￼ Jf- f; ?'? "O\1V fJ IÆl¡'Ij ",¡ "1" ""Vl- II" ¡ .J -J.l t. ,i" J:a :S; ç: U:? newgpaucr? for ?ipingr s?ressy di&hea and plates. The p?p?r afterwards makes splendid firelighters Put a pinch of carbonate of soda in. tie p-,It a p i n4, ?h o,? r,- water when boiling siln'.oa. This makese it a beautiful red colour. Dry salt is a r-emedv for hands that get wrinkled after washing. It is also a very economical tooth-powder. When the "Weather is bad, rub vaseline over the brass o? the front dear after clean- gver This r--?zs oi tl,7-,? frod.t do3r af,,cr cl?,an- ing. Thid prevei?ts H: frcm tarHi?tiisj. ? Add a litfe 1-e mon juioe or vinegar to the water in which you boil rice. It keeps the grains separata and makes them very white. J A knifeboard with the leather worn out can be renewed with a pime of -good un- pattferned linoleum. Nails and screws rub'sed with soap are easily driven into the hardest wood, and, taking this precaution, che wood will not I split-. Tea made with boiling milk is more sus- taining than when made with water, but much less should be used for sweeten- ing. Puddings intended fr invalids should always be steaded instead of boiled. Steam- ing' makes them wore digestible. When you set a jelly or blanc-inange to cool, be sure al wavs to cover-. with a piece bf muslin. Any glutinous substance quickly attracts and retains germs, so remember the danger. FRESH FISH. The sure sign by which to tell fresh fish is the eye. If the eye is clear the fish is fresh; but i? it is sunken and shrunken you may be certain that the tish is not fresh, even though the gills look red. To IMPROVE GILDED I Take a pint of vinegar, add one ounce of carbonate of soda very gradually. The vine- gar muit lie boiled, and while boiling put in the soda. To be 1.ed with a fine brush. This wash cleans the bright parte beauti- fully. To Bnrsiiss. I You can restore brushes which have lost their elasticity in the following manner. Put a brush in oil, and b'Uàh it several timea over a. hot iron eo that the hairs touch the iron from each s Then dip the brush quickly in cold water. To TVHITjl-In I .a. J..)¡ -.1. n. _L.L.LJ1: To whiten handkerchiefs which have be- came a bad colour, soak t.m for a night in a solution of pipeclay and warm water. Then wash and "boil them" next day in the usual way, and they will look beautifully white. BUYING C;.K::F..O VSGKTABUES. I Wheu buying ear.ned vegetables, insist on having "gear's growtn. If canned for more than a year, they will have lost much of tJleir goodness and flavour. There is, un- fortunately, no way in which the purchaser can tell the time the food has been in its tin. Shops with a large trade, however, seldom have stock from the previous year. How TO BOIL MILre. I Unless you watch milk. it is almost sure J one day to steal a march on you and boil j over. This can be avoided by placing an j ordinary pie-chimney in the centre of the j pan of milk. When it commences to boil, j it boils up through, the little chimney, and there is not the slightest danger of its boiling over. jj TEA-STAI"N& ON A CLOTH. 1 Tea-stains are best removed from a tea- cloth directly the tea is spilled, by stretch- ing that portion of the cloth across a wide basin, and pouring boiling water through the cloth. Should the stains be of long methcwl will not be duration, however, this method will net be effective. Obtain a little glycerine substi- tute, and rub this well into the stains, then wash and boil the cloth in the usual way. The stains will then be found to have dis- appeared. LAUNDRY HINTS. 1 Woollen articles look best and shrink least if not rinsed. Wash in two lots of soapy water, add a little bine, to the Last water, put through the wringer, and shake well. Woollens washed in this way will not shrink. Blouscs and other articles having pearl buttons should be iroMd on a Turkish towel folded in four: All embroidered articles ironed in this w-iy-riglit side down -will look like new, and the design comes out splendidlv. Curtains and tablecloths look best not starched. A tab'spoonful of methylated spirit added to the rinsing- water makes them stiff enough. I SOME USEFUL RECIPES. POTATO CAKES AND PATTIES.-fake equal quantities of mashed potato, boiled lentils or beans (if beans, soak over night). Beat to a froth with a fork while the ingredients are hot. When cold form into small cakes and fry with a little fat, butter or drip- ping. Eoll the cakes in flour before frying. COLD FISH SALAD.-rake some cold boiled or steamed fish, shred it, and place in a salad bowl a layer of cold, cooked, sliced potato, some cold, cooked butter beans, and a border of sliced beetroot. Pile up the shredded full in the centre, cover with mayonnaise sauce, scatter the sieved yolk of a hard boiled egg over, or a little very finely minced parsley. If prawns or shrimps are available, they are a delicious addition to the fish. Excellent mayonnaise sauce may be made without oil. If the iisii is boiled, which is not advised, the water in which it is cooked should be used for stock. LIVER DUMPLING.— Mix in a basin two tablespoonfuls of oatmeal, two tablespoon- fuls of breadcrumbs, one tablespoonful of flour, and two small onions chopped finely. Take haif-a-pound of liver, which must be boiled and g^e.'oed; add thi.s with one table- spoonful of suet, well chopped, to other ingredients. Beaton with pepper and salt, add some of the liver, and turn into a greased bowl. Cover with greased paper, and boil for four hours. t MASKED POTATOES AXD ONIONS.—Wash and peel the potatoes, peel the onions, and boil in separate pans. The onions will take longer to boil than the potatoes. When cooked, 6train and mash, first separately, then both together; add a little boiling milk, a little margarine, pepper and isalt. Put the preparation in a greased pie-dish, j ..seeri) the top with a fork, and. put into the oven to brown.
— >— | I I THINGS THOUGHTFUL. AS WE BEGIN. The mood in which we begin a day makea us a discordant note or helps the harmony of every circle in which we find ourselves. j I ALL CAN SERVE. Let 113 do our duty in our shop or oui kitchen, the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and we knew that victory for man- kiud depended on our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world.—Theo- dore Parker. I DOING rnCHT. Everything on earth has il,-4 price, and sooner or later we pay for all that we have. When we complain that doing right takes fo much toll of effort, sacrifice, and the less of what we call "success, we have only to look about us to see that evil-doing is more oostly still. Its demands may come in mi the instalment plan, but they will be all I the more exorbitant because of that. I DOIN-G GOOD. I Our Friend, our Brother, and our Lord, What may Thy service be? Nor name, nor form, nor ritual word, But simply following Thee. Thy litanies, sweet offices I I Of love and gratitude; Thy sacramental lituigies, TIty joy of doing good. i Whittier. I A MAN'S SIMPLICITY. ) I Simplicity is a state of mind. It dwells I in the main 1 intention of our lives. A man is simple when his chief care is the wish to be what he ought to be, that is, honestly and naturally nutnan. And this is neither so easy nor so impossible as one mig'ht think. At bottom, it consists in putting our acts and aspirations in accordance with the law of our being, and consequently with the eternal intention which willed that we should be. at all. Let a flower be a flower, a swallow a swallow, a rock a rock, and let a man be a man, and not a fox, a har-o, a hog, or a bird of prey; this is the sum of the whole matter.—Charles Wagner. KINDLY ACTS. "Never forget to do kindly acts and to share what you have with others, for such sacrifices are acceptable to God."—Hebrews xiii. 16. j. WHEN GOD CALLS. I There is no knowing whither. God might I call us, if we would only keep our minds, t by His help, free add true to hear Itis, biddiu? when it comes. He may have for J any .one of us a task, a ,ru?t, far higher J than we can ask or think. And on the drift and tone which our ..)ieds are now acquiring it may depend whether, when the time comes, we recognise our work or not; whether we press forward with the host of God, or dully fall away it may he. into the misery of an aimless, listless life.bishop Paget. I RECREATION. I I He that will make a good use of any I part of his life must allow a large portion I of it to recrea-tiou.-Locl,e. J PEACE. I Peace is not an ideal at all; it is a state attendant upon the achievement of an ideal. The ideal itself is human liberty, justice, and the honourable conduct of an orderly and humane society. Given this, a durable peace follows naturally as a matter of course. Without this, there is no peace, but only a rule of force uutil liberty and justice revolt against it in search of peace. -N. M. Butler. I MORTAL DATS. I For some we loved, the loveliest and the best That from his vintage rolling Time hath prest, Have drunk their cup a round or two before. And one by one crept silently to rest. And W, that now make merry in the room They left, and summer dresses in new bloom, Ourselves must we beneath the couch of earth Descend—ourselves to make a couch—for whom ? Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend, Before we too into the dust descend; Dust into dust, and under dust to lie. J Sana wine, sans song, sans singer, aud-san, end -Fitzgerald. I WHICHEVER WE WILL. I One does not need a great library to be a student of books, or a visit to great art galleries to be an ardent lover of beauty, or to frequent stately cathedrals to become a true worshipper. It is not having much, hut "our use of what we have. that lifts or lowers us mentally and spiritually. I LEARNED BY SUFFERING I I have suffered for love possibly more than any man has ever suffered. Heli itself can hold no torments greater than it haa inflicted on me. It has caused me more misery, more agony, than T should have tliought the human heart, capable of. And yet I v., o- iid not have had it otherwise for 1 owe to it such glimpses of heaven, such an exaltation of happiness as might well compensate mo for an eternity of pain.— Route. r A GOOD CURE. I i Trouble.? never come singly there is your I own, and somebody eise's. To give, one's I attention to somebody else's trouble is .often I a good cur? for one's own. FRIENDSHIP. I Friendship is one of the greatest boons God can bestow on man. it is a of our finest feelings, an uninterested binding of hearts, and a sympathy between two souls. It is an undeiinable trust we repose in one anot?r, a c'??taQt communication i??w?': t,wo minds, and an unremitting anxiety for each other's go-irl. What then, is the rcot, the cause of friendship? Sym- n?thy. Sympathy conceives friendship; friendship iove- *Lov<> ib friendship ?he *Lo vh i b i-r;t-lidq 'I'1,, 1 !e that bear's Icve bc?urs also I TEACHER QR FRIEND? I Which is it that sways us most* Is it the teacher who tells us: "Thin is the way you are to think, this is what you are to believe, and what you are to do"1 Or is it the friend who blends his life and heart and mind with ours, with whom we argue and differ, byt take something each from the other, which assimilates with what is Htcst our own? Surely we yield more freely ito the 'Que who helps to foster our particular personality than -to hiin -who would thrust 1 it aside, and replace it by his own.- Latham. t
￼ ￼ t ,J, I IF ;A. ;.t-i Primrose and Polyanthus.—For various reasons the lifting and dividing of prim- roses and polyanthus is usually deferred until the end of August or the first week in September. The weather ill June may be hot and dry, other work more pressing, and -more p?ressin g an d some of tli,, best sorts are left to ripen seeds. Each clump will as a rule divide into three or four pieces. In replanting, work in some decayed leaf-mould, w-ood- ashes, and soot. ? East Lothian Stocks.—Seeds of these beautiful stocks sown now in shallow boxes ;1!ld placed in a cold frame provide excel- lent iiowcring plants for early spring. As soon as the seedlings have made' rough leaves, transplant either singly into 3in. pots to be grown subsequently in 5in. pots, ot place straightway into Gin. pots. Of the two, the former is the better method for general purposes. Be careful over water- ing, as they quickly become a- prey to the "damping off" disease. A suitable com- post is three parts loam, one leaf-soil, one old manure, and a. little sand. The plants may be kept in the frame or a cold glass- house till required for helping on Into blos- itotise t-;Il requirell for bel,) Ing oil ?lilto blos- Winter Aconite. —This is one of tho earliest of spring flowers; an early start is desirable in planting the bulbs. Order them without delay from the florist, or if- already growing in the garden, proceed with the lifting aud transplanting. Gi,a the winter aconite a permanent position, not too dry; one of the- most satisfactory uses is as a caroet in a thinly planted shrubbery, or in a bed of deciduous shrubs. Ceanoth us.—Among. autumn flowering shrubs the ccanothus must find a place.. While the, bushes thrive and flower freely in the shrubbery border, they attain their .greatest beauty when trained against a fence or wall of moderate height. Now is the time to insert cuttings. They root freely under a bell-glass in the greenhouse or in a cold frame. Gloire de Versailles, light blue, is one of the best. Achimenes.—As these go out of bloom and the leaves cominonce to turn yellow loss water will be required. It must not, how- ever, be discontinued until the plants are totally dormant, and even then the, soil should not be too much parched up, as the small rhizomes are liable to suffer if kept too dry. They winter best in the pots in which they arc grown. < Nerine.—Where these beautiful autumn flowering bulbous plants have been kept dry throughout the summer, the earliest of them may be just pushing up their iIo\Tpr spikes. As soon as. thse are Keen the pots should be placed in a pail or tub of water in order., to moisteuthe soil thoroughly. and be kept; moist afterwards. If watered before the flower spike can be seen some of. the bulbs will not bloom. Celery.—Keep an extra sharp look out on rows of these; plants approaching the fully-grown stage anord excellent harbour Any celery,plants left over should be at once planted in '<1 wide shallow trench of rich soil. for slugs; if allowed to remain undisturbed thc-e soon spoil the most promising plants. Peas.Where the latest row fails, to fill its pods as rapidly as one expects, a thorough Stilting of the soil with the fork, followed by a soaking of liquid manure, will often improve matters very considerably, also ward off a threatened attack or mil- dew. This Week's Work.—Golden feathers is one of the daintiest and most effective plants to use as an edging to flower beds and borders. It is worth while raisiug seed- lings now in a cold frame or on a bolder outride, in preference to sowing seeds in heat in • spring-. ■ As soon as ripe sow the seeds from the he?t lowers on the del- phinium or perennial )arkHpurs. Sow thinly in boxes; the young plants may be kept in A cold frame during the winter, tranHpInnt- ing' to the. nursery border ia spring, or even j to the floweriug positions. The secdliugs wiil flower subsequent to the old chimps ill the border and prolong the season of bloom. Get the old caiioa cut out of raspberries as soon as possible. When this is being- done the weakly canes and those badly placed may be cut away. It is wise to get t!ns work done now UULCS" canes are inquired for planting in autumn. It is important tli.it all fruit should be gathered dry. This is particularly the case with fruit- required far preserving.' Take C,-1re to avoid bruitmig the fruit when picking, or it will not keep in the store. Do not gather before the- unit is ma:are in the.ca? of sppb?' ?nd pe?T3, or shrivelling will occnr, and the fryit will j be poor in flavour and 'in ?ener? qm'Iity. An overcrowded sced-bcti or ro?' of spr!u? cabbage should bG ?unrded a?inst. If thi-? takes pl?co the plants, belf? very suecn- 11lt, re liable to injury or destruction by. frost. On no account all?lw seedling of endive to remain long iit an overcrowded condition, but, transplant to well-dug and manured ground as soon as the plants can bo conveniently handled. The first batch of lettuce to be planted should be well sup* plied with wd;r. Plnnb now forming nice j hearts must be tied in and liquid manure used freelv. Beans.-—Excepting where the row is grown expressly for seed, it is a mistake to allow prxlrf of these to approach the rIpening stage; the slight gain one secures by saving j seed ia dearly purchased when it is. remem- bered that their ripening. prevents further production. Cucumbers.—If a good crop of fruit has already been taken from plants in a frame, and those now produced are of poor quality ■ and bad shape, apply rich soil over the bed and give a thorough watering wi?h t,?pid watery thi? t r ci t t often has a wonderful euect upon yrowth. and what j now appears to be a worn-out plaut may j take a new lease of life and remain in a productive condition, until November.
I IN THE POULTRY YARD. I By COCKCROW. I HELPFUL HINTS. Poultry-keepers who manure their gar- dens or all||ments with poultry litter should exercised little discrimination in the Belection of the materia l thev use in their scratching sheds. Dried bracken is cer- tainly very good for the purpose, and people in the country villages can almo&t dhvays obtain it fcr nothiug. Cut into chaff it is much better, but it can be used uncut over a. thin basis of peat moss. You will find that the fowls soon scratch it to bits A good plan is to mow and harvest a good pile of the fern now and to put it into the sheds at intervals during winter rather than all- at once. Mixed with poultry droppings, as it will be after a winter in the sheds, bracken be- comes a very valuable manure. In most soils it is better by far than is horse- raani<re. It is as wen" however, to use ;t sparingly. For lightening stiff soils there are *no fibroup substances f'O enduring as bracken. Ir. analysis, the fern gathered young is particularly rich in potash. This, of course, is not so abundant in later and harder samples, but even these latter classes should not be despised, for they nearly always hold a higher percentage of potash than straw. A good many people, when they kill A fowl at home, throw the feet and the head MZAT EATTOXS FOR FOWLS. away, but m tnese times it is very wasteful to do ft), they 'make a useful meat ration for the hens and chicks if "treated as follows: Place nead, feet, and any other little pares in a pan, cover them with sufficient water, and let them simmeT .for about half an hour. Use the soup to scald the mea's for othe poultry's morning mash. Take the head and strip off the skm, beginning at the neck and going towards eqmb. All the feathers will come away with it. This is best burned. Put the whole thing through a mincing machine, and then it will pass out very nearly graulated. If von have not a mincer the congealed blood can be chopped -fi,i-ely with a knife on a board. Mix well with the soft mash. The hens like this delicacy, and it is, without doubt, a most hi-fil y concentrated egg-producing food. Poultry-keepers who are rearing ducks as veil as fowls must remember that when 1 1. WATEH AND GRIT FOR Ducks. aucKiings are orougnt up m close confinement, water and grit are two very im- portant things to provide. It is best to give them •water frotn the very first. When the birds arc small provide it for them in shallow vessels containing a few flat stones, for the birds to stand on, and fine gravel. This water supply should never be allowed to run out, and it is not less necessary to give the stock a heap of fine slag or sifted coal -ashes. For table ducklings, fed on soft food, these ashes will be all that is required in the vsay of grit. Success in egg production is as much due to good management a.s to prolific stock SUCCESS IX EGG Paomrcriosr. (says a leaflet issued by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, which deals with the kee fiiisg of fowls on allotments f, it d srarden plots). Cleanliness is one of the most im- portant- factors, and should be practised in regard to the house, the bird, and 'the food <?!<! water. A little thought, and ingenuity •Will evolve methods securing the desired end ve!.i tl,. the minimum of labour. There should ■<&K> no ped mite -or hen fleas in properly houses, and lice on the fowls can be kept down by rubbing sulphur intc the feather* in spring and summer and providing- facili- ties for a dust bath. The value of ample light in the shed cannot be over-estimated, and if the house is well ventilated the birds will keep bright and healthy. Exercise induced by keeping the birds well occupied is of g-reat importance. I EXZRClSE IS iMPGRTAXT. Several inches of dry litter I should be kept on the floor I of the scratching shed. It I should be of a light nature. I such as straw chaff, dry leaves or bracken, in which the corn given is scattered for the birds to seek; the burying of grain in soil or the use of material of a heavy nature for the birds to "tryn^over is a mistake often made. Such heavy work is not conducive to a large egg yield, although for breeding stook it is • good to keep them in hardy, muscular condition. ? Young hcn-? are invariab!y far more I pwlillc than old onc?, and it is a fatal (?ri I- ? I I' you-NG HKNS ARK BEST." to depend for the egg supply upon birds that are I more than two and a half y?amold (says "The Small- hoMEr"). Manv exhaustive i experiments have proved that a hen is in I her prime during the first and second seasons after which she scarcely pays for the food she consumes or the space she occu- pies. We are not referring in this connec- tion to highly-bred exhibition • stock-, since many of these would pay, and pay well, did they produce but a dozen eggs in the course of- the twelve months. But the ordinary hen that is kept fpr producing eggs purely for ?, I- edible purposes should not be kept after her second season. If a hen is hatched in March 1 she should commence to by the following autumn, continuing throughout the season, and going into moult the foil-owing summer. -She should recommence to lay the following autumn, continuing tin early summer, when she should be sold According to a contemporary large stocks of -egpw which the Food Minictiy. has bought CONTROLLED EGGS.- and whicn are illg pre- served arc to be placed on sale, probably at ?ixcd prices. Eg?.s will be sold, roughlv, ncording to weight, two ounces being the dividing line between two .grades, Some hens lay an egg weighing' 2Joz.y while ) ofcher eggs weigh than 2oz. There will be no eggs a anything, near pre-war prices j this winter, but the soaring prices will be checked.; and the eggs of heavier weig'hts j wili be available at about 5d. each. ? ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. J 'I..J" f .LJ "J.. w.L..&J.L.,I.,1 .1. i • fs. S.—Geese that you wish to' dispose of at Michaelmas must" now be given three good meals daily. Give soft food twice a j day-in: the morning and evening—and a feed. of grain at midday. meal hol^ ds a good reputation for the mash. j Callan.—No, I had- not read in the daily > papers the report of the Essex farmer who j own6 three ducks whi?h have laid 407 eggs j between January 7 and July 28. It is a j remarkable record. Thank you very much for bringing it to my notice.
1 I HELPED GEKMAM 70 ESCAPE. 1 At Chepstow, Frank Harry Gilbert, a sappe.i in the Royal Engineers, was sentenced to ten years' penal servitude on charges of desertion and assisting a German prisoner to escape. The sentence followed his trial by court- I martial at Chepstow on July 31, when it waa stated that in planning the escape he provided j the necessary civilian clothing. He and the j prisoner got away by train, but the ,Ger;ra:i was captured at Newport (Mon.) the following day.
HORSES IN THE FRENCH ARMY. I At Saumnr, the great French military riding school, there are some 2,000 horses, The majority of these are thoroughbreds! -wine are Anglo-Arabs, and a few half-bred Such a stable of; close on 2.,000 horses, with the condition, quality, and power which these animals have, can certainly be found nowhere else in the world, says Alleii Palmer, in "Country Life." The great pro- portion of these horses are purchased by the Remount Department; however, a few are bought from off the racecourse by thf Ecuyer-en-Chef, They are purchased as two-year-olds and upwards, and come at that age to Saumur. At the age of three their education commences. They are first of all lunged on the maidan and su bse- quently driven over the bars and small fences in the "paddoelks." These "pad docks" are enclosures thirty-three yard> long by fifteen yards wide, and are enclosed with a high furze f,ice, which completely obscures the view of the young horse from anything outside which might distract his attention. A lane three yards wide rum around the inside edge of these enclosures, across which are placed bar-rails and small bush-fences. Every kindness is shown to the young horse when being made to canter or trot round these lanes. There arc three of these "paddocks." At the age of four .the young horse is backed, and begins his mora s-erious training, which is not .completed until he is six or seven years old, according to the progress which he makes. All thesa horses, on mobilisation, are allotted to staff officers, etc., of the different army corps, and by this method a highly-trained, well-conditioned thoroughbred horse is available at a moment's notice for nearly every staff officer who will require to be mounted. The thoroughbred horse is much preferred at the school.
mass OF GOOD AND ILL OMEN. I Farmera who get 4 crowing hen among the brood in the yard look upon it as an evil omen. A superstitious farmer looks upom his poultry as prophets; thus, if his own death is near, he will tell you that they will go to bed at noon instead of at their usual roosting time. Numerous birds ar,3 mixed up witn signs of death. Let a pigeon enter a house, or a robin come through the door, and some people expect calamity. Owls, again, are most ominous, birds to the superstitious, especially if they hoot from t'le housetop, hor a single magpie to crbs* the path ot such people is ^nougii to fiend them into a, cold perspiration, and they hasten to lay two straws across "each other to avert the evil influence. When swallow- and .martins build about a farmyard tho farmer is troubled if they do not appear regularly year bv year, for should they de- sert their old nests he expects misfortune, throws arc both lucky and'unlucky. Every- thing depends on the number se-cn. A single crow- is unlucky, whereas two lack The canary is a, prcphet of evil v i; a it remains' silent after being- accustcrqecl to sing cheerfully. The call of the- cuckoo h )s ntways been mixed .up with good and bad Jnck. Hear it while walking, and—provided it is the fiiwt time you have heard it year—it means a happy yea-r for you. Turn tho money in. your pocket and your wish will be realised, so many folk he- lieve. When the farmer's wife,sets eggs sne will place an odd number, ia the nest if she wants her chicks to prosper. As a rule, she will not bring eggs, into the house after sunset, neither will she sell them after sun- down, As for burning egg-shells, to a-sk hens to lay no more eggs. Peacock's feathers in 4 house mean misfortune, hut for an eagle to hover over a person or house means an approaching success.
HOW FIRES ARE STARTED. I Many and strang e are the causes of fire. } A cockchafer crawicd from an oil receptacle to a gas jet, where the creature's oily body took fire, and falling started a conflagration which cost £ 400. A ilood burned a factory by causing a pile of iron filings to oxidise so rapidly as to become intensely heated, and so fire the woodwork. A scream of water from a fireman's hose, curious as it may ap- pear, started a second fire while putting out the first; the water penetrated an adjoining building containing quicklime. -*»
Six shillings per week increase of wages has been granted to writers- employed by the War Office at their factories and establish- ments. An Australian lady while sailing on the Thames at Bourne End lost a valuable old and diamond ring. A diver has since re- covered it. 1501b. of grapes from the King's vine at Hampton Court have been given by the Dowager Viscountess Wolseley to the j Chutch Army.. j
j MOTHER AND HOME. The woman who feels unable to join much in general conversation in company need not despair of popularity.. She should re- member that perhaps no one is more gerer- t ally shunned than the woman who habitu- ] ally talks too much. The chatterbox who j monopolises the conversation and who gi7<? no one else an opportunity to talk is ° re- S j garded with aversion. People fly at her ap- proach. On the other hand, bear in mind that ba?hfu!ncs8 13 only attractive up to a | certain point. When it is due to gr?at self- < consciousness it becomes a^fatal handicap. j To PEBFKCT THE HANDS. I- The truly beautiful hand, according to A lady artist, is not the hand of idleness. The I hand is developed and made perfect by work. The hand of an indolent woman loses some of the finer and more spiritueile lines of beauty. It has not the contour* produced by the skilful use of the fingers. I The hand of a girl may be lovely in tex- ture and form, for example, but it cannot- ) have the charm, the power, or the capability of the hand of the matron who Is skilled in 'i' soothing pain, in comforting and helping, as | 1 well as in the homelier tin-7 and help;ll-, -I well ai.in the arls of j sewing. I TAKE LIFE LIGHTLY. -I- I I I I- He woman WIlO nas learned tne grevr, art of meeting everything with good humour is the one .who has dene the most to make- her life a success. This is the secret cf a woman s charm—nothing should ever dis- turb her serenity; she should make it her I business to take life lightly and laugh, and so banish everything connected with worrv and bad temper. After all, it is quite as I easy to acquire the habit of being good- humoured as of being sulky wheu things .go wrong. j LIGHTING A FIRE. i When lighting a fire, put the wood, not crosswise, but sloping from the sides of the grate to the centre. This forms a funnel for a free passage of air, and, as the fl;iim» travels up the stick more quickly fhan iV, does across, few.-t- pieces are required, and the fire burns up more brightly and in shorter time. Use the thinnest pieces of wood obtainable, which should have been left to thoroughly dry iu the oven or fire- • place overnight. WAT:>OI";XG -P -I- Take two ounces powdered ahnn. four ounces sugar of lead, and one aud a-lialf. gallons of water. Dissolve the alum nd sugar of ]ad in water (cold) and tho- roughly mix. Let it (;tund till the &adim?n5. settles. Then gently draw off the clear por-,» tion and immerse m it whatever you want to treat, squeezing and soaking* |t tho- roughly. Do not wring it out, but hang to drain, and when it has done dripping put iu in the air to dry. not near a fire. When quite dry, iron and brush it. This is enough for a coat and skirt, or overcoat, and wil^.Uufc- • about a year, when it can be repeated. TEE CO:;I:;O WINTIIR. I. It may seem er.rly to begin to talk about It to, to talk ai.)ollt the coming winter, but really it is not. During the cold weather the -skin should bo kept clean and warm and should have air. To keep the body healthy clothes should not be tight. In cold weather you should wear light-weight clothes while in the house. Upon going out of doors put on heavy etitcr. clothing. Do not wear a tight hat. It cuts- off the blood from the skin of the head and s'akea you bald. A soft hat is the best:- Do not cripple your fed with tight shoes. Shoes that fit cost no more. A TIME FOB EVERYTHING. Every woman should arrange her work so that each day has its tasks to be fitted in at certain times, and the particular duties which belong to that day alone should be settled definitely. Thus, there should be no. haphazard arrangement existing as to which room should be turned out on certain daytj. Everything should be planned, and the plan adhered to. Soipetimes it may be advisable to fit the work into alternate weeks; indeed, this plan, when tried, has generally been voted successful. HOME-MADS FURNITURE PASTS. Scrape two ounces of beeswax into a pot & jar, add as much spirits of turpentine as will moisten the whole, and the eighth part of an ounce of resin. Dissolve all this to, the consistency,of paste, and add as much. Indian" red as will deepen the colour to a dark; mahogany. Stir all well. together. I I HINTS FOR BATHERS. Don't take headers rashly from rocks you., know nothing about, for if there is a pro- jection under the water, and yon hit it with. your head, it would probably be your last act on this earth. Don' forget a good Tough towel. A good rub cfown after a swim is just as invigorating as the bathe. EVERT HUSBAND SHOULD- I Be kind and considerate to his wife. Praise her when praise is due. Help her to economise. Be patient with her faults. Bear with her little whims and failings. Do what he can for his parents-in-la.w it they need help. Keep his temper, and refrain from all harsh criticism. PAPERING A DAMP ROOM. When papering a damp room, take half a pint of alum and half a, pint of glue-size. Dissolve both together in a pail of boiling- wiii-jr; take off the old paper and wash the wall once cr twice with the solution; when dry it can be papered. No damp will ever show through the solution. I CHILDAE»'S COUGH MIXTURE. I plf asart children's cough mixture may be made by mixing half an. ounce of ipecacuanha wine, sixteen minima of methy- lated chloroform, two ounces of liquid," glucose, one dram of essence of ^aspherriesv a, little eosin dissolved in spirit, and water to make up eight ounces. One to two tea- spoonfula is the dose. I WHEN WEATHER CHANGES. > I Should you suddenly feel cold, owing to some sudden change in the weather and in- I (iulliciejit wraps, don't bear it with a meek shiver, hut heat a newspaper, or a sheet of brown paper, hot at the fire, after folding it to a convenient size and shape, and pin it under your blouse or into your coat or overall. It keeps in heat and kecpr; out cold. Just try it next time, and you will iiud it a great boon. I A CHILD'S FINGERS, Where there are children in a home, one cannot make a start too early to make them keep their hands in good-condition. Insist upon their pushing down the skin from the nails every morning and night; show them how to trim their nails nicely, and hold up a model to them to, copy.
Shirley Kellogg had to pay £ 1 costs j at Brentford for illegally using petrol in a motor-car .?he was driving from Danglcy to i the Hippodrome. ?wo Bri'Mh motor-bca.? which took part Ii ia th0 ?s?t' u??r A me! and h?vc been taken J to H?'.?pr from Ters?e?iHg- by Dutch tor- ( pi do-boats.
I JAM LABELLED" DRIED FISH." At Douglas, Isle of Man, Robert William Chetney, grocer, of Douglas, was charged with attempting to export" 61b. of jam, 16ib. of marmalade and preserved peaches and con- tused milk. Defendant sent a box for shipment to a lady at Southampton. Shipment was refused mi- kS3 a Government permit was produced, and tire next day the box was returned with the words "Dri^d Fish" written on it in red ink in several places, but the Customs officers Dpencd the box. A fine of. JGliO was imposed.. Edward Greenhaigh, a holiday-maker from Liverpool, was fined -81 for attempting to take home 61b. of jam.
) WIFE ACCIDENTALLY SHOT. How a policeman accidentally shot his wJi while playing at soldiers with his little boy was told at an inquest at WSlwortn. Polioe-constable Woodley said he took a re- rolver out of a drawer, and, thinking it "V/as unloaded, pointed it at the boy. It clicked three or four times and then went off. Hí wife screamed that she was hurt. The bullet must have struck a teapot on the table and then glanced off. His wife died, in spite of an operation, from shock and hemorrhage. J A verdict of "Accidental death was ro turned. —————
CHINESE BEGGAR CHIEF. I At a Chinese wedding the beggar chief I is always invited; he brings a plate, begs J from all the guests, but in return Keeps all other mendicants from the marriage feast. 1 The beggar chief of a big Chinese city makes as much as £ 3,000 a year, and out of this he pays the common or street beggars to keep away from parties and swell j gatherings.