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PLAN OF CEMENT SMOKE HOUSE. Can Be Erected at Little Coat for Ma terial and Labor. Give directions for buUdinc a smoke house large enough for smokies twen ty, flitches of bacon. What quantities of materia L would be reuuired? n iibimi 1 11 ii imiu iw ill mmm iii She Giggles. BiVHt Marj la a charm lag girl. Or so Augustus thinks. She west a k-r golden hair a-curl In fRscinaiint; kinkss But, O. will some one tell me why. While stiU with life she higRles And. all its solemn momenta fly. She giggl'4? It matters not how dread the hour. How grave Its moments be; While othtrs' t-ars fall like a shower Sweet Mary says "Te he!" Ami there are ethers of her kind;' For instance, y.Mina; Miss Miggles, Who when fhe needs to air her mind Just gigclfs. I sat with Hrtmlet but last week..' The melancholy Dane Brought teats to my unwonted cheek, 80 sore his woe and pain. "To he c not to be!" he cried. While Mai y squirmed and wriggled, , And when at last poor Hamlet died 8he gigg'ed. Within the solemn house of prayer. At function or pink tea; Where Mary goes yet, everywhere - She takes her te he he. If laughle:'s ilue. or laughter's not. Her golden head she wiggles. And, though there's ( ethos In the plot. She giggles. I've thought full oft of Mary's case. Along life's thorny road. Why Is her giggler out of place? And why does It explode? Is it because her thinks won't flow, The while she writhes and wriggles? I dare not say I only know She giggles. San Francisco Call. Dogs, as you know, are very clever, and learn many knowing tricks, -but I think there are not many sharper than Max, a big black Newfoundland dog, who belonged to a laborer named Jake. Jake used to work in the fields for a farmer, and his kind employer al ways gave him a pitcher of coffee for lunch every day. After Jake finished his meal, he gave the pitcher to Max, and back the dog would run as fast as he could and carry the empty Jug right into the kitchen to cook. As Jake drove a cart, he had trained Max to open and close the gates tor him. The dog would lift the latch with his nose, push the gate with his forefeet and walk on his hind feet. Af ter the cart had passed through, Max would follow and shut and latch the gate In the same way. Max was almost as good as a serv ant to his master, for he could always find lost articles, and ran to get any thing left behind. Sometimes, to test Max, Jake would hide his hat or coat in a very Becret place. But all that was necessary was to say, "Hi, Max, go back for my hat," and, no matter how safely it was hidden, the dog al ways found it. Max had many other cute tricks, such as sitting up, begging for apples, shaking hands and even smoking a ipipe. Simple Picture Frame. First take a piece of cardboard 6 inches loi. and 4 Inches wide, one piece of colored paper the same size, and another piece 7 Inches long and 5 inches wide. Paste the large piece on the cardboard, turning the edges over on the back and in the center cut a hole the size and shape that you wish. A heart or a circle Is the most desir able to fit a picture in. Then paste the smaller piece of paper over the back of the frame, leaving a slit at the top, through which to slip the pic ture, fasten on a hanger and the . frame is complete. The Pancake Woman. ' One of the delights of the children in Japan is the pancake woman, who, with her little brazier and its copper frying-pan, offers great attraction to the urchins who gather round her stall. She is usually found on the corner of the streets nearest the schools, and when the boys and girls clatter about In their wooden clogs and satchels of books what more welcome sight than the pancake woman wait ing on the- corner for them! With, a bowl full of delicious batter, a ladle and a eake-turner, she is ready for the onslaught. Her withered smile and weedllng tones, as well as the crisp smell of a sample pancake baked on the griddle, draw the hungry crowd. For a small coin worth one-tenth of a cent a child may fry and turn his own cakes and eat them fresh from the griddle as he fries them. Happy is he who comes with a strlngful of cash In his kimona sleeve and who can fry and eat to his heart's content. History of Our Cent The cent was first proposed by ou own Robert Morris, the great flnanclet of the revolution, and was named by Jefferson two years after. It began to make Us appearance from the mint in 1792. It bore the head of Washing ton on one side, and thirteen links on the other. The French revolution soon created ft rage for French ideas in America, rhlch put on the cent- instead of the head of the Goddess of Liberty a French liberty, with neck thrust forward and flowing locks. The chain on the reverie side waa dis placed by the olive wreath of peace, but the French liberty was shortlived, and so was the portrait on our cent The next head or figure that succeed ed this the staid classic dame with a fillet around her hair came into fashion about thirty or forty years ago, and her finely chiseled Grecian fea tures have been bet slightly altered by the lapse of time. To Make a Memorandum Book. To make a memorandum book take two pieces of cardboard 5H by 3 inches. Then cut two pieces of gray drawing paper 8 by 6 Inches, and paste them on the cardboard. Cut off the corners o that they will look like the covers -f a book. Take a piece of lintu (so color) 4 inches long and 3 Inches wlae and paste the covers together with it, leaving inch at the ends. Then take another piece of linen Vi inch shorter and paste inside the other, turning over and pasting down the ends. Cut a piece of the linen large enough to put a pencil through when pasted, and paste it on the Inside of the cover 1 inch from the outer edge. Make a book of any kind of writing paper and paste it in the cover. When neatly made it will be a very nice memorandum book. Deception -In Insects.-- In a certain magazine some curious stories of the deception to which in sects resort are told. J. It says: "Queerer still than the caterpillars which- pretend to be leaves or flowers, for the sake of protection, are those perfidious Brazilian spiders, which are brilliantly colored with crimson and purple; but 'double themselves up at the base of leaf-stalks, so as to resem ble flower-buds, and by this means deceive the insects upon which they prey." "An Indian mantis, or preying in sect, a little less wicked, though no less cruel than the spiders, deceives the flies who come to his -irm under the false pretense of being a quiet leaf, upon which they may light in safety for est and refreshment "Yet another abandoned member of the same family, relying bodily upon the resources of tropical nature, gets Itself up as a complete orchid, - the head and fangs being molded in the exact image of the beautiful blossom, and the arms folding treacherously around the unhappy Insect which ven tures to seek for honey in its decep tive jaws." Paper Tree. Many girls enjoy making paper dolls' houses out of boxes, and we will tell you how to make cunning trees, to have your house in a nice shady grove. Fig. 1. Fold In two, lengthwise, a piece of green paper about four Inches wide and fourteen Inches long. Cut this paper very regularly through the fold as shown in figure 1 making a sort of paper comb. Then roll the band between the thumb and finger as in figure 2 until the cut paper forms a large mass. When It is as tight as it will go, fasten together the tube part with a little paste, and make the paper puff out by runntng the finger between each Btrlp or paper ring. .Stick the tube in the end of a flat mustard cork in which a hole has been cut, or you can use a large spool. Paint the tube brown for the trunk of the tree, and if you like, you can color the cork to make It look like Fig. 2. one of the great standards in which evergreen trees are now often set. - By making the paper larger or smaller yojf catfthave big trees or tiny saplings. ' "i V Be, Jolly. and Laugh. If boysfand, ''girls knew what a weapon a Jolty laugh was they would cultivate one. It really doesn't pay to lose one's temper to or to be cross. Every one likes a cheerful person and bad humor files before a smile. A grouchy man will save ' his scolding from the cheerful office boy who tends to business and the smiling girl has the- advantage of the scowling per son. So cultivate the smile and prac tice the art of cheerfulness. The Century Plant There is a widespread belief that the so-called century plant got that name from the fact that it blooms only once in a hundred years. The belief is erroneous, tor in tropical countries the 'ant matures in about tea years, when it bears a crows of greenish-yellow flowers, which test two or three months. The plant then dies down to the root but new shoots come up and thus the plant Uvea on. The hundred-year notion grew out of the long time it takes the plant to ma ture in colder latitudes, sometimes a period of seventy years. A liberal construction of the conditions, there fore, would warrant the use of the name "century," for, in the growth of a plant seventy years seem a hundred- Making Flute. A little flute from which a good deal of amusement may be derived can be made by wrapping a piece of paper around a pencil to make a tube. Paste the edge fast and to one end of the tube fasten a triangular piece of paper somewhat larger than the opening, as shown in the illustration. To play the flute draw in your Unfinished and Finished View. breath through the open end of the tube; the difference in pitch will de pend upon bow hard you breathe. It Will Not Burn. Who ever heard of muslin's not burning when it is brought into con tact with fire? Every one knows that muslin is the very easiest cloth to burn, and yet under certain circum stances you can put a piece of muslin right on top of a bed of live coals without its being even scorched. It is an interesting phenomenon and we advise you all to try it. Just take a piece of metal which has been highly polished copper, for instance and bind the piece of mus lin around it as tightly as possible. Tou can now place it on coals at white heat and blow them to keep them aglow. Still the muslin will not burn. The reason for this seemingly remark able fact is that copper is a good con ductor of heat, and all the heat from the coals passes directly Into the cop per, leaving the muslin uninjured. Respect the Burden. Once when Napoleon was coming down a steep and narrow path on the slopes of St. Helena, his island pris on. In company with a party of ladles, they encountered a heavily laden and laboring pack animal, driven by an Islander, coming up. There was not room for both parties to pass at the same time. One of the ladies laugh ingly ordered the pack driver to re move his beast out of the way, but Napoleon, remarking, "Respect the burden, madame!" quickly stepped tc one side to allow the patiently plod ding animal to pass. The burden, by whomsoever borne, is to be respected The worker should have the right of way over the idler every time in human society. Zion's Herald. Strenath of Ice. Winter brings Ice, and Ice brings skating, which makes the bearing strength of Ice a subject of Interest. A conservative estimate is as fallows ? two inches in thickness will sunnnrr man; four Inches a man on horse back; five Inches, an 80-pounder gun; eight inches, a battery of artillery with carriages and horses attached; ten Inches, an innumerable multitude. A Break In the Cable. When a break In a submarine cable occurs it is possible for it to be locat ed so that a vessel may go directly to the spot and make the necessary re pairs. That seems a difficult proposi tion, but really it is quite simple. ... If only the wire is broken, and not the insulating covering, an artificial line is built up on shore, and when that artificial line absorbs exactly as much electricity as the cable jes, it is known that the break u. as far from shore as the artificial line is long. If, however, the covering of the wire is broken, the current will flow freely from the wire to the water, and the strength of the current, the power of the battery being known, will Indicate the electrical resistance, and hence the length of the wire to the point of breakage. Putting Eskimo Baby to Bed. This is the way the Eskimo babv is put to bed. A cap is made of the fur of the white hare, which the mother puts on her baby'a head, and the baby is put, naked, into a sealskin bag full of feathers. The mouth of the bag is drawn close, and the whole package is put carefully away in some corner, where it remains till next morning. Certainly the little creatures must be very warm in such a cozy nest but I doubt whether our Ameri can babies would be as quiet as the Utile Oreenlanders are. Willi 1 The accom parrying plan Is for a smoke, house 10 feet by 10 feet by 7 IT , ' '1 -LJ-- , Front Elevation. feet high, and is to be bull of cement concrete 8 Inches thick. It will re quire five barrels Portland cement yards small stone, 3 yards clean gravel and 2 yards clean sharp sand. These, should be mixed in the propor tion of six parts gravel, four parts Croaa 8ectlon. and and one part cement For the woodwork there will be required: 4 pieces, 2 Inches by 8 Inches by 10 feet. 15 pieces, 2 inches by 4 Inches by 12 feet. 60 feet lineal, 1 inch by 8 Inches sur faced. SO feet lineal 1 inch by 4 Inches sur faced. 50 feet lineal 1 inch by 6 inches sur faced. 175 feet sheathing. One door and frame 3 feet by 6 feet 6 Inches. Two men should put up the walls In two days and do the carpenter work in two days more. Strapping For Wall. . In strapping hollow cement blocks must the wall be plugged, or can strip be laid in? Could plugs be driv en in wall with the joints not over to Inches thick? The usual way is to build In the bed joint on inside of wall a three eighths or half inch by three inch wide strip of bond timber, allowing it to project out at least 14 of an inch, so. that the strapping will not touch the blocks when being nailed on. The strips are put in from 20 Inches to 30 inches apart,- according to the height of the blocks, care being taken to keep them plumb, and as nearly two feet apart as the course will allow. Lay them on blocks dry, and bed the next course on top of them, as they will cot jar or pull out when done in this way, but if bedded in the mortar, they are liable to be loosened when nailing to them. Plugging a well for strapping is all right but more ex pensive, as the joint has to be drilled or dug out,' and with the top of the barrel or sink slightly below the line of the stream. This receptacle would serve to catch the water. A pipe from the bottom of the receptacle, with a good fall to the house., ought to carry practically all of the water which the spring furnishes. Foundation for House.. I wish to build a foundation under a house, 26 feet by 20 feet, with a kitchen 12 feet by 13 feet adjoining. The concrete Is to be 4 feet to the level-of the ground with blocks above. What, width should the. - walls be? How much gravel and cement would it require for the four foot wall? For a wall built of concrete under a house 20 feet by 26 feet high and 1 foot thick, with kitchen 12 feet 'byr 13 feeti-4 feet ' high and 1 foot thick, there would be required the following material: Portland cement. 12H barrels; gravel, 16 yards; stone fillers, tour - yards; labor. 4 men 3 days, or 12 days in all, building the stone wall. A wall one foot thick will be sufficient to carry the size of a house mentioned, and the concrete blocks can be laid on wall at any kivel desired. Concrete for walls Is usually mixed eight parts gravel tc one part Portland cement Mixing Concrete In Cold Weather. Can concrete be built In cold weather by putting salt in It to keep it from freezing the same as is done with lime and sand? Some brands of cement will not stand the use of salt to prevent frost to any extent without injuring the strength of same. A better way is to heat the gravel, either with steam pipes running through the pile, or with an old boiler laid on the ground and covered with the gravel, will heat it. Then use hot water and by doing the work In this way It will set very quick ly, and will not have to be protected from the frost except covering for a short time. A little salt used when mixing would not be objectionable. 1 Lungs and the Atmosphere. A physician writes of the effect of London's smoky atmosphere upon the human lungs: "The coal miner's lung is black, the lung of the Eskimo is a pearly white, the lung of the Londoner is a rich gray. Natural selection evolves beings adapted to meet all sorts of natural circumstances among which a carbon laden atmosphere Is not Included. Such an atmosphere Is a product of man's own stupidity and nature has had no chance of protect ing him against Its consequences." French Fancies. A very deep-pointed girdle of black panne velvet hooks In the back. At the top in the front it Is cut down and two shallow points at the top in the center. It is embroidered very light ly around both edges In silver, and liver medallions are appllqued on fetch side of the center front there be 2nc three Inches of the plain velvet yfeetween- these silver appliques. In ha back a single large meda'llon hooka over from side to side, concealing the joining of the belt at that point' Still another girdle abows down the center front a row of tiny French bow of velvet each having a tiny rhtaeetoae buckle In Its center. An pther has little rosettes with silver buttons-as centers. Tallor-Made Coat and Skirt ' The tailor-made of coat and skir to be worn with differing fancy blouses and bodices, maintains all of its modish consideration to a remark' able degree. One shows the short too with Just self -strappings and a velvet collar for embellishment and a deep girdle of panne velvet adds to the 'smart effect. The skirt is one of those extreme patterns with Inverted and well-nigh invisible plaits on the hips.-sad just overlapping - rows of strapping on the hem for trimming., Girl's Dress of Red Cloth. The skirt Is made with a narrow tabller, trimmed with straps and loops of blade velvet fastened with steel buckles. The blouse, opening over a lace chemisette, and the short bolero, with large bertha, are both trimmed With the black velvet, the ends fin ished with loops and steel buckles. The- leg-o'-mutton sleeves are fin ished with cuffs of lace headed by the velvet, and the belt is of velvet Colors In Harmony, Certain browns and pinks consort inost harmoniously and with much dis tinction, but one must choose the right shades. A pink broadcloth frock of creamy, tea-rose tint, trimmed In brown velvet, worn with brown furs and a big pink tulle hat trimmed with brown plumes and a touch of fur around the big crown, excited much enthusiasm at a recent tea and the color scheme should suggest charm ing, possibilities to any clever artist in, dress. The finish of skirt Is three applied bias tucks. A vest and collar !of brown velvet, with a gold embroid ered line, fills in front of coat and the ,belt around sides and back of coat is ieloth piped with brown velvet The Ideep-turned cuffs are similarly treat ed sad fastened with two gold but 'tons. Chtoken Mexican. One chicken, two small onions; one egg;- halt a green pepper; two tea spoons of salt; one teaspoon of spear jnlnt; one small clove of garlic; one teaspoon of lard; three tablespoons of flour; one teaspoon of black pepper. Remove the -meat from the bones and chop very fine with the garlic, one onion, and mint Mix the other Ingredients, and roll in balls about the size of a pigeon's egg. Mince the other onion, fry It brown in a sauce Dan,, add two quarts of boiling water, drop in, and let them boil for an hour. These may also be made of veal or lamb.- Hats for Spring. As to colors of the hats which are being worn now and will be worn, the Millinery Trade Review's Paris correspondent says: "Variety In color Is a particular feature of the new straws and hair weaves. All the lead ing series of shades adapted for the season are represented, but particular prominence is given to the new moss and spring greens, and to the lower toned pinks, to the orchid mauves, sky and pale hyacinth colors, to the bright light, wood browns and the lightest of terra cottas. "Individuality" in Dress. With the wide latitude which fash Ion now allows In the various lines of dress, it Is nut a difficult matter for miladi to follow individual Ideas In her gowns and dress accessories. In deed "individuality" has become the slogan of the well dressed. Some thing which is not only becoming, but expresses "her" her taste, her indi vidualityoriginal ideas adapted to her particular style. Sarah Bernhardt with the authority Of a great artist who studies every point and with the inherent instinct t her country to please in appearance, dwells with emphasis upon the point of preserving an d enhancing one's In dividuality. That one can do this sad submit to the doctrine of Import ous fashion Is a paradox. The extremes of. styles are most marked at the present moment, not only in materials, but In mode of con traction as well. Simplicity walks hand In hand with an elaboration of trimming which quite bewilders the The short-waisted effect Is conspicu ous In Paris. Exploited orlginully by Paquln, this model shows a draped belt having a round, slight dip In front. In this short-waisted class comes the new polo or pony coat, of which more anon. Directly in contrast with the short waUted styles are the long coats, closely fitted as a rule, and severe and revealing In their lines. iwr w )oadoir Co: nfadenced A belt of peacock feathers, with a silver mounted bag to match, Is novel. Have you seen those smart little braided loose eoats, just Teaching the hips? It takes a murderous array of hat pins to keep the modern chapeau In place. The traveling cloaks are smart enough to make any woman pine for a Journey. Many of this year's coats boast of a cozy high collar, often luxuriously lined with fur. Babies of six months old are shod in boots of buckskin with soles as soft as a glove. The steel-studded elastic belts are general favorites and by no means In significant in price. Auto hoods of rubber, lined with silk . and provided with wide rain capes, are not really horrible. Scarfts of tinted liberty silk are worn again with street suits, their long bright ends fluttering from the coat front. Care of Street Gowns. There's nothing which tends to lengthen the lire of a good street suit so definitely as taking It off as soon as you come in, brushing It and put ting It away on Its hanger. Lounging, as you're bound to do in a measure in your home, plays havoc with tailor ed clothes.- It's rather a temptation to sink into an easy chair when you come in. Just tired enough to enjoy the prospect of idling for a little while, but those very times take the life out of the sort of cloth that tailors sell, and probably lays fine little creases which result In incorrigible mussing. It's rather a temptation, too, to hang It up and postpone brushing and putting away properly to a later time, when you're rested, but it pays to do It at the time, for dust should be got rid of before it has time to settle into the cloth and give it that dingy look which mars so many otherwise s-nnit. looking suits, and careful hanging pre vents iormmg or bad lines. Effective 8treet Costume. Rather showy, but in stood tnnro an delightfully effective, Is a model in aarK green oroaaciotn, and it Is ad mirably appropriate for stmnr rno. tume for the debutante. Applied pieces ot cloth trimmed with tiny gold buttons and set on bottom of skirt at stated Intervals, making a unique foot finish. The short eton jacket is also trimmed with cloth bands and buttons, the former making the front lapels, which -open over a vest of dark tan kid. The small revers at neck are green velvet' Spar varnish Is the liquid to use on all furniture for out-of-door use, as It Is both weatherproof and lasting. A few pieces of glue tucked Into the earth around house ferns and palms will furnish the soil fertilizer in an Inoffensive manner. The southern laundress ties a lump of arrowroot In a thick cotton cloth and boils it with the fine white pieces to give them a dainty odor more de lightful than from sachet powder. ills TJ'i - WINTER COSTUMES FROM PARIS. The first illustration shows a tailor made costume of striped cloth. The skirt is made with a group of stitched plaits on each side of the front, and is trimmed at the bottom with- a shaped band of the material, the ends turned up In front and fastened with buttons. The short, half-fitting jacket 8 also made with a group of plaits on each side of the front and shaped bands from the border and the odd joke. The collar and cuffs are of Per sian lamb, the latter finished at the top with little plaltlngs of silk match Itig the gown. Themufflsnlso of Per sian lamb. The other is a calling cos If there are no flowers fo' the table.; break off a few of the finer sprays of the Boston fern, arrange loosely in a low glass bowl with water, and the' delicate green sprays will last for a week and make a dainty centerpiece. A glue which will resist the action of water is made by boiling half a pound of common glue in one quart of skimmed milk. Another method 13 to soak the glue till soft in cold water, and then to dissolve it on the stove In linseed oil. Dyed to Match Skirts. At one of the leading houses in Par Is one of the strongest features is bod Ices of lace or mousseline dyed to match skirts and tlght-fltflng boleros with which they are to be worn. These bodices are masses of dainty needle work and are caught in at the waist with wide belts. They are often cut open at the neck to show a small gimp of white lace. Parisian Skating Costumes. -The costume at the left Is of dark green cloth. The skirt !s trimmed with bands of the material, forming loops at the ends fastened with but tons. The jacket, with yoke and bo lero fronts, Is trimmed to correspond. The revers are of light cloth, orna mented with buttons and buttonholes. The turnover collar and cuffs are ot. caracul. The other costume Is of ruby red cloth. The princess skirt, with narrow breadth or panel in front, is encircled at the bottom with two rows of braid. The short bolero Is also trimmed with the braid and with but tons, and has little embroidered re vers. The waistcoat and collar are of velvet Belts and Buckles. Belts and buckles play an important part in the dress aueBtlnn thu Ran arm &nd certainly add greatly to the ap pearance of both Indoor and outdoor gowns. With the princess style as popular as It Is at present It might be thought belts were of no Importance, but it Is not the only style of gown; the empire and directorie are close ri vals, and as for street gowns, belts and buckles are almost a necessity. A broad fitted and embroidered belt Is quite the feature of the newest fash ions, so cut as to give a long walsted effect without so exaggerated a point In front as was fashionable last year. Short at the sides and high In the back gives a better line to a short figure. Smart in the Extreme. A stunning gown was worn by a well known actress noted for her smart dressing. It Is deep purple chif fon broadcloth with stitched pieces of same around bottom of skirt. The chic little jacket is prettily trimmed with heavily stitched baiids of cloth and shaped pieces of embroidery vio let silk, which also make the chemi sette and stock. Long suede gloves in violet and ermine muff and turban of violet French felt with white wings complete a most striking costume. tume of violet cloth. The new and odd skirt is made with 10 gores mount ed to a fitted hip-yoke, the gores or. namented at the top with points of velvet of a little darker shade than the cloth. The bolero Is made and trimmed to correspond, and is orna mented in front with passementerie brandenburgs. The knot, edge and -girdle are of velvet, the first orna mented with a gold buckle. The col lar and cravat are also of velvet the chemisette of linen. The sleeves are plaited and draped and ornamtnted with points of velvet. They arts fin ished with deep cuffs trimmed 'Kb "sands of the material.