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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 12, 1906)
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JANUARY 12, 1900
to distract. The pretty shaped yoke
must be cut low in the neck, and
may be trimmed any way to suit.
The sleeves are the elbow style, and
free at the bottom; the bottom of the
waist reaches just below the waist
line, and it may be made of wash
material or any desired goods; but
material suitable for laundering is the
Ruffles for the neck and sleeves
made of plain wash net costing only
a few cents a set, if carefully laund
ered, last for years and look nice
every time they are freshly done.
These ruffles must be .washed,
starched and ironed in the same way
as the lace, only, of course, it is more
tedious. Every two inches must be
spread out in a semi-circle and ironed;
when the whole length has been done,
in the same way as the plain piece,
it must be gone over again, holding
the iron with the back to the front.
Place a blunt knife on the ruffle par
allel with and about a fourth of an
inch from the edge of the iron, push
under the iron, repeating until the
whole length of the ruffle is under
the iron, and you will 'find on lifting
it that it is delightfully crimped, and
that it will stay in shape until washed
again. In order to have dainty
things, one must be willing to learn
and practice skillful laundering.
More things are ruined in the laundry
than are worn out with wear.
S. M. Directions can not be given
for making the crackers of commerce,
as these are made by machinery. Here
is one of the best homemade: But
ter, one cupful; salt, teaspoonful;
flour, two quarts. Rub the salt, flour
and butter thoroughly together with
the hands, then wet with just enough
cold water to hold it together; turn
the dough out on a board and beat
well; beat in flour enough to make
the dough quite brittle and hard; then
pinch off pieces and roll into balls,
flattening each and pricking with a
fork, if you wish them to resemble
Annie.- Wash and scrape the pars
nips; split the large ones, and put
into a vessel with barely enough wa
ter to cover them; lay on them slices
of fresh salt pork, cover closely and
stew until quite tender; then dish in
to a pan, lay the slices of meat on
top and brown nicely in a hot oven.
A slow oven will make them dry and
stringy. Or, instead of using the
meat, when put into the pan lay dabs
or butter thickly over the top, sprinkle
a very little flour over and brown
Quickly in the oven.
Transparent Soap. Take any nice
yeuow bar soap, six pounds; shave
tn n and put into a brass or tin ves
Sa double boiler is best), with
naif gallon of alcohol, heating very
bjaaually over a slow Are, and stir-
X cSrefully until a11 is dissolved;
men stir into this, mixing thoroughly,
an ounce of essence of sassafras. Pour
n ?w? s' or 1)ans an inch or mi'e
w oepth and when cold, cut into bars.
ih?n ftSfeBa nice toilet soaP- and
ChwMiy ry is vei'y transparent.
n0t fj P68- making this, do
1 8?J llat alcono1 Is y Inflam"
Stht ls wel1 10 melt the soap y
h a Jin? ,Vessel containing it and
ng vtho1 u auotnei vessel contain
inS very hot water.
Alysie.-Windsor soap is merelv the
(W rom harmful drugs.
new CUghs alld hoarse-s-
Prevent sore throat.
best white soap melted and a littlo
for a certain time.
M. R. S. Vaseline stains should bo
soaked in alcohol or, coal oil the
fabric will permit, then washed as
usual. For iodine stains, BOak in
either alcohol, ether or chloroform
Frances -For setting the color on
dark goods, allow half a cupful of salt
to two gallons of water, soak in this
two hours before washing. See an.
swer to Mrs. L.
T R'To remove stains of milk
wlm' !Tlt 3Uico' bl00d Btains or
sweet oil, soak in cold water a few
minutes, then rub on soap and wash
in cold water.
School Girl. The oat meal recom
mended for the hands is just ordinary
oat meal (not rolled oats), sewed up
in little bags, two or three spoon
fuls in each. Soak in water until sat
urated, then use as you would soap.
imiT""""?0, stop the itchinS from
chilblains, take hydrochloric acid, one
ounce; soft water, 7 ounces; wash
the feet with this several times a day
or wet the socks with it, until re
lieved. Beatrice. To clean the veil, wind
it carefully around some perfectly
clean, round piece of wood and lay it
over steaming water for nearly an
hour; then dry on the roller, and when
removed, it should be clean.
Estelle. Before beginning to polish
the stove, grease the hands with com
mon lard, especially around and under
the nails. Dipping the hands in vine
gar and allowing it to dry on them is
good. Corn meal may be used for
drying the hands, and is as cleansing
Thomas J. Employers are continu
ally in search of men who can give
them more value than the amount rep
resented by their monthly check.
When one's muscle is liis only capital,
his limit is reached early in life. If
one makes of himself more than a
muscle-worker or routine clerk, his
services will be always in demand,
and this can only be done, in cases
like your own, by a determination
to fit yourself for better-paid work
by hard study, self-denial and close
attention to the business of your em
ployer. Pluck is better than luck.
Mrs. L. For washing black cotton
goods, make a starch with one cup
ful of flour to one pint of cold water,
beating until smooth; pour into it
three quarts of boiling water, stirring
briskly all the time; strain; to five
pints of the starch add two gallons
of warm water; wash in this as if
it were soapsuds; wash until the gar
ment is clean, then wash through a
second warm water one pint of starch
to two gallons of water. Rinse well
in two clear, cold waters, and dry.
Do not let freeze. When nearly dry,
roll up, let stand an hour or so, and
iron on the wrong side to avoid
Sadie. Fruits preserved by the
evaporating process permits them to
retain their special flavor. Soak them
well, -wash carefully, and stew slowly
in just enough water to cover them.
Add sugar when nearly done. Stew
ing the fruit in syrup hardens it.
(2) For' the candied fruit hardened
by dryness, steam for a little time to
soften it. (3) For the corn, soft or
hard, it is recommended to apply to
it, night and morning, a little of the
strongest acetic acid, using a camel's
hair brush; will take about a week for
For the Sewing Room
The plain, straight, turn-over col
lar fitting the neckband and fasten
ing in front with a brooch or a bow
of ribbon or velvet, is another revival
i. I..,.. rf nm mnlhers. These
may or may not have cuffs to match,
hut if ciurs arc wum, uij nwv.
the. narrow, straight hind. These col-
!awnninLln Tm f 0,lhtr ,nc' r
tori i n. i ' m k' or any 8Ull,lbl ,na'
tGii.il, and they may be perfectly
e n bin frnwtllchod, edged with narrow
embro dory or iaco, lolloped or but-ton-holed
on the edge. They may bo
SSJoS?ld,d-t?lthop Vth w, "with
mw n,i V1 tho Gye,et embroidery is
2CUJrlI P0""- They are easily
made at home, and dress up one's
neck most becomingly and neatly"
They are easily laundered.
Cross-stitch is much used for dress
vaBm no5"' b;inr(l8 f i mno on "i"
5 L n f0P, Ve8t8' cuff. "ar8
and other trimmings, while for white
mafbo fn'', ,11Ule Blr,B' th0 HtltdlnB
After you have ripped your gar-
Sfi.li?"11? P r1enovaon, pick out
all bits of thread, brush thoroughly
to remove all dust, and clean all spots
with some good cleansing fluids or
soaps; then, wet muslin cloth in warm
water and lay, quite wet, on the wrong
side of the goods and roll up as you
would for ironing; let lie for sev
era hours, or over night, then iron
with a moderately hot iron, on the
wrong side while quite damp.
The new neck finish for the shirt
waist is a straight band; not the
curved band that springs down, wider
at the base than at the top. Do not
curve the collar-band to fit the neck,
but fit tho waist up to the collar.
Remember that cotton materials
have an "up and down," the same
as woolen goods, but not so pro
nounced. To find which way tho
"nap" runs dampen a small piece of
the material and rub with the finger;
you will find it the same as in wool
fabrics. Cut so the nap runs down.
For tho sewing room, the following
articles are a necessity: A flat-iron,
plenty of pins and needles, good thread
in variety, cord, cutting table (can
be made of any smooth boards) yard
stick, piece of tailor's chalk, basting
cotton, colored marking cotton, tape
measure and sharp shears.
About May tho clothes moth makes
its appearance. The moth itself does
no harm, as it seeks a dark, quiet
place in which to lay its eggs, then
dies. Furs, woolens, and feathers are
its favorite material, for on these
fabrics and stuffs its larva can feed
while growing. Anything which dis
turbs the garments, or moves them
about is destructive to the larva, and
before putting away, everything should
have a thorough sunning, beating,
shaking or combing, and this can be
advantageously repeated several times
before putting them away for the
summer. After the eggs have been
laid, they hatch into larva, or worms,
within about three weeks, and the
young begin immediately to eat. If
the garment or yarns or woolen art
icles are regularly sunned and beaten,
even as often as once a month, this
will kill the larva, or remove them
from the stuff. Any article of wool
or fur should be taken out, beaten,
aired and then sprinkled with camphor
gum, powdered, or sprayed with cedar
oil; if this is done two or three times
during July and August, and the gar
ment wrapped first in fresh newspa
pers, then in linen, or thick muslin,
and put into a stout paper bag, the
mouth of which should be pasted se
curely, the moths can not harm them.
There is no danger of moths to any
garment regularly or often worn.
Moths do not infest silks or velvets.
Carpets on floors of seldom used
rooms are sometimes ruined by the
ravages of this pest, but this can be
avoided by often airing and sunning
the room, and thorough sweeping
about once or twice a month. Espe
cially around the edges should the
carpet be swept once a week. Many
country housekeepers use the dried
leaves of sage, spearmint, and other
highly scented herbs, pepper in bags,
and the roots and buds of sassafras,
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to ho water on the stove, and L d
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emped, put It Into cold water Tot-
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scald and scrape again until it is
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and i w m hnKM,in 0ff ,no n,cco'
unci it will be white and nice. Uol
it Ave or six hours, or until It Is
very ender. For the table cut It
into pieces as large as your hand, put
a little water to It, season with but.
ter salt and pepper, bring to a boll
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Tw2'Ikf fijgj a;
In one cup of flour; lot cook two
minutes, remove from tho flro and
when cool enough so that you can
press your finger into tho dough with
out burning It, add throe eggs, one
it a time, beating them In separately.
Drop wpll buttered gen. tins and
bake twenty minutes or until well
browned--in a hot oven. This should
make a dozen creampuff shells. For
ill Ing, take one egg, three tablespoon
fuls of sugar, two teaspoonfuls of corn
starch and a pinch of salt. Heat all
together, stir into a cup of boiling
milk, cook until it thickens, remove
from fhe stove, flavor with a teaspoon
ful of lemon essence or extract, and
when the puffs and filling are cool,
open the puffs on top and fill as many
as are required.
Lyonnaise Potatoes. -Chop six raw
potatoes very fine; have a largo
chopped onion fried in butter until
brown; add the potatoes, salt and pep
per and fry all together until well
cooked; beat the yolks of two eggs,
turn the potatoes into a bowl, stir tho
beaten yolks quickly In, and servo
very hot on a hot platter, In a mound,
sprinkled with chopped parsley.
With Sausage. Core and slice with
out peeling some nice, tart apples
and fry in the sausage fat; serve a
spoonful of the fried apples with tho
How Food Headed Off the Insldlouo
The happy wife of a good old-fashioned
Michigan farmer says:
"In the spring of 1902, I was taken
sick a general breaking down, as it
were. I was excessively nervous,
could not sleep well at night, my
food seemed to do me no good, and
I was so weak I could scarcely walk
across the room.
"The doctor said my condition was
due to overwork and close confine
ment and that he very much feared
that consumption would set In. For
several months I took one kind of
medicine after another, but with no
good effect In fact, I seemed to gro'w
"Then I determined to quit all medi
cines, give up coffee and see what
Grape-Nuts food would do for me. I
began to eat Grape-Nuts with sugar
and cream and bread and butter three
times a day.
"The effect was surprising! I began
to gain flesh and strength forthwith,
mv nerves quieted down arid grew nor
mally steady and sound, sweet sleep
came back to me. In six weeks' timo
I discharged the hired girl and com
menced to do my ovn housework for
a family of six. This was two years
ago, and I am doing it still, and en
joy it." Name given by Postum Co.,
Battle Creek, Mich.
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book, "The Road to Wellville," in
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