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The San Francisco Sunday Call
DO XOT despair! If you were Triad
<-n<;u«h to buy a suit that was
not aii extreme exploitation of
the season's fashions, your one-year
' cid suit is quite "possible." A renova
tion at home is very easy and these
are the steps in the process.
Give the whole suit a thorough, airing
er.d beating. I>t every particle of dust
be scattered to the winds, and keep
at the task until you are sure that tho
garments are absolutely clean. ' ! A
tmall flexible rattan Is harmless but
effectual. "--v- : ,:-^
Clean the- lining of your coat with
pasoline or benzine. It Is hardly neces
tary for a warning to be sounded about
the care that must be exercised with re
gard to these cleansers and fire! Keep
them away from the-flama or extreme
. A soft sponge for cleaning is good; so
Is a soft flannel cloth. Air the coat after
it is cleaned, to remove all odor -of the
coats show signs of wear at
the b&ck of the collar. Cover the
frayed edges with a new piece of ribbon
that will match the lining. Fine cat
stitching- around the edges, with an em
broidered initial, will take away the
"patch" element, and. if you wish, a
chain can be fastened under this, which
can be used as a hangrer. If --- this,
IT IS growing more and more thi cus
tom to make of Thanksgiving din
ners, not formal affairs — foT that
they ehould never be— but ceremonious
occasions, accompanied by all the place
cards and fol-de-rols generally that
young people and happy people delight
in. And on Thanksgiving let us all be
young and happy!
It is really fun to make the favors
shown here. Look at the cranberry
tree, for instance. The trunk Is a dis
carded spool, wolisd round and round
with coarse brown thread. The 2icJe 1j
filled with thick glue and the toothpick
branches are stuck into it and propped
•iy until it hardens. Cranberries are
speared on these toothpicks so as to
rlv« the appearance of a rather gro
rtsque but cex^ainly fertile tree. Then
the "tree" is glued to an old bobbin box,
en which green paper has first been
pasted. The sliding drawer of the box
contains the place cend. How pretty
a table would be where the white cloth
is bordered with strings of cranberries,
the candles and candleshadea are red,
and one of these favors appears at
•very place!
The fashionable Jady and gentleman
are only one example of what can be
done with the ordinary white bone but
tons that come for underwear.' The
figures are cut out of thick cardboard,
drawn and painted, and the buttons are
do not fasten down the upper edge of
the ribbon band.
Sometimes the sleeves at the under
arm Eeams are much worn or stained.
This can be remedied by sewing In a
pair of shields. But waltl First cover
the shields with silk to match the llnlnsr.
Nothing is more reprehensible, from the
point of view of a well-dressed woman,
than shields that shout out their mis
sion in blatant white. This expedi
ent is one that more women should try.
- Do not forget th 6 skirt braid. Remove
the old and apply a new one. slip-stitch
lng it on with cotton thread. Silk Is
not so strong. Allow a slight edge to*
extend below the material. In this way
the edge of the 6kirt is protected.
A final pressing Is necessary. Use a
dampened cloth and a hot iron and press
the coat on a large board, the sleeves
on the small sleeve board that should be
in every one's laundry. The skirt Is
easily done. If there are pleats In it,
baste the folds and press. Much of the
little annoyance occasioned by material
clipping will thus be eliminated.
Needless to say, a renewed supply of -
buttons — this time bone, for they last
longer— will do much to freshen up an.
old euit. You will be surprised at the
results. Don't complain against your
limited income, or at the frayed lining
of your coat. Treat your suit to a home
rejuvenation. It is worth a trial.
sewed on as faces, the holes serving
for eyes. Pen and ink, red and black,
bring out the rest of the features. The
hair is colored wool; the necklace and
watchchain, tiny beads. The "hobble"
on the lady's skirt Is of baby ribbon,
and so is the gentleman's necktie. F!m
ply as place-cards these buttons serve
as heads for figures drawn on card
board but not cut out. In '.his case,
strong cardboard supports must be pro
'The little pumpkin pie is a real pie.
cooked in a pretty butterplate, and
pricked with the recipient's initial.
It is, quite aside from dinner parties,
a pretty Thanksgiving message to the
shut-in you know, even though not a
very substantial one.
Would you think that plain „ fish
food, that "white, paper-like substance
that looks like the top of nougat,
could make acceptable place-cards?
Vet- it takes Ink and watercolor very
well, as the resplendent little turkey
in the corner, will tell 'you. It is
easily split, and a corner should be
turned up, fastened with a careful
stitch, and a prescription for thank
fulness, folded like a powder, placed
within. The -prescription may be a
{ (~W~\ EING piously disposed, they
|-<v sought relief from heaven by
-^— ' laying their wants and distress
es before the Lord in frequent set days
of fasting" and prayer. Constant medi
tation and discourse on these subjects
kept their minds gloomy and discontent
ed'; and, like the children of Israel,
there were many disposed to return to
that Egypt which persecution had in
duced them to abandon.
"At length, when it was proposed In
the assembly to proclaim another fast,
a farmer of plain sense rose and re
marked that the inconveniences they
suffered, and concerning which they had
so often wearied heaven with their com
quotation from one of. our optimists,
like Stevenson or ! Henry Van Dyke,
or it may be a question, "Why are you
thankful?" which can. be answered
by all around the table in turn.
Finally" there are the little burnt
wood baskets for candy, only about
three inches high by four broad, but
made of thin bark and really . burnt
with a careful needle.- After burn
ing, they are glued and sewed; into '
shape and a tiny wooden bottom
glued in. They should . be filled to
overflowing with 'little candy drops.
©ne afternoon will give you all the
favors you want for your Thanks
giving dinner. Make" them, and see
how much faster, the turkey and ;
pumpkin pie go down!
To Renew Oilcloth
WHEN oilcloth has been down for a
few months and is "losing, the
shiny surface, it can be renewed
easily and made to last' twice, as long if
treated in the following .way: , Melt ;a
little ordinary glue ,;in" a pint of .water,
letting it , stand on the t top : of the oven
till dissolved.
, -Wash the oilcloth thoroughly and let it
dry.' Then at night, when the traffic of
the day'ls over, go over. the i whole care
fully\with a flannel dipped.in .the glue
water. . Chcose.a fine ,. day for it, -and, by
morning the glue will % be ; hard | and will
have put a fine gloss as good as new on
your floor* • •
plaints, were not so great as they might
have expected and were ; diminishing
every day as the colony strengthened;
that the earth began to reward their
labor and to furnish liberally for their
substance; that the seas and rivers were
found full . of fish, the air sweet, . the
climate healthy, and, above all, that
they were there in the full "enjoyment
of liberty, civil and religious; he, there
fore, • thought that ' reflecting and con
versing on these subjects would be more
comfortable, as tending more to make
them contented with their situation, and
that it would be more becoming the
gratitude they owed the divlne'being if,
instead of a fast, they should proclaim
a thanksgiving.
"His advice was taken, and. from tljat
day to this they have, in every year,
observed circumstances of felicity suffi
cient to furnish employment for a
thanksgiving day, which is, therefore,
constantly ordered and religiously ob
served." /
' ' ' ' "* ' '
For Housekeepers
•y F A lamp is upset and the burning oil
I runs over, do not throw water, on It,
-L but. throw on flour, earth, sand or
ashes, and fling it first on the foremost
flames and go on back to the place the
flames started from. ' This. will at once
prevent the flames from spreading
further. . :
To remove Ink stains from table linen
and other white articles squeeze the
juice of a fresh lemon over tha stain; let
it remain on a . minute; then rinse in
warm water, and the stain will have
disappeared.. _!__
Salt sprinkled on the bottom of the
oven 'will keep cakes from burning. <
To restore the color in carpets rub
well with a cloth wrung out in water to
which a 'handful of salt has been added.
Thl3 must be done after all the dust has
been swept or. beaten out The room
must not be used until the carpet is
uuitedry.. - "•- -',-\u25a0;•
Two Hints
ALWAYS first shrink the; wool' to, be
used for all darning purposes by
§ holding ; the skein in \ the ' steam
from a"\u25a0 boiling kettle. : Otherwise the
wool would shrink and make a hole
larger than the : original , one.
'If vegetables are cooked, in a steamer
over : hot water; (as you .would cook a
pudding); and sprinkled' with salt when
nearly done, then servedln, a very hot
tureen, they will be <found very ; much
better, and also ,- much more ' nutritious,
than when boiled in . the ; ordinary way.
Renovating Carpets
THEY" must": have been * well - beaten
' and freed from dust first.; Then' put
M a gallon of waiter into a saucepan
with; ai half .i pound of i good'. soap; ; shred
ded, and boil.- When the soap is dis
solved pour ! the whole in to' a clean | pall
and l stir; in • a quarter pound iof : salts lof
tartar. v ; Wash :.- a small ; : portion of l the
.carpet - with this* solution ; and immedi
ately ', 'after V wlthk warm;; clean;- water,
and rub dry with ; a clean rcloth. Re
peat this iuntil (the whole, surface, of the
carpet is cleaned. • \u25a0
ONE of the favorite methods of keep
ing eggs in old farmhouses was
that of coating the shell with gum.
Ordinary, gum arable was used, which
was melted slowly over the fire and
applied to the eggs with the help of a
soft brush. When set, they were packed
in dry charcoal and stored in ordinary
deal boxes.
To preserve new-laid - eggs for three
months, the butter treatment Is often rcy
sorted to In j country places where a
sudden Influx of summer visitors puts a,
severe strain on the resources of a small
village or seaside place. Only fresh
butter must, however, b« used, and
barely sufficient employed to coat th«
eg-?. Too much butter would probably
IN MANY of; us there Is a -peculiar
aversion to, the mending day, and.
in the maze of more .pressing en
gagements we let the sewing- world slide.
as i.it were, until; we are. checked on our,
own' inglorious, . T neglectful ; way by. the
lack-of \u25a0"; the good {.condition of - our
clothes. : But much depends • upon a well- :
fitted \u25a0 sewing { basket," from \u25a0 which : the
remedies for lost buttons or torn wldth3
can be taken, as, quickly as the toola
for a' sensible construction of. a new
garment. r '-' ".\u25a0'.'*•'- '.•\u25a0'-;\u25a0\u25a0;'\u25a0-.-
It Is hardly necessary do urge a jspe-.
dal .' day : for • mending or ; sewing, and to" 1
any woman a basket -or box to hold all .
little V helps^ls* a-. friend "- indeed. If 'the
bought-; form . be - expensive, one can ; be -
made at home.lllned^ with chintz or s ere
\u25a0" tonne.. and fitted with a- place for every
:; thing. ' Straps lon ' the -- lid will v hold
scissors - and ;*: bodkins; I- pockets ' will '
-supply! convenient places for buttons.
taint the contents an<? destroy the
creaminess which Is usually only charac
teristic of new-laid eggs.
In some parts of the country a var
nish of beeswax and oil is used effect
ually. A teacupful of beeswax is pro
portioned to every two teacupfuls of
oil. both being stirred In a tin stand
ing in a saucepan over the fire until
the wax has melted and the two in
gredients are well mixed. With a sponge
the varnish should be spread over the
shells, so as to coat them only 'thinly,
the sponge working the varnish Into
the pores. The egg must, however, be
stored In a very cool and dry cupboard.
Another old-fashioned method is that
thread or. markers. In otner wurds,
system : with a capital S Is just as
necessary in the sewing- room as in
your husband's business. . ,
.*\u25a0\u25a0 If you wish to profit by the profes
sional sewer, the tailor, you will sup
ply your basket with a piece of
tailor's T; chalk* for./ marking-. It will
, mark lines for any remodeling, and
from head to foot this little piece
can be used. It is equally as effectual
In the hand as in the patient marker.
..For the transferring of lines the trac
ing wheel is the correct tool. "Why rely
upon the .eye. or upon your joint ability
to guess when the little :bras3 instru
ment-will do the ; work more accurately?
- In the, mending of torn material there
is, of course, , always the , drawing: to
gether of, the edges in the darnlnsr of
:the fabric,' but 'a reparation more Invis
ible can be made by court plaster. This
: should be : mortised and used as the
background upon which the frayed edges
of smearing the eggs all over wttn
glycerin, the idea in this caae^ — as In
the two former methods— being to ex
clude the air as much as possible and
preserve them as efficiently as it they
had been tinned.
An excellent plan is that of stortnff
them in dry salt, a larg* deal box belajj
procured and tha eggs ao lnterlardetf
with salt that they do not actually
touch, each other. Tho aasie plan can
be followed with regard to wood ashes,
and In places where wood fires ar«
burnt throughout the cold months ta«
fine, white ashes are carefully sifted
out and kept until the egg-preaerrlnff
time arrives.
ure brought together and pressed down
In place. A piece of paper should b«
placed on top and the whole line pressed
with an iron.
When sewing must be done to stand
the rough usage of strong boys and men.
or even growing girls, there can b*
added to the thread a strength that
will lessen the repairing of tha gar
ments. Buttons will stay much longer
on coats «or shoes if tha thread with
which they are sewn Is first treated
with shosmaker's wax. Try this next
time, to prove how the little accessories
ere worth while.
Any article that lightens, labor and
increases the satisfactory performance
of a task should appeal to sensibl*
women. In the well-equipped sewin*
basket, with everything in its place,
the needleworker will find the possibility
of. raising mending from drudgery to a
more scTentlflo treatment or a very
necessary duty.

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