade is awaited with a great deal of interest. The Committee, X believe, has finished its task, except for the presentment of its report, which is ex- pected shortly. As to the terms of pur- chase, varying sums have been mentioned. It is a matter in which a score of millions on one side or the other is only a trifle. Most people who have studied the subject at all seem to think that the figure pro- posed will be somewhere about £ 400,000,000. There are those, not all among the oppo- nente of State purchase, who declare that the expenditure of so great a sum for such a purpose at this time is unthinkable, and the idea is certain to meet with very vigor- ous and powerful opposition. On the other hand, those who say that State purchase is good policy, even during a War which is costing us seven or eight millions a day, argue that no new liability would be created, and that the profit under State Ittanagement would be ample to pay the in- terest on the capital sum, and to pay some. thing substantial into the Treasury every year besides, even with a reduction 01 thirty thousand public-houses. Sir Auckland Geddes, in one of his recent speeches, remarked that no household ought to keep more than three servants. Most people will be inclined to say, "And quite enough too, in these days" One must ad- in it, of course, that there tre cases in which three servants are really necessary; but there are many cases in which servants are kept merely to enable their employers to lead idle, pleasure-seeking lives, at a time when the nation needs the services of all its workers. That is true in some cases where there are only two servants, and perhaps in .some cases where there is only one; but what really is a scandal is the way in which people go on advertising for servants in households where six, seven, eight, and sometimes a dozen or more servants are kept. In order to induce young women to take these places high wages and all sorts "()f advantages are offered. It is extraordi- nary that this kind of thing shouM be allowea to continue when strong young women are badly wanted in many branches of national service, and when every day ap- peals are being made to them to volunteer. It would be a good idea if Sir Auckland Geddes, or somebody on his behalf, were to answer some of these advertisements. A very interesting programme was sub- mitted for the opening concert of the Queen's Hall Symphony season. That most beautiful Symphony in D minor, by Cesar Franck, would of itself oonfer distinction upon any concert, but there were also a new symphonic poem, Ormazd," by an Ameri. can composer, Mr. Frederick Converse, Mr. Frederick Delius's "Brigg Fair," Saint- Saëns's second pianoforte concerto, and the prelude to "Parsifal," with which the con- cert opened. The American contribution is an interesting, clever, and forceful work, which made a favourable impression on the first hearing, and which one will be glad to hear again. It was finely played. Mr. Arthur de Greef was the soloist in the con- certo, and gave a highly-finished, thoroughly artistic' performance. The symphony was magnificently played. So also were the delightful "Brigg Fair" and the Parsifal" —but then the paying of Wagner by Sir Henry Wood's orchestra has always been of acknowledged excellence. A. E. 11.( I
I MOTHER AND HOME. If children were trained to find their hap pinesa ^k'simple things, to take an interesl in the little dramas of life about them, thE movements of birds and animals, and tht growth of trees and plants, what a much pleasanter world it would be? As it i- there is a general craving for expensive and exciting forms of enjoyment. The children grow up without any taste for the finer and simpler joys of existence; from costly toys they turn to theatres and pleasure parties, and help to swoii the great seething mass of unrest and discontent. We need the simple life quite as much in our plea- sures as in our daily fare. I COLD FEET. 1 -1.3 I Children otten suner irom very com xeti in the winter. Do not let them warm theii feet by the fire, but warm their stockings, and also warm the flannel soles which can be bought cheap to put into boots. A rub- bing with hot water and salt will make the feet glow, an d start the little ones warm for the day. DON'TS FOR SISTERS. I Don't forget that your brothers have as much right to bring their friends home as you have. Try to make it hospitable and pleasant at home, and you won't have to complain of your brothers seeking their pleasure elsewhere. Don't always show a dislike for every girl that your brother may admire. Very often a sister by too vigor- ously abusing a girl whom she may disap- prove of, and her brother may admire, has turned friendship into love with disastrous results. Don't be too inquisitive where your brothers are concerned; remember there are many things about which a. man may not wish to take his sister into his con- fidence. Your influence will be far greater if you restrain your curiosity. To CURE FRECKLES. I Take half an ounce of lemon juice, strain it, and add to it half a pint of rose-water; shake both together well. Use a lotion two or three times a day, and, if possible, allow to dry on. To DRY CLEAN A WHITE JERSEY. I Rub powdered starch well into the soiled parts, roll up tightly, and leave for two days. Then shake out all starch, and the jersey will be quite clean. CARE OF SPECTACLES. I To prevent scratching the lenses, never lay your spectacles down so that they rest on the glass. Instead, turn them so that the frames have the weight. It is equally important to clean the lenses in the right way. Always use a cloth made for the pur- pose, and be sure that your method is cor- rect. Take your glasses in your left hand and the cloth in the right, and rub the lenses gently. Be careful never to twist the glasses. Hold them firmly and do the twist- ing with the hand that holds the cloth. Then you will not work the lenses loose in the frames. CHAPPED LIPS. I Chapped lips and hands may be prevented by the careful use of a little cold cream rubbed over the hands and lips at night- time, and well worked in. Cream applied to the hands also make nails bright, and prevents the growth of hard, disfiguring skin. OBSTINATE PIMPLES. I To clear the skin of pimples, endeavour to clear the system. See that the bowels act regularly, and be careful to eat only what is plain and wholesome. Take one or two sulphur tablets each night, and one or two teaspoonfuls of glauber salts each morning— enough must be taken to cause a free action. Take frequent baths and regular walking exercise. Anoint the pimples at night with sulphur ointment. FOOT CARE. I Wear indoors very low-heeled house shoes. Avoid all heels over two inches high. Disci- pline a pair of new boots and shoes in the house several days before you venture out with them. Tight boots not only induce corns and bunions but headaches, irrita- bility, and general all-round unpleasant- ness, as well as an ungainly walk. Take care to have rubber heels (heel-shaped) to all outdoor boots and shoes, thus avoiding spinal jars. A SHABBY UMBRELLA. I When an umbrella is very shabby, make a cup of hot stron g tea, put in two lumps of sugar, but no milk, and sponge the um- brella well with this. The liquid will revive the colour and stiffen the material at the same time. CLEANING VELVET. I To clean velvet sponge the spots with pure alcohol. Then suspend the velvet on a hanger in the bathroom in such a way that the air can reach all sides of the mate- rial. Turn on the hot water in the tub until the steam fills the room; shut the door and windows; shut off the water, and let the steam do its work for an hour. Then admit the air, but do not touch the velvet until it is perfectly dry. A HINT FOR HUBBY. I If razor hones are placed upon strong magnets, raaors will be held flat, and glro be I sharpened more rapidly and accurately. A HEALING EMULSION. I Sometimes, when a woman is cooking, a child burns its fingers because it touches the handle of a saucepan or the oven handle. A simple emulsion, which quickly takes the sting out of a small burn, is to dissolve half a teaspoonful of boracic powder in two tablespoonfuls of hot glycerine; then, when dissolved, add a dessertspoonful of olive oil. This is very soothing. FOR NURSING MOTHERS. I A nursing mother requires to drink plenty of milk, gruel, and such nourishing fluids in the shape of some of the well-known arti- ficial "foods." A "food" of repute is Neave's Health Diet, which is a very effi- cient preparation. A nursing mother must live quietly, establish regular habits, and make up her mind that her own pleasure and convenience must give way to her baby's welfare. True motherhood teaches unselfishness, and mothercraft requires con- tinual thought and consideration for the young life which must come first with the parents. Unfortunately, however, things which should be are not always possible. owing to the health of the mother. J MILDEW STAINS IN LINEN. J When mildew stains occur on linen which has lain by, first moisten the stains with water, then rub them with soap, and finally cover them thickly with finely-powdered chalk, well pressed in. I A GOOD COLD CREAM. J Here is a recipe for an excellent, inexpen- sive cold cream. Take 2oz. of almond oil, and j-oz. each of spermaceti and white wax; place in a small bowl, and stand in a sauce- pan of boiling water at the back of the stove until all are dissolved. Then remove the bowl from the hot water, and stir the contents with a thin piece of wood or a sil- ver spoon. As it cools, add 2oz. of rose- water, very slowly. Continue stirring and beating till almost stiff, or the water and fat will separate. I BROWN BOOTS. I Brown footwear becomes stained round I the heels after being worn during wet weather. The colour can be restored by dis- solving a piece of soda in a little hot milk. This should be well rubbed in, and left to dry. Afterwards polish the boots in the usual way. SCURF. -2 I » • j 0 m • i I The best way to get no OIL scuri is to warm a little olive oil and rub it well into tho scalp ten minutes before you wash your head. U^e soap-suddy water or a shampoo- powder, and rinse well. This treatment does not -make the hair greasy, but gives it a lovely shine, and soon gets rid of the ttonrf.
I Perennial Border.—Recent frosts necessi tate the clearing of decaying vegetation. The general clearance will provid-j a favour- able opportunity to take in hand the lifting, dividing, and replanting of clumps of whict the growths have become crowded. Some, such as Michaelmas daisies, can be divided with advantage, while others thrive bettei when lifted at longer intervals, the Japanese anemone, for example, is satisfactory when undisturbed for five years or more. < Renovating. Herbaceous Borders. -Bor- ders planted with herbaceous perennials re- quire renovating every third or fourth year. By that time not only will the pismts ?ave become unduly large, possibly crowded, but the soil is more or less exhausted. If the border is large it is a good plan to renovate a part each year. To carry out the work remove all plants growing on the portion selected and place them temporarily in the soil close by. Take out a trench 2ft. deep and 3ft. wide, wheeling the soil where the work will finish, and fork up the bottom. Measure off another 2ft., turning the first spit into the bottom with the second spit on top, and finish off with the loose soil. Liberal manuring is necessary, as the majority of perennials are "gross feeders." In replanting .u only small portions, planting three to a clump. # Bedding -Plants.—Bedding plants, which it is intended to retain, should be lifted. They include, in addition to the Zonal pelar- gonium (geranium), such important subjects as fuchsia, heliotrope, and canna. The dis- play of flowers and foliage has been rather prolonged this year, but it is desirable at least to clear beds and borders where bulbs are to be planted, the season for this work being now well advanced. Bedding plants are mostly "gross feeders," hence some de- cayed manure, or artificial manure, also wood ashes, soot, or leafmould should be dug in previous to planting bulbs and spring-flowering plants. m Tuberous Begonias.—The moist conditions of the past summer have suited the tuber- ous-rooted begonias, and they have proved one of the most showy bedding plants this year. As soon as the frost blackens the growths, lift the tubers with the tops in- tact, and place on a light airy shelf to dry. Later, when the tops have fallen off and time permits, store the tubers for the win- ter is sand or light dry soil, using shallow boxes which can be conveniently handled and placed in a frost-proof shed or cellar. # Geraniums for Winter Flowering.-Ama- teurs who are growing these useful plants for winter flowering will have had them on ashes in a cold frame during summer and pinched out flower buds as they appeared. The plants may be placed at once in a cool greenhouse, all buds being allowed to develop. In growing these plants an essen- tial detail to observe is careful watering, because they greatly resent too much moisture. To keep thO foliage green and healthy an occasional application of weak soot water is quite the best stimulant to use. Pears for Planting.—There are many varieties of pears suitable for planting in private gardens. A fine November sort is Emile d'Heyst, a regular cropper of excel- lent quality; William's Bon Chretien; Doyenne du Cornice, Marie Louise d'U ccle, Winter Nelis, Glou Morceau, and Josephine de Malines; the last two are late sorts. We must not forget Conference, which ripens in October. A fine pear forsmall gardens, it thrives as a small tree on the quince; and is an enormous cropper. Garden Scraper.—Though useful through- out the year the services of a scraper are largely increased during autumn and winter when the ground is more frequently wet and much going on and off takes place through ingathering of crops, manuring, and culti- vating soil, pruning trees, etc. A scraper proves invaluable as a means for cleaning boots of an accumulation of soil which otherwise would be carried on to the paths, disfiguring them. Two posts, 2in. by 2in. by 18in. long roughly pointed and charred at one end, driven into til in suitable position 9in. to 12in. apart, constitute the founda- tion. The scraper may consist of an old file, piece of hoop iron, or portion of old scvthe of sufficient length to reach from one post to the other. A saw-cut is made in each post and the scraper is inserted and secured, if considered necessary, by means of a staple driven into each post. The Week's Work.—The layers of border carnations should by this time be well rooted and ready to plant in the flowering positions, unless in cold, heavy soil, when it is preferable to pot up the young planta and winter them in a cold frame. Lift and iitore the roots of lobelia fulgens and varie- ties. Packed close together in boxes 3in. or iin. deep with a sprinkling of light soil between, they can be wintered in a cool house or frame where frost is excluded. In spring the roots can be started into growth ind increased by division. The work of planting fruit trees must be pushed on now whenever the weather is favourable. It is aot wise to carry on the work when the land is very wet, especially on heavy soil, but the sooner planting can be properly done the aetter for the future welfare of the trees. rhe soil of most gardens will be found to suit plums. There is generally a tendency for too much vigour in the early years of growth. This, however, is soon checked by )ne or two good crops of fruit. There should be careful choice of varieties to suit leeds and requirements of individuals. If i wall or wooden fence keeps one part of the garden unusually warm and free from cold fvinds, utilise every square foot of that part :or lettuce, endive, or parsley. In such posi- tions plants often pass unharmed when )thers in an exposed place are killed. Even where the household is a large one, it is rarely necessary to grow more than half-a- lozen plants of red cabbage. If the plants ire now put out in good ground, allowing aot leæ than 30in. each way, even those to whom bulk is of the greatest importance should find little cause for complaint next lutumn. ft « Winter Spinach.-If the late-sown rows of this are to give continuous picking through- Mt the winter, the prevailing evil of an aver-crowded bed must be guarded against. Eight inches apart is the mmimum space to allow between the plants, 2in. more being- Even better; if the plants stand closer in the rows than this, the sooner the surplus ones are removed the better it will be for those that remain.
As the Carnegie Trust will pay off the debt on Camberwell municipal library the council has decided to advertise for a chief librarian at = £ 300 a year, rising to < £ 400. Sale of watered milk for consumption by children was described by the Recorder of Dublin as "nothing but murder" in a case in which a milk vendor was sentenced. For taking matches into a munition works- where an explosion entailing loss of life re- cently; occurred, Albert Beeby, aged eigh- teen, was fined £ 20 or a month by North Midland magistrates.
I OTHER MEN'S HINDS. If you would help your town, pay yow rates promptly.—MAYOR OF MARGAT*. I TRADE UNIONS AFTER THE WAR. I There is no foundation for the assertion that trade union conditions will not be re- I stored after the war.—MR. W. BBIDGEMAN, M.P. I NOBODY KNOWS. I The Issues of the war are so complicated I that I am sure there is not a single Chan- cellery in Europe which can say how they are going to be settled. CARDINAL VAUGHAN. r THE BACKBONE. I The educated woman is becoming more I and more the backbone of civil hfe.-BIRROP I OF LONDON. THE TALKERS. I Many people are talking about what Ï8 to bMd after the war, but many are doing very little- to win the war.-BISHOP or | LONDON. A GOOD OMEN. I The new Education Bill is the first with- out the shadow of party spirit upon it.- I BISHOP OF WAKEFIELD. A DREAM STATUE. I It is a dream of mine that a life-size statue to Sir Christopher Wren should be erected near St. Paul's—possibly near Amen Corner.CANON ALEXANDER. A BONNY FIGHTER. I No living politician has had more personal attacks made upon him than Mr. Lloyd George he can give as good as he gets.—MR. TINDAL ATKINSON, X.C. THE GREAT AIR OFFENSIVE. I Fighting in the air. is going to be some- thing to end the war, and nothing in the way of political bombing should be allowed to take the place of the great military air offensive which is to contribute to that object.-EARL OF DERBY. RIFLE STILL IMPORTANT. I A short time ago we were rather going off with the idea that the hand grenade, the bomb, and the bayonet had perhaps lessened the value of rifle shooting.. That has since proved quite wrong, and rifle shooting is Just as important as ever it was.-VI$COUNT FMNCS. THE WORK OF RESTORATION. I Of all the great tasks which face the Wes- tern Powers to-day, one of the greatest is the restoration of the countries which have been despoiled during the present war, and the restoration of Poland is among the most necessary if the future tranquillity of the world is to be assur-ed.-Mil. J. M. ROBERT. SON, M.P. THE COMING STRUGGLE. I Immediately peace is declared there will be an immense opening for the trade and commerce of the world, and the forces best organised, most completely equipped, and directed with the greatest intelligence will win.-MR. WALTER H. KEY. EDUCATION—A DUTY. I It is our duty to frame a scheme of educa- tion which will give to every human being in this country as good an education as we can afford to give him, as good an education as he can afford to receive.-MR. H. A. L. FISHER. FOR A NEW WORLD. I Our boys are dying in vain if we are going to leave the world as it was before the war. Personally I am determined to fight against the present construction of the world. The rich are too rich" and the poor tdo poor.-Bisnop OF LoNDON. THE BALANCE. I Partly by legislation with regard to housing, and partly by sound, efficient administration, I hope to see in this country, even as a result of the war-when you come to write the .great balance-sheet— that in its debit of death and its credit of health the balance will be in favour of life. —MR. LLOYD GEORGE. r PEACE WITH SECURITY. f Someone has said "the thing for which we are fighting is not peace but security." We can have no peace except a peace that will give insecurity. That is what makes it im- possible to predict the duration of the war. The best way to bring the war to a conclu- sion is to see that we get such terms as will secure us against a' recurrence of that appalling calamity before we lay down our .,r..LF I?ALDANB. I NEW WEALTH WANTED. I If the country is to be prosperous and happy after the war, it will be necessary to create a great deal of new wealth-not only to replace the money spent in the war but to meet the growing reforms and the in- creasing comfort of the people.Ms. W. C. BBIDGEMAN, M.P. 'tJRITAIN'S BURDEN. I Believe me, this war is depending more and more on these little islands. Month by month, week by week, I can see the burden falling more heavily upon the shoulders of Britain; but I can also see Britain straight- ening up to bear it.-MR. LLOYD GBOBGX. WATCH THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE. I What is needed in this country is a vigi- lant body of public opinion watching the working of the school system. There is no civilised country which entrusts the admini- stration of education so fullf to bodies which are not composed professedly of educationists. There is much that is good to be said for that system, but it is a system which, if it is to be efficient, depends upon the support of the general public opinion of the locality.—MR. H. A. L. FISHEB. THE INVINCIBLES. I From general to private the feeling is that the British Army is invincible, and that it can do anything and -go anywhere.— LORD ROBERT CECIL. y FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE. I The young man who is capable of advan- cing knowledge either in science or in any other branch of learning must be taught to regard it 38 his duty not simply to use his abilities for the sake of acquiring an easy and comfortable position in life.—PBORSSOB POPB. THE ONE END. I The one end, the one purpose, is to win a war on which are staked our national liber- ties, and the cause of civilisation, of humanity, and of ordered democratic pro- gress throughout the world.—MB. PBOTHKBO. UNLESS WE REALISE- I Unless we realise the importance of child life and the home it will not be the British nation that will be the great nation that will lead civilisation, but it may be even the German nation.-Mia. HAYES FISHER, MJP.
The arrest of 1. Bloomfield, who was put on board ship for Russia, was raised in the House of Commons by Mr. Trevelyah. The Home Secretary said no criminal proceed- ings were taken but a deportation order was made. A hous^f-to-house collection amongst the poor of- Limehouse and Stepney has fur- nished £ 200 towards the oost of a motor ambulance for use during air raids. ill.
I HUMOUR OF THE WEEI. WASTED CHABM. "Go and talk to him nicely," advised the Acton magistrate when a woman brought to him a complaint about her husband. "Talk to him nicely? He's as deaf as a post!" replied the wife. NATIONAL WORK. I Chairman of St. Pancras Tribunal: "What national work are you doing?" Applicant (B 1): "Rearing eight children and helping to make aeroplanes." A CHANCE FOR THE MERMAIDS. I A case containing 1,000,000 needles was on board one of the vessels recently sunk. We hope the mermaids will see the point and make themselves some clothes. WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM. I She looked well in her brand-new furs, and knew that the people looked at her. But she didn't look quite so pleased when the street urchin, with thumb pointing over his shoulder, and a. saucy twinkle in his eye, shouted: "Say, Bill—munitions!" SAME HERE. I There la nothing very new, after all, iit that American discovery of diseases in bank notes. Our own have always suffered rather badly from consumption (says Cassell's Saturday Journal"). NOT GOOD FOR CHILDREN. I The Bishop of London, at a meeting In connection with the Raynard Mission, ob- served: "Even a mere man, to say nothing of a mere bachelor like myself, knows that beefsteak and gin are not the best things for children three months old." THE MARINES. I The Jack Tar was showing his father and mother the eights on one of our latest bat- tleships. The old lady, after asking nume- rous questions, suddenly spotted a squad of Royal Marines lined up ready for inspection by the officer. "Whatever do they keep a regiment of soldiers on board for?" she asked. The old man turned round on his wife and said: "Maria, don't show your ignorance. You eught to know very well what them Marines are for: they are kept for the sailors to spin yarns to." NASTY. [ Two women who -'had not seen each other for many years met unexpectedly in the street. "How do you do?" exclaimed one effu- sively. "Now, this is delightful!" said the other, who was the elder. "You haven't seen me for eleven years, and yet you knew me at once! I cannot have changed so dreadfully in all that time. It flatters me!" "Oh, I recognised your bonnet," said the first. A PAINFUL SURPRISE. I "My dear," said Mr. Skinflint to his wife, "where did all thoee books on astronomy come from. They are not ours." "A pleasant little surprise for you," re- sponded the lady. "You know you said this morning that we ought to study astronomy, and so I went to a' bookseller's, and bought up everything I could find on the subject." "My dear," said Mr. Skinflint, in a voice choked with emotion, "I never said we must study astronomy. I said we must study economy. 1 HOW HE MANAGED. I Angry Purchaser: Didn t you tell me that you had got as many as twelve eggs in one day from these eight hens you sold me ?" Poultry Raiser: "Yes, ma'am." Angry Purchaser: "Then why is it that I'm never able to get more than two eggs from them, and sometimes not so many, in one day?" Poultry Raiser: "I don't know, ma'am, unless it's because you look for eggs too often. Now, if you look for them only once a week, I feel quite positive that you will get just as many eggs in one day as I did" PICKINGS FROM "PUNCH." I The mutiny of the German Bailors at Kiel is now explained. They preferred death to another speech from the Kaiser. The Vacant Land Cultivation Society offers a prize of ten shillings for the heaviest potato. Some of our most notorious potato- tellers are expected to compete. A calf has been sold for two thousand seven hundred guineas in Aberdeenshire. The plucky purchaser is understood to have had for some time past a craving for a veal cutlet. Two men, we read, took twenty-two hours to chisel a hole through the three-foot flint concrete roof of the London Opera House. The report that they did this to avoid the Entertainment Tax has now been contra- dicted. NOT CANNIBALS AFTER ALL. I "The first contingent of the American troops brought food for six months, and hence the fears of the peasants in France lest they should be eaten up are ground- less."—"Adelaide Advertiser." SUGAR CONTROL. J Thanks to the new sugar regulations we now expect half a pound of sugar per bead per week, instead of half a pound of sugar per head per-haps. A goo9 DAY'S WORK. I He left Flanders on leave at one o clock yesterday morning, and was in London after fourteen months' fighting before sundown." —"Daily Nws." —— —— QUIPS FROM "LONDON OPINION." I The U.S.A. is tinning tens of food for war needs. The Huns cannot hope for victory while the Americans can. Without accepting the Pope's statement that the Peace door is still ajar, we feel sure Germany is feeling the draught. There is going to be another "hidden hand": the hand of friendship that the Huns will find is hard to discover after the war. A washerwoman's trade union has just been started in Chicago. The first one here will probably be formed at Sudbury. The recent news announcement £ 10,000 for a Sargent" has no connection with Tommy 's riae in pay. It refers to the colour Sargent. I Children attending St. Mark's Schools, Surbiton, have collected more than half a ton of horse chestnuts for munition pur- poses. Helping to "conker." I A sum of £ 71 in gold was found in the underclothing of a deceased gipsy woman, and she was deemed insane. Larger sums have been invested in war-time in the under- • wear of smart women who regard themselves u.s quite sane. I
At Gillingham Church, Kent, a dockyard labourer pla.ced .£20 in gold, his life savings, in the offertory plate in memory of his two daughters. Mr. Fisher, Minister of Education, said I at Bristol; -that adult- wages must be raised sufficiently to enable parents to dispense with their children's earnings.
OUR CHILDREN'S CORNER BY UNCLE RALPH. THE BLIND PRINCESS. Long, long ago, a king's daughter wa born. There was great rejoicing at the good news, until it was found that the poor little baby was quite blind Her parents were very unhappy, and pro- mi sed rich rewards to anyone who could make her well. The doctors worked hard tc find a cure, but in vain. Then the queen consulted the fairies, who told her that one thing only could make her child well, and that would be almost impossible to get. This was a diamond belonging to an old witch who lived in a cave guarded by two dragons, and to keep the treasure still more safely the old woman carried it in a little bag which she wore round her neck. Many knights tried to get the healing stone, but either they were killed or else were beaten and ran away. However, one day three poor labourers, going to their work, found a hideous old woman lying in a ditch. She begged them to carry her home, and as they were kind hearted they did so, though they knew they would be punished for being late. The old woman grumbled and scolded, but they stuck bravely to their task till they reached a cave in the moun- tains. She then thanked them, took a' little bag from her neck, and handed it to them, saying, "Take this at once to the queen." They hurried to the palace, and, without being noticed, came to the king and queen. The nurse was standing by with the baby in her arms. They knelt before the queen and opened the bag. From it there shone a most dazzling light; it was the healing stone! Ita rays were so bright that they chased the darkness away from the eyes of the little princess, and she held out her tiny arms with delight. Her parents were overjoyed, and, with tears in their eyes, thanked the three men and gave them rich rewards. THE FUSSY PUP. The Fussy Pup, with restless mind. Set out adventures fresh to find. He saw a boy who'd lost a ball Descending from a high brick wall. Then thought the pup, "lVs my belief That here we have some kind of thief. To Seize him! will be only right." He jumped, he snapped, he hung on tight. And then, to spoil his little game, The boy let go, and down he came, And landed with an awful whack Upon the Fussy Puppy's back. Beyond the shadow of a doubt The pup was somewhat flattened out, And almost lacked, observers say, The breath with which to run away! GARGOBOLLY. There were two sorts of dreams that used to grab Dermot directly he went to sleep— the Good Dreams and the Bad. The Good Dreams gave him all sorts of jolly times in beautiful castles beside the sea, where people eat jam sandwiches all day, and played at Kings and Queens. But the Bad Dreams were very bold and bad, and used to chase him for miles and miles, and down long flights of stairs; which he took at fly- ing leaps from one landing to another. One morning, however, when he was play- ing in the garden, he met Gargobolly, the good goblin who takes care of children in their sleep. And when Dermot told him about the way the Bad Dreams behaved, Gargobolly promised that if ever he got into trouble in the dream country, and called him in a very loud voice, he would come to his rescue at once, wherever he might be. And then Gargobolly sprang into a gooseberry bush and disappeared. For a week after that, Dermot didn't have any bother with the Bad Dreams, till, on a Saturday night, after he'd eaten a lot of strawberry jam, the Bad Dreams came run- ning along the seaside and chased him like mad. .1 .II' Dermot ran till he was quite Dreamless. Then, just as he felt he couldn't run any more, he remembered what Gargobolly had told him, and called out loud. And sud- denly Gargobolly dropped down a steep moonbeam and told Dermot to climb upon his back. And so, just as the Bad Dreams came rushing up, Gargobolly gave a great leap, and londed Dermot safe and sound at the waking-up side of his bed! I WILLIAM TELL. It was a wet Saturday afternoon, and Billy and Joan had played every game they could think of. Suddenly, Billy thought of a splendid idea. Let's play William Tell. I'll be William and you can be his little boy." Joan agreed. They set up some wooden soldiers in a row as the guard; Joan got a hassock and stood on it against the wall; and Billy found a tall paper cap and printed William Tell upon it in big letters. "What about the apple?" asked Joan. "We haven't got one." "That doesn't matter," replied Billy; "this will do just as well." He found a big woollen ball in the toy cupboard, and balanced it on his sister's head; then he fa&- tened his sword to his belt, and slung his quiver-full of arrows over his shoulder. "Now," he said, tightening the string of his bow, "you must stand quite still, so that I can hit the ball in the middle; if you move the ball will roll off, and then I might hit you." Joan began to look rather frightened. "Oh, do you think you might hit me?" she asked anxiously. "Even William Tell was afraid he might kill his little boy, and he could shoot better than you oan." "We'd better stop playing if you are going to get scared," said Billy scornfully. "I thought you were game for anything." "S-o I am," agreed Joan, "but I don't want to be shot." Just then the tea-bell rang, and their mother called them. "Come on, let's have tea!" cried Billy, throwing down his bow and arrows; "we can play William Tell to-morrow." Joan rather hoped that he would forget about it! LITTLE TRAY AND THE SCARECROW. Once in a cottage beside a hill there lived an old farmer with a wooden leg whose name was Bill. He went for a walk round his fields one day, and close at his heels followed hi.^ MtKe dog Tray. Very soon Bill dis- covered, on looking around, a big flock of crows picking his seeds out of the ground. "I will stop this at once," ke angrily said; and that night, before he went to bed, he made a big scarecrow, dressed him in his c d coat and hat, and thought, "I will frighten the crows away with that." Next dav, when out by himself in the field. Tray found the scaroecrow, and as soon a* he saw him he said, "Bow-wow," for he thought,^ "This is surely my master Bill, though it SoCems to me he is looking rather ill." So he sat down and barked to attract his attention; but when he found he didn't even mention "Good dog," or "Sit down," but just stood still staring, poor Tray began to find the strain rather wearing. At last he declared, "I believe I've been had," and then because he felt so very mad with the scarecrow for making him sit still and beg, he tore off its clothes and gnawed at its old wooden leg. The little dog Tray at first thought it a lovely game, but after awhile he found it horribly tame. "I will find ixy master!" he then declared, and with one bounding jump he soon dis- appeared. But much to his sorrow the poor little dog Tray found that his master had gone out for the day. And never before did a dog bark with such delight as Tray when the old farmer returned that night.
Off at plot of 300 square yards a Pininstead allotment holder has provided his family of ten with all vegetables m u sold produce fOR ? ?j?.
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