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THE fkmiWS t'tb:. PntL"

THE fkmiWS t'tb:. PntL"

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C'LEANIXG I'EATKEHS. The following method of cleansing feathers is recommended by a correspondent who has had occasion to preserve a largo quantity. "We will suppose that a considerable quantity of feathers has been col looted and stored for a short space of time, and the owner desires to permanently preserve them for use, that the large coarse feathers have been removed, and that, the weather s'fairly dry. Place the feathers in a large wooden tub, the shape known as a 'wash- ing^ trav' is the best, and pour over thorn a sutneient quantity of lime water to cover them -to a deptn of several inches when soaked. The lime water should bo prepared by adding quick- lime to water in the proportion of lib. to Igah, stirring, allowing it to settle until clear, and s;. phomug oft the solution. When the -feathers are thoroughly wet,, stir and knead them in the lime water, 'and leave them undisturbed for two or three days. Next pour off floating impuri- ties by tilting the tub, and drain the feathers carefully in a sieve or upon a —wire frame. 1)1,. -( j t. ;Lci-¡\2<t:dl) .o .void waster, bo-bh WQ! ,2: an'd cold, and dry upon stretchcc! nets of a nn enough to permit the fel'dhers to fall thromrh when shaken in process of drying. ion \rC,("ate heating will complete the evanoration of moisture. Feathers so treated will le free from oil."