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It is notxljifficult to make one's table taste ful and the dishes appetising if one takes a little pains. | A fresh, clean tablecloth costs
some < rouble and time, but it pays very well in the satisfaction one feels in sitting down to an attractjivetable. Napkins are used by almost all families who profess to keep abreast of the times] and these should be changed as
often as possible. When there is little or no help in the! house, laun.dry work becomes a burden, but! even thferi'/clean 'napkins are too much of a luxury' to'be dispensed v?itli' in well-regulatbd families. Almost all women are fond of j^ood China, 'and. yet in a great
many households there are only the most ordinary disjhes put upon the board for the use,of tlie'pfeople themselves. This is a mis take, and one that all well-to do establish
ments ought to avoid whenever it is possible. It is very unwise to bring children up to feel that every j fine and costly and "beautiful article in the house'iVfor ttle use of company and outsiders. There should be no one who is more worthy of consideration, courtesy, and the best the house affords than the parents who-by" their industry and painstaking have accumulated the means to keep up the home, or the children.who arethemostprecious of their possessions. From their earliest years
the little Ones should bo accustomed" to some of the good phings of life.;. .They oughtto be so trained that they will make a good appear ance when they go among strangers, and hot
feel such a sense of discomfort <*ihd embar
rassment that'tliey are deprived; of all plea sure and cannpt'enjoy society simply because they have gfown up regardless of; the social proprieties of life,■ and always used' to" keep ing their good .manners, where tliey keep their good china and silver, on the top shelf of the pantvy, and carefully put away out of sight, to -be; brought out only on occasions when there are strangers or guests to be entertained. 'SuBh inanriavs are like unused machinery— not at all easy to manage—and very likely to b<j so ologgeijl with ruse and dust as to be practically worthless.when,most wanted. It is due to evpry chilct'tT) "b*e"*brou (lit' up ' to
understand just what are the ordinary usages of -the social] world, and to be able to take at
leasta small part in social affairs. It "is not
-possible, for (every one to be a leader or a ^ocietXsfar, liljtifit.is in .the power of every, iiitoiligent 'plerson to cultivate the graces and . refinements iof life, and to know enough of social :usages to be able to conduct himself with credit imder.all,circumstances. There
is much more iii'it^pBiirknce than the rank and file of men and women are willing to a/hmt. Trite, they say a great deal about " the looks f)f things," but in practice they are not heeUful .of their .own words. It is incumbent pHon -every individunlto keev> a f^ir front tolthe world. Not a deceptive one or a false presence, for this is not profitable in the long! run. A well-considered, well regulated general deportment .lias'a high commercial (is well as social value. There is no reason wjiyjevery- yourig iri:n nnd woman should not have the manners of a gentleman arid gentlewbman. . It isvonly necessaiy to
stndv. a littljj. and to practice the finest-of
fine aits—kmdness,-courtesy, and a.thought ful .consideration of the- pleasure, comfort, aiid personal right's of one's fellow me".
TJ IE FOLtY-OF BEARING NEEDLESS
What is needed most for us all to do (writes Margaret E. Sangster) is to cultivate a habit of going bravely forward in what ever we have to do, never inviting peril, but if we mustj face it',.. facing it quietly and without complaint. But as there is no espe cial advantage to be gained by suffering from a surgical operation when one can just as well liavc the pain-quieted by an anesthetic, so there is !no honor that I can see in stay in" needlessly in the dark- if you do not like it.= A little' trouble taken to remove from tlie .mind of a child any cause for fear may save many a! child from the fear of the dark when the yeai;s of maturity have come ; at all events, it-!would make childhood a happier
tU11C' WOMAN'S SYMPATHY.
A man wants womanly interest 'and sym patic alwayfe.:'- Nothing gets such a hold 011 his heart, ancl keeps it so fast, as wliena woman shows him Istie thinks him and his .aflaiis matters of vitrtl importance, and is ready to be sorry when he is sorry, and to rejoice when he is1 glad. Nothing wins his love like the gentle womanliness that listens and cares The (girl who inspires in a man a desire to coriiide in her has gone further in th" direction of winning his love than she has anv idda of. So those who would be loved must jnake themselves lovable They must forget themselves.;for the sake of others, then those others wUljemember them. I hey must be true to their own manhood or womanhood.] We love and admire the noblest specimens of the race, not the most unworthy. :Let us, then cultivate those qualities that excite the love and the ad miration ofthe whole world. Then wo shall more surely be able to win the one love out of the universe that we desire to
USEFUL HLNTS FOR A BEDROOM.
People living-ia small houses, or managing on small incomes, often find wardrobes in convenient- absorbers of both space and money wlien; furnishing their bedrooms. It is perfectly easy to supply the place of this cumbersome piece of furniture at a very small cost. ,lt there is a niche" ih the room, as sometimes happens, so much the better ; if not, take a corner, or the space be tween the chimney and the wall* and have a shelf made, which must be securely fastened on; wooden slats nailed to the walls, about i seven feet from the floor. 'A frill of art chintz should edge this shelf, upon which light i articles, such as pottery, 'will make a good show. From it to the floor should hang jlohg.curtains of the same chintz, edged with a narrow frill, and hooks should be driven into the supports of the shelf to hang up the frocks, which are then kept free from dust. | This simple substitute for a wardrebe cap be made at the cost of a few shillings, j
Every bedroom should be provided with a specially arranged place where button hooks, keys,' nail-scissors, shoehorn, and all the neces sary implempnts can be hung to prevent the untidy litter) which is so apt to congregate on
the dressing-table. The following will be
found a useful hint:—Purchase a pastry rolling-pin ; jthe shape which is made equal in it thickness in all its length, and which has a small handle at each end, is the best. Cover the thick centre bar with a piece of olive-green plush, turning under the edges neatly, and few'ing the. ends, which should. Oyerl,ip^ni},ihch. A quarter of a yard will be ■required fpij this purpose. Then screw into. the rolling1 jin brass hooks such as are ised to hang cup? and jugs on a kitchen dressor. The hooks should be placed in a straight line, and be put at distances of one inch from each
other. Getja"yanl"of~ buttercup-yellow rib
bon, and tie it at each handle ; bang up by this, and place all your odds and ends on the hooks, instead of littering your dressing table.
■ : COOKERY..
Thick Oxtail Soup.—Method : Wash an oxtail, joint'it, subdividing the larger joints ; put it in warm_ water, bring it to the boil, drain, and lay in a pan with an ounce of .dripping and two ounces of ham, cut in dice, and some Sliced carrot, turnip, celery and onion, fry lightly, pour in three quarts of cold stock, skim oft' the fat, cover, and boil for about three hours or until the tail is
tender. Take out the pieces carefully, add thickening of cornflour, browning, and a tablespoonful of tomato pulp to the soup,
boil up,"-put bnck the pieces of tail, and'
Stewed Rabbit in Milk.—One very young rabbit, not nearly half grown; three-quarters of a pint ofi milk ; half -blade, of iriace ; .one teaspoonful. of flour; a little salt and cayenne. Mix the flour-very smoothly with two table spoonfuls of the-milk, and when this is well mixed add tihe'reniainder. Cut up the rabbit into joints, put-them-into a stowpari with the milk.and other ingredients, and simmer very gently until quite tender. Stir the contents from time to time to keep the milk _ smooth and prevent it from burning. Half-an-hour will be sufficient tor the cooking, of ItKis'flish"."
Stewed Macaroni.r-r-Add1 toiolie tablespoon
ful of butter mixed with one of flour, four tablespoonfuls each of stock and sweet cream, season with salt and white pepper ; add two ounces of boiled macaroni. Let it boil up,
and serve hot..
Dr. Jim's, pudding.-^Required : Half a pound of potatoes, three eggs, four ounces of sugar, two ounces of-almonds. Method.— Boil the potatoes rub them through a sieve, beat in the yolks of tho eg4's, the sugar and the almonds blanched and chopped. Lastly, add the whites of the' eggs. Bake for an hour in a buttered pie-dish. ' .. "" ""