The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, December 17, 1909, Page 8, Image 8

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Grandmother's Talcs
Thoy'ro not the least like story book
tales,
Because they're quite true, you
know;
ior grandmother knew all about it
herself,
When she was a child, long ago.
6he makes you feel as though you'd
been there,
And forget that you're living just
now; ,-
You never onco think of the grey in
her hair,
Or the wrinkles across her brow.
When she begins, "Well now let me
think,"
And crosses her hands in her lap,
Wq children sit so quiet and ' still,
Just like she's taking a nap.
Because, she says, if we interrupt,
Perhaps she might lose the thread,
And before she'd be able to find it
again,
Mother might put us to bed.
And .so we wait till she shuts her
eyes,
And makes her rocking chair go;
then we know in a minute that she
will say,
"When I was a child, long ago."
Then she tells of the boys and girls,
Not the least little bit like us;
And how they would do .the dread-;
tuYlest things
And never get into a fuss.
J&ut grandmother says they were not
' really bad,
Only light-hearted, you know;
i wonder what their mother would
say ; '., . ,
When she was a child, long ago.
feometimes when we ask about dif
ferent things,
women of the home, especially in the
country, suffer far more from this
deprivation of society than do the
men; the men are constantly seeing
new things, new faces, and living a
more normal life through meeting
his neighbors in transacting the nec
essary business that takes him to
other men; but the wife is kept, in
many instances, apart from all save
her own family, sometimes months at
a time, while the work of the house
is one steady routine that admits of
little variety. Recently a writer in
an agricultural journal said there
was no such thing as loneliness on
the farm, for the woman had her
work, and then, there were the ani
mals which were always good com
pany! If only that editor would try
it awhile!
But there are others than country
people who are lonely: Just imagine
the life of the woman whose so
called home is in one of the big
apartment houses of the city; or the
tiny flat, or the crowded cottages, or
even the largo houses. For such
women there are no neighbors, in
the country sense of the word; there
are just "the people on the next
floor," below or above; the family in
the front, or back, or "the family
next door." There are hurrying feet
everywhere, and plenty of human be
ings going to and fro; but one is
afraid to get in touch with them, for
the "touch" is only too often con
tamination. More than all must she
be careful, if she have growing chil
dren. In the thickly populated city
there are many starving souls And
the solitude of the city is terrible!
a long time" several seasons,
least, and the gloves should g6 into
the wash every week. Let us insist
on having everything attractive.
will soon "pay for Itself," as well as
save time for the housewife. There
are many really cheap, simple de
vices that make far less work in tho
kitchen, and every housewife should
have them.
Christmas Candies
For sweets for the holidays, noth-
at I candies, and as the holidays last well
Tho Kitchen Coal Box
A sister-editor asks, plaintively,
"Is there anything that looks worse
than a big box in the kitchen, filled
with coal?" We are of the opinion
that there is. A big empty box,
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And says, "I will tell you some other body Dut mother or the girls tp fill
time. dear. " ls to our eyes a far "sorrier" ob-
time, dear.
Children now
half?'
are too clever by
i wish we'd been born when grand
mother was,
And had played with the children
she knew,
And then we'd have been In the
stories she tells,
And perhaps could be telling them,
too.
But grandmother gathers us close In
her arms,
And says things are better just so;
For the children she knew grew tired
of play,
-And went to their rest long ago."
Mary Elliott, In Rural Magazine.
Loneliness
Loneliness is only a relative term,
yet the old German saying that "Only
a god or a brute could live in soli
tude and not go insane," is but too
true. Human beings need compan
ionship, not only for the sake of
health and happiness, but for their
soul's sake, as well. Little children
often suffer agonies of loneliness
when kept' from contact with other
children of their age; young people
can not develop aright without asso
ciates of their own years. Physical
hunger is hard to bear, but what of
tho mental and spiritual hunger, the
starvation of the soul, through lack
of contact with .other minds? The
ject. But while one is about it, why
not make the coal box as attractive
as possible? Get the box of the de
sired size, and. either paint it, or
cover with table oilcloth, tacked on
smoothly, or it may even be papered
with wall paper, or the ubiquitous
newspaper anything to make it neat
and in keeping with the rest of the
furnishing; there should be casters
on the bottom, so it can be moved
about for sweeping, or dusting, and
the casters should be strong ones,
suitable ones costing about 25 cents
the set of four; or if you have an
old set, these can be used. The in-
sido bottom should be slanting, so
the coal can be shoveled easily, and
the hack should be at least a foot
higher than the rest of the top. At
the top of the back should be a large
hook, or even a nail, on which the
shovel or tongs can be kept, while
the poker, if not hung up, may be
secured in one corner by a bit of
something tacked across the corner.
But this Is not all. Hanging con
veniently over the box should bo a
pair of ten cent canton flannel or
drilling -gloves, and the fire woman
should never fail to put these gloves
on before she touches tho coal
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uimgB. inere snouia aiso oe a
handled brush and a dust-pan hang
ing in the immediate- vicinity of tho
coal outfit, and with a minute's use
of these, all coal or ashes that may
be split can readily be kept off from
the floor. The whole thing need not
cost even a dollar, and it will last
Caring for the AVoman
Every one of the family should
make it a sacred duty to take care
of the mother, but she must .take
care of herself.
Do anything to avoid bending the
back at an angle; a high stool should
be In every kitchen, and as much
work as possible should be done sit
ting down. Have a box or a bench
on which to set the mop pail when
washing up the floor or frames; this
will make so much stooping unnec
essary. A strong, light step ladder
should belong exclusively- to the
house mother. A light bench that
will not "topple over" should be an
other of her individual belongings.
A wooden cleat should be nailed to
the wall just above the cook table,
and a few Inches above the cleat
should be tacked a strip of elastic;
on the cleat can rest tho open cook
book, while the elastic, behind which
It Is to be slipped, will keep it open
at the right place, and it may be
glanced at without stooping, and be
out of the way of the "things" on
the cook table.
A great labor-saver in the kitchen
Is the zinc top' for the cook table.
A piece of galvanized sheet iron, or J
one of the so-called zinc boards
which comes with the new stove,
will answer, but the zinc Is best. It
will save no end of scrubbing, and
anything hot can be set on it even
to scorching hot.
If one must depend upon soft coal
for fuel, it will bo well to strip the
house of all delicate articles, hang
ings, curtains, and pack them away
out of the dust and soot. There Is
little rest for the one 'who ' attends
to the fire where soft coal is burned
and the stove must have constant at
tention to keep it at steady heat and
at tho same time avoid the disagree
able accompaniments of foul odors,
soot and gas.
into' January, "there is plenty of time
to practice making them. Hero are
two favorite "fudge" recipes:
"Smith Fudge"--One cupful each
of white and brown sugar; half a
cupful of cream and a fourth of a
cupful of nice molasses; add a quar
ter of a cupful of melted butter, and
bring all to a boil; cook for three
minutes, stirring constantly; havo
ready two squares of chocolate fine
ly grated, and add, cooking five min
utes longer, stirring all the time;
rapidly, at first, then, more slowly.
Lift the saucepan from the fire, add
a teaspoonful and a half of vanilla
extract, and beat until creamy. Nut
meats may be added, if desired. Pour
into a buttered pan, and when cool,
mark into squares.-.
"Vassar Fudge" Two cupfuls of
light brown sugar, one cupful of
thick cream and a scant tablespoon
ful of butter; when this Is hot, add
a quarter of a cake of shaved choco
late, cook stirring, until a little
poured into a saucer and beaten
creams;. then take from the fire and
beat until creamy and thick. Pour
out into a pan, and cut into squares
when cool.
Velvet Molasses Taffy Cook to
gether a cupful each of boiling wa
ter and molasses with three cupfuls
of brown sugar; add three table
spoonfiils of vinegar, and when it
comes to a boil, add half a teaspoon
ful of cream tartar; cook until it
is brittle In cold water, and stir only
when nearly done; pour; jntp r but
tered dishes and pull when cool
enough, but not white. Cut Into
short pieces and wrap in buttered
paper, twisting the ends' of the paper,
as for kisses.
Mince Meat
Caring for the Gas Stovo
Where one is so fortunate as to
have gas for fuel in the kitchen, the
stove must be given particular at
tention. It should be kept well pol
ished, as this improves Its looks and
keeps It from rust. Milk, coffee, or
foods that are allowed to boil over,
clog the burners, corrode the iron
and zinc linings, and give an un
sightly appearance. The burners
should be lifted out once or twice a
week, turned upside down and light
ly tapped to knock out any dust or
soot, so that the circular aperture
that supplies the flame may be freed
from any deterrent collection. Part
icles that resist this method should
be picked out with a strong pin. If
the burners have been allowed to
become greasy and dirty, the pipes
can be lifted out and well scoured
in coal oil, then rubbed dry with a
cloth. Washing in strong soap suds
will do, but the coal oil is best.
There are now tops -for the gas range
which allows the use of many ves
sels where, without them, only one
burner could be used. A cast-iron
device, fashioned like an old-fashioned
jellycake tin, but with holes
all ar.ound tho rim, can be turned
over one burner and on this, several
small vessels can be kept cooking.
It will cost about fifteen cents at the
hardware or department stores, and
Chop fine two pounds of cold
boiled lean beef, and mince to a
powder a pound of beef-kidney suet,
sprinkling it with flour if it seems
disposed to stick. Seed and cut in
half two pounds of raisins, wash and
pick over carefully a' ppund of sul
tana raisins and two pounds or
cleaned currants; be sure they are
free from grits and dirt before you
let them out of your hands. Peel
and chop five pounds of nice well
flavored apples, and shred three
quarters of a pound of citron. Mix
these all together, with two table
spoonfuls each of mace and cinna
mpn, a tablespoonful each of all
spice and cloves, a tablespoonful of
rrnforl nntmncr. t.WO and a half
pounds of brown Bugar, and a table
spoonful of salt. Put with them a
quart or three pints of good cider
and pack In a stone jar, covering.
The mince meat should mellow for
a week or two before using. Tno
real, old fashioned mince pie was
often made with a bottom crust, ana
little strips latticed over the top.
Selections .
When seeding raisins, put them In
a bowl and pour boiling water over
them, cover, and let stand a tew
minutes, then pour off tho water ana
rub each raisin with the thumb ana
finger, and the seed will come out.
A Mlllnnt an1 lnnHnf? nOllSh m&J
bo obtained on the range by adding
niii- , j Prttrr firnna "
a uiue sugar uuu . " -.
turpentine to the common, old lasn
ioned stove polish, after mixing J
with water to the consistency J
cream. Apply the polish to tho coiu
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