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Small Conveniences

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It is quite astonishing how much oomfort and satisfaction results from little causes. A box, bag, drawer, or basket for needies, tnread, scissors, thimble, buttons of all sizes, tape, strings, wax, etc., and a vast amount of patience, for men-folks dislike to wait while suoh articles are being hunted up. Neatly '„riinmed lamps are another convenience, though some prefer to trim them jnst before lighting, as tliey beoome dusty before evening. This can be obviated by f wisting a piece of paper tunnel-shaped, so as to cover the chimney and burner, or if durability is preferred, covers made of fancy paper with strips of gilt to cover the seams and edges are very pretty. The stocking bag or basket, with different colored balls, and different uizes of needies, can be hung under garments, and is always ready for use and not in the way. A place sacred to pens, ink, paper, envelopes, and pencils, where one can jot a thought without getting riled in spuit losking for material, thereby becoming debtor to our fellowman for defrauding him of the useful idea that circumstances evolved for his benefit, come under this heading. Book shelves are another really sensible article, and if never so cheap are an ornament. Any storekeeper would reserve for you the pioces upon whioh cloth is wound, for the shelves; a piece of strong frsvine fllled with spools will complete it. Stand the books edgeways, so that the titles can be read without needless handling. Lamp-lighters save the disagreeable amell of matches; an oíd basin with a mop or brush for stove-blacking; a can or jug, with scissors, rags ana kerosene, for lamp-trimming, are convenient and essential. Save everything. No matter if it is old-fasnioned, or you are tired of it. Lay it away, and in a year or two it will seem fresh and do a good service in another form, and save a few pennies, whinh piit witli other little savins will buy a nice book or pay the subscription for some desirable publication. I do not mean the inconvertible odds and ends that accumluate in a house, and flll it up needlessly, as some are, merely because they possess a passion for saving all things, but only suoh as taste and judgment can convert into useful and ornamental articles.- Maine Farmer.


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Michigan Argus