254 IDEAL HOME LIFE
tharacters one little girl traveled daily from one foreign land to another, having many of the adventures of the Swiss Family Robinson. Another played over the stories of Greek mythology. A third, who was reading Scott's "Tales of a Grandfather," recreated the lives of Bruce, Douglas, and Wallace.
Two Hints for Boys
Revive the nineteenth century art of "spatter work." Rub some India ink in water till it is quite thick. Pin whatever you wish to spatter, like a group of fern leaves, on a sheet of paper. Dip an old toothbrush in the ink and holding it over the paper, rub the bristles gently across a fine-tooth comb. This will spray the sheet. After you have got the tone deep enough and even enough, remove the ferns.
Make type out of cork. Cut out letters or pictures from the end of common corks with a sharp knife, remembering to reverse the letters. The cork will cut easier if damp. Use an ink pad, or, if you haven't any, make one by filling a tin lid with several layers of blotting paper soaked with ink. By having pads of different colored inks you can print your trees green, your houses red and your people black.
"And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and as silenti, steal away."