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Animal Friendships (The Strand, 1899)
The dog and the duck, the kangaroo and its canine mates, the cat who raised a litter of rabbits, the cow and her piglets, and a host of other unusual cross-species relationships.
My Herb Garden (GOP, 1898)
How to plant one, and what to plant for kitchen and health use.
London in July (Demorest, 1885)
"In all the world there is only one London, and to go abroad without seeing it is to visit America without seeing Niagara or the Yosemite." And July is the height of the season in that great town...
Good Breeding Shown When Travelling (GOP, 1884)
"Some fifty years ago travelling was a rare luxury... and those young people of the present day whose parents can afford to perfect their education, by means so healthful and agreeable, should make the utmost of such advantages... As well-bred young women they must refrain from allowing themselves any more license, either in dress or in conduct, merely because amongst strangers."
Figure-Heads (The Strand, 1891)
A lavishly illustrated piece on historic and artistic figure-heads.
True Economies in Household Management, Part 1 (CFM, 1882)
"Economy is the management, regulation, and government of a family or household; a frugal and judicious use of money, that management which spends money to advantage and incurs no waste... a judicious application of time, labour, and the instruments of labour." A two-part essay that won first prize in a magazine competition.
An Old Roman's Bill of Fare (CFM, 1895)
Peacocks, nightingales, parrots' tongues (all the more valuable if the parrots could speak), ostriches, and fat little dormice were all featured on patrician tables... Nero was said to have had pheasant served on a layer of diamond dust. Fortunately for the digestion, apple dumplings were also popular...
The Queen of Inventions: The Sewing Machine (Godey's, 1860)
Save your health and eyesight - invest in this marvelous new invention that enables the needlewoman to perform her work in comfort.
Some Eastern Sweets (GOP, 1886)
Offering such tasty dishes as Coconut Pudding, Indian Fritters, Leechee Cream, Plaintain Fritters, and Lemon Honey.
Peculiar Children I Have Met (The Strand, 1896)
French author Max O'Rell (who is always a treat to read) talks of his days as a schoolmaster in England.
Reform in Underclothing (GOP, 1888)
This article has some fascinating information on the origins of some common articles of Victorian underclothing -- the pantalette having been designed to enable young girls to wear shorter skirts -- and then looks at some recommendations for change, including the "emancipation bodice" and "Dr. Jasper's sanitary combination garment."
My Conjuring Tricks (CFM, 1892)
A would-be magician finds that holding on to his money can be the greatest trick of all!
My Work Basket (GOP, 1880)
A selection of elegant patterns for embroidery and needlecrafts.
High-Class Sweetmeats (GOP, 1899)
Delicious, easy-to-make, timeless sweet treats.
Poetry
To Rose
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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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