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; HOME LIFE VJ Bocoooooooooooooxx pinch of salt, 1 cup seeded and cut raisins, steam three nours in steamer and serve with this sauce: lcup sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon flour. t00( oil tnwpthpr until blended and add 1 pint boiling water. Boil until thickened. TRUE HOUSEHOLD ECONOMY The truly economical housewife buys only what she needs and know3 she can afford; but what she does buy is so good that none need be thrown away, nor is she obliged to spend as much more as it cost m making it fit to eat. Then she cooks it so care fully that every mouthful is eatable, and plans so wisely that very little is left over. If she cannot find time to cook what she would like to she cooks onlv what she has time to cook well, for she has sense enough to know that j one well-cooked, daintily served dish is preferable to half a dozen of those that are carelessly prepared. This "is a far greater art than to know how to prepare an infinite variety of the "made dishes", that always reminds one of boarding house hash. , INDOOR CROQUET You may play croquet in the winter time if you have a croquet ground convenient. It is easy, with the as fiistance of an older brother or sister, to make one yourself. A thin board is the foundation, 36 Inches by 18 inches, longer if you wish, following the same rule of proportion. Cover this with heavy felt ' paper in green or blue tacked to the edge all around, then set in your wickets made of pliable wire, each cut the same ' Size. - ' ... Large size marbles or agates-in pro portion to the size of wickets will make excellent croquet balls. . They should, of course, each be a different color. For the mallets .use empty onnnlo nf MlirJfl MrtlPt thread size. Bore a hole in the middle to set in the handle, which may be. a lead pen cil the full length. The "balls will roll off unless there is protection afforded around the edge of the "ground;" therefore into the felt stand up toothpicks punched through the paper sufficiently close together to prevent the balls rolling through. This croquet board may be used on any table, that is convenient, as it is light and easily carried around. them gently with a piece of dry bread on which powdered French chalk has been sprinkled. Sprinkle dry salt over soot that has fallen on the carpet and sweep up along the grain of the carpet. Repeat this process several times and all trace of the soot will disappear. RUG MADE FROM MATTING T have just made a rug with which I am so much pleased I-intend to make more. I found some straw matting which had at a previous time been iieri tn enver a chamber floor. It was too much worn and soiled to be used again for the same purpose, but tnere were porticjis of it nearly as good as new. I took one of these and hemmed under each end ana ten made quite a thick fringe of raffia. The matting was a figured brown and white. The nnnninrpfl raffia was Just the color of the white straw so I used that for thp -mnln nart of the fringe, addin enough dark red to give it a bit of minr. - Tt makes a very pretty rug, is light and easily cleaned. -It is just the thing for a hall or piazza. USEFUL TO KNOW Tn elean plaster of paris ornaments cover them with a thick coating of ctnrrh and allow it to become periect ly dry. Then when it is brushed off the dirt will come off with it. Veal Loaf Torn'- nnimiis veal or beef. 1 pound nnrk. 4 large crackers, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoonful black pepper, 1 tablespoonful salt, butter size ui v&b, a little hot water or nutmeg. Pour in enough hot water to mix nicely, moi-p intn loaf and cover with cracKer or bread crumbs. Bake 3 hours, baste same as you would chicken. Rice Pudding Put hnlf run rice with 1 pint milk in double boiler, and boil live minuieb. T,0f rie mnl. then mix with following: 4 eggs, three-fourths cup sugar, 1 pint unboiled milk, 1 taDiespoon uuuei, half cup raisins. Flavor with tea spoon vanilla. Baked Onions - Renmve the outer skin from large, round onions and a little of the cen ter. Make a filling with a Tittle sau sage meat or chicken finely cnoppea, dry bread crumbs, seasoning to taste, some soft butter, and tne omou re moved from the center chopped fine Fill the onion cups with this mixture, twist buttered paper around each and bake in a hot oven. common castor oil and bind up from the air as quickly as possible. PRATTLE OF THE YOUNGSTERS "What do ' vou mean by trying to order me around?", asked small Tom my's mother. "I'm just practicing, mamma, re plied Tommy, "so I'll know how when I get married." "What, do vou understand by the term 'high explosives' Harry?" asked the teacher of a small pupil. "I guess they must be sRyrocKets, replied the youngster. "So vrm wnnt. to be a philanthropist when you grow up, do you, Johnny?" said the minister. "Would you mind telling me why?" " 'Cause philanthropists always nave more money than tney .can spend," answered Johnny. ; Sunday School Teacher I hope none of you boys will ever be found among the goats. Tommy Tucker How can we help it, Miss Smithers? . We're kids, ain't we? Fred- (at Ihe concert) That man must have a taste for music, papa. Papa Which man, Freddie? Fred Why, the one who Is trying to swallow the trombone. Iodine stains: Wash with alcohol, then rinse in soapy water. Scorch stains: Wet the scorched place, rub with snan. and bleach In the sun. Soot stains: Rub the spots with dry meai. before sending the clothes to tne wasn. Grass stains: Saturate the spot thor oughly with kerosene, then put m tne washtub. Blood stains: Soak in cold salt water, then wash in warm water with plenty of soap; afterwards boil. Mildew: Soak in a weak solution of lime for several hours, then wash with cold water and soap. Ink stains: Soak in sour milk; if a dark stain re mains rinse in a weak solution of chlo ride of lime. ; : ' WOOD ALCOHOL One of the most dangerous things that can be brought into the house is what is known as wood alcohol. It is eenerallv used as a liniment in cases of rheumatism, or ay kind of ache or. nam.. The liniment may sometimes be composed of 60 per cent of this poisonous stuff, Wood alcohol is deadlv when taken internally, but even when used as a liniment it is liable to impair the vision. Some instances are on record where rersons have lost their eyesight entirely by using it as a liniment. It should not be used in anv form for any medicinal purpose, and when used at all should be used under the advice of a skillful physi cian. Better not use it at an. ine less our readers have to do with wood alcohol, or any other kind of alcohol, the better for them. To remove slight scratches from nlate class, clean first the injured sur- i w - face by rubbing it with a pad of, cot ton wool. Then cover the pad with a layer of cotton velvet, well charged with a fine rouge, and this when rubbed ove the surface will not only remove the scratches but will also add a new lustre to the glass. Silver- in ordinary use should be washed in hot suds made from a good white soap and to which a few drops of ammonia should be added. It may then be rinsed off in hot water. Silver should be washed one piece at a time so that the separate articles will not scratch each other in the basin. HOUSEHOLD NOTES To beat eggs quickly add a pinch of salt to them. If soda is used in dishwater no soap will be needed. If bureau drawers are hard to draw out. rub the edges with soap. To prevent brass articles from tar nishing apply a thin vanish of gum shellac and alcohol. To make glass, crockery, or china less susceptible to changes of temper ature boil them in salt water. To smooth flatirons while using rub them over brown paper which has been covered with soap and then over drv salt. " Soak old potatoes, after being pared in mid water for a couple of hours and they will be greatly improved, be sides being made winter. To clean marks from wall paper rub Salt, slightly moistened will remove stains left in the botton of teacups; but as the salt will scratch a delicate china, in this case It is wiser to use powdered whiting, which is equally efficacious. SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES Children are always falling. Mas sage the bump with the palm of the hand Tf the nlaee is bruised dampen the hand and place the palm of hand over the bruise and it win disappear. - - Tired feet, can be relieved by plung ing in hot water, into which has been thrown a. handful of salt and a half cup of vinegar.. Then put on clean hose, and change the shoes, ir you have to put on an old pair. Sick headache can be relieved by first bathing the forenead with hot water. Then lay a piece of straw naner in a shallow pan and cover with salt and vinegar; heat, then bandage the forehead and lie down in a dark ened room, with enough blankets to keep warm. T will give vou a remedy for lun fever, rohl in the chest or pneumonia Having tried it for la grippe I found it gave almost instant reliet: bix large onions, chopped fine, then the same quantity of ryo meal; cover this with vinegar; place in a spider over the fire, stirring: until It becomes like nnste: nlace this in a linen bag large enough to cover the chest; grease and put on as hot as can be;, wnen it 2-eta mol around the edges make and put on another; continue until pers piration starts freely from tne cnest; then cover the chest with cotton wnen vou remove the last poultice. There will be no need ot more man iour poltices. ; The little girl came home from school in the middle of the forenoon in a high state, of excitement. - "What is the matter, dear?" asked her mother. V "Jimmy Tread way scared me." "How?" - "Why, he's been having the mumps, and he's got some of 'em left,-' and when I wouldn't give him a bite of my apple he -said he was going to take a mump out of his pocket and throw it at me!" v RECIPES Cold Chopped Meats Take two pounds of round steak, one-half pound salt pork, Jour eggs, five crackers rolled fine, or grated bread, salt and pepper to taste; mix well and make into a loaf, steam one nd one-half hours, then brown in the oven twenty or thirty minutes. Mrs. K." sometimes - puts in a little milk and sausage or pot roast instead of steak. She steams hers in a quart can and it looks well when sliced up Graham Pudding One cup baking molasses, 1 cup sweet milk, 2 1-2 cups graham flour 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon Smother in the oven two large on ions; place in a linen bag; bind on the baby's feet and around the neck, and it will relieve sore throat. Children who ' are subject to sore throat can soon be cured by a gargle of eood vinegar, one-half cup, one snoonful of salt and one spoontul or red pepper, or black If the other is not obtainable. At night give a dose of epsom salts. MRS. FIELD SHOCKEd'tHEM TTnon the. fashion adonted bv Mrs. Marshall Field of having a mourning gown for " evening wear made with low neck and short sleeves Miss Eliza beth White, president of the National Protective Dressmakers association, which recently neid a iasnion con vention in Horticultural hall, Phila delphia, has set the ban of -her pesi- . tive disapproval. i'rom the point or - m c'iew of fashion and etiquette, the idea of a woman ordering a low-necked gown when her husnand has been dead only three weeks is simply un pardonable, Miss White added. CARE OF BOOKS Every lover and user of books should bear the following rules in mind when handling the contents of his library: - Never hold a book near a fire. Never drop a book on the floor. Never turn over leaves with the thumb. Never lean or rest on an open book. Never touch a book with damp or soiled hands. Always place a large book on a. table before opening it. Always turn leaves from the top with the binding at the top, but by the back. Never rub dust Trom books, but brush it off with a soft, dry cloth or duster. Never clbse a boos with a neneik a pad of paper or anything else be tween the leaves, hut. alwavs when needful, indicate your place with a tnm DooKmarK. A run of boiling; water the first thing rsr the morning will cure Indigestion. Flannel cloths wrung out of boiling water and placed over a severe pain will give relief. - Never bind up a cut or apply lini ments, camphor or any remedy with out first washing with hot water. The wound will heal better and faster if washed each time. Of course, I would not wash a scald or burn, but apply McCall's Dying Statement "If it's God's will, I'm ready to go," John A. McCall, former president of the New York Life, told his son. I've lived a clean life. I've lived my life as I saw it. No man, woman or child can say that I ever wronged him." Send $1.00 for a year's subscription to The Independent and receive Mr. Berge's book, "The Free Pass Bribery System," free as a premium. This offer will remain but a short time.