A swinging shelf - double or single - held by supports at the four corners, securely nailed to the joists of the floor above, is almost indispensable to the convenience of the cellar. It should be about three feet wide and from six to eight feet in length and may be covered on three sides with galvanize wire fly netting, the fourth side to have doubt frame doors, also wire-covered, and swinging out ward. Ordinary cotton netting can be used instead of the wire, and is of course cheaper, but must b renewed each year, while the wire will last inde finitely. And so we have evolved a cool, flyles place for our pans of milk, meats, cooked and un cooked, fresh vegetables, cakes, pastry, etc. D poultry or meat is to be hung here for a little while, wrap it in brown paper or unbleached mus lin. Wash the shelves once a week with sal sod water and dry thoroughly.
A windowless closet as far as possible from the furnace, and best built under some small exten sion, thus giving it three cool stone walls, is the place where preserves and jellies keep best. Lab each jar and glass distinctly and arrange in row on the shelves, taller ones behind, shorter in fron If there is no closet of this kind, a cupboard, stanc ing firmly on the floor, can easily be built, fc preserves must have darkness as well as coolness otherwise they are apt to turn dark and to f ermen The shelves of the fruit closet must be examine frequently for traces of that stickiness which tell that some bottle of fruit is "working" and leaking. Pickles keep better in crocks on the cellar bottom.
Laundry tubs and scrub pails are usually kept, bottom up, in the cellar. All articles stored there should be well wrapped in strong paper and securely tied, and it will be found a great convenience, especially at cleaning time, to hang many things from the ceiling beams. The cellar should be swept and put to rights every two weeks, cobwebs brushed down, and all corners well looked after. Here, as nowhere else, is the personal supervision of the housewife essential.