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A Century =Closer.
HERE’S THE BEST OF DINNERS.
TIM)* C.I'MI *> TO tWIAhf.B FOR
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#rnritns Dinner f Twi'iiO Cov
er* Allah! Possibly Hr Brought I l>
111 d.tO.tMHI, li iil tile Ain in Id* pens*
Woiilit lie In Ihe Ilerorntlnnw—A
Dinner lor Klalilern Thnt Coal
Nik York. Dec. 2*.—The holiday dinner
tat linvnn at length on of Ihe multi
farious '.error* of the rlrh. ll I" not the
•ciriiiOn v£ coiitrlbution to th© hoiwlay
%©r of in© poor, but th© providing of a
(tinner whl. h will fully • -or J with the
©sdtnote of on©* station In *•>-
•tty. in short how to is* tup the very
expensive dinner !:n b©to*n© •©-
i-ouh question. The dl. much planned,
much-devised. 4 ‘cheapest dinner." Is. aft
*r a!l. only a question of quantity and
,f *e adnerence to a few threadbare essen
-als In the matter of custom, bus the
expensive dinner requires s aesieral
* tp tiiat mere money may not alway
command. Each year adds to the dim ul
of ihe situation since It becomes a
l’<*rt of the constantly rising succession
* tide in irks. This, in fact, in the real
quest ion-how to surpass ail previous ef
*o •** And (his year will be notable, i*-
■a iTe rv< rwi well known society m n
*n-l women are already striving to settle
, quofciion on*’© and for all by ordering
1 e most expensive holiday dinner iha;
* *n i*ossibly be gotten up.
he ! jaiuri m* nt of on*- or two of these
notable feasts has been left to the lm
* ration of Oscar, famous over tlw* rotm
,r > •“ tha head waiter of New York a
Hldr>rf-Astoria; Oscar who, on lit'
runs his own steam yacht and
owl * • tine summer plate. UsrK spr**a*l
‘ ill coat mar.y thousamls of dollars, and
*ac t has required many weeks. If not
1 ontha. of hard work. Oscar ha* era*
i loyal a corps of dcflguers to arrsng*'
’he <b ora!ions..md h.s agents are soarcli
1* x h** hot houses of this and other coun
l: h ’ to obtain certain out-of-season fruit
'>hli h he des)n*s to have %•••
has advanced the ralliic of tha caterer
a nis that one hesitates beta* n
•llltig It an art or a science, but Ms
■ '©ten; in far-reaching enougli to enahla
m t*- hrimr together many widely sepa
'•ted Rweraats in the matter of food pro
dta tioi; Ko, know in# that sooner or later
* lan* Ade order of the kind will b#
***ven him. he was asked the oth*r day
’•* out the menu for the most ©x*
i mtve dinner ha could possibly get up.
unlimited capital at my com
•and.** bald he. "I would stlU have t *
and pend in my raaounres in producing
* te most expensive dinner. All th© money
in New York would not produce straw
* *rrlea l| January unless 1 knew* where
* r find Hem. Also 1 might find them In
°ne pJac during one searon and miles
•'S’ay during the next. Ther** are al-o
t iafters cf taste to be considered and
metiers o* reaon. It would In* absurd
nd out o! place to have on our holiday
tables eat|>ies which properly belong on
ly to the tropics and are not eaten in
•he United States, even in summer.
**!n the Hatter of food alone, the most
expensive 4nner would not run a* high
in prl**e as you might suppose at first
thought. Mi any dinner in whicn com*
mon sense It tuken Into account the food
alone would not cost more than twenty
dollars a rot r. That Is. without wine. !
decorations, or atteirdan ©. Now
>ou may btf nets wine at almost any
price, depemfcig on Hi© reputation of the
vinters. but \ou may not always buy j
©ld wine. Tie connolweur often value* |
I Of Men’s Gigantic Value Suits
B Commenced last Friday morning, has proven the event of the closing month of the Century. The
B movement continues until the entire 1,000 Suits are gone, and from the experience of the past two
B days, their time is brief.
B We picked up these Suits just before Christmas, from manufacturers who were literally craey to
B out the season s remainders, and while WE appreciated the GREAT VALUES within our reach, i
B THEY had one idea only, and that was to MEET BUYERS WITH THE CASH and DESIRE. /
We Were the Hen for the Occasion. /
We got the Suits, held them up a little while for a Century-end surprise, AND HERE THEY /
ARE. We have divided them into two lots, to-wit: /
Lot No I-SB.OO to SIO.OO Values
Ihlt dusty bottle* more highly than gold.
anil will on no a- 1 -ount sum ruler toem
1 Therein. diplomacy and opportunity must
1 come to pr'*" ur# what men* money can
: not buy. The matter of attendance Is a
I mutter of last. Vou could have a waiter
. for each gur- t If nsec*-ary, but w would
! not lie in goovl taste. Hut In decoration*
\.ai could go lo an almost unlimited ex
tent. A short time ago 1 ass-mbled a
dinner of eighteen covers, which co* ill
Hi* Aggregate thirteen thousand dollars,
i that I*, over ITS a cover. It was. and
*llll I*, ihe high-water mark In the mat
ter of dinners. In order to go higher I
: .-iiould simply have to lake each course
and ear It decoration and try to supple
ment It by some more expensive Hero It
j Is, after all. ihe decorations
that cost so much It. these din
i t r* In Ihe eighteen thousand dollar af
fair I decorated the room with a natural
grata- arlmr, through which the guets
V ..Iked and front which they plucked th*
hunches. Then there was w fountain with
I ir-n in It. which 111 Itaelf was an expen
sive affair, entailing much plumbing and
carpentry work. The flowers were all
out Of season, and yet many plant* were
shown growing til Ihe native pot. It was
these decora!'on* that cost so much. In
the rood expensive dinner I might Imve
rare J i|wtte* palm* or dwarf trees be.ir
-1 lug fruit, such as cherries. I could send
i to iha Orient and Import at a colossal ex
isnse any of Ihe fruit bearing tree* that
grow there. Dwarf pear*, aoples. and
other fruit are * onetime* brought to this
country, and I could lssie them growing
on 111. table, or the dlntng room would
be arranged a* a garden. In which bird*
would sing, plants and tree* would grow,
rippling cascade* would fall. The effect
..f sunlight or moonlight could he pro
lured electrically. w< might make sum
mer' oblivious to a holiday storm wtth
(Hit Oh. >e*. all of theme things could be
I induced at a cert as high as you plea*e_
Such a dinner would require months of
nilptiration and might cost fifty thou-
n.l dollars; maybe more, maybe leaa-
H would depend entirely on the trouble
Involved. . „
••Hut, as I have Intimated, alt this I*
not food. It Is deiorallona. To be sure,
r,.u would <wt some, of the .lecoratltm*
. „s vou woukl eat the conletM* of
ihe d-fX)native fruit basket on yr table
Hut in the matter of mere foo.l> • lo "" '
mart refer back lo my c.llmate of twen
!ty dollars a cov. r. for you nnn not eat
more than a certain amount and that
i certain amount is
market price You could have diamonds
ill th© meat " . _. if
“AVhat would he the menu forth- most
..... reive dinner?" Oacar was asked
"Well, since I have already Died my
best lo make one dinner as expensive a*
tMi.-ltde 1 must take It* Mil of f** " n ;?
aulvsliiute Still more important 'hlngb
’t'*;Turned <o hu desk snd .hough
awhile. Then he turned lohh. t>pe
writer and dictated tha following.
Amo „" l>^o l>m . rd wal- a I. Prlncesse.
I’aratio. Hr. eo Turtle. Bolivar.
Ib.tier In Basket.
Colon line of fhlcke^
lUs key Mountain Bheep with Pure*
jelly. Brussel* Sproirt# Sau*
Diamond Back Terrapin.
! c.nvas Back Dis k. Orap* I-rult Salad.
Confection# Coffee Fruits.
-There, now. mr." mid this ?•'
with** h* W miil"a" h °h^N* h pM"mmlkt
Aired when pu.ttn, bh. .td.lal
tate document "'hr l -*- "“•
; verv heat I eould do merely with food If |
1 had a fortune to deal with. Of course,
; 1 could double the ala* of th# dl*be*.
; and 1 could #tjv*e* In m,n,r w , O* l ®*'
which would sound wall, but which th*
;i!S. would not ast. Tlwr. would be
no .-.son in It. If. hOW *'~-
I examine that mmn you will •©• that
| social buntlod parti** would ks r*u.rat
“The Greatest Sale”
fto procure the Hocky Mountain sheep,
the duck, the terrapin, the atpariigu-,
and so forth, at this season of the y.sr.
Add private wtne and extensive dr ora
tion to such s spread and you will have
,i dinner that will coat you a small for
HAt MKl.tm II A Hit A'* \\OOI Mi.
It Was by Moonlight In an Aatomo
By Keslab Shelton.
"Tour master has returned; run up the
flag, boyl" The second Inside man hast
ened to do the bidding of the grey-halred
butler, and soon Ihe Stars *n.t Blrl|e
-were w.ivlna in the breexe from Ihe top
of the slender staff that was set near the
south porch of "Qreen Lodge.”
"Ah! Barry Is at home again! There'll
be great doings once more"
•'Wonder when, and how he came? The
flag was not flying when w# rode past an
I hour ago."
Harry was neither an admiral nor a
commodore, only the pet bachelor of a
fashionable coterie, yet who should say
him nay If he chose to adopt a naval
commander's custom. If some did laugh
at the pre*ump!lon of "th# merely rich
and fashionable folk?"
"Darry is an old fellow, and after
dancing Ih* cotillion with all the debu
tante* of the past twenty years, he Is ap
parently aa ardent and pi easing a lover
as In his youth! H# #*m* to have never
! lost hi* grasp upon youth, but to have
i clung to youth, and kept the youngs.er
up to date!"
"Barry was reported engaged to Mllll*
Montague—now lgtdy Hagebrush—wli-n
her stater, I-ura. wore her hair In a brail
and was a nuisance on the road, running
Into everybody's turn-out with her donkey
t.am Ye: Barry led tha cotillion with
Lura at her coming-out halt! Carol was
th* baby Montagu*, younger than L*dy
Bagebruah's baby, and when aha waa in
troduced' there wa# the perennial Barry
In Ihe front ranks! Yaa, thare wa* Bar
ry making all tha younger men play asc
end lo bla tint violin’s not*# of adulg-
Xaid Mrs. Rogers In confidence to her
husband: "Speaking of Barry'* return
r> mlnda me of what Kate Merry weather
said to me Iha other night, when I rti-
Iher about looking forward to Bar
ry's return: Barry? Oh, pahaw! Bon t
waste valuable time yoking me about hi*
attention*: they are never to b# mistaken
for intention,, and ° * girl# never
fount upon them, only ©• “•poc#-filler.
Wed politely pas* Barry on to th# next
girl. If an 'eligible' should be sighted:'
Isn't it a shame. John, how slangy tna
girls of to-day are. and bow llttl* real
regard they have for men. Barry, for In
-Don't think girl* are much different
from those I knew when I was young'
' How about Colon el-—"
"Don't be horrid and bring up ancient
history like that! Aa 1 was saying. Kate
was running on about Harry, and aald
'Why h# ha, been ‘the beau,* off anil on,
of all tna best girl* In town, for twenty
"And then she proceeded to rub It In—
"Whoa* *Un* are you quoting now?"
"Nobody's. If you please! As I was
saying. Km* said, that she'd heard so
much about th* devotion of Barry tig"*
ago to my bachelor autH*. both father'*
and mother'# sbrter*. that I feet at If I
might almost, rightfully call him. 'lfncia*
; Barry" And now, John, right hare,
you must eras* your heart, ami
promts* roe that you'll never tell a aoui
what Iro going to tell you now! For I
promts-d Kalo motl solmanly that I'd
I never tall a soul, and shaii keep my word.
. w If II gets out I shall know that It waa
t through you! Kata say* that her aunt
•Margaret hate# to have her go with Barry
st all. but warm of all eh* dislikes to ao
with theta hersolf, a* chaperone and mat
She contrives all aorta of engagement* to
And a ptaualM* excuse, for asking some
I rural to lake bar pi*** and get a obap
THE MORNING NEWS: SUNDAY. DECEMBER 30. 1000.
THEY NEED NO PRAISE.
They have that impressive appearance
Vou can Inspect Sample Suits in Eastern
DELAYS ARE DANGEROUS.
B. H. LEVY & BRO.
erone. In truth. It amount* lo this, that
Margate! shows Jealousy of Barry's at
tention* to Kate, and she Is shurp enough
to suspect an early attachment, year* ago!
; Did you ever dream of such a thing?"
"Oh, you women, what traitors you a 1
j are to each other! Kate has lo!d you that
’ which. If site suspected, site ought to
I I>ave considered sacred, and concealed!
i And yon promised not to lell. and now
| have told me!" said John Bugera reprov
ingly. and Intentionally omit ting to answer
his wife's question. Mrs. Huger* was from
i a distant stale, and had not that almost
idolatrous frelltsg towards Ha. lieknr Barry
j Ihsl "Ihe coterie" fell toawrd him!
"There now. that Is the consistency of
roan, to say nothing of gralllude' I low
virtuous we are! Ilow long Is ll since you
fold Bert Simmons, w.i.it J told you prl
i John had the grace to IHush. and as
I lie could not deny the charge, he showed
unusual sense, by keeping silent!
"Von lis# watt till I tell vou anything
In confidence again! I dPln’t forget my
promise. I didn’t think Kale would care
| If I did lell. Just you!"
"O I eee. you weren't to 'lell a soul,'
I so you felt that I didn't count' Well,
come, don't be angry, and I will do bet
ter than you have! 1 will not tell a
soul: and. remember. Mary, that I for
bid you to breathe a word of this to any
one! A pretty piece of gossip this would
make If It got nolee.! abroad! That fool
ish chatterbox of a Kate need* a eever#
lesson, but I do not wish that Margaret
and Barry ,liould be annoyed, that sha
may be property punished, si we must
Barry'* card* were toon out for a "Din
ner and "
What the blank meant, all were gurs*.
Ing. hul not one gueeaed correctly. Bar
ry’s dinner partlee were always welcomed,
and a* dancing was a feature to tm de
pended upon at Barry's, slipper* and
dancing gown* were much In the thoughts
of all. except th* poor chaperones.
A* Margaret had to listen to Kate’s
girlish chatter over the coming event,
and wllnea* her childish pleasure In the
rhinestone buckles of her pale blue slip
per*. Just the same dainty, cloud-ilk#*,
grey blue as her chiffon and tlh#-rty silk
dancing gown, she almost wished that she
could turn backward, for one*, Ih* hand
of Time, or that chaperone# were per
mitted to dsnee! But It wa* not consid
ered "good form" In her social set, and
It had been eo many years since she wa*
shelved, that perhaps she had forgotten
Thera had been the long year* of
mourning, llrst for her mother, then tor
her father; snd then when she re
enter society, there was Katie gaown up
and waiting lo be properly "brought out,"
and none but her to do It! This role of
the **ml-matertial. aa well as that of Ih#
elder slater, had not been one that ahe
would have chosen, but she had learned
enough of life, lo know that It Is permit
ted to only an exceptional few. If It ever
Is to any, to kv# their lives as they
choose, so she settled down bravely to the
Inevitable, and tashtu.iy liver hers as It
wa# "ordered" for har to do
"Margaret, what will you wear, your
black valval V asked Kate
"No. no!" and ‘Margaret shuddered.
"I am eorry that I ever had that gown
I almost hale It. Black velvet half sug
gest* mourning, and wholly proclaims sha
approa -h of "the season of the sera and
yellow leaf." I fell like a dowager of t*v
enty. when 1 tried It on, I shall have one
of my white brocades remode,ed. for this
occasion. Barry used lo say that 'white
was the only dinner gown.' and I’m quit*
of his mind."
"Margaret! I'm sure that he prefer*
pale blue, any way he has often said
that It was my color! And don't you
think that whit# Is altogether too g|ri
tah. tor you?" exclaimed Kate rasa id
lest of her atater's posslhl* aenaltlvansaa.
a* one's nearest relive* are prone to
Margaret shrunk a* If ah# had renalv#d
a blow, yet such hurts were too frequent,
lor her to mak* open remonstrance, ao
ah* quietly ren t'd. "J think not, a* thia
Lot No. 2-SII to SI4 Values
|ls pre-eminently a 'whk* year;' brocades
nr least, belong to elderly bull*,, and even
that ancient relic. Madam* Hou bee,
■ wear# white allk* and satin*."
| When ihe eiatars entered Barry'# draw
ing room, mere waa many a favorable
ft ramrnt made upon the stalely Marg i
refH well prcucrved.not made up." beifi
;ty; hi id kmdlr critics sakl. that t had
elmply matured, as ehs was not of that
type that must dim when It changed, the
type that Is only lovely while youthful
The dinner was one of Harry's, and
that Is quite enough to sav of It. for he
was perfect In the art of dinner giving!
But every on- wus still wondering what
thnt—had meant? What novelty wa* lo
follow ih* feast?
"Don your wrap*, ladle*, we are go
ing for a drive!" Wa* there ever such a
The guests went gaily to Ihe dressing
rooms. "Where do you suppose we are
going? len't It lovely?"
When aroup-'d on the veranda, a prefy
scene was presented to their view. Ihe
circular driveway was Ailed with fairy
like vehicles gaily decked with flag* and
electric light*—a doubt* line of automo
biles were ready lo take the dinner party
"Don't bother waiting for chaperones
and mother*, this la an Informal affair,
eo alt take the first -wrrlage that I* ~t
, hand when you are cloaked ami ready."
j said hold Barry, and aa his will was as
| good as law with hi* coterie, he was lit
I eraliy obeyed.
Yet, now aa aver, there waa method |n
! •PPa/sntlr. unmanned arrangemen.a'
It* said t,. one. "You'll go in this auto."
and to another. "Tou may take seats In
thia one. ami law I*, you come here and I
Duet you to see to It, that thea* gw.lv
girl* don i get frightened and upset thia
V‘° >g#ul end tha girl* wished
dear, old Barry all r „ gltni lu^k
for his personal conalderatior. for ibelr
"** * r * h* Bast Road to the
Rturtevant Tea-House, where we .hill
"•* *” • -lance by moonlight
KittJT!- H,srt up **"
Margaret had found herself separated
from her young slater by Barry', order
In such a natural manner, that ti would
PrUd, " h h “ v ' reman,
strated. neither could the decline to ac
cept the rest In Ihe auto-buggy with Bar
ry Ihe last automobile In Ihe line.
How many year* waa It. since she had
sat alone beside Barry of a moonlight
evening In those days chaperones were
not the fad—or the necessity?—** now
and her mother would have considered It
an Insult to both her daughter anil Bar
ry. to have suggested, that they needed
"Margaret, there I* met hail In my moon
light madness 10-nlght; I warn an answer
lo a question, that I was too stubbornly
proud to a*k you a dosen years ago Do
you remember a moonlight drive, that we
j ,ook twelve year* ago to-night, the day
i before my blrthnlght party?"
"Tea. | do!”
"I>o you remember, that I asked you to
he at home to me at 11, the next morn- •
"Te* And you did not eome"'
"I did come, and the servant said that
you were out. and I went away angry,
for I thought that you must know why
I was coming; 1 could not ask you to
marry m* then, I must ask that question
under your father's roof"' Margaret
laughed like a girl at this statement, at
such a moment.
"Laugh If you please, dear. I am of th#
opinion that I would have don* wiser ,
then, not to have been so particular as
to have put off till morning tbe question
I that I might have asked by moonlight.
Why did you refuse to saa me?"
"I never knew that you came! I hid
, a nervous headache that morning an i
mother coaxed me to ll* down on the I
lounge awhile and gave ro* some sort of
a powdet. and I remember that I dose I
an hour or two: when I wakened. I asked
If you had called, and ths butler aald. !
•No!' Then I felt hurt and aa If I had
been trifled with.”
*'l did not aa* tbg butler at all I U* ■
was off duty for a few momenta, pro*#
ably; I can recall very plainly, th#. pert
tsiauty of rite new maid, that anawere I
my Inquiry for you. I wjs an angry that
you should itol be 'at horn- after your
promise of the evening liefore, that I
would not leave my card!"
"As I did not make a culilldant of my
mother, she may have given orders to tha
maid*, to say that I wa* out. leal ■*>■■-
on#' should call and tiicdlcaaly waken
"And an lutnican! trifle like that hs*
mad-- in#* the ‘bachelor of the town!'
Margaret, can you forgtee ray 111 temper
ed stupidity’ What would ymir answer
have been that morning, what Is your
answer to-night—Will you lo# my wife?"
All the New Throat Bands
Thrr# Pretty Neck Decoration*
ller© la ** Irlo of tomendah © ne*k d©**-
nratloh. The flrat one in ni.i<l* of taffeta,
atltchcni In check* anJ net off with em.iil
Milt or stiver buttons, sewed on white
Liberty satin application*. All Ihe throal
bonds are high, high as th* collar of
L'Alglon's while uniform, but heavy buck
ram or canvas Is no longer used as an
Interlining for thee* tall -hokerw. A
whalebone or Iso hold* the col.ar well th
under the ears and at the back, bus does
not detract from ihe soft, pliant < xpres
slan that the newest stork* must have.
Tall aa theao neckbands are they all
boa-a a great deal of decoration. First
they are stitched and then more or less
braided, and finally a. lop and bottom
a shaped stitched strap of gooos pussrd
about th* neck, crosses In from and leta
fall two barbed end* on which exceed
ingly small bustons are arranged In geo
metric patterns. At the neck wear coun
ter# where one grow* perfacily befud
dled !n the attempt to mak- a chabb from
the numberless model* displayed, th*
most alluring collars are ebtlrorate#? ex
pensively and effectively with fur.
For example tf is possible to buy a
lofty ermine collar showing flaring palms
of turquoise, blue velvee, which point# are
brightened with god gaioon. About the
bottom edge of tbl* same collar several
row* of narrow gold braid are worked
deeply Into th* fur aml compete their
mission in front by forming a- luster of
bright loops and end*, lb* latter har
log gold knot* of ferret* for a finish. Jw.r
**Y©. wviijld havß h©rt th© anxwor
theii. mml y©. In th© nn*w©r now. lint
why hiv# you wwjteff, ©n! wt©4 ©lt
t hf*M* yurt?**
"Bee©un© I feared that you Itavinjf d*-
ricted to iwy ‘No.* had reftiueff lo re**eivo
rm* i ext ttmri Imt. to ©iwre m* the tmifi
of hr-Bflnit It* Hut when I won pin vine
t love with Km© Ihe other nixht. moiii©-
thlii* flnNheit over your fare, thnt non.
v til red i itt thnt I tunl heort n ntujrtd dolt,
for the |Mt daxen ymm! You will ln* .
to-ntxtit Anri only with me; xmt w© wilt.
If you pi©©*©, ©nnootic© our
Tluat Mir©ly nhuukf rtlmuite a healthy
exrltenirnf untoti if our 'knowtttr
frinide! I uni ro Klml that you ar© til
a# gay and handsome a* these are tba
collars, as ihe sketch .hows, made of
cloth of gold or altver. edged with black
or a bright tiniest panne at the top. a#Kt
loped with a gold cord, and encircled at
the bottom with a necktie no wider than
that a man weara with evening draas,
but made of a strip of shining blartk
broadtail. The ends of Ihe broadtail band
are some 11 me* finished with Jeweled fer
No longer Is It the fashion to make a
looped bow In whatever may be tied al
the base of a (Ire** collar. The small and
decorative cravaf itvsild be folded to a
four-In-hand kno*. or made In a boor of
five, seven, nine, or eleven end*. Theao
ends can show ferret*, though the** pret
ty gilt tag- are besoming decidedly -om.
mnn place, or everyone ran he shaped
differently and treated WVh stitching#
and French knot*.
Not very long since live neck decora*long
with long pendant lac*, chenille or how
ends was the hall mark of Ihe popular
erase, now we see no fancy collar* with
front ornamentation longer than (tv*
Inches, and the coU#r of Ih* tmmediatd
future Is very tall with an outward rolling
piece lhat flares a little- on the shoulder,
ll I- quite like Ih* tall double linen cul
ler that loan have been wearing for iha
pnta eight months, with Ih* dlffareuoe
that the hoi tom of the rolled over pteee
I* for woman'* wear made aa full flar
ing as an annex flounce. I'nderoeafi) the
hro.i t rolled oter flap a tiny string ii* of
*!k or satin I* drawn and fastened tn •
•>e buw U> front, • M IA I