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I J HOME HINTS. Shabby oak furniture should be brushed over with warm beer, and when thoroughly j dry polished with bees-wax and turpentine. i — I Should the knob come off the lid of a pan or kettle, a screw should be slipped through the i hole with the head to the inside of the lid, I and a cork 1 screwed on the protruding end. This will make a knob that will not get hot, and that can be removed when it is dirty. To wash fine lace or linen, take a gallon of furze blossoms, and burn their., to ashes, then boil them in six quarts of soft water. This,, when fine, use in washing with suds, as occa- sion requires, and the linen, etc., will not only be exceedingly white, but also only half the soap is needed and there is little trouble.. When baking a custard put the dish con- taining it in a larger dish nearly full of water. Then, when the custard is half cooked, m little castor-sugar should be sifted over it. It will be found that this process helps to brown the custard nicely, while the surrounding water prevents it from cooking too fast, and, so the honeycomb appearance is avoided. Children soon learn to enjoy cleaning their teeth, and are apt to be rather over t vigorous than otherwise inattentive to duty. Always clean a young child's teeth both night and morning. n A toothbrush should! not be used, as the little gums are so tender. All that is necessary is to use a piece of eoft- linen dipped in warm water. To renovate and alter the shape of am ostrich feather, hold it over the steam of j boiling kettle, the quill will then be quite- pliable. If a straight shape is desired, s z, place the feather on a piece of stiff card- board, and to curve it, bend it round a large- jar or bottle. There is nothing more beneficial for the' eyebrows than brushing them. Get a small eyebrow brush and brush them well but gently several times a day. After washing the face at night and brushing the brows in this way, heat a little vaseline, and with a small brush apply it to the roots of the hair. This will increase the growth,of the brows and make them look glossy. If a fire has to be left unwatched for seve- ral hours, the best plan to keep it alive is to place on the top of the coal a handful of salt. This will prevent it burning quickly, also from flying on to the hearthrug. A stir with the poker afterwards will result in a nice red lire. G. WHEN DECORATING THE HOME. Women who are seeking advice on the sub- ject of house decoration may profit by the following hints. "When papering a room re- following hints. When papering a room re- member that large patterns and dark colours will make it appear smaller, while a plain or striped paper of a light hue will give an effect in increased size. Flower designs should only be used in bedrooms. For bath- rooms, kitchen, and nursery, either paint the walls or use washable paper. For reception rooms a simple moire design in silver or bronse is most effective. Quiet simplicity, indeed, should be the keynote throughout. KHEPINO YOUNG. There is commonly a gladness in the faces of young girls that is absent from the coun- tenances of young and elderly women. Often in age women regain beauty of facial expres- sion by discovering the secret of delight. There is an idea afloat Jhat people should grow more beautiful with every year that passes. It is a discredited idea, though the faster it gains ground the better chance will girls have of possessing beauty all their lives, for it is a truth. There is no reason why dis- appointment should sour us, or disenchant- ment be the general fate of womankind. MONET MATTERS AND MARRIAGE. A little common sense in discussing money matters before marriage would save a world of discomfort. A girl should know on what sum she is expected to dress and pay her little personal expenses. If she has a father, it is his place to learn what income his future son-in-law can command; how much he has in savings, and the amount of his debts. The lack of a father places this duty upon a mother's shoulders, and when a girl has no one to make such inquiries for her, she should do it herself. For unless she knows on how much she will have to manage, she cannot settle down to plan how to keep com- fortably within the bonds of the income, whatever it may be. I EVILS or TIGHT-LACING. Do not forget that a bad complexion is often due to unconscious tight-lacing. Any tightness presses upon the stomach, which cannot do its work properly, and a spotty skin is the result. Wear loose clothing so as not to impede either digestion or proper breathing. Wear a woollen garment next the skin all the year round. Sometimes a girl's complexion is blue and pasty because she habitually wears too few clothes in cold weather. Perhaps she suffers chronically from cold feet, and warm stockings and shoes in such cases are more effective measures than any toilet applications.