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The Training of Performing Animals (The Strand, 1894)
"The notion that animals are taught to perform tricks by dint of cruelty, by blows and starvation, is among the most illogical fallacies of the day. 'Patience, patience, always patience' is [the trainer's] formula, his magic..."
Golden Rules of Etiquette (Collier's Cyclopedia, 1882)
Some brief rules of etiquette for nearly every occasion, from boat rides to baptisms.
A Word on Easter Eggs (Demorest, 1886)
A bit of the history of Easter eggs in Greece and Russia.
Ornamental Napery (Demorest, 1894)
Beautiful embroidery designs for home linens.
Economy in Dress (Harper's, 1882)
"The present paper will endeavor to explain by what simple means and with what little expense one of the needs of civilized life--the dressing of its women in comely fashion--may be attained."
Strawberries (GOP, 1892)
Strawberry jam, strawberry jelly, jellied strawberries, straweberry cream, strawberry shortcake, and a host of other recipes for this delicious spring fruit.
Place Nicknames (CFM, 1895)
On the origins of such terms as Halvergate hares, Cantley cats and Beighton bears, amongst others.
The Art of Garnishing (CFM, 1884)
"I must endeavour to show how to hide ugliness by means of garnishing, as well as improve what is already in itself pretty." Who knew how vitally important it is not to mix blue and green on the table?
April: The First Dinner Party (ILA, 1855)
A humorous look at this seasonal social event.
How We Save Time and Labour (CFM, 1881)
An interesting look at the results of 19th-century technological advances and how they have changed lives.
The Mystery of Precious Stones (CFM, 1896)
"Precious stones have been associated--at almost all times and in almost all countries--with the powers, civil and religious" -- including a "mass of superstitions" that are summed up in this article.
Fiction: An Awkward Fix (The Strand, 1893)
On the troubles that can arise when one cannot pay one's cab fare...
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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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