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.oo-> HOME HINTS. I 9 Fresh raw meat is the best bait for mice traps. Lime-water will sweeten jars and jugs which soap and water fail to cleanse. It is admirable for cleansing milk vessels and nur- sing bottles. Rugs should not be shaken, but hung on a line in the open air and carefully beaten with a cane beater kept for the purpose. To make the hair dry and fluffy, take eau- de-Cologne one ounce, rectified spirits of wine two ounces, powdered carbonatc of soda half an, oi'.isce, water six ounces. Rub this lotion well into the scalp. Scraps of cream cheese may be made useful by mixing them with butter and mUK or a little cream. This should be spread on thin, waferlike crackers, made into sandwiches itn. served with salad. An umbrella should not be opened out to dry, as the stretchers are apt to warp in the bent form, giving an unsightly appearance when the umbrella is closed. The silk should be left to drain with the handle downwards, nd gently wiped with an old silk handker- chief. If you want to renovate a black chip hat, take a little salad oil and a fine brush. With a clothes brush remove all dust, and then 11 pply a little oil all over the hat, brushing it in well. Next rub the straw with a piece of black material, and the hat will be nearly equal to new at the cost of about a penny. | ———— Parisian French Beans.—This is a most popular vegetable course, and greatly appre- ciated by vegetarians. Take one pound of shredded and cooked French beans. Melt I half an ounce of butter in a stewpan, add two minced shallots, a tablespoonful of chopped parsley, and a few chives. Put in the beans, sssason with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss the whole over a clear fire till the beans are thoroughly hot. Garnish with croutons and serve. I To take a spot from light cloth put some ,flour into the oven, and when thoroughly hot (but not discoloured) rub it on the soiled part, using a piece of clean flannel for the purpose, When the flour is discoloured, brush it off and apply fresh. Two or three applications may be necessary. Carrot Soup.—Boil some carrots, drain and mash through a colander. Add them to a tablespoonful of butter, which has been cooked with a tablespoonful of arrowroot or flour. Add a pint or more of hot stock, half a teaspoonful of salt, and a blade of mace. Finally, add one egg, beaten slightly, and a cupful of hot milk. The curative effects of salt have never been known as they should be. Sore and inflamed eyes are relieved by bathing with salt water. Sore throat yields to a gargle of the same. The most obstmate cases of constipation can be absolutely cured by the persistent use of half a teaspoonful of salt in a glass of water taken just before going to bed, or the first I thing in the morning. Baths of salt and cold water will rouse a sluggish skin to action, and will cure cold feet. Salt used occasionally as a dentifrice keeps the teeth free from tartar. Salt and water used on the hair now and then stops its coming out. To clean wall paper use the bread that has stood in a dry place for nearly a week. As soon as the surface is soiled cut it off. Wipe lightly down the paper; about half a yard at each stroke, until the upper part of the paper | is completed all round. Then go round again, I commencing each successive stroke a little higher than where the upper stroke finished, till all is done. higher than where the upper stroke finished, till all is done. A household economic authority says: "In caring for linoleum do not use soapsuds as for scrubbing a floor. It stands to reason j that soap is going to injure the varnish and the finish. On a farm where there is plenty of milk, a cloth wrung out of skim milk is the j best means of taking up the dust and brightening the linoleum. Where milk is scarce, or needed for food, use luke-warm vater, to which has been added half a cupful of kerosene oil or some good furniture polish. Wring the cloth rather dry from this, and go cvei the linoleum after sweeping, and it will be quite new and bright, and the finish un- injured." Chocolate Cream.—Take half a cupful of sngar, one pint of milk, a pint of cream, half an ounce of gelatine, two ounces of chocolate, a teaspoonful of vanilla, and half a cupful of water. Allow the gelatine to soak .until dis- solved. Whip the cream and grate the choco- late. Boil the milk and stir into it the choco- late and gelatine, stirring until the latter is thoroughly dissolved if it is not so already, c Take from the fire, add the sugar and vanilla, and when it begins to cool and thicken, add the whipped cream. Stir until thorougiuy mixed, then turn into a mould and put away to, cool. j To promote childrexi!s appetites there is o j better plan than to give them plenty of out- door exercise, fun, and frolic; make them I regular in their habits, and feed them only on plain, nourishing food, and the ywill seldom, if ever, complain of a lack of appetite. Never, however, keep them overtasked in school, or ¡ confine them closely to the house after school ¡ hours. If children are fed upon rich or highly-seasoned foods, nuts, etc., or allowed to eat between meals, it is hopeless to expect them to have an appetite for their propof meals. Don't allow them to study too much, and especially keep them from reading the I "penny dreadful." Sickness is the most ex- pensive nuisance in the world, and although there may be cases when it makes people or children better, it generally makes them sel- fish, sad, and misanthropical, mean, and miserable. The best way to make children happy and good is to keep them well. The following will make a good tincture for a shiny skin: Take one ounce of distilled water, eight minims of distilled tincture of 'rrsnder, and two grains of sulphate of zinc. Mix well together and apply four times a .l