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Home Department. ,
Bx Ella Wiikelrr Wilcox.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone,
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;.
Sigh, it is lost on the air,
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
Hut shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad and your friends are many;
Be sad and you lose them all
There are none to decline your nectar'd wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, .and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and It helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls 6t pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
have warmed it. Never wear rubber galoches with
good shoes, always wear old shoes in wet weather.
There is no part of the apparel of a lady that
should be so perfectly neat as her footwear. Ex.
Egg Baked In Glass.
The idea of baking an egg in a glass tumbler
may seem impracticable, but it can be done easily
without breaking the glass. An egg cooked in this
way appeals to the eye of an invalid, which is often
the only way to induce him to eat anything.
To separate the white and yolk of an egg crack
the middle of the shell with a knife and pass the
yolk from one half to the other, letting- the white
fall into a. bow!.M Beat the white until a stiff and
dry froth. Butter a tumbler lightly, drop in the
beaten white, make a nest in the top and slip in
the unbroken yolk. Place the tumbler on the lid of
a baking powder can set in a small pan of hot
water in a moderate oven. Bake ten or fifteen
minutes, according to temperature, and until the
white is set; the yolk will be cooked through by
this time. Remove the glass to a plate and serve
at once with bars of dry toast.
- This way of cooking an egg is sometimes called
''hygienic egg." By beating the white to a froth
the albumen is separated into such minute par
ticles that it is better adapted to an invalid's diges
tion than if it were cooked without separating.
Alice E. Whitaker, in Chicago Inter-Ocean.
1 The old family cat awoke from a nap before
the fire, and stretched himself in the manner com
mon to cats. Margie looked at him with dis
"My doodness!" she exclaimed; "I dess ze tat's
doln' t' ,boil over." Leslie's "Weekly.
Care for Your Shoes.
Be sure that your shoes fit perfectly when you
first put them on. There is no misery more dis
tracting than a shoe that does not fit every part of
the foot. Give the toes plenty of room; don't let
the heels run downt and be careful that your
shoes do not get dry and hard. A frequent rub
bing with vaseline will prevent this. Never dry a
wet shoe near the fire, but rub it well with a
flannel cloth and then with vaseline; N
A small box that will hold about a half-peck
of oats is most desirable for drying shoes In shape.
After you have rubbed the wet shoes with vaseliDO,
fill them with oats, shake well down in the too3,
and set them away to dry gradually. When thor
oughly dry, put away the oats for future use.
Once a week take a wet rag and wash the
blacking off, then oil over night to keep in good
condition. Never handle patent leather until you
The Cigarette Habit.
I passed a group of well-dressed little follows
the other day, boys between eleven and thirteen,
every one of whom was pufllng away at a cigarette.
Probably their parents were not aware of tho habit,
though it would seem that any wide-awake mother
would know by very evident traces, whether her
little son smoked or not? Do not mothers Ulss
their boys in these days? Do they never look Into
the miscellaneous contents of Jack's and Jimmy's
pockets? Are the boys never in the house long
enough for their raothors and fathors to cultivate
an acquaintance with them? If my boy must smoke
a cigarette, I'd rather have hira do it openly than
furtively; rather have him sit on the front porch
and smoke, than skulk behind the back fence. But
I think boys should be taught tho peril and folly
of this indulgence, shown how it saps their
strength and destroys their atljletic powers. Sev
eral years ago, the students in a'famous western
high school were so often and so ignomlniously
defeated in baseball contests with other school3,
that the faculty looked into the matter. They found
out that the boys were beaten because, in skill
and endurance and physical condition, their per
centage was away below their opponents; they
were cigarette smokers, and some of them wero
so confirmed in the vice as to be Httlo cigarette
fiends. No boy will ever be a really fine athlete,
football, baseball, or basket ball player, runner
jumper, or gymnast, who weakens his heart and
poisons his blood by cigarette smoking. Fathors
might set their lads a good example by non-smoking.
Margaret E. Sangster, in Christian Herald.
word. Thero many friends, however, offer a re
ward to any person over two (2) years of age,
who may sec them and not immediately recognizo
tho fact that they are a newly married- couple.
Watch for Chem!!! !!!"
The Soul's Star.
From star to star my spirit strays, w ''"
As birds from tree to tree, , '
When I look up to all these worlds
That seem so near to me.
And yet I cannot tell tonight ;. .
B'y what road I shall fare ; ;
Unto that Home I used to know, ; '.
Or what awaits me there.
Weary and spent my heart comes back
To where earth's homesick are
But in the end, I hold, somehow.
Each soul shall find its Star!
Every Wife Should Have an Allowance.
It is one of the most humiliating elements in
woman's life in America today, and one of the
phases which is most uncomplimentarily reflective
upon American husbands, that a just allowance is
vithheld from many wives. No matter how small
the allowance may be, so long as 'it Is fair in pro
portion to the income earned, every wife should
have a purse of her own, sacred to herself and her
needs, and free from the slightest intrusion on llio
part of her husband. Every wife is entitled to thi3,
and no young man I care not how small his In
come nor what his reasoning may be starts mar
ried life aright who withholds that courtesy and
that right from his wife. -Edward Bok, in The
Ladies' Home Journal for October!
A Jlatrlraonia! Joke.
Newly marled people are always targets for
the practical joker. Recently a marriage was cele
brated at Kewanee, 111., and the happy pair, boarded
a train on a bridal tour. They found that joking
friends had gone through the train at a station
earlier in the" day and distributed flaring circulars
headed, "$1,000 Reward!" and reading as follows:
"A newly maried pair will board this train at
Kewanee. They have firmly resolved that they
will not betray the fact either by action, apparel or
Put eight largo peppers In a hot oven till the
skins will slip off. Remove tho skins and seeds
and put in a spider with threo tablespoonfulg of
butter; mash fine and whilo heating add one quart
of chopped onion. Cook togethor five minutes.
Pour into a. porcelain kettle with four quarts of
vinegar, one of sugar, two tablcspoonfuls of salt.
Cook slowly ono hour. Can whilo hot. Farm,
Field and Fireside.
By MAivrnA McCullouoji Williamb.
Brer Coon eat, eat, when de cawn is sweet,
Den he build him or nes' in do holler,
An' ho track so deep, dar down 'side do creek,
Tell ho fat as ho kin waller.
Mister Man come roun' wid 'ho axe and 'he houn'
Ter look at 'ho cawn in do bottom
He sees dem tracks, an' ho shake dat axe.
An' he say: "I'so riho'ly got him J"
Fer all Brer Coon think hissef so mighty soon,
Ef he stays in do top, I kin chop, chop, chop,
Till dis olo holler tree comes down ker-f-1-op!
So say yo' pra'aycrs, you ring-tailed sinner!
You'se gwine home wid me, ter roas' fer dinner.
All Around Hints.
Ice cream is said to bo an infallible remedy
In buying canary birds, if you aro seeking a
singer, select one with a long, straight, tapering
A writer in one of tho scientific periodicals
recommends walking backward aa a cure for nervr
ous headache. -,. .,.., .
To tell good eggs, put them Into water; if the
butt end turns up they are not fresh. This is said
to be a. certain test.
If your dog has fleas, wash him with an infu
sion of coculus indlcus, or with coal oil, and then
with soap and warm water. .
A convenient substitute for a corkscrew, when
tho latter is not at hand, may be found in the use
of a common screw, with an attached string to pull
For bee stings salt at all times is a good cure.
Sweet oil, pounded mallows or onions, powdered
chalk made into a paste with water, or weak
ammonia are also efficacious.
The common strawberry is a natural dentifrice.
Its juice without any preparation dissolves tho
tartarous . incrustations on the teeth and also
makes the breath sweet and agreeable.
To polish wood take a piece of pumice stono
and water and pass regularly over the wood until
the rising of tho grain is cut down; then take
powdered trlpoll and boiled linseed oil, and polish
to a bright surface.
Tho value of pepper was known of old. We
read that when Rome had to be ransomed from
its barbarian conqueror in the year 409, Alaric de
manded 3,006 pounds of pepper among tho pay
ments, and that Hippocrates used it in medicine,
applying It to the skin.
To drive out the mosquito, Consul Plumachor,
of Maracaibo, advises the planting of castor oil
beans in yards and about buildings. He says he
knows from personal experience that where tho
castor oil bean grows no mosquito or other blood
sucking insect will abide.
An. English writer thinks he has discovered a
food particularly adapted to the literary man. Ho
asserts that apples, and raw apples at that, are
the best diet on which to feed genius, but that
they should be eaten as the children eat them,
skins and all, and in sufficient quantities to be