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COFFEE CUSTARD.-Boil one pint of maizena wet with cold milk, a pinch of milk with five spoonfuls of sugar. Add a salt, and half a cup of white sugar. Flavor cap of very strong hot coffee, then three with rose or lemon. Fill the custard-cups, beaten eggs, and a spoonful of corn-starch and set them into a dripping-pan; fill the or maizena rubbed in cold milk. Stir con- pan with boiling water, and set it into the stantly until it is smooth. Pour into cups stove-oven. Bake slowly, until they do or glasses, and ornament with the beaten not seem liquid when moved. white of an egg just before serving.

TO BROIL HAM.-Cut the slices very To FRY MUTTON CHOPS. - Put two thin, for which you must have a sharp small slices of pork into the spider with knife; pare off the rind; lay them on the them. When they are cooked, lay them gridiron over hot coals. Do not leave them into a hot dish, pour a cupful of stock or a moment, as they must be almost immehot water into the spider, and as it boils, diately turned, and will need attention to stir in half a spoonful of browned flour wet keep the edges from burning. Two minin cold water. Boil up again, and pour utes will broil them. over the steaks.

CHICKEN SALAD.-Boil or roast a nice YEAST CAKE.–Flour, two pounds and a fowl. When cold, cut oíf all the meat and half; sugar, half a pound; butter, ten chop it a little, but not very small; cut up ounces; currants, four pounds; set sponge a large bunch of celery and mix with the with half of the flour and three table- chicken. Boil four eggs bard, mash and spoonfuls of yeast in a pint of milk. Work mix them with sweet oil, pepper, salt, musthe butter and the sugar in the other half tard, and a gill of vinegar. Beat this mixof the flour with half a pint of milk, add ture very thoroughly together, and just the other ingredients, and mix altogether. before dinner pour it over the chicken. Bake it in a hoop or tin three hours.

OYSTER OMELET. - Chop fine twelve HARD MOLASSES GINGERBREAD.—Melt large oysters. Bèat well six eggs, and add one cup of butter in two of molasses, pour a spoonful of flour, rubbed smooth in milk, it hot upon a quart of flour; dissolve one salt, pepper, and a bit of butter melted. teaspoonful of saleratus in a little hot Fry in one omelet, and serve hot. water and add it. Put in flour enough to roll it out neatly. Make it very thin, cut COFFEE MILK.-Put a dessert spoonful it in rounds, and bake it quick. These of ground coffee into a pint of milk; boil it cakes are very crisp, and keep so in a tin a quarter of an hour with a shaving or two chest.

of isinglass; then let it stand ten minutes

and pour it off. CEULLERS.—To two pounds of flour, put three quarters of a pound of sugar, half a MILK.-Milk for butter-making should pound of butter, nine eggs, mace and rose- be handled tly and put at rest as soon water, unless the butter has been kept in as possible. A reduction of temperature rose leaves.

is desirable as soon as the milk is drawn. ANOTHER. - To six teacups of flour, put

This should be effected with the least postwo of sugar, half a one of butter, half a

sible amount of stirring. The more it is eight eggs, one nutmeg; or,

stirred the less will be the yield of cream. if more convenient, nine eggs, no cream,

When set, it should be protected from even and a full cup of butter.

the least jar. Churning in a milk-room, or

any work that jars the building, will retard STEAMED CUSTARD.-Make a boiled cus

the rising of the cream. Milk, to get the

quart of milk, best yield of cream, requires absolute and and a tablespoonful of corn-starch or

undisturbed rest.

one of cream,

lard with three eggs to

FAOTS AND FANCIES.

Charles (who has taken out a patent, It is related of the late Bishop of Winand is reading the Official Gazette of the chester, as an illustration of his ready wit, United States patent office).-" Here, that some years ago, when visiting at the Mary, is something I have thought of my- country-seat of a well-known nobleman, self-this change in the turbine water the bishop allowed himself to be persuaded wheel. You see in the old way"

to join a shooting party. On his return, Mary (alarmed).-"Perhaps I wouldn't his noble host mentioned that his gameunderstand if you did explain it.”

keeper was a Dissenter, and although he No, you couldn't understand that, but did not wish to interfere in the religious this you can. You see the combination of opinions of his employes, still, as all the two flanges, with pawls and ratchet wheels, rest of his servants went to ch he turning with a reciprocating motion" should like this man to go. Would the

Mary leaves the room with her hands on bishop speak to him? If he used his wellher head, and now Charles wonders where known persuasive power, doubtless he the Official Gazettes go the moment they might overcome the scruples of the keeper come into the house.

as to entering a church. The bishop ex

pressed himself delighted with the request, An absent-minded smoker named Yancy,

and proceeded at once to the keeper's cotundertook to whisper something of inport

tage. Entering with his usual frank and ance in the ear of old Mr. Reynolds, lately, kindly greeting, which few could resist, he

soon established himself in the good graces but in his absent-mindedness neglected to remove his cigar, the fire end of which

of his humble host, and gradually led the

At was driven right into the old gentleman's

conversation to spiritual matters. ear. Mr. Reynolds jumped straight up in

length, when he thought he had sufficientthe air about six feet, and on coming down

ly gained the confidence of the man, his split Yancy's nose by a well-directed blow.

lordship said, “By the by, how is it that I Yancy picked himself up, and started for

don't see you at church? You know it is home, declaring in a rage that he'd be

our duty to look after these things. Surely hanged before he'd tell old Reynolds what

you don't see anything in the Bible against he was going to.

going to church ?” No, my lord; neither

do I see anything in the Bible to warrant a A Louisville girl came blushing into the

preacher of the Gospel in going out shootparlor the other night, and told her father,

ing; the apostles never did.” “No," rewhen he noticed her bloom, that she had

plied the ready-witted bishop; “true, they been enjoying unseen happiness. The old

had no gaine in Palestine in those days, gentleman thought she had been praying,

they went out fishing instead." and was glad, as he is a pious man; but in

A man out in Laporte, Indiana, has no stead, the wicked lass had been kissed by regard whatever for the feelings or pleasher lover in the unlighted hall.

ures of his daughter. He has posted up a

notice on the gate to this effect: “Any man Mr. O'Clarence's hens got into the next found around these premises after nine yard, and scratched up the garden, and the o'clock P.M. will be considered a burglar, woman of the house came in to see Mrs. and will be shot on the spot.” The young O'Clarence about it, and a war of words

men all give that house a wide berth. For, ensued. When Mr. O'Clarence came home

much as they admire the daughter, they're Mrs. O'Clarence was terribly excited, and not so anxious to steal her heart away that gave him a hysterical account of the affair,

they care to be made targets of by the winding it up with a shower of tears, and father. this triumphant declaration, “Well, I don't care! I had niy new alpaca on, any A companion game to parlor croquetway; the mean thing !''

Cricket on the hearth.

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The contemplated royal marriage by haps our readers may be interested to read which the reigning houses of England and the announcement in its original form as Russia are to be more nearly connected published in the London Gazette, and than in the past, has been duly announced which ran as follows: to the world, and the press has made its “At the Court of Osborne House, Isle of comments with its usual freedom upon this Wight, the 17th July, 1873, present the anticipated union in the highest of high Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Counlife. So far no cloud appears to have cil. Her Majesty in Council was this day arisen upou the sky of the sailor Prince pleased to give her consent to a contract of Alfred and his fair Russian fiancee, the matrimony between his Royal Highness Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna. The Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, preparations and negotiations for the for- Earl of Kent and Ulster, Duke of Saxony, mal betrothal of these scions of royalty are Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Her somewhat more extensive and stately than Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess those which pertain to a similar state of Marie Alexandrovna, only daughter of His affairs among private individuals, and per- Majesty the Emperor of Russia; which

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