In coloring always use plenty of water (soft water when obtainable); never crowd the goods, taking care that they float in the liquid. The rule is four gallons of water to one pound of goods. In rinsing always use plenty of clear water; and in preparing goods for coloring, clean off all dirt and grease spots. To test color of dye, pour it from a dish-held high, and look through it to the light. A pound of extract of logwood is equal to four pounds of logwood chips. Fustic should be boiled in a sack of open texture. The other ingredients are put into the water. All black goods should be washed in soap-suds after coloring. Let every implement used about coloring be scrupulously clean. In preparing the goods, scour well with soap and water, washing the soap well out and dipping in warm water before placing in the dye. All goods should be well aired, rinsed, and hung out carefully after dyeing. Silks and delicate fabrics must be handled tenderly, or injury will be done. In case a very large quantity of goods are to be dyed, a slightly smaller proportion of water than the rule above given may be used.
The "Family Dyes," lately introduced and now kept for sale by all druggists, are very convenient and give good results. They are aniline dyes, and come in the form of a powder, put up in papers, and labeled with full instructions for using. The preparations for using these dyes are very simple, and no experience is required if the instructions are implicitly followed. The color card shows the exact shade of the color you select, and there is no trouble in experimenting to get the right shade. Besides, the dyes are cheap and the results are equal to those produced by the profes-sional dyer. There are several manufacturers of aniline dyes, and inquiry at the nearest drug store will secure all the information as to prices, colors, etc. that may be desired by any lady.