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The Home Circle.

GOD AND THE STABS. -“A little hand on nay shoulder, A soft voice in nay ear : ‘Mummie ! The day is over, God and the stars are here. " 'Where has the bright sun gone to? Where is he put to bed ? I watched him sink, by the mountain. In his nightdress of clouds so red. 1 “ ‘God and the stars !’ I ponder. Oh, faith of a childish heart ; The peace of the Over Yonder— Shall it find in my life no part ? “When life, with its bitter burdens. Seems more than my strength can bear. I’ll think of the words of my darling, ‘God and the stars are here,.’ ” WEDDING BELLS. A wedding of interest to a wide circle took place on 4th December,. The contracting parties were Jessie R. Paterson, second daughter of Mr and Mrs T. Paterson, of Longfieid, Hokonui, and D. W. McKenzie, third son of Mr and Mrs David McKenzie, of Lady Barkley. The young couple being very popular, a packed church awaited the arrival of the drag, which conveyed the bridal party to the Hononui church. Mrs J. Broom played the Wedding March >as the bride was led to the altar by her father, followed by her two sisters. Misses Rachel I. and Elsie McC. Paterson. The bridegr®om was attended by his brother, Mr A. H. McKenzie. The Rev. A. K. Ross officiated. The service was choral. The bride looked both stately and pretty, in a handsome dress of rich ivory brocade satin, made almost plain with a slight train, a ruching of itself being the trimming round the bottom of the skirt and train. The bodice had a peaked yoke of overall lace, with a frill of accordeon-pleated chiffon. The sleeves were full to- the elbow, and the lovely large plain veil completely covered all. A shower bouquet and the usual orange blossoms gave a very fine effect. The bridesmaid. Miss Rachel Paterson, was becomingly attired in a white figured silk lustre prettily made, with a cream chiffon hat with white feathers. She also carried a shower bouqeiet. Miss Elsie looked nice in white muslin, relieved with blue. After the ceremony a reception was held in a large marquee at the residence of the bride’s parents, the guests^numbering between 60 and 70. A sumptuous breakfast, catered for by Kings! and and Co., was then partaken of, after which the usual toasts were honoured. The chairman (Rev. S A. K. Ross) proposed “The Bride and Bridegroom,’’ which was suitably responded to by the bridegroom. Mr D. Henderson, of Forest Hill, gave “The Bride’s Parents,” and Mr T. Paterson replied in his usual hearty way. Mr D. King gave “iThe bridegroom’s' Parents, which Mr David McKenzie acknowledged. Mr Catto gave “The Bridesmaids,” and this was ably responded to by the groomsman. “The Chairman” was also honoured, and lastly “The Visitors,” replied to by Mr J. McNeil, of Thornbury. A suitable song sie’s Dream”) was then well rendered by Mr J. Broom. The cutting of the bride’s cake brought that part of a merry gathering to a close. The next event was the departure of the happy couple for their honeymoon tour. The bride’s travelling dress was a light grey costume, light-fitting coat and full-seamed skirt, pale green silk blouse, cream chiffon hat trimmed with cream rosebuds and white feather bows of silk and tulle. They were accompanied by the bridesmaid and groomsman, leaving for the train in showers of rice and rose leaves, old shoes and horse shoes. The gifts included some very handsome pieces of furniture, among them furnishings for a bedroom from the family of the bridegroom, and a sideboard from Mr A. Roberteon, of Timboon. A beautiful silver teapot, suitably inscribed from the managers of the Hokonui church in recognition of the bride’s services as organist for six years ; a Bible from Rev. A. ~SL. Ross, in honour of the bride being the first to be married in the new churoh, and many more—some even from Scotland. The bridegroom’s gifts to the bride were a greenstone link bangle ; to the bridesmaids gold spray bangle and greenstone brooch ; and that of the groomsman to the bride a gold brooch, sapphire atone. In the evening dancing was enjoyed on a fine floor laid in the marquee, music being discoursed by Mdsars A.

A. Barassco, Wilson, and McKenzie, Songs were given by Messrs Henderson, Paterson, McKenzie and Coster, in the intervals between the dancing. The singing D f Auld Lang Syne closed a most enjoyable time, everyone wishing the young pair long life and much prosperity.

HOUSEHOLD HINTS. After washing clothes, when the hands are very wrinkled, take, say, a teaspoonful of ordinary sugar, and rub all over your damp hands and just watch the improvement. To take ink-spots out of furniture, apply spirits of salts with a piece of soft cloth till the stain disappears. Another way is to put a lew drops of spirits of nitre in a teaspoonful of water. Touch the spots with a feather dipped in the mixture, and on the ink disappearing, rub it over immediately with a rag soaked incold water, or there will be a white, bleached mark left, which will not be easily effaced. One method of cleaning gilt frames (of pictures, etc.) is to mix thoroughly 4 ozs. of white of egg with 2 ozs chloride of potash. First wash the dust from the frames, and then paint on the mixture with a camel's hair brush. Very effective.. To Make Tough Meat Tender. —A remedy for the aonoyance of tough meat is to be found in carbonate of soda. Cut your steaks the day before using, into sliees about two inches thick. Rub over them a small quantity of carbonate of soda. Wash off next morning - . The same process answers for fowls, legs of mutton, etc. When old potatoes are inclined t® turn dark in cooking, add a little milk to the water in which they are boiled. If they are not inclined to discolour through bad disease, this treatment will be found very satis;factory, as it also improves the flavour. If you have any skim milk to spare try washing the floor oilcloth with it, and you will smile at the .result. Do not use pure milk, as the cream, contained therein thickens on the cloth, and becomes dull, and is not healthy by any means.

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The Home Circle., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 44, 29 December 1906

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The Home Circle. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 44, 29 December 1906

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