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THE "WOMAN'S WORLD.

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THE "WOMAN'S WORLD. NINE times out of ten (remarks a writer in ths Evening JSews) the woman who nags is tired. Ona time out of ten she is hateful. Times out of mind her husband is to blame. The cases that come under the physician's eye are those of the women who are tired and who have been tired so long that they are suffering from some form of nervous disease. They may think they are only tired, but in fact they are ill, and it is that sort of illness in which the will is weaksned and the patients give way to annoyances that they would ignore if in a healthy condition. In such cases the woman often suffers more from her nagging than the husband or the children with whom she finds fault. She knows she does it. She does not intend to do it. She suffers in her own self- respect when she does it, and in the depths of her soul longs for something to stop it. The condition is usually brought on by broken sleep, improper food, want of some other exercise than housekeeping, and of enough out-of-door air and practical objective thinking. It is often the most unselfish and most affectionate of women who fall into this state. They are too much devoted to their families to give them- selves a bicycle, for instance, or enough of any healthy exercise and diversion, enough of afternoon aps, perhaps, or theatres and concerts. In such cases the husband is often to blame, because he gives nag for nag instead of looking straight for the fundamental cause of the trouble. There are many cases where such a woman begins by showing a longing For a little more attention, a little more tenderness, an invitation to the theatre or cosy little dinner out with her husband! The man who does not take that as a sign is foolish. He is not only foolish, but he is responsible for pretty much all that follows, and sometimes it amounts to some- thing very like criminal responsibility. THE girl whose inclination has led her to throw in her lot in favour of domestic service has a real griev- ance in this important question. Mistresses are now objecting to take servants who confess to a liking for dancing. How ridiculous! Dancing is, according to the statement, of an eminent health specialist, one of the most healthy forms of exercise that a girl can indulge in. It is good for the lungs, and it supplies that little healthy excitement that one in domestic service so needs. Further, it IMids grace to the figure -fL girl who doesn't dance rarely has a good figure. The natural inclination of girls to dance is a sign of womanly temperament; there is no exercise which is so beneficial, and there is no substitute to equal it. The mistress's plea that it makes a girl frivolous is tbsurd it is one of the brightening influences in a servant's life. A WELL-MADE covert coat is an invaluable posses- sion just now. TUSCAN straw hats, having the brim lined with straw of a contrasting hue, are new. PLAIN hem-stitched handkerchiefs, edged with lace, and having the initials or coronet embroidered in the corner, are most used. DON'T combine three or four inharmonious shades, in the effort to secure a French eft, ct. Many sins against good tuste are committed in this way. DON'T fail to shake the dust out of your skirts after wearing them, and don't forget to air your bod-ces. It is not only more cleanly, but it is wear- saving. BROKEN food ought never (observes the Sun) to be thrown away while hunger and misery are among us. It ought to be neatly done up and given away where it will do some good. Do as one woman has done for years—keep a stock of clean paper bags on hand and fill them with the food you do not want. You will find plenty of men, women, and children to taka them away and eat every scrap in them. Do you know what a bit of cooked meat means to a person who lives for days upon dry bread ? No, you cannot, because you probably eat meat three times a day and think nothing about it. You have no conception of the feeling which sends a hungry man to a waste bucket. Many, if not all, of the hotels have a regular kitchen-door following, people who carry away basket loads of broken food, perfectly good, and for which they pay a very small sum of money; Many of the board- ing-houses follow the same custom, only giving away the food instead of selling it. There is very little we throw away that would not be of use to somebody. Half-worn clothing can be cut over for children, and old-fashioned garments can be made to do service where fashion is of no account. Even the news- paper, read and carelessly thrown aside, would give pleasure to somebody who could not afford to buy it. MOST women are more or less erratic as far as their correspondence is concerned therefore they should endeavour to remember: That business letters must be concise and clear, because business people are sup- posed to be busy. That no letter is complete without the date. That letters containing directions to ser- vants and tradesmen are written in the third person. That a letter beginning "Sir" or "Madam ends Yours truly." Dear Sir and Dear Madam end Yotii-9 very truly." That letters of introduc- tion are left open when written. That elaborately- ornamented notepaper, as well as a highly-per fumed note, is vulgar. So fnr as a profession for women is concerned, w" come back at last to the fact, strange as most wc:r;e^ regard it. that women's success has been greatest along eternally feminine lines. No girl can be taught a better trade than housekeeping or sewing. Every year the price of plain sewing is higher, and dress- making climbs up into the clouds. The world is hungry three times a day, 365 days a year, and has to be fed. The whole human race is still on a hunt for a good cook, and a good place to board. "LOVE levels all is a true saying. One of our youngest and prettiest duchesses, 0 in speaking recently of her happy courting days, declares that none but the most commonplace remarks used by lovers wculd come to her lips when her gallant lover was by. "It is the same the world over in love," she saviO. A duchess and her maidservant use much the same expressions when under the influence of Master Cupid. I was happiest when the man of my choice spoke those three little words, I love you and I was just as impatient that he should say them over and over again. I'm sure I devoured quite as eagerly as my maid would all scraps of in- formation on True Love and its superstitions." JOHN RUSKIN, in answer to the question When does the education of a child begin ?" replied, At six months old it can answer smile with smile, and impatience with impatience. It can observe, enjoy, and suffer acutely, and in a measure, intelligently. Do you suppose it makes no difference to it that the order of the house is perfect and quiet, the faces of its father and mother full of peace, their soft voices familiar to its ear, and even those of strangers loving or that it is tossed from arm to arm, among hard or reckless or vain-minded persons, in the J gloom of a vicious kouse or the confusion of a gay one ?" WHITE of an egg, though excellent for cleansing the hair, tends to darken it also. Those who have blonde, light brown, auburn, or chestnut hair will do best to wash their heads with borax and warm water —an even teaspoonful of the former to a teacup of the latter. This simple wash should not be used oftener than once a month. Borax should on no account be used by those whose hair is grey or white, as it will tinge the hair yellow. A little indigo put into the rinsing water for grey hair imparts to it the most clean and beautiful appearance, and in no I way injures the hair. IN the first place, in order to talk agreeably it is requisite to have something to talk about. You can- not draw water from a well where no water is, there- fore you must cultivate your mind through reading and observation. Accustom yourself to talk about what you see and read. It is a great mistake to talk little to the members of your own family; many a one has grown taciturn from considering it not worth while to exert oneself to entertain the home people. ,j Keep yourself in touch with the questions of the Keep yourself in touch with the questions of the day to do this give a few moments to the newspaper every morning. Avoid as far as possible all unpleasant subjects, and endeavour to discover what is most inte- resting to your companions. With some persons this faculty amounts to intuition, with others it is laboriously acquired, but it invariably grows by exercise. Talk of things, and not of people gossip is not conversation. Never talk much of yourself nor your own affairs; it is in bad form, and gene- rally it bores your hearer. Avoid also unkind and censorious observations about other people, and never, if you can help it, make personal remarks, un- less they are in the nature of a delicate aud sincere compliment.

FLAX IN ENGLAND.

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