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MINIE; THE MISEK'S DAUGHTER.

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I LADIES' COLUMN.

USEFUL HINTS.

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USEFUL HINTS. GEORGE ELIOT says that girls are delicate vessels in which is borne onward through the ages the trea- sure df human affection;" and some unhappy Benedict adds that girls are delicate vessels which require a small fortune every season to keep them in sails. To the careful housewife, who is desirous of com- bining durability with elegance and economy in bed furniture, either chintz, or a printed or plain dimity, cannot be too highly recommended. Both these fabrics have undergone wonderful improvements of late years. The patterns in chintzes and cretonnes are of endless variety, suited to every taste, and to a residence 'n town or country. Some with designs in which colours are bright, with flowers beauti- fully painted in elegant groups, and wreaths carelessly (though with much thought) distributed on grounds of many tints and hues. The arabesque figures, sprigs, and stripes, the lutes and ribbon ties of the Louis Quinze period, all vie with each other in delightful confusion, and, last of all, are there not the beautiful neutral tones and mediaeval patterns which, with our advance in art and culture, are now so much in vogue? The linings of these materials should also be selected with due thought and care. Cretonne and sateen are handsome for the purpose, and also durable; but the old-fashioned calendered chintz, with its shining sur- face, is the least likely to soil. LIQUID CEMENT FOR FASTENING INDIA-RUBBER TO WOOD OR METAL.—A cement of this kind is framed I by dissolving one part of powdered shellac in ten times its weight of the strongest solution of ammonia I (iliquid ammonia fortiss). They form when mixed together a mass of a slimy consistence, which after three or four weeks becomes liquid. When applied to india-rubber it softens that substance, and causes it to adhere tightly to metal or wood. After it has been exposed to the air for a time the ammonia volatilises, and the cement becomes hard, and prevents the escape of both air and fluids.—CasselFs Household Guide.

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