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that cannot be thoroughly masticated.
"Bacon, properly cooked, Is a valua
ble food, as it Is a good appetizer
and causes both the saliva and the
gastric juice to flow, but it should bo
cooked to a crisp.
"The practically universal consump
tion of meat by civilized races is of
'jzioro recent origin than Is commonly
supposed. Even in Great Britain, the
bulwark of beef eating, it is said that
the slaughter of bullocks for the sup
ply of public markets was unknown so
late as 1763. The last twenty or thirty
years have seen a great increase In
the consumption of meats, but it Is
interesting to note that the English
men who repelled the Armada and the
'Americans who met the., English at
Lexington and Bunker Hill were not
enormous consumers of meat." New
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Olorles of Womanhood.
'A woman's power avails most when
It is asserted least Strenuousness, or
perhaps strenuosity I am not quite
surewhich is the better form of the in
sistent noun is a quality which has
long existed in people and things; but
the high honor and the important role
which are claimed for it today are
somewhat recent, and before the claim
is granted it would be well for us to
have a little clearer idea of what
Is it simply another name for earn
estness, vigor, energy? Surely, then,
it is a good thing and much to be de
sired in boys and girls, in men and
women,. .It is not. the, highest, quality.
Thoughtfulness is higher. Sincerity
is higher. Charity is the highest of all.
But these noble traits are enhanced in
value when they are filled with cour
age and lived out with steady force.
The strenuous life is the life that
sounds like a trumpet. It is dominant,
K assertive, militant. There is a tone of
defiance and strife in it. It Is next
door to a strident life. If this is what
it means, it is not a natural nor a de
sirable life for girls.
I take it for granted that a man and
a woman are of the same worth and
not of the same kind. A woman's spe
cial and inestimable value in tho world
lies just in the qualities which make
her womanhood. And these are things
which strenuosity must disturb, if not
destroy. 1 1
A serene and gentle dignity, a tran
quil wisdom to counsel and restrain;
a fine delicacy of feeling, quick to re
joice, tender to suffer, yet patient to
endure; a subtle sense of tho values of
small, unpurchasable things; a power
of great confidence and of self-sacriflco
almost limitless where love speaks the
word and duty shows the task; an In
stinct of protection and a joyful pride
in mothering the weak; a brave loyal
ty to the rights of the heart against
"the freezing reason's colder part;"
a noble hunger and thirst for har
mony; an impregnable strength of per
sonal reserve; and an exhaustless gen
erosity of personal surrender these
fare the native glories of womanhood.
These are the things that life, if true
and well-ordered, should deepen, un
fold, brighten and harmonize in the
perfection of a woman's character.
Henry Van Dyke, in Harper's Bazar.
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The Vast Importance of Sleep.
Mischievous are those stories tol'l
ahout the ability of great men to do
The foolish young man reads that
Napoleon slept only three or four
hours at night and he cuts down his
hours of sleep. xHe might better open
a vein and lose a quart of blood- than
lose the sleep which is life itself.
Most of the stories told about great
men doing without sleep are more
lies. Some of them aro true. For In
stance, it Is undoubtedly true that Na
poleonan inconceivably foolish,
reckless man in matters affecting his
physical welfare did deprive himself
of sleep In his early years. But he
paid for it dearly. In his last battles
his power of resistance was so slight
that he actually went to sleep during
the fighting. Chronic drowsiness weak
ened his brain, weakened his force of
character. The foundation of his final
ruin was laid in Russia, when lack of
sleep and unwise living generally had
taken away his mental elasticity and
deprived him of the power to form and
carry out resolutions.
It is mainly the young man who
needs the lecture on sleep, for the ex
perience of years soon proves to every
human being the folly of cheating na
ture by adding a few hours of drowsy
consciousness to tho day.
You begin life with a certain amount
of vitality, a certain initial vital ve
locity, which carries you through life
and makes possible certain accom
plishments. When you deprive your
self of sleep you squander this original
capital. Just as surely as tho young
spendthrift ruins himself financially
when he throws away his money, Just
so surely you bring irreparable loss
upon yourself when you go without
Tho foodwhich you eat Is digested
and transformed into new tissue, Into
blood, nerve, muscles and brain while
you are sleeping.
Look at the men who ongago in tho
atrocious six-day walks and bicycle
races. Thoy eat enormously, absorb
ing in ono day five times as much as
tho ordinary man can possibly swal
low. But the end of their task finds
them extremely emaciated. Lack of
sleep hag mado it impossible for them
to transform tho food into new tissue.
Any man or woman who has suffered
from Jnsomnia will confirm this state
ment, that lack of sleep decreases
weight and diminishes vitality more
quickly than anything else.
Remember this when you brag fool
ishly about going without sleep:
A man can go forty days without
solid food. He can live seven days,
or eyen longer, without food or water.
Ho cannot live seven days without
sleep. Tho Chinese, ingenious in tor
ments, discovered no worse death than
killing their victims by depriving them
Of course, every young man can go
without sleep for a wholo night oc
casionally and go on with his work.
He can do this because, from his fath
er and mother, he has inherited a cer
tain amount of vitality, which, if he
knows no better, ho can squander
stupidly, just as ho can squander, if
he will, what money is left to him.
But no man can deprive himself of
sleep, or sleep irregularly, without
suffering permanently, without dimin
ishing his chances of success in the
Many a woman among those called
"fashionablo" looks at tho healthy
child of a gardener, and wonders that
her child is so different.
Tho reason is simple. Tho gardener's
wife did not cheat. her child by giving
to balls and late hours tho vitality
needed by her babies.
Tho woman who loses sleep will
make a failure of her children.
Tho man who loses sleep will make
a failure of his life, or at least dimin
ish greatly his chances of success.
Try putting a little salt in the water
in which matting is washed.
If the stove Is greasy put a little
soapsuds in with the blacking.
Remember to wash the hands and
clean the finger nails before cooking.
Sweep the screen wire occasionally.
The dust and lint which gather on it
prevent tho free passage of air.
If potatoes are mealy remove them
from tho kettle when boiled With a
long-handled skimmer instead of a
Peas fresh from the garden cook in
about half the time they would need
if kept a day longer, and are twice as
Try taking a nap each day, if only
for a few minutes. It will mako you
feel more cheerful, hopeful and cap
able, i l
After a dry, dusty spell of weather,
how glad the trees must be to stand
up to the rain and hold out their leaves
to feel it splashing on them.
To keep the cellar cool and dry, close
the windows and blinds to exclude tho
sun and heat. Ventilate only at night
and the cooler portions of the day.
The grown-up daughter should not
spend all summer at the beach, whilo
her, mother swelters over tho gtovo at
homo and has no timo for a vacation.
For ants: Soak a spongo in molasses
and water; squcczo out; placo upon a
saucer whero ants aro troublesome;;
scald occasionally and sweeten again;
that's all, sure y
During tho hot, dry weather of sum
mer wet tho roots of sw.eet pea vincfl
liborally, being careful not to wet tho
vines. If you wish vines to bloom
freely do not allow any seed to form,
OrveiH Grinder' IsKtcmt AccomBanlit,
A new development In, tho organ
grinder's art has appeared in London,
and only a law prohibiting masquerad
ing in tho streots probably protects
Now York from an invasion of the
same enterprise, says tho New York
Tribune. A boy dressed as a pretty,
girl, with big poke bonnet and much
beflounced -skirts, accompanies tho
street musician and dances to all the
new music hall melodies. Tho .per
formance gives no end of delight to. the
youngsters and multiplies tho pennies
that fall Into tho coffer o .tho musi
Motor For Chlaeae. -'1-r
'A great deal of surprise and no little
amusement has been caused among
the Hongkong Chinese community by,
tho spectacle of a well dressed China
man careering along tho Fraya on a'
motor cycle, says tho Hongkong Press.
The machine had seats for two behind,
and these wero occupied by two Chi
nese ladies. Tho Chinese aro not prone
to western Innovations, yet tho uso by,
them of the cycle is increasing in the
WHEN LIFE'S AT STAKE
The most timid man will take any
chance of escape. The slender rope
dropped down the precipice, the slip
pery log over the abyss, anything that
offers a chance of life, is eagerly snatch
ed at. The cad the man seeks is safety.
lie cares nothing
for the means to
There are thou
sands of men and
lives are at stake,
who are hindered
the one means of
safety by foolish
been the means of
to many men and
women whose hol
low cough, bleed
ing lungs, ema
ciation and weak
ness seemed to
warrant the state
ment of local phy
sicians " There is
no cure ixssible.w
Why should prejudice against a put-up
medicine hinder you from trying what
has cured thousands of suffering men
"Only for Ir. Pierce' Goldea Medfcal DJ0
covery I think I would be In my grave to-day,"
writes Mr. Moses Miles, or Hllllard, Uinta Co.,
Wyoming. I had asthma so had I could not
sleep at night and was compelled to give uo
work. It affected my lungs so that I coughed
all the time, both day aad night My friends
all thoHtrlit I had consumption. Mv wife had
taken Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription, and it
had helped her so much he Insisted on raj
ing his 'Golden Medical Discovery 'wsl
ues ana am nc
inds, thanks to Dft
did. I have taken four bottle
well man. welzhiner ife count
Pierce's Golden Medfcal Discovery."
The sole motive for substitution is to
permit the dealer to. make the little-more
profit paid by the sale of less meritorious
medicines. He gains; you lose
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