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''Be Good? To yourself" Is a form of advice which should be taken to heart by the particular kind of foolishly hopeful person who is al ways looking to somebody else to perform this kind of activity for him. J.ike any other effort that, depends upon another interest In us, it s not ilke!y to be done unless we do It for ourselves. The mother spends her life In planning for tli< health, raiment, convenience, com fort and pleasure of others. She thinks it unh natural that In turn somebody should Mivak tip and announce the fact that sue lie* i!? something new and pretty to wear, or that It would l>e nice for her to have Boni' tickets to the theater or that she needs a trip, or that somebody besides herself should offer to stay at home on the Bill's day out. Of course, they would he only naturally good, thoughtful for others, and grateful lor l!l<' benefits received, if they did it ail but they don't. Arid the fact lias to be ac cepted as it Is. And really it isn't lair to expect it. any more than It is to put any other k nd of work that you should do yourst-lf on somebody eise. "M.imina didn't go down town w'th us because it was too hot, and then after we hail gone she gathered all the grandchil dren together and made lemonade for them and gave them a party on the lawn. She made herself pretty nearly Jdck trotting to w lit hi. them, Hid then when we got back she was in tears because 'we went eff and left her with everything to do.' " This w;is the way a married daughter explained the grievance of her mother to the incom ing company of shoppers. Tin truth Is that there Is ,1ust one person who thicks when we ought to have a new dress and thinks It often when we oughtn't to. dear heart?and that is the motli>r of whom life gives no one any duplicates. She knows when we need rest; she counts noth ing loss that Is our gain; she thinks noth ing too good tor us. Once or twice 111 a lifetime it Is given us io see a husband who "mothers" his wife In this way, too, but he is rare, and the woman wlio has him has a priceless pearl that she can wear Instead of any other Jewels. Sometimes in a big family there is one ? ?-!. , who has the dear way of looking out for the others. Hut is a rule "looking out" is a service <hat goes undone unless one performs it for himself. Kither we must go without and let\ i nly the poor consolation of nursing a grievance against those who overtook our need, or els. we must choose to take the bem iiis that are owing to us as our right, and without demanding the added sift of having them as a loved one's suggestion. The Will? Is the i oblest and most powerful of our faeulti. s. Without It we can hope to do nothing Have we a goal in view we must will, not weakly wish to attain. Obstacles must be transmuted into ad vantages and handicaps into helps by the alchemy of our will. All things mils', subserve one end. Every thing i ? must be . subordinated to the achievement of the' great resolve to the consummation of otir purpose. In the picture of never so many figures and details the master has proportioned all around some one central single iigure. In the drama the poet leads every wot 1 on to the one grand climax. In music one theme Inspires the symphony. In our lives we can do no less. Every tliing 111 the picture of our careers must contribute to the delineation of our one great central purpose. Everything must set in relief the fulfillment of our will. Ail that Is within us, around us, circumstances, work, play, health, fortune and friends must aid In the realization of our aim. This remains to be remembered, our will is naught If It be pitted against the cosmic powers. Our will is nothing If un united to the Will Divine. Sooner or later we are balked and undone, and must bepin all over again, far. far back at the begin ning. If we have not builded in narmony with the eternal things of God. The truly great will Is the will that re flects, however faintly, some aspect of the will of God. The greatest will Is the absolute nullity of the personal will, the perfect absorp tion :n the Will Divine. Then can the soul unfold .is wonderful capacities. Then can For a St. Valentine Supper? Klrtt <'berries In Ice cups or In clear glass cups Mix canned cherries with marasdi no cherries .cad add a little powdered Ice. Se ond?Oyster or clam bouillon In cups with whipped cream. SprinSle this with powdered lobster, coral and red pepper. Third Small lobcter chops, served on a platt< ? with garnlshlngs of bunches of pars, ley. with pink or red rosebuds or carna tions. Fourth?Egg cocottea. Hake them In lit tle tin heart-shaped molds and set tins on plate in a lied of water cress. Fifth -Birds with asparagus tips. Sfvth-Lettuce garnished with hearts cut from red peppers. The little tin cutlei a are made to order by tin furnishing stores In all the card spots for bridge party menus. Seventh?Have white Ice cream served in iOf nH Look? Your sleeplessness In the face, and try flrst to discover for yourself its cause and cure. Do you prolong your work until the hour of going to bed? Do you use overmuch coffee, tea, drugs, alcohol? IT you have the habit of sleeplessness a little of any one of these Is apt to be overmuch. Are ycu in the fresh air for such a -jart of the time during the day that you can reckon It in terms of hours? 1H> you sleep In a well-vent I la ted room, and work in rooms In which the doors or windows are frequently opened? Are you from any cause anaemic--this is a sure sign which goes hand In hand with Insomnia, as It deprives the brain of a sufficiency of blood. if the latter Is the case you will need the help of a physician In order to get at what will be the right amount of nourishment which must be supplied by your food. By ccrrectlon of the other things you can effect the cure of sleeplessness in your self. There Is also treatment with hot water, which you can take alone, which is the most approved of that taken profes sionally. First in order Is the hot-water douche, and with most people the best time to try It Is Just before going to bed. Have a board placed over an ordinary tub, and ?It on this while you pour the water gently down your spine, as hot as can be borne. Use either a small pitcher or a lar^e bath the ritvlne streams pour through the hunnn frame of a soul as a channel. The su premest achievement of our will Is (he ren dering- itself a mirror of the great will. "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthened me." In tune with the ln iinite our hearts play wonder melodies. There? Is a surprising revelation in the way ac tresses eat. ? One spoke enthusiastically of the way she and her husband denied themselves all but the most nourishing food, so that they might always be in the best condition for their work, and it Is common for at least the greater ones to admit that they have come to success along the same path. ? When the home woman realizes as the actress does that the one and only gauge for eating is its power tor bringing cut the best that Is in her she will be living out the heart of the things ment.il and moral which keep aiive the discussions of clubland. ^ Femininity as to eating balances one way with those who stuff comfortably and the other with those who don't know whether they have had anything to eat or not. The passionate love for her art is the ex cuse which one of a dozen actresses makes for the simple hygienic food that the con fesses to. The singer holds the same rem over her food supply for the sake of her voice. This writer and that sticks to the simple chocolate, the toast, the fruit, or the heavier fare on which, after careful experi ment, he does his best work. But the brain does not need to be less keen, the judgment less true or the heart less attuned to its beat messages in the business of mothering. Far-reaching re stilts of right and wrong hang on a hun dred of the decisions which are made In answer to the small chap who impatiently stands on one foot by Ills mother with de mands that sl\e "hurry up." Even the mother's intuition, thought to be God-given, tinds itself checkmated in the feminine "high-liver," who eats for the love of good things. Equally the sweet reasonableness of out look needed in the home cannot come from the mother who is nervously underfed. In running a home she has at least as much need for sustenance which makes for moral and spiritual development as the woman who earns her living by her mind and e mo tions, and who tinds it to her interest care fully to choose. Was It? By accident that It was In a magazine devoted to art In everyday living that a story dealing with the human Interest only made the setting in a room described as having "worn furniture and faded carpet, upon whose shabbiness lay the grace ot daily delicate living?" 1; is going deep and far back for the recipe for furnishing a room like this, to live well, to think well, and to be given over to refined pursuits. And yet any one can remember that it is just these marks that have stood cut on those few rcoms that were so perfect as to stay In the mem ory among the retreat places, where one has love to go. Tangibly such a room holds the rare flick ering tire, which tells nowadays of the im portance in which are held sweet influences, the bit of modeling begun and covered, the picture that means something in the occu pant's life, the group of others that have been brought In by travel, the evidences of that kind of reading which the groper after things intellectual feels like humbly begging to be allowed to take eagerly d'.wn upon his list. And perhaps it is the glow of the samovar or the chocolate pot ana cups Inside a low glass door, which tells of the little comfortable ways when rervi 8 are tired. Eloquent again Is the group of miniatures hung low, indicating the habit of attachment to treasures. When It comes to the art of homemak ing, shabbiness is a light offense beside dis play. and It is in the absence of this that the ambition for an artistic home can take Its first tangible lesson. (.let your new rug and your new upholstery if you need It, and get it oriental if you can, but remem ber that it is what you do In the environ ment that puts the finishing touches, ana that the best decoration is the essence cf tine living. GRACE itll.EV CLiAKKK. pink kisses, scooped out. or reverse it, ?nd have pink Ice cream. Have little heart shaped white cakes with pink icing. Or, if the decorations call for running the menu more to the red. cut hearts from chsrrles and trim the top of the little squares ot cake, using white icing. Make a nessel rode, using the cherry trimming finely chop ped, and add a little pulverized red candy. A Simple Dessert.?This may be substi tuted for the Ice cream, or used at the home table Valentine's night as a "sur prise." Make a thin layer of pink or rea gelatin, molding it in the bottom of a shallow pan. Cut it In tiny hearts with a heart-shaped cutter. Butter the inside of teacups, stick the hearts In, and pour in a blancmange or white cornstarch pudding, which is partly cool, but not yet set. Cherry hearts may be substituted, or cut them from any rich red quince or crab apple pre serve. Thb ODOIR, sponge, and replenish from the tea keitle. But a warm dressing gown on. "back to front.'' during the process, leaving the bai k open. If you can have an attendant two large sponges may be held at the nape of the neck and along the spinal column, as lo some nerves this is even more sooth ing than the douche. Health Hintlets. A bad cold may be averted by a warm bath and a rub-down with eau de cologne ; after It Whisky may be used if the other spirit Isn't obtainable. When chilled lu:ve something warm to slip on outside the usual night dress. Pains In the head brought on by nervous | attacks will often yield to binding the brow tight with a s!lk handkerchief. Massaging the face Is a help fo nerves as well as a preventive of wrinkles, aim should be done with an emollient cream after washing It with lukewarm water. Start from the chin with an upward and outward motion. '1 he palms of the hands are best for the cheeks, always moving them in an outward direction. Beneath the eyes also move the linger ball in an out ward direction, but do it lightly or baggl ness at the corners of the eyes will result. Cologne dropped on a handkerchief and held under tha eyes will remove the dark iiues that come from fatigue. Beauties? In beadwork are still In their infancy as done by the American amateur, as com pared with the intricate and beautiful things made by the beadworkcrs of Europe. One of the troubles with women as sug gested by an expert bead worker Is that they follow too closely the pattern ideas taught in the shops and do not adapt the materials that can be obtained off of the usual beaten track of beadwork. For instance, it has required this woman to discover that the pretty Japanese purses are made often of a silk patterned in palm leaves which can be found only in mufflers. These can be gotten in rich colors with gold and copper threads running through them. If large one will cut three of the lapover purses, and after cutting them out the next process is to outline the pattern elaborately with gold or copper beads. It is then basted on a peculiarly fine linen canvas and taken to the bagm-aker to be mounted and fur nished with a clasp. Tapestry, all wool and In the rich geomet rical and apparently zigzag patterns?ihe kind that comes in broad stripes?makes handsome large bags, a section of each stripe going to a bag. These are beaded first in harmonizing shades, the numberless points forming many places for beads. They make up handsomely with a leather mount and a leather handle. Any woman who can paint china can also do the richly painted leather bags, which are afterward submitted to a process by which they are made indelible. These pro cesses and mounting and relining are more cheaply done at any of the little upstairs placcs where such work is usually done for the large stores. Another adaptation which the clever fancy worker will wonder that she has not thought of before is to get the Persian pil low tons?those that coiue in gold and richly colored embroideries or satin?and to mount them over octagon shaped frames for lamp shades. By cutting the center out the square wili fit on this shape nicely and Is then finished with a fringe of beads the size A Set? Of cretonne upholstery which comes on and oft will make an ordinary folding work ta.ble into a pretty enougli piece of furniture to stand in one's bedroom. Have three rods cut to fit the long way of the table. Put in the round screw curtain fasteners?such as are used for the inside of casements?on the inside of the table legs a little more than half way up. Make a double piece of cre tonne, as wide as the ends of the table, and a little longer than the length. Shirr this on the rods and set them In place. This will form a convenient pocket for keeping your work underneath. Make a curtain of the cretonne for the third rod and set it up high under the projecting top. The rod for this will need to be cut a little longer than the other two, so that it will reach to the outside piece of the end frame work?a look at your table will show at once from what point this is to be meas ured. Make this curtain in two pieces, so that it is easily drawn apart. Add a cretonne top which fits perfectly and which has a two-inch ruffle, and your table is prettily finished. The curtains can Reading Aloud? Is something at which mother and children should take turn about, doing it as a "fa vor" to each other. Older stories In which the child cannot master the difficulties of the printed page should be chosen by the mother, and they will take just as readily to the little book friends known by the older world as the reading bill of fare in which they are fed entirely in the little nonentities of their own books. A girl of ten whose mother had been reading "Great Expectations" aloud to her and her brother couldn't get over her delight that the visi tor who came knew Pip and Estella and acknowledged them as special friends of her own. Of course, a little judicious skipping here and there was indulged In, but It was soon found that vivid Imaginations supplied details even when the words were inade quate. It Is at this stage of the imagina tion when the happy habit of making book companions as real as those of dally life can be learned; and while It Is important to select those which are "right and prop er" for little folks to know, it is still uiore so to choose those which are not color less. The more childish story book of his own also contains the little acquaintances which the child himself picks out as favorites, and which he loves for a short time. The earlier he can be taught to master the difficulties of the page enough to read them aloud, the better, as If It i3 something he Is interested in he can be taught to read It as simply and naturally as he speaks. This Is hard er after he has been to school or has heard a "reading lesson." for then he will have acquired artificial Intonation and the strained voice and unnatural pitch which brings his paternal listeners to confusion and a state of chills. A natural and spontaneous way of read ing is one of the prettiest accomplishments that can be had, and It can be taught as easily as spontaneous speaking If affected ways are not allowed to creep In. One Wooden? Frames In natural finish are the choice for all pictures except water colors and oil paintings. Another revival is what Is called the "double sweep" frame, meaning the thick frame with grooved margin curving Inward, while Its outlines are thrown for ward. This class of gold frame looks welt upon the heavier, darker kind of water color work, and It la an opportunity to bring back Into use some of the older wooden frani?S which have been discarded. Hlack walnut is perfect with some of the brown carbons; and a carved black walnut frame of the size but a little w\ille ago considered impossible can be UBed with great attractiveness on the large-sized architectural carbons which are mounted on cloth. These have a high finish and are in a rich brown which harmonizes best with walnut, and they are strong enough in design to stand great heaviness in tram of a coffee bean. By the way, fringe of this size la much easier to make than that of the tin? beads, which are hard to get straight. Another good household idea was seen In mounting a piece of antique beadwork in a leather frame with rococo matting?such as would be used for a cabinet photograph. This was again mounted on a tall wooden standard and used for a lamp screen or French shade. The clever designer had in this case arranged for the screen lifting and lowering by means of one of her guUar screws set into the stem. Small bits of fine beadwork are mounted as card cases or they can be enlarged, using the design for bags. A German student tobacco pouch was turned upside down by this woman, fringed across the bottom, and mounted as a bag. The best efforts of the costumer all show the bead craze in little velvet jackets daintily dotted in tiny steel points of No. 8 beads, sewn on all over and apparently without pattern. Hardanger? May be done on yellow, pink or green can vases if It is wanted to harmonize with some dress scheme or with a china service. It Is one of the few embroideries which ap ply equally well to dress, table and house decoration. One of the best uses for it Is upon cream "Holland" shades In the way of borders or insertions. A canvas which would be described as a brown linen cheese cloth harmonizes with these shades, which, by the way, have a better effect in the house than white. The work done on this kind of a foundation also makes a perfect trimming for pongee or tussore silks. This work owes its name to the small Nor wegian tow*n of Hardanger, where it orig inated and remained for centuries the in dustry of hundreds of peasant women. From there it spread to Sweden. Denmark and Holland, where it became popular with all thrifty housewives as an ornamentation for towels, table and bed linen, and case ment curtains, as well as clothing. be ruffled down the middle and the pocket may have a ruffle added all around. To make it still mote attractive, cut and hem eight strips of the cretonne for "ties," fas ten them an inch eacli way from the four corners of the pocket, and when this is ad justed tie them In bows around the table legs. Made of pretty washable materials these "slips" are invaluable to "dress" up the folding table in the apartment which is without a special sewing room. Have You? Learned the trick of using quarter-inch Iron wire Instead of brass rods for the hanging of sash curtains? For the shams, the man tel and closet curtains, and all the little ex tra "shirrs" put up In house decoration it answers just as well and Is about one-fifth the price. It is necessary to have a little bottle of-gold paint and to "wash It," both for the sake of the looks and to keep it from rusting. You can liava It cut in lengths wanted at any hardware store, and will bs surprised at the purchasing power of the small sum of 10 cents when invested in it. S) /VZMF Nursery mother whose little folks went to school were always sent home before the reading class. They did this lesson at home and were never allowed a chance to imitate the class reading of the other children. In the '?Collections"? Of stamps, stones, butterflies and what not which are brought in by your boy Is one of the few interests which you and he can have in common. - There is plenty of com mon ground for interest between the moth er and her girls, but the subjects upon which she and her boy can fraternize are few and far between. There is nothing rejuvenates in the round of house, table and dress subjects like the getting away to and learning about some thing abstract. It not only helps the boy but helps the mother herself, and If she will clip whatever comes In her reading, or use her wiser head to get something out of the library upon his chosen subject, she will find that he is both stimulated to ob serve and delve Into things, and that she has risen a great many degrees in his esti mation. Of course, artistically, the collec tion of the boy In the house is a nuisance, but the view which comes to the mother through his outside Interests and develop ment is wider and more beautiful than the view Into her perfectly appointed dining room, unmarred by the cases of his woods or rocks. After all. the happy childhood, in which the house Is owned by him with the fewest possible restrictions necessary. Is the right of every child and the free dom In bringing In friends to look at his "collection" Is one of the best ways to drive home this sense of ownership. Ills stamps exercise his observation in selec tion and comparison, and can be made the means of enlarging his bump of things geo- I graphical and historical as well. His but terflies and insects and his mosses and flowers develop an equally acute observa tion In other directions. The mother who does not let her boy get ahead of her in these things will also be more than repaid In the opportunity which the things "she knows" will give her in meeting and knowing and being on friendly terms with the usually unknown entity that he calls "his friends." ivrmf wor lng. For instance, a carbon of the Coli seum, in measure approximating ^4xS0 inches, can be had for $8, and Is a size which will fit many an old frame turned half way. Where the size is not right a veneered mat can be used or the frame can easily be cut down a little one way. Rosewood Is prettily put on colored prints, and mahogany looks well on black and white, especially where It brings them into harmony with the woodwork. A French Apron-r? ? Is long and narrow, giving the wearer a T^raceful look not given by the wide, volum inous apron that Is gathered around the waist. It Is cut with a shallow point at the bottom and gored up so that It Is extremely narrow at the top. This Is cut out In slight ly pointed shape before sewing it on the belt. The bib is straight across the top, and has ribbon bretelles fastened with rosettes at the comers. Tables? For St. Valentine's night may be laid In either red or pink. Have wreaths of smilax on the table, one in the center and one at each end. Use red candles with red shades made of hearts covered with red paper. In verted and fastened together. Have small red paper or cardboard hearts in many sizes scattered over the tablecloth. Have heart shaped red bonbons and red ribbon cand> in dishes also in wreaths of smtlax. If a figure of Cupid with arrow and quiver can be obtained for the center lill the quiver with cardboard darts tied with red baby ribbon. They may be made of red card board, feathered with gold paper, and have lettered on the back: "I hope this dart will pierce your heart." These are distributed for bookmarks. A table in pink should be done in roses. Psper or natural roses may be chosen or may be prettily intermingled. If the real rose.? are used, have a clear glass bowl in the center and two slender clear vases at the ends with them. Also have a rose laid at each plate. Have a white cloth rather, than the bare table, as it shows the pink mere attractively, nnd use Battenberg or other openwork centerpieces and doilies, scattering loose pink rose petals thickly over them. Or make wreaths of small button roses or paper, mounting them on wire. Twist anil curve these into wreaths and garlands oil the table, putting ferns under them, and making a circle of them around the candle sticks, carrying the wreath up around the candle once or twice. The candles should be pink and the candlesticks clear glass or a deep rich green. Arrange true lovers krots of your garlands at either end of the table, having small dishes of rose-colored bonbons inside the loops. Over the table hang a fern ball, and from it carry your rose garlands to each of the women s places, where they are gathered into.a bunch and tied with a ribbon bow. If the rose garlands are too much work, ribbon can be substituted for the ropes from the fern balls. Have place cards of small and uniform pink and white valentines, and 11 the jingles are not prettily sentimental, re place them with those from other valen Another simpler table may be airanged by using lace paper doilies in all sizes on the wood top and laying them over red china as far as possible and red candles, having red carnations for a centerpiece. O . omit the red and have garlands of pink hearts held by two white doves suspended over the table and extending to each Pjate, erding In a little pink satin or paper bon bonierre filled with pink candles. In this case have the candles white like the doves. i Eat Currants. Only a few years ago nobody kuew that there was any food value to the lutlq dtled so-called Greek currant. Since then food chemists have demonstrated that there far more nutrition in them than In lean beef. Sir Francis taking, physician to King Edward, says that nutrition in white bread is greatly increased by them and that thirty parts of currants should be added to seven ty parts of dough. To add them to bread wash, dry well and mix with the flour after silting it with the salt. They also make a good winter substitute In all bread and bat ter recipes that call for fresh huckleberries. The best variety to get are the Zantl cur rants, which come from the Island of Zan tl. They are really not currants, but are a small variety of seedless grape. To use them with sour cream, salt a cup of sour cream. Put in a little less than you believe to be just enough soda to neutralize the acid. Beat it until foamy. Sift a pint of flour with one cup of sugar and one tea spoonful of baking powder Add one cup of dried currants or fresh blueberries and b&J&e as muffins. , . Currant Tea Cake.-Bake this in sheets and use as hot bread or as a dessert with sugar and thick cream; or, if preferred a hrndy sauce. Sift two cups of flour with two thirds of a cup of sugar, one heaping tea spoonful of baking powder and a pinch or salt. Mix with one cup of sweet milk, add one beaten egg, a tablespoonful of melted butter and one large cup of currants pre viously steamed or simmered for a few "currant Pancakes-Make batter with one egg, one pint of milk, enough flour to make a thin batter, salt, two teaspoonfulsi of bak ing powder and a tablespoonful of melted lard. Add a scant cup of currants and serve buttered and sprinkled with sugar. Bread and Butter Pudding.-Strew layers of dried currants between slices of buttered btesd. crusts cut oft. Pour over them a boiled custard flavored with nutmeg or oth er flavoring. Set in the oven and bake about flfteen minutes. Currant Brown Betty.?Alternate equal quantities of currants and bread crumbs in a baking dish. Add one-half cup of and two tablespoonfuls of buUerc^ut up In small bits, and bake until done, keeplng it covered closely. You can add a few thin slices of sharp apple If you like. Serve hot with cold cream. The Lady in the Kitchen? Will not sacrifice her hands where It is. possible to give them protection, and if a trained worker she has many little devices for quick accomplishment, order and saving herself. Over her sink are a half dozen Im plements to make dishwashing easy, the small mop for the glasses, the larger one for dishes, the little whisk broom for cus tard kettles or the saucepan In which milk has been scalded, the wire dishcloth for the mush kettle and the glutinous things which In spite of soaking adhere tenaciously. And there are the sand soap and the little match to the vegetable brush, both of which are needed for the Iron pan in which there has been both a little frying and a little thick ening. To clean the sink there is the com mon scrubbing brush with flaring bristles to touch the corners?only this is kept half size. She Is not disturbed by what is said in abuse of the mop, but knows that If the much maligned mopstick Is furnished with a soft, spongy, half-woolen and half-cotton cloth that can "be easily wrung, it only needs constant cleansing and freshening un der the hot-water faucet to make It perform wonders in the way of getting In the cor ners. She leaves getting down on her kiees for people that are better fitted for it and saves her back. , . Another strong point of the trained work er is the way shb keeps everything Includ ing the floor, clean as she goes along. No dish that she empties of its contents at the range is stacked or put to soak, but ls held under the hot water and the manipula tion of the little whiak broom untl cleansed while it is still hot. If iron it will dry by its own heat under this treatment and be reridyto put away. It takes only a ml* ute but saves infinite labor after the grease, suear and meat juices have hardened on. So deftly does she handle things that she can get a dinner from start to finish and her apron, dress nnd hands ar??3.c'ea,? and her kitchen as orderly when she is through as when she began. Household work is not dirty If properly done, and one of the secrets of Its not being Or, have a fern hall with a few pink roses Intermixed suspended over the table. Have long-stemmed roses at each plate tied with pink ribbon; also gold baskets tl >1 with pink ribbon and filled with candied rose leaves. Use, if possible, some pink ai*l gold china. "Fletcherism"? Is a new and interesting presentment of tho subject of eating and nutrition given by Mr. Fletcher, who evolved it out of his ex periments. It differs from other "eating cures" In having dieting eliminated fr,?m It. The only restriction put upon the appetite is that it is enough at first to distinguish when the appetite is normal and when It is a craving, and the "all gone" feeling, which Is the result of indigestion. When your mouth waters for food it Is th*? natural appetite, and when the feeling of discomfort is in the stomach it Is a wrong physical condition and not hunger. When it might seem difficult to many peo ple to locate this sensation, how easy a matter it Is with a little observation and practice Is understood by one who has taken vclce culture, and who locates throat and head and high and low chest tones. When j he learns to recognize and obey only the mouth sensation the path of the Fletcherite is easy, as he Is directed to eat anything which his appetite craves, without regard to whether it Is starch, fat or proteid. The next step is to masticate the food until it is entirely tasteless. This must be done alike with solids and all liquids ex cept water. "Bite, chew, masticate, munch and taste everything you take Into your mouth until it is not only thoroughly liq uefied and made neutral and alkaline by saliva, but until the reduced substance all settles back into the folds at the back of the mouth and excites the swallowing Im pulse," says the author of the plan. "Then swallow what has collected and excited the irfiuence and continue to chew at the re mainder. liquid though It may be, until the last morsel disappears in the swallowing impulse." After taking a course in his own "Fletcli erizing" the inventor at ftlUi-four could stand physical culture tests^vhich tired | freshmen and which were tried with them and professionally at Yale. Not only en ergy and unusual mental and physical strength come from the system, but It u>- ! peals to the economist as well as to the i athlete, as a third of the usual amount of food is found to be required, because of the I gieater amount of nutrimeyt and les^ waste which result. There is also an ap peal to the epicurean, as there is a delicacy of taste for food eaten in this way which makes it have a flavor undreamed of. so Is In having the proper things at hand, especially when cooking. The holder and a fresh towel should be attached by tapes to j the apron. The hand towel roller should be j but a turn from the hot and cold water, j Lhe salt, pepper and flour dredger should be on a little swing shelf within reach of the stove. A round asbestos mat should hang near to slip under things and a double sized and clean one kept ready to slip un der every table dish that has to stand for a few minutes In the oven or back on the , stove shelf. When Chicken is High. You may not always have chicken, but If you will cook pork after the way seen among the Pennsylvania Germans you will not miss it. Pork Chops with Chicken Gravy.?Put the chops, salted, ,nto an Iron frying pan hot. but not greased. Let fry until they are touched with plenty of rich brown on both sider. but don't allow the lean part to hnrd e:i or crisp. You need to loosen and turn them frequently, and, if they are fat, pour off part of the grease. After they are browned without a particle of scorch ing?which would be fatal to the gravy pour in a half cup of water, cover lightly and turn down the gas until the water is cooked out. Remove chops, add a table spoonful of butter, and If there are six or eight of th. m pour in nearly a pint of rich milk. Put back the chops, cook a minute in the gravy and serve. This makes the gravy richer and gives it more of the flavor which Is so decidedly like chicken, but, if pre ferred, the chops may be kept dry and the gravy served In a boar. Pork Chicken Pie.?To save time as well as tlie heat of the gas, prepare a double quantity of this meat with a superabun dance of the gravy when cooking It. Scrape part of it hot from the frying pan Into your baking dish, set .t away over the next day, fit it with a top crust of biscuit dough and bake as you would chicken pie. Creamed Chicken.?There are one or two new brands of canned chicken on the mar ket in which the chicken Is nicely sliced, so that it cuts up nicely Into cubes. This ma.kes a good and easy creamed chicken for aa Impromptu Sunday night supper, and at 3.'> or 40 cents a can is cheaper than buying a whole chicken when they are expensive. Sweet Cookery. Chocolate Prellnes.?Melt granulated su gar without the addition of water. Set It In a small saucepan In another of boiling wa ter. stirring and working until melted. Hold it for about a minute over a low fire, until It becomes a brown mash, but do not let " smoke, which the sugar will do If held near a fire which Is too hot. Set back Into the pan of hot water and work In chopped alrronds. Dig out small lumps of the mix ture and set on a buttered slab to harden. Prepare a chocolate coating by melting un sweetened chocolate In a pan of hot water. Let It dissolve itself without stirring in any way. Drop the candles Into this when they are cool on the point of a skewer or a wire ring such aa confectioners use. and leave them on waxed paper to dry. Frothy Sauce.?Mix one teaspoonful of cornstarch with a gill of cold water smooth ly and then bring it to a boil, letting it cook for a minute or two. Let it cool a lit tle and stir In two tablespoonfuls of sugar, a faint grating of lemon peel, a drop or two of vanilla, a large tablespoonful of sherry and the whites of three eggs beaten stiff. Put the saucepan in another of boiling wa ter while adding the eggs, and beat it with the egg whites uinil light and frothy. Honey Jujubes.?To make these for a cold, to a cup of honey (strained) add half a cup of lemon juice and a tablespoonful of melted gelatine. Stir together over the flre until well mixed fcftd pour on bright tins, which have been dusted with powdered sugar, to harden. Cut into squares and dust with su gar A Housekeeper Sends this recipe for quick whole wheat bitad: Take six large tablespoonfuls of whole wheat flour, four of good white flour, a pinch gf wit and two heaped teaspoon fuis of baking powder. Mix well together with milk into a smooth dough, not too stiff. It can be made either in a deep loaf or baked in a tin. I And it best th? bottom shelf In the oven and flntrti at th.i top. Tlie oven should be hot and the bread put ir. as soon as made. Do not han dle It more than necessary In mixing. VALENTINE PARTIES The feast of 81. Viticntlne appeals strong v to children. Not because of Its dedication to the tender passion which constitutes the charm of the fete to the grown-ups dor* this fascination exist for the wee otiev, though even they are unhappy without their valentines, but because of the won* derful possibilities for enjoyment. Not un like some grown-ups, the Idea of pleasure in the childish mltid is closely associated With something to eat. Therefore the hostess who contemplates a St. Valentine's children's party will, if she bo wise, turn her attention chietiy to the menu. This does not necessarily m*\in a prepon derance of eatables. The first, middle and last point to reniemlxr In planning re freshments for children is .-implicit). Let there be as much variety as you wish, but choose the dishes which please a child'* Jin late, wiiile permitting him to M helped twice or even three times without ?nv la mentable after effects, if in addition to chousing such harmless but de IciouJ viands you expend much thought upon preparing and serving them in fete day fashion, you will be sure to catch his highly critical fancy, and will be paid that his >^t compliment?the remembrance ,>r an id? al hostess In the imaginative heart of a child. ? * * First of all provide yourselr with an as sortment of heart-shaped cake cutlers. Varying sizes will be much appreciated by the children, who dislike anything ap proaching uniformity except in eating, and even the latter difficulty may be olKlilC^ by allowing the children who choose .u? small hearts to take two at a helping. Also secure some animal-shaped cutters and some oblong ones the slse and shape of a small envelope. Next buy two or three heart-sliaped molds, the kind that com monly come for Ices. Lastly have some tiry red boxes in heart shape wltti pictures of tiny shepherdesses and Utile l!oy Blue-. In preparing the menu proper remember that red is Die predominating color, and try to carry out the color scheme consistently. Sandwiches are always favorites with the little citizen. The two following have the double advantage of being toothsome and red in color. All the recipes giver, below are In the smallest possible proportions for convenience in enlarging to su:t tl size of the party. Tongue and Aspic Sandwiches.?Pound sufficient tongue for the quantity of sand wiches wanted with an > iual quantity of fresh butter to which has been added a little salt, pepper and nutmeg. Spread It on the buttered slices which have been cut from a sandwich loaf. On an equal num ber of slices place a layer of aspic jelly which has been mixed previously with half the quantity of mayonnaise sauce and chopped up finely. Add to this layer of jelly some small cress, cover in the sand wiches with tlie remaining slices and pres< together. Mark out With the heart-shaped cake cutters. * * * Tomato and egg cream sandwich' < are made after this fashion: Pound the yolk of four hard-boiled eggs to h smooth pa.- e with two tablespoon fills of thick <r> an an.I season with salt, pepper, a dust of curry powder and a few drops of tomato c.itsup. Slice and stamp out with the beart-sliai'd cutters either brown or white bread wlib It has been buttered, and spread evenly with the egg cream, cover with 11 thin slice of tomato, fold the sandwich and place on a cloth to allow the superfluous moisture to become absorbed. Bath buns are always good and If re freshments are served late in the afternoon the children will appreciate tie ir substan tial properties even more than the trac tive sandwiches. Beat in a basin a quarter of a pound of flour, four \ oiks and three whites of eggs and four dessertspoonfuls of fresh yeast. Set before the lire to rise Kub ten ounces of butter into one pound of flour, and half a pound of sugar, some carraway comfits or shredded citron and candied lemon peel, and when the mixture before the fire is light, dry by degrees all the ingredients, cover and set before the fire and rise again. When sufficiently ilght divide into buns and place in baking tins, brushing the tops with the white of au egg and a little milk. Strew with comfits or seed candies and bake In a quick oven. A pimple Salad. With these buns serve a simple salad. The following commends itself at this season because of its color and digestibility, nothing but the simpUst Ingredients being used: Chop up some cold fillets of chicken and a little ham with car rots, cold boiled peas, small French beans and a quantity of beets which have been boiled in the rind to preserve the color. Mix thoroughly, adding by degrees a little caviar. No particular flavor should pre dominate and the salad should be carefully mixed. Dross with mayonnaise sauce and serve on heart-shaped doylies of paped lace. Children are always thirsty and it might be well to serve along with the other eat ables this refreshing milk lemonade: A pint of milk and the thinly cut rind of two lem ons should be placed In a saucepan and al lowed to simmer for a quarter of an liou. ?Squeeze the iuice of the lemons into a Jug. add a tablespoonful of sugar to each lemon and after the milk reaches the boiling point pour it into the Jug containing the lemon Juice. Stir well and allow to get perfectly cold. Then strain through muslin and add a tablespoonful of orange-flower water for each lemon. * * * Refreshments at children's parties should Increase in novelty as they near the end. The two desserts here given can not fall to please. For bananas in Jelly, prepare a pint and a half of lemon Jelly In the usual way and while still hot pour Into It a pound of raspberry Jam. Then strain and clarify It. Add sufficient red coloring to make it a deep red and set away to cool. Split some peeled bananas through lengthwise, remove a small portion from the middle of each piece lengthwise with an apple corer, mak ing it hollow. Kay them in the Juice of half a lemon and a tablespoonful of pow dered sugar for an hour. Then wipe dry, fill the hollow with stiffly whipped cream, which has been sweetened and flavored with vanilla, replace the halves of the fruit and arrange In a large glass bowl. Then pour the cold raspberry Jelly over them and as soon as firm scatter over the top chopped pistachio nuts or hickory nuts. With this serve the following white cake cut into oblongs by the envelope cutters: Heat to a cream one-half cup of butter, add one and one-half cups of sugar and beat again. Sift together two and one-half cups of pastry flour and two teaspoonfuls of baking powder. Add this alternately with one cup of cold water to the creamed but ter and sugar, beating all the while. Add flavoring and stir in the well-beaten whites of five eggs. Bake in a loaf and when cold slice down and stamp out with the cutter. * * * For the heart-shaped molds use this cran berry sauce with a fleck of whipped cream on top: Core and cut Into quarters one pound of apples and one quart of water and set over the fire. When boiling add one quart of cranberries and cook until tho berries are soft. Then pi ess through a colander. Add one pound of granulated sugar and heat until the sugar la thor oughly dissolved. The sauce should be thick when cold. If not stiff add a little gelatine, pour into the elongated molds and when ready to serve turn out and mic ? down, turning each heart onto a larger heart-shaped doylle. Place on the top .1 fleck of the cream, which should be stiffly whipped. Gingerbread Nuts?Mix thoroughly two pounds of flour a pound and a quarter o; molasses, half a pound of brown augar, two ounces of ginger, three-quarters of a pound of butter, melted, and a very little cayenne pepper Roll out into Inch thick sheets ttnd cut with the animal cake cutters.