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Adulterations of Food, Tests For .... 347

Beverages, Preparation Of, And Eeceipts For . . 293

Bird-keeping, Bee-keeping, Poultry-keeping . . 271

Carving, And the General Arrangements Of The

Dinner Table,. Tea Equipage .... 337

Children, Rearing And Management Of 254

Choice Of Food, Marketing, Etc. .... 9

Confectionery: Cakes, Jellies, Sweetmeats . . 2(50

Commercial And Monetary Hints, Maxims . . 335

Correct Speaking, Hints On Writing . . . .51

Decoration And Ornamentation: Painting, Staining,

Gilding, Etc 197

Destruction Of Vermin, Noxious Animals . . . 315 Dress, Choice, Arrangement And Care Of . . . 241 Dyeing, Scouring, Cleaning, Laundry Operations . 340

Emergencies And Accidents, How To Act In, Such As

Cases Of Drowning, Eire, Etc 192

Etiquette, Eorms And Ceremonies Of . . . . 241

Food Of Various Kinds, When In Season . . .13

Fuel, Lighting, Etc., Economy And Management Of . 141

Furniture, Selection And Arrangement Of . . 81 CONTENTS.

rial Household Operations: Carpentert, Mending, EePairing 82

Indoor Games And Amusements 19

Ladies' Employments: Decalcomanie, Diafhanie, Etc. 32(5

Legal Information And Advice 201

Medical And Surgical Advice 103

Minor Complaints, Coughs, Cramp, Etc. . . . 308

Miscellaneous Preparations: Ink, Gum, Cement, Etc. 317

Outdoor Sports And Pastimes, Croquet . . . 330

Preparation Of Food, Cooking Operations . . 149

Preserving And Pickling, Hints On ... . 216

Eecreations, Artistic: Modelling, Preparing BotanIcal Specimens, Etc. 301

Rules Of Conduct: Counsels, Hints, Advice . . 275

Sanitary Precautions And Eegulations: Air And Exercise, Sleep, Clothing 230

Sauces, Relishes, Zests, How To Prepare . . . 281

Tables Of Insurance, Interest, Marketing, Wages . 355

Toilet Eequisites, Eeceipts For, And The Operations

Connected Therewith 229 ON THE PUBLICATION OF THE





Only a few short years have sped
Since I this work of love begun;

By thousands sought, by millions read,
All their approving smiles I've won.

Now, while reflecting on the past,
My day of life seems closing in,

Let me, while powers of reason last,
"Enquire Within."

Oh, ye—who gentle are and fair—
Who to these modest pages turn,

To raise a smile, to soothe a care,
Or some moot point of duty learn,—

Forget not this: that whilst you live,
Your hearts may yield to pride or sin;

Take, then, the warning here I give,—
"Enquire Within."

Would you acquire the greatest peace—
The sweetest joy—this world can give?

Bid hatred, pride, and envy cease,
And learn a Christian's life to live;

Each eve, before your eyelids close,
And slumbers of the night begin,

That your own heart may find repose,
"Enquire Within."



Paragraphs 1 to 104 are contained in No. I.

Paragraphs 105 to 202 are contained in No. II.

Paragraphs 202 to 594 are contained in No. III.

Paragraphs 595 to 899 are contained in No. IV.

Paragraphs 900 to 1124 are contained in No. V.

Paragraphs 1125 to 1374 are contained in No. VI.

Paragraphs 1375 to 1639 are contained in No. VII.

Paragraphs 1640 to 1901 are contained in No. VIII.

Paragraphs 1902 to 2085 are contained in No. IX.

Paragraphs 2086 to 2309 are contained in No. X.

Paragraphs 2310 to 2523 are contained in No. XI.
The Index And Prefatory Matter occupy No. XII.

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1. Choice of Articles of Food.

—Nothing is more important in the affairs of housekeeping than the choice of wholesome food. We have been amused by a conundrum which is as follows :— "A man went to market and bought two fish. When he reached home he found they were the same as when he had bought them; yet there were three! How was this t The answer is—" He bought two mackarel, and one smelt!" Those who envy him his bargain need not care about the following rules; but to others they will be valuable :—

2. Mackarel must be perfectly fresh, or it is a very indifferent fish; it will neither bear carriage, nor being kept many hours out of the water. The firmness of the flesh, and the clearness of the eyes, must be the criterion of fresh mackerel, as they are of all other fish.

3. Turbot, and all flat white fish, are rigid and firm when fresh; the under side should be of a rich cream colour. When out of season, or too long kept, this becomes a bluish white, and the flesh soft and flaccid. A clear, bright eye in fish is also a mark of being fresh and good.

_ 4. Cod is known to be fresh by the rigidity of the muscles (or flesh); the redness of the gills, and clearness of the eyes. Crimping much improves this fish.

5. Salmon.—The flavour and excellence of this fish depends upon its freshness, and the shortness of time since it

was caught; for no method can completely preserve the delicate flavour it has when just taken out of the water. A great deal of what is brought to London has been packed in ice, and comes from the Scotch and Irish rivers, and, though perfectly fresh, is not quite equal to Thames salmon.

6. Herrings should be eaten when very fresh ; and, like mackerel, will not remain good many hours after they are caught. But they are very excellent, especially for breakfast relishes, either salted, split, dried, and peppered, or pickled.

7. Fresh-water Fish. — The remarks as to firmness and clear fresh eyes apply to this variety of fish, of which there are carp, tench, pike, perch, &c.

8. Lobsters, recently caught, have always some remains of muscular action in the claws, which may be excited by pressing the eyes with the finger; when this cannot be produced, the lobster must have been too long kept. When boiled, the tail preserves its elasticity it fresh, but loses it as soon as it becomes stale. The heaviest lobsters are the best; when light they are watery and poor. Hen lobsters may generally be known by the spawn, or by the breadth of the "flap."

9. Crabs And Crayfish must be chosen by observations similar to those given above in the choice of lobsters. Crabs have au agreeable smell when fresh. o

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