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The progressive farmer and southern farm gazette. (Starkville, Miss.) 1910-1920, July 30, 1910, HOUSEKEEPER'S SPECIAL., Image 1

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A Farm and Home Weekly for the States of Mississippi.
Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
Volume XV. No, 30._ SATURDAY. JULY 30. 1910. Weekly: $1 a Year.
7"*O a// of us who knew it, it seemed utmost the ideal home—
the one to which we always accepted invitations with glad
ness, ami the home to which, if we had had to leave our own, we
would most willingly have gone.
It wasn't a fine place, at all: Just a little white cottage
with a neat and ample lawn in front of it; a big tree or two to
shadow and guard it; on one side an old-fashioned hedge of
flowering shrubbery, and clambering roses, and stately holly
hocks and lilies, and back of these bright and fragrant beds of
pansies and violets and snapdragons and sweet williams and
old-time pinks and all the hardy flowers that delight to blossom
m an informal garden.
Inside, too, it was all very simple und unpretentious with no
fussiness or show, but it was always neat and fresh and home
like. There was ever a blazing fire on cold winter evenings,
and ever an air of shadowy coolness on hot summer days. On
the walls were one or two tasteful pictures that had stories to
tell pictures that didn't grow old; one side of the little sitting
room was lined with books, not gaudy volumes left by wandering
agents, but well selected editions of Dickens and Scott and Shake
speare and the other masters; a piano, such as no home is quite
complete without, filled another corner. And something in the
spirit of the place made one just snuggle down, as it were, into
his little nook, and enjoy the book or the game or the song.
Perhaps it was the keeper of the home who gave it this at
mosphere; for she seemed a part of, so like herself had she made
it. With all her household duties she found time to enjoy life
and to make others enjoy it. One marvelled how she did so
much—possibly it was because she had learned how to save labor,
and because, humble as the home was, it was convenient and
equipped with the definite idea of making her work easy. “I
would rather spend money for comfort and leisure than for dis
play," she said. So she found enough leisure to fill her home
with comfort, and to make it a place to which one tired or dis
j couraged could always turn and find rest or inspiration.
And the best part of the story is that nearly all of us, if we
only try, may have such homes as this for our own. Is not the
I result worth the effort?
Y TU i r* 7cr*f/5 • How Some Farmers Fhit in Water-Works, Page 527; Retain the Old-Time Cus
JL il X tllS Xooli t • toms, 529; The Joy of House Work, 530; The Baby’s Place in the Home, 531;
1 Practical Training for Housekeepers, 532; Home Equipment and the Home Spirit,
533; Hot-Weather Cooking Hints, 536; Floor Plan of a Model Kitchen, 539; Amusements for the Boys, 549.

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