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HOME TRADE NOTES
LITTLE GLEAMINGS THAT POINT MANY MORALS FOR ALL. A NEW TEN COMMANDMENTS Carefully Revised by the Catalogue Houses—Mail-Order Houses and Pure Foods —The Local Dealer^ The ten commandments as revised to fit the mail order catalogue hous© plan: First —You shall sell your farm products for cash whenever you can, but not to us; we do not buy from you. Second —You shall believe our statements and buy *all you need from us because we want to be good to you, although we are not person ally acquainted with you. Third —You shall send the money in advance to give us the chance to get the goods from the factory "with your money: meanwhile you will have to wait patiently a few weeks because that is our business method. Fourth —You shall apply to your nearest city to aid you in building good roads-so you may conveniently get the goods from the depot which you buy from us, for we do not build country roads. Fifth —You shall buy church bells and interior fixtures from us and for ward the money In advance, for that is our business method, and you shall collect from the business men in your vicinity as much money as you can for the benefit of ytmr churches. Although we get more money from you than they do, still it is against our rules to donate money for build ing country churches. Sixth —You shall buy your tools from us and be your own mechanic, in order to drive the mechanics from your vicinity, for we wish it so. Seventh —You shall induce your neighbor to buy everything from us, as we have room for more money— the less money there is left in j our community the sooner w'e can put your local merchants out of business and charge you any price we please. Eighth—You shall look often upon the beautiful pictures in our cata logue, so your wishes will increase, although you are not in immediate need of the goods, otherwise you might have some money left to buy necessary goods of your local mer chants. Ninth —You shall have the mechan ics who repair the goods you buy from us book the bill so you can send the money for his labor to us for new goods, otherwise he will not notice our influence. Tenth —You shall, in case of acci dent, sickness or need, apply to your local dealers for aid and credit, as we do not know you. The secret of how it has been that some of the eastern mall order houses which have done business in Montana and elsewhere were able to undersell local merchants on some lines of gro ceries has been revealed. The revela tion has come about through the oper ation of the national pure food law. One of the big mail order concerns, which has done a great business in Montana, makes the announcement' that it has closed its grocery depart ment, giving in a circular its reason for doing so "because its maintenance has been made impracticable by the pure food laws just passed by con gress.” ’ If that is not an acknowledgment that the consumers have been fur nished with adulterated food stuffs when they ordered groceries, then the English language is not understand able. By selling the stuff that has been put under the ban because of its Impurity, the mail order concerns have been able to undersell the local merchants living hundreds of miles TEN GOOD REASONS. Read Them and Patronize the Mer chants of This Town. Here are ten good reasons for trad ing with your home business people, as given by an exchange. Because: You examine your pur chase and are assured of satisfaction before investing your money. Because: Your home merchant is always ready and willing to make right any error or any defective arti cle purchased of him. Because: When you are sick or for any reason it is necessary for you to ask for credit, you can go to the local merchant. Could you ask it of a mail order house? Because: If a is willing to extend you credit you should give him the benefit of your cash trade. Because: Your home merchant pays local taxes and exerts every effort to build and better your market, thus in creasing both the value of city and country property. Because: lhs mail order merchant away from the *great centers of sup ply* In carrying on this trade in Impure goods, the mail order houses have done the greatest Injury to the con sumer. While the local merchant has lost some trade, he has had at least a part of the business of the ranch man and miner in his vicinity, but the consumer, who has been caught by the "cheap” prices offered, has not got what ho has been paying for by a long way, and there is no way for him to get even. As It has proved with the groceries sent out by the eastern mail order houses, so it is with the other lines they work off in Montana. The sad- r - 5 Send the lifeline of home trade to your local merchants. When you do so you arc not only helping him, but you help your community and yourself. If you permit the competition of the mail-order houses to engulf him, his de struction means the destruction of your town and your interests. Keep your dollars at home. dies and harness offered at phenom enally low prices, the buggies and wagons, at prices which seem almost like giving the vehicles away, the kitchen utensils which are priced in the voluminous catalogues at figures that indicate the local merchants are highway robbers, the dry goods that are offered at such infinitesimal cost as to compel the ordinary woman to believe the mail order man is a public benefactor, all of these eastern mall order house offerings are on a par with the proved quality of the gro ceries they have been selling—fraudu lent and* put out to sell and not for service. The confession on the gro ceries should make the eastern mail order house patrons think before they send off another order for "cheap goods.”—Helena Record. Your local dealer stands ready to duplicate every offer so seductively set forth in the catalogues of mail or der houses and more, says an ex change. He will trump the best trick the mail order house ever played if you will put down the spot cash and accept from him a class of goods de void of respectable ancestry, and upon which no reputable manufacturer will place his name. He can sell cheap goods, too, if you will buy them from does not lighten your taxes or in any way hold the value of your property. Because: The mail order merchant does nothing for the benefit of mar kets or real estate values. Because: If your town Is good enough to live in it is good enough to spend money in.—Gov. Folk of Mis souri. Because: The best citizens in your community patronize home industry. Why not be one of the best citizens? Because: If you give your home merchant an opportunity to compete, by bringing your order to him In the quantities you buy out of town, he will demonstrate that, quality considered, he will save you money. .■ —■ Old Mansion is Razed. What was once considered the fin est house In western New York state, the White mansion on Tonawanda Is land, a Niagara frontier landmark, has been torn down. The house was built in 1836 by Stephen White, of Boston, then president of the Boston Timber company, owners and builders of the first gang sawmill operated on the f * ' him with your eyes shut. He eftn meet the best price ever made by a mail or* der house if you will plank down the money and accept what h© gives you without question and without recourse —but you must not expect him to be in his place of business every day in the year ready and willing to furnish expert help when you are in trouble, ready and willing to stand back of ev erything he sells with his own reputa tion and the warranty of a responsi ble company. Honest, now, don’t you really pat yourself on the back when you spend your money in such a way that In sup plying your own wants you help build up the neighborhood in which you live? Of course you do, and you act on that idea yourself, but the trouble is that you don’t talk it enough to your friends. —Streator (111.) Press. Tree Planting by Squirrels. Those who have argued that In stinct that will lead a squirred to bury a nut for winter use will lead him to find it when the winter comes may find some facts in the Statehouse yard that will cause his faith in this statement to shake a little. Let him examine the lawn on each side of the walk leading from the gate at the northwest corner of the grounds, where most of the visitors feed the squirrels, and he will see that the grass is thickly studded with the shoots of many kinds of nut trees and bushes, each one springing from a buried nut that the squirrel which bur ied it did not dig up. One who sees this must credit the squirrel with hav ing much to do with the planting of our forests. Asa promoter of forestry the squir rel is entitled to first place among the animals. —Columbus Dispatch. When Heavy Drinking Is JHealthy. Heavy drinkers are almost ahyays healthy—so long as they confine their heavy drinking to water. —W. R. C. Latson, M. D. Niagara river. Mr. White’s house was a splendid affair for its day, and the material for the interior decoration was brought from Boston. In the ab sence of railroads the lumber was shipped by vessel to New York, and thence by the Hudson river and the Erie canal. Stephen White was a lav ish entertainer, and Daniel Webster, who was his guest on several occa sions, spent his honeymoon in Mr. White’s summer residence. Ex change. Stilt Mourn Gen. Wolfe. One British regiment has been in mourning for nearly a century and a half. This Is the old forty-seventh, the Loyal North Lancashire regiment. The officers wear black blended with the gold braid in memory of Gen. Wolfe, who was killed at Quebec. Oldest British Holiday. The Saturday afternoon is the old est British holiday. It originated in the eleventh century, when an edict of King Canute enacted that “every Sun day be kepr from Saturday noon to Monday’s dawn.” JUST ABOUT APRONS ARTICLE OF APPAREL LONG POPULAR WITH WOMEN. Fashion Has Found Opportunity to Dictate Here as Well as in Matter of Dress. Aprons are by no means modern in ventions; their pedigree is extremely long and very interesting. There have been fashions in aprons as well as in gowns for at least 600 years, for in illuminated manuscripts of the four teenth century are obtained pictures showing long, narrow aprons, gathered at the top. These were more for util ity than for ornament, but beginning with the reign of Queen Elizabeth the apron became and remained an im portant accessory to the toilet until late in the last century. It was Queen Anne, or, rather, dur ing her reign that lace aprons were followed by satin creations marvel ously embroidered in colors and bord* ered with gold or silver fringe or lace. The grande dame never wore a bib upon her apron; and the lower classes did this. The elaborate aprons were very expensive and were often of Oriental workmanship. They came Into wear even for dress occasions, these satin and gold lace affairs, and it was not until the shirt walsted empire styles came into vogue that the dainty little ornaments, for such they had become, were gradually dispensed with. In France very large aprons almost entirely hiding the scanty skirt were worn during the Napoleon era, but in other places the apron only appeared for home wear. In the time of our great-grandmothers it was made of shiny satin, usually black, but some times of gray hues, embroidered with hideous clusters of flowers and pipings or ruchings of lace. To-day the apron has descended to its proper level, as suited only for home wear, but It is of two district classes, the working apron and the sewing apron. The latter are charm ing little affairs of lace, lawn, muslin, nainsook run with ribbon and trimmed with ruffles so dainty are they that It is a pity they are not worn more than they are. In the sixties and seventies these pretty aprons, with smart little caps to correspond, were worn in the morning by almost every woman. It was a pretty fashion, and there were rumors of its revival this year—rumors which never material ized. Perhaps in the search for fashion of the past we will at length con descend to take this one up. It certainly has its advantages. The little caps may hide a hastily arranged morning coiffure, but it also keeps it trim and neat when attending to household duties. The advantages of the apron are obvious. By the way, charming little sewing aprons may be made from scraps left over from the summer frocks. The writer has two made of white barred dimity, with small wreaths of forget me-nots over It. Some lac© left over from the bodice of the frock was used as inserting and as edging for the bottom, which was finished with nar row tucks between the insertions. In this case the aprons were square and frilled slightly in the belt, the strings being also of the material inset with strips of the lace. These aprons might have had blue ribbon strings or beading run with ribbon, but the maker used only the materials at hand, and the result justi fied the trial, for they not only were pretty but laundered excellently. Home-Made Perfume. A pleasant perfume for clothes is made by mixing one ounce each of cloves, caraway seed, nutmeg, cin namon and Tonquin beans, ground or beaten to a powder. Put this mixture In a number of little bags, and place them among the woolen clothes that are put away for the summer. It is said to be an excellent moth preven tive also. White Collars. Never put these in the copper with o?her washing; instead, soap them well. After they have been washed put them in a deep jar and cover them with cold water. Then set them in the jar in the oven, cover with an old plate and let them simmer for two or three hours. Then take them out and rinse and dry them and get them up In the usual way. Green Pea Soup. Press through a colander one can of green peas. Add to this two cups of water, one teaspoonful of salt and one heaping tablespoonfwi of cocoa nut butter. Cook in a double boiler until the butter is melted. Dried peas may be used by first cooking until ten der, then pressing through a colander. Removing Cream Stains. * Milk and cream stains can be re moved from linen cloths by washing the stains first with cold water and soap, then in the usual manner.* Boil in water in which soda, in the propor tion of one tablespoonful to three gal lons of water, has been dissolved, and rinse thoroughly. DIVERSITY IN SLEEVES. At In the Case of Skirts, There Art All Sorts and Con ditions. There is wide diversity in the treat ment of fashionable sleeves; in fact, it is a Question whether or not they are more varied than skirts, for the best models among the latter are lim ited to six or seven styles. Not so with sleeves, however, which are as numerous in shape and design almost as the patterns of lace which adorn them. The open betl sleeve Is a favorite model for dressy tailored suits, especially as designed for fore noon wear. The opening is usually bound with embroidery, lace or braid and underneath appears the sleeve of the blouse or guirape. One of the very smartest of the new sleeves has a long, tight undersleeve, with a “loop” extension at the inside, the outer sleeve being formed of rows of lace ruffles. The “loop” is a feature of many of the new sleeves on French frocks and makes a charmingly chic effect. The fancy panamas used for dressy tailor-mades are so designed that they tempt one to the unique in sleeve ef fects. They combine the newest col orings with the last words in pat terns, and, in addition, can be well handled by the average tailor. They are sufficiently cool and dust-resisting to make them a reliable fabric for spring and summer, while their cost is by no means extravagant. A gown in black and white striped panama ex hibited in the Rue de la Paix this week was sufficiently striking to be picked out from a group of new models for especial admiration. The skirt is cut plain and touches the ground all around; whatever the fash ion authorities of New York and Lon don may say about the walking skirt's predominance, it certainly does not go In Paris for dressy occasions. Around the bottom of the skirt In question there is a fold of liberty satin, with a piping of plaited foulard on either side of the satin band. TO TEMPT THE PALATE. Blanc Mange—A pretty effect may be gained by molding white blanc mange in egg cups ((arranging the molds in a circle, raising the center one), and garnishing the dish with strawberries and their leaves. Cream Pie—Bake under crust when convenient. Put in double boiler one pint milk, three tablespoons sugar, one tablespoon tapioca, yolk of one egg; flavor to taste, when thick as custard, and add well beaten white of one egg. When cool add to your crust. Mocha Tart—Beat seven eggs separ ately, add one cup of confectioner’s sugar, one cup of pulverized graham crackers and one teaspoonful of va nilla extract, and bake in layers. When cold whip one-half pint of cream, add two tablespoonfuls of coffee extract and the same amount of confectioner’s sugar. Place between layers and on top. Indian Fruit Punch—Boll a pound of sugar, a quart of water and the grated yellow rind of a lemon five minutes and strain. Add a teaspoon ful of bitter almond extract, the juice of three lemons, a teaspoonful of va nilla and two cupfuls of strong tea. When very cold add ice and a pint of effervescent or plain water. The White Frock. White may be worn by both stout and thin women, but while the thin woman may add touches of color to her toilet the one of more generous build should exclude them. Her cos tume must be entirely white. For evening wear black below the bust will be decidedly the best possible choice, relieved with a flat ivory lace arrangement about the decolletage, while for the slighter figure dove gray, silver blue or rich deep cream, a suit fichu of chiffon or lace trimming the bust, will be most suitable. A touch of pale blue or soft old rose may be the one note of color. Fried Onions. As usually served, fried onions are a delusion and a snare, but cooked in the Kenilworth ranch way it will be a rare thing if they go begging. Cut in slices and soak in milk ten minutes. Then dip in flour and immerse in boiling fat, hot enough to brown in stantly. You can not keep the slices whole, after they have fried six or seven minutes. Take out with a skim mer, lay on brown paper a few mo ments to absorb every suspicion of fat and serve with steak or veal cut lets. Cleaning Glazed Tiles. If glazed are spotted, wash them with lemon juice, leave them for a quarter of an hour, and finally rub them with a jft cloth. Tiles should not be washS; but only rubbed with a damp cloth, and then polished with skim milk and water. Perhaps a rag on which a little paraffin > has been sprinkled is the best of all polishes; bui it should be used before a fire is f lit in the grate. Cocoanut oil Is used widely as a ' food in the Philippines.