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MAY AND I.

THE STRANGE CLAIMANT; OR,…

"I LOVED ONCE."

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LADIES' COLUMN.

USEFUL HINTS.

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USEFUL HINTS. OHEAP AND NUTRITIOUS DISHES.—Bice is, in this country, greatly undervalued as an article of food. In times ot scarcity it is, however, more used. It is cheap and nourishing. With or without milk, it may be eaten for breakfast, dinner, or supper. One pound of rice boiled in a bag, until tender, will make four or five pounds of pudding, which may be seasoned with salt or sweetened with treacle er coarse sugar, or a little preserved fruit. To boil rice, first soak it for seven hours in cold water, salted. Then put the soaked rice into a saucepan of boiling water, and boil it ten minutes. Next, pour it into a cul- lender, and set it by the fire, when the grains will be separate and very large. The water in which it has been boiled, in the East Indies and in China, is called congy water, and is prescribed by medical men there as nourishing food for sick persons; such water is, in fact, rice gruel. A little salt and pppper, boiled in water, separately trom the rice, and poured when hot on a plateful 01 hot boiled rice makes it slightly savoury. Or a few slices of onion and a little butter may be added to thp above. Or a few slices of fish or meat, added to the above, and boiled. Or a little curry-powder or spice, with or without the onion. Or, on a soup-plateful of hot boiled rice, pour two lightly-boiled eggs, to which add a little cold butter, mix together, use with fish or meat, and it will be found substantial and agreeable food. Or, boiled rice, mixed with a little milk, sugar, and spice, will be found light and agreeable food either hot or cold.—CasseU's Household Ghiide. BARLEY Soup (CIMME D'OMB).—Boil half-pint of pearl barley in a quart of white stock till it is re- duced to a pulp, pass it through a hair sieve, and add to it as much well-flavoured white stock as will give a pur6e of the consistency of cream put the soup or the fire, when it boils stir into it, off the fire, the yolk of an egg beaten up with a gill of cream add h- if a pat of fresh butter, and serve with small dice of bread fried in butter. To WATERPBOOF FABRICS.—Take a pound of glue, and one of tallow bar soap, and dissolve them in five gallons of water. Bring the water to boiling point, and add slowly one and a half pounds alum. When this is all dissolved cool the liquid down to 13 degrees Fahr., and, plunging the proposed articles therein, hang them up to dry. When dry they should be washed in soft water, and dried a second time. These articles should not be used like ordinary apparel, but only during rain. Any one may thus pre- pare at little cost a serviceable cloth waterproof dress. THE latest device to add charms to beauty are slip- pers woven of fine, flexible threads of glass. When seen by gaslight, the slippers are traversed by lines of various hues, which blend and intermingle with each motion of the foot, producing a magical and beautiful effect. FRECKLES.—To remove freckles, let young ladies bathe the face with Cologne water after tea, and about ten p.m. brush Doth cheeks, the forehead, and chin with a carefully selected moustache. If this does not remove the freckles, it will, under ordinary circum- stances, cause them to be forgotten. WHATEVER position you are in, discharge its duties faithfully. To you it belongs to soothe the couch ef sickness, to minister to the wants of declining age, to diffuse around the fireside an air of cheerfulness and comfort, to watch over the cam of a household, and to arrange and control the little empire of home.

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