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FOR MATRON AND MAID. EFFORT NOT LVCK. Whether the idea that a few people possess the secrat o.f success if- true or not, every prac- tical business woman knows that there are well- defined rules that govern success, and that the cxercise of careful judgment is more to bo relied upon than luck. At a casual glance, it often does seem that an ele- of luck enters more or less into every rucco.-«, but, on a closer examination it is found almost invariably that those who nave succeeded are men and women who have given a careful study to all business conditions that have had a direct bearing upon their own industry. They have trusted to intelligent well-directed effort rather than to luck. The element of luck coming to them largely in the shape of a favourable circumstance, they have allowed their belief in it to take the place of an intelligent mental gnsp of business con- ditions. WISE IN TIME. Some valuable inner sonso of feeling belongs to the woman who is discrcet. She realises ^that her neighbours would rather be deceived aoout her powers than outshone. Her reputation stands a better chance if she does not live up to her income nor flaunt, her superior intelli- gence. The discreet woman heeds public opinion. I She may know those opinions to be warned and despise the mental calibre of tho ho aers, but, she recognises the folly of running against what the neighbouring world deem propor. VARIOUS TYPES OF PEOPLE. If you are arranging to live in a boarding- house for a short period, or a long one, it is just as well to realise in the beginning that not all of the hoarders may be But on this account no girl need make enemies or piace herself in an attitude of criticism towards those about her. A fine sense oi humoui is in- valuable in making one's estimate of people. The gossipy old maid, the woman with an in- tellectual pose, the flirtatious widow, become in the lieht of one's laughing estimate, not people to be despised, but friends to be loved if one looks beneath the surface faults and finds capacity for good comradeship, for sym- pathy, for helpfulness. As for your landlady, don t think of her as a sort of defenceless hat-rack on which to hang your complaints. You will find that her atti- tude towards you will be influenced :argely by the way you treat her. EVERYDAY APPEARANCE. If girls could reali«3 how strongly neatness scores in the of love-as well as in the bea.uty quest—they would never take off hours when the? let themselves be bedraggled. No matter how charming a girl may Though she in her ball gown can fascinate a man almost into thinking her the "one girl" for him, she runs poor chances of holding him in his more lucid moments should he happen to know that she is a slattern at home. A man must be very young or very foolish who knowingly chooses for a wife a girl who does not care how she looks, save on special occasions. It, argues badlv for his comfort when the first glamor of the honeymoon has waned. POINTS OF FASHION. Plaid skirts and plain blouses find admirers this spring Leather belts are seen with all kinds of cos- tumes. Satin suits witb belted coats have the plain- est of skirts. Spotted net, muslin, and chiffon are favourite materials for undersleeves. Outside pockets with lapeis of velvet come on some new spring coats. Foulards and pongees will be ths leading silken frocks this season- Champagne shantung is as fashionable as it is useful for a wrap. Braid and covered buttons used together make a much approved-of decoration for loose bodices. The Louis XVI. model, turned up at the back, will be a popular hat shape. Dolly Varden hats are immense, their full crown comes sprinkled with coloured spots. Big heliotrope Bowers arc seen on turban hats of pastel blue. White mohair will be prominent when the hot days come. Pleated tailor-made skirts have wide bands of embroidery confining tie fulness just above the hem. Huge bows of ribbon come at the back of now large hats. Muslin shirt blouses with a stripe to match the costume ar" for morning wear. More coloured linings will be seen this season than for many years past. Sweaters and woolly coats for country and seaside wear are now to be of thick feather- weight polo-cloth. HINTS FOR THE HOME. A large safety pin is a very useful holder for odd buttons and loose hooks and eyes. Slip on the buttons, hooks and eyes, close the safety and you have everything handy, easily, and always in order To clean a. White Tiled Hall.—Wash the tiles with warm water, then sprinkle a small handful of silver sand over them, scrub with a brush, and dry with a soft house flannel. This will be found to whiten the tiles beautifully, and also be much cheaper than using soap. To Preserve Bool:6.-Remove all mud and 1 oil blacking by giving the boots a good wash under the tap, let them dry, then rub oz. of castor oil on them. Let the oil dry in and they will be soft and waterproof This will also prevent them from cracking and they will polish as before. For a black crinoline hat- that has become limp and out of shape, damp a, clean cloth, put this over the under-side of brim, and press with a hot iron. If the crown is out of shape, the wet cloth and hot iron pressed round inside will soon put it right. Usually this treatment stiffens the shape sufficiently. Should it. still be too limp, it may be brushed over with ink with a little gum in it. When dry it will be quite stiff. CAKES AND PUDDINGS.—No. 21. Tho recipe below gives a nice plain Ginger- bread, which is most suitable for the children. PLAIN GINGERBREAD. 1 packet of Cakeoma. Half a teaspoonful of Ground Ginger. Half a teaspoonful of Mixed Spice. 2 ozs. of Lard. 3 tablespoonsful of Syrup. 1 toacupful of Milk. METHOD. Mix the Cakeoma, Ginger, and Spice to- gether, and rub in the lard quite fin; add the milk and syrup, (warm), and well mix..bake it in a rather cool oven. A Rich Gingerbread recipe next week. Cakeoma is sold only in 3d. packets by Grocers and Stores everywhere. 1