OUR CHILDREN'S CORNER. PLAYING AT INDIANS. So we all fell to playing at Indiana. And, of course, it's quite easy when you know how. A striped rug or two, a few peacock's feathers, an<l, d.3 far as looks go, there you are! Emily, being the eldest, said that she would be the chief's squaw, with the youngest Japa-oeee doll for a papoose. She walked about in a very grand and stately wav when she didn't trip over her rug, which was fai rly often. June, Tokio, and I sat on the floor and rocked ourselves to and fro with weird noises, as I believe the In- dians do when they are upset. Tokio, being at heart a Japanese, wouldn't rock in true Indian style at all in spite of his feathers, so I had to keep shaking him. It's quite easy if you pretend you've got the tooth- ache. But I soon got tired of that, and sug- gested a war-dance. So we got the fire- irons and a tea-tray, and a few other nice noisy things of an Indian sort, and danced "?l7 ly rounkl and round the schoolroom. And while we danced we sang "Nick-nac- noshion-nadv O-ic-shy-on O-ic-shy-en (which is a real Indian song1) at the top of our voices. It was all going most splondidly, and we were getting worked up to a glorious pitch of excitement, when somehow or other I pushed Jane a-gainst the bookcase, and down it came on top of us' It always had a wobbly top, and so I wasn't surprised. Fortunately, it was a small one and not very Jieavv, • bo IRVO weren't much hurt. We scrambled from under it and looked about to see what damag e had been done, while Jane rubbed her shoulder and I I rubbed mv knee. The too of the bookcase had come off, and some china ornaments I which had decorated it lav smashed in eSrrithereens. Also, in falling, it had h¡ O'('d. to acrape a picture or two off the side wall, breaking the glass and chipping the frames. And a great silence! 5*2^* silence frightened us more than any- tfling eisq. It made us feel we had better "take to the woods." Fcotsteps coming hurriedly downetairs decided us. "e I scrambled out of the window, raced pell-mell across the lawn, rushed through the kitchen garden, and dived into the shrubbery. Here, in the great trackless forest of the Fa-r, Far West, the rhododendrons fling- pro- tecting arms about you, which, though bad for clothes, are excellent when the grown- ups are on your trail. A SWEET TOOTH. I "Honey is sweet," said Bobbie Bear, Eating with all his might; "This is the best I've had this year Then, to hid sudden fright, Out came the bees so angrily, Stung hiin and buzzed around. Honey is st-but bees can be Bitter, as Bobbie found! I HOW THE PARROT LOST HER NAME. It would not have happened if the Donkey had not been so fond of music. He could not play a. bit, but he thought that he could, so ho strummed on the piano from morning till night. What made it worse was that the Crow was fond of music, too. Though she could not sing a bit, she shouted at the top of her voice all the time the Donkey was playing. No wonder the Parrot was cross. She lived in the room exactly above, so of course she heard every note of the muisic. "I won't put up with it a day longer," said she. "If that piano is not dumb by to- morrow my name is not Polly." The men had been mending the road with tar. Polly knew that they had left a big pot full of the black sticky stuff in the held opposite when they went home. She made up her mind to heat this tar, and to pour it, boiling- hot, through the cracks in her floor on to the piano in the room below. "I guess it will noon stick down the notes of that old mutricaJ box," said she with a chuckle. It was quite a good plan, and she set to work to carry it out. She was obliged to hea.t the tar cut in the field, lor it would never have done to light a fire on the floor of her room. It was quite an easy matter to light the fire. And as she did not stay to watch it, but flew up to the top of the sticks on which the pot was hanging, with a spoon, ready to stir the tar with, she did not snow that the fioe went out again almost directly. "What's all this?" said a grunty voice. It belonged to a pink Pig, and there were several more Pigs a little way off. "What's all this?" grunted the Pig once, more. "Tar, of oourso," replied the Parrot, rather crossly. "Tar!" exclaimed the Pigs all together. "What is tar?" "'Oh, mind your own business!" snapped PoHy. v-ac, the P biisines, Any- Perhaps tar va? the Pig3' business. Any- way, they all began to mind it at once. They sniffed the pot, and pushed and poked it until at last the pot toppled over and all the tar was spilt. Most of it wa? splashed in big black spot? on the pink backs of the Pigs. How funny they looked! How rude were they to the" Parrot But Polly was more than a match for them. She was crosser and crosser. She scolded until qhk, was quite out of breath. Then she went home and listened to the Donkev's and Crow's duet. But she was never called Polly after that. She could not be. you see. because, as the t piano was nofc dumb, Polly was no longer her name. I NATTOO AND THE ELEPHANT. I It was the Rajah's birthday, and because of that all his subjects pa-ssed before him in a grand procession, and laid beautiful gifts at his feet. Little Nattoo and his sister Chandi were very excited, for they loved seeing all the elephants and camels and bullocks, and the wonderful gifts and the hundreds of men. Nattoo specially liked the elephants, for he meant to be an elephant driver when he grew rp. They stopped to watch them for some time, and then Chandi went on to the river to get some water, and Xattco, much to his dTst, had to go with her. Thev came to the river, and just as Chandi was bending over to reach the water they heard a very loud noise in the distance, jrraduallv coming nearer and nearer. "What can it he cried Chanel i. "It's a ruiKi*vv:i v elephant^ shouted Nat- too; "stand be^ Chandi, I'll stop it!" And before the astoni-ied Chandi could say a word, she saw a huge elephant rushing to- wards them with a lot of veiling men on 1?atlco was st-,iidin g its ba--k-etnd little Aattco was standing ris? in its path, ckllI1g out h:a hands and caIHT? it. Chandi ?ave a shr?k She 1 thought the elephant v.s going right over N. but rn?pad or that it stopped still, atto<), but iii?,4?ea d o' tlip little I)c>y and curled its trunk round the little boy and lifted him up beside the ingaaned driver. Hw proud Nottoo felt' He knew and loved every elephant in the town, and as he knew that elephants never hurt their friends he the Rajaii ha?t felt fr?hten?d of And the Rajah va? so pleased with brave little Nat;\teoo that h?- promised he should be one of his elephant drivers when be grew u p.
In Dublin in three months 300 bicycles hare been stolen A three-acre Lower Withington, Cheshire, farm fetched £560. Attempts arc, being made to discover some commercial use for anti-aircraft searchlights and engines. Last vear the Patent Office sealed 10809 patents, registered 3,055 trade marks, and made a profit of 135,889. Formerly librarian and keeper of the papers of the Foreign Office, Sir A. H. Oakes has died, aged 79, at Godalming. Pontefract will poll September 6, declare September l,
I TALKS ON HEALTH. I By A FAMILY DOCTOR. PHYSICAL EXERCISES FOR BABIES. Anyone who has seen soldiers, sailors, ot women workers engaged in physical exer- cises must be convinced that they are health- ful. There are no two opinions about that. But what about the most important section of the people—the babies? Need we leave them out of the universal rule? I am all in favour of physical exercise for babies; it strengthens their nms^livj. develops their bones, makes simple their joints, hardens their spines, anu prevents constipation. I must enter a firm protest against the habit I Jf keeping baby always enveloped in a mul- titude of garments so that he can hardly move. No self-respecting baby wants to go through life like a trussed fowl; he must be given a chance to throw his limbs about. AFTER THE BATH. It is of no use to tell me that babies of a few months old cannot form fours or play leap-frog. I will tell you how to arrange for a physical training eourso for the 1936 Class. If the Coal Controller will allow you, you light a fire and give baby his bath in front of it. Having finished that sacred rite and dried his little body, you warm a blanket and lay it down in front of the fire, not too close, but close enough to keep the little man warm. Then deposit the nice baby on the blanket without a stitch of clothing on. And the baby does the rest. He will crow and chuckle at finding his limbs free for once; he will kick with his legs art though he were training for a bicycle rac^; he will arch his back M though he knew he would have to support his mother I in her old age, and wished to have a strong bacJç t igi it with; be will ware his arilm, rejoicing as a strong man to run a race. And, what is most important, if he is more than two weeks old, he will go to sleep blessing his mother for studying tho up- bringing of babies; whereas, if he is dumped into bed without the exercises he will fall sullenly asleep grumbling to him- self, "Just like mother, all fur coat and feathers, and no brain." ———— u. ——— HINTS FOR MOTHERS. r If you have been blessed with a tiny, help- less baby, who is solely dependent on you for its health and happiness, will you do me the favour of reading the following hints on a variety of points? Baby's vests must be long-sleeved and high-necked. Remember that the lungs extend above the oollar-bone and all round under the arma to the back, and that low necks and short sleeves favour bronchitis. Soiled napkins should never be put on without being rinsed through and thoroughly dried. Do not use soda or wash- ing powder, as they cause chafing. Starch powder is better than fuller's earth, as the starch is white and shows up the dirt a mixture of starch powder and zinc powder is best of all. You must put the baby to I sleep in a separate bed; every week numbers of infants are overlaid. GUARD AGAINST COLD. I Infants arc particularly susceptible to cold, especially in the feet. If you cannot get an india-rubber hot-water bottle, put a brick in the oven, wrap it in a blanket, and use that to keep the baby's feet warm. Of course, you must see that the brick is not too hot and that it is well covered by the blanket; you do not want the baby's feet to touch the naked brick. It is a mistake to drink stout in the belief that it will help the flow of milk. That is nonsense, and is a relic of the days when the Sairey Gamps would order stout for tho nursing mother and then drink it themselves. Drink milk. Bottles with long india-rubber tubes are death-traps. Boat-shaped bottles, with an opening at each end so that they can be washed through, are the best. -:0:- THE STOOPING CHILD. A stoop in a growing child should be care- fully corrected as soon 3d it is noticed, or it will become a habit. The head must be held up and the shoulders held back so as to allow of full expansion of the chest. The chest is really a bony box or cage containing the lungs and heart. But the cage is not made entirely of bone in a growing child; part of the skeleton is gristle. Now, this gristle is soft, and can be bent into Lad shapes by a stooping attitude, and as the child grows the gristle disappears and gives place to hard bone which cannot be bent; it is permanently fixed. And now you see the importance of setting the bony cage in the right shape, so that it may remain in that shape for ever. A bad shape may be sterotvped as well as a good one, and once the gristle has disappeared the shape can never be altered. -— o: NO ARTIFKTAL SUPPORTS. ( Mav I also remind you that I object to all artificial supports. A strong, well- brought-up child is quite capable of holding himself in a proper attitude without straps and leather apparatus. Jackets of any de- scription are very rarely needed, and should only be ordered by a doctor. They are only used in advanced cases of disease of the spine. You run a very real danger by re- sorting to artificial straps and stays. You prevent the muscle that ought to keep the fio-ure in good trim from developing. You cannot have strong straps and strong muscles. If the straps do the work of the muscles, the muscles will waste away from disuse. Muscles are meant to be worked; they enjoy being worked. If you tell them they need not work because you will get & strap to work for them they begin to de- generate, just as you would if a slave were ,hired to do all your work for you; you would soon be flabby. The stays that my little girls in the schools wear are an abomi- nation. Good muscles are the best stays, and the female mind must exercise its in- genuity in devising other methods of hang- ing clothes on children than by stays. -0: LOSS OF VOICE. Loss of voice is the consequence of in- flammation of the vocal cords, and one of the most important rules of medicine and surgery is to remember that any organ which is inflamed must be rested. An eye that is inflamed must be sheltered from the light and wind; an inflamed wrist must be restod bv placing the wrist in a sling an in- flamed foot must be rested by keeping it off the ground. Following out this principle of rest for inflammation, the doctor orders his patient to refrain from speaking when he is dealing with a case of laryngitis or in- flammation of the vocal cords. If you go to work, you take your own risk every word ¡' you say irritates the swollen and reddened cords. Thus recovery is delayed. It is best to stay at heme when the voice has gone; in the end more time will be saved than if I you struggle on at your work until you are 1 compelled to give up. J THE REST CURE. J Of all the methods of treating lose. of voice, or laryngitis, I have found the rest- cure to answer best. I instruct the patient to have a pencil and a piece of paper by him to write down his wishes, so that he may be under no necessity to say a single word. It is scarcely a satisfactory way of carrying on a political argument, but the red, inflamed vocal cords are grateful and show their appreciation for the rest by getting less red and less angry. Smoking, and drinking of spirits are forbidden, and confinement to a warm room is essential. The steam from a jug of boiling water into which a teaspoonful of friar's balsam has been poured may be inhaled for ten minutes night and morning. On no account must the patient he exposed to a draught or cold air after the inhalation. It is often neces- i sary to treat the back of the nose (tlic/naso- oharynx), as tho catarrh which attacks the back of the nose may infect the voice-box.
Miles of heather on Coldingham Moors, I-^rwickshire, have been on fire for the pa.t fortnight. A National Union of Bookshop and Book- stall Employees has been formed.
HOME DRESSMAKING. A. COMFORTABLE SLEEPING OOSTUM £ FOR THE COMING WINTER. If there is one thing more than anothei upon which the capable mother prides her. self it is in being well in advance of every tj r- '?laild t, season with, her children's garments. Thus, if she be wise she will have every tiny sum. mer frock, coat, and undergarment read y for wear before the advent of May, and thus be prepared for an e-arly and unexpected heat wave, when the comfort, and, indeed, health, of her little ones depend so largely upon the suitability of the clothes they wear. And, similarly, before summer has drawn to an end she will have set to work in earnest upon winter garments that- she may not be taken unawares by an unseason- able cold snap in early October, for she knows how easily a tiny boy or girl may contract a heavy cold during such premature inclement weather if they are not warmly and suitably clad. And such colds are not easily shaken off; quite frequently they last for weeks and enfeeble the constitution foi whole of the winter. With a special view to helping such wise mothers, therefore, I am giving ,this week a sketch of a particularly warm and comfort- able sleeping suit for the small boy's winter wear. As you will see by the sketch, this suit is made with feet for the sake of the extra warmth. but if you prefer the more usual shape that ends at the ankle, all you have to do is to cut off the feet 'of the pattern before cutting out the gar- ment., This pattern buttons on to a band at the back, like girls' combi n p tions again for the sake of tho extra warmth. The pattern, I should add, is very simple and easy to follow, and does not take a great deal of time to make. If you prefer it you can leave out the belt round the waist. [Refer to H. D. 301.J THK MATERIAL.—The first question is that of material. A sleeping suit of this sort should, of course, be carried out in some- thin, warm: flannel, Aza, Viveila, spun silk, wincey, flannellette and Ceylon cloth are all suitable fabrics for this design. The pattern is suitable for children of from two to six, years, and will take 2! yards of 36iu. wide material for an average child of three years. THE PATTERN.—There are nine pieces in this pattern, including the straight band of material for the belt, but they are all clearly marked and quite eas y to follow. The collar must- be cut out twice, one piece to serve as a- lining. You will also need strips of material for facing up the opening at the back and for binding the bottom of the back. Before cutting out lay the pattern against your child and make, any alterations that may be necessary; it is easier and more satisfactory to do this in the pattern than in the cut-out garment. Remember that no turning-4 are aFowed for, therefore you should leave three-q \?a.rters of an inch on all seam edges and ample material to turn up wherever a hem comes. TH» CUTTiNo-Ou-r.-Fold the material in I such a way that the selvedges come together and lay the pattern upon it as shown in the diagram, taking care that the straight edges of the back, collar and belt come to the fold of the material. You must be careful, also, that the other pi-eces of the pattern are laid absolutely straight upon the material, other- wise tho garment will twist and pull when made up. I TOLD I ytLvtPOta •*36'MATT:TUA* I I'HB MAKI«O — Join up the curved leg seams by running and neatly felling. Join up the side seams in the same way, leaving openings about Siin. deep at the top of each, seam. Now run and fell the seam down the ceutro back of the flap. Next take the bodice part of tho back and join each piece to the rest of the garment by running and felling the shoukier and under-arm seams. Face each edge of the opening down the back, putting a wrap facing on the left side and a flat facing on the right. Face up bottom edges of this bodice-back. Now put very narrow flat facings on the raw edges of th.3 side openings. Gather the top of the flap at the back. Turn in the raw edges of the back band, fold it along the middle so that the twined-in edges come together, sandwich tho gathers of the flap between, them, and sew. Work buttonholes in the band, and sew buttons to correspond on the facing at the bottom of the bodice. Place the collar and its lining right sides together, run round the ends and outside edge, and turn to the Tight side. Next run and fell its notched edges to the neck. Run and fell the sleeve seam. Put the top into the arm. hole and either bind or whip the raw edges. Gather the bottom of the sleeve. Join the cuff into a ring, turn in the raw edges, fold the cuff 60 that these edges come together, and sandwich the gathers of the sleeve between them. Join the raw edges at the top of the foot to the curved edges of the sole piece. Join the wee seam at the back of the heel. and istitch the remaining raw edges to the back straight edge of the sole. HOW TO OBTAIN Paper Pattern of the above SLEEPING COSTUME. Fill in this form and send it. with remittance in stllmps. to MISS LISLE. 8. La Belle Sauvage, LONDON. E.C 4. Vnte clearly, I Name —.■ Address "1 | PATTERN No. 301. PAPER PATTERNS. Price 9d. each, post free. PATTERNS cut to special measure, 1/6 each. MISS LISLE will be pleased to receive suggestions I and to illustrate designs of general use to the HOME DRESSMAKER. I
I FASHION OF THE WEEK. I ) I I A SMART AUTUMN COSTUME. I I [E. 200.] ( In spite of the delightful heat wave in which we have all been basking, summer fashions are more or less a thing of the past, at any rate so far as the more ex- clusive houses are concerned. Muslins have given place to light woollens and silks, summer frocks to autumn costumes, and chiffon, net, and straw ihats to autumnal velours, velvet, and silk models. Of all the new autumn garments shown just now, the coats and skirts are, I think, the most interesting, partly because they are suitable for immediate wear on the colder, duller days which so often fall to our lot during an English summer, and partly because they are in themselves most attractive. All the best of the new models are very simple in style, and almost mascu- line in their absence of ornament and severe plainness of finish. The majority of the models shown just now are of what might be oalled the country type—that is to say, they are made of tweeds, homespuns, and similar fabrics, and are as plain as they can be. Our sketch shows an excellent example of this type of costume, a model tliat is equally suitable for morning wear in town or for general country use. As sketched, this costume is carried out in a fairly rough tweed in indistinct and mingled tones of mole and grey flecked here and there by a rather bright but soft and pretty blue which is fairly dark in tone. The coat wraps over a little in front, leav- ing a rather narrow pointed opening at the neck. From this, moderate-sized revers of the material turn back, and are met at the neck by a smart littlo collar of cloth in ex- actly the same shade of blue as the fleck in the material. A belt of the tweed holds the coat in very loosely at the waistline, and fastens in front with a smart buckle. The sleeves are quite plain and have no cuffs. A big patch pocket is placed on each side of the coat a few inches from the bottom, and is finished along the top by a band of the blue cloth. The skirt, a three-piece model, is perfectly plain, fairly narrow, and rather short. THE NEW LONG COSTUME COAT. A striking feature of some of the very smartest new costumes shown in Paris for autumn and winter wear is the extreme length of the coat. In some of the latest examples the coat reaches to within a few inches of the bottom of the skirt, and is really very much like a wrap oat in effect. The majority of the most exclusive I"nrl.1s are in the most severely plain masculine style. Paper patterns can be aupplied, 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.
KILL THAT FLY! I Everyone knows that the fly must be "sr.atted." And there is no need to ex- plain why. It is of interest to record that an American newspaper conducted a cam- paign against these disease-spreading in- sects. It offered a large number of prizes, varying from Y,5 down to to the boy who could catch most flies. At the same time it published all the different ways known of killing and catching flies. A thirteen-year-old boy named Burdette was the winner of the first prize with a total catch of 344,000 flies, and the total kill during the fortnight given for the contest was over seven million of flios. It might be imagined that dead flies would be diffieult to count. They are, but it was found that a gill measure held 1,600 flies, and the catches were tallied in this way. In the anti-fly campaign, it should be borne in mind one fly lays 120 eggs at a time, and in a single season twelve genera- tions are produced, of which eight million individuals will probably survive. If all bror-ding-places of fliers, such as garbage heaps and manure pits, were kept covered and disinfected, the house-fly oould be abso- lutely exterminated within a few years.
Anglo-Persian Oil Company will Luy the ordinary shares of the Scottish oil com- panies. Twenty thousand Wanes have been demobilised since the armistice; there arc now none in Italy. Earl's Court will be the new home of the Disposal Board's exhibition of surplus stores. Major-General Sir Louis Bolrl is gazetted hon. colonel of the 12th London Regiment (Rangers). Atlantic passages are to be increased— £3 for first class, £2 for second, and Xi for third. < )
S MOTHER AND HOME. S )j(( Useful and Economical Hints on Domestic Management.. Ninety women out of every hundred seem to be baunted with the tear of becoming fat ad they grow older, and yet go on up. hcedingly with the wrOlg diet and wrom; mode of life, spending large oums of money on useless lotions or nauseous draughts, whereas all that is nece^jry is a little se f- denial, plenty of exercise, and a thoroughly healthy mode of life. There are plenty oi women who, as soon act they approach middle age, allow their figures to taice care of themselves, and forget that it is just at that time that a little extra care .hould be taken. Hips become high and fat aud ugly, neck bulges in a double-chinned crease over the collar, and anus and hands become puffy-looking and ungainly. Yet, if care were taken now, the figure might remain trim and elegant for many years. Diet is the first consideration. HEALTHY EXERCISE. I Here is a very good exercise to assist those disposed to aoipose. Lying fiat upon the back, with a book or small pillow only beneath the head, place one hand on the base of the lungs, close month aud lips, and take a slow breath through the nose. There will be a gradual expansion of the entire chest, the lower ribs will move outwards, and the diaphragm will move down. The hand will be seen to rl.,e acl the breath taken in fills the lungs very gradually but very thoroughly, and as the largest part of the lungs is near the waist, when the breath is taken in there will be felt a pushing out- wards. Now open the mouth widely, and let the breath escape slowly, steadily, and without the slightest ooise. This should be repeated six times. PRETTY HANDS. I Well-kept, pretty halFl" are a prifed pos- session, but beautiful hands can only ro- main so by the exercise of some littie daily trouble. But that trouble is well expended, since by careful attention to details little defects can be remedied and any special good points accentuated. One of the most important things to note is that perfect cleanliness should be insisted upon. The handci should always be washed well the last thing before retiring. A SKIN WHITEXER. Take one wiueglassful fresh strained lemon juice, ten dropd rose-water, and half- pint elder-flower water, mix thoroughly, and bottle. Keep the lotion well corked, and apply every night after washing in warm soft water. Let it dry in, then rub in a little good cold cream. To DAMPEN CLOTHES. If you use a clean wfcisk to dampen clothes it will distribute the water evenly, and make the ironing much easier. An old hair-brush will do ii you haven't a whisk. WASHING SILVER. Wash 'your silver occasionally in warm iwater, to which a little liquid ammonia has been added. Wipe with a quite clean cloth, give a rub with a. leather, and the silver will seldom need cleaning wi th plate polish. CLEANING KNIVES. When washing knives never nijow the, handles to get into the water, or they will become discoloured and the blades will loosen. Each blade should be dipped into hot water and soda, and dried it aiice, or else wiped with » damp dishcloth and then dried. To olean, put a little bath-brick or knifa-powder on to a board, and rub the knife up and down, first on one side and then on the other, until quite bright. The back of the knife will need rubbing after the blade has been done. The knives must be kept quite flat all the time, or the edges will become blunted. Knives must be handled carefully and not dropped, as they are often broken in this way. Stains can be removed quickly by dipping a piece of raw potato into bath-brick and then rub- bing the stained part. WHEN MAKING SAOCB. I Remember that sauce gets considerably thicker as it turns oold. Therefore, if you are making ooe that is to be eaten cold, you must mix it very thin, or it will set so stiff that it will become a mould rather than a sauce. To WåSll Luro. I Ta.ke' one ounce of gluesine, and dissolve it in a pint of hot water; stir with a stick till dissolved. Wash the lino with a damp flannel, and when dry apply the glue solu- tion with a second piece of flannel. Do not walk on it till perfectly dry. Here is another way: Clean with paraiffn, putting two tablespoonfuls in the water used; no soap. Linoleum so treated will retain its original colour. Tiles after washing will keep clean much longer if when dry they are wiped over with paraffin. The cloth used when trimming paraffin lamps may be employed for this purpose with good effect. COOKIITO PfiCNES. I Soak prunes in ooid water for eight hours or more, and then putting them in a casserole in the owon to cook slowly till they are tender. No sugar is required. Prunes boiled are prunes spoiled, so do not let them oook quickiy. USE FOB 9MIB BBBAD. I Dumplings made of stale bread, to servo in soups or stews, oir to eat by them- selves with thick brown gravy and veget- ables, are very nutritious, and useful where there is a family of children. Take three thick slices of stale brown or white bread, one pint of bpoth or stock, one ounce of butter, one egg, two toaspooufuls each of chopped parsley and onion, -It, popper, nutmeg. Break up and soak the bread in the broth. Next aqueeee it fairly dry and beat fine with a fork. Melt the butter, pour it into the bread, and stir in the beaten eggs, onion, paretey, and seasoning. Shape into little bails, roll these lightly in ftour, and boil them gearbly in broth or stock for about five mMiutes. Then raise them from the liquid, dniin wefl, and aerve. IA NOVEL SOUP. I Pool and trim a marrow and cot into squares. Scald a small onkm and cut into slices, and place together in a saucepan with toz. of butter, a half-tea#poonful of sugar, and pepper a-nd salt to taste. Put the lid on the saucepan, and simmer for ten minutes, then add sufficient boiling water, and stew slowly for twenty minutes or until the vegetables are pulp. Knead loz. of flour to a smooth paete with a little milk; when smooth, add naif a pint of milk and stir into the soup. Continue stirring till it boils, add more seasoning if required, and serve with small squares of toast. The water In which rice has been boiled is splendid for -mixing calces, and helps to keep them moist. Boiling water, to which a little borax has been added. will rcinove tea-stains from a tablecloth. Add two tabiespoonfuls of paraffin to water in which white clothes arc boiled. It removes dirt and stains and keeps the things a good oolour. To replace the handle on the lid of the tea-kettle, coffee-pot, or tea-pot, fit a screw in the hola from underneath, and screw a large cork on it. Do not keep parsley in water, as this often turn it yellow. ¡A better plan is to put it in an air-tight jar in a cool place. In this way parsley keeps freeh for two or three weeks. Soot from open chimneys or carelessly handled stovepipes can be removed by cover- ing thickly with salt, and this can after- wards be brushed up without injury to the carpet. In ventilating a room open the windows at top and bottom. The fresh air rushes in one way while tho foul air makes its exit the other; thus you let in a friend and expel an enemy. AN ECONOMY. Save your potato-parings, place them in an old Tin, and bake them in the oven until they are crisp. Then, when you lay your fire, put them amongst the paper with a few sticksi. This ensures a bright, quick flame, and saved your flpewoed considerably. DUSTING. The best way to dust a room i". to damp two dusters in paraChi oil the day before, and put them aw-jv in an old tin. They- will he dry enough the following day to use. These dusters* guther up the dust and do not scatter it. WHEN MAKI>?G JAM. To make jam of the right constituency it should bo sufficiently cooked.. All jam should he simmered gently for the first quarter of an hour, and then boiled- rapidly- till cooked. To CLARIFY DKIFPI^C. To clarify dripping put it into a bowl and pour on hoilin.g water to cover. Stir well and allow to cool. The purified dripping will then fonn a solid cake on the- top, which should be taken off and wiped dry. when it will be ready for use. To SWEETKN BUTTER. Butter which is not quite eweet may be made so entirely by boiling it in a. jar with a little salt and a very little baking soda. When cool, inipuritjos will have sunk to the bottom, and the butter will not be. too salt to use. To Kr,,rR A-liT.iz. It is difficult to keep milk sweet in hot weather. It may be done by putting the milk jug in a basin of water about half the depth of the miik. Then take a piece of thick woollen material, wet it, and c.ver the milk jug close, wrapping it round and round to exclude air. If the flannel be kept damp it will keep milk, sweet without the water. TESTING A TIN OF FOOD. I Before opening the tin, turn it upside down, and tap the bottom with the thumb; if it sounds hollow it ia not airtight and should be refused. After opening, turn the contents of the tin into a dish and plunge a bright steel knife into them. Copper salts are sometimes used in preserving tinned foods, and when this is the case the copper will be deposited on the knife, showing a brownish stain, and the food should not be eaten. I SODA SUBSTITUTE, I Where much soda is used in the kitchen for cleansing purposes, a huge saving may be effected if hay-water is used instead of the customary soda and water. The method of preparing this- is so simple that mistakes can hardly be made; but experience has proved that, the best results are obtained if the following instructions are adhered to: Procure a handful of good clean hay, and with a pair of scissors, cut into pieces one, to two inches in length, placing them in a pan of water and then heating until it comes to a boil, when it is, ready for use. The strength of the- hay-water required may vary according to the. purpose in view; but a good strong solution is recommended so tha.t it may be easily weakened by adding additional hot water when necessary. Apart from tha saving s thia method of cleansing is most effective, especially where utensils of tin, iron or wood are <xHicen»ed. I SOME- USEFUL. BBCIPES. t PLUM JELLY—Take 41b. sound, ripe, red plums. Boil them. in four quarts of water until tho liquid is reduced to tireo jiints. Strain through, a.. jelly-bag, and with each pint of juice put- lib. sugar. Boil the syrup until it jellies., Pour into small jars, and cover in tho usual way. The plums from which the juice ha& been staained may be sweetened and used for pica; or they may be mado into. plum- cheese. PLux CHEESES (made from plums which have been used. for jelly)*—Skin and stone the plums from which the juice has been strained. Weigh and boil until dry. Mix lib. of powdered loaf: sugar with every 31b. fruit, and boil it again until the pulp leaves the sides of the pan with the-spoon. Press it into shallow moulds, oover it as jam is covered and store in a cool, dry place. lime to boil. 1J hours to boil frmt by it- self, hour to boil it with the sugar. RHUDAED TURNOVERS.—Alake somo good pastry, and roll it out to' the thickness of J-jn. Stamp it out in rounds from 4in. to 6in. in diameter, and lay upon one-half of the pastry a little young rhubarb cut small, or some stewed rhubarb. Add sugar to taste, and sprinkle a little powdered ginger over tho fruit. Turn the pastry over, pinch the edges closely together, and brush the turn- overs with white of egg. Sprinkle pow- dered white sugar over them, and bake on tins in a brisk oven for about 20 minutes. GOOSEBERRY CUSTARD.-Boil one quart of gooseberries in half a pint of water. Add a piece of butter the size of a walnut. Boil the gooseberries quickly, and when soft (l5min.) pulp them. Add Alb. of sugar and tho yolks of four eggs. Stir over the fire until thick, but the berries must not boil. J Serve in a. glass dish.
THINGS THOUGHTFUL. I Self-conquering is the greatest culture,i I The wisdom of the present hour, Makes up for follies past and gone, To weakness, strength succeeds, and power From frailty springs—press on, press on I —P. Benjamin. I You have not made your life as fine afi possible till it is as simple possible. I LOVE GOES CHEAP. How easy it is to buy the love of men. Gold will not do it; but there is a, little angel, maybe, in the corner of every man's eye, who is worth more than gold, and can do it free of all charges: unless a man drives him out, and "hates his brother, and so walks in darkness, nor, knowing whither he goetb," hut runneth full butt against men's prejudices, and treading on their corns, till they knock him down in derpair- and all just because he will not open his eyes, and use the light which conies by com- mon human gocd-nature?—Chas. Kingsley. Goe not halfe way to meete a coming sorrowe; But thankful be for blessings of to-day; And pray that thou mayest blessed be to- morrow. So shalt thou goe with joy upon thy way. —Adolphus Goss. I BRAVERY. It is by il-,iiig the coiirage one hw that one becomes more courageous. Dare to do something that requires only a little bravery, and you will find yourself becom- ing brave enough to do something that re- quires a little more bravery. Words have weight, to build, like a block of granite, or to destroy, hlce a shell. A MAN OF SENSE. A man of sense takes the time necessary for doing well the thing lie is about; and his haste to dispatch a busmen only ap- pears by the continuity of his application to it. He pursues it by cool steadiness, and finishes it before he begins any other.— Chesterfield. No amount of good intention or or kindly sympathy takes the place of actual informa- tion.—Raymond Robins. You walk with a friend for years in close, familiar relations, fin.ding every day some new revealing of beauty. But as yet you have had only joy and prosperity. One day sorrow enters your life. In the new ex- perience you find qualities in your friend's love which you had never perceived ,before. It took suffering in you to bring out the rich things of sympathy, tenderness, and cbmfort which were all the while in reserve in his life.—J. R. Miller. I LOVE. Love is and wag my lord and king. And in his presence I attend To hear the tidings of my friend, Which every hour his couriers bring. Love is and was my king and lord, And will be, tho' as yet I keep Within his cou. t on earth, and steep Encompassed by his faithful guard. And hear at times a sentinel, Who moves about from place to place, And whispers to the worlds cf space, I In the deep night, that all is well. -Tennyson. IMPROVEMENT. We improve with the improvement or Humanity; nor without the improvement of the whole can you hope that your own moral and material conditions will improve. —Mazzini. Life was not lent to 113 to be expended in that idle mirth which resembles the crack- ling of thorns under the pot. The best of our feelings, when indulged to excess, may give pain to others- 'T("t' is but one in which we may indulge to the utmoet limit of which the bosom is capable, secure that excess cannot exist. I mean the love of our Maker.—Sir Walter Scott. ENERGY OF NATIONS. The moral energy of nations, like that of I individuals, is only sustained by an ideal higher and stronger than they are, k) which they cling firmly when they feel their courage grcwiiag weak.-lienr,. Bergson. Some people arc so much occupied in zoiug about- doing good to others that they have not time to become good themselves.— Father Bernard Vaughan. OUTLOOK. Not to be conquered by these headlong days, But to stand free; to keep the mind at I- rood On life's deep meaning, nature's attitude Of loveliness, and time's mysterious ways; At every thought and deed to ctear the haze Out of our eyes, considering only this, What man, what life, what love, what beauty is, This is to live, and win the final pwiise, Though strife, ill fortune, and harah. human need Beat down the soul, at moments blind and dumb With agony; yet patience—theae shall come Many g-reat voices from life's outer sea, Hours of strange triumph and, wfifen few men heed, Murmurs and glimpses of eternity. —Ernest Laropman. HAPPINESS. Happiness rarely is absent; it is we that know not of it, presence. The greatest felicity avails us nothing if we know not that we are happy. Thero is more joy in the smallest delight whereof we are con- scious than there is in the approach-of the mightiest happiness that enters not into the soul.—Maeterlinck. In a democracy things have got to be done with folko rather than for fiolks.— Raymond Robins. AMBITIOUS. If thou desire not to be too poor, desire not to be too rich. He is rich, not that pos- sesses much, tut he that covets no more: and he is poor, not that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.—Francis Queries. The Guide of our dark steps a triple veil Betwixt our senses and our borrow keeps; Hath sown, with cloudless passages, the tale Of grief, and eas'd us with a thousand sleeps. -Matthew Arnold. The new world which is coming will he worth a.s many sacrifices as that for win.c?h ten million men have laid down tlteir lives during the last four years. Kobext E. Speer. -===-
Yv* a! th a m.~>to w women tram conductors have been given souvenir certificates. Three bishops conducted the funeral ser- vice of Bishop Hicks in Lincoln Cathedral. One and a-quarter million yards of tape is for sale by the Disposal Board, Ministry of Munitions. Sir Thomas Ileath succeeds Sir William Turpin as comptroller-general, National Debt Office. 0' Truckload3 of valnable old art treasures are leaving Germany. Mr. F. IT-. Coller, formerly chief justice of St. Lucia, who has been at the Ministry of Food sinfe its inception, will succeed Sir William H. Beveridge as Secretary.