Chat. d'Yquen. Poisson, sauce holland.

Asperges, sauce hollandaise. aise.

Croustades d'abricots nouveaux à la ('undé. Chất, Latour. Côtelettes de chevreuil

Macédoine de fruits Marasquin.

Bombes cardinal.
Galantine de chapon en

Chật. Grillet. Fonds d'artichauts à la

DINER DU 7 FÉVRIER, 1867. princesse.

Printanier à la royale.
Cabinet Crêmant. Faisans rôtis --Salade.

Purée à la Jussienne.
Croustade de pêches et

Feuillantines grillées.

Crêtes de coq à la Villeroy. Vieux Madère. Gelée champagne.

Bars, sauces cardinale et aux huîtres. Corbeille garni de glaces.

Dindes à l'impériale. Cap Constance. Gâteau à la Turque.

Escaloppes de filets de chevreuil aux olives.

Suprême de poulets à l'écarlate.
Homards en bellevue, sauce Mayonnaise.

Punch à la Romaine.
JEUDI LE 30 Mars, 1871.

Faisans rôtis, sauce Périgueux.
St. Péray. Huîtres.

Pâtés de foies gras de Strasbourg. Chất. Rauzan. Potage à l'Anglaise.

Cardons à la Moëlle. Oporto. Sherry. Dindes farcis aux truffes.

Haricots verts sautés au beurre. Vieux Johannis- Saumon, sauce holland

Pains d'ananas aux pistaches. berger Cabinet. aise.

Coupes garnies de soufflés glacés.
Chat. Margaux.
Côtelettes de cocqs de

bruyère au riz
Vieux Oporto
Pâtés de foies gras.

From Spain, I have the authority of blanc.

our Minister, expressed in the most unVeuve Clicquot.

Faisans rôtis. Compote. qualified terms, that an hour and a half

is ample time for any dinner. To some Asperges en branches.

of the Ministerial menus I have added Gelée de champagne à

one purely Spanish, as a specimen of the l'ananas.

different customs in eating of different Vieux Madère. Fromage et beurre. countries. Vieux Tokayer. Glace.


May 31, 1871.
I also add some menus of dinners

Potages :given by our Ambassador in Paris, whose Consommé de volaille aux quenelles. table is as well arranged and served, and Bisque d'écrevisses à la Joinville. whose dinners are as good as can pos- Hors d'ouvre :sibly be desired, and never last more Pâtés de foies gras, chaud, froid. than an hour and a half.

Relevés :

Saumon à la hollandaise.
DINER DU 23 Mai, 1868.

Roastbeef à la Provençale.
Potage tortue à l'Anglaise.

Entrées :-
Jardinière à l'impériale au consommé.

Côtelettes de poulets aux pois.

Cailles à la financière.
Petites bouchées à la reine.

Filets de saumon à la Chambord.

Punch à la Romaine.
Filet de boeuf Madère à l'Espagnole.
Poulardes à la Montmorency, sauce Périgueux,

Légumes :-
Côtelettes d'agneau aux concombres.

Asperges en branches.
Cailles farcies à la Bohémienne.

Roti :
Aspics de crevettes en bellevue sur socle.

Dindonneaux nouveaux.
Punch à l'Impératrice.

Entremets :
Canetons et gelinottes rôtis.

Gâteau Napolitain historie.
Buisson de truffes au vin de Champagne.

L'abricotine glacé.

DINER DU 7 Juin, 1871.

agreeable form. No one can deny the Consommé de volaille à la Célestine. importance which is attached to this Petits pâtés à la cardinale.

subject in London society, when it is Saumon.

remembered the infinite trouble taken Selle de mouton à l'Anglaise.

by many in the arrangement of the comCôtelettes de cailles aux truffes.

pany to be asked as well as in the deFoies gras-bordure de gelée.

coration of the table, and other matters Ponche à l'Impériale.

connected with the entertainment. Much Outarde rôti.

pains are bestowed, and much money Petits pois au beurre.

spent, in endeavouring to give agreeable Savarin à la Montmorency.

dinners, and both are often thrown away Petits soufflés glacés au Marasquin.

by an attempt to do too much. Nothing

is more true than the old saw of “enough COMIDA DE S.A. PARA EL JUEVES 3 DE

is as good as a feast.” More food than MARZO.

anyone can enjoy, more wit than anyOstras.

one can listen to, are alike to be avoided. Sopas :

People are often so much exhausted by De Menudillos de arroz à la Valenciana. the heated atmosphere of a dining-room, Melon.

and by long sitting during and after & Cocido.

protracted dinner, that conversation Pritos :

languishes when the adjournment to the Sesos, manos y criadillas.

drawing-room takes place, and the only Pescado :

anxiety is to get away either to some Bacalao a la Vizcaina-Calamares en

fresh scene of overcrowded amusement, tinta.

or to bed, worn out instead of refreshed Entradas :

by the so-called evening's entertainment. Perdices estofadas—Pepitoria de Pavo. It is to be hoped that hereafter the Ponche Helado.

custom may be adopted, which obtains Legumbres :

everywhere but amongst the AngloMenestra-Alcachofas fritas con aceite. Saxon race,

of ladies and gentleAsados :

men leaving the table together; so Cochifritos—Toston.

that conversation may go on without Ensalada.

a break, and the grouping of gentlemen Platos de Dulce :

in one part of the room and ladies in Huevos moles con bizcochos - Huevos another be avoided. It also enables hilados.

those who wish to go elsewhere, to Postres.

leave at an earlier hour—which is of Helados. Vinos:

more consequence, however, with foreign Jerez, Valdepeñas tinto y blanco, Man

habits than with our own.

Abroad zanilla, Arganda, Rioja, Málaga, Mal- people visit in the evening when they vasia, Champagne.

wish to find their friends at home, and I am told that at Buckingham Palace

thus avoid a great amount of card leav

ing and loss of time. I heard the her Majesty's dinners are entirely con

present American Minister, General cluded within the hour ; but it must be

Schenck, observe that London visiting remembered that the Queen's habits in

might be arranged more effectually and this particular appear to have been formed

economically (as to time) by a system without much reference to social requirements. Her Majesty partakes of a good district; boxes, like post-office letter

of visiting-clearing-houses, one for each luncheon and tea, and makes her dinner

boxes, bearing the names of all one's a short meal.

acquaintance being arranged round a To return, however, to my subject of room, with a key belonging to the reconsidering dinners as a means of pro- spective families, into which cards or moting social intercourse in its most invitations could be dropped, the boxes


to be emptied each day by some one sent to a Whig, you call it a radical improvefrom each family. Our Transatlantic ment, so that in my wishing to please all brethren are certainly far ahead of us in parties I have been perhaps injudicious practical suggestions, and might perhaps in calling a diminution of the hours and give us valuable hints upon the subject the quantity of food at dinners, a reform of the present article, as well as upon movement. A moderate constitutional the art of visiting, or rather card leaving. change would best express what I want. In this country it is difficult to prevent The question now is, who is to bell politics from forming too large a portion the cat, who is bold enough to reform of conversation; the addition of music the present system by shortening the or cards in the evening tends to pre

hours and decreasing the quantity of vent this, and to give a fair chance of food at our London dinners? Will the amusement for all tastes.

movement originate on the Liberal side? A few words before I conclude, about I remember hearing a remark made by the arrangements of the dinner-table. a gentleman in the House of Commons, Although a dining-room should be well whose eyes were directed from the front lighted throughout, the brightest spot, bench on the Conservative to the Liberal the high light of the picture, should be the side, “Is it possible that a ministry table itself. Wax candles are the most per formed by those men can stand? I do fectly unobjectionable mode of lighting, not believe they have a cook amongst the most pleasing to the eyes, and with them who can dress a good dinner.” If out the distress to the organs of smell this be so, we must look elsewhere. which may arise from lamps. Small there no lady of high rank, no Baring shades upon

the candles throw the light or no Rothschild, who with cooks about upon the cloth and table, and prevent whose merits there can be no difference any glare upon the eyes. Gas light is of opinion, will set an example of conto many quite intolerable, at least as stitutional reform in this matter by— managed in England, for it frequently 1st. Limiting the number of guests produces a feeling of weight on the to twelve or fourteen ; head, and general discomfort, even if 2nd. Keeping the dining-room cool discomfort to the olfactory organs can be and well-ventilated ; avoided. The present fashion of flower 3rdly. Sitting down to dinner at 8.15 decoration is extremely pretty, and can without waiting for guests who may be be carried out without any great expense

absent; if bright colours and general effect are 4th. Returning to the drawing-room more considered than mere cost. All by 9.30 to 9.45; table ornaments should be kept low, 5th. Reducing the present number of as not to intercept the view of any one dishes ? by all the other guests. For the number If this were done, London dinners of dishes for a party of twelve or sixteen, might be, what they ought to be, from I recommend the Russian menu No. 3. the materials to be collected in London

society—the most agreeable reunions in Having now gone through what seem the world ; and much useless expense to me the defects of the present system would be avoided, so that these enterof London dinners, and pointed out tainments might be within reach of even some of the remedies, thinking that very moderate fortunes, and our nation most people admit that some reform is be rescued from the reproach so often desirable, I must leave the matter in the cast upon us by foreigners, of preferring hands of those able and willing to head quantity to quality, and a large party to the great reform movement. A clever a sociable and lively dinner. A French author who has written upon the art of gentleman once said to me, “En Angle“putting things,” says that if you want terre on se nourrit bien, mais on ne dîne to commend a subject to a Tory leader, pas." you talk of it as a sovereign remedy; if





But you


hang of it, though they sent good men

enough, and spent piles of money." “ You can't think what an odd kind of “But how do you account for it! half-sentimental feeling the name Sioux Why should the rest fail and the city stirs up in me," said the optimist, Quakers succeed ?" as we rolled down a gentle incline to “I don't know much about it," said wards the biggest town we had seen the potentate, “but, from what I can since leaving Dubuque.

learn, the rest began by talking about “Thinking of Natty Bumppo, and the devil and their sins. Now the Uncas, I reckon ?” inquired the poten- Quaker has been bred to begin at the tate.

other end. So he comes, and sits down “Yes. But let's see—it wasn't Uncas? by the red-skin, and asks him what the No, Mahtoree was the name of the Sioux Great Spirit has been saying to him, chief. "Mahtoree is a wise chief,' don't and that fetches him at once. But I'm you remember? Do you think we shall afraid it's too late. They talk now see any Sioux about ?”

about getting them all off into a separate “Well—likely you may see one or two State, and letting them send senators half-tamed, drunken savages on the levee. and members to Congress. What's left of the tribe is well away to can't locate them any more than you can the West. But there are not more now the buffaloes. They're bound to go out.” than a few hundreds, I believe."

“I hope not,” said the optimist. “It's a shocking thing the way you " I'm told their numbers don't fall off are getting rid of these Indians," said over the border. There ought to be the optimist. “Don't you really think room enough in the great West even for that anything better can be done with buffaloes, let alone the original prothem than poisoning them with bad prietors. And now that you have passed whiskey, and shooting them down like the constitutional amendment, red, and wolves? When I was in Philadelphia black, and yellow ought to have a I met several gentlemen who had been chance." amongst them themselves, and were in “And your cattle would be none the correspondence with the Quakers, who worse for grazing by a herd of tame are in the West trying to save the little buffaloes," remarked the struggler. remnants of the tribes. They all said, I think the potentate was glad to get that the Indian is fit for anything with away from the Indian question. decent treatment, and has nearly as “Now you seem to kind o' take for much to teach the white as the white granted," he said, “that we don't care has to teach him. Do


think the for breed in our cattle. You never Quakers likely to succeed?

made a greater mistake. Why, there are "I don't know but what they might Squire Burnett, and half-a-dozen other if they only had time,” said the poten- New England men, with as fine herds as tate." They have a way of getting you can find in any Duke's park. And hold on the red-skins, these Quakers, they give the highest prices for the best ever since Penn's time. All the churches English stock too, and take the pick of and all the sects have tried their hand it out of your farmers' mouths." at it, more or less; but it never amounted “Last time I crossed,” said the Preto much. They never could get the sident, “I came back in the same boat


with a short-horned bull, for which supper. All night Brigadier Ruggles one of our breeders had given 1,000 tossed about, thinking of the Ver guineas."

monter's bull; and next morning he “Why, yes, as long back as the was that bad with a fit of colic, that, colonial times we used to get your though he was an elder, Madam Ruggles bulls over.

There was Brigadier Rug- thought it best to let him stop away gles's English bull. Ever hear of the from meeting. Accordingly, she and Brigadier ?”

the Vermonter went off in the waggon « Never.”

with the farm-servants, and left the “Well, he got made Brigadier in the Brigadier by the fire, with a book of French war, somehow. A sturdy old Cotton Mather's sermons, and a chalk Tory he was, and went over to Nova draught at his elbow. Somehow, they Scotia after our war broke out. He hadn't been gone more than a quarter wouldn't fight against the colonies, but of an hour, when the Brigadier began King George and the old country had to feel better. After reading a spell, he thestrongest pull on him, and he couldn't seemed to think a little fresh air might live squarely under a new flag. How- set him all right, so he gets on his thick ever, before '76, Brigadier Ruggles kept a boots, just to stroll out in the garden. good house in Berkshire, Massachusetts, Sure enough the air was just what he furnished pretty well all through from wanted, and presently it came into his England. Half the chairs and tables had head just to drop over to the pens, and a history; but the piece he was proudest see if it was all right with the bulls. of was a tall old mirror, bevelled at the So he opened the garden-gate, and edges of the glass, and set in a carved stepped across, and looked over into ebony frame, which some of his wife's the pens. There was his bull, all in a folk-Madam Ruggles they called her lather, marching up and down one side —had sent over as a present from old of the fence, and the Vermonter's bull Berkshire. Madam Ruggles's mirror on the other, both of them moaning to was the finest thing inside any house in themselves in a low tone, as if they Massachusetts, and stood in the hall were swearing, and nothing but a gate right opposite the front door, so that on the latch to hinder them getting at everyone who came to the house might one another. The Brigadier took up a see it at orice. And Brigadier Ruggles's prong, and leant over, and tried to coax English bull was a long way the first beast his bull, who was tame enough to him, in New England, at least so the Brigadier to come and be scratched between his said, and the up-country farmers used horns. But the bull took no notice, to come miles out of their way only to and kept marching up and down. So get a look at him. At last one of them, the Brigadier watched them both, and after he had seen the Brigadier's bull fell to comparing them, and thinking, all round, guessed he knew a Vermonter "Well, that Vermonter's bull ain't of who had got a home-bred bull, alongside any account after all alongside of my of which the Brigadier's bull was of no bull-he ain't so straight in the back, account. This made the Brigadier rile nor so square in the barrel, nor so thick up; but as they could not settle it by in the neck-he don't weigh, now, not, talk, and the Vermonter was coming I should say, within a hundredweight down to a fair at Boston in the fall, it of


bull.' was agreed he should bring his bull “Somehow, as he was going on thinkalong, and stop a night with the Briga- ing of the bulls, the Brigadier kept on dier. Well, accordingly, Saturday night tip-tapping at the hasp of the gate, and before Boston fair, sure enough the not minding what he was at with his Vermonter came along with his bull. prong, till all of a sudden he just gave a It was too dark to judge much about tip too much at the latch, and the gate the beasts that night, so the Vermonter's between the pens swung slowly open, ball was put in the next pen to the just as the Vermonter's bull came opBrigadier's bull, and they went in to

posite it.

Next minute the bulls were

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