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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

thus suddenly lessened, and therefore some discretion should be 

exercised by them in their attempts to check it. 

 

=The Finger Nails= require special attention if we desire to preserve 

them in their highest condition of beauty and usefulness. To keep them 

clean, the nailbrush and soap and water should be used once or oftener 

daily, as circumstances demand. Once a day at least, on wiping the 

hands after washing them, and whilst they are still soft from the 

action of the water, the free edge of the scarfskin, which, if not 

attended to, is apt to grow upward over the nails, should be gently 

loosened and pressed back in a neatly rounded form, by which the 

occurrence of cracks and sores about their roots (agnails, nail 

springs, etc.) will be prevented, and a graceful, oval form, ending in 

a crescentlike space of white, will be ensured. The skin, as a rule, 

should never be cut, pared, picked or torn off, as is commonly done, 

and the less it is meddled with, otherwise than in the way just 

mentioned, the better. The ends or points of the nails should be pared 

once every week or ten days, according to the rapidity of their 

growth, which somewhat varies with the season of the year and the 

habit of the individual. This is best done with a sharp penknife or 

nail-knife. Scissors are less convenient for the purpose, and have the 

disadvantage of straining and distorting the nails during the process. 

 

The length and shape of the nails, both for beauty and use, should 

exactly correspond with the tips of the fingers. Nails extending 

beyond the ends of the fingers are vulgar, clawlike, and inconvenient; 

whilst if shorter, particularly much shorter than the fingers, they 

are unsightly and of little use, and cause the tips of the fingers to 

become thick and clumsy. Biting the nails should be avoided as a dirty 

and disagreeable habit, and one utterly destructive to their beauty, 

strength, and usefulness. 

 

To remove stains and discolorations of the nails, a little lemon juice 

or vinegar and water is the best application. Should this fail, a few 

grains of salt of sorrel, oxalic acid, or chloride of lime, each 

diluted with warm water, may be applied, care being taken to 

thoroughly rinse the hands in clean water, without soap, afterwards. 

Occasionally a little pumice stone, in impalpable powder, or powdered 

cuttlefish bone, putty powder (polisher's peroxide of tin), may be 

used along with water and a piece of wash-leather, flannel, or the 

nailbrush, for the same purpose. The frequent use of any of these 

substances is, however, injurious to the healthy growth, strength, and 

permanent beauty of the nails. The common practice of scraping the 

surface of the nails cannot be too strongly censured, as it causes 

them to become weak and distorted. Blows on the nails, and, indeed, 

violence to them in any form, also distorts and marks them. 


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