LElMiliUt-PHILADELPHIA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1014.
FASHIONABLE FANCIES. PRACTICAL ARTICLES AND NEW IDEAS FOR WOMAN AND HOME
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The Girl Who Works
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A pleasant manner is not always the easiest thing to maintain when
things go wrong, as things invariably will do at this busy season of the year.
Yet the wise salesgirl will make an effort to keep a bright and smiling counte
nance no matter how harassed she may be feeling. That feeling of worry,
by the way, can amount almost to hysteria if not checked in time. If, on the
contrary, the "keep-smiling" attitude be maintained, it is quite surprising
now soon the' outward and visible sign of en tweet, optimistic disposition will
breed a genuine) cheerfulness in the sensible girl who practices such.
Customers are undeniably influenced by the manner and appearance of
the salesgirl who attends to their wants. The bright, energetic girl will succeed
where the listless "don't-care" type will fail. This is perfectly natural. The
woman snoppcr icnas 10 oe inuuencea by the smart, alert salesgirl who shows
real interest in her probable purchaser. Too many salesgirls stand behind
Uw counter with a "take-it-or-lcavc-it" air. Their bored manner serves to
drive away excellent customers. The wise salesgirl will make her employer's
interests identical with her own, and to that end will look after her customers'
interests with energy and care,
The Wrong Attitude
The girl whoso living depends Upon her
percentage of sales will ilo well to culti
vate) an obliging disposition. Many girls
let a sudden fit of "blues" or n petty an
swer make an enemy of n customer,
and then sho will losa tho commission
sho would otherwise set. For Instance,
a. few weeks ago a woman went In a
Inrco department storo and asked to seo
soma labor-savins devices for tho
"What kind of a device do you want
to seeT" asked tho salesgirl, staring; Into
"I don't know exactly," answered tho
woman, "for my kitchen Is quite well
stocked with utensils. I want to seo
something which Is new to tho public."
"I'm sure I can't toll jou If you don't
know what you want yourself," an
swered tho salesgirl ungraciously.
, A senslblo girl would have Investigated
the kltchonware until she found some
thing new for tho woman customer.
Surely, this Is not hard In a largo storo
whore a new device Is demonstrated
every day. The superior attitude which
girls affect la quite ludicrous, and, Inci
dentally, unpardonably rude. There Is
much to be said on both sides, no doubt,
but tho salesgirl should always show in
terest In her customer's wants.
Sensible Shoes for the Sales
"My dear, how do you ever stand so
long without getting tired 7 I'm nearly
dead at night I liavo to go homo and go
straight to bed. If I'm going out, I'm so
miserably fatlguod that my ovonlns Is
spoiled for mo! Honest, this Is a dog's
"Why, Mary, lt'a no wonderl Look at
those heels! Common sense ought to
tell you hot to try to stand on them
all day. They Just bore through your
feet llko a pair of gimlets. They make
your back tired, and your shoulders and
Jill your nerves are on edge, too. The
nerves all meet at the spinal column, and
It's all thrown out of line by such silly
"What am 'I to dot I can't afford three
or four different pairs of shoe, you know
that as well as I do."
"Well, let tho oho pair bo right, then.
These anatomlo shoes, which fit the foot
and allow the toes full play, are fine. You
may hato a little trouble getting used
to them, but, bellove me. It's worth It.
I'm a regular dancer now. I used to
wear high French heels all tho time, but
thoy got so painful that I was positively
crazy. Now I wear tho big; shoes all day
and can dance all I like at night It's
great. I tell you, even If my feet do look
The Fatigue of Work
TVork In a big atoro is often very
fatiguing. "Tired dirt" writes: "Dear
Ellen Adair: I havo read your articles
and it seems to m that salesgirls ought
to get half an hour off In tho after
noons for a complete rest. Don't you
think that the large department stores
should havo one big restroom where ab
solute silence Is enforced and couches
aro provided for salesgirls? Half an
hour'a complete rest would mako all the
difference In our work."
THE HALL-ROOM GIRL
Hints Towards the Maying of a Homelike Room
The ballroom Strl finds that she ac
cumulates numerous small articles In a
most alarming way. These are usually
stowed in n. trunk. If her landlady will
permit It to be brought upstairs. Land
ladies .are a. peculiar Institution, the out
grow'tn of human helplessness, anOhappl
new depends upon your ability to humor
them or to be successfully victimised.
We of tho boarding houses are naturally
interested in the plight of pur ball
room sisters, and the following sugges
tions for making something out of noth
ing, as it were that Is, utilizing every
bit of space which may or may not ex
istwill be of help,
A couch cover is the bast thing to keep
at hand. Whtn you have visitors you
can throw it over your bed and give the
place th appearance of a drawing room.
At least, this la th popular fallacy. No
body has aver been deceived by this aa
The denim screen is another aid toward
miking a drawing room out of what was
eaae a bedroom. It can be placed around
the wasbstand. A really good sugges
The beautiful girl must b almost per
fect in every particular, and one of the.
points which most girls neglect Is the
batik. The low-out gown has usually a
Y-back oa well as In front, and a fat,
over-developed baek wilt spoil the hand
i lilllan Russell, the famous beautr.
gtrea th following hints In one of her
la.ity talks. 8B says: "Exercise s
-tfe' only thing which w81 remova the
frrnn at fat whlab has acouraulated be
tWtVi the shoaidsr-bladea. And I mean
Mftitor exerelsa. There la mo use at alt
prMtfctag tfc movements of th txt
ciatjt I Kive ooaa a waak sad one next
wasjc- TVy rout b done every day un
til tat ear la atfeetad. ThU will take
4bjMttt ttir-a raeattu, prasttelBg Ave rate
Mtsst a dji,
"KM Staad wath your feat nearly to
sjaf&ar, and with Dm palms of yaw hands
(rtMumt t4.tr afcve yow jsm h
""IfcsowtUe aaa&) astd fecaama baaio
, iMMJM - a t. a Baa will.
Mur t-tUH.Ww. with 4tfews baat. aaui
tUjV isf rUsnn terwane.. Now repeat jkus
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afttU y4i tawrs hew t da it agrweily.
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'i,-i jail Uy-jt th Itan-U and fo
mrtun i. uv iiit fros nt in auttan ahqu.l
enssoa ;' u ajfrcnta, not MX tts tumda.
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A Difficult Position
Sometimes It Is very hard for a sales
girl to know Just how to act under trying
circumstances. The pretty girl will havo
many trials In her work that her lesi
attracttvo sister may bo spared. The fol
lowing letter shows this:
Vt.T ITIIen Adair r nm a salesgirl, snd am
very much Interested In my work. I liavo only
teen In the itoro for nine months, nnd am
IS rears of age. The noornalker la nlrraya
..yyii.i.i, inn in ,nv wurx. iuiu nnyinr mo com
ruimenti on my appenrnnoe. etc. I dlallko
him very much, and wish he would lea.n ma
alone, but Ijlara not tell him ao Ifo told ma
tlij other day .hat I was beautiful and
inked mo out to dinner. I declined to pro. ant
ha save me a prottv hard time nil day In
consequence. UNHAPPY 8ALKS0II.L.
Duty to Her Family
The girl who works has a problem to
race In her duty to her family. While
the daughter of tho houso should tako
her share In expenses, sho should under
no circumstances become a. slave to the.
family. The following letter dealing with
this topic has been received:
Dear Ellen Adair I see that ou publish let
ters rrom salesgirls, and mould like to sav
that I am worried about money matters. I
fji in , largo department store and earning
S3 a weak. My mother makes me rive her So
a week and In addition to that I hive to do
housework when I coma home at nlrht. We
are not rpally poor, as my father has a fairly
food position. J reel that I am belns un
Justly treated. What should I do?
Customers can be exceedingly trying to
the salesgirl, and many women are most
Inconsiderate when shopping. The follow
ing letter has been received:
D.,,"I Ellen Adair I am a salesgirl, and
until I becau.o one I always had a (airly good
temper. Now4, after fmtrxrnra wnrlr In n l..
department store In this city, my temper has
become practically ruined. The customers I
have to serve would trv the natlenrM nf n
saint. Women have no consideration tor other
women. Is It worth my while to be patient
with them? Indeed. I hue often tried, hut
customers are so arKravattnt- and Inconald
erste. IMPATIENT SALESQinu
Is the Business of
Some foolish girls seem to think that
honest work Is derogatory to their dig
nity. "Rosalind" writes:
Dear Ellen Adair Do you think that It Is
unladylike to be a salesclrl? I met a man
about two months ago. and he becamo .cry
much Interested In me, I havo not et told
htm what my business Is, as I fear It might
niter ills opinion of me He Uvea In another
town, and comes to see me every Saturday
evening. I am trying to make up my mind to
tell him, but am afraid he will despise mo.
Her Invalid Mother
There are many brave unselfish girls
who today aro working with one Idea to
lighten the loads of others. The writer
of the following letter- Is worthy of all
Dear EUsn Adair I -wonder If you could give
me advice? I am a salesgirl esrnlng Ji a
week, snd have an tn.alld mother to support
I would do anything to make her life easier,
as shs suffers a good deal of pain. Wo are
devoted to each other, and X always stay
home In the evenings, so as to be with her.
Could you tell me some way to earn extra
money, as I should like to help more? I am
not clever, but willing to work at home In the
evenings. YOUNQ SALESOIIIU
tion, however, and rather n new one. Is
this: Have pockets on the Inside of your
screen. In these you can put ells and
gloves and slippers, etc.
If you have not already got a cross
bar In your closet, have one put In, by all
means. Tou can get Just twice as many
dresses In the same space. Hangers cost
very little, and you wilt more than equal
ize the whole cost by a few trips to the
tailors' for pressing Keep your hat
boxes on the upper shelf of your closet
never under the bed If you care1 anything
for your hats.
A stationery book-shelf will do away
with too many books" standing around.
A few favorites are nice to have about,
but magazines take up a lot of room
and are not particularly attractive look
ing after they have been read.
A tiny plant, no matter how small, will
be a friend in need for the lonely girl.
Tou can buy almost any kind of a potted
plant for af little or aa much money aa
you can afford. Tou will find a real pleas
ure In watching the little thing grow. It
wilt help to make the room look much
erect with the feet nearly together. Clasp
your hands behind your neck and force
your head and elbowa strongly back Re
lax and let head and elbow come for
ward. Repeat 10 times "
The best treatment fpr the thin back
is a milk diet and frequent massage with
cocoa butter. Put hot cloths onthe back
a to open the pores, rub In th cocoa but
ter and close the pores again with ap
plications of lea or cold water. This will
keen th fattening cream Inside tb skin
English Women Workers
In BBgland 3456 wcHnen arc employed, in
the eaal ratelag Industry, M3 In the build
ing trade, W oa th railways, and "&(
in the ragjaeeilng. mahne makjfig, Iron
fttals aad boUar making trade.
m ' 'p t" i i ii m i in ii ii
A Woman laypr
UUs Kate York, the first woawu Mayor
e.:te4 is luteals, Ma W sjUMWttttjr
agaged is the meraanife teifcjVs at
KiiigatoB Utoas for tba UM.Wlj$ir.
i wtnn rs4 tvUt t prU;t a
A CHARMING LITTLE FROCK SUITABLE FOR VARIOUS
THE COLLEGE GIRLS
"Just think of It. girls; two weeks from
todny and we'll bo home for the holidays!
Why, I can't Imagine whero the time
has gonol It Only seems yo3terday that I
was home for Thanksgiving!" said a
pretty little sophomore as sho looked up
from her books.
"Well, my dear, It may seem like yes
terday to you, because you're only a
few hours from home, but you don't live
In Tulsa, Okla. Ytfu people don't know
what It means to ride two days and a
night to go homo for 10 days' vacation.
But. I tell you, It's worth it! Why. I'd
rldo 10 days to bo with dad and mother
and tho kids for Christmas day!"
"I would, too, If I had any dad and
mother and kiddles to spend It with,"
said a plump little freshman, and her
volco trailed off Into a very pathetic
wall, "lly sister Is nice enough, but
sho doesn't tako their places around holi
day times, I get dreadfully lonesome
"Why, dearie," was the little West
erner's hearty response, "you're going
home with mo. You bet we've always
got room for one more. Why, our
bungalow sits right up on a great big hill
and It's tne biggest one for miles around
the bungalow, I mean. Tho kids will
climb all over lou, nnd ou can bet
mother will be tickled to death to have
ou. She never had enough to spoil,
although every youngster for miles around
runs In at Christmas time. We build a
big fire and roast things, and tell yarns.
Across the Counter
The shops nre featuring practical ar
ticles as suitable for this season's Christ
mas giving, and gloves, stockings and
handkerchiefs tako a prominent place.
In black, white and In colors tho fl
silk stocking makes an acceptable gift.
At S2 a pair there la a silk clocked
stocking, also In colors, black and white,
tha tbears the stamp "Made In America."
Silk stockings, Tarls clocked, open
work and embroidered and of very fine
weave, cost $2.G0 a pair.
There Is a changeable silk stocking with
an embroidery dot that is priced at ;
Heavy, one-clasp gray mocha gloves are
now selling for 91.15 a pair. One-clasp
cape gloves In black and white and tan.
cost 11.75 a pair. One-clasp mocha and
cape gloves, fur-lined, are priced at J2.C0
Children's cape gauntlets can be bought
for S8 cents a pair. Flannel lined cape
For Men, Women and ChUdren
Good at Every P.rice
The i same ryitical consideration was given to the se
lection of patterns and qualities in the modestlv
pneed lines and those of highest cost.
Superb ohpUe for 35c and 60c eaeh.
The 8tfBlsitely hanoVmbroldereo. Handkerchiefs
Wre secured by means of very early orders.
glfluant departures n novelty that are most alluring.
The orders given in Paris were luckily all filled,.
Vftm &-. Guimpes. Bows, Tie. Flowers, tSanfs.
Awl ywre w.re 0f somethtog dlstlnetive, wfaethw
yoe y Mc, or on up Urt-what jouOktl
JQ08 CHESTNUT STREET
You ought to hear my brother tell yarns I
You'll Just adoro Dob. I predict a match
"Don't be silly, dear," said the blushing
llttlo freshman; tho tears which nearly
came to the surface before had dis
appeared. "What are you going to do, HelenT"
asked a mischievous-looking girl who was
lounging on the couch with a box of
"My dear, I've got so many things to
do I don't know where to begin. I'll
shop nil day with my beat girl friend.
We'll have luncheon with Joo and Billy
and dance a bit afterward. And I have
an engagement forevery single night! It's
so tiring, but that's the worst of know
Ing a. lot of people. I'm going to the
Bascom's dinner nt the Illta nnd the
Morris' ball. I suppose you read about
them In tho New York papers."
"Where does the family come In?"
"I'm very much afraid they non't come
In this vacation. But what can you
do? Christmas Is really Just like every
other day, my dear. It'a only a matter
of point of view." .
"Perhaps so; but I'm glad I didn't
draw your point of view," returned she
of the chocolates. "Christmas Isn't
Christmas unless you have a nice 'family'
sort of time, spent among people of
whom you're really fond. I'd hate all
that rushing around to dances and parties
all the time. It really wouldn't mean a
good time for me, because I woud soon
get bored with It."
"A happy medium Is the best, girls,
don't jou think so?" said the little fresh
man pleasantly. "I'm so glad that I'm
going to have a real 'family' Christmas
gloves cost 91.15 a pair and fur-lined
cape and mocha gloves cost 12S a pair.
Tho 25-cent handkerchief Is quite sheer
and dainty. It la to be found with an
Initial In white or In a color that matches
the narrow hem.
At SO cents a handkerchief of similar
stjle. but finer quality. Is sold A
pretty Christmas box adds much to the
pleasure In the gift.
Children's handkerchiefs, six In a box,
have pretty cross-stitch designs, of the
Mother Goose character. They are sold
for 75 cents a box.
Still another practical gift Is the um
brella for common use.
Children's umbrellas of American taf
feta, with natural wood handles, cost 71
There Is an umbrella valued at 91 which
is quite presentable.
At C there Is an umbrella of better
quality, and at $3 one quite good enough
for any occasion.
Modes of the Hour
It Is war, war and rumors of war In Ihe
fashion world. Now, In opposition to the
military aspect that clothes have as
sumed, comes tho neutrality dress, de
signed by tho Fashion Art League of
It is not so much tho style of the drest,
although there Is something of the grace
of another day to these gowns; It Is the
color scheme, or, to be quite accurato,
the nbsence of color nnd the combination
of black and white that have given the
frock Its name.
Not merely as an exploitation of fashion
was tho dress conceived by tho Fnshlon
Art League, but as nn expression of sym
pathy for a universal sorrow. The only
touch of color permitted Is given by a
tint all our own. tho American Beauty
The frock sketched today carries out
the neutrality Idea by combining whlto
taffeta with black velvet Tho little over
Jacket Is one of tho prettiest of tho present-day
styles and quite deserving of Its
It can be cut In many ways, with
or without a collar and hanging free
from tlri shoulders to the waist or hips,
or belled In by tho glrdlo In tho manner
of tho Illustration.
The underblouse Is of tho taffeta, but
the Itlmono sleeve, which ends Just nbovo
the elbow, Is prolonged by a chiffon sleeve
that Is gathered at tho olbow nnd nt the
wrist, whero It Is completed by a flaring
The velvet or satin banding, a fashion
much favored, Is a vnluablo asset In cre
ating tho shorter silhouette, now found
desirable. It lessens Uio skirt's length
of line, not actually, but as far as tho
eye Is concerned, nnd mnkes a very at
tractive trlnimlng, nnd It would Justify
iiseu without nny ulterior motive.
The women who make fashions by what
they wear aro using tho circular skirt,
In modified form, for tailored suits, but
for house frocks, dance frocks and ball
gowns, tho shirt In tiers, the tunla skirt
and the draped skirt seem to furnish op
portunities to tho modlsto In tho manage
ment of beautiful materials and artistic
Th5 modes of the present hour furnish
wonderful opportunities for the rejuvena
tion of frocks too good to cast aajde and
too old-fashioned to wear without change.
Sometimes a makeshift frock In the
end has more style and greater charm
than It had In Its days of pristine fresh
ness If a Judicious combination of color
and material be used.
. Undoubtedly thero Is something of the
Victorian era fn many present-day frocks.
It Is not so much a harking back as a
bringing forward of certain features and
converting them to practical use.
The Jacket, tho under blouse, the full
skirt and the velvet banding nre all
evolutions, but no t .replicas, of old styles.
There lu no visible line of demarcation
when It comes to age and fashions. No
one Is eld nowadays who doesn't c'aro
to be. and as tho number of women who
would put themselves In that category
Is few, thero nre also very fow fashions
that are distinctive of nge.
To make a mode suit tho Individual Is
tho thing. To use a model frock Is an
Inspiration and to keep one's personality
Intact Is the fashion gospel preached by
inose wno oesi unaerstana tno subject.
How to Make
An X-Mas Calendar
A good many girls are bsy making
calendars for the new year. You can
get almost every style of calendar at
tho deportment, stationery nnd Jewelry
stores, but a really nice one Is quite ex
pensiveat least for the woman of limited
means. To make It yourself Is the one
solution of the problem.
You don't have to be artistic or talented
to make a pretty calendar. Tho so-
called Perry pictures a miniature edition
of classical pictures, done tin sepia, black
and white, gray, etc. are a great help.
Buy a piece of mounting cardboard In
dull green, gray, tan or brown, and paste
tho picture In the upper part, either In
the centre or corner, aa your fanoy dic
tates. The pictures aro 3 cents each, and
the mounting boards from 6 cents up, ac
cording to size.
A small calendar can be bought at any
stationery store, and costs about 10 cents.
Above this you can print some appro
priate erse from your favorite poet, dill
printing Is pretty. "Write jour verse with
a hard lead pencil and go over It with a
pen dipped In mucilage or a gum nrabla
solution. Then cover this with gold dust
before It has had time to dry. Leave on
until entirely dry. Then shake your dust
carefully Into a receptacle.
If jou feel you can't read print, select a
verse from a magazine or an old calen
dar and trace It on with carbon paper
and a hard pencil.
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NEGLECTED HOME COOKING
By MRS. CHRISTINE FREDERICK
Anther of 'Trie
"Steam your spinach? Why, I never
do that!" exclaimed a homemaker the
other day. "And your calmeal, too? What
difference does It make?
Thcrela one method of cooking un
fortunately neglectod In the average
home, and that Is the method of Steam
ing, or cooking with moisture at n Very
high temperature. Indeed, many house
keepers do not know that auch a method
can be used very extensively and that
It Is possible to steam-cook vegetables,
cereals, breads and meats.
"What Is tho advantage?" The whole
object of cooking is to break down
either tho musclo or cellulose tissues, to
swell and make edible the starch grains
and to render food tender enough to mas
tlcato and to give It flavor enough to
make It appetizing. Let us compare the
boiling versus the steaming methods.
When we place any food, say a potato,
Into boiling water and let It cook for
CO minutes until tender, we find that tho
heat of the water hns; softened tho starch
grains so that they nie moro lit for food.
At tho snme time ro find that much of
tho valuable mineral salts havo been
sof toned nnd dissolved by tho water, and
that when we eat the potato we are not
getting all the materials which It origi
nally contained when raw. But If we
steam-cook this snme potato wo find that
tho steam Just as thoroughly cooks the
starch grains, but that there Is no loss
of any of the valuable minora! sub
stances. What Is true In cooking a potato la
still moro true In cooking other vege
tables and food. The steam-cooked
method permits the maximum swolllng of
grains, starch cells, etc., with a mini-
Fashions New and Odd
My Lady TJp-to-Date laughs at
styles of her grandmother. That Is, she
used to laugh until women reverted to the
basque and, some one whispers, the hoop
skirt is coming. The tiny little "La Bo
heme" muff Is making Its appearance,
too. The elaborate drapery and vivid
coloring of the present futuristic age
prove a distinctly modern note, however,
for our grandmothers surely didn't in
dulge In such contrasts.
QTUra were Just as elaborate then, and
much more expensive, as the facilities for
making such excellent and varied imita
tions were unheard of In 1SS0.
ill B ftg&
Breakfast early Hustle Bustle "Have vour tW
ready'W'Step lively, please-Where la STSS
"All sold out!' "It's begun to rain"-Hope I rttaaeat
going home-Worn out-Try again tomorfow.
Number, please ? "Filbert 9-6.7-8" "I want amir
of gloves-Some music, too"-Perfumervv?R"
'.'just what I wanted"-"How about tF2a JtJZ
More calls Six in half an hour Ease Comfort!
Don't walk; talk! Shop by Bell Telephone,
M,,m in nt th essential mineral prop
erties. This means an Increase In flavor
ns well as an Increase In food value. For
this reason alone the method of steaming
should bo more widely practiced. la It
economy to pay 15 cents for carrots and
then by our method of boiling them and
throwing the water away reduce tha
amount which they represent to us to
perhaps 10 or t cents? What la tho use pf
paying for the best cereals and yet cook
ing them so poorly .that we do not get
from them a third of their possible nour
ment? . .. .,
In families with children, especially, the
stenm-cooklng method should be prac
tised dally. All of the watery vegetables
which contain so many valuable salts, all
of the cereals which aro not cooked ode
quately under Inefficient boiling methods
should bo stenm-cooked. This method,
contrary to what some may suppose, Is
for easier nnd less wasteful than boiling.
Steam cookers come In several types,
round or square, with three or four com
partments. Thoy set over only one bufner
nnd In this way aro great fuel savers.
Instead of having three separate pots on
three scpnrato hotes, we can co-ordlnata
our cooking by placing all threo foods
In tho Btcnmer over one burner. Nothing
can scorch In the cooker, llcnco wo have
a saving of labor In cleaning dirty pots.
Tor drlcil fruits, dried rtsh, also, the
steamer permits much bettor cooking.
Taste tho difference between boiled ap
ples and steamed apples, between boiled
oatmeal nnd steamed oatmeal. Perhaps
few housekeepers know that much of
tho hotel cooking Is steam-cooked. This
accounts for tho crj flavorful soups nnd
vegetables which good hostolrlcs offer.
The Pteam cooker Is tho housewife's help
to economical and labor-saving cooking.
Why does sho blamo tho high cost of
foods and then waste half of them In
Copyright, 1814, by Mrs. Christina
A Helpful Conversation
"My dear, what charming whlto enamel
Xurnlturol" said ono woman to another
tho other day. "This Is tho now Trench
Ivory shade, too. It's beautiful, but, how
ever do jou keep It clean 7"
"Why, that's easy enough to answer,"
said tho model housekeeper. "I tako a
tcaspoonful of sweet oil and add It to a
pall of water, then I clean tho furnlturo
with a soft cloth dipped In tho mixture
and a good whlto soap. This requires a
rather largo pcrcentago of elbow grease,
because whlto paint shows spots sooner
than any other kind, even the FrencV
gray. But It'a worth it."
"Your mirrors look so bright, too. What
do j'ou use, ammonia and water? You
must be on tho go every minute with
mirror doors and a dressing table and a
huge bureau besides."
"Not at nil! i have to see them look
nlco. And when tbey get fly-specked they
look dreadful. I have my own remedy
for this, and I must say It's a good one.
I tako a good-sized pleco of newspaper
and soak It In kerosene oil. Did you ever
know that newspaper Is better than a
cloth for enamel bath-tubs or mlrrorsl
You see, It rubs off tho dust and does
not absorb It. Tho polish Is left quite
clear. Then, too, flies hato kerosene, and
If any of them aro selecting your bod
rooms for winter headquarters, all you
have to do Is to wet a cloth with It and
leave it in the room for an hour or so.
Thoy will all go away."
"Do you use kerosene to make your cut
glass shine so brightly?"
"Of course not, silly! I Just added a
little washing blue to a soapy lather and
a drop of ammonia. I scrubbed each
pleco very hard, turned it over and al
lowed It to dry without wiping. If j-ou
have any china with gilt on It, don't add
tho ammonia. If your long-nocked vases
nro ringed with dust Inside, cut Up a
raw potato and let It stand, with a little
water on It, insldo the article. Then tho
caked dust will como out with the old
of a long-handled brush. And I clean
all my brasses and copper Jardinieres with
a pasto made of flour and vinegar, I have
to do these things for the satisfaction of
knowing that my house looks Its best."
1426 Walnut SL.
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