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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (March 22, 1907)
VOLUME 7, NUMBER? 16
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Tap on tho Window, Mother
Tap on llio window, iiiotlior,
Your boy Is going iiHtniy.
Sco, lie 1h wandering oven now
Afar from tho narrow way.
Oil! beckon the poor boy homeward!
Why Hhould lie longer roam?
Perhaps a tap on the window pane
Will bring the wanderer home.
Tap on the window, mother,
He'H going down the Htrcet.
I'orlmpH your precious boy may now
Some dire temptation meet,
For the world in full of evil,
And the future, who can tell?
Ah! the path to heaven lies very close
To the pathway down to hell.
Then top on tho window, mother,
Your boy may hear the sound;
Ho may see your fingers beckoning him
From sin's enchanted ground.
When he pays no heed to your weeping,
Though tears may fall like rain;
When his oars are dead to the voice of
Then tap on tho window pane.
Oh, lap on the window, mother!
How can you give him up?
now can you yield your darling boy
To tho snares of tho drunkard's cup?
Perhaps ho may heed your signal
When toars.are all in vain;
Then add to the voice of your earnest
A tap on tho window pane.
how to do with one pair of hands, the
work that might well till u dozen.
"Thlncs to Let Go"
Writers -for domestic departments
are constantly scolding -women for
Avorking beyond their strength, and
advising them to "let things go."
Judging from the tone of many of
those scoldings, one Is tempted to be
lieve they are written simply as "flll
ei's" by some editor who Is .short of
copy. Whon they begin to specify
whnt things a woman may lot go, it
Is almost Invariably the little "pick
ups" In tho shape of fancy-stltchlng,
lace-maklng, net-darning, crocheting,
painting and caring for brlc-a-brac,
rullllng, embroidering, tucking, and
such things as cake and pastry bale
in In my own experience, which has
been tho experience of the housewife,
mother, and general-utility woman of
The home and family, I have found tho
fancy-needle-work most hi vogue with
the house mother to consist of setting
In patches, darning rents, sewing up
ilps, mending the heels and toes of
stockings, reinforcing button-holes,
sowing on buttons, -and by numerous
wearisome processes trying to lengthen
tho life of some one or more article
of tho family wardrobe. The woman
who most needs the leisure rarely, if
ever, has ornamental needle-work In
her mind, much less In her hand. As
to practicing system In doing the work
of the home, it is much easier done on
paper than jin practice. Housework
cannot be run on straight linos, or on
schedule time, because It is so apt to
be at tho mercy of every chance in
. torruptlon. The whole business Is so
complicated and is such a network of
"branch" affairs, reaching out into
every calling, profession or trade, that
w can but make the best of It until
such time as some master (the wo'd
is used without reference to sex) mind
shall grasp the situation In all its en
tanglements, and solve the problem of
Another "Fairy Tale"
This is the idea that the cares of
the household can be laid upon the
obliging shoulders of the imaginary
ovor-to-bo-got-nt convenient "stout
girl," or the ready-to-hand female rel
ative, who Is at all times dolirously
happy to step Into the breach so that
the broken-down wife and mother may
go away on the delightfully planned
vacation with trunksful of beautifully
made garments all ready to .wear, in
these days, the stout girl Is actively
engaged In the shop or factory, while
the bachelor aunt isVwt hunting house
help for herself.
Then, too, we are reminded of the
simple life plain living with high
thinking as a solution of the problem.
But even tho plain living calls for a lot
of high thinking, now-a-days, and it
takes more than a knowledge of the
higher mathematics to expand the pur
chasing power of tho weekly wage so
it will comfortably cover the appetites
and other wants of the natural body.
Wo are often told that tho "club" does
more harm than good, as its work is
usually along the lino of dead-nnd-gono
issues and authors, but many clubs
are forming for the discussion of live
question, the questions which confront
us right now, and if your club is of tho
useless class, It Is your business 1o
switch It oil' onto tho track of the new.
If you have not got any club, set your-
seu 10 woric at once to organize one
on the right lines. Remember, "where
two or three are gathered together"
tilled with an 'earnest purpose, much
good may be tho outcome.
ends as they are gathered out during
tiio upheaval of house-cleaning, putting
everything Into It that one does not
at tho time, know what to do with.
Then, as the work progresses, sort out
what is needed at the time, and, at In
tervals, sort out the rest into its re
spective class of useful and useless.
For the broken places in the walla,
plaster of Paris is excellent, and may
be used for tilling holes and cracks in
wooden or earthenware as well. A
mattress should be well brushed out
often, as the dust and lint that set
tles in the creases are neither nice,
Have the scrub vessels clean, a clean
mop and plenty of hot water, if you
want your floors to look nice. Women
who use the kitchen slop pail as a
scrub bucket cannot have a nice floor,
no matter how hard they work.
AN ,D AND WELL TRIED REMEDY
Mas. WiNSLOw'a Sootiiino Svnur for chil
dren toothing should always bo used for ohii
flrpn while teething. Itsottons tho gums, allays
all pain, ourcswlndoolie and isthobestromedy
fordiarrhooa. Twcnty-tivo cents a bottle.
Much wear of the hands may be
saved by making "half-handers" of any
suitable material to bo worked while
lusting, sweeping, and such work.
Old stocking tops are good for this
Oil marks, made on tho wall nnnnr
by resting the heads against it may
be removed by mixing pipe clay with
water to tho consistency of cream, lay
ing It over tho soiled spot, and letting
it remain until tho next day, when it
may bo easily removed with a dull
knife and brush.
Paint may be cleaned by dampen
ing a clean cloth in hot water, dip into
whiting and rub the pnint lightly un
til the dirt is removed, rinse with clear
water, dry with a soft cloth and polish
with a piece of chamois skin.
For a small room, do not use large
designs and figures in either carpet or
wall paper; quiet colors and cheerful
Mendings are best For largo rooms,
larger and more showy designs may
be used. Hugs are better for many
reasons than carpets.
To clean a much soiled carpet with
out removing it from the floor: Mix
thoroughly four pounds of Fuller's
earth and six pounds of coarse, barrel
salt with a pint of turpentine. Use a
brush to apply tho mixture, and rub
it thoroughly into the carpet. Take
another brush and use it vigorously to
get the mixture out. The mixture will
bo found very dirty and the carpet
Cheap, showy furniture is tho dear
est thing one can buy in the house
furnishing line, as it goes to pieces so
easily, and can scarcely bear ordinary
usage. The upholstery of cheap fur
niture cannot be depended upon for
wear. Bolter buy one tiling at n time,
paying for it, and having it of good
quality than to buy in "sets" of
Have n box to hold the odds and
water, not wringing, and rinse thor
oughly in cold water iu-which a little
more borax has been- dissolved;
squeeze them from tills with tho
hands, and give them a second rins
ing in clear water before putting them
into bluing water. Do not wring or
squeeze when you take them out of
this water, but pin them on the line
by one edge to drip and dry. They
should be shaken and pulled into shape
when drying. It is claimed that if
line flannels or wool goods are washed
in tills way through cold water, they,
will not shrink.
When starching toilet covers or any
thing that has fringe trimming, double
the cover into four and gather the
fringe tightly into the hand, hold it
firmly while you dip the middle of tho
cover in the starch. When dry stialo
the fringe well, comb carefully with
a large toilet comb, and it will fnlL'as'
softly and prettily as when new.
For the Sewing Room
Although the separate blouse and
shirt-waist continue to be fashionable,
this season many costumes will be
worn, consisting of fitted waist and
skirt the waist made of the same ma
terial as the skirt, or matching it in
color. The waist-material- will be
mounted on fitted, boned linings, which
are moulded to show the lines and
curves of the figure, and on the cor
rectness of the fitted linings will hinge
tho success of the entire gown. Our
amateur dress-makers have so long
been accustomed to the loose-fitting,
bloused waists that there will be much,
for them to learn, and only by close
reading and application of direction?
given on the printed page of the mag
azines or printed pamphlets on dress
making, or by instruction"! rom a prac
tical modist can the "tricks of the
trade" be mastered. Fortunately, pat
terns for model dress-llulngs can be
had of tho paper-pattern agencies, and
these should be carefully fitted to the
There are three different ways the
lining may be stayed tw6 with whale
bone, and one with featherbone, For
the average woman the bono should
extend five inches above the waist
line. This may be varied for either
the very long-waisted or the very
short-waisted woman. Featherbone
comes already covered, and may be
stitched into the waist. In cutting
the strips of featherbone for the waist,
cut them two inches longer than the
length required; then slip the covering
down over the bone at each end and
cut off one Inch of the bono. Draw
tho covering over the end again to
cover the sharp edges.
Always soak whalebone in warm
water for an hour or more before
using to make tho bone more pliable
and so soft that you may sew through
It; shave the ends of the bone to make
them thinner; when single casing rib
bon is used, turn in about half an inch
at the lower edge of tho waist seam
before starting to apply the casing;
the center must;, be directly over the
ream, and it is run on at each edge
with tiny stitches. A. few lessous
taken of a good seamstress will help
one a great deal. Woman's Home
Curing Sheep Skins
This is sent in By one who
knows:" Take a spoonful of alum and,
two of saltpetre; puverize, and mix
weil together, then sprinkle the pow
der on the flesh side of the skin, and
lay the two powdered sides together,
leaving the wool outside. Then fold
the skin up as tight as you can, and
put it in a dry place. In two or three
days, or as soon as it is dry, take It
down and open and scrape the flesh
side with a blunt knife until it is clean
and supple. This completes the pro
cess, and makes an excellent saddle
cover. Other skins which it is desired
to cure with the hair on may bo treat
ed in the same manner. If it. is de
sired to use the skin for a rug, it
should be well washed in soap suds',
rinsed in running water, and let get
partly dry, then rubbed together until
it is soft and dry.
For the Laundry
Washing Blankets. Shred and thor
oughly dissolve half a cake of soap in
hot water and pour it into a tub con
taining enough cold water to cover the
blankets; add two ounces of pulver
ised borax, and when this is dissolved
put your blankets into it, press them'
down well into the water, work tiiom
about a little with the hands, and
leave to soak over night In the morn
ing, squeeze the blankets out of this
From Different Points-of View
And .exchange. pays: !ThQ widow ot
a famous government oiflclal',' sbtriff
time ago in the columns of a maga
zine devoted to the interests of wo
men, deplored the exodus of women
from the home into gainful occupations
of the business world. In all her life,
this woman had never known want, or
tack of money, or of anything upon
which her health or comfort was de
pendent. After the death of her hus
band, his friends and the government
in consideration of the services ren
dered by him, provided for her so that
she might enjoy the same comfort to
which she had been accustomed to the
ead of her days. Not one dollar of
this generous income was the result
of her own personal effects, and but
for the bounty of the country, she
might have learned something of the
stress which forces women to seek
business occupations 'as a means of
maintenance for themselves often in
spite of broken health and for the
personal are of little children and In
valids. This income was paid her out
of money gathered from the taxpayers
of the country the payment of which
in thousands of instances meant sac
rifice and self-denials innumerable to
these toiling women."
There is a general tendency in hats
this spring, to follow the mushroom
style. This shape dominates even
those of the sailor shape. Straw hats
of this shape may be trimmed In
crown effect by over-lapping loops of
velvet ribbon, a chou of the same n't
the left side, with clusters of button
roses trimming the bandeau.
White cloth jacket suits will be
n'uch worn, during the season.
The Bishop sleeve will be worn full
length, or shortened for some cos
tumes. They are very plain, with
Only One "BROMO OUININP"
That Is LAXATIVE BROMOQulSiSS Slml
larly named remedies sometimes deceive. The
first and original Cold Tablot is i a WHIT?
PACKAGE with black and red etterln and
bears tho signature or E. W. GROVE ' 2&i.
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