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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 11, 1903)
VOLUME 3, NUMBER 47,
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"Not A I Will."
Blindfolded and alone I stand
With unknown thresholds on each
The darkness deepens as I grope,
Ail aid. to fear, afraid to hope:
Yet this one thing I learn to know
ISavh (lay more surely as I go,
That doors aro opened, ways are
Burdens are lifted or aro laid,
By soni great law unseen and still
Unfathomed purpose to fulfill,
"Not as I will."
Blindfolded and alone I wait,
Loss seems too bitter, gain too late;
Too heavy burdens In the load,
And too few helpers on the road,
And joy is weak and griof is strong,
And years and days so long, so long:
Yet this one thing I learn to know,
Each day more surely as I go,
That I am glad the good and ill
By changeless laws aro ordered still,
"Not as I will."
"Not as I will." The sound grows
Bach time my lis the words repeat.
"Not as I will." The darkness feels
More safe than light when this
Like whispered voice to calm and
All unrest and all loneliness.
"Not as I will," becauso the One
Who loved me first and best has gone
Before us on the road, and still
For us must all His love fulfill,
"Not as we will'
Helen Hunt Jackson.
baker's bread, discarding the crust.
Add to the bread one pint of chest
nuts, blanched, boiled and cut in
halves, one quart of mushrooms cut
small with a silver knife, two table
spoonfuls of finely minced celery, a
teaspoonful of salt and a salt-spoon of
white pepper; add three-quarters of a
cup of melted butter and mix well.
Use no moistening other than the
butter, as the dressing must be light
and fluffy. Good Housekeeping.
For a fine flavor, try roasting with
an orange and an onion in its body.
An excellent accompaniment for duck
is a brown sauce with half a jar of
orange marmalade added. E. JLJ. T.
Turkey Salads. Cut cold cooked
turkey into shapely bits, add to each
pint eight stoned and sliced olives,
and a tablespoonful each of chopped
gherkins and capers. Mix with the
turkey, add a tablespoonful of grated
onion and one pint of chopped celery.
When well mixed, stir in lightly half
a cupful of mayonnaise. Garnish with
celery tips and whole olives.
For Your Christmas Dinner.
After the soup is removed, a tray
is passed on which are numbered tick
ets; each guest" takes one. Immediate
ly the turkey is brought on decorated
with corresponding tickets, each cut
being numbered. This is an unusual
"turuey raffle," and the matching of
numbers is sure to occasion a great
deal of interest and amusement.
Salted Nuts. A mixture of al
monds, filberts and walnuts, salted, Is
a good combination. The filberts and
almonds are blanched, but the skin is
removed from the walnut kernels.
Old-Fashioned Hickory-Nut Cake.
Cream together one and one-half cups
of fine granulated or pulverized sugar
and half cup of butter. Add three
fourths of a cup of sweet milk, two
and one-half cups of flour, sifted with
two teaspoonfuls of baking powder,
and one cupful of hickory-nut meats
dredged lightly with flour. Lastly add
one-half teaspoonful of vanilla and
fold in the whites of four eggs beaten
to a stiff froth.
Cranberry Patties. Line patty
pans with rich paste and bake till
done in a hot oven. When baked, re
move from the oven and cool. Fill
with rich jellied cranberry sauce and
spread with a meringue made with
the white of one egg and half a cup
of powdered sugar. Put in a cool oven
and let set until a pale straw color.
Turkey Stuffing. Shell, blanch and
cook for twenty minutes in slightly
acidulated water, one pint of English
walnut meats. Fry the liver of the
turkey and two small onions finely
chopped in two tablespoonfuis of but
ter. Add nuts, liver and onions to
ono pound of nicely seasoned sausage
meat, and use for filling the body of a
Another Stuffing. Pull with a. fork
into flake-like pieces a loaf of fresh
Hatchel. Canno? aid you. The
problem is one that concerns only
yourself. One may not choose for an
other in such matters.
Fannie. To restore soft custard
which has separated, or curdled, set
the dish in a pan of cold water and
beat with an egg-whip until smooth.
Allie. For each guest invited- to
your Christmas dinner you might
provide some little, inexpensive gift;
but this is not compulsory; neither
is it obligatory on them to bring a
gift to yourself; yet either would be
a graceful acknowledgement of the
"compliments of the season."
Fancy-Worker. The material for a
crocheted purse would be two ounces
of black silk purse twist, one large
bunch of beads and a steel crochet
hook No. 2. String the beads on the
silk thread before you begin to
crochet, and always push the bead
on the silk thread before you take the
stitch. Patterns, with full directions
lor aoing tne work, are frequently
given by the fancy work department
of many periodicals.
Roger. You know the saying "The
way to do a thing is to do it." No
body can do more than point out the
path, or give a little help. In .the
main, success in anv venture r n mnr-
ter of personal application and deter
mined effort Be always alert to take
advantage of any opportunity, and do
not bo afraid of your own ability.
Genius is often but another name for
hard, persistent work.
A. F. M. "Dealing In options," in
the language of the stock exchange,
means that you must pay for the right
to buy or sell a certain stock at a fixed
rate for a fixed price- within a fixed
time; or eVen both to buy and to sell.
Should the value of the stocks fluctu
ate during the fixed time, for which
you have paid, you may realize either
a profit or a loss, according as the
stock riges above or falls below the
price you have agreed to pay.
H. H. Helen Hunt Jackson was
born in 1831, and died August 12, 1885
at San Francisco. Cal. She wna twi
married. She was buried on a moun
tain top, four miles from Colorado
Springs, Colo., in a spot chosen by
herself before her death. Her body
was afterwards removed by her hus
band, who could not bear to have
her grave made a destination for the
many thoughtless, pleasure-seeking
fcourists. She wrote both prose and
poem all good.
Mother. To mend the knees of
short pants so as to be as little no
ticeable as possible, rip both the side
seams, cut off the worn piece and,
matching any stripes or checks, sew
a piece of the same goods straight
across; press the seam, sew up, and
press the side-seams, hem the new
piece, and it is done. If you have no
goods like the pants, take the next
most suitable, rip the side-seams, set
the new piece on the under side, turn
and darn down the thin place as neat
ly as possible, sew up the seams, and
Mrs. S. J. For dressing ducks, put
a wash boiler, or other large vessel
containing an inch or two of water,
over the fire; lay in the bottom of the
vessel some sticks of wood or a wire
frame, to lay the duck on, keeping it
out of the water. . When the water
boils, lay the duck on the frame,
cover the vessel closely and let re
main in the steam two minutes; then
take out the duck and pluck imme
diately; the feathers and down will
come off readily, and will not be in
jured. Fashion. Cape effects . are pre
dominant, and deservedly so, as a deep
cape collar achieves the proper slope
of the shoulders more easily than any
thing else, and goes far towards hid
ing any defect in the cut or fit of the
garment under it. vAny woman who
embroiders skillfully may have a cape
collar richly embroidered at slight ex
pense. A practical suggestion would
be that you have two waists made to
wear with one skirt; white albatross
would make a very handsome gown at
comparatively small cost; white serge
makes up effectively, is inexpensive
Alie. For costuming a "ghost par
ty," use the cheapest, thinest grade of
white calico, or 'cheese-cloth; make
a slip of three or four widths of the
goods, full length of the person, run a
tape in a hem at the -top, and slip
over the dress, tying about the neck;
no sleeves or arm-holes are necessary.
Take another piece of the goods, make
a sort of pillow-slip, cut two holes in
it for eye-holes, and slip it over the
head. To more effectually disguise
the "ghost," a paste-board fixture may
be arranged on the head to add to the
The Bead-Work Craze.
The old fashions are becoming the
new ones, and many of the arts of our
grandmothers' time are being revived.
Among the most popular aro the old
sampler cross-stitch head work.
These are the pronounced fancies of
the moment, and, as both are easily
done, the problem as to Christmas
gifts may be readily solved. So great
is the craze for bead work that- not
only bags and reticules of all sizes,
but purses, card cases, necklaces, fob's,
fan chains, purse chains, opera glass
bags, hat bands, belts, and many ar
ticles of ornamentation lor the rooms,
are "quite the thing." Very elegant
and showy portieres and other hang
ings are also made of beads. Beaded
belts and chains are used to drape
over picture frames or to illuminate
dark corners. Braiding designs on
heavy silk may be carried out with
very showy effect. Color combina
tions are pale yellow and gold, apple
green and white, old rose and gold,
y u!ow and blwn Purnle, yellow and
white. Beautiful ones are now made
in earthen ware colors with lines in
old blue, goll arid yellow. The silvery-white
beads, for some articles,
The canvas beadwork Is easily done,
the cross-stitch pattern being all tw
Is necessary, each bead answering?!;
a stitch, and filling one mesh of thS
canvas. By placing a piece of h
open-mesh canvas over neavy moire
silk, or some of the art stuffs and
following the designs on the squar
of the canvas, as in Russian croS
.stitch, many very showy effects may
be accomplished. Mountings for haw
can be purchased in a variety S
styles and metals, or, if the mount
ings are not desired, the goods may
be left long enough for a casing and
ribbons or fancy cords may be used
to draw up the bag. When the work
f. te?g " the beads is accom
plished the threads of the canvas are
easily pulled out. A small loom has
been invented for doing the worr
which may be purchased at a cost of
fiity cents and upward. With this lit
tle loom it is said that a beautiful belt
or chain can be made in one day
T?flr:e h?u Hee? r' mowing popularity
within the last few years of all ar
ticles made by the American Indians
and those of personal adornment are
now all the rage.
French Cream Candy (Uncooked).
In answer to a correspondent, the
following recipes for home-made can
dies are given:
Mix whites of two eggs and their
Dulk in water in a large bowl; beat
well ana add a dessert spoonful of va
nilla and about two pounds of "XXX"
confectioners' sugar (finest grade of
powdered sugar), well sifted; beat
this up well, and the paste is ready.
Take one-half pound dates, remove
stones, put in a piece of the candy,
paste and roll each one in fine granu
For fig candy, split one-half pound
of figs and place a layer of the dough
on a board, first sprinkled well with
powdered sugar to prevent its adher
ing and on this lay a layer of figs, an
other layer of dough, or candy paste,
and cut into squares.
Nuts of any kind may be made up
into candy by us'.ng the meats for the
foundation or inside of little balls of
paste, and then roll in coarse granu-
Often Comes JTrom X.ack of Bight Food
Napoleon said that the best fed sol
diers were his best soldiers, for fear
and nervousness come quickly when
the stomach is not nourished. Nerv
ous fearis a sure sign that the body,
is not supplied with the right food.
A Connecticut lady says: "For
many years I had been a sufferer
from indigestion and heart trouble
and in almost constant fear of sud
den death, the most acute suffering
possible. Dieting brought on weak
ness, emaciation and nervous exhaus
tion and I was a complete wreck phy
sically and almost a wreck mentally.
"I tried many foods, but could not
avoid the terrible nausea followed by
vomiting taat came after eating until
I tried Grape-N-.ts. This fod agreed
with my palate and stomach from the
start. This was about a year ago.
Steadily and surely a change from
sickness to health came until now I
have no symptoms of dyspepsia and
can walk 10 miles' a day without be
ing greatly fatigued. I have not tak
en a drop of medicine since T began
tne use of Grape-Nuts and people say
I look 'many years younger than I
"My poor old sick body has been
made over and. I feel as though my
lead has been, too. Life is worth liv
ing now and I expect to enjoy it for
many years to come if I can keep
away from bad foods and have Grape
Nuts." Name given by Ppstum Co.,
Battle Creek, Mich.
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Look in each package' for a copy or
the famous little book, .'The Road to
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