OUR CHILDREN'S CORNER. I THE .-MUCGLEFS. We found the cave all by ourselves, Mimi and 1. And so we said we would run away from everybody :iil be smugglers. I took -1 off my coat and braces, and tied ray knicker- bockers round with a handkerchief and twine, and stuck a wooden dagger into my handkerchief E'¡.. And ?n"u tied a spotted scarf round her head a::d rolled up her sleeves like mine, and looked altogether quite wild and daring. And so we set oh for the cave. It was large and dark, and locked a-s if people had used it before. I called myself vBold Bill," and Mimi "aid sbe wis "Mad Maria." We had. a splendid time of it, and kept on going down to the shore and collecting shells and things, and then smuggling them up secretly into the cave. We were just leaving the cave for the twentieth time to fetch up some more of cur treasure, when we saw three men suddenly appear on the shore. We must hide!" I said, und I pulled Marl Maria with me into the shadows of the cave. We peeped out, and, to our horror, saw that the men were coming up the rocks, straight towards the cave: They looked bad, rough men; just as if they were the real smugglers I We crouched behind a piece of rock. Then we heard them come in. As soon as they began to talk we knew that they were smugglers, and that thev would be very anjjry if they found out that we had dis- covered their cave. "Ha Someone's been here niessin' about!" one of them said in a very gruff voice, and then all three started to search the cave. In half a minute more they had found our hiding-place and dragged us out. Mimi- gaxi to cry; but I stood up straight and pretended to be very bold indeed. ••I; you hurt my sister, I'll kill you!" I said. The men burst out laughing, and I felt verv foolish. Then they began to argue what had better be done with us. I whis- pered to Mimi that we must make a dash for it; so while the smugglers were busy arguing we rushed out of the cave at fuil speed, not during to look behind us. With a shout they set off after us. How we raced down to the shore! I heard the quick rush of their feet as they came running over the reeks. Then I heard a shout above us, and, look- ing up. I saw my father and four coast- guardsmen- scrambling down the cliff so quickly that they might have been having a race. The smugglers saw them, too, and set off in the direction they had come as fast as thev could go. So we were saved just in the nick of time. And thn smugglers were caught not long afterwards, through our having discovered their cave. J MORE THAN A MATCH FOR THEM. I In a strove a pair of Pixies Chanced one dav to roam. ""Here's a log," they cried, "of firewood- Let lli3 drag it home." 'Twas a match they'd found, by someone Dropped by chance just there; But they'd never heard of matches, Had that Pixie pair. "Here's some rope" said Father Pixie; "Tie it in a bow— Strong, yet pretty, that's my motto; Are you ready? Go!" As they hauled the match off homeward 'Gainst a stone it hit; "With a noise that scared the Pixies, Crackle-bang !—it lit: 011. the flames all red and yellow! Øh, the'awful smoke! "Let's skedaddle!" cried the father, "Or I'm sure I'll choke;" To their dwellings, helter-skelter, Rushed the Pixies twain; And they ne'er sought logs for Lurning In that grove again. THE GNOME OF THE MAGICAL GREEN I GARDEN. Once upon a time there was a Magical Green Garden of flowers, and in the Garden lived a wicked Gnome. His tongue was not soft and warm like yours and mine, but cold and hard and ever so sharp; and he had groat ugly, pointed ears which could hear anything that hap- pened Ü that Green Garden of flowers. The flowers hated him because he alwavs managed to get hold of their biggest, most important secrets, and when he had found them out, he would laugh, and tell the secrets right out, so that everyone else could hear too. But one day the Gnome sat ever so quiet, and he looked quite worried and unhappy; for that morning the Rose had told a secret to the Wind, and the Gnome had not been able to hear it. "I must be growing deaf," said the Gnome to himself, and he grew quite pale with fright at the very thought. And he eat quite still and thought and thought, until at last he had an idea. "Why, of course!" he cried, jumping up in delight, "I must have someone to help me. I will borrow a flower-baby and bring him n p to be just like myself." For every flower in that Magical Green Garden had a tiny babv hidden among her petals. They were dear little, soft, round babies, not one scrap like the na3ty Gnome. "I will forrow the Rose-baby," decided the Gnome. "and that will teach Madam Bet-e not to have secrets from me." i • So off he flew to the Rose and made a r false, deceitful speech. "Dar Rose, I am so interested in your baby. What a sweet child he is! How J. should love to come and see him every single day! and ;(,e h iin ever y sirgio certainly, my dear Gnome," said the Rose, quite pleased,- "you shall come and see my baby as often as you wish." So every day the Gnome ca^ae to see the Rose-baby, and he put magic ointment on the Rose-baby's ears when the Rose was not looking. And the in,-gic ointment made the baby's ears grow ever so big and ugly, and the ) bigger they grew the better could the Rose- baby hear. But the Rose-baby had a fairy God- mother who was the Queen of the Bees and Butterflies. She was a. charming fairv with beautiful butterfly wings, and she loved all the 11 ewer-babies, and the Rose-babv most of all; and one fine, day she thought she would come and see him. She arrived just at the moment when tho Gnome was putting magic ointment on the Rooe-baby s ears. The Gnome laughed mockingly, and, pointing to the baby, said: "Your Majesty has come too late! Xo one wants a Rose-babv with thOfie ugly car", so I wii! have him all to myself But the Queen of the Bees and ButEi- flies j £ id sternly: "You forget, you wicked Gnome, that vi[u one touch of my wand I can undo all that you have done. And lest you make r.nv more mischief, yon must leave this garden at once, and never come back again. More- over, behind you are two great bees who will ating you to death if you do not obev." The wicked Gnome saw he was defeated, So he flew up into the air and fur, fgr away and never was heard of again.
￼ Danzig workmen have sun k the ao.itu? docks, as the authorities i?i?ted on them teing towed to Kiel. Miners at Choppington, Northumberland, have presented each demobilised comrade with 5s., and each war widow with £ 2. A technical sub-committee of the Supreme Economic Council as been appointed tc I consider the resumption ot postal communi- cations with Germany. Hev. Owen Jenkins, rc.-tor of Bagendon, Bear Cirencester, formerly Principal of the XHoceean College, Cape Tov.n, was lourd shot dead in his orchard. The German harvest i3 endangered by Strikes.
I TALKS ON HEALTH. I By A FAMILY DOCTOB. I THE TONIC OF REST. If You want a good tonic when you are fueling wearied out, try going to bed two hours earlier than is your usual habit for a fortnight. The extra rest, even if you do not actually sleep, is beneficial. It relaxes your nerves and your whole body to lie quiet on your back, and it aids digestion to rest quietly after a meal; and so you get ail the goodness out of the food you have swallowed. If you do manage to sleep the extra time it will do you a lot of good. ."lee? is the panac-ea for all evils. I ought t) add that the sleep should be natural; the sleep, or rather stupor, produced by powerful drugs is not nearly so beneficial. and such a sleep may be followed by a headache on waking. 1 • n HARMFUL DRUGS. Many of the drugs used for sleeping draughts are harmful in other ways; some weaken the nerves in the end, others are dangerous to the heart and upset the diges- tion. I am always very careful about ordering sleeping draughts. It is a real calamity when a patient, especially if she happens to be a highly-strung woman, is trained to depend on drugs for sleep—her last state is worse than the first. A doctor knows when to order a soothing draught, and he exercis due discretion, but the in- discriminate use of m ixt urc" and tabloids to induce sleep cannot be too strongly con- demned. O SOME CAUSES C7 SLEEPLESSNESS. If you cannot sleep, an attempt should be. made to discover the cause by experi- menting. Perhaps you eat too much late at night, or, on the other hand, you may have your last meal too early so that you go to bed hungry, or wake up at two in the morning feeling hungry. Some people find that a satisfactory sleeping draught is to be found in a couple of biscuits, eaten slowly, when sleep deserts the pillow. I have known cases where the stuffy air has awakened the sleeper early in the morning; j the air is used over and over again, and the stuffiness makes the lungs cry out for fresh air; in some houses there is so much anxiety to keep the air out that even the chimneys are blocked up. Sleep with the window open. It is easy to say "Don't worry," but not so easy to carry out the injunction. Still, some effort should be made to keep worries outside the bedroom door; you can either welcome and brood over your troubles, or you can make a resolute effort to throw them off. If the sleeplessness cannot be overcome, it is a good plan to try a change of air. If you lead an indoor life, a sharp walk for an hour or two may act as a sleeping draught. -:0: YOUR CHILD'S .BACK. Do you ever examine your child's back? Make him stand with his back towards you in a good light; heels together and in the position of attention. Compare the. two sides; look to see if the two shoulder-blades are at the same level; whether the shoul- ders are the same height; whether there is any obvious curve in the spine. Remember that no child is born with a crooked back; it grows crooked for several reasons, all of whioh are preventable. The bones arc made of soft gristle at birth, and gradually, as the child gets older, the soft gristle is dis- placed by hard, solid bone. You can only mould the soft gristle, you cannot alter the hard bone when once it is formed. It is the old story of the potter's clay; when it is soft it can be moulded to any shape, when the clay is baked hard its shape cannot be altered You examine the child's boots, you worry over the holes in the clothes, and pay dailv attention to the cleanliness of the doorstep, you clean th£. windows, and have the landlord round to attend to the cistern, and all the time your own child's spine ia growing crooked week by week and nobody knerrs and nobody cares. :o HAIR AND THE HEALTH. I The condition of the hair is dependent on tho condition of the general health. In many cases the principal object of the phy- sician is to improve the patient's health in the confident anticipation that the con.dition of the hair will also improve. Take as an instance a grave illness such as typhoid fever. The whole system is profoundly de- pressed nothing is working right; appe- tite, digestive apparatus, heart and lungs are all temporarily out of order. And what happens to the poor old hair of the head It falls out in handfuls. Then as the patient gets better a fresh crop of new, strong hair appears, until the health, com- pletely restored, the hair is luxuriant as before. TREATMENT GOOD AND BAD. I The application of lotions and ointments is not by any means always necessary. An ar.semic girl should treat her hair only through her general system. Of course, the hair zll must always be well brushed and washed at certain" intervals, but it must not be forgotten that there are two ways of treating the hair—one by direct attention to the scalp and the other through the medium of the blood that nourishes the roots. The hair should not be tightly coiled or twisted round "curlers." That dragging on the roots is most unhealthy for the hair; it strains the hair and pre- vents the roots from receiving their proper supply of blood. o :■ VARICOSE VEINS. I In the treatment of varicose veins only two methods need be considered, stocking or bandage and operation. A bandage will give relief but will not cure; an operation will, by removing the enlarged veins, cure ence and for all. Not all cases are suitable for operation; the surgeon must decide the point for you. But you will be foolish if you do not avail yourself of the oppor- tunity of having an operation when it has been recommended. I have seen scores of people who have been cured by a simple operation. Tight garters should not be worn; suspenders which do not compresa the leg are far more sensible. If it is pos- sible to arrange it, girls with varicose, veins should try and find some occupation which does not 'keep them on their legs all day. -:0:- CARE OF CHILDREN'S TEETH. I Of two million children recently examined I in elementary schools, forty per cent. suf- fered from excessive decay of the teeth. I frequently implore you to keep your chil- dren's mouths clean and sweet; it is quito evident my poor little voice does not reach far Forty out of every hundred—-oh, dear, I think I shall give it up in despair. The fcvgiene of the mouth not only refers to the teeth but also to the gums, the tonsils, and the space at the back of the nose where adenoids grow. You have all heard of ap- pendicitis.0 This complaint is all a matter of germs, and can you not see that if germs are swallowed they will reach the appendix? You really must take care of your children's mouths. 0: TEETH AND APPENDICITIS. I Fortv out of a hundred. It makes me I groau. You lost your little nephew last year from appendicitis; it was so sad, and we were ali so sorry for you and his parents. But do you know where the germs came from that gave him the attack? Why, from his mouth; be had seven septic teeth, and you took no notice because you said they were his first teeth, and first teeth can be as filthy as possible and it does not matter; and he had swollen tonsils, and he always breathed through his mouth because of his adenoids, and the large. tonsils and adenoids were in an unhealthy state. All lav and every day, all night and every nirrht. the little man was swallowing the dis- charge from teeth, tonsils, and adenoids. These are your children, not mine. Bu' forty per cent! I think I shall give up ano b-ecor", a golf caddie.
I HOME DRESSMAKING. I A DAINTY LITTLE PETTICOAT. Many mothers, I know, will be obliged to take away with them upon their holiday a certain amount of sewing for the family, knowing that during the long mornings on the beach, when the constant interruptions of the children make reading impossible, they will have ample time to get various little garments ready for the coming autumn and winter. With a view to such opportunities for sewing, therefore, I am [Refer to H. D. 297.] giving you this week the pattern of a simple but most comfortable and attractive little petticoat that is suitable for girls of 2-10 years. This petticoat has a princess front and a waisted back and side. It is. there- fore, particularly well suited to the younger c:hild who so frequently has what one might call a tubby little figure in front. THE MATERIAL.—The first question to de- cide is that of material. Well, this pattern will serve equally well for cotton or woollen fabrics, therefore, if you want to make a warm winter petticoat you will use flannel, cashmere, Aza, Vivella, flannelette, or some similar cosy material. But if you want to make a lighter petticoat the best materials to use are longcloth-for a very stout and substantial garment; fine Madapolam, cam- bric, nainsook, cotton crepe, haireord, taran- tulle, etc., for a daintier garment. You will need It yards of 36in. material for a child of about four years. THE PATTERN.—There are only three pieces in this pattern-front, back, and bodice-so it is quite easy to cut out. Before cutting out, however, lay the pattern against your child, and make any little alterations that may be necessary. You will find this much easier and simpler to do in the pattern than in the cut-out garment. Remember that the pattern does not allow for any turnings, therefore you should allow for half-inch turnings on the seams; half-inch turning at the bottom; inch-wide turnings on the straight edge of the bodice, and about an eighth of an inch on the neck and arms. THE CUTTING OL-r.-Fold the material down the middle in such a way that the sel- vedges come together, and lay the pattern upon it, as shown in the diagram, laying the straight edge of the front to the fold of the material. THE MAKING.—Run the two-skirt pieces of the back together, up the centre, leaving a 6in. placket at thb top.. Fell the seam neatly and make a quarter of an inch on each side of the placket. Now join the sides SELVEDGtS °, 6. MATE f\ I AL of this skirt piece to the sides of the front, and fell the edges neatly by hand. Make a hem three-quarters of an inch wide on the straight edge of each back piece. Join the side seams of tho bodice to the side seams of the front, and fell. Join the shoulder seams of bodice and front in the same way. Now roll the edge of the neck very neatly, and whip the lace on to it. Whip the lace on to the edge of the armholes in the same HOW TO OBTAIN Paper Pattern of the above PETTICOAT. Fill in this form and send it, with remittance in stamps, to MISS LISLE. 8, La Itelle Sauvage, LONDON, E.C. 4. Write clearly. Name drees PATTERN No. 297. PAPER PATTERNS. Price 9d. each, post free. PATTERNS cut to special measure, 1/6 each. MISS LISLE will be pleased to receive suggestiofts and to illustrate designs of general use to the HOME DRESSMAKER. I I way. ext gather the top of the skirt and stroke the gathers very neatly (in the case ¡ off very thin materials the gathers, of course, would not be stroked). Sew the stroked gathers to the bodice on the right side. Cut a little band of the material about an inch wide, tltTn in the raw edges at either side, and sew over, joining be- tween bodice and skirt. Make buttonholes in tho hem on the right side of the back, and sew buttons on to the left hem. Now run the three little tucks in the bottom of the petticoat. (You may omit these if you prefer to do so.) Make a tiny hem at the bottom of the petticoat, or roll the ed- and whip the lace on to it. You may put the lace on without anv fullness or you may gather it, as you prefer. If you like, you may trim the bottom of the garment with lace and insertion and omit the tucks. Or you may stamp a transfer scallop design round neck, armholes, and lower edge, and work them in embroidery cotton, afterward- cutting them out. This is a very practical and inexpensive way of trimming a hard- wear, everyday petticoat.
I FASHION OF THE WEEK. A COAT AND SKIRT FOR THE EARL 1 I AUTUMN. [E. 263.] It really seems dreadful to be thinking I and talking about the fashions for the coming autumn and winter before we arc well off on our summer holidays. But in spite of the all-prevailing summer sales which are still disfiguring so many of the London shops, the first autumn styles are already appearing in some of the more ex- clusive West-End showrooms. Of course, thess new autumn models are not numerous as yet, but they will rapidly increase in number during the next two or three weeks, until, by the beginning of September, the summer styles will be more or less things of the past. I have seen several cf the new autumn models during the last week, and have been much impressed by their. simplicity and smartness. With two or three exceptions these new models have been chiefly coats and skirts and hats, the reason for the early appearance of these practical garments being that many women who go away on a very long summer holiday, or who pay a round of visits at this time of the year, like to be provided with at least one autumn costume which they can wear in case they need such things during their long absence from town. Our sketch shows one of these new coats and skirts, a model that is as smart as it is plain and practical. As sketched, it is car- ried out in a fairly heavy diagonal serge, with quite a marked rib in its weave, the colour being a particularly attractive shade of brown. The coat is rather long and is fairly loose. It fastens straight down the front, leaving a small pointed opening at the neck. From this opening small revers and a neat, narrow collar turn back. A belt of the material, passed through a buckle of rather novel style in front, holds the coat in the merest trifle at the waist, and fastens at one side. Square patch pockets are placed on each side of the coat, I below the waist. The sleeves are qUIte plain, and are finished at the wrist by turn- back cuffs. The skirt is a perfectly plain and rather narrow skirt with only two seams. Paper patterns can be supplied, price Is. lid. Enclose remittance and address to Miss Lisle, 8, La Belle Sauvage, London, E.C. 4. Note: The price may vary from week to week.
THE UNDERGROUND MENACE. Since other Government departments ap- pear to le powerless in the matter of pre- venting the congestion of traffic on under- ground railways, it is to be hoped that the Ministry of Health may find it within its province to pay some attention to the matter. The health and efficiency of the nation can hardly be improved by tired •workers, packed as closely as feet will per- mit, hurled about like ninepins, and brought into dangerous contact with each other's breath. Prevention is by far the wisest course, says a writer in "Popular Science Sittings," where disease is con- cerned, a fact that does not seem to appeal to thocse in authority as often as it might.
PROTECTING THE EYES. Tests of new glasses for protecting the eye, especially for shielding from infra-red or so-called heat rays, have been made by the U.S. Bureau of Standards. It is re- ported that of the infra-red rays emitted by a furnace heated to I,OOOdeg to 1,100deg. C., about 99 per cent. are stopped by gold plated glasses, 95 per cent. by sage-green or bluish-green glasses, 60 to 80 per cent. by very deep-black glasses, and 60 per cent. by greenish-yellow glasses. Protection I against ultra-violet light is effectively given by black, amber, green, greenish-yellow, and red glasses. )
The woman who suffers with nerves finds sooner or later that she has also acquired that terrible malady sleeplessness, and tc the modern w-oman, whose days are full 01 strain and stress, there is no more-to-be. feared complaint than insomnia. Yet it may often be prevented, and the nerves strengthened by simple remedies, easily ob- tained and quickly made. Perhaps one 01 the most accessible nerve soothers is a hop pillow, which can be readily made at home. The hops should be bought at a good maltster's, or one's grocer can procure them. A couple or thres pounds of hops are sufficient. These wi. be dry and read v to use, and should be enclosed in a thin cotton case, which must be sewn up. Now make an outer covering of fine silk and put the inner case into this, tie up the enill: with ribbon, and the hop pillow is ready for uoo. Silk is to be preferred for the outer covering, a6 it allows the hop perfume to more readily reach the invalid. HEALTHFUL EXERCISE. Here are two useful exercises for early morning practice. Place heels together. hold head erect with mouth tightly closed Keep shoulders down so as to arch the chest, then breathe through the nose whilst six is counted mentally. Hold the breath whilst another six is mentally counted, then evenly exhale it to a counting of eight. Again, stand as before, arch the chest, lift the arms from the sides as high as they will stretch upwards till they are in a long straight line with the shoulder-joints; risoE IOn the tips of the toes whilst doing this, and let the eyes follow the hands. Bring arms down again to sides, and liecli to floor. Repeat six times. BEAUTY BATHS. The scented bath is, without, doubt, a most agreeable luxury, but perfume added to the water has no rejuvenating effect as is so often fondly imagined. A little eau-de- Cologne, toilet vinegar, or a few drops of cloudy ammonia added to the bath certainly freshens up the tired skin and loaves a pleasant sensation, whilst a flabby relaxed skin is often made firmer by the use of either followed by a little gentle massage. When the skin has got flabbv, and the muscles feel tired, a good plan is to mix tincture of benzoin and strong III equal quantitites, and to add a little cf this to the bath. The bottle containing thi should be well corked when not in use. CARE OF THE HANDS. I After any rough work carefully rub the I palms of the hands with pumice-stone, then remove any other stains with iemon and ammonia. Bathe the hands several time:? a day in a weak solution of acclie acid and water, eau-de-Cologne and water, or a vinegar lotion. Dust over when drv with prepared fuller's-earth. Steep the nails in a solution of myrrh, and polish them after- wards with a chamois leather pad. Do not cut the nails, but file them off with an emerv board. Cutting tends to thieken nailg and render them brittle. BRILLIANTINE FOR THE HAIR. I This can be made at home. Mix togetliei two-pennyworth of eau-de-Cologne, one- pennyworth of spirits of rosemary, anil one- pennyworth of olive oil. This will uc ?: (turn rancid, and is a good bea.uti&er for the Ihair. I To PERFUME THE HAIR. Do not spray it with scent, as this is likely to cause premature greyness. Procure a couple of tiny sachets, and sew them to the ribbon which is worn in the hair during the day, or sew them to hairpins and hide them among the curls. At night a ribbon with sachets should be twisted in the hair. The perfume will last several divs. WAVY HAIR. 1 If you desire to wave the hair take half a pint of strong black tea and llgr. car- bonate of potash. Dissolve the potash in the tea and wet the hair with the mixture. Plait tightly and leave till dry. When un- plaited the hair will be beautifully waved. If you wish to make the hair fluffv, take loz. eau-de-Cologne, 2oz. r-ectifie ci spirits of wine, -!oz. bicarbonate of soda, and 6oz. distilled water. Mix well and rub into the scalp two or three times a week. OUTOOOR ATTIRE. I A large white shawl will be found very jonvenient for carrying the child about at first, but a cashmere or woollen cloak must be made afterwards. Silk is sometimes used, but a nice one can be knitted or crocheted at home. A soft bonnet or hat can also be made to match. The cloak is I usually provided with a long cape, the gar- ment being known as a pelisse. I WHEN NOT TO WEAN. I WTeaning should not be undertaken during very hot weather, when mother and child are more inclined to be fretful, and if baby is suffering from diarrhoea the process should be postponed a little. But it is cer- tainly wrong for any mother to suckle her child for too long a period, for this is harm- ful to both. An undue strain is placed upon the vita* powers of the mother, and the nourishment thus -given is not sufficient to keep the child healthy and to aid its development. A second child born after a mother has allowed suckling for too lengthy a period is liable to be afflicted with rickets. I CREAM CHEESE. I Milk turned sour makes delicious cream c heese. When your sour milk becomes fairly solid, it should be tied up in clean muslin and hung up to allow all, the mois- ture to drain off. After a couple of days :r so, remove froll the muslin, rub in x little salt, and work in the shape of a roll. Cold peas well pounded and added to a little home made cream cheese are a very lice picnic sandwich; or tomatoes can be substituted for the peas. The secret of a good sandwich filling is the seasoning- pepper, salt, and a very little dry mus-tard make all the difference to the taste. NOT WHAT IT SEEMS. I This foolish verse reads ridiculous as printed:— Every lady in this land Has twenty nails upon each hand Five and twenty on hands and feet. All this is true without deceit. I Put a semicolon after "nails" in lhe second line and a comma after "five" in the third and see how differently it reads! Shrunken woollen blankets may still be used if a. sufficiently wide band is added to the end which goes under tho mattress. Repair a saucepan cover, of which the little knob or handle is lost, by pushing a cork partly through the opening and securing it with a small wire or nail run through the cork on the under side of the lid. Candle grease may easily be removed from a material by laying a piece of white blotting paper over the grease and rubbing with the flat side of a hot knife. itove the paper as it absorbs the grease. Very attractive flowerpots can bot made from -old butter jars and shallow earthen crocks by enamelling them white or the desired colour. HOUSE SHOES. A good thing for housewives to know is that if well-fitting shoes are worn when doing work about the house, the feet will be less tired than when loose slippers are worn, which, though usually supposed tc be restful, are really very wearisome. MAHOGANY STAIN. I Get a pennyworth of chromate of potash, and boil in a quart of water until melted. When cool, apply to the floor with a 801 woollen rag.. To CLEAN h FRYING-PAN. I After being used for fish or onions boil out the pan with soda water, wash it clear, then put it on the fire and shake a little oatmeal in; leave this to brown, afterwards wipe out with a dish-cloth. All unpleasant taste or smell will have vanished. STAIR CARPETS. I Always allow three-quarters of a yard over for each flight of stairs when buying stair carpets, and then, when you lift the carpet, the same parts do not come on tho edge of the stairs. By remembering thia and allowing the extra piece, the carpcUn will last as long again. To PREVENT MOTHS. I To keep moths and other pests out of carpets, put a tablespoonful of ammonia into half a pailful of warm water. Wipe the carpet thoroughly with a cloth wrung out in the fluid. This kills any insect that is lurking there, and also removes all dust. The odour of ammonia keeps moths away. CARPET WASHING. I This should he done very carefully, and care should be taken that no soap is left in the carpet. Prepare an abundant lather With a good reliable soap, and scrub the carpet from seam to seim, doing about a square yard at a time. Hinse the soap off with a cloth dipped in clean water. This plan is not advisable for delicate carpets. To CLEAN SPOONS. I When silver forks or spoons have been used for eggs, if they are dipped first into cold water before washing in hot it will in- stantly remove the egg. Put a pinch of salt in the oil reservoit All oil should te emptied out once a month- I as dust and dirt settle at the bottom, and if allowed to remain, by clogging the wick, I will prevent the lamp from giving a good light. I REVIVING FLOWERS. 1 The best way to rpvive flowers sent through the post is first to cut off lin. from each stem, and then place the flowers in warm water. After this set them in ccvd water, and keep them shaded for a time. A little charcoal placed in each vase will keep the water fresh, and will tend to make the flowers last much longer. A pinch of salt- petre added to the water in which they are placed will make them last much longer. SOME USEFUL RECIPES. I APPLE FOOL.-Take 21b. apples pared and cored. Put them into a saucepan with cupful of water, one or two cloves, and sugar to taste. Simmer till quite soft, beat well with a wooden spoon. Mix with them, gradually, one pint new milk, boiled and allowed to become cold, sweetened and flavoured. Time to simmer the apples, about half hour. BACHELOR'S PUDDING.—Beat up three eggs; add them, with a flavouring of essence of lemon and grated nutmeg, to 4oz. each of finely-minced apples, currants, grated breadcrumbs, and 2oz. sugar. Mix tbproughly and boil in a buttered basin for three hours. CINNAMON BLANCMANGE.—Put one pint of milk into a saucepan to boil with 2oz. sugar and lin. stick of cinnamon; then add 2oz. of cornflour which has been mixed with a little cold milk; stir and boil for five minutes. Take out the cinnamon, and pour into a mould that has been rinsed with cold water; set aside to get cold; turn out, and serve with stewed fruit or pre- serves. DuCHESS Bu*s.—'Take the weight of one egg L in castor sugar, butter, and flour. Beat butter and sugar together for five minutes, then add the egg, and by degrees the flour. Add one packet of blancmange-powder (cherry flavour), then stir in sufficient milk to make it a nice consistency. Sprinkle in a quarter of a teaspoonful of baking- powder and 2oz. dried cherries. Put the mixture in well-greased patty-tins and bake for ten minutes. F.ic. TART.-Slice some good -figs, and just cover with milk, set in a moderate oven to stew a little, with a plate over the basin. Stir in a small piece of butter, and sugar to taste. Line some patty-pans with puff paste, fill them with the figs, cover with dough, and bake in a hot oven for about fifteen minutes. GINGER PUT)DINC,Shred lIb. fresh beef suet very finely. Add pinch of salt, -?!lb. flour, 4oz. moist sugar, and one dessert- spoonful of powdered ginger. Mix all these ingredients thoroughly, and put them dry into a well-buttered mould, which they will fill. Boil for three hours. SAVOURY BATTER.—Stew a quarter of a pound of ox kidney with a little butter and water, and a seasoning of pepper and salt. Make a batter with milk, flour, and egg powder, chop the kidney finely, and stir into the batter. Put in a baking-dish and bake in a hot oven. When cooked, add a little flour and browning to the gravy left from the kidney, and pcur it over the I tatter.
I THINGS THOUGHTFUL. I A sham is worse than nothing. The man whose business makes him dis- honest is in a very poor business. Search thine own heart. > What pains thee in others, In th yself may be. All dust is frail, all flesh is weak. Be thou the true man thou dost seek. The wise man will make the best of what he has, and throw away no lesson because the book is somewhat torn and soiled. As in men, so in books, the soul is all with which our souls must deal; and the soul of the book is whatsoever beautiful, and true, and noble, we can find in it.—Charles Kings- lay. Man may be the architect of a home, bat woman is the builder. I DEFINITIONS OF ECONOMY. The source of liberal ity.-Voltaire. The parent of integrity, of liberty, and of ease; and the beauteous sister of temper- ance, of cheerfulness, and of health.—John- son. The spirit of order applied in the adminis- tration of domestic affairs; meaning, man- agement, regularity, prudence, and the avoidance of waste, with the power, also, of resisting present gratification for the purpose of securing future good. It may be styled the daughter of Prudence, the sister Of Temperance, and the mother of Liberty. —S. Smiles. A tree that is not firm cannot be fruitful. neither can a soul. I THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS. We have to-day the promise of a world without war, for the best part of the Covenant is the League of Nations. If the nations of the world are peimeated with the Christian spirit this may be the last great war. We Christian people have to create an atmosphere in which the League of Nations can work.—The Bishop of London, I would prefer to have one comfortable room, well stocked with books, to all you can give me, in the way of decoration, which the highest art can supply. There is no greater blessing that can be given to a 'family than a love of tooks.—John Bright. Books support us in solitude, and keep U8 from being a burden to ourselves.—Jeremy Collier. Commend me, therefore, to the Dutch virtue of perseverance. Without it, all the rest are little better than fairy gold, which glitters in your purse, but when taken to I market proves to be slate or cinders.— Carlyle. I THE WAYS. To every man there openeth A way, and ways, and a way And the high soul climbs the high way. And the low soul gropes the low; And in between, on the misty flats, The rest drift to and fro. But to every man there openeth A high way and a low, And every man decideth The way his soul shall go. LIFE. Life is one continuing slaughtering of alternatives. Over against everything that we choose, some competing alternative is refused. If a man is known by what he chooses, he is likewise known by what he refuses.—B. C. North. The mere lapse of years is not life. To eat and drink and sleep: to be exposed to the darkness and the light; to pass round in the mill of habit, and turn the wheel of wealth; to make reason our book-keeper and turn thought into an implement of trade—this is not life. In all this but a poor fraction of the consciousness of huma- nity is awakened; and the sanctities still slumbers which make it most worth while to be.—Jamcj Martineau. THE DUTY AND THE JOY OF SERVICE. Find the soul's high place of beauty, Not in man-made books or creeds, But where desire ennobles duty And life is full of kindly deeds. -Waterman. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.—Sir T. M. Barrie. FORBEARANCE. It has been frequently observed that many good men, as they grow older, mellow and become more charitable. This is a real im- provement, provided that meanwhile the moral conviction of these same men does not become flabby, and their ethical utter- ance thick with coagulated worldliness. Much experience of life at large in the world will have one of two effects-it will make a man a cynic, or render him more charitable to the foibles of his fellows. Dr. Joseph Parker once said that "the best men are only men, at the best." None of us can afford to bear down very hard on the faults of our fellow men. It is our duty constantly to hold up before our own eyes the highest ideals, and to urge them on others, but always with a spirit of intelligent forbear- ance, considering ourselves, lest we also be tempted. The I pursuit of perfection is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God prevail.—Matthew Arnold. Beautiful feet are those that go On kindlv ministries to and fro Down lowliest ways if God wills so. Beautiful hie is that whose span I- spent in duty to God and nfan, Forsretting self in all it can. Beautiful calm when the course is run, Beautiful twilight at set of sun, Beautiful death with work well done. —Lady Burton. There can be no compromise with evil. It never is right to license wrong, whatever gold'-ti returns it may offer or however diffi- cult it m;:y be to get rid of it. In our social life and in our personal life, wherever evil ho.ws its hand there must be battle, not compromise. I BEAUTY. BEAUTY. Beauty has been the delight and the tor- ment of the world ever since it began. There is something irresistible in a beauteous form. The most severe cannot pretend that they do not feel an immediate prepossession in favour of the handsome At the same time, the handsome should bear this in mind, that no one can bestow the (lift upon themselves, nor retain it when they have it.—Steele.
Major Hesketh Prichard, D.S.O., M.C., has been elected chairn)an of the Committee of Management of the Society of Authors. A Metropolitan Police pensioner named E. Wright, aged sixty-five, and living at Tile- hurst, near Reading, hot two lady neigh- bours, and then committed suicide. Hackney Public Health Committee recom- mends the appointment of a special com- mittee to carry out the duties of the coun- cil under the Housing Acts. Louis Richard, who is being tried in Paris for aiding the enemy, is said to h", c missed no opportunity of selling his country- men.