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to be cooked. More leaves are placed on the food, and a mat over all. Then some water is poured on the mat, and finally earth as an outside coating; thus the food is cooked by a combined baking and steaming process. But a simpler method of stoneboiling than this of the New-Zealanders was probably practiced by the pit-dwellers. Stones made red-hot in the fire were thrown one after another into a vessel of water containing the food to be cooked. This is the plan adopted by certain North-American Indians. and traces of it still survive on the Continent of Europe. Coffee and tea steamer. Fig. 5671 is a tea and coffee steamer for hotel purposes, with double walls extending nearly to the bottom, placed in the boiler so as to allow the water to pass all around them, while upon them set vessels with perforated bottoms and containing each a strainer in which the coffee is placed. 4. a. An apparatus in which wood (for instance) is placed within a chamber, in order to expel the na