552. For Cleaning Brasses

For Cleaning Brasses belonging to mahogany furniture either powdered whiting or scraped rotten-stone mixed with sweet-oil and rubbed on with a buckskin is good.

553. The Best Covering

The Best Covering for a KITCHEN FLOOR is a thick un-figured oil-cloth, of one colour.

554. Meat

Meat may be kept several days in the height of summer, sweet and good, by lightly covering it with bran, and Hanging it in some high or windy room, or in a passage where there is a current of air.

555. When Velvet Gets Plushed

When Velvet Gets Plushed from pressure, hold the parts over a basin of hot water, with the lining of the dress next the water; the pile will soon rise and assume its original beauty.

556. A Tight Boot Or Shoe

A Tight Boot Or Shoe goes on easier when thoroughly warmed by turning the soles next to the fire.

557. Glass Vessels

Glass Vessels, and other utensils, may be purified and cleaned by rinsing them out with powdered charcoal.

558. Householders

Householders would exercise a wise precaution against fires by directing that the last person up should perambulate the premises previous to going to bed, to ascertain that all fires are wife and lights extinguished.

559. Should A Fire Break Out

Should A Fire Break Out in a chimney, a wetted blanket should be nailed to the upper ends of the mantel piece, so as to cover the opening entirely, when the fire will go out of itself. (See 524.)

560. All Flannels

All Flannels should be soaked before they are made up, first in cold then in hot water, in order to shrink them.

561. Worsted And Lambs'-Wool Stockings should never be mended with worsted or lanibs'-wool, because the latter being new it shrinks more than the stockings, and draws them up till the toes become short and narrow, and .the heels have no shape left.

562. Preserved Ginger

Preserved Ginger is made by scalding the young roots till they become tender, then peeling them in cold water, frequently changing the water; and after this they are put into a thin syrup, from which, in a few days, they are removed to the jars, and a rich syrup poured over them.

563. When Much Pastry Is Made

When Much Pastry Is Made in a house, a good quantity of fine flour should be kept on hand, in dry jars, and quite secured from the air, as it makes lighter pastry and bread when kept a short time than when quite fresh ground.

564. To Soften Hard Water

To Soften Hard Water, or purify river water, simply boil it, and then leave it to atmospheric exposure.

565. Where Painted Wains-Cot

Where Painted Wains-Cot, or other wood-work, requires cleaning, fuller's earth will be found cheap and useful; and, on wood not painted, it forms an excellent substi-tute for soap.