The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, June 13, 1913, Page 8, Image 8

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Littlo Master
Tho Littlo Master lies so still,
With quiet hands and folded eyes;
It can not bo it is his will
To let the bright hours slip away,
Forsaking all his merry play
It is a strange and sad surprise!
The Little Master sleeps so deep.
Ho docs not list to any call;
He does not hear his mother weep,
Or hoar tho happy robins sing,
Ho takes no heed of anything
Wo can not wake him up at all!
Tho Little Master sleeps so long;
The day and night to him are one.
No evening prayer, or morning song,
Or tripping feet adown the stair,
Or ringing laughter anywhere
His little joyous time is done!
Oh, Littlo Master, Btill and cold,
Fairer than all the fair, you lie
This last hour in the dear home-fold,
And then your couch a low, green
Witr sweet flowers strewn above
your head
Oh, Little Boy, good-by, good-by!
i Emma A. Lento in Farm Journal.
Aid for the Dcnf
Some weeks ago, I was in company
with several persons who were so
unfortunate as to have defective
hearing, and there were several me
chanical appliances for their relief
among the afflicted ones. But one
of these appliances was so simple, so
inexpensive, and so easily and effec
tively used that I must tell you about
it, with the permission of the lady
who used it. Get of tho fancy
work store, or at any other place
where you can find it for sale, a
sheet of celluloid, about twelve
inches wide. I think my. friend said
It would cost about sixty-five cents;
but oven at that, it is very inexpen
sive. Roll the sheet so tho opening
in the center will be about an inch
and a half in diameter, and tie a'
cord around tho roll, to keep it in
shape. Then, tie a ribbon around
tho roll about the middle, and have
the ends of tho ribbon long enough
to make a loop sufficiently large to
slip over the hand, and carry tho roll
on tho arm. It is exceedingly litrht.
and always within reach. When you
wish to hear what is said, put tho
open roll, one end over the opening
o tho ear, and have tho speaker
put his or her lips quite close to tho
othor open end and talk into tho roll.
just aB you do with tho telephone.
Tho contrivance was so simple, inex
pensive, easily carried and effective
in enabling tho lady to hoar conver
sation, that I felt that you would all
bo glad to hear of it. A deaf per
son must learn not to bo sensitive
about tho affliction; but sometimes
it is very hard to do. I know; for
I am ono of tho afflicted, myself.
but they are not often used. A sick
person should have nourishing foods,
well and delicately cooked, and
served with extreme daintiness.
Often, if the tray is daintily arrayed,
the dishes pretty, the napkin per
fectly clean, the food will be eaten
with a relish when, if the arrange
ments of the tray were untidy, noth
ing would be touched. In serving
soup to an invalid, do not salt and
pepper it, but leave that to the taste
of the invalid; every bit of grease
should be carefully skimmed off the
surface, and the broth should be
served hot. A cool, greasy soup is
disgusting and unwholesome.
The bread should be thinly and
smoothly sliced, and if buttered
lightly, so much the better. The tea
or coffee should not be slopped about
over the dishes, and the spoon should
be bright and shining and laid in the
saucer. The meat, if meat is served,
should be nicely and thinly sliced,
and all the ragged edges trimmed
off. Gravies would better be served
in a separate small dish.
There are so many pretty paper
napkins now on the market, and
very inexpensive, that there will be
no need of a soiled, crumpled napkin.
An invalid's '.ray is a household
necessity, as ono never knows when
it will be wanted. Very pretty ones
can be had for as little as ten or
fifteen cents each. Remember that
daintiness in serving is fully as im
portant as good cooking; but tbey
are both o the utmost importance,
and every girl should learn to cook
for an invalid.
family has steady work all tho time.
At a convention of the Lutheran
church recently, it was stated as a
fact that the average salary paid to
ministers is $G00 annually, with the
added remark that, if laymen had to
manage on the same wages, the poor
houses would become over-crowded.
In these times, it is almost an im
possibility to keep a family together
in decency on such a wage, owing to
tho cost of shelter, food and cloth
ing, to say nothing of other absolute
ly unavoidable expenses. In many
such families, the wife, already
taxed beyond her strength in caring
for the family needs, supplements
the husband's earnings by doing
laundry work, plain sewing," or in
various other ways that forces her
to neglect her" young family.
ffined or vaselined paper, pasteboard
or cork stopper, or other cover im
permeable to air and moisture tn
prevent it from hardening, c'law
stoppered bottles, however, should
not be used, as a little silicate may
find its way to the ground neck and
it will be impossible to remove tho
stopper later on, as silicate of soda
will cement the stopper to the nek
of the bottle. One part of th0 bill
cate should be mixed with ten parts
of boiled water, or one part pow
dered silicate should be dissolved in
thirty parts of boiling water, and ihe
solution well cooled before immers
ing the eggs therein."
About tho Parcel Post
How many of you have tried the
parcel post, and with what success?
It is claimed that up to May 1st,
there had been carried 150,000,000
packages, and the increase had been
at tho rate of 10,000,000 packages
each month. Tho great bulk of the
business comes from the cities. The
movement from the country to the
city has scarcely begun.
Growing Horsc-Radish for Profit
We have had several letters and
some clippings on this subject, and
as we can not give any of them in
full, we give a summary of all. Every
one of the writers discourages the
idea of making a specialty of grow
ing the roots, as a market for the
roots, unless of the very best shape,
is hard to find. Where but a limited
amount can be disposed of to local
buyers, or through arrangements
with commission houses in the cities,
the straightest roots can be sold as
dug; but the roots which are poorly
and irregularly shaped will have to
be sold grated and in bottles. A
plant that grows a lot of -side root
branches, or divided main root, will
not sell well anywhere. A limited
market can be worked up for the
grated root put up in bottles with a
gross weight of one pound, contain
ing something over half a pound of
the grated root, well mixed with
good vinegar. Such bottles are sold
at retail for about ten cents each.
Exterminating tho Fly
Here is another "sure death to the
fly" recipe: Do not, under any cir
cumstances, try to drive the fly out
of the house. Try to kill every one
that finds an entrance into the room,
and in this way, shorten the number
not only of the present generation,
but of the coming multitude. No
dead fly can leave progeny. Kepp
windows and doors screened, using
mosquito netting if nothing better
can oo nau; and whenever a fly is
found to have gained an entrance,
just get after it with the whole
family, and keep after it until its
term of activo service is cut short
Kill the flies.
Directions for Packing Eggs
Only clean, sound eggs, with
strong shells, should bo packed in
waterglass; they should be as fresh
as possible, and should not be
washed, as the water will remove the
coating from the shells; eggs should
not be more than one day old, to havo
best results, but they may be used
older. Unfertilized eggs are better
for the purpose than the fertilized,
but' the fertilized eggs will keep well
is care is taken to have them per
fectly fresh, as they must be put into
the solution within a few hours of
their having been laid. To have the
unfertilized eggs, the male bird must
be removed from the flock some time
before the packing is begun. When
the eggs are packed in the liquid,
the vessel should be at once care
fully sealed, with the paper or paste
board treated with paraffin or vase
line, or with tbe screw top or other
cover that will be air-tight. If this
is not done, the water will evaporate
in time, and expose the upper egg3
to the atmosphere. After packing,
the sealed vessels should be stored
in a cool place.
Cooking for tho Sick
This is one of the branches of the
housewife's education which is only
too often neglected; yet it is very
important. A woman may bo a very
excellent cook where healthy appe
tites are to be sorved, but there are
so many little things that the delicate
stomachs of tho sick require, and
upon which their recovery is large
ly dependent, that it seems one
should know how to make the
simple, dainty dishes.
Nearly every cook book contains
recipes for these dishes for the sick,
Living Wages"
There is a groat deal of advertis
ing of the fact that girls are paid
such poor wages; but very little is
said of tho wages which tho majority
of men, heads of families, are paid
Thousands of men with families of
littlo children good, industrious,
moral men, are working for $10 a
week wages; many of them for ev.n
less than ton dollars a week. Many
men who would gladly work can get
employment but part of the time.
Tho wives and children of such meu
are seemingly cdmpellod to earn
something to keep oven the scantiest
food, clothing and shelter for tho
family, even whore tho head of tho
Packing Eggs in Wrater-Glass
We have frequent inquiries about
this method of preserving eggs, and
as the work should be donp when
eggs are plentiful and cheap, we
give a few more items concerning it,
copied from Good Housekeeping
Magazine: "Water glass or soluble
glass is the popular name for potas
sium and sodium silicates. Com
mercial water glass, often a mixture
of both silicates, is much cheaper
than the chemically pure article, and
is just as effective for preserving
eggs. It is sold in two forms, a
syrup as thick as molasses, and a
powaer. Tne cost varies. Water
glass sometimes sells as low as a
cent and three-quarters a pound in
large quantities. The retail price is
commonly ten cents a pound. Much
of the water glass is alkaline in re
action. Eggs preserved in such
water glass will not keen well, an
test it before using, with ;, piece of
litmus paper, obtained at any drug
store. If the litmus, red at first
turns blue when placed in the water
glass solution; or if tho litmus, blue
at first, remains blue, it Is a sure
test that tho solution is alkaline and
unfit for use.
Use clean receptacles or nca
earthenware, wood, or of most any
material, if same is paraffined inside
and can be sealed hermetically. One
half gallon screw-top glass jars
which will hold fourteen or fifteen
eggs are most satisfactory, and in
every way advisable. Common sill
?i . , 0fB0da or water-glass, a syrun-
lckiHQUi,d iwei 00d results; it
should be kept well sealed by para-
Query Box
M. N. The official flower of Spo
kane, Wash., is the aster; that of
Portland, Ore., is the rose.
p. "vy, b. Tho item about the
egg-shell remedy was merely a bit of
reprint; I do not suppose it can ho
found in the drug-stores, or would
be worth buying, if it were.
H. L. -Institutional life for chil
dren or for old people is seldom
what the managers of such places
hold it up to be. The best of in
stitutions are seldom as good as tho
very mediocre home, where love is.
A. G. H. Do not experiment with
cheap typewriter ribbons. It 13
claimed that a light application of
olive oil, brushed over the ribbon
with an old tooth brush, will serve,
but I know nothing of it. Get riD
bons of a reliable firm.
R. S. The falling of tho 1
will probably continue until the scajp
ailment is cured. If it is dandruff,
we have frequently given a cure ior
that. Cure the ailment, let all t no
dead hair fall, and then use a tonic,
keeping the scalp free from disease.
The hair will grow again.
Anxious Thirteen states n
passed mothers' pension ijijs,
several large cities also naje
mothers' pension laws, and seveu
other states are said to be consider
ing a' trial of them in their large
cities. When the mothers are force"
to give up their children, the i aw
has, in most cases, to partly
wholly support them, and it Is mo
humane and just to leave the cai
dren with the mother and gne Bei
aI O. R. S.-Send to the Department
of Agriculture, Washington, u.
for their free literature on the su
ject of canning and preserving,
write to your congressman,
should supply you with the pampn
Gooseberry Dainties
.. ,,. in shown
England than in America foi 6"