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Ip^HE following letter will prove of in
| terest to all lovers of animals and
| gives us another side of the mat
ter from that which we have seen
previously in the Corner:
** I have just seen the talk on ' House
hold Pets at the Table.’ I am an intense
lover of all God's creatures and feel as
keenly in my way of thinking as you do in
“ 1 have always had cats and dogs in
my home, ami while they have never been
allowed at the tabl<a or in the diningroom
during the meal, I think that others have
the right to bring them there if they wish
I have dined at tables where the habits
of people were as repulsive to me as the
animals are to you and to some others.
“In one home I never accepted a second
help, because the person who served the
dish was sure to thrust the fork with
which he had been eating into the meat or
potatoes he served, or if helping with a
spoon he assisted this with his own fork
or spoon. Nothing is more disgusting to
me than to think of using a utensil with
which another has been eating, or to
drink from the same cup. Yet ninety-nine
out of every hundred persons resent one
not caring to drink from their glasses or
taste the food into which their forks' or
spoons have been put. I have heard such
persons Indignantly declare, ‘ I am not
poison! *
“ In this article to which I refer you
also said: * T could tell tales of unmar
ried women who seemed to spend upon
dumb pets the devotion which they would
perhaps have bestowed upon children if
they had had them, and my contempt for
temperaments which could content them
selves with such objects of tenderness
has 'been mingled with pity for the
loneliness of heart which had to satisfy
itself with so poor a substitute for chil
“ ! have, heard scores of people ex
press the same sentiments, but 1 have yet
to see one of those people take in a home
less little waif or give a home to a dumb,
helpless animal. The woman with chil
dren of her own seems to have no room
in her heart or home for th£ children of
others. A mother’s love is selfish; she
cares for her child because it is nors! I
have not seen that her love for the chil
dren of others is either innate or culti
vated. Th^re are some exceptions to this
rule, but they are rare.
“ You seem to overlook the fact that
most unmarried women are in no position
to bring up children; they have no home
or income of their own. Many of them
are in the position to care for one of
God’s creatures, and that one does not
mean the expense that a child In the
home means. If one cannot do much,
surely the little should be acceptable.
* As ye have done it unto the least of
these ye have done it unto me ’ applies to
God’s dumb creatures as well as to high
er beings. When I think of the loyalty,
the faithfulness, the gratitude, the pa
rtomach quite as much as of delicate men
al sensibilities. I rather think the stom
ich has more to do with It than the mind,
ret silica the home i» supposed to be run
or the comfort of its human Inmates it is
well to defer to their preferences, espe
cially as there is no cruelty Involved In
ending tho dogs and cats at another time
tnd place.
lain also willing to concede tho truth of
vhat my correspondent says concerning
:he inability of many unmarried women
o take care of a child, while perhaps they
an manage to give a home to a dog or a
at. Far be it from me to cavil at or to
luarrel with the. heart hunger which must
satisfy itself by loving and tending a
dumb animal because it is Impossible to
nfford a human object of the affections.
S'one the less let me point out that in every
city and town and in most small places
there is crying need for the help that
single women can give In taking care
of children, in making them happy, in
bringing light and cheer into lonely
childish lives. Every charitable Institu
tion that has to do with children welcome®
the assistance of Intelligent workers. I
have known more single women than I
CHn count w ho have been veritable cen
ters of joy and comfort to orphaned and
deserted children and have fulfilled tho
Bible saying: ’* More are tho children
of the desolate than of the married wife."
Before a spinster puts all her devotion
into the custody of a dog or a eat t would
counsel her to look about her to see If
there are not biped needs calling for her
While I think T have proved my will
ingness to meet my critic more than half f
way I must take issue with her in her
statement that the love of the mother
is-selfish, that she cares for a child because
it is hers and she has no tenderness
left to bestow upon the children of oth
ers. My correspondent acknowledges
that there are rare exceptions to this
rule. My own observation loads me to
believe that tho state of affairs she de
scribes is the exception and tho other the
I have been happy enough to be asso
ciated with mothers on the boards and
committees of many charities, both for
adults and for children. Alwuys I have
found that motherhood opens the heart
to the needs of the little ones and that tho
possession of a child of her own moves
a woman to a tenderness toward desolate
children, a yearning to bring happiness
and love into their lives which she never
knew before the arrival of maternity.
Here is a matter on which 1 would liko
the judgment of the Corncrites. Does
motherhood harden the heart against oth
er children than one’s own? Is the par
ent of a child more disinclined to offer a
refuge to a homeless animal or to care
for lonely children than the plngle woman
or the one w’ho is childless. This is a
question on which you all have opinions.
What are they?
tience. the self-control of some animals
1 am inclined to put them in the ranks of
higher beings.
“ You speak of 4 muddy paws on floors
that human labor has just made clean.'
Time and again I have had to clean crude
petroleum off the rugs, brought Jn by
callers on their shoes, and where the
higher intelligence is shown here 1 fail
to see. Higher intelligence is certainly
wanting when we think that all the com
fort is due us, that we have all the rights
and should have all the happiness, regard
less of others. If there is room in your
columns I wish you would print Senator
Vest’s tribute to the nobility of the dog.
I inclose it and I believe it will do good
to all who read it. I- O. U.”
As a matter of course, there is force in
what the writer says on a number of
points, and with the open-mindedness
we try to cultivate in this Corner I have
printed her criticisms upon my own point
of view as freely as I would have pub
lished her commendations. 1 also make
room for the tribute to the dog by Sena
tor Vest. She gives with it the statement
of the circumstances in which it was de
Years ago. In an old town of north Mis
souri, a man brought suit for $200 against
a neighbor who had killed his dog. and
engaged Senator Vest to plead his case.
The senator made the following remark
able address—considered the finest classic
gem of its kind in the history of forensic
“ Gentlemen of the jury: The best
human friend a man has may turn against
him and become his enemy. His son or
daughter that he has reared with lovtoig
care may prove ungrateful. Those who
are nearest and dearest to us, those whom
we trust with our happiness and our
name may become traitors to their faith.
The money that a man has he may lose.
It flies away from him. perhaps, when he
needs it most. A mail's reputation may
be sacrificed in a moment of ill consid
ered action. The people who are prone
to fall on their knees to do us honor when
success is with us may be the first to throw
the stone of malice when failure settles
oss, the faithful dog asks no higher
trlvHege than that of accompanying, to
piard against danger, to tight against his
■nemies. and when the last scene of all
:ontes and when death takes the master
n Its embrace and his body Is laid away
n the cold ground, no matter if all other
'rletids pursue their way, there by the
jravestde may the noble dog ho found. Ills
toad between his paws, his eyes sad hut
open in alert watchfulness, faithful and
.rue even in death."
fcfl'his is beautiful, both in sentiment
md In expression, and If this or anything
else inclines old or young to more co»
•ideratlon for "our little brothers,” tile
dumb animals, f shall be glad. Neverthe
less it does not alter the point 1 tried to
emphasize In my talk, that not only uro
there places in the home where animals
do not belong but also that the importance
of human beings Is greater than that of
dogs and cats.
1 grant all that the correspondent says
as to the had manners of human beings
at the table. 1 will go as Tar as she does
In declaring that many a time 1 have eaten
with men, women, and children who were
far more obnoxious In their table habits
than most well behaved cats or dogs. At
the same time, two wrongs do not mako
a right and because humans bring the
demeanor of the pig sty to the dining room
is no reason why the apartment should
he made a dog kennel. It strikes me that
the place for all such creatures is apart
from the family at their respective feed
ing times.
The Tact remains that to many persons
It ts disagreeable to have animals with
their natural habits about them when eat
ing. It may be a question of uncertain
It* cloud over our heads. The one abso
lutely unselfish friend that a man can
have in this selfish world, the one that
never deceives him. the one that never
proves ungrateful, is his dog.
** A man's dog stands by him in pros
perity and in poverty, in health and in
sickness. He will sleep on the cold
ground where the wintry wind blows and
the snow drifts fiercely, if only he may
be near his master’s side. He will kiss
the hand that lias no food to offer. He
will lick the wounds and sores that come
in encounter with the,roughness of tHe
world. He guards the sleep of his pauper
master as if he were a prince. When
all other friends desert ho remains. When
riches take wings and reputation falls to
pieces he Is as constant In his love as the
sun (n its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives the master forth an
outcast in the w orld, friendless and home
1^^ EAR Corner friends, I am a
(4 f A little giri 11 y-ears of age and
I J tlw?*re are nine other children
besides me, so you see it is pret
ty hard for papa and mamma to
keep us in clothing, as we are poor. So
1 am asking for a little help if you will
think it right to speak of it. What I
would like are some outgrown dresses,
waists, underwear, or clothing of any
kind for us children. We would be glad
to get them and we would very much like
some small pieces of ribbon for our hair.
If I am asking too much plea&e forgive
me. Maybe I can help you some way in
the future. E. R.“
As th$ Corner knows, I am opposed to
asking for clothing, even in such hard and
bitter times as vie are passing through
this winter. But this child’s appeal
touched me, as it is pretty sure to do
every mother, and I print it on the chance
that there may be hanging in some closet
a few of the “outgrown dresses” or
other articles she requests. I have no
doubt that *he “ small pieces of ribbon
for the hair “ will also be forthcoming.
As I almost always say when I print such
appeals as this, I do not wish them to be
taken as encouragement that I can make
|further requests along the same lines.
iRarely, indeed, do I feel justified in mak
ing such pleas and I must cease them
Altogether if they open the door to in
discriminate seeking for such charity.
- Two Egg Angel Food.
I “I have enough magazines to make a
Igood boxful of different kinds and I
■would be glad to send them to any one
Iwho could pay the freight. I always en
Ijoy the Corner and have received many
helpful hints from It. I tried the eggless,
Ibutterless, and mllklens cake which w>as
Iglven here a short time ago and found
ft tine. I want to help a little and am
■tending the Corner a recipe for a two
iegg angel food, which Is good if one fol
lows the directions exactly. It Is as fol
lows: Sift together four times one cup
Ilf flour, one cup of sugar, and two heap
ing teaspoons of baking powder. Add to
Ithls one cup of hot milk, not boiling, then
■beat vigorously; to this add two whites
Lf eggs, beaten stiff and dry, with a pinch
tf salt. Fold It carefully. Use no flavor
ing. Bake in an ungreased pan for forty -
live minutes in a slow oven. AftcT taking
liut of the oven invert cake and pan till
fold, then remove cake carfeully from
fan. Bake in round pan, with tube In
Banter. " Alns. S. J. C.”
I V.'c are glad to have the offer of the
magazines and they are Itkety to be
■napped up quickly. I am glad to put in
Ihc recipe for angel food. Other recipes
Biave come to me from various Cornerites
Hind It always pleases me to give them to
Hie readers at large. A clear, well wrlt
Ben recipe sent by some one who has fried
It and found the result good always brings
Its welcome with It.
I No “ Prizes " for Recipes.
I •• I have a goo<J recipe for making dry
feast in cakes, similar to that sold by
Brucers, and aj I know you give prises for
luch recipes I am anxious to send the
Btrections to you. If you like I will let
you have some of the yeast to try.
•* E. M. G."
The writer of this is evidently laboring
under a misapprehension. We dovno£
give prises for recipes in this column,
unless one can consider the thanks and
appreciation of the Corner!tes in the light
of a reward. If she chooses to send tho
recipe we will be pleased to print it and
to repeat afterwards any words of ap
proval the recipe may call forth.
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Sulphur Spots on Damasl(.
" Please send me the address of the
Inclosed. I am one of those who received
magazines by the score through your
columns and I want to pass them along.
I think this is a worthy case. 1 am send
ing for the benefit of the Corner readers
a splendid recipe for a pudding. It may
not sound very fine when you read It. but
try It and you will declare it delicious:
Break In pieces three soda crackers or
live milk crackers and half a cake of
sweet chocolate. Cover them with milk
and bake until all the milk Is absorbed
and the chocolate and the crackers are
one. Serve hot. with a cold sauce made
by beating sugar and butter together.
Can some one tell me how to take out of
a damask tablecloth spots caused by
washing the cloth in well water In which
there is sulphur? Wherever a spot of the
sulphur had been there Is a bright rust
colored stain, and the cloth Is ruined.
" E. M."
I regret to state that you did not In
close the signature to which you refer.
If you find It and will send It to me T
will be glad to supply the address and
thus give you the chance to pass along
the magazines which have given you
pleasure. Thank you for the recipe. As
to the spots In the tablecloth, I would
recommend salts of lemon or dipping the
stains into lemon juice, istrewing salt
thickly upon this, and laying the cloth In
the sun. Repeat the application several
times. Should this fail you might use
oxalic acid, dipping tile staing into this,
but be careful to wash the cloth whici
has been touched by the acid In pure
water In not more than ten minutes after
the acid has been applied. It is powerful
and will eat into Lhe fabric if allowed to
remain upon it too long.
* *
Frit to Misto.
" About a year and a half ago you pub
lished seme ot your own recipes of foreign
dishes, learned during your travels in
Europe. Could you repeat one of them
for my benefit? I had it for some time, but
It was printed on two columns and when
I wanted to use It I found the more im
portant half had disappeared. Tou called
It ‘ fritto misto.' I believe It Is a Swiss
dish, but anyway It had chicken giblets
in It. I send a stamp and addressed en -
velope, as I am not sure If you send
recipes by mall or not. M. 8."
No, I do not send recipes by mail, al
though I was tempted to waver from my
unfailing custom In gratitude for your
kindness In telling me of the help my
recipes had been to you and to your chil
dren. It wee deer and sweet of you to
give me this word of encourage men:.
The recipe tor which you aek is not Swiss.
but Italian, and I am happy to pass it on
again: Fritto Misto or Fritella—Clean
and parboil the gizzards, livers, hearts,
and lights of two or three chickens. Cut
them into neat pieces. Slice artichokes
and peeled potatoes; dip all into egg, roli
in flour or cornmeal. and fry in butter or
boiling oil. Drain dry and serve on a hot
dish. Three good sized potatoes and one
or two artichokes will be sufficient.
Should you wish to increase, the size of
the dish you can parboil a pair of calf’s
brains and a sweetbreaed, then slice and
fry them with the other articles. This is
not an expensive dish and if properly
cooked is savory and good. The fat
should be boiling hot that the various
items cooked in it may brown quickly
and not lie in the fat and soak it up.
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Magazines to Give Away.
•• I have a lot of magazines to give
away. If you will tell me of some address
I will gladly give the books to any one
who will pay the postage. I hope that one
of these days I may have the chance to
know you personally. Mrs. H* H.”
Is there not some one who will be glad
to call for the magazines or to pay post
age on them? I thank you for your wish
to know me personally. May it come
Plea for Dumb Animals.
The following poem will appeal to the
lovers of dumb animals. It was sent to
me by one of their friends not long ago
at a time when I did not have space to
put it iinto the Corner, but I make room
for It today because of the pleasure I
am sure It will bring to many:
Wo arc the little brothers, homeless in cold and
Four footed little beggars, roamdng the city
Snatching a bone fiUtn the gutter, creeping
thro' alleys drear,
• Stoned and sworn at and beaten, our hearts
consumed with fear.
You pride yourselves on the beauty of your city,
fair amt free,
Yet we are dying by thousands in coverts you
never see;
You l)oast of your menial progress, of your
libraries, schools, and halls.
But we who are dumb denounce you. as we
crouch beneath thdiFwalla.
You sit In your tinsled playhouse and weep o'er
a mimic wrong;
Our woes are the woes of the voiceless, our
griefs Hra unheeded in song.
You way that the same God made us; when
before his throne you come,
Shall you dear yourselves in his presence on
the plea that lie made us dumb?
Are your hearts too hard to listen to a starving
kitten’s cries?
Or too gay for the patient pleading in a dog’s
beseeching eyes?
Behold us, your little brothers, starving, beat
en, oppressed—
Stretch out a hand to help ua that we may have
food and rest.
Too long have we roamed neglected, too long
have wfc sickened with fear,
The mercy you hope and pray for you can grant
us now and here.
The verses are by E. B. Barry, and those
of us who have learned to know and love
the tenderness of St. Francis for his “ lit
tle brothers " among animals will And the
lines strike a sympathetic chord In our
own hearts. There is no doubt that we
cannot hold ounselves clear of blame when
so many stray dogs and cats are allowed
to wander and suffer uncared for in our
cities. To my own mind, it would be great
er kindness to put them painlessly dut of
life than to leave them to endure as they
do now. There may be a home for every
homeless creature on the earth, but too
often supply and demand fail to ge-t to
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Nut Bread.
“ In looking over the names of the many
kind and generous persons who have Mint
me magazines 1 am moved to write to tlie
Corner. The answers to my letter far
surpassed my fondest expectations, end
tny girls are delighted with what they
have received and most grateful. X am
sure most of the good people in the world
must be associated with the Corner! L
have never before received so many happy
returns from one - cent stamp. Will you
accept a recipe for nut bread which 1 llnd
most w holesome and delicious for my chil
dren? Every one who eats it likes it. It
is especially nice for a cold lunch: Four
and a half cups of graham flour, one and
a half cups of white flour, one cup of
sirup, three-quarters of a cup of sugar,
three cups of swreet milk, six teaspoons of
baking powder, one egg, one cup of nut
meats, one teaspoon of salt. Mix well,
make into two loaves, and buke for forty
minutes. I wish there were some other
way ih which I could show my apprecia
ting of all I have received, and 1 hope thaf
some day such a way may be opened to
me. Mhs. E. T. B.”
Although Mrs. E. T. B. has doubtless
written to the friends who responded so
generously to her appeal, X am glad to put
her letter here for the sake of those whose
names she may net have received. If 1
don’t quite accept her theory that most
of the good people in the world are asso
ciated with the Corner, l yet hold the
fervent opinion that a fair representation
i>f them are on our roll of honor. We arc
glad to have her nut bread. 1 take it f»r
granted that the nut meats are cut into
small pieces and dredged with flour be
fore they are mixed with tihe dough. Eng
lish walnut meats are especially good for
this purpose.
* *
Apple Sauce Cal(e.
“ A few days ago I saw a request from
a shut-in for a shower of postcards, so I
sin today writing for his address. Being
in a position to secure many booklets and
views of the I’inama-Paciflc exposition. X
will gladly send him some, together with
Hue postcards. This is my first offer to
the Corner, but X have received a great
deal of help from it. X would like now to
have a recipo for a good and inexpensive
fruit cake. Will some one In the Corner
tell me how to can mincemeat? In a
rather tropical part of the states it is
hard to put the mincemeat in a crock and
kc«p It rs we do In a colder climate. It
soon ferments in a crock, but I have seen
it put up in Jars. I send with this a good
recipe for apple sauce cake some one may
like: One cup of sugar, one-quarter cup
of butter, two cupa of flour measured be
fore sifting, one cupful of apple sauce
strained, one teaspoon of baking soda,
half a teaspoon of cinnamon and the same
of cloves, a little nutmeg, one cup fruit
U use raisins and nuts), ono egg yolk, sav
ing the white for frosting. Hake for one
hour. This la a good cako to make when
egga are high. The address I want is
that of Fred. Mrs. H. F. L."
'i'ho address has been sent to you dii'ect
ly. and 1 dare say by this time the shut in
has been rejoiced by your generosity.
Lot mo thank you on my ow n account as
well as on his. Thank you al^o for the
apiplo sauce ouae. To can mincemeat you
have only to niako it boiling hot before
you put it into the jars, and then seal at
once. If you use a boiled cider mincemeat
tiiis is easily done; if you put in other
liquor do this after the mincemeat has
been brought to the boil and just before
taking It from the fire. T am afraid I
don't know a very Inexpensive fruit cake,
but the following is good if not actually
cheap: Hub to a cream one cup of pow
dered sugar and a half cup of butter; beat
In flvo whlpj>ed eggs; add half a teaspoon
rach of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and
trince, and one cup of flour. Last, dredge
and stir in a quarter of a pound of seeded
raisins, a quarter of a pound of currants,
and three tablespoons of shredded cit
ron. Hake in one loaf steadily for an
hour and a quarter.
Potato and Onion Soup.
“ Will »omo reader please give or loan
a few different old fashioned Palohwork
quilt patterns',1 I will pay postage and
will also furnish scraps for patterns to
any one who wants them and can’t gel
them. Here Is a recipe for a potato and
onion soup which Is much liked in our
houae on cold evenings and which servee
for supper or for a light dinner-. Peel and
cut up two g-oud sized potatoes and half
an onion tine. Cook both for thirty min
utes and then mash soft. If celery is
liked, a stick of tide minced tine may he
put In with the other ingredients. When
all are mashed, pepper ami salt should bs
added to taste, a pint of milk stirred in,
and a lump of butter the size of a wap
nut. • A Constant Reaper.'
This recipe sounds as if It might in*
deed make a good und savory soup for a
cold night, and with this to begin the
meal a heavy second course will hardly
be needed. The offer of scrapa and the
request for putterna for patchwork quilts
shall bo put on file. I hope to receive as
many applications for It on one account
as on the other.
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Wants a Caf?c Recipe.
" Will you please send me the recipe
published In November of 1013 for a fruit
cake? It was sent you by a senator s
wife. The name of the cake was ’ Beat
Ever.’ I used the recipe and found it
to be the finest I had ever had. but hava
lost It. Mhs. J. K. y."
I have frequently stated that It’s Impos
sible to send recipes by mall. It I were to
begin doing it I would have time for
nothing else. More than this, I cannot
undertake to find and reprint recipes
which have been used a twelvemonth
back. If. however, some one has a copy
of the directons asked for by this corre
spondent and will send them to me I will
gladly print them in the Corner. 1 regret
that this is the best I can do for her.
By special request the following menus
give meat or fish at only one meal a day:
Oatmeal anti cream.
Waffles and sirup.
Cream of pea soup.
Baked beans, brown bread.
Saratoga ipotatoes.
Canned peaches.
Onion soup.
Roast Veal.
Browned potatoes.
Stewed tomatoee.
Lemon meringue.
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Fried mush.
Baked macaroni with cheese.
Toasted brown bread [left over].
Hashed potatoes IleftoverJ.
1' J' rP Tea.
Tomato bisque lleft over].
Curried veal [left over].
Boiled rlee.
Chilled bananas
Cream pufT^t
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Baked bananas.
Rice croquettes lleft over].
Celery and apple salad.
Hot gingerbread.
Salsify soup.
Broiled Hamburg steak.
French fried potatoes.
Creamed carrots.
Cottage pudding.
Btewrd prunes.
Apple, shortcake.
'roasted cheese,
linked potatoes. *
dinger snaps.
t Tea.
Cream of carrot soup [left over].
Peppers ftuffod with minced beef (left over],
pried eggplant.
• Boiled onions.
Peach dumplings.
Baked apples.
Graham gems.
Eggplant scalloped with chess* ssuos
[left over].
Boiled sweet potatoes.
Maple sirup.
Browned potato soup.
Liver and bacon.
Onion Bouftlft [left over].
Boiled potatoes.
Chocolate cuatard.
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Cereal. j
Boiled eggs.
Whole wheat biscuit.
Hashed potatoes creamed with cheese sauce.
Toasted English muffins.
Strawberry jam.
Raw oysters on half shell.
Halibut ateuk.
Mashed potatoes.
Green peas.
Batter pudding.
si* *i*
Bananas and cream.
Milk toast.
Nut and apple salad.
Cheese balls.
Quick muffins.
Hawaiian pineapple.
Cream of fish soup [left over].
Fried chicken.
Baked sweet potatoes.
String beans.
Tapioca pudding.

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