The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, April 01, 1916, Page 16, Image 18

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The Commoner
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VOL. 16, NO. 4
) Conducted fy
tffelen Watts M?Ve
Tho Best of Llfo
Not till life's heat Is cooled,
Tho headlong rush slowed to a
quiet pace,
And every purblind passion that has
Our noisier years, at last
Spurs us in vain, and, weary of the
Wo caro no more who loses or who
i wins
Ah, not till all tho best of life
scorns past
The best of life begins,
To toll for only fame,
Hand-clappings and .the fickle
gusts of praise,
For placo or power, or gold to gild a
' Abovo tho gravo whereto
All paths will bring us, wero to lose
our days;
Wo, on whoso ears youth's passing
boll has tolled,
In blowing bubbles, even as child
ren do,
Forgetting wo aro old!
But tho world widens when
Such hopo of trivial gain that
'rulod us lies
Broken amid our childish toys, for
Wo win to self control.
Wo mail ourselves to manhood, and
thoro rise
Upon us from tho vast and windless
Thoso cleanor thoughts that are
unto tho soul
What stars aro to. the night.
Our Late Easter
Eastor Sunday can not happen
earlier than March 22, nor later than
April 25th, but between those dates
It has a range of 35 days. At the
Council of Nice, 325, A. D., It was
agreed by tho representatives pres
ent that from that timo forward,
Easter should fall on the first Sun
day after tho full moon occurring on
or next after March 21, and on every
date between that and April 25th;
but It is only at long intervals of
time that it occurs on its extreme
dates. In 1586 Easter fell on April
25th, its latest possible date, an
ovont which had not occurred before
during the 19th century, and will not
again occur until tho spring of 1943.
Tho last time Easter fell on its earli
est date was in 1818; this will not
again happen during tho 19th or
20th century. In 1895 it came very
near to breaking tho century's early
record, falling on March 25th. Tho
date for this year is quite late be
ing the 23d of April. Tho observ
ance of Lent is a Catholic custom,
principally, but it is becoming more
and more popular with all denom
inations in Uk Protestant religions,
as tho yoars go by. Many beautiful
customs aro observed on the day, and
not the least of those is the celebra
tion of the day with tho many uses
of oggs, colored and otherwise.
Crocheting May Baskets
You can make tho prettiest little
baskets for May-Day, with any sim
ple basket pattern in crochet, of any
desirable size. When it is finished
It must be stiffener1 and pulled over
a mold, or something in the shape
you want your basket to be. To
stiffen it, mix a quarter of a cupful
of granulated sugar with sufficient
water to make a thick syrup; let
boil a few sdconds and remove from
tho fire. Immerse the basket In the
Byrup while it is as hot as tho hand
can bear, and have it thoroughly
soaked; then at once, while still very
hot, put it over the mold, pulling it
into shapo and being particularly
careful to pull out tho pattern of the
border. Fasten a string to the han
dlo and hang it whero it will
get dry, having the place cold. Be
foro tho basket gets too hard, re
move tho mold and tho string, and
work it into tho shape you want it to
be. Let stand for a day in a cool
placo until thoroughly hardened,
then brush all surplus sugar from it,
and with a strong pin pick tho sugar
out of tho open work that has become
filled by tho syrup. Run a pretty
ribbon in tho border for a handle,
and tho basket will soon be as hard
as china, but when washed, of course
will havo to bo stiffened again.
with care. They mako the house
wife's work much lighter, as, instead
of lifting everything, any piece of
furnlturo can be pushed abour when
removal is needed. Bedsteads should
havo castors and they should be kept
oiled and easily working. Get them
this spring.
Query Box
Propagating Roses from Slips
When by some means you have be-,
come possessed of a bunch of roses
from tho hot-house, or from some
fortlinnln nolirhhnr'H annnlv nn rirtf
throw away tho flowers when they
are withered. Save at least the finest
stems of the finest flowers; cut the
blossoms off, and make a clean,
sharp cut on the stem end; All a pint
jar or jelly glass two-thirds full of
fine sand building sand is good
and push tho stem down into the
sand, leaving one or two joints above
tho sand; if possible, have two or
three buds, or joints in the sand; the
cut should bo just below the bud at
the end. Keep the sand in the glass
well moistened, but not sloppy, and
put in a warm, sunny windpw.
When well rooted, which it should
bo in a few weeks, remove to a pot
of rich, pulverized garden soil.
If the weather is warm, the slip or
CUttinC Will do hnffnr if rmf of .
into the ground, having the soil pre
pared as for any seed bed, then turn
over tho plant a glass fruit jar, or
jelly glass, or even a 'tumbler or
wide-mouthed bottle, pressing, tbd
neck of the cover well down into the
soil. Then mniRtnn tho enn n
about the glass, and do not uncover
the plant; let the glass stay on it
until the leaves are well grown, and
this will show you that the stem has
rooted. Do not at once remove the
glass, but lift gradually, and do not
disturb the plant the first year. These
will mako good plants by next fall
and will stand the winter with pro
tection, if the parent rose was of the
hardy class of ever-bloomers. Try
this way, and' increase your supply
at no cost except your care. Teas
and ever-bloomers root readily from
slips; the hardy June roses may bo
ncreased by the same method, or by
layering, or pieces of roots that have
pushed up through the soil, with
growing sprouts on them may he
used The slips from tea roses
should be those that have blooms on
them, as this will show that the wood
is ripened enough to put out roots.
Helps for tho Housewife
Try to havo castors in the legs of
all your tables, the kitchen safes
bureaus, stands, and other furniture
which must occasionally bo moved
JSSSf; TU? baU-beang eastern cost
twenty cents a set of four, and with
an occasional oiling they will move
easily and noiselessly about tho floor.
They will last a long time-, years
Mrs. K. When bread is allowed
to rise too long the yeast plants de
velop a condition that makes a chem
ical change in flour, and this change
produces the stringy effect of which
you complain. Sometimes the loaves
are made too larce, and the center
is not sufficiently heated to sterilize
the mass, and 'he yeast continues to
develop even after the bread is baked.
The remedy is to allow only suffi
cient time for rising, then make into
smalle? loaves and cook thoroughly
Without drying or hardening the
Alice B The late Thomas W. Han
shew used as aliases the names Ber
tha M. Clay, Charlotte M. Braeme,
and Charlotte M. Kirigsley, in pub
lishing his hundreds of volumes of
stories. One of his novels, "Dora
Thorne," is said to have run through
one Hundred editions.
Mrs. Ellen K. Brazil nuts and
pine kernels a- j particularly rich in
oils which give warmth, keep the di
gestive system, clear, and give the
complexion a better color. Nuts, by
weight, contain more protein than
bread. They are said to be a partic
ularly desirable food for all who have
a tendency to rheumatic troubles,
and in cases of mental strain and
general nervous .disorders.
, E. S, S. To clean blue silk, this
is reco-imended: The cleaning agent,
belncr verv inflnmTrmhi mnDf v. .i
'--I -, jluukji, uc uacu
where there, is no fire or flame of
any inna. Have sufficient petrol to
cover the silk when in a. basin, pat
and squeeze the silk in' it, but do not
rub, except lightly between the
hands; as the "irt colors the petrol,
change it for clean until the last is
clear. A gallon of- petrol
win clean several heavy dresses.
The fluid can be allowed to
settle after use, the clear poured off
mu ubuu again; out it should not be
used on light, or white goods after
using on colore'. Use just about as
you would gasoline, as it is of the
same nature. Remember no fire!
Honey that has been stored in a
cold place frequently becomes "can
died," but it, is not spoiled by this
To restore it to clear, liquid honey!
lay somethingsticks "of wood, or
wire frame U the bottom of a wash,
boiler, if you havo much to make
pver, or in a smaller vessel, suited
to the amount you have. Put the
vessel containing the thickened honey
in the boiler, and fill the boiler with
cold water as high about the vessel
as the honey reaches; set over heat
and gradually bring the water to a
temperature of 140 degreqs; let it
keep u that ' mperature until the
honey recomes liquid, which it will
in three or four hours. The water
must not be allowed to boil, as if the
honey is over heat&.both flavor arid
color of the sweet -will be spoilt
two ounces of dry ammonia, dissolve
in hot water; one ounce of salts of
tartar, three ounces of borax, one
box of potash (concentrated iye)
dissolve the potash in hot water, and
mix all these with two gallons of
water in a large bucket or tub, out
in the open air. When ready to wash
soak the clothes for at least half an
hour in clear, cold water; and rub the
worst soiled places well in warm
soapsuds, then wring out and put in
to boiler with the usual amount of
water, containing a cupful of the so
lution. Let boil half an hour, then
lift out into a tub of cold water and
finish as any washing; no hard rub
bing is necessary. This is for the
white clothes, of course, but colored
clothes may be washed in the water
after the white clothes are done,
without adding any more of the
washing fluid, using soap as with
other washings.
Apple Honey
If you have more apples on hand
than you can use before they may
spoil, try this way of putting up the
surplus for some other time: Place
three pints, or two pounds, of sugar
in a saucepan with one pint of hot
water. Let boil for atiout twenty
minutes, or until it forms a thick
syrup. While cooking,, ,, the syrup,
grate or scrape five-large mellow ap
ples (do not use the.peelingfc or core).
When the syrup .is d,one, pour in the
apple pulp and boil for ,ten minutes
no more. Then put into tin or
glass -cans, boiling hot, seal, and set
away. This should,. make three pints
of the honey. ,
Another way to keep the surplus
apples from spoking is to peel, core,
remove all defective spots,, and can
them, with or without; sugar, and you
Will ,haVQ apple Sauce at. a mnmcmr'a
notice when . in f,, a, hurry.. : To
eke OUt til A ih'nnTnn1 rW
ment" should be, gathered up and
made into something fhnt. n a
served later. Waste is the mother
of Want, and they are an ill-favored
pair at best.
A Washing Compound
'i'S. (
Mrs. C. W. D. sends us the follow
ing, which she recommends: Take"
House-Blooming Bulbs
Bulbs that .avj -bloomed indoors
during the winter, or- spring.may be
kept crowing until they shpw. a tend-
Proper Food .Makes Marvelous
Providence is sometimes credited
with directing the footsteps by so
simple a way as the reading of a
food advertisement.
A lady in Mo. writes, "I was com-
fnllA t0 u retird ftom ' 'm school
teaching because' I was 'broken down
with nervous prostration. '
I suffered agony ih' my back and
Jna ln dreadfully nervous condi
tion, irritable, with a dull, heavy
headache continually, had no .appe
nd andTC0Uld scarly digest any
ww W,as unable to remember
what I read and was, of course, unfit
for my work.
rn",??ie d.ayi,as !f b Providence, I
read the testimonial of a lady whose
symptoms were imicti the same as
mine and she told of 'how Grape-Nuts
to try St hGr' 80 I c'oncluded
t began witu Grape-Nuts, a little
fiv ' aud a,cup of pstum. I stead
rLlmP7vTyeVn both body d mind.
Grape-Nuts has done more for me
I ?EL allT the medicine I have ever
m now wel1 aSain and able
d anything necessary in my work.
My mind is clearer and my body
a mSZ aVver 0- "There's
M Ever read tho ahovo letter? A new
le "pears from time to timo. They
interest. ' "" IUU tmman