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I MOTHER AND HOME. It has been said that there are none so selfish as those in love. But love does not imakw people so selfish as does grief. Many persons in th. affliction of bereavement not only withdraw from the interests about them, but enfold themselves in such a mantle of misery that they depress all with whom they happen to come into contact. That well-known phrase, "the luxury of woe," aptly expresses the state of many per- sons of this kind. They love to nurse their sorrows, to luxuriate in them, and parade them for the sympathy of their friends. "I remember the case of two young and well- to-do married people who lost an only child" (says an observer of human affairs). "It was a terrible blow, of course, but the bereaved parents took it so much to heart that for months they lived in deep seclusion in the country, refusing to be comforted. Ultimately both came to the verge of nervous collapse, and were compelled to take part once more in the active interests of life, in which they might long before have found solace for their trouble." DON'T "NAG." I It would be a happy thing if every woman would recognise that no household reform has been or ever will be accomplished by irritable nagging. The woman who indulges in it is to be pitied, not only because of the wrong course she is following, but because of the injustice to herself. It is very trying sometimes to have to manage domestic finance on a small income; it is sometimes bewildering to have to think out the best for several growing children; but if such trials were only borne with a little grace and wisdom, both the mother and all who are in a measure dependent upon her influ- ence would be much happier. The day of the average housewife is well peppered with small worries, but continually railing every- one within reach will never lessen them. Most of the daily mishaps are due to mis- management, and the only remedy is to do things another way. WHAT Hon SHOULD BE. Think out any improvements in quiet moments, preferably evening, and tell your plans to the people concerned. There is many a wife and mother completely spoiling the effect of really heroic self-sacrifice by continually jarring upon the very people for whom she is striving; and instead of win- ning love and respect, she is just being borne as something approaching a necessary evil. It is a dreadful thing for a child to have a mother who is always nagging, especially if the child is at all sensitive. A nagging woman spoils every pleasure, and creates an atmosphere of discomfort in what should be a haven of rest—the home. WIVES SHOULD NOTE. Discoursing on the management of hus- bands an old and experienoed matron re- marked: "When a husband is fond of his home, his faults cannot be very serious, and J the wise wife will be very lenient with them. Probably they will amount to no more than a general untidiness and a disposition to smoke in the house. How much better it is to treat these offences indulgently than to undermine his affection for the fireside by .constant fault finding? Smoking has its drawbacks, but it has a soothing effect on the masculine mind-and that is an impor- tant point, far more important than the cleanliness of the window curtains. As for his other faults and failings, these may be cured by wifely influence gently exerted; but be prepared to endure them all rather 11't b P-Par4 seeking his enjoyment outside th k h his home." SENSIBLE GIRLS. I A sensible girl will not be content merely to look pretty. She will realise that, if to rosy cheeks and sparkling eyes she can add a cultured brain, she will be doubly armed. In these twentieth-century days tl-is weapon is easy to procure. Her early education may have been sadly neglected; but, if she has learned to read intelligently, the battle is easy. With the multiplicity of books there is no reason why she should not follow out a course of systematic reading, which will wonderfully develop the dullest understand- ing. If, in addition, she can learn when to talk and when to listen, so much the better. Humanity is easily flattered, and there is no form of flattery so subtle as deference to the words of others. I FOR A CHILD'S PARTY. I Even in these days, when "economy" i. the word most used in connection with the home, a good mother feels that she cannot let Johnny or Maudie go without the usual birthday party, to which all his or her little friends and playmates are invited. The wise mother who gives her child a party will do well to remember that early hours are always best for such entertainments. She will arrange a definite programme for the little ones' amusement, seeing that games follow one another regularly, so keeping her little guests fully amused. For older child- ren a fancy dress dance is always amusing. The dresses need nob be elaborate, and some hostesses insist that they must all be home- made, and only cotton materials used in the fashioning. Postcard parties are often great successes, the hostess providing her guests with packets of postcards of well-known views and objects of interest, the names of which are crossed out. A prize is given to the guest who makes the most correct list of what each view represents. YOUR HAIR IN SPRING. I In spring one's hair is inclined to fall out or become lank and lifeless. Many people do not worry about this, for they say it's natural for the hair to come out in the spring. But it is a great mistake. It is natural, indeed, for the hair always to fall out a little, but when the falling-out is ex- cessive, then it should be checked. The simplest way to do this is to apply every Week or two some strengthening lotion. The one used by the late Sir Erasmus Wilson, the great skin specialist, is as follows: Strong liq. ammon., !oz.; chloroform, ioz.; oil of sesame, !<>z.; oil of lemon, toz.; spirits of rosemary being added up to 4oz. If your hair is inclined to be very greasy, try applying a little bay rum instead. Paraffin well rubbed into the scalp with the tips of the fingers is also effective in some cases. A CHEAP FLOOR COVERING. I An excellent substitute for floor oilcloth is wall-paper, which, besides being consider- ably cheaper, will be found quite as sanitary as oilcloth, if the following instructions are adhered to. The lfoor having been previ- ously scoured, a sheet or two of strong brown paper is pasted with good thick paste to the floor and allowed to dry. When dry, this forms a good foundation for the pat- tern to be later applied, which, of course, is laid uppermost, using paste as previously. The whole now being thoroughly dry, a coat of size is applied and left to set, after which a final coat of good transparent varnish competes the process. This paper floor covering has all the advantages of Teal oil- clotn, and many be washed and polished in the ordinary way. MOVING DAY DON Vs. Don t lorget to advise the gas or electric light company that you are quitting the premises. Don't fail to take candle- with you to the new houae. The gas may not be turned on. Don't forget to order coal for the new address. No fuel means no fir9, and no fire spells discomfort. Don't forget that the windows should be the first consideration; the floors come next; then the beds should be attended to. Don't for- get that it is advisable to have fires in every room in the new house. The rooms may not be damp, but prevention is better than cure. Don't forget that the earlier the van leaves the old house the earlier it will arrive at your new address. The moral is obvious. Don't fail to take matches with you. Nothing is more annoying than to be without them.

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