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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

 

 

TO TAKE OUT SCORCH. 

 

If a shirt bosom or any other article has been scorched in ironing, 

lay it where bright sunshine will fall directly on it. It will 

entirely remove it. 

 

 

BLUING. 

 

Take one ounce of Prussian blue, one-half ounce of oxalic acid; 

dissolve in one quart of perfectly soft rain water. Insert a quill 

through the cork of the bluing bottle to prevent waste or putting too 

much in clothes and you will be pleased with the result. One or two 

tablespoons of it is sufficient for a tub of water, according to the 

size of the tub. Chinese blue is the best and costs twelve and a half 

cents an ounce, and the acid will cost three cents. 

 

 

COFFEE STARCH. 

 

Make a paste of two tablespoons best starch and cold water; when 

smooth stir in a pint of perfectly clear coffee, boiling hot; boil 

five or ten minutes. Stir with a spermaceti or wax candle. Strain and 

use for all dark calicoes, percales, and muslins. 

 

 

FLOUR STARCH. 

 

Have a clean pan or kettle on stove with one quart boiling water, into 

which stir three heaping tablespoons flour, previously mixed smooth in 

a little cold water; stir steadily until it boils and thereafter 

enough to keep from burning. Boil about five minutes, and strain, 

while hot, through a crash towel. The above quantity is enough for one 

dress, and will make it nice and stiff. 

 

 

TO MAKE FINE STARCH. 

 

Wet the starch smooth in a little cold water in a large tin pan, pour 

on a quart of boiling water to two or three tablespoons of starch, 

stirring rapidly all the while; place on stove, stir until it boils 

and then occasionally. Boil from five to fifteen minutes, or until the 

starch is perfectly clear. Some add a little salt or butter or pure 

lard or stir with a sperm candle; others add a teaspoon of kerosene to 

one quart of starch. This prevents the stickiness sometimes so 

annoying in ironing. 

 

Cold starch is made from starch dissolved in cold water, being careful 

not to have it too thick. Since it rots the clothes, it is not 

advisable to use it. 

 

 

ENAMEL FOR SHIRT BOSOMS. 

 

Melt together, with a gentle heat, one ounce white wax and two ounces 

spermaceti. Prepare in the usual way a sufficient quantity of starch 

for a dozen shirt bosoms, put into it a piece of this enamel the size 

of a hazelnut. This will give your clothes a beautiful polish. 

 

 

TO CLEAN ARTICLES MADE OF WHITE ZEPHYR. 

 

Rub in flour or magnesia, changing often. Shake off and hang in the 

open air a short time. 

 

 

HOW TO CLEAN VELVET. 

 

Invert a hot flatiron, place over it a single thickness of wet cotton 

cloth, lay on this the velvet (wrong side next the wet cloth), rub 

gently with a dry cloth until the pile is well raised, take off the 


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