Steel pens are destroyed by corrosion from acid in the ink. Put in the ink some nails or old steel pens, and the acid will exhaust itself on them, and the pens in use will not corrode.
To keep Russia Iron Pipe or Stoves during the summer: Give them a good coat of coal-oil all over, and put away in a dry place. In the fall give it a fresh coat of oil or benzine, and rub it all off clean and dry.
- Take one ounce each shellac and coal-oil, half an ounce each linseed oil and turpentine, bottle and keep well corked, shake well before using and apply with a sponge. Good for marred furniture.
Wood - may be fastened to stone with a cement made of four parts of pitch, four parts of pounded brick-dust or chalk, and one part of beeswax. Warm it before using, and apply a thin coating to the surfaces to be joined.
- Bonnets, cloaks, hats, shawls, scarfs, and the like, will last clean and fresh much longer if the dust is carefully removed from them by brushing and shaking after returning from a ride or walk.
New Rope may be made pliable by boiling it in water for a couple of hours. Its strength is not diminished, but its stiffness is gone. It must hang in a warm room until thoroughly dried, and must not be allowed to kink.
Razor Straps are kept in order by applying a few drops of sweet-oil.
After using a strap, the razor takes a keen edge by passing it over the palm of the warm hand; dipping it in warm water also makes it cut more keenly.
Mica Windows in stoves (often wrongly called "isinglass"), when smoked, are readily cleaned by taking out and thoroughly washing with vinegar a little diluted. If the black does not come off at once, let it soak a little.
Arrange Flat-irons on the stove in two rows, "heel and toe," or so that when ready for a hot flat you can take the next one in order without loss of time in trying or "sissing" them, being sure of getting the one that has been heated the longest.
- Grind one side of a pumice stone; wet, and, with the smooth side, rub the hands. If badly chapped, oil them at night, and dry in by the fire; or, at night, wet the hands, and rub a little honey over them, drying it in before the fire.
A cup of pumpkin-seeds, set on the window-sill, will attract chickadees, and they will become quite tame, and are very • amusing with their antics. They may be kept about the house from December to May by feeding and kind treatment.
- Put shellac in a bottle, pour 90 per cent. alcohol to cover, cork tight and put in a warm room, shake occasionally, and if not all dissolved in three or four days, add more alcohol. This is good to varnish almost any thing, and will dry in half an hour.
Friction Matches - should never be left where the mice will get them, as they carry them to their nests, and sometimes ignite them. They are poison to children, and are dangerous to women, who ignite them by stepping on them, and endangering their clothing from fire.