€oo<! Time Coming For Housewives, There is a pood timo coming for the wearied and puzz'ed housewife. And it is not i-o v«iy ;ar uil ikhtn-, v we can pin our faith to Dr. Uobert Kllio Thompson, the author of several sociological woika. He is of tho opinion that wrrnnn'a natural function is that of a homo-builder, and she is totally unfitted for the labour inokient to genorsil honpmvork. Cooking is o> c important branch of chemistry, and m the future ■ill corking will by done by men. All of tho labour incidant to housi'keeping will bo done by experts m the employ of a corpoiation, ju*t as windowa are now e'ean^d : by ngfcßts or companies specially equipped tor tho work, au<l as laundry is haud'.ed by j groat centralised concerns. In tho house of the future there will be no Fuch things as washtubs, cooking rnngPß, honteig, staircases, or brooma. Automatic elovatora will replace the stairs, hydraulic- apparatus will supplaut the brooir.p, all cooking will be done by experts m establishments where food will be prepared for thousands at a great saving, and Buch a thii;g as the usual Monday wash will be recalled only as matter of ancient history, just as hundreds of very old ladies recall v/hon they had to make candies m fchcir own homes where electric lights are now m use. Centtalised plants will heat all our homes just aa such plants now supply electric light smd water. These domestic utility corporations will solve the servant problem, just as the great public corporations have m a way solved the labour problem. Expert service will be demanded and furnished. Each servant will be an export m noroe part of the domes ie art, and six or eight, or even ten, persons will, perform the work now assigned to a single servant. WHERE THE SYSTEM WORKS WELL. It was fully twenty years ago that I first advanced this proposition, and already I have exact information as to the success of the scheme m some centres. In Bergen, Norway, all the householders get their food from a general kitchen, and the plan is being successfully operated m Mobile, Alabama. In Paris a specially contrived dinner kettle is m general use. This kettle is made of two tin buckets separated by a thick band of felt. The French workman must have hot soup for his dinner, and with this kettle he gets ifc. Hot soup can I be sent a day's journey m one of these I kettles without losing a degree of heat, so | that the problem of transportation has been solved, As a proposition m economy the central kitchen admits of no argument. Ifc can easily be demonstrated that the waste of twenty families would support a dozen more. In the great centralised kitchen of the future there will be no such thing as waste. The food will be the very best, and all by-products now designated as watts will be utilised m a thoroughly scientific and commercially correct manner. Dyspepsia will be unknown when the central kitchen comes into general use. By means of the telephone and instant delivery service and proper table attentions the articles of food will be prepared properly m the first place, serve properly, and above all, promptly, so that the diner may have all the time necessary for the proper mastication of his food and a period of rest for digestion without giving up an more time than at present. CALL tN THE EXPERTS. Housework of the better eort requires special training. In all of the great factories of the world it has been found rnxjof3ary, m tha int^r^t of economy, to Jdivido and £üb-ilivi(ie the work so that each workman or set of workmen becomes expeit m some part of the business. The same system wiil have to be applied to housework. We must first hive us much of the wodi done aw;iy from the homos as possible. Experts ruu-jt be trained who will do s»l. of the work that must be done m toe home. far better than auy ordinary housekaepeicould do it. We must have expeit sweepers, export dusters, expeit window cleaners, expert bed makers, experb waitresses, expert child nui's«3. tsxpert scrubbers, and exports m evary othor line ot housework. All of these tnmtcomo to ns from a centra! office, and bring with thorn the touls of their trade, such as hydraulic sweepers aud dusters, scrubbing brushers. and window cleaning appliances, and take them away with them whea the necessary service has been performed. A corps ot inspeut-irs will pass upou the work when dono, and payment will be made to thicentral office. Th« geneial adoption of this plan will devata wora^n generally and solve ail o'. fche vexing problems m our homo life. It will also save us money and prolong our iivtis. Women will by brighter and better, and the food we eat will bo tho best tha'; can be procured at auy cost. Under this arrangement we will eat ler-! Ifind ea-fc better off m mind and body. We will enjoy the privacy of our homes wish all the comfort and ea?e of the best hotels. Wo will have opportunity to appreciate all that is best m our home life, and our women will develob as it) has always been intended they should develop. The time for all oE this is not far distant.
A Safety Device for Factories. An ingenious invention, if adopted throughout the country, bids fair to lessen considerably the number of accidents which tako place m many of the factories where steam power is m use, has lately been patented m Sweden, and also m Great' Britain. It is called the Automatic Safely Uncoupling Device, and is also termed, for short, the "Pi-coupling." The Pi-coupling, it is claimed, is a most effective preventive of transmission and machinery accidents. By this invention brake power can, almost instantaneously, be applied to the shafting simultaneously, with the disconnection. The Pi-coupling acts on the pawl and slot system, and reminds one very forcibly of a bicycle " freewheel." A string is m connection, with a certain relief stud m tho machinery. When found necessary to stop the transmission of power m a shop or factory this string (termed the relief string) is pulled, the relief stud, m consequence, leaves ifcs position outside a ratchet whoel and is thrown inwards, at the same time catching a tooth m another wheel. This wheel instantly stops and forces the pawls j to spring out of the grooves m a slot wheel. These pawls are mounted on a dog, which :s fastened to a loose pulley or tho driving part of the shaft, and a slot wheel is fastened to tho shaft. Immediately the relief string ie pulled, the loose f>ul:ey or driving part of i he wheel is freed from the shafc, the shaft having been driven by the pulley or the driving part of iho shaft by means of the pawls and tho slot wheel, and a tooth wln-el is tightly prised toward the slot wheel, thus bringing it to a standstill by friction, the driving pulley or parr of tha shaft having been already un-umjiled from the slot wliee 1. For this new device orders have already been booked for some of the l«rge?t factories and engineering works m England.
Bear this m mind where'er you go, i The funny part of life is, I That though your pockets empty be Your heart is light as light can be Provided thab from colds you're free, Prom coughiDg and bronchitis. Tv »j'i!:ij that blissful state endure Üb-j v.'oods' Great Peppermint Curk A Keputatiom— For nearly twenty-five years our busino-fj h.<;s boon established, and wh nave always been vory careful to sustain n good reputation. We h.-tv.> just opened oat a sp!find:(t lob o? new auu f..rhionftble ! goodi for the prt^wnt season. Out suits ?.r» "knownanywhere," because they tit so w^l' keep their shape and wear so well. We study our customers, and they appreciate our motto '"satisfaction."—Craigkead and fiKKKYMAN, The Leading Tailors and OutliotoiS. i Ladies' TAir,OßiN'a.—We are now making a speciality of this department. L-tdie-? who ftppreeiate a jroi.d fit, gnod work anii up to-'.iate noat. >\nd <Uwabio costumes, jackets, e:c, fit vory moderate price.?, are respectively invited to inspor.-t our new Autumn and Winter goods-. "Tho Ladies' Tailor' 1 magazine and fashion pk.tes from London every month. —Craighead & Bekrymjvn. Typewriters -Now that the typewriter hris coUi<3 to stay and may bo seen m practically evory business office m tho world, it behoves nil those business men who have not invested m this up-to-date office requisite to consider tho offer made by the <*. H. Carson, Cycle and Motor Works, who are n^ents for "Tho Chicago." The prictt cf this little machine, which is <7uar'intf<ed to do any work that any ina-hinewill do, is boisjj offered at £d Torm« can be arranged. 4 ° Tha Mounfc Sorners Coal Company (New Seam) remind householders that theirco.il is one of the best aud most economical on the market. Large consumers for steam purposes will also find thejcoalvery suitable to their neerls. ° For Bronchial Houghs tako Woods' Great Peppermint (Jure. Is 6d
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