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.Coversatiou.ol Women. .
. . . . > * > > Tn the art of conversation , woman if notthj ( fufeh' ami Victor , islhelaw giver , says Ralph Waldo Emqrson in ono of iiis cssjiyjv jUjpypjy one ro called'liis experience he might find the best ui Uio speech of supferior women ' ' Which wasJ 'bettor than song , " and carried < Jngenuity < character , .wise cpunscl , an.d affection as easyil as the ' Wit with which it was adorned' . They arc -not only wise themselves ; the > I make us wise. No pnp can bo ain.iiq ; t'er in conversation who lias not Icarn- > td inilch from women ; their presence > : md inspiration are essential to itsisuo- cess. Slcclc said of his mistress tliat "to have loved her 'Was a liberal edu- cation. " Shenstouo gave no ba l ac count of Ills influence in his descuip tiori of the Frenchwoman : "There is if 'quality ih' which 'no1 woman in the , \YprMcan compete * ? with her it is the power of intellectual irritation. She " will draw wit out of a fool. Shu strikes with such 'address the chords , pf self-love that she gives unexpected Vigor and agility to fancy , ami electri fies , a hody that appears ribn electric' . " " " , Coleridge" esteems cultivated women as the depositaries and guardians o ] "English undefiled : " aud"Luthor com- meiitls that accomplishment ot "pure German" speech of his wife. Mine. do Stacl , by the unanimous consent of 'all who knew her , was the most extraordinary ordinary- converser that was known in her time , and it was a time full of em inent men and women ; she knew all dis tinguished persons in letters or society in. ] England , Germany and Italy , as \vell as in Trance , though she said , with characteristic nationality , "Con- jV.ersjition , like talent , exists only in France. " Mme. de Stacl valued noth ing" 'but conversation. ' 'When they showed her the beautiful Lake Lenian , .she exclaimed : "Oh. for the gutter of t'h'e Hue de Bac ! " the streets in Paris in * ' which her house stood. And she iaid.one " day seriously to M. Mole , "If if" \\cre not for respect to human , opin- idns 1 would not open my window to see , the bay of Naples for the lirst time , whilst I yvould go live hundred leagues to talkAvith a man of genius whom I had not seen. " St. Beuvc tells us of thcjpr/yjledgcdicirclc of Coppet , that , a'fter making an excursion one day , Hie ] iarty returned in two coaches from Qhamberry to AL\j.on the way to Cop- pet. The last coach had many rueful accidents to relate asterrific thunder storm. shocking roads , and danger and.glpomto the whole company. The l > arty in the second coach , on arriving , heard tins "story with surprise ; of thunderstorms , of stoops , of mud , of danger , they , knew 4 nothing ; no , they had forgotten earth , and breathed purer air ; such a conversation between. Cklme. de , Stael and Mine. Recamier and Benjamin Constant and Schlegel ! they1 were all in a state of delight. ha.iutoxicatiou of -conversation nad made them insensible to any no- rfce of weather or rough roads. Mme. de < jL'esse [ said , "If I were queen , I should command Mme. de Stael to talk t'onie every day. " Conversation fills nil gaps , supplies all deficiencies. What a good trait is that recorded of Mme. do Maintenon , that , during din ner , tha servant slipped to her side. "Please , madame , one anecdote more , for.-thero is no roast to-day. ' ' * ' Wheels Not Made of Pulp. "The statement that the most deli cate watch wheels are now made of paper pulp in Germany is a hoax , I think , " said a prominent jeweler and watchmaker on Broadway to a Mail and Express representative. " 1 have been in the business some forty years and work on German. Swiss , English , French and American watches every week , rppairing or taking them apart , arid I have not seen a wheel made of pulp , not even among the latest watches from Germany. Then from my knowledge of machinery nec- essar3' to make a watch and run it for several years I do not think that pulp by an- process whatever can be made hard enough to be of use. Brass and steel are chiefly used to make watch wheels. Platina is too hard to work and lee costly , and gold will not defer for many reasons. "Paper buckets and boats are made , but they have no special friction coni- pare'd to that of a watchwheel , which runs in cogs all the time. Suppose a process was discovered to harden pulp to1a degree equal to steel ; then the question1 is , would it last as long as steel ? I think not. Car wheels are made of paper , but they run them merely on exhibition and not every day. Steel and brass are metafs formed - by natural processes during the course of many hundred centuries. Paper or pulp hardened by artificial means when not subject to constant friction may be equal to steel or brass for certain processes , but I imagins its durability would be uncertain. Hard wood , of course , catf be used for 'a time as cog "wheels in watches , and many other temporary tough mate rials , but they > vare simply for exhibi tion and not utility. So many watches are made in Switzerland I wonder they have not substituted some cheap ma terial for steel and brass , but I didn't expect Germany to start at it first. " Indeedfmy firm" opinion is that it is a mistake- about pulp being used even for big 'cog wheels , much less -small , delicate ones. " New York Mail and Express. _ _ _ _ He VVas Prepared , 'Young man , are you prepared to 20 ? " asked the revivalist of a yoking man 'in the Tack row after the meet- "Yes , sir , perfectly. * ' "D5J you think every night as 3-011 50 0' bed that you may be-called be fore morning ? " Jt's always on my mind sir. " ' That's right. And you are always ready to go whenever the angel L-omes , without warning and unan nounced ? ' ' ij.'Yes , sir. I always sleep with my clothes all on and my overcoat and an extra' paper collar on the chair at the side of my bed. . I'm always ready. " ' "But , my dear young man , you must mistake me. " "Not all , sir. I'm a handsome coachman , and I know my business. Whenever the angel of the household calls I'm ready to lake the first train. " Chicago Tribune. . , * . SwollowedHis -Teeth. Employed on a branch of the New York and'Ncw.England'Railrpdd is a man of 85 or 38 years of mortal expert iencc , who can to-day testify that none of those years have brought to him such unprecedentedsurprisosboth painful and plcasureable , as the last. In consequence 6f the absence of five prominent teeth , he had made for him a rubber plate with five artificial teeth attached , and which worked quite to his satisfaction. On retiring late one night in November he forgot to remove them from his mouth , as w < u ? his habit and upon wakening in. the morning , hp felt that dawning 'consciousness that comes upon one so gradually as ono rouses from slumber , that the rubber plate containing live teeth was not in its should-be receptacle , the tumbler of water , neither was it clinging lirm- 13' to his upper jaw. At the same anx ious moment he experienced something of a discomfort in the region of his throat , and , calling his wife , asked her to examine the locality , which she did , and , to her surprise , beheld the retreat ing form of thatself-samepbtewhich had vainly tried to fit itself to the cav ity of the throat , but in so doing had lodged just lee low for her grasp. He preceded at once to his physician , and underwent a scries of atlempls to ex tract it , which were unsuccessful. He was then taken to the Massachusetts General Hospital , where all efforts to extract the leeth proved also of no avail. Meanwhile , the plate worked slowly down toward the stomach. The patient was confined to his house about ten days , and soon recovered his us ual strength and spirits and went his way without experiencing further trouble from the accident. Various were the opinions of the medical world in regard to what would ba the final upshot of the matter : One doctor said : "You can not live with that in your stomach ; blood poisoning must follow. " Another said : "The rubber will digest ; the teeth thus set free you will rid 3'ourself of , and all may be well. " But , to say the least , the pa tient's state of mind was but little eased by any diagnosis pronounced upon the case by men who thought they knew all abo'ut it. However , af ter Ihree months , the teeth finally emerged in as perfect condition as on the day they left the dentist's hands. Boston Herald. Victor Jingo's Daily Life. In spite of his years he is still hale and hearty ; he eats well and drinks well , and his only infirmity is deaf ness. On Thursdays and Sundays , which are " reception days , the poet goes to b"ed about 10 o'clock ; on other days he retires at J or 0:30 , and in the morning he works in bed ana rises about 10. He breakfasts lightly , walks , and , in spite of the supplica tions of his famity , he occasionally in dulges in his old distraction of riding on the knifeboard of a 'bus. What ever the weather , Victor Hugo still ob stinately refuses to wear an overcoat , and , old as he is , he persists in abund ant cold water ablutions ; but he no longer takes his "tub" as he used to during the sieiie of Paris , when he used to break the ice with his heel on cold mornings. Victor Hugo still works , but of course not very much ; he has his bolster and pillow placed at the foot of the bed , so as to receive the light directly from the "window , and , pencil in hand , passes aA hour or two every morning in classifying and cor recting his unpublished works in proze and verse. He has in manuscript half a dozen plays , several volumes of philosophy , which will be published ifter his death. And so the old poet lives , surrounded by his family , by his grandchildren Jeanne and Georges , ; he latter a big boy of seventeeen , who s going to be a painter and by his faithful old friends Paul Meurice and Augiiste Vacquerie , who tell the old man on days when he is weary and thinking of the end , that he must try to live until 1889 , so that the opening of the Universal Exhibition and the centenary of the Great Revolution may > e presided over by le vieux Hugo "art's Letter to London World. Choosing : a Husband. A girl , if she cannot always choose , can always refuse , and generally her difficulty is this : it is evident that this man is making : love to me. 1 do not eve him , but I think I might do so if chose. Shall I choose or shall I" brbear ? It is here that the power of choice comes in ; and it is here that ihc voice of prudence must be heard , if it s heard at all. In such circumstances a girl will act wisely if she pays con- iderable attention to the general opinion , which , in nine cases out of ; en , is held of the gentleman in ques- ; ion by his professional brethren or lis business 'acquaintances. It is , in tibrt , not the man who is agreeable among women , but he who is well iked by his own sex , who is the mane ; o choose as a husband. There are certain persons , however , of the op- > osite sex who are almost as good udges of a man's disposition as those of his own , and they are his sisters * A girl can always tell how a man stands with his sisters , and if they are really fond of him she may feel sure that he will make a good husband. A mother , of course' always speaks well of her son ; it is not what she says of him , but his behavior to her , that. s to be looked up. Home Journal. A Little Matter from JIaine. A farmer of this town , after the jasturage became poor , turned bis lock of sheep into the orchard , where ho grass was heavy and the trees .aden with apples. One old sheep , with a lamb , regularly selected trees , and in ways best known to herself managed to mount upon her hind feet and to knock off apples , which she and the lamb ate with great gusto. The farmer hobbled the forefeet , but the animal did just as well asbefore in knocking off apples ; the hind feet were hobbled , but with no better suc cess , and the last resort was to hobble one hind and one fore foot , and then the game was up. She was watched , and,11113 was seen : Thelambmounted upon her back , the sheep marched under the apple tree , and the lamb knocked off the apples. Brunswick Telegraph. FARM-AND-eAEDBN. - - Now Englandcrs-furnish tho' largest percentage of silo advpcates. Feed succulent foods for cheese , and concentrated foods for butler. Plant raspberries and blackberries as soon as the , soil can bo workgd. Sweet cream insist be churned longer than sour , with a lower temperature. Canadian Farmers , who /row excel lent crops of oats , consider that crop hardest on land. A quince in the California exhibit at the New Orleans Exposition measures seventeen inches in circumference. Clover seed may be sown this month upon'the bare ground. A more even cast is obtained by sowinjr upon a light fall of snow. French cheesemakcrs aim to get $150 lo § 200 yearly per cow. Fine stock , great care , and specialities in manufacture , are the means. Butter is worth more in proportion than wheat or other grain. It will pay well to 'use ' the cows to turn some " of "this grain into butter , and to make the calv'es grow. Josiah Hoopes , in the New York Tribune , 3.133 experience has con vinced him that any soil too damp naturally to produce healthy trees should always be avoided by the or-1 chardist. A San Francisco naturalist sent a nice cage and a w agon to a friend's house for a fine specimen ot ground hog that was offered him. "He re ceived a sausage , and it took him three days lo see the joke. Low prices of grain in the north west will cause a lessened demand for young stock for feeding. Much stock will be hastily fattened'ar I sold , and thus cause lower prices for beef and a scarcity two or three years hence. Miller Purvis says in the Ohio Farm er that the costliest mistake he ever made was in buying cheap seeds. He recommends saving seeds for one's own planting ; it this has been neg lected , get the most reliable seeds to be obtained and then save seeds from them. Nothing will pay the owner of one , a dozen or a hundred hogs better than the extra expenditure which will at this time of year secure them a dry * warm , comforting bed lo lie in at night and durinir suc.li part of the day as they may not be taking exercise or eating. Kaisers of early chickens do well to remember that chicks must have grass food at twelve to fifteen days. If chicks are hatched before grass comes , then it must be raised artificially for tlie.n. A goo/1 plan is to sow oats in frames in the kitchen window or green-house. Manure is on most lands Ihc great essential to successful gardening. About New York , market gardeners put as much as seventy-live tons of manure upon an acre in a single year , and when it can not be obtained , as much as two tons of fine bone flour are often used. Canker worms come out early. Ap ply protection to the tree now. The simplest is a band of thick brown pa per , a foot or more wide , tacked around the trunk. On this pamt a band of pine tar , which should 'be re newed it from any cause it does not remain adhesive. Mr. Russell , the secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Agri culture , says that a horse will do bet ter if fed four times a day , and should not be fed less than three times. He says the horse is different from any other animal in that he has the small est stomach in proportion to his size. It is now asserted that the common earth worm is the cause of the gape parasite in chicks. In examining 3arth worms from a gape infected dis trict the gape parasite was found to be coiled up in the structure of the earth worm , and on feeding chicks with such earth worms the disease was at once produced among the brood. Job Mills , of Pine Villiage , Ind. , has fed 48 hogs the present season on cook ed wheat , and says they gained at the rate of 2 pounds per day each. He figured the wheat as worth 60 cents , and the corn 30 cents per bushel. Says )0 hogs will eat about 10 bushels of wheat at an expense of $6 per day , or , 20 bushels of corn worth also § 6 , at JO cents per bushel. P".ach growers in Southern Illinois declare the eurculio breed faster on wild cherry trees than farmers can kill : hem in the orchard. The hawthorn is said to breed apple tree borers and apple maggots. It is stated that one of the most serious orchard pests ia the "fruit belt" is the rose chafer , which multiplied in a swamp of wild roses to such an extent that it over ran the country for miles about. Consul Ryder , at Copenhagen , writes that the Danes , in order to in sure full development , healthy etc. , seek : Cleanliness , cooked or ground food , which is easily masticatett and digested , plenty of water , regular liours of feeding , good ventilation , equable temperature , and freedom [ rom trichina-breeding rats. These requisites are not novel to American bree'ders , yet some people are forget ful. ful.The The Dorking fowls , while not quite as hardy as the hardiest , are a valu able breed. They are good Ia3"e s , make good , careful mothers , and as chictts are quick to mature. They are especially valued for the delicacy of their flesh , the breast is broad and deep , and give a large quantity of juicy meat. The fowls weigh as high as ten pounds , live weight ; they are favorites in England where the breed originated. Kemiiided Him of Home. An exiled Canadian incidentally strayed out of his room in a Western hotel , and in a moment of abstraction fell down the ten-story elevator well. They got him up what they could of him and laid it out on a sofa. "Don't disturb me , " the exiled Canadian gasped , while an expression of great ectasy played over his features. "Ah ! I haven't felt anything like it since I used to ride a toboggan in my .own dear , native land. " A peaceful smile slid into his face and he was gone. He never came back. He couldn't , Boston Journal , * * TheeWife'8'Commamlmeiitsr- - _ I. I amthyvifej thou shalt have ( ' nond Init me , wlibrh' ' at God's" altar , thou hast sworn to love , protect and cherish. II. Ihou shalt not attend places of amusement , alone or with other gentle men , but with thy wjfc ; so she may also bo "au fait" as to what 13 going on. on.III. . Thou shalt not encourage "Woman's Rightors" and other gentle manly women ; for thou knowcst well , their rights are to attend their homes and families , and let all things pertain ing to mankind alone save their pocket-books. IV. Thou shalt not complain of thy wife to a third party. Speak kindly lo her in 'private , so she will desire to correct her faults , because it is thy wish and for her good. Neither shalt thou always be talking of "ex pense" and other disagreeable sub jects , for thou spendest far more on club suppers , etc. , than she on neces sities of life. French bonnets , par example. V. Thou shalt not marry a lad } ' whom thou canst not trust with the management of th } * home and children ; and then , thou shalt not interfere in her kingdom. If thou altemptest it , she will bo justified in donning hat and coat and taking charge of thy busi ness. ness.VI. . Thou shalt not refuse thy wife "pretty things. " "Remember , to dress 'her beautifully and keep her true , " is part of every Benedict's duty. VlL Thou shalt not bo "bossy" and authoritaveve in thy manners to , thy wife. Thou shouldst know , any proud spirited woman would resent a command , when she would sacrifice herself without limit to comply with a request. Vlil. Thou shalt not imagine thou hast a monopoly of annoyances and a patent right on grievances. Thou shalt consider the many trials to tem per and patience , caused by sick chil dren , inefficient servants , smoking flues , bad plumbing and gossiping neighbors , to which thy wife is con st autly exposed , and then thou shalt not always expect her to be as sweet , fair , and unruffled as a beautiful Eas ter Lily. IX. Thou shall not neglect to talk pleasantly and intelligently to thy wife of the current topics of the day of the new and good things in Art , Science and Literature. Let thy con versation be an exchange of thought as well as discussion of feeling , and in this way , thou shalt educate her to be an intelligent companion ( sharing thy sentiments , , tastes and aspirationsas well as a wife. X. Thou shalt hold thy wife's feel ing sacred as thine own ; remembering love and kindness is always the "open seasame" to a woman's heart , without which her life is a dreary thing. Treat her as thou wotildst wish to bo treated if a woman , then will she die blessing tliee , and recommending Ihee to the preltiest girl of her acquaintance with directions as to how "John liked his salads dressed. " Judith 31. Gardiner in St. Louis Magazine. She Cost Her Weight in Gold. Mrs. Jesus Castro , an aged Mexican lady , now residing at American Flag , in the Santa Catilina mountains , is perhaps the only woman who , literally speakinsr , ever cost her husband her weight in gold. It is said that in the early gold-digging days of California she was a resident of Sonora , in which state she was born and grew to womanhood. When about the age of 17 a paternal uncle , but a few years her senior , returned with his com panions , gold laden , from the El Dorado of the west , and became des perately enamored of her. He sought her hand in marriage and was accept ed , but the church refused , because of the near relationship existing between them , to solemnize the marriage. Persuasion being in vain , he tried the power ot gold to win the church his way , and succeeded only by the payment of her weight in gold. She at that time weighed 117 pounds , and against her in the scales glittering dust was shoveled. Her affianced husband still had sufficient of this world's goods to provide a comfortable home , and they were married. They lived happily together , and she bore to her husband eleven children. In the course of years he died , and she mar ried again , Mr. Castro being her second end husband. The above isa fact and not fiction , as living witnesses can prove. Tucson Star. Female Physicians in England. Of lady doctors there are at present few in England , but the select few who have taken are already reaping a rich harvest of fees. The two most dis tinguished lady practitioners in Lon don are Dr. Garrett-Anderson , . a sister of the wife of the late ProfFaweett , and Dr. Arabella Kenealy , a daughter of the late Dr. Kenealy. a brilliant ad vocate and finished scholar. Both of the ladies I have named enjoy large and lucrative practices , and medical men of the highest standing , who ha e met them in consultation , while strongly objecting to the admission of ladies into the profession * have told me that they are certainly not inferior in ability to doctors of the highest standing of like age and experience. Worth Remembering. An exchange says : It is worth re membering that no newspaper is printed especially for one person any more than a hotel is built especially to please ono guest. People who become greatly displeased with something they find in a newspaper , should re member that the very thing that dis pleases them is exactly the thing that will please somebody who has just as much interest in the paper as they have. A Never-Failing Opiate. "My dear , " said a husband to his wife , "I am unable to get any sleep. I have tossed ever since I came to bed. I wish you would get up and prepare me a little laudanum. " "It's hardly worth while now , " she replied , consulting her watch ; "It's almost time to build the kitchen fire. " Then he sank into a quiet , restful slum ber. Boston Journal. FACT-AND-PANOYr- , , A project for starting a Jareo .pub lic library is on foot in Charleston S. C. ' Nevada has 131 postoflicos of the fourth class , 9 of the third class , and 1 of the second class. A South Carolina planter raises Sen island cotton for a French spinnnor and receives $1 per pound. The Onudia community New York papers published in tiio vicinity say haS virtually fallen to pieces. A Youkcrs bride received , among her wedding gifts , a receipted bill ol $8 for gate hinges from her father. As high as $80 a head is offered to officers of Victoria and Puget sound steamers to smuggle Chinese across the line. The Philadelphia Times celebrated its tenth anniversary as a newspaper on the 14lh inst. by publishing twenty- eight pages. In Death valley , Inyo county , Cali fornia , week before last the thermom eter for several days marked 120 de grees in the shade. "Marriages a specialty , acccptablo at all flours ; strangers particularly invited , " is the unique advertisement of a clergyman at York , Me. Mr. W. II. Harp , of Amcricus , Ga. , uses a coffee mill which has been in constant use in his family for nearly sixly years and is efficient as ever. A flying snake is on exhibition at Virginia City , Nev. The reptile is four feet long and has two wings at tached to its body about four inches back of the head. The juice of the curious ink-plant of New Granada requires no prepara tion before being used for writing. The color is reddish when first applied to the paper , but soon becomes a deep black which is very durable. The story is going the rounds that a Tennessee woman , convicted of steal ing a diamond ring , is boarding at a liolel under guard iuslead of occupy ing a small apartment in a penitcn- tiaiy. It is said there is hardly a telegraph operator of any experience who has not had a touch of operator's paraly sis , and that many of the mistakes made by operators can be traced to this ailment. A gentleman at Lake Jesup , Fla. , while experimenting with an or.inge tree , placed some fertilizer on one side and none on the other. The side that was fertilized bore large , bright or anges , and the other small , rusty ones. Yale has , in the way of trophies , base-balls from her sixty-nine - , won various adversaries. Each ball is painted the color of Ihe stockings of the vanquished nine , and is lettered to indicate the time and place of win ning. There are twenty thousand tons of wheat in the various warehouses along Snake river. Washington territory , waiting for the prices to rise. Farm ers in that section claim to have about half as much more in their home gran aries. According to a Florida paper , the pumpkin is a perennial in that state. It is said that there is a pump kin vine growing near Rock Ledge which has been bearing three years , and shows every indication of holding out for another. A bill has been introduced in the city council of New York to regulate roller skating. The proposed ordi nance prohibits minors , unless accom panied by parents or guardians , from attending roller-skating rinks , and also forbids roller skating in parks and streets. What strange creatures wo are , to be sure ! A sailor soon forgets the ter rors of the sea , and ships again ere he has been ashore a month ; the convict is almost certain to return to the prison from which he was released but a short time back , and the widow will marry the second time if she gets the chance , and she usually gets the chance- A romantic scribe thus describes the first kiss of a newly-wedded couple : "Up the perfumeswept av enue of love and under the roscat archway of hymen they had passed into the joy-lit realms of that lusher and holier existence where soul meets soul on limpid waves of ecstatic feel ing , and hearts touch hearts through the blended channel of lir > 5 in rapture linked. " The late Gen. Gordon's sisters have declined the annuity which Mr. Glad stone offered to them. The general left three sisters , one of whom is un married , and they are all residing at Southampton. He had two brothers , one of whom Enderby Gordon , died many years ago. The survivor is Sir Henry W. Gordon , K. C. B. Gen. Gordon's sisters last heard direct from Khartoum in November. The descriptive terms u ed for neu rological conditions are rapidly in creasing in number , and bid fair to make an interesting vocabulary. Some of the comparatively recent terms are "anthrophobia , " being afraid to meet anyone about the house : "polypito- j bia , " afraid of everything , sometimes ; "phobophobia , ' * being afraid some thing is going to happen to frighten him. him.One One of the most novel and interest ing lawsuits that ever went to trial was betore the Helena , Ark. , magis trate courts on the 8th inst. Mount Zion Baptist church ( colored ) was burned to the ground on Monday night , and one portion of the congre gation had the other arrested , charged with the burning. The entire congre gation were arraigned and a very bit ter light made. The evidence pro duced was insufficient for conviction , and they were discharged. One of the sheriff's deputies , says Tlie Murlon ( Ga. ) Index , was sent into Horry to levy on and take a mule in the possession of a citizen of that county. The gentleman pointed to his stables saying ; "The mule what you come arte'r is in that off-stable. I see you got. the rights to go in after him , but I don't see that 3011 are provided with authority to come out again. Betsy , bring me my shotgun. " The deputy returned but he di& not bring the mule. * - Black walnut sawdust jf nowjrabccd with linseed gum and molded into' or namentation for furniture. When varnished , it is handsomeand more durable than carved wood. Turpentine in small quantities may bo used with advantage in the laundry , but rosin , which is usually found in soap , is injurious , discoloring some goods and shrinking woolens. When a knob comes off a door han dle , you can fasten it on again by fill ing the cavity in the knee with" ! sul phur , then heat the iron end of the handle which goes in the knob just hot enough to melt the sulphur , put the knob in and let it cool. It will be firmly fixed in place. A novel way of mending a woolen dress , in which a round hole has been torn , and whore only a patch could remedy mailers , is as follows : The frayed portions around the tear were carefully smoothed , and a piece of the material , moistened with very thin mucilage , was placed under the hole. A heavy weight was put upon it until it was dry , when it was only possible to discover the mended place by care ful observation. A solution of oxalic acid has been used for removing ink stains from cotton , linen , or the lingers , but it is attended with the danger of injuring textiles and the skin. A much safer and heller treatment of ink or rust stains consists in Ihe application of two parts of powdered uruam of tar tar and one part of finely powdered oxalic acid. Shake up the ingredients well together and apply the powder with a dry rag to the dampened stain. When the spot has disappeared the part should be very well washed. To boil rice properly you must first wash out all the dried starch from among the grains , not by soaking it in a bowl of water as is usually ( 'one , but by letting water run over and through it , in a seive. To half a pint of rice put a pint of cold water and a heaped tcaspoonful of salt into the saucepan. The moment it begins to boil take the lid off the saucepan ; let it boil very fast but do not stir it. When holes be gin to appear in the top it is done. Turn out in a butiered dish and keep hot in the oven. Every grain should be distincl by this process. After tea has been steeped in boiling water over five-sixths of the valuable constituents are extracted. At th < ; end of len minutes the leaves are al most entirely exhausted. Prolonged infusion gives no additional strength to the liquid , but it does cause the loss , by volatilization , of the flavoring prin ciples. Hard waters are to be pre ferred to soft waters in the teapoC as the hard waters dissolve less of the lannin out of the leaves. The Gearing of these laboratory results on the art of making a good cup of tea is ob vious. A serviceable article of a mother's nursury outfit is an apron made of a straight piece of goods muslin , ging- lam , or any suitable material that is alike on both sides turned upward at .ho bottom to the depth of about ten 'nches , and stitched vertically at inter vals , so that pockets are formed , into which scissors , thimble , cotton , or whatever one has in hand can bo drop- icd at a moment's notice , when it is lecessary suddenly to cast one's work .side. This will not only prevent hingcrous playthings from falling into oaby's hands , but save the trouble of collecting scattered work materials. Cut a piece of pasteboard eight nches souare and four triangular jieces , ono side of each being eight nches long. Cut also the same nuni- ) erof pieces of thin cardboard. Cover the pasteboard neatly with olive satin , and the cardboard with bright rose color , and sew together. Take a strip of olive satin , one and one-ha'f yards eng and three inches wide , and one of pink ; sew on each edge , trim and shirr. Sew one edge of the puff to he edge of the square board and the other triangular pieces paint or em- ) roider a little spray of flowers or an nitial , and bows of ribbon at the cor ners. ners.To To make a very handsome coyer for a parlor or library table procure a suffi ciently large square of dark felt , and border it with old gold plush half the vidth of the material , which will be nbout eleven inches. Cut large leaves rom three sides of olive-green plush and apply upon the old gold plush , ar ranging them without much apparent jiethod , to look as if carelessly scat- ered upon the fabric. Sew the leaves on with common sewing-silk in but- onhole stich. The long nap of the material will readily lend itself to the concealment of the stitches used in ap- otying. No fringe will be neces- ary , but three plush balls can bo added to each corner of the cloth. It is not sufficiently known lhat when coffee beans are placed upon hot coals or on a hot plate the flavor aris- ng is one of the most effecfcire , and at the same time agreeable disinfectants. If no heat is disposable , even the spreading of ground coffee on the ob ject to be disinfected , even if it be a cadaver , is most satisfactory. Some journals announce this as a newly dis covered fact , but it appears by inves tigation that it was well known by nurses and housewives forty years ago , while some members of the medical profession became only convinced of its value some twenty years ago , whHe at present the majority of the physic - c ans are not aware of the virtues of this simple and agreeable remedy. Seeing Stars. They were young and romantic , and , although the minute hand was pointing to 12 o'clock , they stood up on the porch gazing at the stars. "That's Jupiter , dear , isn't it ? " she murmured. "Yes , pet , and that is Sirins , " he replied , pointing to anoth er star. "Are you Sirius ? " she cooed. He kissed her several times. Then he pointed upward and said : "That's Mars , dove. " "And that's pa's , " she whispered , as a footslep sounded inside , and if the young man hadn't scooted he would have seen more stars than he ever dreamed of. Her pa wears a 12J with a brass toe. Wash ington Hatchet.