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This department is a General Exchange of Idea* for our reader*. Nearly everyone ha* worked out or happened upon a better way of doing something than th* usual
way tome new wrinkle. If you know any new wrinkle, give other* the advantage of it, and at the tame time benefit yourself. One dollar will be paid for r each new
wrinkle accepted. Address NEW WRINKLE BUREAU, Room 1263 Fifth Avenue Building, New York, N. Y.
PERSONALLY, I consider it a dan
gerous habit to permit any article
of food to remain in tin or iron re
ceptacles for any length of time, exposed
to the air at room temperature. The air of
every room swarms with organisms that
are capable of causing decomposition in
foods into which these organisms fall, and
in which they immediately begin to multi
ply. Many organisms decompose foods
without forming notably dangerous de
composition products; but certain specific
forms are capable of forming in foods ex
ceedingly poisonous decomposition prod
ucts known as Ptomaines. Foods contain
ing milk, eggs, and fish form these poison
ous products very readily. While in a
majority of cases poisonous products will
not develop in goods opened and allowed
to remain in the tin, there is always the
chance that such poisons will develop under
favorable conditions. Oonsequently, it is
best to take no risks. Again, if canned
food, after being opened, is thoroughly
heated or cooked, the danger of eating it
is decreased, as many ptomaine poisons
are destroyed by cooking.—Ora Willis
Knight, State Assayer, Portland, Me.
A word of warning, please, relative to
the "Wrinkle" printed some months ago
suggesting that silver be cleaned by boil
ing it in an aluminum vessel. An ex
pensive and beautiful aluminum kettle
was in jured because it was used for clean
ing silver. The household silver was
boiled in the kettle in soapy water, and
came out looking like new. The process
was repeated whenever the silver became
tarnished; but, alas, for the kettle! It
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seems that the alkali in soap has a chem
ical action upon aluminum, and after re
Mated use it destroys the surface. I now
boil my silver in a simple tin dish pan,
with a piece of aluminum that I pur
chased through an aluminum dealer.
Thus,. I keep my silver clean without in
jury to mv handsome aluminum vessels.
- - B. IL. Mobile, Ala.
How I grudged the space that an ugly
heat radiator occupied under my window ;
but I transformed it into a thing of
beauty and usefulness by having a wide
board fastened across the top. Around
this board I hung a bead portiere, and
stained the board to harmonize with the
furnishings of the room. The lead por
tiere concealed the radiator, yet allowed
the heat free access to the room. The
board shelf made a delightfully con
venient place on which to lay books or
sewing, as I sat working by my window.
—Wier, Washington, D. C.
Accountants who find frequent use for
blotter and ruler will find the following a
help: sandpaper the under side of the
ruler, and paste a strip of blotter along
its whole length; but the blotter should
not be quite as wide as the ruler, unless
the ruler has a strip of wire or tin with
the edge outward; then, in closing up a
set. of books all that is necessary is to
make the entry, draw the red lines, move
the ruler up, and blot them with the
strip attached to the ruler.—M. .). S.,
Hiccoughs may be cured by taking a
mouthful of water, pressing inward the
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Drawn by Will Simmon.
tragus (the little projection over the ori
rice of the ear), and then swallowing the
water. I have never known this to fail,
and certainly no harm can be done by
trying it. It was told to me as an "Old
Country" cure for the unpleasant little
spasms.—C. X. M., Winnetka, 111.
The proper way to launder gowns of
pongee silk is to wash them and let them
dry thoroughly before ironing. If an
iron is put on the pongee when it is
damp, the material turns a darker color
and becomes as stiff as if starched, in
stead of being soft and silky. Laundered
in this way, pongee silk becomes as sen
iceable and practicable as cotton.—M. L.
E., Boston, Mass.
To make onions tender and to fry them
a golden brown without burning, slice
them thin, place in frying pan with
lard, cover with cold water and allow
them to boil briskly until the water is en
tirely absorbed. In the lard which was
first placed in the pan with the water,
they will fry tender and brown. —M. A.
W., Washington, I). C.
To "break in" a new pen point
quickly, dip it in ink and hold it in the
flame of a lighted match for a second.
W r ipe it dry with a cloth, and it will then
hold ink and write as well as a point that
has been used for several days. — W. V.
P., Sunimitville, lnd.
To improve the flavor of your cup of
chocolate or cocoa, add a drop of vanilla
to each cup after pouring. You will uot
regret the extra trouble.—M. .1. B. 0.,
Munch Chunk, Pa.
Have you ever tried:
Cooking apricots and dried peaches
Combining in a salad cold cooked diced
beets and carrots dressed with mayon
Putting a sprig of mint in the water in
which potatoes are boiling, to give them
an odd and delicious flavor?
Serving salmon flavored with orange
juice instead of lemon J
and beating for fifteen minutes?
Using equal parts of cold boiled maca
roni, cooked diced carrots and canned or
fresh peas, to make a novel salad?
Cooking I few slices of lemon with
prunes, or cooking a small bag of spices
with them?—M. M., lowa City, la.
Many people who would otherwise wpe
it, refrain from olive oil because of 'its
unpleasant taste. A pinch of salt added
To prevent dirt getting under the finger
nails while gardening, rub the ends of
the fingers with soap. Take care to get it
well under the nails. When the hands
are washed later, the soap comes out,
bringing all the dirt with it, and there
are no tell tale marks of mother earth.—>
R. M. P., Savannah, Ga.