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- The Road to Love






FOR MATRON AND MAID. ASK YOURSELF. "Why am I not popular?" asks the girl who craves a good time. It is folly to grow em- bittered and talk about "money being all that counts" and the "shallowness of society's fav- our." Such excuses might hold good if you didn't know girls without a ray of looks or two pennies to rub together who never lack friends a.nd invitations. Answer your "Why" truthfully, and you gen- erally find yourself to blame. The girl who is ) spiteful or insincere, who is sugary sweet to face and vinegarish or worse when out of range, the girl who is only agreeable when she feels inclined, or who can only be pleasant when there is something to gain; the girl who is so inter- ested in herself that others' interests are neg- lected the girl who works people and gets rid of them when no longer useful; the lazy girl, the faraway, dreamy girl, who talks with wan- dering eye; the snubby or superior or the af- fected girl, one and all need seek no further for the secret of unpopularity. HAPPINESS IS SUNSHINE. Happiness radiates goodwill and sunshine. The men and women whose eyes see only the grey commonplaces of life's daily struggle fail in their duty to the world and themselves. Happiness helps, pessimism hinders. Love beauty, and it can be discovered in many forms; this will bring happiness. FANCY WORK. When embroidering, golden brown and bright yellow silk should appear on a brown back- ground on a dull blue cloth, work is effective in different blues, with a note of brilliant orange. A line of .black here and there looks well, and the introduction of different stitches at certain points of a design will help it considerably. GET REFRESHED When lying in bed bo careful that the ear lobe lies flat and is not doubled under the weight of the head. Much mischief to the beauty of the cars of cnildren is caused by carelessness in this respect. When you lie down, relax every muscle; let the bed support you, don't try to support the bed if you wish to be refreshed and'ready for the next day's duties. These are but simple little habits some easily contract in sleep or half wakeful hours, which do more harm to health than they are sometimes aware. EVERYDAY POINTS. There is no general rule as to what the busi- ness world does for a woman. With each there is a different result. Some girls are not so sus- ceptible to environment as others, or affected deeply by companionships. But there are rules that apoly in all phases cf a woman's life, and they certainly hold good in the world of commerce, as a girl must meet it. Pleasant looks and speech, an alert, intel- ligent manner, a certain reserve, an avoidness of slang, an appropriate style of dressing—all these are important. If lacking, they should be cultivated. THE HUMAN MEED. Selfishness is one of the ugliest components of character. To live with an utterly selfish person is the greatest of hardships, unless one wishes to be constantly embroiled in a. series of family quarrels. No one has practically any rights which the selfish person will regard. "Bethink thee of thy deeds," says an old writer, and it is wise counsel. Say to your- self, "Now, how should I feel if I saw some- one else doing that?" and you will get a pretty fair estimate of what the world is thinking of you. You may be surprised by what you find .out about yourself in this way, and you may not be pleased, but it will certainly help you if you are determined to kill the selfishness that is too prone to run rampant in everyone's na- ture. LITTLE DUTIES. The wise mother gives to each of her children a definite duty about the house, and then holds liiin responsible for it. Children enjoy their play-time much more, and have much more re- spect for property if they early learn from ex- perience how quickly it can be damaged and what untiring care is necessary to keep things in order. Boys as well as girls should have their share in household tasks. For its own sake, as well as for the sake of an orderly and livable house, a child's rela- tions to that house should be early defined, and the parents should see to it that this relation is kindly but firmly maintained. WHERE FASHION REIGNS. Wide ribbons are again used for lacing up smart shoes. Silk and wool fishnet is one of the new mix. tures for up-to-date guimpes. Irish crochet gives place to no other as the ideal decoration for summer gowns. Fringe belongs to millinery as well as to frocks for trimming. The separate coat is to be far more import- ant this summer than for several years. Crepe weaves are growing in favour. Wools and silks as well as cottons and lisle threads have adopted them. Though not what are known as pastel shades, most of the summer colouring is in soft tints. Silk-covered cord is a special trimming that makes a gown look individual. Many topcoats of silk have only three quarter sleeves. Overdresses of coloured silk and net belong to lacy mid-summer gowns. One cf Alice blue net had wide borders of taffeta silk. The net also showed medallions of the silk worked around with the creamy shade of the under gown. Long silk sashes to match in colouring the top coat is effective and smart, especially with a simple dress. Pockets, many of them dummy ones, belong to tailor-made suits. Wistaria ottoman silks made up for a young matron is to be worn with a. very large black hat. Cream-tinted half-sleeves and yoke belonging to this gown were worked with fine wisteria, blue embroidery silk. TWO PARTIES TO A CONTRACT. When a woman marries she expects much of her husband. She constructs obligations which he must faithfully fulfil in order to be consid- ered a model husband. She expects him to con- tinue the loverlike attentions, even when she has dropped into little careless ways of dress. She demands that he shall entertain her as he once did, forgetting that in those days she was putting down her best foot forward, while later she allows excuses of smaller or greater im- portance to account for her insufferable dull- ness. A woman should regard as a duty of no small sort her own mental development. If she has children, it is certain that she will need to grow and enlarge her horizon to be a guide for them. If she has no children, she has even greater need for growth, for she must supply the entertain- ment and interest which children afford. HINTS FOR THE HOME. A tablespoonful of turpentine boiled with clothes helps to whiten them. Boiling water will remove tea and many fruit steins. Pour through the stain as soon as pos- sible. Clean flat-irons by rubbing bees-wax over the bottom while hot, then rub off with a, clean cloth. Many laundresses wash them thoroughly once a week before heating. To clean pale green Wilton carpet, dip clean piece of flannel or rag into turpentine, and rub carpet, then again with chamois leather. It will make the carpet look like new and will not hurt the most delicate shades. Afternoon Tea. Delicacies.—Cocoanut cakes: v lb. desiccated cocoanut. one small tin of beat condensed milk. Well mix cocoanut into the milk, place a teaspooaful into the pat-ty tins, and bake fifteen minutes a light brown. Theae are delicious and easily made. When washing new prints to prevent the col- our running, soak first in cold water, to every gallon of which has been added a handful of salt. Wash in tepid lather; give at least two soapy waters, squeeze and rub gently with the hands. Do not rub soap on them, rinse first in tepid, then cold water. To every gallon of .cold water add a teaspoonful of ammonia or salt. To Improve Appearance of Table Linen.—Af- ter washing and boiling, add to rinsing WMel- a few drops of blue mix in a bowl a large handful of starch with cold water, when smooth mix well with rinsing water. Dip in the linen, rinse carefully. Wring, but only dry slightly, mangle as wet as possible; hang before fir? cr in sun till almost dry, then iron. The things will look like new. New earthenware dishes should always be boiled before they arc used. Place a large fish- kettle or a big pan on the fire; fill it with cold water, and place the waje at the bottom, takIng- care that the water completely covers it. Let the water come to the boil slowly, and then remove the pan from the fire, and leave the dishes to cool in the water befora you take them out. This would render them much less brittle.