The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 09, 1913, Page 9, Image 9

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The Commoner.
MAT 9. 1913
effect is really astonishing. In one
bed may bo a child with pneumonia,
In the next one with scarlet fever, in
the next one with measles. Cerebro
spinal meningitis, diphtheria' and
other such diseases may be repre
sented in the other beds, but since
the installation of the glass parti
tions no child "catches" the disease
that his neighbor has.
Physicians are revising their
views about the spread of contagious
diseases through the air. Some are
even ridiculing the fumigation of
rooms. The suggestion is that most
of the pathogenic germs die very
quickly in the air; that persons must
come fairly close to the patients and
be in almost direct contact with them
if they are to "catch" Hie disease.
The New Fashion in Dress
At the recent convention of the
Chicago Dressmaker's club, it was
disclosed that the present day
fashionable attiro consists of eight
garments, for the donning of which
only ten minutes are required. It
would seem that wo have at last
arrived at simplicity. Here is a list
of the necessary garments for com
plete dress:
One one-piece bit of sheer lingerie;
one corset, extending almost to the
knees, but not appearing above the
waist line; one pair of silk stock
ings; one pair low shoes; one one
piece gown, slashed and draped, with
two hooks and a single button, and a
soft chapeau and a coat fastening
with two buttons.
spun has wonderful woaring quali
ties; it is not cheap, but will last a
generation, and bears making over
for the next. The constant changing
of styles makes against good wear
ing qualities. Linens with .a glazed
surface wrinkle easily and stretch
badly in washing, and because of this,
is not so serviceable as the homespun
linen, or so satisfactory to wear.
Linen duck is an admirable fabric,
does not wrinkle easily and wears ns
long as the garment is in style. It
is much bettor looking than cotton
duck, and shrinks less in washing.
There are thousands of ill-looking
white skirts worn through the hot
weather, and there are some smartly
cut and well made ones, but if the
white skirts are not washed well, and
ironed smoothly, the best of them
show the lack of care.
Answering Inquiries
Wash crepe does not stand tubbing
as well as we were led to believe it
would. White corduroy is nice look
ing, but it is warm, and as a wash
fabric its value has not been thor
oughly proven. White pique is not
especially cool, but it keeps its shape
very well, and is much better than
most of wash fabrics. Linen home-
Increased Capacity for Mental Labor
Since Leaving Off Coffee.
Many former coffee drinkers who
have mental work to perform, day
after day, have found a better capa
city and greater endurance by using
Postum instead of coffee. An Illinois
woman writes: .
"I had drank coffee for about
twenty years, and finally had what
the doctor called "coffee heart." I
was nervous and extremely despon
dent; had little mental or physical
strength left, had kidney trouble and
"The first noticeable benefit de
rived from the change from coffee
to Postum was the natural action of
the kidneys and bowels. In two
weeks my heart action was greatly
improved and my nerves steady.
"Then I became less despondent,
and the desire to be active again
showed proof of Tenewed physical
and mental strength.
"I am steadily gaining in physical
strength and brain power. I former
ly did mental work and had to give
It up on account of coffee, but since
using Postum I am doing hard men
tal labor with less fatigue than ever
Name given by Postum Co., Battle
Creek, Mich.
Postum now comes in new, con
centrated form called Instant Pos
tum. It Is regular Postum so pro
cessed at the factory that only the
soluble portions are retained.
A spoonful of Instant Postum with
hot water, and sugar and cream to
taste, produce instantly a delicious
Writ for the little book, "The
Road to Wellvllle." ,
"There's a Reason" for Postum.
Query Box
S. M. Sond to Department of
Agriculture, Washington, D. C, for
Farmors' Bulletins Nos. 383 and
345; these will answer your ques
tions. "Reader" Witch hazel is excel
lent for inflamed eyelids, but bo sure
it is made with grain (not wood)
alcohol, and is pure.
L. L. Shaking hands with a guest
is not obligatory on a hostess, but It
is a cordial form of greeting, and
gives a better feeling than a mere
greeting by word.
Mrs. C. S. Wetting the hair with
strong sage tea and lotting it dry
on, It is claimed, will gradually
darken the hair. It is not in any
sense Injurious, but Is claimed to be
an excellent tonic.
M. N. Lanolin is said to bo one
of the best fats to uso on the skin
to keep it soft and velvety, and
should bo well rubbed in, and fol
lowed by a spraying with toilet
Francis L. Beef tea1, or broths
made of meat alone contain but little
nourishment, but are used to stimu
late the appetite; if vegetables are
added, the soup has a small food
Ella S. The senseless habit of
going about in the hot sun with no
head covering will ruin the best com
plexion. Heavy coats of tan are hard
to remove, and in time will ruin the
skin, literally "tanning" it.
Housewife Why not have the
frames for the screens made to fit
the whole window opening instead of
half? A screen for the top opening
is better than for the lower half, as
the bad -air rises to the top of the
E. S. M. To make the dustless
dusters, take a square of cheese
cloth and wash it in a mixture of one
pint of coal oil and one-third of an
ounce of paraffin oil, then hang up
and let dry. You will have as good
as you can buy. It will not grease.
Requested Recipes
Cafe au Lait The best quality of
coffee berry is none too good for this
beverage. It should be made quite
strong, a tablespoonful to a cupful of
water. Put rich fresh milk in a
double boiler and bring to tho boil
ing point; then, half-fill the cup with
the hot milk, and add to it six table
spoonfuls of tho hot, strained coffee.
The coffee should be kept hot by
setting the pot in a pan of boiling
water; the milk must be rich and
fresh and kept hot, and the mixture
made as it is to bo used.
Curds and Creams Cut a pan of
treshly-clabbered milk into small
sections; set the pan in a cool oven
and leave the oven open. As soon
as the whey separates from the sec
tions, take from the heat and lift out
the pieces of curd, taking care not
to break them. Drain on a flat dish,
then heap on a serving dish; serve
with cream, and if liked, with a littlo
sugar and nutmeg. If tho clabber is
allowed to get too hot, tho curds will
bo tough.
Cocoa and Chocolate For cocoa,
take four level teaspoonfuls of cocoa
with about four-tablespoonfuls of
hot water, and blend; add a large
tcacupful of boiling water, bring to
tho boiling point, and add two level
tablespoonfuls of sugar and half a
cupful of good milk. Stir constantly
until tho mixture is steaming hoi,
and, if liked, add a few drops of ex
tract of vanilla when taken from the
fire. Servo with whipped cream.
For chocolate, put four ounces of
chocolato In a double boiler and let
it melt over gentle heat, then add a
quart of boiling water and stir con
stantly until the water In the outer
vessel bolls for five minutes; then
add a quart of fresh milk and beat
the mixture with a Dover's egg
beater until thoroughly blended.
When scalding hot, servo with
whipped cream, or It may bo served
Floor Treatment
Some one asks If there Is any fill
ing that will stay In the floor cracks
for any length of time. The loosen
ing of tho illling is from tho fact
that the cracks have not been proper
ly treated before applying them. No
paint, varnish, or filling, putty, or
other kinds will stay on wood that Is
dirty. For the cracks, dig out all the
dirt, and then dust out the remaining
dust with either a brush, or a small
bellows; but got It all out Then
treat with some kind of "sizing,"
such as ground-in-oil paints, or white
lead. If this is not dono, tho oil in
tho putty, or molsturo In other Ailing
not mixed with oil, will bo absorbed
in tho wood, and when dry, tho solids
of the flllor will crumblo and work
out. Just before tho sizing Ib en
tirely dry, put In tho flllor, pressing
down into the opening until it is
entirely full; then smooth tho sur
face, and let dry for threo or four
days, rather than less time. Every
nail hole, or other opening should bo
filled on top of tho nail head, ovon
with tho boards. Tho boards should
be nailed down tightly, and every
ridge, or warped-up place should bo
smoothed down, If nccossnry with tho
In attempting to oil, paint, stain,
or varnish wood-work for the first
time, the unskilled worker should try
his hand on some closet, or other un
important floor, as only practical ex
perience will givo perfect work. Tho
work is not so difficult, but one must
know how, experimentally.
Each coat must bo allowed to dry,
or "sot," before applying a second,
otherwise, tho finish will bo more
than apt to "chip" off, under usage,
and the only remedy will bo to sand
paper It all over and make a now job
of it.
Whether for oiling, staining or
varnishing, tho surface of tho floor
must be perfectly clean, frco from
dust, and all grease spots removed,
as the dressing will not adhere to a
dirty surface.
Cut In five sizes, 34, 3G, 38, 40
and 42 Inches, bust measure. It re
quires 2 V4 yardB of 36-inch material
for a 3G-inch size.
Cut In fivo sizes, 34, 3G, 38, 40
and 42 inches, bust measure. It re
quires G yards of 3G-inch material
with three-fourths yard for tho cap
for a' "3 6-inch size.
Coat, 9541, cut in fivo sizes, 34,
3G, 38, 40 and 42 Inches, bust
measure. Skirt, 9497, cut in fivo
sizes, 22-, 24, 2G, 28 and 30 Inches,
waist measure. It requires G yards
of 44-lnch material for tho entire
suit in a 3G-inch size. This calls for
two separate patterns, 10c for each.
0558 GntLS' DRESS
Cut in four sizes, 6, 8, 10 and 12
years. It requires 3 yards' of 36-inch
material for a 10-year size.
THE COMMONER will supply Its readers with perfect fitting, seam
allowing patterns from tho latest Paris and New York styles. The designs
aro practical and adapted to tho homo dressmaker. Full directions how
t6 cut and how to make tho garments with each pattern. Tho price of
theso patterns is 10 cents each, postage prepaid. Our large catalogue con
taining tho illustrations and descriptions of over 400 seasonable styles for
ladies, misses and children, mailed to any address on receipt of 10 cents. In
ordering patterns give us your name, address, pattern number and size
GATAtOGtJE NOTICE Send 10 cents In silver or stamps for our up-to-date
1013, Spring and Summer Catalogue, containing over 400 designs of
Ladles Misses' and Children's Patterns, also concise and comprehensive
article on dressmaking, giving valuablo hints to tho home dressmaker.
Addrelf,, THE COMMONER, Pattern Department, Lincoln, Nebraska