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Cheap Turkish Baths

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"During the winter I do not have the enthusiasm about bathing that I do the very first warm spring day," said a gir to a friend of hers one pleasant day "and then the batha cost so much." 'Yes, I have learned that to my sor row. The bath itself is always one dol lar, a bit of cracker and a taste of wine is half as mnch more, and then my banga are straight when I am through, but have solved the problem now." "How? So it won't cost so much? Oh do teil usall." "Oh, 1 have rigged up a Turkish bath which only costs a cent an hour." "Por goodness sake where? I though you lived in a flat." "I have it in my room where I can sil and steam away all day, if I choose, with out distnrbance." "But doesn't it take up lots of room?" "Oh, no, not at all." "Then just sit down and teil us al about it." "1 took a low seated, high backed grandfather's chair, which mother hao bairished from the parlor, because you know every one has one now, and nailed narrow strips of wood in such a manner as to f orm a canopy-like top to it. Then, you know, like every one else, I had eeveral old mackintoshes or gossamers in the old clothes closet, which from having sprung a leak about the shoulder or like cause had been thrown aside. HOW SH35 MANARES. "Cutting out the best parts of these, 1 bound the edges of several pieces I had fitted to the frame with tape, and in the corners and at intervals along the edges made strong button holes and fastened the whole by means of these to nail heads I had left projecting about onehalf indi from the framework: These pieces can be buttoned on and taken off in a few moments. Wheu on the back and sides of the chair and top, being covered squarely and neatly, look like a high box. In front another piece falls down to the seat, with a small piece like a little window cut out of the middle to breathe through. "This being finished, you want a small foot tub placed in front of the chair and filled, when you are ready to use it, with hot water. "I think every one should have in her room a one burner oil stove or a small gas stove, by means of which one may have water that is not only hot, but boiling, at wilL "Place such a one on a chair at hand, with a pan of hot water with which to keep that in the foot tub replenished. If you have not a shower bath, have ready cold water for a lightning sponge bath. Place a linen rag in a saucer and pour on it a teaspoonful of alcohol and set beneath the chair." "Oh, yes; I tried that once when I had a bad cold coming on and I nearly roasted myself." "Oh, but if you just tack a piece of cardboard on the front of the chair, just wide enough to protect the limbs from the blaze and have the seat of wood, or else well padded, you will have no trouble. "It is a bother to get all these things together, but once having done so it is best to put them away in such a manner as to be easily accessible. "Notice how all evidence of it may be disposed of af terward. The pieces buttoned on to the nail heads may be taken off in a moment, the steam wiped off the waterproof surface, and they may be aired at the window while you are picking up the other things. IT TAKES UP LITTLE ROOM. ■'When emptied the tub must be thoroughly dried over the register, the bath towels and wraps put away. A neat drapery of muslin or heavier stuff may be aixanged like a canopy about the chair, and a dainty cushion and valance will conceal the tub in which the folded pieces of mackintosh are laid, and the whole may be stowed away beneath the chair. " It is obvious that if the chair is not avaüable & simple frainetfork could be made up by a carpenter at low cost, or a bright girl with a large bedroom or bathroom at command could utilize two packing boxes f or the same purpose with better effect, if any, than the chair bath, although the almost hopeless ugliness of two packing boxes is a drawback. "And now for the bath. "You disrobe as usual, and lifting up the curtain with the little window in it, step into the warm footbath and sit down in the chair. Tuck the quilted laprobe abont your knees, let down the curtain and put one hand out and drop a lighted match into the teaspoonf ui of alcohol in the saucer. "Draw your hand in and close every crevice to keep the hot air in. If you can stand it put more of the alcohol in the saneer at intervals, but don't try more than one teaspoonful at once. The hot, dry air at first makes you feel faint, bat when the pezspiration breaks out yon can just sit and sizzle in comfort. After fifteen mirmtes I generally take the bath mitten and plenty of soap and water and sernb off the perspiraüon. "Then I bnrn another teaspoonful of alcohol, and when I get weü warmed np in the hot air I take a quick bath in cold water, into which I have put a preparation of gnm benzoin, then with a quick rabbing with a coarse towel I jnmp into my bath blanketand into bed for a nap."