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HOUSEHOLD DEPARTMENT. Al> communications *r inquiry for this de partment should be addressed to FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. The editor of this department will gladly welcome any hints or articles pertinent to the household. If any reader has any helping sug gestions, please send them along. Shall we women in Florida resolve that this new year will find us in the same old ruts, or shall it be that we will determine to accomplish more and advance in all lines? Let us ele vate the home duties to the high and dignified plane they rightly deserve. Let us be the “Do-somethings” this year. In our readings much interesting matter comes before us as to the rear ing and moulding of the young lives of the girls in the homes. We over heard two mothers recently discuss ing plans and means to keep girls at home afternoons after school hours. One mother says, “Don’t you think it is our fault if we do not gain the end desired?” and the other said “no,” and she in our estimation is very nearly correct. There is something in the makeup of the present young girl that demands and craves excite ment and young companionship. Just how to guide and win her to the mother’s side is the perplexing ques tion. One thing is sure, the mother must be companionable, as far as possible, and that is one of the diffi cult duties to perform with so many hindrances in the way of household cares, etc. A word to our girls— to come down to the practical test —what are you aiming at? That must have some thought and consideration in your young life. Are you trying to make this old world brighter and thinking of others instead of self? Don’t let “self” take up too much of your thought. Make the home bright and cheery, so that all the home circle will want you about them and yearn for your presence when absent. Take up some household duty as your own, such as keeping the sitting room in order, or the dining room. Take an interest in mother’s work and help her and you will be surprised how in teresting your own home will be come. Household Linens. Quite an interesting article is found in January Good Housekeeping on embroidered household linens. The writer gives some new suggestions which we offer our Florida readers She says: The first things to consider are the towels. Hand towels, which should be of linen huckabuck, are better bought by the yard, and made with a narrow hemstitch hem, the size when finished being 18 by 27 inches. A single one and a half inch letter is placed the width of the hem above it in the center of one end. Large towels are also of linen huckabuck 24 by 40 inches, either hemstitched or scalloped at each end, or one end hemstitched and the other scalloped. The hems should be two and a half inches deep with a letter the same style three inches high, placed three inches above the center of the hem. Damask towels usually have scalloped ends and when finished are 24 by 40 inches. A monogram with letters three and a half inches high is placed three inches from the top of the seal- j lop at the center. 111 selecting bath i towels, those with a plain border are | preferred, with a single letter or mon- ogram worked in a catstitch in dark blue and outlined in a lighter shade. This style is also good for inexpen sive towels and bed linen. Linen sheets and pillow cases may seem expensive, but if one considers that they wear better than cotton the difference in expense will not be thought of. It is not satisfactory to give measurements for these as pil lows and mattresses differ in size. Select a heavy round thread “ten quarter” sheeting, as the thread is smooth and easily drawn, if one wishes a hemstitched hem. The hem should be two and a half inches deep. For these a monogram looks better and should be three inches high and placed two and a half inches above the center of the hem. -If a scallop is preferred it is better to turn up a hem two inches and embroider the scallop at the top of the hem, thereby forming a double edge. A border of French embroidery or eyelet work just above, with a single letter, makes a more elaborate set. A handsome and new idea is a scallop and crest with a single letter. Pillow cases should match with smaller monogram or single letters. The table linen calls for special at tention. There is no style which is so popular and in such good taste as the monogram. It is three or three and a half inches high and placed either at the left side diagon ally, fourteen inches from the corner, or directly in the center above the plate. Anew departure is to have the initials of the host placed directly above his plate or at the left hand corner and the initials of the hostess in a corresponding position. The nap kins should match, though the mono gram should not be more than one and a half inches high. If one wishes less work, one two-inch letter to match that on the cloth is in good taste. All good initial work should be done in a frame or hoop and much depends upon the material being tight. Use one strand of French darning cotton for filling letters from two to five inches, and do not be afraid to put in plenty of padding in medium size stitches, lengthwise of letters. Do not work over and over from the upper side of the frame, but p: t ss the needle in and out. The outside stitches must be worked crosswise of letter and the stitches pulled evenly and tightly over the padding and placed side by side. When finished, while the material is still tight in the frame, a.bone stilleto rubbed over the letters gives that high polish found in all French work. The Obedient Boy. A little boy was sailing a boat w t’ a playmate a good deal larger than he was. 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