The coverings imd draperies of the mantel board are coming down. The heat and dust of suinmer are to be avoided. Bare boards, sraooth wood and few ornamenta present to those assailanta of cleanliness less ground to work npon. The polished oak board is the most oonvenient and the most artistic of any. lts surfaee should be rubbed nntil it diruly reflecta tho rubber's face. Not an inch of drapery shotüd be allowed. As for ornamente, the prottiest are the white and ivorized piaster casts, which can be bongkt so reasonably and are fashionable. A panel from the Parthenon rrioze or Dc;aatello's cherubs hung tvo inch ca above tho mantel is striking and a few small pieces standing upright between photographs that are handsomely framed in leather or metal are all the decorations ueeded for a mantel during the heated season. A housekeeper will find one of tkis variety a pleasure more than a worry.