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USEFUL HINTS. A LITTLE of everything is nothing in the main. ALAHODK BBBP,-Take a piece of rump-steak, pound it well, and, having larded it, put it into a stewpan with some lemon. Put the cover on the stewpan, and allow it to cook slowly. When the meat has given all the gravy it contains, add equal quantities of stock broth and white wine. Continue to boil it slowly, until the broth thickens; and, before serving it up, squeeze the juice of a lemon over it.—CastelVe Household Guide. RESTORATIVE SOUP FOR INTAHDS.—Take lib. of newly-killed beef or fowl, mince it very fine, add eight fluid ounces of soft or distilled water, four to six drops of pure hydrochloric acid, thirty to sixty grains of common salt, and stir well together. After three hours the whole is to be thrown on a common hair sieve, and the fluid allowed to pass through with slight pressure. On the flesh residue in the sieve pour slowly 2oz. of distilled water, and let it run through while squeezing the meat; there will fce lOoz. of ex- tract of meat, of which a wineglassful may be taken at pleasure. It must not be warmed to a greater extent than putting a bottle filled partially with it to stand in hot water. If the flavour be disagreeable, a wine- glassful of claret may be added to a teacupful. PLUM CAKE.—Jib. flour, lIb, butter, lIb. sugar, llb. currants, raisins, or a mixture of both, two- eggs, bod loz. of candied peel, half a gill of milk, two teaspoon- fuls of baking powder, and a.pinch ef salt. Stir the salt and baking powder into the flour, rub in the butter, which should be previously cut up small, then mix well the sugar, the currants cleaned, the raisins stoned, the peel chopped small. Stir in the eggs beaten up, and add sufficient milk to mix the cafe;1 butter a cake mould, and bake about an hour in a moderate oven. PROBABLY you have to work for your own living. Never be ashamed of it, if such be the case. Industry is not only a duty, but a privilege, and promotes the serenest happiness on earth; it is an honourable grace given as the means of acquiring the best wealth, and is imposed upon our race to develop the noblest energies and insure the highest reward. The idle, vain, careless girl has cause for shame but the girl who works for her bread, who, by her industry, helps to keep things comfortable at home, has a dignity added to her character which the most accomplished and best-dressed lady may look for in vain. THE great law of nature ordains that man shall supply the raw material for his dinner, and that his wife shall cook it. If there were a law passed re- quiring every woman to exhibit proofs of her ability to do good plain cooking before she could be permitted to marry, it would be greatly for the benefit of the human family, and the supply of good cooks would always equal the demand. AGREEABLE DISINFECTA.NT.-In order to purify the air of an apartment, pour some sulphuric acid on acetate of lime, when a white vapour will be disen- gaged—acetic acid-which, mixing with the air, will diffuse a grateful fragrance throughout the room. The acetate of lime is easily obtained by pouring common vinegar on powdered chalk until it ceases effervescing. CHILDREN'S PLAYTHINGS.—Playthings that children make for themselves are a great deal better than those which are bought for them. They employ them a much longer time, they exercise ingenuity, and they really please them more. A little girl had better fashion her cups and saucers of acorns than to have a set of earthen ones supplied. A boy takes ten times more pleasure in a little wooden cart he has pegged together than he would in a painted or gilded car- riage bought from a toy shop; and we do not believe any expensive rocking-horse ever gave so much satisfaction as we have- seen a child in the country take with a wooden plank, which he has bridled and placed on four sticks. There is a peculiar satisfaction in mventing things for one's self. No matter, though the construction be clumsy and awkward, it employs time (which is a great object in childhood), and the pleasure the invention gives is the first impulse to in- genuity and skilL For this reason, the making of little boats, and mechanical toys, should not be dis- couraged and when any difficulty occurs above the powers of a child, assistance should be cheerfully given.


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