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Home Circle.

THE FOUR TITTLE fingermarks, "Who put this here, I would like to know, On this parlour door, cleaned white as snow ?” 'And the mother gazed with a set, stern face On the fingermarks which had soiled a place— Four fingermarks of a childish, hand. Then she spoke in tones of harsh command : “You are a naughty child ; go right away Upstairs in the nursery, and stay,” The little child, with its tearful eyes. Looked at the mother in great surprise. But she wont away as she was 1 hid ; Behind the door of the nursery hid, She was so aggrieved that she had done Such a terrible thing—dear little one ! 2‘Would it ever come out, the dreadful stain ? [Would dear mamma kiss and love me again ?” Ah, me ! the r-wks of those fingers ' four Are still to be seen on that parlour door. But not for worlds would that mother now Have them wiped away. She wonders how In "the hush of the house” sitting alone. She could have spoken in angry tone To the little child she loved so well, [Who has gone to the better land to dwell. Could the child return and yet abide. No more, in anger, would the mother chide. [Whati matter if those loved fingers small Did leave their print on the door or wall ? - Strange we can hurt by words with cruel sting's Our darlings 7 tender hearts for such slight things. Let us be patient with their faults and say Our chiding words in wise and loving way. —Selected. LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE. Do not stretch tale linen, but iron while damp, and press until finite dry, otherwise ,it will be too limp. A little raw linseed oil rubbed upon a stove pipe will stop rust ; cover the places with a little blacking, and polish. There is no better filling for needle and pin cushions than sheeps wool, as its oily qualities prevent the needles from rusting. After the carpet is tacked down, if it is liberally sprinkled with salt and swept with a clean broom the colours will ho brightened fnHySave tea leaves for washing varnished paint. When sufficient leaves have accumulated, steep them for thirty minutes in a tin vessel and then strain through a sieve. _ This water will give varnished paint a newer and fresher appearance than a washing with soap and water. A reader who has suffered much with aching feet from standing to iron, has given her method of making a pad which afforded her much comfort. Make a pad of the 'desired size, using- layer after layer of newspaper, one on top of the other, and sew through to keep them together. Then lay a piece of carpet over one side, fastening it well—t Q stand on in winter —and a piece of linen floorcloth fastened to the other side will make a comfortable pad for summer use. To Sweep a Light Coloured Carpet.—Newspapers thoroughly moistened in water, and torn into pieces and scattered over a carpet just "before sweeping will collect the dust and not soil the most delicate colour in the carpet. To Clean a Coat Collar. —A cloth dipped in ammonia and rubbed thoroughly on a. coat collar will remove any greasy look. Velvet collars may be treated in the same way, but must be held in front of a hot iron directly afterwards to raise the pile.

Care of the Hands, —Those who - do their own washing will notice that for about two days after washing the hands are very rough, sometimes the skin peeling- off. To prevent this 'rub the hands well with salt after washing. This takes the water out, and keeps the hands nice and soft. To prevent Lamp Chimneys from Cracking.—Lamp chimneys are often very brittle, particularly the cheap ones which one buys with soma idea of economy. These cheap chimneys may be toughened by setting them on the stove in cold water until it comes to the boil. RECIPES. —Potato Dodgers. — This is a very nice breakfast dish, and one easily prepared. Have one pound of potatoes mashed and rubbed through a sieve. Melt one ounce of butter in a saucepan, put in the potatoes, the beaten yolk of one egg, and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Stir these over the lire for a few minutes to cook the egg. Put the white of egg on a plate with a pinch of salt, and beat it up to a stiff froth, then stir it lightly into the potato. Have ready a greased baking pan ; wdth two forks put the potato mixture in small rough heaps on it, bake them in a quick oven until nicely browned, then pile high in a hot dish. —Parkin— Or gingerbread, very wholesome, and easy of digestion. —1 lb flour, 1 lb treacle, lb of butter or dripping, 2 teaspoonfuls of grated ginger, 2 teaspoonfuls of sugar, 1 teaspoonful of carbonate of soda, 2 eggs, and about a quarter of a pint of milk. A few almonds, candied peel, Q r raisins may be added if desired. Mix the flour, salt, and ginger together ; make" a well in the middle ; put the treacle, sugar, and fat into a basin, warm it, and mix well together ; beat the eggs, add the milk to them, mix them fth the treacle, sugar and fat. Put all this into the well in the "flour, stir to a smooth, thick mixture. , Dissolve the soda in a little milk, add it to the mixture and beat well for five minutes. Turn it into a greased tin, and bake in a slow oven for about one and a half hours. Lining the bottom of the ten uith greased paper will -ensure vhe cake turning out without breaking. —Malted Brown Bread. — One oz. of malt extract to lbs. of whole meal. The malt extract to be dissolved with Ir oz. yeast in 1-i----pints of warm water, and then the bread made in the usual way. r J"his quantity makes a very nice, palatable malt bread.

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Home Circle., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 8 June 1907

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Home Circle. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 8 June 1907

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