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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4 (July 1, 1935.)

Lost Work Through Rheumatism

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Lost Work Through Rheumatism

After 30 Years on the Railway.
How He Got Back to His Job.

It was little short of a tragedy to this railway worker to have to give up his job after 30 years. But his rheumatism was so bad that he had no choice—he could only walk with a stick. The advice of a friend led to his taking Kruschen Salts—and he went on taking it until he was able to go back to work again. This is the story in his own words:—

“For three years I had arthritis very badly and had to walk with a stick. Also I had to give up my job as a railway shunter, after 30 years in the Yard. I was advised by a lady to try Kruschen Salts, and I took bottle after bottle to give it a fair trial. I found it was doing me good, and continued until it cured me. If it had not been for Kruschen, I am sure I should not be here now. A lot of people used to tell my wife I was going home fast, but to-day I am in the best of health and am back at work again. If you saw me now, and could have seen me three years ago, you would not think I was the same man. I cannot praise Kruschen Salts too much.”—W.T.

The pains and stiffness of rheumatism are caused by deposits of needle-pointed uric acid crystals in the muscles and joints. The six salts in Kruschen stimulate your liver and kidneys to healthy, regular action; assist them to get rid of the excess uric acid which is the cause of all your suffering. When poisonous uric acid goes, with its deposits of needle-pointed crystals, there's no doubt about those aches and pains going too!

Kruschen Salts is obtainable at all Chemists and Stores at 2/6 per bottle. much general pleasure can be given to others by the taking up of that particular hobby. The fact to remember is that hobbies take the mind into a new country where all the troubles and cares of the workaday world are left behind. Generally speaking, a hobby loses much of its usefulness in this respect if it is turned into a sideline for money-making purposes, and although this often presents many temptations, it should in almost all cases be resisted if the full benefit of the hobby is to be reaped.

Many hobbies, such as stamp collecting or modelling bring together people of a congenial outlook into a pleasant relationship and often lifelong friendships are encouraged and developed from the fountain of a mutual hobby.

Health Notes.

At this season of the year and in the early Spring there is a prevalence of infectious diseases. Colds, influenza, whooping cough and various skin diseases are apt to pay us a visit when the broken winter weather is with us. To safeguard the children's health it is necessary that they should be adequately clothed, but not superfluously clad in layers of thick or shrunken woollen under-garments. It is essential to allow free access of air to the body, so that the skin may function in a satisfactory manner. When the atmosphere is warm or when extra heat is produced by muscular exertion, sweat is poured out from the glands and evaporates on the skin, thus extracting heat and cooling the body. The idea is to keep the body warm by active exercise. A child who is constantly active will not require to wear a number of extra garments to enable him to keep warm. The tendency to overclothe the child in winter will make him over-sensitive to cold, so that it is better to underclothe him. An extra outside garment can always be worn if necessary. Over-clothing and coddling tend to break down resistance to colds and other ailments.

It will be seen that the ideal wear are porous, loosely woven undergarments, to allow for evaporation of moisture and free ventilation of the skin. Frequent changing of under-clothing is an important factor for the maintenance of good health. It is especially necessary in the case of children. The garments become impregnated with sweat and germs, and wearing them day after day, and often during the night as well, infects the skin, frequently causing rashes and spots, or even boils. Vests that are worn during the day should on no account be worn at night. One warm garment at night is all that is necessay. Loosely woven and porous garments are very easily washed and dried, and the little extra trouble is offset by improved health and vitality.

Children should not be allowed to go from overheated rooms into cold ones or outside without putting on an extra garment, such as a jumper or cardigan. The sudden chilling of the body frequently causes colds. Pure air, and as much sunshine as possible, is necessary for the well-being of the child. Sleeping rooms must be well ventilated with a continuous stream of fresh air flowing through them. It is also necessary to keep them out of direct draughts.

Children should be trained from the very earliest age in regular habits of hygiene. A daily bath helps to keep the body and skin free from infection. Cold baths are stimulating and beneficial to the normal child, provided the skin reacts to it well. After a quick rub down with a rough towel the body should be in a glow and feel warm to the touch. No dawdling should be allowed and brisk exercise should be taken afterwards.

Meals should be simple, regular and well-cooked with no “pieces” in between. Three good meals a day are sufficient. Milk should be given at the end and not between meals. Give plenty of water and some fruit juice between meals. Teach children to drink an adequate amount of water. It can be taken either hot or cold. The diet should be well balanced. Foods that leave a certain amount of undigested residue in the intestines enable them to work efficiently by stimulating
(H. C. Peart, photo.) Tree ferns along the Greymouth-Westport Road, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

(H. C. Peart, photo.)
Tree ferns along the Greymouth-Westport Road, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

page 54 the bowels to action. Spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, celery, carrot, raw ripe fruits, prunes, raisins, dates, wholemeal bread, coarse oatmeal, etc., are foods which tend to make the bowels laxative. Honey and treacle should be given frequently in place of jams. Butter is a good form of fat. Care must be taken when first introducing laxative foods into the child's diet. All new foods must be given in small quantities to begin with and must be thoroughly mashed. If given in too large a quantity at first, the bowel may be irritated and indigestion and diarrhoea result. The child must also be taught to masticate its food properly.

A child's chief meal should be given in the middle of the day.


Chilblains are really a slight frostbite. They develop when there is poor circulation in the parts affected. The best preventive, therefore, is to get fit before the cold weather comes, eat nourishing food, wear suitable warm clothing, and have sufficient healthy exercise. Persons who are predisposed to chilblains should aid circulation by massage of the hands and feet. The use of methylated spirits with massage is helpful as it hardens the skin. Any affected parts may be painted with weak tincture of iodine—it is quite a good remedy—but this should not be applied to broken chilblains. If the conditions persists it is well to get medical advice.

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Home Notes.
Some Methods of Removing Stains.

To Remove Ink Stains From Wood. Cover the ink spots while wet with shredded blotting paper. Remove the paper as it becomes saturated, and apply this method until the paper no longer absorbs the ink; then rub the spots with lemon juice and salt until they disappear. If white marks result rub them with oil and turpentine.

To Remove Grease Stains From Unvarnished Wood.—Scrub with a solution of washing soda or ammonia.

To Remove Stains From Porcelain.—Rub with kerosene, followed by washing with soapsuds and warm water.

To Remove Iron Rust or Ink Stains From White Fabrics. — Soak the stained part in warm water until it is thoroughly moistened, then cover the part with lemon juice and salt and place in strong sunlight. Keep constantly wet until the stains become faint. Wash in diluted warm ammonia water and rinse in clear water.

To Remove Coffee, Tea and Fruit Stains.—Soaking in boiling water is generally sufficient. If this is not successful, spread the spot over a bowl of boiling water and rub with lemon juice and salt. Wash in ammonia water, then rinse in clear water.

N.B.—It is important to remember that stains are more easily removed while they are wet.

To Remove Blood Stains.—Wash with soap and tepid water.

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Party Savouries.
Olive and Cheese Savoury.

Plain biscuits, 6 olives, 1 tablespoon grated cheese, 1 slightly boiled egg, salt and pepper, curry powder.

Method: Chop up the olives with the grated cheese, add salt, pepper and a little curry powder to taste. Mix all together with the lightly boiled egg and pile on to the biscuits. Garnish with slices of olives.

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Cheese Dreams.

Line patty pans with good puff pastry; fill with the following mixture: 2 level tablespoons flour, 1 beaten egg. 1/2 teaspoon mustard, 1 cup grated cheese, 1 cup milk, salt, pepper, cayenne to taste. Mix all together and cook till thick, stirring all the time. Cool slightly before filling cases. Bake in good oven for ten to fifteen minutes. Reheat before serving. Garnish with parsley.

Cheese Fingers.

Two-three ounces grated cheese, pinch mustard, loz. butter, little cayenne, Worcester sauce to taste. Mix with anchovy sauce or vinegar; spread on fingers of hot buttered toast.

Creamed Sardines.

One tablespoon butter, 1 1/2 cups bread-crumbs, 1 cup milk (or cream). When thoroughly melted add two hard-boiled eggs, chopped small, and a small tin of mashed sardines. Season to taste. Serve very hot on slices of buttered toast cut in fancy shapes. Garnish with parsley.

“If all the money expended on tobacco were banked there'd be enough before long to wipe out the National Debt,” thundered the orator. “That'd be a fat lot of good to smokers, wouldn&t it!” came a voice from the back seats. When they'd done laughing the lecturer barked: “Tell me how much tobacco costs you a week, you there, and I'll show you you're wasting your money and running your health.” “I smoke four ounces of Cut Plug No. 10 a week,” answered the voice. “It costs me something over three bob, and I get a quid's worth of enjoyment out of it. And don&t you worry about my health, mister. Been smoking same brand for years, and I'm still going strong. It's toasted, and can&t hurt you if you smoke a ton a week.” The lecturer dried up. Just five brands of the genuine toasted: Cut Plug No. 10 (Bullshead), Navy Cut No. 3 (Bulldog), Cavendish, Riverhead Gold and Desert Gold. They're harmless because they're toasted—and there's enjoyment in every whiff!*