TALKS ON HEALTH. -1 sf By A FAMILY DOCTOIL ?- BEST FOOD FOR INFANTS. The only real food for an infant it toother's milk. A moment's thought would convince you of it. The universe is so well arranged; the human body is such a marvel; the ear, the eye, the bram, and all the organs of the body are such marvellous pieces of living mechanismâ€”how could the demands of the growing infant be forgotten or arranged on an inferior plan? Of course, Mother's milk is the best. Do not be put â€¢off with something that is "just as good." ikli inquiry was carried out a few years ago au a large town in France into the health of a thousand babies. The babies were divided into two groups, those who had been nursed by their mothers and those who had been brought up on some substitute. It was con. clusiveJy proved that the mothers' babies 'Were much healthier than the chemist's shop babies. o: THE NEXT BEST. I know quite well that there are mothers Who cannot nurse their little ones, and then the growing infant is deprived of the one food which is necessary to give it full 'vigour and health. The next best thing to toother's milk is cow's milk. Infants are such peculiar little mortals that it is not always possible to hit on the right kind of fixture to suit them. It is best to begin with a mixture of one part of milk to three of water, and gradually increase) the amount of milk and decrease the water. If many Undigested curds of milk are passed/through the body, the amount of milk should be slightly decreased. Unfortunately, the milk supply is not always satisfactory. Milk is often tainted, and it is safer, unless you know exactly where the milk comes from, to raise it to the scald in a water-jacket sauce- pan. -:0: SLEEP A GOOD TONIC. If you want a good tonic when you are feeling wearied out, try going to bed two hours earlier than is your usual habit for a fortnight. The extra rest, even if you do Ziot actually sleep, is bereficial. It relaxes your nerves and your whole body to lie quiet on your back, and it aids digestion to rest quietly after a meal, and so you get all the goodness out of the food you have swal- lowed. If you do manage to sleep the extra time, it will do you a lot of good. Sleep is the panacea for all evils. I ought to add that the sleep should be natural; the sleepâ€”â– or, rather, stuporâ€”produced by powerful drugs is not nearly so beneffcial, and such a sleep may be followed by a headache on Wakino, lso many of the drugs used for sleeping draughts are harmful in other ways; some weaken the nerves in the end, others are dangerous to the heart, or upset the digestion. I am always very careful about ordering sleeping draughts. It is a real calamity when a patient, especially if ghe happens to be a highly strung woman, is trained to depend on drugs for sleepâ€”her j"Â«t state is worse than the first. A doctor knows when to order a soothing draught, and he exercises due discretion, but the in- d^'riminate use of mixtures and tabloids to induce sleep cannot be too stronglv con- ?mned. A TEST FOR FLAT-FOOT. There are many causes of aching feet, but a very common one is flat-foot. As is well- known, the foot is really an arch, specially adapted to give sprang- and elasticity to the gait. When for any reÃ¥son tho arch-fallg, the condition is known as flat-foot. There may be every degree of flat-foot, from an almost imperceptible defect to the most ad- vanced cases when the sole of the foot is as flat as a pancake. To test yourself for flat- foot try the following simple method: Make the -le of your naked foot wet, and then Plant the foot on the dry hoard or oilcloth, and examine the impression left behind 1Vhen the foot is taken up. If the foot is in a normal healthy state there should be a broad patch in front for the ball of the big t-ot- and other toes, and a large patch behind for the heel, and between the two patches there should be only a narrow line running along the outer side of the impression. o: ARCH SUPPORTS. It ia this narrow connecting line that is the important one. If the arch is high the line is very narrow. If the arch has fallen the line is broader, and if the foot is so flat that the arch has entirely disappeared there be a broad mark between the toes and heel, so that the impression looks more like the mark of a boot than a naked foot. For a slight degree of flat-foot it is not neces- sary to wear any instrument; the foot should be strengthened by rubbing and mas- sage with oils, and by giving the foot as much rest as can be managed. In the more advanced cases it is necessary to wear a support to make on artificial arch. These pads consist of steel covered with leather, and they are worn inside the boot. It may be found more comfortable to wear boots a size larger than the ordinary pair, as the steel arch takes up some room. TEMPERANCE AND LONG LIFE. So much in the way of fanatical exaggera- tion has been written on the subject of tem- perance that it is refreshing to turn to the calm judgment of an insurance company on this important question. When a man pro- poses to insure his life with a company, a careful inquiry is made into his health and habits, and, by reference to various statis- tical tables, an estimate is made of the prob- able length of his life. A recent report ishowa that total abstainers much longer than they are expected to do in ac- cordance with the table's of statistics. The death-rate its fairly constant, and it is quite possible to predict with accuracy the num- ber that will remain alive out of a thousand lives at the end of a given number of years. In the class that includes everybody, the number works out at what was expected; in the class that includes total abstainers only, the number alive was largely in excess of the expectations. FIGURES AND FACTS. This is a perfectly impartial judgment based on figure* and actual facts, and it is a comfort to those who advocate temperance that the figures should speak so forcibly in favour of their cause. A man who can de. clare that he is a total abstainer can obtain better terms from an insurance company than any other man. We must all be reasonable and temperate in all our opinions, but there is no harm done if we tuck away in our memories the fact that the hard-headed business men on the governing boards of life insurance companies regard the lives of those who abstain from alcohol as healthier and longer than the lives ol ot hers.
Mr. Alfred Lagge, for more than half a -century organist. at Ashford (Kent) parish -church, and music master to the Queen of Rumania and her brothers and sisters when they lived at East well Park with their parents, has died, agod seventy-five. London master bakers and confectioners have decided not to carry out their threat to defy the Food Controller. They had pre- vioiisly threatened that unless the restric- tion on the sale of fresh bread was removed the trade would revert to the pre-war prac- tice of selling bread less than twelve hours '1:IW. I
nmmiimiimiiumiiiiiiimiirjiiiiiiiium HOME DRESSMAKING. I A. NEAT AND USEFUL PINAFORE OR OVERALL. Mothers of small boys know only too well, to their tribulation, how soon young Peter or Jack can completely spoil the nicest of little suits. A new tunic and knickers left unprotected can be more or less ruined by an energetic youngster in a couple of days, and can be more or less reduced to an un- wearable condition in a fortnight if the tiny wearer be not provided with something in the way of a pinafore or overall. Now a simple overall is the easiest thing in the world to make, and is one of the garments that should always be made at home by any I [Refer to H. D. 277.] mother with an eye to economy. The ma- terial. costs so little, really good stuff may be bought for much less than the price of a ready-made overall carried out in rubbishy fabric, and the making is so easy that but little time need be spent upon it. I think most mothers will be pleased with the really attractive overall sketched in _om illustrationâ€”it is so very simple in shape. &s you will see, it is a sleeveless pinafore, and is specially designed for the less accus- tomed workers, because a garment withoul sleeves is so very much easier to cut out and make than one with sleeves. Later aD. [ hope to give a pattern of a sleeved overall for those mothers who prefer the latter type of garment. THE MATERIAL.-The best material tc choose for a small boys's wear is something really substantial, flimsy stuffs arc nol iiiiimmiiiiiiiiiiiiimiimiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiii worth making up. Linenâ€”though linen .ii almost too expensive to be practical just nowâ€”holland, strong gingham, Frencl print, drill, jean, and a really good heavy make of casement cloth are suitable for tht purpose, as, indeed, are all washable ma- terials of a good firm weave. In any case you will need 11 yards of 36in. wide material for a small boy of from two to four years. The pinafore, I should add, is suitable for I boys between one and six years. THE PATTERN.â€”The pattern has only twc piecesâ€”a back- and a front. These are so much alike that i1 would be wise t( mark the front im- mediately you cut it out, so that there is no fear of con- fusing it with thE back. It would bE well to lay the pa t. tern against th< small boy before cut- ting out the ma. terial, alkratio n are so much more easily made in the pattern than in the cut out garment. Do ntot forget that no turnings are al- lowed for in the pat- tern, therefore you should leave about fill, on each seam edge and ample ma- terial for turning up wherever a hem comes. THE CUTTING OUT.-Fold the material selvedges together, and lay the pattern upon it, as shown in the diagram, taking care that the straight edges of both front and' ackcome to the fold of the fabric. In addition to the pattern you will need some strips of cr8way material about l?in. wide for facing ?Cp the neck and armholes, and some strips 'of material about 2in. wide for facing up the opening at the back. THE MAKING.â€”Join together the under- arm and shoulder seams by French sewing. Cut down the middle of the back, from tho neck, to the depth of 9in. or- 10in., this is foi the placket. Now face up each edge of this placket with the straight bands of material, tutting a wrap facing on the left side and n fat facing on the right. Now turn in and tack the raw edges of the neck and arm- holes, and face with the crossway pieces. Sew on the buttons and make the button- holes. Slip, the overall on, turn up the bottom to the right length, make a double Ifcem, and machine or sew.
Henley Charity Trustees, who recently, by a majority of one, voted an educational grant to a pupil teacher of Austrian origin, have now revoked it on the ground that the applicant, not bein? a bona-lide resident of the town, is ineligible. Giving away prizes at the Francis Holland Church School for Girls, Pimlico, the Arch- bishop of Canterbury said, "I am taking the general knowledge paper to the House of Lords to see how many questions those sit- ting near me can answer."
iiiiiiiisiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiniiii FASHION OF THE WEEK. I A SMART COAT FOR THE SPRING. I [E. 245.] One of the already established faeta about the new spring models is that the separate one-piece frock, as distinct from the skirt and blouse, is to be one of the most popu- lar garments in the spring wardrobe. These frocks are shown in every imaginable material, from satin to cashmere, and in all 'the modish shades, and, later on, I am told, we shall see them in all sorts of cotton and muslin fabrics. Given the one-piece frock as a favourite garment, it naturally follows that the long coat to cover that frock will be an equally popular garment. And such is actually the caee, for all the big London shops are show- ing numbers of the most delightful coats imaginable, all of which have been speci- ally designed for spring and summer wear. These coats will prove invaluable posses- sions during the next few months, for they can be worn over any and every kind of frock, and later on will serve as comfort- able wraps for the chilly evenings that eo often fali to our lot during an English summer. These new coats are carried out in various materials, most of which have rather a woolly surface of delightful softness, and are somewhat loosely woven. Smooth ma- terials, however, are by no means out of the running, and some of the very smart coats of a dressed type are carried out in fine chamois cloth, or in very fine, soft' serges. The original of the extremely attractive model sketched in our illustration was made of beautifully soft, woolly serge in a charm- ing tone very similar to "camel's hair" but just a shade greyer in tone. This coat wraps over just a little in front and fastens with large buttons that exactly match the ma- terial in colour. The coat itself is perfectly plain and is finished at the neck by a curious, flat collar of the material, which is edged by a little heavy woollen fringe in exactly the same shade as the coat. This collar, however, is entirely concealed by a scarf of the coat material, whicn is very cleverly arranged to be detachable at pleasure, so that it may be worn or not. as the wearer pleases. This scarf is fringed at the loose end. A sash of the material, also fringed at the end, holds the coot in a.t the waist. Big fringed cuffs finish, the wide, plain sleeves. PRETTY FROCKS FOR SMALL GIRLS. I Many of the London shops that make a speciality of children's garments are show- g some charming little dresses for spring I 3ind summer wear. All the best cf these are very simple in shape and depend for their jffect upon the excellence of their cut and I iesign and upon the charm of their touched Df ornament. Many of the prettiest of these frocks, have little short-waisted bodices. the lower edge of which is frequently hollowed) out in a shallow curve both back and front, while a line of bright coloured embroidery worked in wool or silk defines the edge. The necks are usually cut out in a. rather low, round decolletage, which is finished by a detachable frill cf muslin, net ,or Georgette.' The frocks intended for immediate wear are carried out in such materials as gab-cord, jersey cloth, fine serge, and velveteen; those to be used later in the year in such stuffs as shantung, linen, hair cord, zephyr, cotton crepe, and cotton voile. raper patterns can be supplied for Home Dressmaking, 9d.; patterns cut to special measure, Is. 6d.; and Fashion of the Week, Is. lid. Enclose remittance and address to Miss Lisle, 8, La Belle Sauvage, London, E.C. 4. Note: The price may vary from week to week.
When lacquered buttons or such-like get tarnished, try steeping them in paraffin for an hour or so. Then rub with a soft cloth, and they will look like new. d- I
â– Â¡ 11111 II IE I MOTHER AND HOME | ï¿¼ ï¿¼ = E = = Useful and Economical Hints on Domestic Management*. ï¿¼ I iiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiHiiiiHiiiiiuuiiimiuiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiimiiiiiimiiiiimmiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiumiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimniiiiiiuiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirF. Spirits of ammonia, if diluted and I applied with a sponge to faded or dis- coloured spots in a carpet, will often restore them to their natural colour. I I I HOME-MADE TOTS. I I It is a good plan to teach children to make their own toys. A little girl will dearly love the rag doll she makes herself. It is a capital idea to buy an empty doll's house and make the children furnish it. The boys can paper the walls and make the fur- niture, while the girls can lay the carpets, upholster the sofas and chairs, and make the curtains. I "SAFE" MILK. I Baby's bottles, jugs, etc., must be kept ab- solutely clean. Two white jugs, two bottles, and an enamel basin will be required. The food should be made morning and afternoon, as soon as the fresh milk comes in, and un- less one can be sure that the milk supply is safe and pure the milk should be pasteur- ised. A double enamel saucepan is required for this. The lower pot holds water, and the milk is placed in the upper pan or pot. In this way the milk never boils, but is I kept at a temperature just below boiling point for twenty minutes, thus destroying harmful germs. I AN EGG FOR A BURN. I There is nothing more soothing for either a burn or a scald than the white of an egg. It is contact with the air which makes a burn so painful, and the egg acts as a var- nish and excludes the air completely. I CLEANING JEWELLERY. I Jewellery may be cleaned at home if proper care is taken. The professional jeweller cleans ornaments with gem settings by making soapsuds of fine curd soap and water, just warm. He gently brushes the different articles with this, rinses them in clear water, leaves them in alcohol for a few hours, and places them in a box rwith sawdust to dry. Jewels cleaned in this way look brilliant. Another way to revive their beauty is to brush them lightly with paraf- fin, which is also an excellent reviver for all kinds of knick-knacks. I BABY'S MEDICINE CHEST. A thoughtful mother will hardly need to be told that she should have a little medi- cine chest for the baby. It should be kept r,tccl,-e-d with castor oil, camphorated oil, eucalyptus oil, zinc powder, starch powder, boracie powder, vaseline, lime water, clean, boiled rags, dill water, some bits of flannel, cottou wool, lint, and a clinical thermome- ter. Such a store may save the mother many an anxious moment, and a rush to the nearest chemist in an emergency. SCENTS AS DISINFECTANTS. Perfumes are often disinfectants. Toilet vinegar was the outcome of an invention by thieves. During the great plague at Mar- seilles many years ago, robbers invented the famous aromatic vinegar w.hich enabled them to rob the dead and dying without any fear of infection to themselves. In the reign of Charles 1. perfumes were largely used as preservatives from the plague. M4ny ancient doctors used to cl perfumes among medicines, and prescribed them for many diseases, especially those of a nervous kind. One curious prescription was to eat a roasted apple stuffed with frankincense, which was supposed to be a certain cure. Doctors used to carry little cassolettes on the top of their walking sticks, which they held up to their noses while they wer6 visit- ing contagious cases. Perfumes were also used to burn in rooms and to fumigate sheets, and the smoke of juniper was in great request. CHILDREN AT PLAY. Children should be left pretty much to themselves in the matter of play. They should not be waited on, fussed, and amused. The very best and healthiest games for children are those they make for them- selves. GAS ECONOMY. The way to find out if you arc getting the right amount of gae with least pressure from the main is for one person to stand by the lighted stove while a second turns the key of the meter until the gas at the stove just begins to lower. The meter key should be left at this angle permanently. CHILDISH FRIENDSHIPS. No child's judgment is consistently per- fect, but (says a writer in the "Express' ) it is a mistake autocratically to break a childish friendship without grave considera- tion. The choosing of a friend is a subtle process. A combination of forces brings it aboutâ€”inclination, propinquity, and very often a psychological need. How many parents realise this when they say, "I wont have you playing with So-and-So. I don't think she's a nice little girl"? "But she s my friend, mother!" comes tke cry. "Well, she's not to be your friend any longer." No reason is vouchsafed. The mother would say, if questioned: "There's something about the child I don't like. I feel sure she's not a fit companion for my daughter." That is not a sufficient excuse for breaking the children's friendship. Inquiries should be made where badness is suspected, and if the suspicion is proved correct-morally or socially-then only should the childish friendship be ruthlessly broken. A FRESH-AIR BABY. Cleanliness of home is just as important as cleanliness of person, and, above all, ven- tilation should be attended to. The mother and child should sleep in a room which is well aired, windows being kept open winter and summer, care being taken to keep out of draughts. Accustom the child to fresh air, and let him be "an open-air baby" as much as possible. Boiling water to which a little borax has been added will remove tea-stains. Bone knife-handles should be sand. papered and polished to remove discoloura- tion. Pearl knife-handles are cleaned with very fine salt, and polished with Â» chamois leather. The general test of fish freshness is "clear eyes and rW gills." Mackerel flesh should be firm. But the real test is your nose. Clean a grained and varnished door in this way: Remove all dirt by rubbing with a cloth slightly moistened with paraffin, then rub on lightly a very little brown boot polish, and polish with a soft cloth. A small quantity of dry mustard rubbed on the hands will remove any disagreeable I odour. I To see whether a cake is done, warm a clean skewer, and push it into the centre. If it comes out clean the cake is -done, if it looks sticky let it cook a little longer, and then try again. If vou have no baking-tin you can still bake small cakes. Put a piece of stout, greased paper on the selid oven shelf, and put the cakes on that. DRIED FRUIT ECONOMY. When using fruit, such as raisins, cur- rants, figs, and dates, for a steamed pud- ding, only half the amount will be required if the fruit is covered with water and stewed for twenty minutes. Allow to cool. Dates and figs must be chopped first, and the stones removed from the former; use the juice to mix the pudding. This spreads the flavour throughout and less milk is required. FAT FROM BONES. l Splendid fat may be extracted from bones. Buy a kunckle of beef bone and ask your butcher to crack it for you. Put it on to boil in plenty of water, and allow to simmer for as long as you like. Two or more pounds of pure fat will be the result which, when clarified, can be used for most delicate dishes. WHEN GLASS STOPPERS STICK. To get glass stoppers out of bottles and deÃ¨anterathat have not been used for somo time is oftien a trou blesome business. Hero is one way to do it. Dip a feather into paraffin oil (any other oil would do), and well moisten the neck of the bottle at the point where the stopper meets it. Now ta:o a piece of silk thread, about 2ft. in length, and pass this once round the bottle neck. Hold the bottle firmly between your knees, and, with one end of the silk in each hand, draw it quickly backwards and forwards, thus causing the silk to run round the neck of the bottle at such a pace as to generate heat. The heat will make the glass swell, and the oil will then run down between the stopper and the neck of the bottle. After a few minutes it will be an easy matter to lift out the stopper. This method has been known to work when all other means have failed. I SOME USEFUL RECIPES. A SIMPLE PUDDI-.S'G.-In cr,-d ients: Two ounces of lard, two ounces of white sugar, half a pound of flour, two teaspoonfuls of baking powder, a little essence of lemon, one egg, a little milk, and some jam. Beat lard and sugar together, then add flour, and baking powder, milk and egg. Put the jam at the bottom of a greased mould, pour the mixture in, cover with buttered paper, and steam for three hours. A CHEAP CAKE.â€”Take one pound of flour, quarter of a pound of dripping, four ounces of sugar, half a pound of currants, quarter of a pound of raisins, half a pint of milk, one teaspoonful of ammonia or bicarbonate of soda. Put flour, sugar, and fruit into a basin, beat the dripping to a cream, and mix all together with the milk. Stir the ammonia into two tablespoonfuls of milk, add to the mixture, and beat thoroughly. Put into a well-greased tin, and bake till a knitting-needle, plunged into the middle, comes out clean. FRESH HERRINGS.â€”Cook fresh herrings in this way: Wash and clean, split, take out the backbone, sprinkle the fish well with lemon-juice, lay one herring flat on a tin, put a layer of potato stuffing on top, cover with another herring prepared in the same wav as the first, and bake in a moderate I oven for half an hour. Serve with a brown sauce, with a little mustard and vinegar added to it. DANISH TRIPE.â€”The tripe should be large enough to fold into a pasty. Make a stuffing with breadcrum bs, onions, sage, pepper, salt, and a little lemon-rind chopped fine. Put a thick layer of this forcemeat on half the tripe, then fold the other half over. Sew the edges to keep in the stuffing. Place the roll on a greased baking tin, and put one or two slices of fat bacon on the top. Bake for two hours, basting frequently. When done arrange the roll on a hot dish, divide it into inch slices, still keeping the shape. Pour some good brown gravy over, and serve. Tripe when sold is never cooked enough to use for any recipes of which it is the chief ingredient; it will be necessary therefore, to give tripe additional cooking for this dish. SHEPHERD'S PIE.-Boil two pounds of j floury potatoes Beat them up with two wineglasafuls of boiling hot milk until light; add a lump of butter as large as a Brazil nut. Hive ready a poiwd of cold meat, passed twice through a mincing machine. Grease a piedish, season the meat to taste, sprinkle over a heaped teaspoonful of onion and the same quantity of minced parsley Pour in a gill of stock or gravy; cover with the mashed potato; press it with the back of a fork; sprinkle thickly with fried bread. crumbs, and bake in a moderate oven.
â– â€”iâ€”â€” lOUR CHILDREN'S CORNER. I UNCLE BEN'S GOOSE. l Uncle Ben fed the hens, turkeys, and geese. When he scattered the corn it was -a sight to see them run and peck and eat it. Among them was a great white goose. She grew to be very fond of Uncle Ben. When all the other fowls were fed they went off, but Mistress Goosey stayed. She followed Uncle Ben just like a dog. When he put the horse to the cart she stood by If he stopped, she did. She had na little ones, or it would have been pretty to see her teach all her family to love old Uncle Ben. I MR. ROOSTER AND MR. FÃœX. One day, Grab, the dog, and Mr. Rooster had a quarrel, and Mr. Rooster said he would never speak to Grab again. So he 'went through the hedge in a huff and 'strutted into the wood. And while he was wandering about in the wood he saw Mr. Fox slinking along; so he flew up on to a branch, hoping that Mr. Fox would not see him, and would pass on. Now, Mr. Fox did see Mr. Rooster, and wanted him very much for his dinner. So he sat down at the foot of the tree to wait till Mr. Rooster should come down. At last Mr. Rooster wished to go home, for he was very hungry; so he stood up and shouted Cockvleervlaw" at the pitch of his voice to bring help. Mr. Fox put his head on one side and said, "I do believe I heard Mr. Rooster crowing. far away in the distance." Then he pretended that he had found some fine corn, and he smacked his lips and said, "What a pity Mr. Rooster is so far away If he were here I am sure he would like seme of this corn." Now, when Mr. Rooster heard Mr. Fox saying that, his mouth began to water, and he felt that he would have to fly down and get some of the corn, for he was very hungry. But he was dreadfully afraid of Mr. Fox, so he held on to the branch as hard as -'he could and shouted Cockyleerylaw" again to bring help. Then Mr. Fox pretended that he had found some slugs, and he smacked his lips and said: "Oh, dear, these are the most deMcious slugg II ever tasted. If Mr. Rooster would stop crowing and wasting his time in the farmyard and come into the- wood and pay me a visit, he would have the greatest treat he ever had in his life." And when Mr. Rooster heard Mr. Fox smacking his lips and saying that, his mouth watered so much that he felt he could not stay any longer on the branch, but must By down to help Mr. Fox with the slugs. But just at that moment there was a yelp and a snarl, and Grab, the dog, sprang out on Mr. Fox and drove him off. And Mr. Rooster and Grab were the best of friends ever after. I THE GREAT EXPLORER. Donald said he was going to be a great explorer, and everybody se thought so, too. When he was quite little he explored the parlour cupboard, and came out of it covered with jam and glory. For he had killed a mouse, but in doing so had upset 3. pot of jam. all over himself. But one day, when he was seven, and so nearly a man, he said to his .sister Edith that he was going to explore the river. She thought it a splendid idea, and she went, too. They marched up the side of the river for a long way, and at last Edith shouted, "Oh, look, Donald, at that shiny thing over there on the other bank! What can it be?" "I know what it is," said Donald; "it is gold or diamonds or. something, and I am going to get it." He soon found a tree that had fallen right across the river, and he at once began to climb along it. Edith followed him, but she was afraid, and at last she stopped right in the middle and said .-he could not go any farther. "Very well," said Donald; "wait till I have got the gold, and then I will come- and help you." Then he jumped down on the other bank. But as he did so the tree shook so much that Edith fell off into the water. Donald ran on to a rock that jutted out into the stream, and caught her as she floated past; but in- stead of helping her out he was dragged into the water himself, and away they both floated splashing and spluttering. By good luck a lady heard and saw them, and she lay down on an overhanging tree, and caught Edith's dress as she floated underneath it. She missed Donald, and he was carried away and sank, and both the lady and Edith thought he must be drowned. But when Donald sank his feet touched the bottom, so he just gave a great big jump, and up he bobbed again. And as his head popped out of the water, there beside him was a branch hanging down. So he at onoa caught hold of it. and pulled himself out of the water, and climbed on to the bank. The lady took them home, and they were put to bed at once. Of course, next day they were both quite well, and Donald went again to get his treasure. But when he found it, it was not gold nor diamonds, but only a piece of an old bottle that had been shining in the sun. THE ROCKING CHAIR. Tony was very fond of reading, and his big brother Jack was very fond of sport. So when Jack was playing in the garden or looking for adventures in the fields or by the river, Tony stayed in the schoolroom and read adventures in his book. At such times Tony had the room to himself, for his sisters always did whatever Jack told them to do. So Tony could sit in the chair he liked best, and that was the rocking chair. He had sat in it so often that he knew all about it, and he and the rocking chair were the best of friends. He could rock it in a most wonder- ful way, swinging back till he was almost standing on his head, then swinging forward again just in time to keep the chair from toppling over. Now, one very wet day Jack and the girla could not go out, but had to stay in the schoolroom beside Tony. They tried several kinds of games, and very soen got tired of them. And all the time Tony went on read- ing his book and swinging in the rocking chair. And the more exciting the story be- came the more wildly Tony rocked, till Jack and the girls could not help watching him. Then Jack wanted to rock, too, because be felt sure he could do much better than Tony as he was much older. So ie told Tony to get off as he wanted the chair, and when Tonv would not he shoved him off and sat in it' himself. At first Tony croo and fought, but after a little he smiled to him- self and went over to the window seat and waited. Jack pretended that he had a splendid idea for a new game that he wanted to ex- plain to the girls, but he really wished to Ishow them how cleverly he could rock the chair. So he put his hands behind hia head and began to rock slowly, looking all the time as if he were thinking very hard. Now, either Jack did not know the chair well enough or the chair did not know < Jack, for he had hardly begun to rock it when it tumbled right back, sending him flying heels over head on to the floor. There was a great big bump on his head when he rose, and he had to go off at once and run the cold water tap on it. Tony smiled to himself, and then he picked up the chair and began to rock it again. And after that Jack never took the rocking chair from Tony again.