OUR CHILDREN'S CORNER. OUR ALFRED'S GOT A HA'PENNY. It was a bad day for the town when Our Alfred got a ha'penny. It was the first he ever had, and so of cotirso- he was dreadfully proud of it. He was the eldest of nine little brown bear brothers and sisters. Directly schol was over, ail the family of little Bruins started off, led by Our Alfred, to go and spend the ha'penny. The first shop thc-v came to was old Mother Gruffbody's, who sells sweets aud boot-laces and other things to suck. Our Alfred marched right into the hol) with a very grand air and sat down on a high stool by the counter, and ordered Mrs. Gruffbody to show him all her sweets. Mrs. Gruffbody was delighted to have her shop so full of customers, and beamed all over her large face as she handed down the jars of sweets. And then Our Alfred pulled out his ha'penny; and he felt he really couldn't bear to part with it for all the sweets in the world. So he just smiled sweetly up at old Mrs. GrufFbody. and said very softly "I think I'll have a ha'porth of anything1 you haven't got" And then he rushed out of the shop, and all the little Bruins scampered after him. Old Mrs. Gruffbody was furious, and fol- lowed them up the "street as fast as she could g-o. shouting "M urder Fire! Police!' The policeman had gone off to catch a fish for the Mayor's supper, and so only the Fire Brigade heard the cry. But thev turned out at once. and went and drenched Mother Gruffbody's shop with water, till all the sweet-bottles and boot- laces came swimming out at the door. So Mrs. GrufFbody went and told the Mayor what Our Alfred had done; and the Mayor said that directly the policeman came back with his fish he would have Our Alfred clapped into prison. Well, the next shop Our Alfred went into was Mr. Pufferley's, the baker's. Our Alfred walked in with his grandest I've- got-a-ha'pennyM manner, and all the little Bruins came squeezing and jostling after him. Our Alfred ordered four dozen apri. cot tarts, six chocolate cakes, four sultajia ones, and nine large raspberry puffs. And then he took out the ha'penny to pay for them. But when he saw it lying there in his paw he felt he couldn't bear to part with it; so he said very grandly: "I have changed my mind. I will have one of vour largest wedding cakes instead- when I am married And then thev all scampered out of the shop before Mr. Pufferley could catch them. And they were all laughing, when who should come along but the policeman, and he caught Our Alfred and. marched him off to prison. A LCCKY SHOT. I A gay young chap, named Rowley Rat, Went strolling in his smart top hat: But all at once Tom Cat drew near- Poor Rowley gave a squeak of fear. "Oh, what a fate is this In he cried, "To end in Mr. Cat's inside! The melancholy fact is plain- I'll never see my home again. But soon a snail he chanced to spy, Perched on a supple stem, up high. Thought Rowlev, "Here 's a chance I'll take. That "stem a catapult will make!" If Tom had pounced just then-well, he Might have had tender meat for tea! But Rowley, quicker far of wit, Drew down the stem—took aim w.th it, And fired his shot! Then came a smack, And Tom was laid upon his back. Cried Rowley, as he slipped from sight, "Strength doesn't count when brains are bright." BELINDAS BIG HAT. I Belinda wore a very big hat, because big hats were fashionable. Maria would have liked a big one, too but by the time Be- linda's was finished there was very little straw and only a short piece of ribbon left, so Maria had to be content with a hat which was quite small. However, Belinda was careful not to let the doll look at herself in the glass, so Maria was almost as proud as Belinda when the two took their first walk abroad wear- ing their new hats. It was a sunny morning, and they walked through the flowery meadows, because Be- linda wanted to show herself to the flower- elves. The flower-elves wore caps, quite small ones, fitting tightly on their heads; and they never changed their fashion, but kept to the same colour and the same shape all through the spring, and summer, and au- tumn, and winter, too. So verv dowdy!" said Belinda, tossing her head. The little elves, from their hiding-places among the flowers, soon espied her and Maria, and were not long in noticing Belin- da's new hat. "\Vhv do you wear an umbrella on your head?" asked the eldest elf, with a mis- chievous grin. "It isn't an umbrella, it's a flower-bed," said second eJf, laughing. "No. it's a cart-wheel," giggled a third. "It's a tea-tray." an apple-pie." "It's a clothes-basket," added one chuck- ling elf after another. Belinda was very angrv. angry. is nothmg of the sort, replied she crosslv. "It is a hat of the very newest kinda great deal better than your shabby old caps." "Our caps keep our heads warm, and II what more do we want?" asked the eldest elf. "I want a great deal more," said Belinda. "I want to be fashionable." And -he walked on, tossing her head more than ever. She had not gone far, however, before the sun went in, and it began to rain in big, heavy drops. Belinda ran under a tree for shelter. But although this tree was the biggest in all the flowery meadows, it was not nearly as big as her hao, and the raindrops pattered merrilv on to every part of it which stuck out bevond the leafy branches. By the time the shower was over, the hat no longer looked new. The straw was soaked and limp, and the colour had run out of the wet ribbons and trickled down her face and neck "Your hat looks shockin g,, and so do vou" said Maria, who was quite dry her- self having been tucked under Belinda's arm during the storm. "Hold vour tongue and don t stare, answered Belinda snappily, giving her doll a shake. As fhev walked back across the flowery meadows thev saw the elves one? more Most of the little- fairies were fitting, quite dry and comfortable, under a big toadstool hut the eldest elf 'W3S perched on the top, hold- ingupa daisy-umbr- to keep his light little cap dry.' s h out? e d be, «Ho»aPdoVm, do. Bein?i a-- he, eveing her bedraggle ? shar^ py, she hurried bv with ?..r?. So the .a"lnon has changed since you were here an hour ago. Boiled c.thh::ie i,, I ￼ te latfst it is bo. things in hats. Can't say I think ? .?<' coming to your complexion.
Argentina's Cabinet is worried about th( high cost of living. French demobilisation will be complete bj the end of September. Each of the Allies will send three batta- lions to occupy Upper .viie.-ia. An unknown woman iound drowned at LTadlev AVood wore a bvowni.,h wig. Because he cannot get rooms in the town, Rev. J. Millett has resigned a Guildford juracy. Edwin D. Forrester. itJ-. a Hackney clerk iied in a 'bus on his return from East- bourne. Through a fall of earth at an outcroc coal seam at Beeston, Leeds. Alexander Padgett, 10, was killed.
I TALKS ON HEALTH. ) t. —"— I ? BY A FAMILY DOCTOR. I I J#tt( i FLAT-FOOT.—CAUSE AND TREATMENT. Flat-foot may affect anyone from baby- hood to advanced wars. Babies' feet some- times turn in at the ankle-joint, and the condition grows worse when they begm to walk. It can be remedied by having a piece of leather put on the sole of the shoe along the dinner side only so as to throw the ankle in the opposite direction, viz., outwards in- -tead of inwards. A few weeks will make a great difference, and the shoes may be toled in the ordinary way when the? ankle is straight. Flat-foot may apear in an adoles- :llt at the age of fifteen or sixteen. At this age a great strain is placed on the general system, as the growth is so rapid, and it is often at this age that the lad take- on for the first time some heavy job, perhaps necessitating standing long hours or carrving heavy weights. The strain on the irch of the foot is too much; the ligaments srive way, and the fcot becomes flat. ■ o I PREVENTION BETTER THAN CURE. At the same time there may be other evidence that the bones and ligaments cf the bodv are being overstrained. Tho spine may begin to bend, the lad mav become knock- liiKvd, and he will probably be pale and anaemic. He may have to work in a base- ment where the sun never penetrates. It is difficult to cure thftc cases of 'flat-foot un- less the causes that produce the condition I can be removed. Cases of flat-foot should ill lie prevented, and then there would be no need to cure them. Good food, regular meals, rest, fresh air, and sunshine and suitable exercises are wanted, but cannot always be obtained. LINIMENT AND EXERCISES. I The next class of man who gets a fiat-foot is the man who has reached the age of fortv. and whose bones and ligaments are just beginning to lose their elasticity. Long hours of standing, such as policemen have to put up with, or bearing heavy weights, such as porters have to carry, th row- too much pressure on the arch of the foot, and a flattening of the arch is the rMult. Pointed boots which compress and distort the toes are also respon-ible for weakening the ligaments of the foot. Treat- ment consists in rubbing the foot with some stimulating liniment, such as turpentine liniment. For those who are on their feet all day, rest is the best treatment, but for. that class of patient who is suffering from flat-foot as the result of weakness exerci-es are the best. Raising oneself on tip-toe several times, or turning the feet in and out, or skipping may strengthen the feet. Metal pads may be worn inside the boots. The pad should be as low as possible con- sistent with the proper support of the arch of the foot. It is not necessary to wear a highlv-arched pad for a slight degree of fiat-foot. High-heeled boots must be for- bidden o: IN-GROWING TOE-NAILS. I When cutting the tee-nails do not cut them too clote down at the sides. The proper way to cut them is to make them straight along the end; it is when you cut them off too close at the corners that you encourage the condition known as in-grow- ing toe-nail. It is not exactly that the nail grows in, but that the soft nesh around the nail grows up. It is, therefoie, wrong treatment to keep on cutting the nail away the nail should be allowed to grow. As is always the case, you must prevent these 1 troubles, and then you will not have to cure them. The whole treatment is a question of boots, boots, boots. You will wear torture- chamber boots of a shape that bears no rela- tion to the real shape of the natural fcot. The narrow boot presses the soft flesh around the nail that you have cut down to the quick and forces the flesh over the top of the nail. When you have been wearing deformed boots for thirty or forty vearci it may be necessary to cut" awa, the soft flesh i by an operation; that is the only thing left for the doctor to do. And all the trouble will come back in a very few weeks if the same boots are worn. -'0: BAD TEMPER IS EXPENSIVE. The heart is very susceptible to emotion. Anxiety makes the heart beat faster;' the flutter of a beloved petticoat sends the pulse-rate up; the heart acts feebly in times of depression and misery. Therefore, we ought, for the sake of our hearts, to main- tain a cheerful and steady temperament. A man who flies into a temper over trifles a dozen times a day throws a heavy strain on the heart; it is a very expensive habit to keep a bad temper. When the blood-stream is sluggish the whole body feels out of gear —a heaithv, brisk action of the heart has a most encouraging effect on the mind and 1 spirits. ] ALCOIIOL AND THE HEART. This is the secret of the cheering effect of alcohol-it makes tho heart beat faster. The onlv trouble is that the heart, having obliged you by beating fast for an hour or two, demands a period of quiet and rest to make up for it afterwards, and the after- effect lets the man down to a deeper level than he started from before he took the alcohol. Then he wants a larger dose of alcohol to pick him up again, and tho larger dose afterwards letj him down lower still. j The 6tomach, which receives the food as it ] is swallowed, is qnite close to the heart, and when it is distended with wind the heart is pressed against and its action disturbed. Hence the treatment of palpitation is to pay no attention to the heart but to direct the treatment to the digestion. In these cases, look after the stomach and the heart will take care of itself. THE SEAT OF CATARRH. The naso-pharynx is the name given to the part situated at the junction of the nose and throat. It is just behind the little soft curtain that hangs down at the back of the throat. It is an important part of the bodv, because it is so often the seat of catarrh. This catarrh cannot 00 treated by mouth- washes or gargles, as they do not reach the naso-pharynx; it is too far back. Hence it is that the catarr h goes on for months and months, and nothing seems to cure it be- cause it it is so difficult to get at. The only way the trouble can be reached is through the ii,,se: if a probe were to be passed through the nostril and pushed in for about three inches its point would then be the naso-pharynx. The real importance of treating the naso-pharynx is sometimes overlooked. For instance, the unhealthy mucous from the back of the nose may fail down into the throat and voice-box, giving rise to hoarseness, and then the proper way to treat the hoarseness is to apply remedies to the back of the nose and not to the throat, because if you can cure the nose you cure the hoarseness. I A NASAL DOUCHE. | I find a useful prescription for a nasal douche is the following: Biarbonate of soda, 7 grains; borax, 7 grains; listeritke, 2 teaspoonfuls, and water to one ounce. The best way to use it is to dispense with all douches and syringes and apparatus, and simply sniff the solution out of the palm of the hand. It should be used twice or three times a day.
As the park gates were not wide enough. "Evelyn," Peterborough's tank, entered over the fence and hedges. In the Ypres area 248 sheep and 600 poultry have arrived from the British Agri- cultural Relief of Allies Committee. I "Danish by birth and German by con- I quest.Ernest Erwin Ferdinand Hersch'a description of himself at Leeds bankruptcy court. Twenty-five persons were at Birkenhead given from one to t"flj) months' hard labour for police strike rioting and looting. The London County Council and the Fire Brigade have agreed to accept the findings of a committee <:> on the hours and pay of firemen.
I HOME DRESSMAKING. I VERY SIMPLE COMBINATIONS. Sad though it be to realise He fact, sum- mer is drawing to a close. Three or four weeks longer and the holidays will be a thing of the past; we shall all be home again, the children will all have been packed off to school for the autumn term, and the regular routine of autumn work and autumn engagements will have been resumed. Now, one of the first pieces of work to which we ihall have to set our hands will be the mak- ing of serviceable undergarments for winter wear. You will remember how early the first snap of cold came last year. Quite a number of women I know were all unpre- pared with warm undergarments for such unexpected enlrlv cold, and the result w.i that most of them developed heavy :olds, which were extremely d i ffi- ￼ throw off. 3u!t to throw off. Now, this is a thing to be rigor- ously a v o ided, For such colds often lower the ritality to such an extent that the general con- dition is en- feebled for the whole of the win- ter; thus the wise woman will take all possible pre- cauti o u s, and will provide her- self with reason- ably warm un- derwear in very good timc,. Our sketch this week shows a very simple and easily- made combina- t i o n garment, and one that is equally suitable for cotton o r woollen goods. So simple, indeed, is the pattern that it may be fol- lowed with per- fect ease even by the inexperienced worker. [Rder to H. D. 300.] THE MATERIAL.—Thfe first question to de- cide is that of material. In cotton goods the most suitable stuffs arc finc longcloth, mada- polam, cambric, nainsook, or taralltullc. But for a warmer garment I would advise the choice of Aza, Viyella, thin flannel, nun's veiling, crepe de Chine, etc. What- ever material you decide upon you will need 3 yards of 40in. wide fabric for a figure of average size. THE PATTERN.—There are only three pieces in this pattern, therefore it is par- ticularly easy to cut out. Before cutting out, however, lay the pattern against you and make any little alterations that may he necessary. It is much easier and more satis- factory- to do .this in the pattern than in the cii'-out garment. Remember to leave at Itast ifin. on all seam edges and sufficient material wherever a hem comes, for no turn- ings are allowed for in the pattern. THE CUTTING-CUT.—Fold the material in such a way that the selvedges come together, and lay the bodice front and back patterns upon it, as shown in the diagram, taking are that the straight edge of the back ixmiea to the fold of the stuff. Now take the I remainder of the material, cut it from sel- I vedge to selvedge into two equal pieces, pin these right sides together, and lay the knickers pattern upon it in the way shown in the- second diagram. You must be care- ful to- see that the pattern is absolutely straight upon the material, otherwise the finished garment will twist in a very ugly way. THE MAKING.—Join up the curved leg seams of the knickers by running and fell- ing. You may do the felling by machine if you like, but it is always much neater when done by hand. Next face the raw edges down the centre backs and fronts of the knickers with narrow pieces of the material cut on. the cross. Turn the knickers to the back, and lap the right side of the- back over the- left side for about an inch- at the top. 'Next take a double thread and gather the top of the knickers. Now join up- the underarm and shoulder seams of the- bodice by running and felling or by French sewing. Next face each front edge of the bodice with, a- strip of material a little over an inch wide. Put both these facings on as flat facings, not as a flat facing on one side and a wrap facing on the other. Now trim the neck and armholes in any way you like. In the sketch the neck is trimmed wibk. laco and ribbon threaded insertion, whilst the armholes are edged with lace and beading. But you can finish them with veined hems, with embroidered scalloping, or trim them in any other way you like. Make. the buttonholes down the front and sew on the buttons. Now gather the bottom of the bodice. Next sew the bottom of the bodice and the top of the knickers together, letting the raw edges of both come to the right side. Cover these raw edges with a. neat little band of the material, which you. must sew along each edge. This fornio a sort of little slot or casing, through which you can run a tape or ribbon. Lastly, trim the bottom of the knickers to match- the top of the bodice.
HOW TO OBTAIN Paper Pattern of the 'above COMBINATIONS. Fill in this form and send it. with remittance in stamps, to MISS LISLE. 8. La Belle Sauvage, LONDON, E.C. 4. "Write clearly. Name Ad-dress PATTERN No. 300. PAPER PATTERNS. Price 9d. each, post free. J PATTERNS cut to special measure, 1/6 each. MISS LISLE will be pleased to receive suggestions j and to illustrate designs of general use to the ) HOME DRESSMAKER.
I FASHION OF THE WEEK. I TWO SMART AND PRACTICAL NEW I HATS. Summer millinery is more or less a thing I of the past, at any rate so far as the shops are concerned. True, one does still see a number of summer models shown in cer- tain shop windows, but they are all of the jaded, end-of-tho-season type, and are prac- tically all marked down to a figure which seems almost ridiculously small compared with their original price. The place of the summer hat has already been almost entirely filled by the autumn model, of which there are now large num- bers to be seen. The majority of these new autumn hate are most attractive. They are graceful in line, simple in treatment. and charming in colour, whilst a very large proportion of them arc entirely free from exaggeration of any kind. Our sketch shows two of the very newest hats of the moment, both of which are as serviceable as they are smart. Both these hats are suitable for immediate wear, in alliance with a neat tailored costume, whils: they are just the thing for everyday use throughout the winter. The upper hat is a very simple model of black velours. The crown is fairly large and rather high, and is crushed in just a trifle at the top. The brim, of moderate width, is rather soft, is rolled up just the merest trifle at the edge, and is bent into the slightest but most fascinating of curves A band of very thick Petersham in a most uncommon shade of blue-a. shade that is c cross between sapphire and royal blue h carried round the crown and knotted ir seemingly careless fashion at the back, tin ends, which are fringed, being broughi round to the left side and allowed to rest upon the brim. The second hat is a most lovely model oi velours in a wonderful pale tone of silvery blue. The crown, which is fairly high, is indented a little at the top. The brim if only of moderate width, and is bent up intc a delightful curve in front. Ribbon of the same lovely blue ae the velours surround: <J the crown. The upper edge of this ribbor is .folded over, and is caught down by alter- nate long and short stitches worked in blue mastic, and black. The end. of the ribbor are fringed, and are allowed to hang ovei the edge of the hat. The brim is lined wjtli black. NEW VEILS. Just at present there is a perfect craze for floating veils, and preferably for black and white floating veils. Some of the very newest of these are carried out in rather open black Russian net, and have a fairly wide border of I)Iacl,- I-,ce embroidered in white floss silk. A variation of this veil is a model of similar net, but with a border of much finer white net rather elaborately em- broidered in black flfva silk. Another very smart ?eil. much used for aft-ernoon wear, is mad) of very fine creamy white net, is bordered bv the Greek key design worked m silver thread, and is further ornamented by small designs worked in jet in each corner of the veil.
IN WHAT MONTH WERE YOU I BORN ? The influence of the stars upon one's future has been for long accepted by won-; as an indisputable fact; at all events it is stated that a knowledge of a person's month of birth will be found of great value and advantage in making frionds and in busi- ness dealing. Experts claim that months like human beings, have their affinities. Foi I instance, if you are born from January 2(> to February 19, you will be in harmony with those born from May 21 t.o June 21. or September 23 to- October 23. If born from I Februarv 19, to March 21 with thoae of June 21 to July 22, and October 23 to November 22. If March 22 to April 19 with those of July 22 to August 22, and November 22 to December 31. You will be- most in harmony and sympathy with those people born the third or seventh month after yourself, say those who have studied planetary influences
KILLED BY A WASP. I Having been stnng by a wasp while gathering heather, Mrs. Tho mas-Peter, wife of Captain G.F.Thomas-Petcr, of Redruth, Cornwall, complained of feeling unwejl, and fell to the ground. She was taken home, but died before the arrival of a doctor.
FRENCH EXPRESS DERAILED. Two passengers were killed and "several others injured when the Lyons-Nantes ex- press was derailed at Mehun-sur-Evre (Dep. of Cher), and eleven carriages left the metals.
Three thousand acres of Lord Ghesham's Sawtry estate, in Huntingdonshire, have changed hands for £ 60,4(X). The State coaches and horses of the King of the Belgians, brought to England during the war for safety, are back in Brussels. A dental section of the Ministry of Health, under its own director, is proposed in a scheme formulated by the British Dental Association for a public dental service. The number of sheep in Scotland at pre- i rent is not only two-thirds of a million be- low the average, but the lowest since the Board of Agriculture first compiled returns fifty years ago. <
I -=- S MOTHER AND H 0 M Ee I- ) )jj( Useful and Economical Hints on Domestic Management. I I Many women make too much use of the a mouths, so that the muscle* become over- worked, and the mouth prematurely ages. A. perfectly shaped mouth is one where the apper lip is bow-shaped a.nd the under lip forms the arc of a circle, showing rather less colour than the upper Iii). A- short upper lip is 6aid to denote vivacity and wit, whilst a long upper lip is usually seen on heavv-witted, lymphatic pen-wns. Thin, narrow lips are supposed to denote mean- ness and obstinacy, whilst a person with thick, heavy lip,; is not to be trusted. Firm lips denote a firm character, and well-de- fined lips, the middle line of which is equally serpentinic on both sides and easy tc be drawn, although denoting an iiiclirbation towards pleasure, arc never to be seen in a bad, mean, common countenance. To IMPROVE THE FIGURE. I Take a pair of dumb-bells and hold these on the shoulders, expand the chest and walk slowly up and down the room, throwing the legs forward and pointing the toes to the ground, and keeping the head erect. Con- tinue this for a quarter of all hour, and if possible do the exercise twice daily. When standing, keep the heels together at an angle of 60 do7. thus the weight of tha body will be thrown over the balls of the feet. Throw the che;;t out, hold the chit ir: and the hips back. In this attitude the ahdomen is drawn back, hence the chest ) must come forward in natural order. 1 To REDUCE THE HIPS. I Regular exercise is the only thing to re- duce the size of the hips, the following be- ing a very good one for the purpose. Stand erect with hands on hips, inhale while swinging upper part of body as far to the rigiht as possible, exhale whilst returning to position. Swing to the left i'l the same way, and repeat five timers, keeping tho hips and legs quite immovable during the exercise. DRYING BABY. I I I I I I I 'Use a very solt towel lor drying oaoy, and if it is new be very careful to see that it has been washed before use. This may seem to be a quite unnecessary admonition, but not so very long ago I saw a wee mite whose skin was chafed and sore through a careless nunte l'uhbing his little hody with a soft towel which had never previously been washed. When remonstrated with she affirmed that the towel "was quite clean"; I but she evidently failed to remernber how much and rough substaiiee ties in new material. I SMOTHERIKG FTRE. ] Accidents will happen in nurseries, even where there are fire-guards, but if a child takes fire throw the child 01 the floor at once and smother the fire with n. rug or any heavy gasment to hand. I HAIR TOXICS. I Here are two good hair tonics. For grey hair, take 4 drm. tincture jaboran-di, X07. lanoline, I oz. eocoanut cil, a few drops of essence of white rose, or whatever perfume is desired. On the other hand, for dry hnir. take 4drm. acetatc cantliarides, 4lr¡ri. tinc- ture jaborandi, 4drm. oil "? rosemary, 3oz. sweet almonds, and 3oz. spirits of camphor. Take. 3oz. pearl barley and boil in a pint )f distilled water till the gluten is ex- tracted, then strain through butter muslin, and add 25 drop,3, of benzoin, drop by drop, shaking well all the time. This should be used daily in the- form of a wash, and no wrinkles will appear. ACNE OB BLACKHEADS. Idrm. precipitate of sulphur, ldrm. tincture of camphor, ldrm. pure glycerine, and 4oz. rose-water. Mix thoroughly and apply with a soft sponge every night. WIND. After a child h-as been fed he will pro- bably sleep for a* couple of hours, and if he is restless it mav be assumed that he is suffering from flatulence, and that the meal has disagreed with him. A teaspconful of dili water should tJ.e added to the next bott'e of milk. Cbnlforters are universally condemned, but it is amazing to eee how many mothers still allow them. Yet not only is the prac- tice a very unsanitary one, but it may really be productive of harm to the child.- N ursery rugs ajid mats should be washed periodically. Sheepskin rugs, which are often, used for crawling, should be kept per- fectly clean; they can be cleansed at home quite easily. The rug should be pinned on to a kitchen table, "preferably out of doors. Fasten the rug wool side uppermost by a tack at each corner. Warm soap lather should be rubbed in well with the hands until all dirt becomes loosened, then as much of the soap should be squeezed out as is possible, and the rug rinsed again and again bv clean warm water. After this, reverse the rug, tack lightly to the table, and leave till dry. When using nmrking-ink for linen, first mark the initials on the linen with an ordinary lead pencil, and then trace with the ink over the pencil marks. The pencil will prevent the ink from spreading and giving the linen a blotted appearance. When taking out your trunks and suit- cases from their seclusion it is not unusual to find that the leather bindings and, straps have perished for want of a little nourish- ment. This trouble may easily be obviated by the application from time to time of a little good polish, such as is used for tan boots, or even by a dressing of vaseline, which will keep the bindings supple. Stains cau-sod by heated dishes on polished tables can be removed by the application of a thin paste made of salad oil and sl t spread it on the marked place and leave for an hour or more. Then rub off with a soft cloth. When using, the -whites of eggs only in the preparation of a dish, slide the yolks into a bowl without breaking them. and put -old water on them. They will keep for several days, and may be used in cooking as well as if they came from newly-broken shells. The juice of a lefhon placed in the water when boiling white clothes removes stairs and makes the clothes beautifully white. To soften, brushes that have become !hard, eoak them for twenty-four hours in. raw lin- seed oil and rinse them out in hot turpen- tine, repeating the process till clean, or wa-h them in hob soda and water and soft soap. When machining any fine material lay a piece of patper r ruler the work and stitch both together.- The paper oan bo torn away without any trouble. Burning old papers in the grate is likely to cause tha chimney to catch ifre. To pre- vent this accident, make the papers into busdles and put some wire round them. They may then be safely burned. Plenty of hot water in which a little soda is dissolved, a tiny scrubbing brush to use round handles, a little mop for use with jugs, several dish cloths, and plenty of clean cloths for drying purposes—these are all that are needed to keep one's china beauti- fully fresh, shining and immaculate. Stains of tea. and coffee can be easily removed by rubbing with a little salt. When cleaning old braes, wet it with strong ammonia and then thoroughly scrub with a hrnsh. After five minutes the brass will become ca bright as new metal. Then rinso in olear water and wipe dry. EELS POTTED. Cooked in this manner they are said to be richer and better when unskinned. Choose young eels. Hold firmly the head of the lush between the thumb and finger; in the other hand have ready e. cloth with a good quan- tity of coarse salt; draw the eel through, pressing it tightly as it passes through the salt, and soak in salt and water 1 hour. Then cut them into pieces about 2in. long, put into a brown oarthern pot with a cover, season with sa.lt, pepper, and allspice. Pour vinegar and water on them, and bake in a slow oven till tender. AOXBS CAKES. Rub :JO'¿. butter into 8oz. flour, add 2oz. castor sugar, 2era. currants, and tea^poon- ful baking-powder. Add 2 well-beaten eggs and make into a stiff paste. Roll out and cut into rounds Ain. thick. Bruoh over with a little milk, Gill-d bake till nicely bi-owned. Slit each one and insert butter. AGXEW PUDDIXG. Pare and core 8 apples (russets) and boil them to a pulp with the rind of half a lemon. Beat up 3 egg-yolks, and add to them 3oz. melted butter; sweeten to taste, and beat all together. Line a pudding-dish with puff paste, pour in the mixture, and bake until a light brown colour, 80 minutes. ORANGE AND BANANA PUDDING. Peel 4 oranges (removing the seeds), and 8 bananas, and cut all 'into thin slices. Arrange in alternate layers in a glass dish, sprinkling each layer with castor sugar. Make a custard by boiling 1 pint milk, 3 beaten eggs. and 2 tables poonsf-ul cantor sugar; flavour with vanilla. When cold pour it over the bananas and oranges. ORAXCK AXD RAISIN COMPOTE. Stone 6oz. muscatels, and mix them witl 4oz. powdered. lump sugar and 31b. sherry. Coverthese, and take G sweet oranges, fret thc-Mi from the rind, the white pulp, and the pips, and slice the fruit thinly. Grate the rind of one of the oranges, and mix it with tho raisins, etc. Then put the oranges ill a deep dish with 1 tablespoonful lemon-juice and the same of castor sugar, and pour the raisins, etc., on the top. Cover again for 1 hour and serve. I SOME USEFUL RECIPES. BACON, MACARONI, AND TOMATOES.—Takt. Mb. of bacon, lb. of macaroni, G tomatoes, a little grated cheese, Jut butter, pepper and salt. Boil the macaroni in salted water till tender, then drain and cut in short lengths. Fill a. buttered pie dish with alter- nate layers of macaroni and tomatoes, sprinkling cheese over each layer, seasoning, and dots of butter. Cover the top with breadcrumbs and the bacon cut in dice. Bake in a moderate ovM. Serve very hot. QUEEN MAY CAKES.-Tak-o lib. powder-ed I feugar, lib. well-dried flour, lib. butter, b eggs, and lIb. currants; grate a nutmeg, and an equal quantity of mace and cinna- mon work the butter to a cream, put in the sugar, well beat the whiter of the eggs, and mix them with the butter and sugar; then beat the yolks thoroughly and put them to the butter. Beat the whole to- gether, and when it is ready for the oven put in the flour, spices, and currants. Sift a little sugar over the cakes, and bake in tins. MILK JELLY FOR JUVENILES.—Take pint of milk, a Joz. of gelatine, loz. of loaf sugar, rind of half a lemon. Put the gelatine in a saucepan wit.h the milk, dis- solve the sugar, and add the lemon peel (which must be very thin and contain noue of the white part). Stir well over very modera.te heat until the gtlatine is melted, strain the jelly into a bafein, stirring until cool, run into a mould and iilace in a cool room to set. GOLDEN PUDDING, BAJYSD.—Cream lib. butter, then beat in 11b. castor sugar and 1 egg, add ^lb. self-raising flour, 2oz. bread- crumbs, t glasa milk; put into a well- greased pie-dish, and bake for 1J hours in moderate oven. Send to table with plenty of golden syrup. APPLE BATTER PUDDING—Put into a bowl Mb. flour and a little salt, and stir very gradually into it t pint of milk. Beat until quite smooth, then ,tdd 3 es. Pour half the batter into a well-buttered pie- dish. Place in a quick oven and bake until quite firm. Nearly fill the dish with apples, pared, cored, and sliced, and slightly stewed with a little sugar, and leanon-rind. Pour the rest of the batter in, and replace in the oven. Time to bako It hours. A NOVEL SANDWICH.—With a little an- chovy sauce you can niake a sandwich filling. Firstly, soak a oouple of ounces of haricot beans well, and boil until tender; pre-r> them through a sieve, and pound into a smooth paste in a basin, adding about two teaspoonsful of anchovy sauce, a knob of butter, and a dust of pepper. This mix- ture spread thickly between slices of ±hin toast i. very good indeed for & party d sh. OMELETTE.—A little dry ham, or the rem- nants of a tongue, make splendid omelettes. Take a small cupful of onion, the same of cold, boiled potatoes, and one of the meat, all the ingredients- being roughlv chopped, and mixed together, binding with a little milk. A few cold peas or other vegetable can be added if desired. Form > l into a flat cake, and fry well on both sides.
a [ NOTES ON NEWS. If the grave rioting in Ireland during the week-end is the precursor of the threatened [rish revolution, it is up to every loyal Bri- tish citizen to do his utfciost to nip this iastardly plot in the bud. From reports to hand it is evident F:1at there has been a rave extension of the trouble iu Ireland, following on the proclaiming of Co. Clare. with the authorisation of steps to suppress Sinn Fein in that county. The ierment has spread to Londonderry, where there were wild scenes, troops with bayonets, and police with drawn truncheons, having to charge the mob repeatedly, while much damage was done. At Navan a. goods train v is derailed, forty-one wagons being damaged, but fortu- nately no lives were lost. The Sinn Fein outrages in Co. Clare culminated in the L-old-blooded murder of the sixteen-year-old .-on, of a farmer, and the authorities now feel that strong measures are unavoidable, ind these will be applied to other districts, if necessary. This takes us back to the old "moonlighting" days--days, let us hope, which are never to return. On the question of Home Rule it is difficult to de- liberate with such an unruly mob to deal with as some of the Sinn Feiners are, but one would imagine that with all the trouble caused to Britain by the action of the "Wild Irish" section of the community it would be a good plan to grant Home Rule and let the Emerald Isle—glorious isle that it be--stenv in its own juice." The Profiteering Bill. That the Board of Trade may ■ issue an order fixing maximum prices is one of thE issues attending a very important amend- ment agreed to by the Government in the clauses of the new Profiteering Bill. Thif measure has been introduced to put a stor to the excessive profiteeriii, which is only too prevalent. In answer to criticism thai this practically recast the Government's Bit. and was "Socialism of the most muddled kind," Mr. Bonar Law said the power tc fix prices might be desirable in particular causes, but there was no intention of dealing with t profiteering by fixing prices through- out the country. Needless to say, many members urged that fixing prices was the only way to prevent them so,1.ring. Thf Bill has now been read for a third time and has now parsed the Commons. During the '?? i lsori move d final Committee stage Mr. T. Wilson moved a new clause to the effect that the Board of Trade should obtain information as to the nature, extent, and development of trusts, companies, firms, and combinations in so far as they tended to the creation and monopolies and restraint of trade. He also proposed that the Board should have power to suspend the operations of such organisations and to impose pena lties. The first part of the clause, which empowered the Board of Trade to make investigations as to trasts was agreed to. On the su b- section of Clause 1, dealing with the con- viction of a company of profiteering, the addition of the following words to the clause was agreed to: "Or other person directly responsible for fixing the prices of these goods." This is a very wise proviso. The Strike Menace. We have always advocated the necessity for an immediate settlement of all differ- ences between capital and labour; but granting that our sympathy with the ques- tion does not allow for the whole of the community being made to suffer for the glorification of a few. During the week-end i fresh crisis developed in the railway world, owing to the delay in securing a settlement of the wage.s question, and the officials of un ions declared that unless an sariy agreement was reached it would be difficult, if not impossible, for them to pre- pent drastic action being taken. The cause of the dispute, which, affects, it is said, some 35,000 engineiaen, is the recent wage« offer by the Government on a standardised scale, which has been rejected by several of the branches of both the men's unions, notably at Li,,??rp.1 and Manchester. Following I this, however, a.me a more .serious aspect' ?f aS.?irs. It was reported th,t at a meet- ,ia ii,?- of Labour leaders repre?eftjng pract!- ) ally the whole of the trades of Liverpool, it was unanimously decided: "Tilat in order to secure the reinstatement of the p-o!ico who have gone 011 strike, and for no other reason, a general stoppage of all workers in the port of Liverpool shall take pla<e on Wednesday next (this week) for three days." The decision. if carried into effect, will throw hundreds of thousands idle and para- lyse the trade of the port. Solely because a erbin hod, of men cannot exactly obtain what they w't or what they tiuak they want: This is not good generalship on the part of the lea-ders (who, by the way, are themselves asking the Unions for 20s. a week more salary), and. will a'.ienate all the feelio?? of respect decent people had for the men's cause. I Cunard Director's Death. Lord Inverclyde, who died in a Glasgow nursing home, after a brief illness, at the age of fifty->ix, will be best remembered as ai-i outstanding figure in the shipping world. He was for many years a director of the Ounard Company, of which his grandfather, Sir George Burns, Sir Samuel Cuuasd, and David Mclver were the founders. He was an ardent sportsman, his recreations, be- sides yachting, including shooting, curling, lawn tennis, and hockey. He was a director of G. and J. Burns, shipowners, deputy- chairman of the Clydesdale Bank, and a director of the Clyde Steamship Owners' Association. He was Lord Lieutenant of the County of Dumbarton and Deputy Lieu- tenant of the Countv of Renfrew. He also heU the ra.nk of Hon. Colonel of the Clyde Royal Garrison Artillery. In Scottish sporting circles Lord Inverclyde was knowr as an expert in most matters, and his wide experience in shipping matters made his dis- courses on this industry keenly followed, both in the House of Lords and elsewhere. He assiduously demanded synchronised Greenwich time in Great Britain and Ire- land, as he felt this would be of much com. mercial value. The Lure of the West. The Commissioner of the Board of Trade at Saskatoon states that more inquiries were re- ceived at his office in one month from Great Britain and Ireland, regarding opportunities in W estern Canada than were received during the year 1018. Ho is of the opinion that this is a- forecast of the increased immigration to be witnessed in the near future when present shipping and passport difficulties have been removed. To intending emigrants the news that the Ontario Provisional Government propose to expend approximately five mil- lions sterling this year on buildings and other construe-ball work will be of interest. These project, are to be started at once. It is estimated that there will be 30,477 men employed '.n this work during the summer, not including those employed by the Te- miskaming- and Northern Ontario Commis- sion and the Hydra Electric Commission, whose labour requirements will run into many thousands. One million sterling of the total is set aside for highwav construc- tion. Experiments in connection with the construction of permanent highwavs, capa- ble of carrying heavy motor truck traffic, will be undertaken at two points in the pro- vince of Saskatchewan by the Highways De- partment of the Provincial Government. rhe purpose of these will be to provide idequate facilities for those communities which are yet remote from railways, and it is proposed to make permanent bridges part )f the scheme. if labour unrest handi- caps the yc unger generation too much—. Canada calls.
Officers employed on recrititill, duties are to weiir a blue armlet with tbev/ord "Rccruiting" in red letters. The green cap band and gretll gorget pateces authorised in 1018 wilf 110 longer be worn. London at the JIou>e of Commons, passed a resolution regretting that the Government has taken no action on tht report of the Select Committee on London Traffic, and psking Mr. Bonar Law to re- ceive a deputation. Two Leamington V.C.s„ Lieut. J. C. Barrett and Lance-Corporal Henry Tandey, D.C.M., M.M.. have been presented with th-2 frec-den. Licnt.Harrett also received a gold watch rnd Lance-Corporal TaildeY a » gold watch and JjjO in bonds.