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I MILK SOLD IN BRICKS.
Solidified Cream Is Now Being Placed on the European Markets in Heavy Chunks. * The inventors of a method by which milk is now being solidified on a con siderable scale confidently believe that their discovery will not only abolish the many dangers of the dairy, but will eventually do away with the dairy itself. They are confident, that is, that the day of liquid milk is over. People who have tried to solidify milk before have employed too low a tem perature in their fear of decomposing its fats and sugars, and in consequence have failed. But by the Just-Hatmaker proc ess the liquid milk is whisked round polished cylinders kept at a fierce heat by steam, and comes off in a few sec onds in the form of a continuous creamy white sheet five feet in width. This is reduced to powder and may be com pressed into cakes. The feature of the product If that it is still potentially milk—the whole milk and nothing but the milk, and to make new milk at any time it is only neces sary to add the seven parts of water which have been evaporated. The result is said to be difficult to dis tinguish from fresh milk. Its cream rises naturally, and it may be made into butter or cheese. The powder and cakes keep indefinitely, and samples have been sent round the world and kept for three weeks in Shanghai, returning quite fresh. Obviously it is impossible to wa ter, skim or adulterate solid milk, and a fact to which the inventors attach ex treme importance is that all attempts to cultivate microbes on it have failed.— San Francisco Call. LATEST WATER CYCLE. Contrivance Here Described Literally Screws Its Way Through Deep and Shallow Water. Many inventors have taxed their in genuity to produce a cycle, whicn coul<i be navigated on water, but there has been some flaw in the mechanism of each which has rendered it impracticable. The latest invention of the kind is here shown. The bicycle LATEST WATER BICYCLE. motive principle has been applied to the new screw propeller, and the in ventor asserts he can travel 18 mHes an hour. This contrivance literally screws itself through the water, the en tire body turning with tne sprocket and chain mechanism. Metal arms ex tend beneath the water on either side, whic henable the operator to remain in a perpendicular position. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS. Scientists Confess Utter Lack of Knowledge, as to Physical Ex istence Elsewhere. Upon the question whether life-bear ing planets can exist in other solar sys tems than our own the answer of sci ence is clear and distinct, says Prof. Maunder, in Knowledge. It is precisely the same which Prof. Newcomb recently gave concerning the possible inhabit ants of Mars. “The reader knows just as much of the subject as I do, and that is nothing at all.” Within our solar sys tem we can indeed form some crude esti mate of probabilities; .beyond it noth ing. All the amazing progress of mod ern science, all the Revelations made by the spectroscope or b; photography, all the advance in biology have not brought us one step nearer an answer to the ques tion: “Is this the only inhabited world?” We stand essentially where Whewell and Brewster stood half a cen tury ago, or we might indeed say where Galileo and Capoano were 300 years ago. We can ndeed spin our discussion at greater length than our predecessors, aud can introduce a far larger number of more or less Irrelevant facts, but of seri ous argument, either for or against, we are entirely destitute HANDY LIQUID HEATER. Little Apparatus for Travelers That Can Be Used Wherever There Is an Incandescent Lamp. When a man or woman is at home and wants hot water, they %o to the faucet and draw it or else pour it from the kettle on the stove, but the same man or woman striving to get Hot wa ter at a hotel or boarding house is an other story, already the butt of many a joke manufacturer. How much of tfid jest arises from the truth it is hard to tell, but there must have been some foundation for the story. Sometimes, says the jester, the waiter waits in vain, or until his hair turns gray; then, again, the water freezes in transit, or almost everything else but the water comes up. If the man who invented the device shown in the il-' lustration did not know by actual ex perience what the prospects of get ting a pitcherful of hot water in a ELECTRICITY WARMS WATER. l i hotel were, he must tiave gained his inspiration from the tales already told on the subject, and possibly travelers who, also having heard the tales, ven ture forth in the future, will take the new invention with them, and so spoil the joke. Electricity has done so much for humanity in recent years that it seems impossible that there can be many new uses left for it, but still handy articles like this one continue to make their appearance. The arrange ment consists of a porcelain tube, hav ing a spiral groove on its surface, in which a pltainum wire is wound, the whole being covered by a metallic tube insulated from the wire and finished with a wooden handle and a wire lead ing to a plug, to be inserted in an in candescent electric lamp socket. It is obvious that when the current is switched into the wire it will pass over the platinum spiral wide and .heat it almost to a redness through the re sistance it offers, thus warming a pitch er of water in a few minutes by simply inserting the heater in the pitcher. This device can be carried in a small satchel, and is always ready for use wherever an incandescent electric lamp can be found.—Louisville Courier-Journal. • ARCHITECTURAL STEEL. Its Life Depends on the Proper Mixing of the Cement in Which the Metal Is Inclosed. Although the report of the insurance experiment station in Boston on its re cent tests of steel corrosion, under con ditions approximating those of steel columns in modern buildings, confirms the results of previous tests of this character, the subject is of such su preme importance that we give here with a brief digest of the facts. Of course, the value of such experiments depends upon the correctness of the as sumption that a severe trial of a short duration gives us the data from which we can argue as to the results of a less severe test, extending over a far greater period. Each specimen of steel was cleaned and incased in Portland cement concrete of varying composi tion. After the concrete had set lor 24 hours in air and seven days in water, the specimens were exposed to as se vere tests as could be devised, and after various lengths of time the ce ment casings were broken, and the steel specimens were cleaned, weighed and measured. The conclusion is reacted that if structural steel is incased in a sound covering of good concrete, it is proof against corrosion for a period of years which is so long as to make the subject of more interest to our great grandchildren’s children than to us. In other words, steel, properly covered with concrete, may be expected to last until changes in the laying out of the city, or the substitution of yet more modern construction, necessitates the removal of the building. Obviously, the life of the costly office buildings, hotels and warehouses that are being erected in such profusion depends not so much upon the work of the steel maker as upon the particular “boss” who has to watch the mixing of the cement and its application to t*ie skel eton steelwork.—Scientific American. The Production of Coffee. An average coffee plantation contains 73acres, with 36,735 trees, which pro duce one and three-fifths pounds of cof fee each, or 800 pounds per acre. One person at an annual salary of $63 at tends 818 trees, from which he gathers and prepares 1,309 pounds of coffee. IMPORTANCE OF THE BATH A Source of Comfort and Healthful ness to All the Members of the Family. Every house should contain a bath room. If you are building a new one, the additional expense for a good tuu and the necessary plumbing will be a trifle compared to the comfort it In sures the family, says a housekeeper, in the Prairie Farmer Home Maga zine. In a house that is already built, there is often a small unused room that can be fitted for that purpose. The floor upon which the most of tho bedrooms are situated will be the most convenient. Some provisions should be made for heating, by steam, hot air or a stove. There should be at least one window that can be lowered from the top, and the panes in the lower sash should be of ground glass. Water-proof paper is excel lent for the walls, for it can be washed when it is soiled. Linoleum is the best floor covering, since water does not injure it. A porcelain bathtub will not cost an exorbitant price, lasts a lifetime, and is easy to keep clean. All the plumbing should be open. The tub should be rinsed after each using, and thorough ly washed once a week. After th* weekly cleansing heat a pailful of wa ter until it is boiling, dissolve a table spoonful of powdered borax in it, and pour it through the drain pipes. This thoroughly purifies them. There should be a cupboard for towels, soap and oth er things needed for bathing. A wire sponge rack fastened to the wall will keep the sponges from becoming sour and moldy. Hooks for the bath robes, a wash bowl and pitcher and a foot tub will add greatly to your conven iences. Tepid baths are advisable for almost every one. Hot baths are weakening, while only the most vigorous can en ding the cold bath. It should be of every day occurrence, and if taken just before retiring is one of the best reme dies for insomnia. Make a number of cheesecloth ba^s about seven inches square, fill them loosely with oatmeal and put in a slice of good soap and a teaspoonful of powdered borax. The small pieces of toilet soap that accu mulate so rapidly may be utilized in this way. SOME USES OF BUTTONS. They Are Largely in Evidence on Many of the Season’s Costumes. White waists are made vary elegant by the woman who will take a little trouble to fix them up, says the Brook lyn Eagle. One white waist, after it came home from the laundry, for it was a wash shirt waist, was trimmed with buttons covered with gray suede. They were very large and were set in rows of two down the front of the waist, down the sleeve and arranged upon the yoke. Then there was a wide suede belt and a suede stock. Very large buttons, covered with Japanese silk, are used to trim waists and some of the handsomest lace waist effects are accomplished by placing these buttons upon the waist in double breasted fashion, or in a single row running down the right of the wai3t and trimming the cuffs and stock. Ornate buttons of all kinds are em ployed upon shirt waists to the great benefit of the waists, for there is some thing that is almost jewel-like in the new buttons. Squares or turquoise, with a shank underneath, are used ig button fashion and squares of red stone, cf green, of topaz pink, and of every color and kind which one associates with the real gems are also used. Mother’of pearl has come out very strong and there are mother of pearl buttons with tiny jewels in the center which go very well with shirt waists of gray and of blue. Don’t, if you are an amateur dressmaker, attempt to make up a handsome shirt waist with out due regard for the button fad which has swept across tho land and invaded the strongholds of fashion. The covering of button molds is something for'the fingers of the in dustrious girl of spring. Many of them are covered with canvas which is worked in cross stitch in bright colors Covering button molds with canvas and afterward working them is plenty of fun for the girl with artistic tastes. They can be worked in Armenian de signs, or in the old-fashioned crobs stitch, which made the samplers of a generation ago so very pretty. If the designs are intricate the can vas is worked before the button molds are covered, but in tho painted buttons and those that are done in a great cross-stitchery right in the middle of the button, it is better to cover the molds and do the fancy work later. Apple Soup. Put four cups of peeled and quar tered apples over to cook, with water to keep them from scorching. When mushy rub through a sieve, add a pint and a half of water, three tablespoon fuls of sugar, a pinch of salt and a lit tle cinnamon. Thicken very slightly with cornstarch. Dried plums, prunes or cherries may be soaked ov<*r night, then cooked in the samii way.—Wasl* ingt.on Star. Tk» Editor of tfce Raral Rsit Yorker, than whom there is no better Potato Expert in the country says: '‘Salzer’s Earliest Potato is the earliest of 38 ear liest sorts, tried by me, yielding 461 bu. per acre.” Salzer’s Early Wisconsin yielded for the Rural New Yorker 736 bu. per acre. Now Salzer has heavier yield ing varieties than above. See Salzer’s catalog. • JTTST SEND 10c IN STAMPS and this notice to the John A. Salzer Seed Co., La Crosse, Wis., and receive lots of farm seed samples and their big catalog, 1 which is brim full of rare things for the gardener and farmer, easily worth $100.00 to every wide-awake farmer. It describes Salzer’s Teosinte, yielding 160,000 lbs. per acre, of rich green" fodder, Salzer’s Victoria Rape, yielding 60.000 lbs. of sheep and hog food per acre, together with Salzer’s New National Oats, which has a record of 300 bu. per acre in 30 States, so also full description of Alfalfa Clover, Giant Incarnat Clover, Alsike, Timothy and thousands of other Fodder Plants. Grasses, Wheat, Speltz, Barleys, etc. [K. L.] -* Automobile Denier—“This machine we guarantee can be stopped in three lengths, going at full speed.” Prospective Pur chaser—“Um-ni-m! Which side up?”— Town and Country. Stop* the Cotiflrh and works off the cold. Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets. Prif« 25 cents If you succeed in making yourself a man Sou will succeed in everything else.—Gar eld. Do not believe Piso’s Cure for Consump tion has an equal for coughs and colds.—J. F. Boyer, Trinity Springs, lnd., Feb. 15,1900. CUTICURA OINTMENT The World's Greatest Skin Care as# Sweetest Kmolllcnt—Positively Unrivalled. Cuticura Ointment is beyond question the most successful curative for torturing, disfiguring humors of the skin and scalp, including loss of hair, ever compounded, in proof of which a single anointing with it, preceded by a hot bath with Cuticura Soap, and followed in the severer cases by a dose of Cuticura Resolvent Pills, is often sufficient to afford immediate relief in the most distressing forms of itching, burning and scaly humors, permits rest and sleep, and points to a speedy cure when all else fails. It is especially so in the treatment of infants and children, speedily soothing and healing the most distressing cases. Some fellows have lots of push, but ex* pend most of it on saloon doors.—Phila delphia Record. Teoslnte and Billion Dollar Grass. The two greatest fodder plants on earth, one good for 14 tons hay and the other 80 tons green fodder per acre. Grows every where, so does Victoria Rape, yielding (30,000 lbs. sheep and swine food per acre. Lk. 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