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WHAT THE MOTHERS DO. Playing with, the little people Sweet, old games for ever new : Coaxing, cuddling, cooing, kissing. Baby’s every grief dismissing. Laughing, sighing, soothing, singing. While the happy days are winging— This is what the mothers do. Planning for the little people. That they may grow brave and true 'Active brain and busy fingers While the precious seedtime lingers, .Guiding, guarding, hoping, fearing, Waiting for the harvest nearing— This is what the mothers do. Praying for the little people (Closed are eyes of brown and blue) , By the quiet bedside kneeling With a trustful, sure appealing ; All the spirit’s guidance needing. Seeking it with earnest pleading— This is what the mothers do. Parting from the little people (Heart of mine, how fast they grow !) Fashioning the wedding dresses. Treasuring the last caresses ; .Waiting then as years fly faster For the summons of the Master — This is what the mothers do.

FISH COQUILLES.—4 Ounces of cold cooked fish, free from skin and bone,. two hard-boiled eggs, 4 pint fish stock or milk, 4 oz. each butter and flour, one tablespoonful tomato conserve, anchovy essence, seasoning of mace, white pepper and salt. Make a sauce with the stock or milk, flour and butler, then stir in tomato conserve, and finally mix with the finely flaked or chopped fish and coarselyminced eggs. Season and flavour to taste with anchovy essence, pepper, and mace, if this last is liked, and a little salt. Fill four or six scallop shells with the mixture, cover with breadcrumbs, dot a few little bits of butter over, and then, tern minutes or so before required for table, put the shells in a quick oven, and bake till the crumbs are nicely coloured. ORANGE <fc BANANA GOMPOTE.Requ.ired ; 6 unripe bananas, 1 cupful of sugar, cloves to taste, juice of two oranges, juice of half a lemon, sponge cake, 1 gill of stiff cream. Take the unripe bananas, make a syrup of one cupful of sugar and half a cupful of water. Flavour with whole cloves, and boil for eight minutes without stirring. Add the bananas' cut in slices', and simmer until they begin to clear. Put in the strained juice of the oranges, half a glass of sherry (if you can spare it) and the juice of half a lemon. Re j move the spices. Cut rounds of sponge cake, hollow out the centre to form a cup, and fill them with compote. Serve with whipped cream.

HjOT TEA CAKES. —Required : 1 It) flour, lb butter, 1 oz. castor sugar, 1 egg, a little milk, a tea spoonful of baking powder. Rub the butter into the Hour, add a pinch of salt and the sugar. Make into a littlo dough with a beaten egg and a little milk. Roll this out on a floured board, and cut it into small cakes with a tartlet cutter, and bake in. a greased tin. When done cut in halves and spread with brxtter. LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE.; The bent point of a sewing machine needle may be sharpened on a whetstone, and need not be discarded. If those housekeepers 1 who complain of a bitter taste to their cucumbers, will begin at the blossom end when paring, and slice the skin off towards the stem, they will And that it makes a decided difference in the flavour. —' if — Never break eggs on the edge of a crock or pan. Use a knife instead. It is said that the soda bath is a specific for rheumatism, besides rendering the skin soft and supple. One pound of washing soda is added to a tub of hot water, and the patient must lie in this for fifteen minutes ; then follows the cold spray, and the bather emerges with every trace of her aches or pains dispelled.

. In sickness, when disinfectants are ' needed in sinks and basins, use car- , bolic acid, allowing four tablespoonfuls to each pint of water ; pour down the pipes, and let it remaib half an hour before flushing. Hot vinegar and salt are an excellent application for aching limbs or any part of the body that is painful. — 4’— To those who do their own washing a little powdered borax in the last water will whiten the clothes beautifully. — 4’— To remove the fly-specks from brass, wet a piece of old flannel with machine oil, and wipe carefully. — 4’ — Put a small bag of talcum powder in the work-box to rub on the fingers when they perspire.

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HOME CIRCLE, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907

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HOME CIRCLE Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907

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