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I by Swat Thai Fly!

IT looks as though the flies are going to be worse A than ever this summer unless we do something about it—and however caretul one is about covering boil it is difficult to keep it quite safe from these murderous little pests mat Sly into out houses straight from manure heaps and garbage and then crawl. with their germ-clogged legs and nasty sticky little pads, over the food we arc about to cat, vomiting over it first their own saliva in order to suck it up again with a little extra nourishment and flavour. There are still people who look upon flies ai " a nuisance " and nothing more, in spite of all the warnings that have been issued against them. and who don't realise that every female " nuisance " that is allowed to buzz free lays about 600 eggs during its short span of life. In less than three weeks, each one of these eggs may have become a mature fly responsible for another 600 eggs, that in their turn will be buzzing about us in less than a month's time. Do a little mental arithmetic on these lines and you will see what July and August can do for us in the way of fly-breeding and disease-spreading unless we do something drastic to prevent it.

There is nothing for it but unceasing warfare. Shut each room up in turn and " Flit" it thoroughly; keep fresh DDT. papers hanging in the centre of each room; and if you have lavender or southernwood growing in your garden, or can get hunches of elder flowers, keep some on every mantlepiece. But above all, keep milk and all food well covered during • the next three months when flies swarm and breed and lay their deadly traps of infection and disease. 'Do what God will do w

Strawberry Month

HAVING started off so very unpleasantly, let us ' turn our thoughts to the pleasanter subject of the strawberries that we may soon be enjoying—but if you have any tendency to rheumatism, beware the

half-and-half " strawberry, i.e., red on one side and white on the other, as they are so often sold to ensure

their lasting for a day or two. An unripe strawberry (to the rheumatic) is as dangerous as the fully ripe one is delicious. And remember that the largest are not always the best or the sweetest. According to Queen Victoria, gardeners were spoiling the strawberry by trying to produce over-large varieties. Her Majesty liked them small and succulent ! Some unfortunates come out in a rash when they eat these berries, and so feel that they must forego them altogether. If vou are one of these people, try partially cooking them : Put them (whole) in a saucepan with a little honey and bring to boiling heat. Then leave to get cool. You may find that by doing this you can really enjoy the strawbeary season ill

stead of looking with envious eyes at the more fortunate members of your family I

rSaving Their Bacon"

IT was in the month of June that this phrase origin ated. when the old Priory of Dunmow had been suppressed, but the custom of awarding a flitch of bacon to the couple who could prove themselves to have lived for a year in complete harmony. was allowed to continue, and William Parsley and Jane his wife, " were adjudged fit and qualified persons to be admitted by the Court . • . to have the bacon of DUTIMOW delivered to them." I wonder bow many of the Essex couples who have claimed—and after a strict trial, been awarded—this flitch, knew that the custom originated in a monastery as a joke against those living in the world and the rareness (according to the monks of Dunmow Priory) of husbands and wives being able to live peaceably together I No wonder Essex is proud of the number of couples who have been awarded this prize and so, even at the time Bofacothne!" Reformation," succeeded in Saving Their

Return of the Cruet

()LIVE oil is so much easier to come by these days "s' that cruets are reappearing (and how much better ones own salad dressing is. mixed individually at the table, than any made-up cream!) Here is a hint for anyone that finds oil bottles difficult to clean: Fill the bottle with small ash from a coal fire and then put it into a saucepan full of cold water and bring slowly to the boil. (Use an asbestos mat for safety). Let it boil for twenty minutes and then allow to cool. Empty, wash out with soap suds and then rinse in fresh cold water. Not only will your glass he clean but it should sparkle as well I

you can and hat you can't."

Soul of a Salad

,nIAVE oil has rightly been dubbed " the very soul of a salad," and the author of that alluring book, The Epicure's Companion, avers that " true wisdom would cause dictators to administer olive, rather than castor, oil. And there is no need to cause the repulsion of a heavy dosage. A teaspoonful a day, taken with vegetables in the course of the daily meals, will calm the troubles of many a storm-tossed digestion and make the world a better place for the brief dwelling of man."

An Acknowledgment

WOULD like to thank the reader from Arnside A who has sent in such a splendid collection of quotation% taken from so many different sources; also for his offer of " more when required." I am sure these will be appreciated by his fellow-readers of this column.




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