MISCELLANEOUS RECIPES. 557
with the whites of four or five eggs, beating the whole well together. When it is well-mixed, add a little quick-lime, through a sieve, until it has acquired the consistency of a thick paste. With this cement broken vessels and cracks of all kinds may be mended. It dries quickly and resists the action of fire and water.
Another: Into a thick solution of gum arabic, stir plaster of Paris until the mixture assumes the consistency of cream ; apply with a brush to the broken edges of china and join together. In three days the article cannot be broken in the same place. The whiteness of the cement adds to its value.
To PURIFY greasy sinks and pipes, pour down a pailful of boiling water in which three or four pounds of washing soda have been dis- solved. A disinfectant is prepared in the same way, using copperas. Copperas is a poison and should not be left about.
Leaks in Waste Pipes: Shut yourself into a room from which the pipe starts. Put two or three ounces of oil of peppermint into a pail of boiling hot water and pour down the pipe. Another person who has not yet inhaled the strong odor should follow the course of the pipe through the house. The peppermint will be pretty sure to discover a break that even an expert plumber might overlook.
MANAGEMENT OF STOVES.
IF THE fire in a stove has plenty of fresh coals on top not yet burned through it will need only a Ittle shaking to start it up ; but if the fire looks dying and the coals look white, don't shake it. When it has drawn till it is red again, if there is much ash and little fire, put coals on very carefully. A mere handful of fire can be coaxed back into life by adding another handful or so of new coals on the red spot, and giving plenty of draught, but don't shake a dying fire, or you lose it. This management is often necessary after a warm spell, when the stove has been kept dormant for days, though I hope you will not be so unfortunate as to have a fire to coax up on a cold winter morning. They should be arranged over night, so that all that is required is to open the draughts in order to have a cherry glow in a few minutes.