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'. Fish Is always best for breakfast when
prepared in small quantities, either cream
ed in little baking dishes or mada into a
souffle. Little fish are also good,
from 'the ordinary pan fish to the delicious
brook trout; The commonplace flounder
becomes .most aristocratic if its bones are
removed, and It is cut into** strips four
inches long and one wide, rolled into tur
bans pinned with wooden toothpicks and
fried in deep fat. A bed .of watercress
with a tarnish of" lemon adds still more
to its appearance. . At most fish markets
this way. of preparing flounders i3 under
stood, and for a cent a pound more than
the regular price it will be sent home
ready for cooking. : A pleasant accompani
ment for a breakfast dish of fish is either
T^he bit of cloth .my forget-me-nots
adorned was fast assuming an all blue
appearance' and the surface of the cup
was as it had been when ' lifted down
from the little^ brass 'hook.' and its chances
were good for going back to its spick and
span brothers and sisters who hung from
the shelf just over my head. China paint
ing was certainly not for such as I.
"Contented?" said Mrs. Perley; looking
up from the. -book of designs through
which she was searching for one suitable
for an expected student; "don't you think
when one has something to show for., the
efforts , of a lifetime . they would be tho
least bit ungrateful if they were : other
Mrs. Perley looked about .the studio
.with a satisfied expression which, bespoke
* heart's dearest desire, accomplished. ,V.
"All that^is reauisite is'the true artistic
Each color, its\ application; each brush,
Its use. all have been studied carefully to
©btain the best resiilts. ¦¦•
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I looked at the vase with its exquisite
coloringand thought of the years of work,
of thought, of experimenting along dif
ferent lines by. different students," it had
taken to reach such" perfection. From the
dentist, who. becaiise he needed an oven
in which to bake the porcelain teeth ho
made, spent the better part of his life ex
perimenting with kilns to the woman
who made the study of making gold paint
¦ "This Persian work, the miniature and
the figure painting are the highest Iine3
of keramic art— the hardest to do and do
well." •' "'¦'-¦'¦•'..-' . - ¦¦¦'.¦'¦. ¦¦•¦.-
"It is the most difficult line of work, ex
cept figure painting,' and takes so much
time that it cannot be handled success
fully in class. You see, first the design
has to be traced, then it is fired, then the
colors are, put on and again it is flred.
The coloring and firing is repeated until
each color is' perfect. After the fifth fir
ing the enamel is put on, and it. is then
that I nearly burn my poor old nose off
watching the heat. It must be just so
or the enamel will melt and run off and
hours of work will be-lost.
Mrs. Perley held up a bell-shaped vase
In turquoise blue, with a deep Oriental
looking border of many colored enamels.
But patience it takes and patience you
must have' to succeed. Genius without
work will not avail. LAURA MEIGGS.
And it is perfect— beautifully perfect,
with the kind of perfection that makes
me envious and wish that they, too, could
do 'such work. .-"•
spirit, the desire of knowledge and pa
tience : — emphasis on patience."
So says Mrs. Perley.
Students of keramic art In San Fran
cisco owe to "the desire of knowledge
and patience" the existence of the cosy
flat in which they pursue their studies;
Its completeness in its every detail and
tho perfection of the work done.
"We were,' and a sorry time we had
getting the things back. See those,"
pointing to six exquisite plates almost
covered 'with '¦ gold .; work, "those were
taken with the other things." He. almost
cleaned out the shop. We were months
getting them back. The police' found
them In every and any old place. That
tankard yonder was found In a' five-cent
•beer Joint hobnobbing with a lot of empty
beer barrels. Been sold for 23 cents and
I valued it at the same number of dollars';
Those plates were scattered all over town.
And cups and saucers! One cup and its
saucer were disposed of in different places
and It was two months before we found
them. How the pieces escaped breaking
or chipping I can't imagine, but not ono
piece" was Injured. It '- consoled me to
know tfiat even burglars have an eye for
.the beautiful, but since then I have been
least b!t careful about locking doora
and windows. No, we never found) 1 / out
who took them. .Do you know that man
must have made at least ten trips to carry
away all the things he took. How he es
caped being seen I can't imagine.
"My favorite line "qf work?"
"I love tliis best."
With a last look at the kiln to see If the
heat was good, we went back to the lor.g
table with its brushes and bottles. Mrs.
Perley to a delicate tracery of gold and I
to my forget-me-not.
"Perhaps you won't believe it, but we
were robbed once." Mrs. Perley looked
at me questioningly.
"Robbed!" The cup had another nar
row escape. ' . %
Imagine a burglar burgling for hand
'these are for my flrst lesson. TThat shall
1 bring for to-morrow?' She soon learned',
however, that the days spent on one small
piece were many."
1MAKT5 a forret-me-not!
Sooner far design a battleship,
t I gazed helplessly at the little dab
of blue paint, the only blemish oa the
otherwise spotless surface of the
palette, then at Mrs. Perley to see if she
really meant it.
The tiny cup I was holding #ot bigger
and bigger: it absolutely refused to stay
etiU and somehow, try as I might, the
brush made nothing but a geometrical de
sign which might be proved anything but
Mrs. Perley is the fair ruler of the Ker
amic Art Etudio at 203 Post street.
My gaze wandered from the table, with
Its miscellaneous assortment of brushes,
bottles, paints and half-finished studies,
around the cosy studio, with its wealth
of curios, its beautifully decorated china
on shelves, on tables and on the walls.
Its "comfy" inviting looking couche-s and
"Getting along all right?"
I started guiltily, nearly dropped the
cup, gazed stupidly at the forget-me-not
—the beginner's flowci— and then at my
I -aiped it out.
"So," said Mrs. Perley. as wi-.h a touch
here, and another one there, she showed
me hew it was don*". She. went on in
anxver to my cuestion.
"To make bread and butter to put Into
niy two little ones* mouths. The same
reason which makes the majority of.,
women find out wherein their talent lies.
Mjr ambition had always been to perfect
myself in this kind of work. but. strange
to Kay, not until misfortune overtook me
4id J find the opportunity."
The Wg, sort-looking, pink roses were
growing pinker and softer under her
mapip touch. I looked on and marveled.
"I tried sowing at first, but the very
Bigbt of a needle and a spool of thread
raa<jo me ;ii. I set to work to find the
wberetrtthal to study china decoration.
My brother finally consented to 'see me
through," .- lG he expressed it. If I prom
'^6 not to cry if ar.y of the pieces were
broken, nor punish the boys if they in
their romp* should mistake a cherished
Mt of thina for a baseball.
How long? ji; s » about ten years. Ten
years of h ar j f hard work- Of teaching
acd fxpprimr.ming- with colors and fir
ing and i r yi n p t0 cbtaJn p Cr f ect j c ' n .
B«t tiicd of it? r>car me. no. It's my
My fourth forget-me-not was. con-
"Speaking of people not appreciating
the amount of time china decorating con
sume?, reminds me of a youiig woman,"
Mrs. Perley laughed heartily, "who came
to her first lesbon followed by her coach
man, on whose shoulders rested an Im
mense hamper: I wondered what the girl
had, but waited! thinking it best not to
ask. Out of that hamper she took half
a dosen cups and saucers, half -a dozen
dinner plates, the came number of dessert
plates and three Cream* pitchers.. 'There,'
she said, looking triumphantly up at me.
be successful in this line of work. The
process has not yet been found in which
all colors will take the same degree of
heat and until then «?ach piece must bo
worked over and over and flred and re-
perfect. ' -
"You have no idea the time it takes to
signed to a painty-looking bit of cloth.
"There, this !s ready to be flred."
Mrs. Perley laid the pink roses on the
table and began putting the covers on the
salve-like looking little tin boxes v.'hich
contained the powder, paints.
"Put in the kiln." she explained, "for
the first firing. Come, I'll show you."
She led the way into a .Back room where
the kilns stood. Two big, important-look
ins: ovens which bespoke of beaten bis
cuit rather than painted china.
Into the clay-lined Interior Mrs. Perley
put the china, turned on the oil, lighted it
and the fire was started.
"Now, it takes two hours' steady heat to
accomplish the desired effect. Then I put
out the. flame and allow the oven to cool,
which takes usually about twelve hours.
The slightest change in the temperatur" —
that Is, quick change-r-will sometlire.-*
break or chip the china.'
I sat on the corner of : the _ table and
"And after the first firing?"
"Many others. You see, sometimes— y<?3,
always— in the firing we lost some color.
Different degrees of' heat bring out or
spoil different colors. For instance, pur
ples and greens take^the strongest, heat,
while pinks and yellows the most delicate ;
consequently they are lost in the first fir
ing, while the purples and greens are per
"Then the colors lost are strengthened,
the whole design retouched. Intensified,
here, softened there, and then the second
firing with heat not so great as for the
first. And so on and on until the work is
CATS are by nature dainty, even In
their cruelties. There Is all man
ner of feline grace in the way they
play with mice.\ Cats suffer much
less from constant housing than dog3,
although they run wild much more read
ily, and never quite get over their mur
derous instincts. A cat of fancy breed,
as Maltese. Angora. Conn-eat or JIanx.
is a possession more fashionable than
precious. Each and " several they are
no end decorative, but in affection, in
telligence and playfulness they rank be
low their black, gray, tiger-marked and
"White cats are in general more savaga
and less intelligent than gray or tortoise
shell. Many of them have blue eyes, and
all such are said to be stone deaf, hence
they are less desirable in the house. Un
like dogs, cats require to have their
meat raw, but they must not have too
much of it. Milk should constitute at
least a third of their food. Crumple
stale bread in the milk, and now and
again beat up a raw egg In It. A bit
of raw liver as big as two fingers, or a
flsh head, is meat enough for a day's ra
tions. Supplement it with milk and bread,
or milk and mashed potatoes, a cracker
or two or a bit of hard bread, lightly
buttered, and a few^ small bones, as from
chicken, same or chops.
Cats as well as dogs suffer a plague of '
fle2s. Oddly enough, cat fleas are unllkft
dog fleas, and if the two sorts of in-
sects meet upon one poor beast there i3
a fight to the finish, ending commonly in
victory for the ca^ fleas, which are much
bigger and more voracious than those
found on the dog. If left to ravage un
checked, they soon ,reduce a sleek,
healthy cat to a miserable skeleton, suf
, fering all over from. eczema. To get rid
of the fleas, wash with sulphur soap —
any good brand which the nearest shop
affords — comb out the fleas with a flne
tooth comb . while the hair is still wet,
then rinse the cat well in milk warm
water, dry It with soft towels, and give
It after the bath a saucer of warm milk
with a teaspoonfut of brandy or whisky
in It. A kitten should have only a. few
drops of spirits, and kept snug In a
clean basket for an hour after the bath.
"When the hair is very dry blow in all
alorg ; the backbone some sort of line
insect powder— either larkspur or pyreth
rin. Hub behind the ears with the sul
phur ointment directed for dogs. Next
day brush out all the powder with a fine,
close brush, comb the coat lightly, then
part it along the backbone, and rub with
the sulnhur ointment.
For mange, rub all over with the sul
phur ointment. Keep the cat confined so
It cannot He in the dirt., and after, twen
ty-four hours wash it well In hot soap
suds — Just comfortably hot, not scalding:
rinse, dry, and leave alone. In three days,
if the mange persists, repeat" the oint
ment, and after the treatment give the
cat plenty of catnip, either green or dry. '
with milk and bread diet. Catnip indeed
ought to be given always twice a. week.
Burn infected bedding, and fumigate
sleeping baskets, or else wash them well
iri bichloride of mercury. Let them stand
six hours after washing, then scald plen
tifully, with, boiling water and dry well,
before letting the cat sleep ¦ in then*
again.— Washington Star.
TO TAKE CARE
a salad of cucumbers •with jTreneh dress-
Ing or cucumbers and sliced tomatoes with
the same dressing, or tomatoes dipped in
crumbs and egg and fried or broiled.
Either with or without potatoes these
vegetables go far toward making the meal
attractive.- . _ l _ . .
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