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can bo obtained from the florist. The
latter 1b an extremely hardy vine,
found growing along creeks in many
localities, but will grow anywhere.
Pruo S. Pansy seeds may be
started Indoors early in March, kept
growing, and set out in tho ground
early in May. They should have
shade and moisture at all times.
Mrs. Helen Moore, Iowa Amaryl
lis Johnsonii is a tender bulb, grown
in a pot. It is rested during the
early winter months, but starts to
grow during February or March, and
generally blooms by April. The bulbs
can be had of tho florist.
"Troubled" To clean the white
veil, wash carefully in alcohol, rinse
in clean alcohol, and stretch on a
Turkish towel. Tho alcohol will
evaporate, and the result will be
satisfactory. To wash in water will
ruin tho veil.
Querist For the norvous woman
or girl, who is inclined to be hys
terical, it is recommended to get a
bottle of aromatic spirits of am
monia, and one of spirits of laven
der; into a half teaspoonful f the
lavender drop ten drops of the am
monia, and put both into a wineglass
of water and drink. It is almost im
mediate in its effects.
Mrs. 6. B. T., New York, con-r,
tributes tho following:
Fruit Cake Three cupfuls of
granulated sugar, one cupful of but
ter, one of sour milk, one cupful of
raisins (good measure), four cups of
flour, one-half teaspoonful of cinna
mon, four eggs, reserving the white
IN A SHADOW
of one for frosting. Put together as
any cake. This should mako three
small cakes, or one largo one.
Mrs. M. A. B., who did not give
her address, contributes tho follow
ing: For burns, take tho fuzz of one
or two cat-tails (found in swamp
lands), put in a pound of lard, cook
slowly for half an hour, strain
through a cloth and ueo for burns.
It is almost miraculous In healing
To prevent tho "bed-room smell"
peculiar to rooms occupied by old
people, throw the bedclothes over a
chair in the morning and leave the
bed unmade until about sundown.
This is tho method used by hcrsolf
in caring for two old people. If the
bedding could be hung in the air and
the room well ventilated every day,
the effect would bo good; but this
can not always bo clone, especially
where the old people keep to their
room, as most old people like to do.
Mrs. H. H. R., California, con
tributes as follows:
Oil Finish for Floors One pint of
linseed oil, two ounces of paraflln;
melt together and apply boiling hot
with brush or cloth on mop stick.
The above should be well rubbed in,
going over a small space at a time.
An Economical Breakfast Food
Stale bread, toasted a delicate brown
in the oven, having it thoroughly
toasted so it will be very dry; put
through the food grinder, and eat
with cream and sugar. If no food
grinder is at hand, roll with the roll
ing pin, or run coarsely through the
been brought into tho country with
bulbs imported, and other bulbs are
suffering from tho dlsoasc. Tho
remedy is to jpray the foliage with
Bordeaux mixture, or with lime and
sulphur solution, applying tho ma
terial at various stages of growth In
order to prevent spreading. If you
can visit a local florist, ho can tell
you what to do.
For Insect Pests
Dissolve common alum, one pound
in two quarts of water, boiling.
When thoroughly dissolved, and
while still hot, apply with a brush
to pantry shelves, cupboard shelves,
closets, or other infested places,
about the bedroom or kitchen, where
bugs and roaches hide, apply to all
cracks and loose joints, splintered
places, and holes, with nn oil can.
It Is effective, but must bo used with
care, as It will ruin paint or varnish
or oiled surfaces. All floor cracks
and crevices and op"en joints in the
kitchen will be benefited by its appli
cation, if roaches nnd water bugs
lovely. Let them bloom tho first
season, then save tho finest roots for
next year. Tho bloom lasts for a
long time, and when it falls, the
stalk should bo cut to tho ground,
and other shoots will push up and
bloom. For a window garden plant,
tho canna is well liked.
Balsam Applo is a fine, quick
growing 'vino, and will soon cover
a trellis. Tho bloom is not showy,
but tho curious fruit is lovely. If
you wish a nico vino this spring, try
a packet of tho seeds.
Bananas as Food
Tho banana contains albumen,
four and three-fourths per cent; car
bohydrates, 19 and one-half per cent;
nutritive salts, ono and one-third
percent, cellulose tissue and water 74
per cent. It is claimed that it is
quite possiblo to llvo entirely on tho
banana and broad; for persons of
sodentary habits, it is especially
recommended. For many conditions
the use of tho banana us a diet is
Invt-.-ato Tea Drinker Feared
Steady use of either tea or coffee
often produces alarming symptoms
as 'the poison (caffeine) contained in
these beverages acts with more po
tency in some persons than in others.
"I was never d coffee drinker,"
writes an Illinois woman, "but a' tea
drinker. I was very nervous, had
frequent spells of sick headache
and heart trouble, and was subject
at times to severe attacks of bilious
"No end of sleepless nights
would have spells at night when my
right side would get numb and tingle
like a thousand needles were prick
ing my flesh. At times I could hard
ly put my tongup out of my mouth
and my right eye and ear were
"Tho doctors told me I was liable
to become paralyzed at any time, so
I was in constant dread. I took no
end of medicine all to no good.
"The doctors told me to quit using
tea, but I thought I could not live
Without it that It was my only stay.
I had been a tea drinker for twenty
five years; was under the doctor's
care for fifteen.
"About six months ago, I finally
quit tea and commenced to drink
"I have never had one spell of
sick headache since and only one
light attack of bilious colic. Have
quit having those numb spells at
night, sleep well and my heart is
getting stronger all tho time."
Name given upon request.
Postum now comes in concen
trated, powder form, called Instant
Postum. It is prepared by stirring
a level teaspoonful in a cup of hot
water, adding sugar to taste, and
enough cream to bring the color to
Instant Postum Is convenient;
there's no waste; and the flavour is
always uniform. Sold by grocers
A B-cup trial tfn mailed for gro
cer's name and 2-cent i stamp for
postage. Postum Cereal' Co., Lta.,
Battle Creek, Mich, -'. 'J
Requested by Mrs. P. W.
For cleaning silverware, lay two
small pieces of zinc in a solution of
one teaspoonful of soda and one
tablespoonful of salt to one quart of
warm water. Place your silverware
in this solution so that it touches
the zinc, and the tarnish will disap
pear as if by magic. '"'Oxidized silver
Is silver with tarnish artistically ap
plied, and if put -into the above solu
tion, will como out plain silver This
recipe was sent in by a reader from
Madison, Wis., and has been pub
lished in our columns before.
Silverware, and all plated ware
can be cleaned with common baking
soda, or saleratus. Moisten with
water in which a few drons of am-
"monia have been put; rub the ware
thoroughly with this; using an old
soft cloth (canton flannel is good.)
For the engraved parts use a soft old
tooth brush. Tissue paper polishes
beautifully. It can be used with
A Good Laundry Soap
"Reader of The Commoner" will
find this a good laundry soap:
Measure twelve auarts of water
(soft) ; take six quarts and put over
the fire in a large soap kettle; when
it boils, add five pounds of tallow, or
any kind of grease, even cracklings
after frying out the lard; let the
grease boil a few minutes and then
gradually add ono box of lye; while
it is boiling, put four ounces each of
borax and sal soda into a quart of
the water you have already meas
ured; set on the back of the stove
until both are dissolved. When the
soap begins to get ropy, which it will
in naif an hour, add tho borax and
soda solution, stir well, and gradu
ally stir in tho five remaining quarts
of cold water; it must "rope" well
before adding the borax and soda.
Dip out into shallow pans, let cool
and dry in tho air.
Tho liilium Candidum
A few years ago, nothing was
surer to prove satisfactory than the
old favorite lilinm Candldum; but of
late it seems to have troubles of its
own, and we rarely find it in its old
time perfection. Tho fungus disease
which Is giving us so mucli trouble
is one of those diseases which have
Plants From Seeds
Dahlia seeds germinate freely,
and bloom as early as the plants
grown from tubers, if the seeds are
started indoors in March or April.
Give them a sunny place and plenty
Cannas will grow from seeds, but
will not "come true." Some of the'
seedlings will doubtless he of poor
blooming value, but all of them are
What Ton Want to Know
For thoso who can got it, skim
milk makes a better whitewash than
water. Slack tho llmo with boiling
whey (skimmllk); where whey can
bo had it is line.
From now on, until they bloom,
throw ashes from your stoves all
around your plum trees. If wood
ashes, so much tho better. Tho Iyo
from tho ashes, when rains soak
through them, kills tho bugs that
FOR COMMONER READERS
0410 LADIES' HOUSE DRESS
Cut in six sizes, 32, 34, 30, 38,
40 and. 42 inches, bust measure. It
requires 5 yards of 44-inch material
for a 36-Jn'ch size. '
0J11 LADIES' APRON
Cut in three sizes, small, medium
and large. It requires 4 yards of
36-inch material for a medium size.
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0432 LADIES' TEN-GORE SKIRT
Cut in five sizes, 22, 24, 2C, 28
and 30 Inches, waist measure. It
requires 4 yards of 44-inch material
for the 24-Inch size.
0420 GIRL'S DRESS
Cut in four sizes, 0, 8, 10 and 12
years. It requires 3 yards of 40
inch material for a 10-year size.
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