It is necessary to health that the beds be kept perfectly dry. Many hard colds, and, indeed, many deaths, result from sleeping in damp beds. People with weak lungs quickly feel the effects of them.
Often in traveling it has been my lot to occupy the "spare bed," which I have always examined. It is easy to diagnose the dampness, but to tell what the result of sleeping therein may be is far more difficult. More than once I have been compelled to call for an extra comforter, hoping to get one that had been in use and was free from dampness. I would wrap it about me before retiring, and thus protect myself to some extent from the cold, musty covers of the "spare bed." I think we are justified in closely questioning the bed we are to occupy. After a bed has been unused for a few weeks, or even a few days, during the damp season of the year, the bedding should be removed and thoroughly dried by the fire before being slept in.
There is one more point to which I wish to call your attention, and that is the habit some people have of leaving the unemptied night vessel in the room a portion of the day. The vapors that arise from urine after it has stood a short time in the open air are absolutely poisonous and disease-breeding. The night vessel is used on retiring and in more than half the sleeping rooms they are not provided with a cover, and all night long the noxious gases are allowed to escape for the occupant of the room to take into his system at every breath. Hundreds of people die yearly of consumption whose premature death is caused by breathing poisonous emanations from the night vessel. Children ought never to be allowed to sleep in bedding that has been saturated with urine and simply dried without washing.
Surely, unless great care is exercised, there is sickness and death in the bedroom. Eliza H. Stair.
To Sun Feather Beds and Pillows. Do not put them into the hot sunshine; the odor is bad.
Shake them well and put them in an airy place in the shade, where they will get plenty of light and the wind can blow over them. Turn them during the day.
Mrs. Orlena S. Matteson, Chicago.
Fold a breadth of prints or muslin as long as the width of the comforter over the end next the face, fastening the edges with safety-pins or a running baste. When soiled it is easily taken off and washed.'