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Household Economy

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To Remove Tan. - Lemon juice used freely upon the face at niglit, and perniitted to dry there, will be found, after a few applications, to remove tan from the features, thongh we consider ii a matter of little importance. Some ladiesare sensitivo about the matter of tan, but men shonld never be; it is becoming to tliem. To Destroy Vkumin. - Crotón bugs and red auts can be driven off by sprinkling the floor with pnlverized borax, and leavíng a place for them to get out ; to kill them mix bornx with sugar, so they will eat it. For ants or other vermin, wash the shelves with a strong solution of borax; then sprinkle the same with borax mixed with sugar. When whitewnshing your room, add a tablo-spoonful of pulverized borax to oiu'h pailful of lime. Woolbn Oloths. - When woolensare worn threadbare, as is often the case in the elbows, cuffs, sleeves, etc, of men's coats, the coats must be soaked in cold water for half an hour; then take out Of the water and put on a board, and the threadbare parts of the cloth rubbed with a half-worn hatter's "eard," filled with floeks, or with a prickly thistle, until a sumeient nap is raised. When this is done, hang the coat up to dry. and, with a hard brush, lay tlie nap the right wuy. Condiments. - It is enough that food should contain alimentary principies in proper quantity; to render it really nutritious there must also be a supply of condiments. These may be eompared to oil in a maeliine, which neither niakes good the waste of material nor supplies motive power, yet causes it to work easier and botter, rendering essential service in the process of nutrition, though they are not of themselves able to prevent waste of anv part of the body. Beefsteak, Madrid Style. - Take a iñece of mmp ste,ak about three-quarters of an inch tiiick. Trim it neatly and beat it with the cntlet-bat, sprinkle it itüh pepper, dip it in oil, and broil it over a olear tire. Turn it after it has been on the fire a minute or two, and keejj tuniing ittilldone; eighf, or ten minutes will do it. Sprinkle it with alt. and serve with a small quantity of fiuely-ininced pursley and a frioce of butter mixed together, and place over or under the steak. Garnish with fried potatoes. Importakck of Airing Beds. - The desireof anenergetic housokeeper tohave lier work completcd at an early hour in the morning canses her to lenvo one of the most important items of neatness i done. The most eiïectu.U purifying of bed and bed-clothes cannot take place : if no time is allowedfor the free i bion of pure air to remove all human i impurities which have collected during ' the hours of slumber. At least two or i threo hours should be allowed for the ] complete removal of atoms of insensible perspiration whioh are absorbed tij the ! bed. Eyery day this airing should bc done, and, occasionally, bedding constantly used shculd be carried into the open air, and, when practicable, left exposed to the sun and wind for half a day. Beef Tea. - Take one pound of lean beef, free of fat and separated from the bone, and reduce it to the finely-chopped state in which it is used for 'beef sausages; uniformly mix with its own weight in water, slowly heated to boiling, and the liquid, after boiling briskly for a minute or two, is to be strained through a towel from the coagulated albumen and the tibrine, now becomc hard and horny. ïhus is obtained an equal weight of the most aromatic soup, of such strength as cannot be obtained even by boiling for hours from a piece of flesh. To Sügar or Crystallize PopCorn. - Put into an iron kettle one table-spoonful of buttcr, three tablespoonful.s of water, and one teacupful of white sugar ; boil until ready to candy, then throw in three quarts of corn, nicely popped; stir briskly until the candy is evenly distributed over the corn ; set the kettle from the fire and stir until it is cooled a little and yon have each grain separate and crystallizod with the sugar: care should be taken not to have too hot a fire lest yon scorch the corn when crystallizing. Nuts of any kind prepared this way are delicious.


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