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carries a blue cotton umbreUa under his arm." The characteristic distinction of the guests this night, though not so original, was even more effective,— a pure white chrysanthemum, en houionniere.
A brilUant overture by the band and the introduction of oysters upon the scene opened the first act of the epicurean melodrama. A full corps of modern Ganymedes began to play their inspiriting part, other ministering spirits appear¬ ing and disappearing, bearing in turn green turtle soup, oUves, almonds, celery, radishes, filet de sole with cucumber salad, then appetizing sweetbreads with Parisian potatoes, foUowed by lamb flanked with French peas as piece de resistance. AH tantalizingly near and aggravatingly far. Feeding time in a menagerie is under certain circumstances amusing and entertaining, but who has not observed the unrest of the smaller animals looking on the greater devour¬ ing their Uon's share? A cat looking at a king can scarcely find in the privflege the satisfaction of interviewing a mouse. To begufle the fancy and help whfle away the tedium of hope long deferred and great expectations, exquisite sou¬ venir programs of the entertainment, genuine works of art and triumphs of engineering skiU, had been thoughtfuUy distributed among the feminine denizens of the upper re¬ gions; but the dainty and artistically devised French menu only emphasized the fact and added to the regret that on this spicy occasion, what was sauce for the gander should not be sauce for the goose. One of the most exquisitely cruel modes of torture during the Dark Ages was by starva¬ tion, the helpless victims bound in narrow ceUs in fuU view of the inquisitor's kitchens, being forced witnesses of all the cuUnary operations and preparations in the result of which they had no share. History but repeats itself. When the promised " Ught refreshments" reached the altitude of the mouth-watering spectators, however, they