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THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL.
TO GET CLEAR OF MOSQUITOES.
Take of gum camphor a piece about one-third the size of an egg and
evaporate it over a lamp or candle, taking care that it does not
ignite. The smoke will soon fill the room and expel the mosquitoes.
HOW TO GET RID OF BEDBUGS.
Bedbugs cannot stand hot alum water; indeed, alum seems to be death to
them in any form. Take two pounds of alum, reduce it to a powder--the
finer the better--and dissolve it in about four quarts of boiling
water. Keep the water hot till the alum is all dissolved; then apply
it hot to every joint, crevice and place about the bedstead, floor,
skirting or washboard around the room, and every place where the bugs
are likely to congregate, by means of a brush. A common syringe is an
excellent thing to use in applying it to the bedstead. Apply the water
as hot as you can. Apply it freely, and you will hardly be troubled
any more that season with bugs. Whitewash the ceiling with plenty of
dissolved alum in the wash, and there will be an end to their dropping
down from thence on to your bed.
TO OBTAIN FRESH-BLOWN FLOWERS IN WINTER.
Choose some of the most perfect buds of the flowers you would
preserve, such as are latest in blowing and ready to open. Cut them
off with a pair off scissors, leaving to each, if possible, apiece of
stem about three inches long. Cover the end of the stem immediately
with sealing wax, and when the buds are a little shrunk and wrinkled
wrap up each of them separately in a piece of paper perfectly clean
and dry and lock them up in a dry box or drawer, and they will keep
In winter or at any time when you would have the flowers blow, take
the buds at night and cut off the end of the stem sealed with wax and
put the buds in water wherein a little nitre or salt has been
diffused, and the next day you will have the pleasure of seeing the
buds opening and expanding themselves and the flowers display their
most lively colors and breathe their agreeable odors.
TO INCREASE THE LAYING OF EGGS IN HENS.
Pulverized Cayenne pepper, half an ounce, to be given to one dozen
hens, mixed with their food every second day.
THE NEW AND BEAUTIFUL ART OF TRANSFERRING ON TO GLASS.
Colored or plain engravings, photographs, lithographs, water colors,
oil colors, crayons, steel plates, newspaper cuts, mezzotints, pencil,
writing, show cards, labels, or, in fact, anything.
Take glass that is perfectly clear (window glass will answer), clean
it thoroughly; then varnish it, taking care to have it perfectly
smooth; place it where it will be perfectly free from dust; let it
stand over night, then take your engraving, lay it in clear water
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