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' - i K' 4 . ' , ' 4 1 .. 4.. "'t- , . 1 " f J-'VuKo-TTH fii i .J jrvmrvi si'. . ,VfJ- y The Commoner. 11 JANUARY 18, 1907 7 ? A "'IS . ? be put into the washing machine, add ing cold water enough to make the "rubbing easy, and rubbed according to directions that come with the ma chine. Hot water may be used in stead of cold, if it is to be had. Do not "shy" at the washing machine; it . it worth all it costs. Washing Fancy-Work Articles The washing of fancy needle:work . is something which requires the ut most care, and can not be put into inexperienced hands. If one has not, personally, the skill to do it, it will nay to have it nut into the hands of a professional. Here is a method which is recommended. Put into half a pint of cold water the like quantity of wheat bran. Boil " carefully for half an hour, being care ful to keep the same amount of wa ter all the time. Then strain the bran ' water and add to it another half pint of clear, boiling water. This mixture is to be used instead of soap jelly. Wash "the fancy-work in moderately hot water, just as soft woolens are washed, using the bran mixture, gent ly squeezing in the hands instead of " rubbing or twisting. For the second water, soap jelly rhay be used instead of the starch, if the colors are fast, and the article very much soiled. Have the rinse water prepared be fore commencing the washing, as the articles should be put through, tne process as rapidly as possible. If there are a variety of colors, put salt and vinegar in the rinso water in the proportion of a dessertspoonful to a quart of water. Salt alone will do for the reds or pinks; but in case of violets, or purples, vinegar is espe cially necessary. Dry the article as quickly as pos- sible, and iron if possible before it becomes entirely dry. If this can not be done, put a damp white cloth over the article before ironing. A very thick pad should be 'on the-Iron-' "ing board, .and the pieces ironed on the wrong side, so as to allow the embroidery work to stand out from the material. The iron should never be extremely hot. Cotton and linen will stand the most heat; silk will not need so much, and woolen articles scorch very easily with even a mod erately hot iron. Many pieces of fancy work may be ironed without drying at all, after patting between . the hands, as in old-fashioned "clear starching." For many purposes; 'starch water may be used instead of soap suds, with excellent results, as the starch is very cleansing. Little Things Do not forget that the cellar should have a draft of fresh air daily. Use plenty of lime to keep it dry and COSTLY PRESSURE Heart and Nerves Fail on Coffee A resident of a great western state puts the case regarding stimulants with a comprehensive brevity that is admirable. He says: "I am 56 years old and have had considerable experience with stimu lants. They are all alike a mortgage on reserved energy at ruinous inter est. As the whip stimulates but does not strengthen the horse, so do stim ulants act upon the human system. Feeling this way, I gave up . coffee and all other stimulants and began the use of Postum Food coffee some months ago. The beneficial results have been apparent from the first. The rheumatism that I used to suffer from has left me, I sleep sounder, my nerves are steadier and my brain clearer. And I bear testimony also to the food value of Postum some thing that is lacking in coffee." Name given by Postum Co., Battle Creek, Mich. There's a reason. Read "The Road to Wellville," the quaint little book in pkgs. sweet. Little bags of charcoal should be, hung or laid about, as it is a dis infectant and purifier. Don't stock the cellar with old rubbish of any kind. Put the old boards and boxes either in the shed or the kindling pile. Lime is cheaper than doctor bills, and a box of it should always be found in the cellar. Physicians tell us that every child should have a bed to itself. A nor mally healthy child is almost sure to go to sleep at the supper table or shortly after that meal. They should not be encouraged to sit up with the grown folks. Good, healthy foods and plenty of sleep are needs of the growing child. Neither children nor adults should be allowed to sleep in a room that is used as a family gathering place of an evening. Have the sleeping rooms filled with fresh air before going to bed, and this may be done by open ing the windows for fifteen minutes or half an hour. Even in stormy weather, the window should be low ered from the top at least an inch or two during the night. When you buy a can of lard, take the inner lid, pound out the edges straight, and when you cook meats, slip this lid under the meat in the bottom of the kettle to keep the meat from sticking to the bottom and per haps burning. These lids may also be used on a gas stove to protect the bottom of the sauce pan trom the fierce heat of the gas flame. If you have no other use for the worn-out pants, coats, vests and thick skirts, take the best parts of them, cut into suitable pieces and sew into quilts, dyeing the lightest of them some pretty color to "liven" the rest. Get a lining for it of dark flannellette, and tack it closely, as you would a comfort. You will be surprised at the wear you can get out of it, and the warmth it holds for the cold nights. Old, worn blankets may be quilted or knotted together, turning so that the thin parts of one will meet tho thick parts of the other. The, Blessing of Labor It is a curious fact in the history of nations that only those who have had to struggle the hardest for an existence have been highly success ful. One would think that it would be a great relief to have the bread and butter problem solved by one's ancestors so that he might devote all his energies and time to the develop ment of the mental and spiritual fac ulties; but history teaches us that those born to a heritage of poverty and toil, not those reared in the lap of .fortune, have, with few exceptions, been the leaders of civilization. It is the struggle which develops the effort to redeem oneself from iron sur roundings which calls out manhood and unfolds womanhood to tho highest possibilities. The men and women who have had to struggle against over whelming odds are the ones whose lives "have marked stepping-stones in their country's progress. Man must struggle, or cease to grow. Only by ceaseless work can the highest pow ers be developed. Success. raw edges back on the hem strip, turn up the hem and stitch across close to one side of tho hemstitching, and this finishes tho hem. Now put on your narrowest hommer (tho feller is what you want), and, slipping tho body of tho sheet under tho hom mer, fell the narrow edge down to the sheet. You will have a row of beautifully even hemstitching, with a row of stitching on each side. After doing the loose stitching for the open work, before doing the stitching on the turncd-in edges, be sure to tighten your tensions. This is the way all the hemstitch ing is done on tho handsome under wear sold in the stores. Several rows of this hemstitching, with clusters of tiny tucks between, make nice fin ishes for underwear, and launders easily. Sheets, pillowslips, handker chiefs, and, in fact, anything with a straight edge can be ornamented in this way. Colored muslins, and other cotton and silk goods may be made up with this openwork stitching the width of the openwork to bo deter mined by the looseness of tho tension. Hemstitching on the Machine In making up bed linen, white un derwear, and many other things, a very pretty way to finish them is by one or more rows of hemstitching. This can be done nicely on the sew ing machine, with a little practice. To hemstitch a sheet, tear off from the end to be hemmed a strip that, when folded, will make a hem as wide as desired. Loosen both the top and bottom tension, lay one edge of the hem strip onto the body of tho sheet and sew a seam one-fourth of an inch deep; take the sheet from the ma chine and pull the hem and sheet apart, and there you have your hem stitching between the hem and the body of the sheet. Now turn the two Never-Fail Brown Bread No. 1 One cupful of graham fiour, one-half cupful each of corn meal, white flour and molasses, one cupful of sour milk, one saltspoonful of salt, and one level teaspoonful of soda. (The first mentioned flour must be graham, not whole-wheat, flour, and sweet milk may be substituted for the sour by using one teaspoonful each of soda and cream tartar well mixed.) Mix the ingredients well, and put into any can or pan with a tight cover and bake an hour or more. A few raisins dropped in after each few spoonfuls of batter, may be used. No. 2 For steamed brown bread, take three cupfuls of corn meal, one each of rye and white flour, two thirds cupful of molasses, two cup fuls of sour milk, one teaspoonful of soda, and half a teaspoonful of salt. Stir all together well, and add enough cold water (if needed) to make the dough so it will just pour easily out of the pan. Put the dough into a tin pail or can with a tight cover, allowing considerable room in the pail or can for the bread to rise; set the pail in a large iron kettle into which pour boiling water to come half way up the sides of the pail. The water must not be so deep as to boil up into the pail of dough. The pail should be greased well inside before put ting in the dough. Cover the kettle tightly and keep the water gently boiling so as to steam the bread for three or four hours, adding hot wa ter to that in the kettle as it boils away. Can be set in the oven and browned when done. If one is so fortunate as to have an old fashioned steamer, the dough can. be put into tin cans, set in the steamer over boil ing water and steamed for the re quired time. Three-pound tomato cans, with one end melted off, will do. No. 3 For graham bread, make yeast about 9 o'clock in the morning, using white flour. Stand where it will keep warm and ferment. The last thing at night, mix- two cupfuls of warm water, two cups of sifted gra ham (or whole wheat) flour, the yeast, salt, sugar enough to give it a sweet taste, and mix as stiff as can well be done with a heavy iron spoon. Let set over night, and before break fast work again with the spoon, add ing no flour. Place in well-greased pans with a spoon and bake. Query Box M. B. I can not answer either law or political questions, as, unfortunate ly, I know little of either. E. G. For the sore lips, wash in a strong tea made by boiling white oak bark in a little water. It is apt to stain. E. B. You can buy the article bet ter and cheaper than yon can make it' at homo, buying the ingredients.' S. G. Tho host rcferonce book?, after tho dictionary, Bibfc andStand-. ard Encyclopedia, are a well-stared mind and a trained memory. Get"1 the habit of picking up items of in formation and remembering them. Florence M. The answers to all your questions are to bo found in any reliable work on mythology. As you live in a large village, the work should be found in your school library. (2) No answer necessary. "Querist." Alkalies are used by physicians to neutralize excessive acidity of the stomach and bowels in order that other drugs may produce their specific effects. A physician will advise you best. Fnnnlo S. A good, ordinary rule for butter is one ounce of salt to ono pound of butter. Some persons ad vise using one ounce of the best granulated sugar to four pounds of butter as a preservative. Mrs. F. This is recommended for rendering the shoes water-proof: Lin seed oil, suet, yellow wax, each eight ounces; boiled oil, ten ounces. Melt together, stirring well, and apply warm to dry leather, rubbing to soft en, and let dry in before using. THE VALUE OF CHARCOAL Few People Know How Useful It is In Preserving Health and Beauty Costs Nothing to Try Nearly everybody knows that char coal is the safest and most efficient disinfectant and purifier in nature, but few realize its value when taken into the human system for the same cleansing purpose. Charcoal is a remedy that the more you take of it the bettor; it is not a drug at all, but simply absorbs the gases and impurities always pres ent in the stomach and intestines and carries them out of the system. . Charcoal sweetens the breath after eating onions and other odorous veg etables, and completely neutralizes a disagreeable breath arising from any habit or indulgence. Charcoal effectually clears and im proves the complexion, it whitens the teeth and further acts as a natural and eminently safe cathartic. It absorbs the injurious gases which collect in the stomach and bowels; it disinfects the mouth and throat from the poison of catarrh. All druggists sell charcoal in one form or another, but probably the best charcoal and the most for the money is in Stuart's Charcoal Lozenges; they are composed of the finest powdered Willow charcoal, .and other harmless antiseptics in tablet form or rather in the form of large, pleasant tasting lozenges, the charcoal being mixed with honey. The daily use of these lozenges will soon tell in a much improved condi tion of the general health, better com plexion, sweeter breath and purer blood, and the beauty of it Is, that no possible harm can result from their continued use, but, on the contrary, great benefit. A Buffalo physician, in speaking of the benefits of charcoal, says: "I ad vise Stuart's Charcoal Lozenges to all patients suffering from gas In . stomach and bowels, and to clear the complexion and purify the breath, mouth and throat; I also believe the liver is greatly benefited by the daily use of them ; they cost but twenty-five cents a box at drug stores, and al though in some sense a patent prepar ation, yet I. believe I get more and bet ter charcoal in Stuart's Charcoal Loz enges than in any of the ordinary charcoal tablets." Send your name and address today for a free trial package and see for yourself. F. A. Stuart Co., 59 Stuart Bldg., Marshall, Mich. ''ISwrfafc - 'AU ;. , jyAAHJto laU J -A'