Chas. H. Hodge, Sherman, Texas.
Take 4 pieces of common tin eave-trough, each 18 inches long. Join them together to form a square, and lay on the ant-hill. Bank the dirt up even with both edges. In the center of one section make a hole to fit a small tube. Any tubing will do, or a piece of tin a foot long can be bent, or use a tall lamp chimney. Let it run from the hole in the eave-trough down into the closely-fitted cover on a baking-powder can sunk in the earth. The ants in going to and from the ant-hill will naturally come to the eave-trough and crawl in. Then when once in they cannot crawl up the smooth sides, and will eventually reach the opening. Then they will drop down into the can, and as fast as the can is filled, it can be emptied, and the ants killed. In one day I emptied 18 two-pound cans that were filled with these pests. To get rid of red or black ants in your pantry, sprinkle salt over the shelves.
Common black pepper ground and sifted over the plants will kill every moth without fail. Three or four times in a season will insure the plants.
Sow a square yard of ground with common mustard. The seed may be ground as wanted, and although it will look brown instead of yellow, will have a better taste than that bought at the drugstores, which is frequently mixed with flour.
Scour the inside with sand, then apply a sprinkling of charcoal dust. Or, rinse with a strong solution of oil of vitriol and water. Either method will rid them of foulness.
In cold weather set the churn in a vessel of hot water. Remove as soon as the churn is heated through. In warm weather set the churn in cold water. If hot water is poured into the cream, the butter is apt to be white and oily.
Bore 3 or 4 holes in the sides of the sash, into which insert common bottle-cork, projecting about 1-16 of an inch. These will press against the window frames along the usual groove and by their elasticity support the sash at any height which may be required.
A bag of sand well heated is the best possible article for warming the feet. It is well to have two or more of them in the house. Excellent for elderly people or invalids. The openings should be sewed well, and a binding put over it. The bag is best made of flannel, and covered with a cotton one that can be removed and washed.
Wrap some newspapers about the legs, and tie them securely with twine. They are the best possible protection from cold, and can be worn through a deep snow and then thrown away and replenished with fresh papers. Never mind the looks. Folks don't stop you in a snowdrift to look at the cut of your clothes.
One-half pound gum shellac; cover with alcohol, cork, and let stand 3 days, shaking occasionally. Then add a piece of gum camphor the size of art egg. Let stand as above, and add 1 ounce of lampblack. Black boots or shoes with a sponge or cloth.
Warm the soles and apply a heavy coat of warm coal tar. Dry it in, and apply 2 more coats before wearing them. Smear the edges as long as they will absorb the tar. They will wear like horn, and once giving it a trial will convince the most skeptical of its value. The tar costs but a few cents at gas works. Warm it on the stove in a tin dish.
Cut gutta-percha in small pieces, and dissolve it in benzine to a thin mucilage. Clean the boots free from grease with benzine and a sponge, and apply the patch covered with the gutta-percha cement. The cement should be warmed by putting the bottle in hot water before it is used.