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The following pages are intended for the service of those who cultivate the enjoyments of home, and the prudent distribution of its resources,who feel
“ The first, sure symptom of a mind in health
Is rest of heart and pleasure found at home.”
A disregard of what are generally considered little matters, but which, in reality, constitute important items in the aggregate of human happiness, is a prevailing misfortune; and the consequence of this indifference is too frequently a rupture of social ties and a disordered household. All must be aware how much we depend upon apparently trifling circumstances for our comfort.
This volume is intended to bring prominently forward such suggestive hints and reflections as may assist those who are entering upon the superintendence of house duties. Salutary advice on matters of domestic economy can never be unprofitable, but will, sooner or later, produce a desirable effect. A careful housekeeper will carry his principles of method and accuracy into any department of the public service in which he may be placed; and those who are prudent administrators of their own property offer the best guarantee for the welfare of society generally.
Count thy specious gifts no gifts, but guiles.
HOW TO MAKE HOME HAPPY ;
HINTS AND CAUTIONS FOR ALL.
Silks and satins, scarlets and velvets, put out the kitchen fire.
Intervals between Meals.
that as a general rule, an interval of five or six
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
He who would happy live to-day,
Nor think of woes to come ;
By Heaven's eternal doom,
A fat kitchen makes a lean will.
Method and Order.
the invaluable lessons of method and order to
“ Each moss,
Advance of Time.
of man, we are told, is threescore years and
The virtue of Prosperity is Temperance; the virtue of Adversity is Fortitude.
good, no material alteration is observed. From thence
perseverance and activity. Not an hour, scarcely
Raking out the Fire.
was observed at the British Association in 1838
that Newcastle, notwithstanding the vast consumption of coal in the town, is remarkably free from fires of dangerous. magnitude ; and it was suggested whether, as the greater number of fires occurred in London about eleven o'clock at night, the practice of raking out the fire at bed-time, which is not done at Newcastle where coals are cheap, might not have some connexion with these conflagrations.
He that is careless of his fame is not fond of integrity.
Active minds can never be idle with impunity.