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TIIE OMAIIA DAILY BEE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1906.
FRESH THINGS ON MARKET
Gra?n S;u(T in Groctriei and Stalls Ehowt
I co ded Improvement.
tW BEET?, POTATOES, TURNIPS, ETC.
C hriatmaa Demand la Over, bat the)
Supply 'of Uood Thlnae to Eat
la ot In Any War
There la a decided improvement In the
green stuff In the market and grocery
stores, everything- having taken on a fresh
look. This Is emphasised by the green
tops of the new beets, turnips and carrots
which have come In thla week and are of
fine quality. The fruit stands are posi
tively gorgeous, with their stacks of red
apples, orange and nuts, making in all a
combination hard to resist.
New potatoes are the newest offering of
tho week, having come In Monday, In time
for the Christmas demand. They sell for
10 cents a pound. New beets, carrots and
turnips are 10 cents a bunch or three
bunches for 3 cents; cauliflower sells from
20 to 36 cents a head, head lettuce Is 10 and
16 cents a head, endive lettuce S and 10
cents a head and leaf lettuce 6 cents a
bunch; tomatoes are 20 cents a pound, and,
while firmer and better than they were a
week ago, they are a little green; wax and
string beans are 20 cents a quart, green
peppers are 30 cents a dozen, artechokes 20
and 25 cents each, parsley 5 cents a bunch,
spinach B0 cents a peck, sweet potatoes
40 cents a perk, Irlnh potatoes 20 cents a
peck, 75 cents a bushel; cranberries, 10
and 15 cents a quart; cucumbers, 10 and IS
cent each. I'ellevue celery Is In and sells
for 5 and 10 cents a stalk.
Practically everything In the way of
fruit that refrigerator cars and hot houses
could aff rd wns available In the local mar
ket for Christmas! Including many things
seldom seen here. Oranges, navel and
Florida, sell from 16 to 30 cents a doien.
and lemons from 20 to SO cents a dosen.
Pineapples are 16 and 20 cents each; tan
gerines, 15 cents. Catawba grapes are still
to be had and sell for 20 and 28 cents a
basket; Malaga grapes are 20, 30 and 40
cents a pound; Tokay grapes are 16 cents
a pound and kumquats 35 cents a pint box.
These aro the best that have been In the
market this season. Dates are 10 and 15
cents a pound and Age 20 and 55 cents a
Popcorn has been scarce nnd Is still,
there having been little more than enough
to supply the holiday trade. The shelled
com sells for 5 cents a pound. Honey Is
18 and 20 cents a pound this week. In the
comb, and 25 cents a pound for the Cali
fornia honey. Sweet cider Is 30 and 40
cents a gallon and maple sugar 16 and 20
cents a pound. Mushrooms are $1 a pound
and selected buttons $1.
The very best fresh eggs are to be had
for 80 cents a dozen this week In the larger
tores, and the best candled eggs for Hi
cents a doten. This Is a decided Improve
ment over the prices of the last month,
although there Is a tendency on the part
of some dealers to hold the price at 83
cents for the best and 28 cents for the
Butter Is stilt up, however, the best pack
age creamery selling for 35 cents a pound
and the tub creamery from 26 to 27 cents
a pound. Oleomargarine Bells for 12, 16 and
22 cents a pound.
Turkey sells In three grades, from 16 to
20 cents a poiindj; ducks and geese are 124
cents a pound and chickens from 8i to
11H cents a pound.
gome ftperlal Recipes.
These recipes for special holiday dishes
are by the chef of the Northwestern lim
ited of the Chicago Northwestern rail
way: lllsque of Pigeon a la Hoteliere Prepare
four tender pigeon, cover them with th'n
bardes of fat pork and roast them. Cool
partially and remove the largest bonees
boll the bones with lard and drippings of
rich broth; chop the meat and pound to a
puree; put a chopped onion In a saucepan
with two ounces of butter; fry light brown(
add a pound of white stale bread previously
soaked In cold water and well pressed. Stlf
a little longer, put In the pigeon meat, nil
well, dilute with the broth prepared with
bones and drippings, more white broth, and
a gill of port wine. Stir and boll ten mln.
utis; skim and rub through a very tine
sieve; return to a saucepan, boll, and skim
again; llnlHh with a pinch of red pepnet
and four ounces of butter In small bits;
pour In a soup tureen und serve with small
squares of fried bread.
Snowball PufT One cup of flour, butter
slie of on egg. one eirp of boiling water;
add the butler to the water, and when
melted stir In tho flour, cooking until the
mixture leaves the sides of the pan, then
set aside to cool. When lukewarm break
In three eggs without beating, mix thor.
oughly, drop In baking tin about two inches
apart and bake in a slow oven twenty-five
minutes. Berve with whipped cream.
Tomato Fritters Bent three eggs, add
one pint of strained tomato, and salt and
pepper to taste. ' Haste this over thick
fingers, of stale bread until they are thor
oughly soaked, then roll them In bread
crumbs, and fry In hot fat.
Artichokes Fa rcte Closely trim the arti
choke all around, blanch and scoop out
the choke: stuff the cavity with a farce
made of onions, ripe tomatoes, mushrooms
and fresh breud crumbs, then braise In the
Thlaiaa Worth RratemberUg,
To keep cheese, wrap it In a clean, fresh
USED ROUND THE WORLD
Made . u scientific blend
ing of I i'.' best Cocoa beans
grown in the tropica the
result of 126 years of suc
A aaw and aaadaoaacly tllaatns4
Recipe Baok seat Irs
WALTER BAKER & CO, Ul
EsUbluM 17S0 DORCHESTER, MASS.
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THE LOW PRICE STORE. WE LEAD '
' In low prices and high quality goods. It's very easy for ua to save
you money on your groceries and meats, because we buy In big lots
and pay spot cash and sell for cash only. No bad accounts to lose,
that's how we can glre you In addition to the low prices the big
special discount In K. & II. Green Trading Stamp!). They are good as
gold and we give them freely on every 10c purchase.
SATlMDAr AND MONDAY
Oysters, solid packed, per qt..&ftc
John Morrell's Mince Meat is the
best on the market regular sell
ing price per lb. 15c special for
Saturday and Monday, 6 lbs.
1 lb. can Baking Powder, sells fpr
2 Sc. with every 60 lb. sack of
Purity flour 931.15
21 lbs. pure cane granulated
sugar for Sl.OO
2 lb. can Sweet Corn 5c
2 lb. can Early June Peas... 7 He
3 lb. can Baked Beans 7 He
Tomato Catsup, 10c bottle for 5c
THE LANGE GROCERY CO.. 24th
cloth that has been wet in vinegar and
then wrung out as dry as possible; wrap It
In a paper beg and put In a dry place. If
prepared In this manner the cheese will not
dry out or mold fur a long time.
There Is often danger of slipping In a
bath' tub, especially by old people. This
nuty be prevented, however, if one will buy
corrugated rubber mat which may be
put In the bottom of the bath tub. Than
there are pieces of rubber fastened by clips
to the sides of the tub to prevent slipping.
The shelves and towel racks of some of the
finest bath rooms are now made of glass.
They are much easier to keep clean than
the nickel and brass fittings. The finest
and most serviceable bath tubs are of
porcelain, but great care should be taken
In the cleaning. Sand soaps are apt to
take off the polish. A really complete bath
room la fitted up with foot tub (as well as
the regular tub), wash basin, medicine
eloset, electric curler and other necessary
For joining glass and metal common
alum melted In an iron spoon over hot
coals forms a strong cement for Joining
glass and metal together. It is the best
thing for holding glass lamps to their
stands, or for stopping cracks about their
bases, as kerosene does not penetrate it.
The best way to clean a hair brush Is to
use warm soapsuds with borax or soda
added, scrubbing the bristles with a firm
nail brush. Rinse the brush with tepid
water and place bristle downward to dry.
The only brush that can be kept hygleni-
cally clean Is one made of Siberian bris
tles. The old-time hair brush Is a lodging
house for dust and microbes and absolutely
cannot be made clean unless boiled. The
comb should be cleansed every time tho
brushes, hot soap suds and a nail brush,''
combined with snergy, forming the neces
To cleanse dirty gilt frames put a gill
of good vinegar Into a pint of cold water,
and brush over the frame with a soft
brush. Do a small piece at a time. .
The following Is offered by one of the
household magaslnes as a polish for oak
furniture: Boll together one quart of strong
beer, a piece of beeswax about the size of
a nut, and a tenspoonful of coarse sugnr.
Rub the furniture over first with hot beer,
then apply the polish, which should be
cold. Leave till dry, and polish with soft
About ThlaKs To Wear.
The automobile bag Is the latest thing In
handbags, and Is a cross between a dress
ing case and a shopping bag. It Is made In
all the fashionable leathers and fitted with
all the little toilet articles which a woman
may need, even after a short spin In. pur
suit of luncheon cr dinner. Cold cream.
Up salveface powder, soap leaves, tiny
comb and brush, mirror, small hat brush,
pins, hairpins, etc., are packed into the
smallest possible con; pass, leaving room
for kerchief, gloves, etc. There are purse
and card case fittings, and, though te bag
is, of course, heavier than the ordinary
handbag with vanity fittings, It Is not
really burdensome and Is extraordinarily
convenient for the motor woman.
The hand embroidered linen collar, with
little embroidered or lace trimmed bow or
rabat of fine lingerie is a new fad. French
women have been wearing the dainty things
for several seasons past, but the mode has
been slow in reaching us. Naturally one
may spend a considerable sum upon such
neckwear, but cheap Imitations are already
Tatent leather or dull kid pumps with
around their tops Inch wide bands of cloth
to match the frock are shown In fhany of
the popular oolorlngs, and, made to order to
match any cloth frock.
One of the prettiest of the new face veils
to be had at modest price Is a fine mesh net
with chenille or velvet dots at wide Inter
vals and a border of velvet ribbon an Inch
or an Inch and a half wide. This Is far
more chic than the cheap lace veils, and
a good tooe veil la rather an expensive
The newest hatpins have large heads and
are used as hat trimming d. tails in addi
tion to fulfilling their original purpose.
Several of the best houses have launched
very fetching neck ruches and muffs of soft
fringed silk. Many wide frills of the silk
are used, and at the front of the neckpiece
and on the large muff are nosed several
big velvet and silk roses, matching the silk
and held by dip knots of velvet rltb-m with
many ends and Joips. These sets nre shown
In several of the fashionable greys and
Hand wrought necklacos of dull burnished
sliver and clouded amber are charming with
some of the all gray costumes.
Duttons and cloth tops are a very Im
portant part of most of the new boots. Tho
cloth tops come, of course, In the plain
colors, but the Invisible plaids are rather
better when one does not Mick to black.
Many women are having boot tops made
to match their tailored gowns.
Another feature of the new boots Is the
wooden Cuban beel. This makes the shoe
much lighter for walking i than when the
heel was built of leather.
Black veils must not be worn with very
light hats or gowns unless there Is a touch
of black somewhere about the costume.
Match the bat In the veil whenever It Is
possible, but don't mike a fright of your
self In doing It For Instance, a blue veil
la apt to make a woman with a bright color
look purple, especially If the mesh Is small.
Bines many of the winter suits and coats
are mads with elbow sleeves, long gloves
SPECIALS IN MEAT DEPT.
Good Steaks, 4 lbs for 25c
Beef Roast, per lb 7c to 5c
Good Lard, per lb 10c
Poultry of all kinds geese, ducks,
turkeys and chickens, young and
fresh at athe lowest prices.
Jam, all flavors, 10c and 15c jars
G. B. C. Biscuits, 8 for 10c
Mixed Candy, 2 lbs. for 15c
And 1 in Green Trading Stamps
Navy Beans, 10 lbs. for 25c
6 lb. sack Pancake Flour for.. 19c
Oatmeal, per lb 8c
Fresh Creamery Butter, per lb. 30c
Fresh Country Roll, per lb.. . .20c
Fresh Eggs, per doz 22c
and Cuming, Tel. Doug.
are as much In demand as ever. Borne of
the very newest are fleece-lined, whloh
must add greatly to the wearer's comfort.
White fox furs are extremely popular
with the youthful contingent, and sliver
fox Is considered particularly chic with the
older woman's tailor frock.
A Few Sandwich Recipes.
New sandwiches are In demand and are
welcomed by the bachelor host or hostess
as well as by the housewife. A sandwich
which Is a great favorite at tea tables Is
of brown bread cut thin. Over this Is
spread cream cheese and olives cut in
slivers. Then comes a layer of peanuts and
then a tablespoonful of orange marmalade.
To make celery sandwiches chop fine one
cupful of celery, six stoned olives and one
tablespoonful of English walnuts that have
been shelled and blanched; moisten to a
paste with mayonnaise dressing and spread
upon thin, buttered bread.
A sweet sandwich that Is nice for chil
dren's parties and afternoon teas Is made
of chopped crystallized fruits, moistened
to a paste with wild cherry liquor and
spread between buttered biscuits or fine,
thin slices of sponge cake.
Green peppers chopped fine and spread
upon buttered brown bread and cream
cheese are delicious. A good cheese sand
wich is made of rye bread cut very thin
and buttered with ununited butter and then
spread with cream cheese sprinkled with
red pepper; over this put a layer of small
sweet pickles chopped fine and on top of
all a few thin slices of onion.
DREDGES WANTED ON ZONE
Government Changes Specifications
foe Machinery to Be Vsed
ea Canal Work.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 28. Revised speci
fications have been prepared by the
Isthmian Canal commission for two pipe
line dredges to be used at La Boca and
Cristobal. Vnder the original specifications
bids are asked for on these dredges de
livered In this country. The new speci
fications ask for proposals on the dredges
delivered ready for work In Panama, or on
the Pacific side of the Isthmus and the other
On the Atlantic side. Proposals are aisj
asked on the machinery knocked down In
These dredges are required for harhor
work as well as for dredging at the ends of
the canal. The commission now has two
dipper dredges at work In Panama and a
large dredge of this description Is now
building for the commission. The cost of
these dredges varied from 1100.000 to $1,200,000
and It is expected the cost of the preposed
pipe line dredges will be about the same.
In addition to these smaller dredges the
commission also has two sea-going dredges
building near Baltimore. Each of these Is 300
feet long and Is capable of going to sea
under its own steam at a speed of eight to
ten knots an hour. One of these will be used
knots an hour. One of these will be used
on the Pacific side of the gone, the other on
the Atlantic side.
Several old busket dredges 'left on the
Isthmus by the French are In use on the
canal work, but are of an obsolete type
and much less effective than modern
dredges. . .
Mnrder In Ormnn.
PORTLAND. Ore., Deo. JS. An unidenti
fied Italian from S;i Francisco here today
killed a young woman, fatnllv stabbed her
j aunt and then killed himself.
FOR TOILET AND BATH
It makes the toilet something to be en
joyed. It removes all stains and toughness,
prevents prickly heat and chafing, and
leaves the skin white, soft, healthy. In the
bath it brings a glow and exhilaration which
no common soap can equal, Imparting the
vigor and life sensation of a mild Turkish
bath. All Grocers and Druggist.
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convenient to entire bulnes center.
Close to beat theatres and shopping
dlicrlc. jtl'S rooms. 150 private batbs;
luxurious writing and reception rooms;
woodwork maiiug-any throughout; brass
beds and all modern comforts; telephone
in every room; beautiful dining room
the best of everything at moderate prk.ee.
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- y,(';'.i r,
Ad. Ha 10
We Want Your Meat Order
today, tomorrow and every day there,
after. Tough meat we haven't but ten
der and well cured meat Is what we
guarantee to deliver you in every or
der. If good Service and the best
meats Is what suits you. you can get
It here and ynu get It at the lowest
cash price, as we do only a cash busi
Pork Loins 10c
Pork Butts &Hc
Iamb Chops 10c
Uml) Stew 3V
Hamburger Steak 7V4c
Pot Koust c and be
Rib Boiling Beef 3c
Choice Bacon lB1
t lbs. Oood Lard 25c
Turkeys, Oeese, Ducks and Chickens
for New Tear's dinners the choicest.
fattest In town at lowest prices.
1921 Famam St. 'Phone Doug. 6984.
HERE'S A ROAST
you will enoy
33o th Pound
3 pounds for $1
W. L. Masterman & Co.
THE COFFEE MEN
Phone Doug. 1638. 3l3 6o.lltb.St
t lEAT YEAR FOR RAILROAD
furpiBssi Any in Enildinsr of New Lines
with Exception of 1888.
OVER SIX THOUSAND MILES OF TRACK
Scarcity of Labor and Inability to
Get Material Only Elements
that Prevented Hack
The year Just closing will pass Into his
tory as the year of the greatest railroad
building In this country since 1888. The
record for the United States was made in
1887, when 13,000 miles of new main line
track was laid, .and the following year
witnessed the completion of 7,100 miles.
nee that time the figures have fluctuated
from 1,803 miles In 1896 and 6,786 in 1903. The
Railway Age Is authority for the state
ment that but for the scarcity of labor aud
the difficulty of securing material the year
of 1906 would have surpassed the record
of 1888. As It was, 6,067 miles of track were
Last Match lt.000 miles of new railroad
were under contract and since that time
contracts for several thousand miles have
been awarded. The demand for more
workmen has been universal.
On the line of the Western Pacific the
contractors for months have been adver
tising for 5,000 more laborers, but without
much success. This road Is now under
contract for the entire 929 miles from Salt
Lake City to San Francisco, and while over
10 miles of track have been laid on the
eastern end, work In Nevada and Cali
fornia has been held back by the lack of
workmen. On many' other Important ex
tensions similar conditions have prevailed
for months and the result Is that much
new mileage which has been planned for
completion this year will have to be cur
ried over Into 1907.
Other roads which have be!en more fortu
nate In securing the labor for the work of
grading have found It Impossible to obtain
steel for track laying, and many hundreds
of miles of grade have been completed for
ninety days or more on which further work
has been suspended until spring because
the mills have been unable to supply the
steel, says the Railway Age.
States West of Mississippi.
In the states located west of tho Mis-,
sisslppl river the new mlleuge aggregate
4,190, or nearly 70 per cent of tne toUU,
and in the states south of the Ohio rlvlbr
and east of the Mississippi river 1,1U miles
were built, leaving il nine to be credited
to the states north of the Ohio aud east of
the Mississippi. In the southwestern group,
which shows a larger mlleuge than any
other group, are louated Missouri, Arkan
sas, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Indian Terri
tory and Oklahoma. Nearly one-half of
the track in this group was laid in the
state of Texas, and almost 47 pur cent (UJ
miles) of the mileage in that slate waa
bulit by the Southern Pacltlc and the Trin
ity & lirasoa Valley, the Utter road being
the Joint property of the Colorado k
Southern and the Chicago, Rock Island &
Pacltlc. The Colorado & Southern has built
another line, eighty-four miles long, In
Texas, and the Santa Fe has completoJ
fifty-eight miles In the same state.
The completed mileage for the year In
the extreme northwest is sniull considering
the vast amount of construction which is
under way In that section of the country.
But work on many of the Important lines
under contract has been lurirly of a
preliminary character and the track laying
stage has not yet been reached. Although
2,-80 inlles of new road were computed dur
ing the lust year in the northwestern states
and the Pacific states, larger increase may
be expected during the coming year. In
addition to the 3i3 miles of track laid during
the last twelve months In Washington.
Oregon and Idaho, there are over 1,7(9
miles of new line under contract In thos
three states and preparations are being
made to start work on several other Im
Milwaukee Coast Line.
While the coast extension of the Chicago,
Milwaukee it St. Paul Is under contract
fiMtn Ulenlisin, S. L., to liutte, Mont., 7J1
miles, and from the Wasnlnglon-Idahv
state line west to Seattle and Tucoraa, and
while the work of grading has been under
way In South Dakota, Montana and Wash
uisioii lor the greater port of the j w,
only thirty-six mlle of track have been
laid on the eastern end. The plana of the
company provide for tne vigorous proaecu-
j lion of work during the cotr.iug year, and
by January l, taw. it is nopeu to nave tne
line completed from the Missouri river
starting point west to Butte, Mont., and
also for much of the distance across Wash
ington. The heavy mountain work In west
ern Montana and In Idaho will require a
tangtr time, but it is promised thai too
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To those at a distance we will send
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Douglas 450., Omaha, Neb.
County agents wanted. Write for terms.
extension will be ready for operation to
the coast In two years.
With the exception of ten miles of track
laid on the Missouri River & Northwestern,
all of tho construction In South Dakota has
been on extensions of the Chicago, Mil
waukee & St. Paul, the Chicago & North
western nnd the Minneapolis & St. Louis,
and the year closes leaving 100 miles of the
White River Valley line of the Chicago,
Milwaukee & St. Paul, seventy-five miles of
Chicago & Northwestern extension from
Pierre to Rapid City and ninety-two miles
of the Missouri river extension of the Min
neapolis & St. Louis uncompleted. Four
months ago It was confidently expected to
complete all of these extensions by the end
of the year, which would have made the
new mileage In the state 064 miles Instead
of 389 miles. All these lines will be pushed
to completion in the spring.
Work of Harrlman Ronds.
The Harriman lines, Including the South
ern Pacific, the Union Pacific, the Oregon
Railroad and Navigation company and the
Oregon Short Line, have completed exten
sions aggregating 379 miles in Texas, Louis
iana, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Cali
fornia, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washing
ton, in addition to eighty miles in Mexloo;
the Santa Fe has laid 367 miles of track on
extensions in Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma,
Indian Territory, Texas, Colorado, New
Mexico and Arlsona, and the Chicago &
Northwestern has completed 344 miles In
Wisconsin, Wyoming, South Dakota and
Illinois. Some of the other large systems
have made additions as follows: Trinity
& Brazos Valley (Rock Island and Colorado
& Southern), 193 miles in Texas; Great
Northern, 175 miles In Canada; Chicago,
Milwaukee St St Paul, 143 miles In South
Dakota and Wisconsin; Minneapolis tt St.
Louis, 138 miles In South Dakota; Boo Line,
129 miles in North Dakota; Rock Island
System, 112 miles In Arkansas, Iowa and
Indian Territory; Colorado St Southern, 102
miles in Texas and Colorado; Illinois Cen
tral, 97 miles in Indiana, Tennessee, Ken
tucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Illinois;
Chicago, Burlington St Qulncy, 91 miles in
Wyoming; Missouri Pacific, 80 miles In
Illinois, Arkansas and Louisiana; Southern
Railway, 80 miles on various short exten
sions In several southern states; Norfolk
& Southern, 71 miles In 'North Carolina;
Bt. Louts & San Francisco, 71 miles In
Missouri and Texas.
The longest Stretch of new road com
pleted has been built by the Trinity &
I'.razos Valley from Mexla to Houston,
Tex., 157 miles. In addition to thirty-six
miles on the branch from Teague to Wax
ahachle. Brldsre of Mshogany,
A bridge built entirely of mahogany, said
to be the only one of the kind In the
world, Is In the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
The bridge spans the Rio Mlchol. and Its
total length, including approaches, exceeds
'DO feet, while the width Is fifteen feet.
It Is used by both teams and pedestrians.
and, though somewhat rude and primitive
In construction, la substantial, , None of
the timbers of the flooring were sawed,
for in that region there are no sawmills,
but were hewed and split.
if liamiillP mMmnMiK
SOME USES OF THE BANQUET
Whys and Wherefores of the Merry Eabit
of Dining Tseether.
ORIGIN OF THE HABIT AND ITS GROWTH
Once a Necessity, It Now Persists as a
Ceremonial, bat Still Performs
Function More or Loss
This Is the season when co-operative
mastication is most In vogue. Family re
unions are brought about nnder the pre
text of satisfying the hunger; the tri
umphs and misfortunes of our ancestors
are memorialised by eating, and moral
causes and mining stocks promoted in the
same manner. Men who come from the
same state come together for a meal, and
men who weigh too much add to their
weight by a simultaneous effort. The So
ciety for the Relief of the Starving Rus
sians meets for the purpose of collectively
spoiling enough costly food to satisfy the
hunger of a village of mujlka. As soon as
It becomes known that a man has plenty to
eat at home he is Invited out. The richer
he Is the mors free dinners he gets.
Some speculative philosophers have ven
tured to predict that as mankind became
more civilized eating, like all the other
bodily functions, would be performed In
private. There are no Indications of prog
ress in that direction at present visible.
The communal meal was never so popular
since It has been unnecessary. It has be
come a ceremonial, and when an Institution
becomes a ceremonial It Is fastened on
humanity forever. Ceremonials are cus
toms that have outlived their usefulness
and have therefore become Indispensable.
They are former necessities of life that
have become so common as to be luxuries.
Orlsrln of the Danqnet.
The banquet had Ita origin In the early,
but not the earliest stages of human life,
the period In which one of our popular
novelists finds his heroes and heroines.
So long as man lived on casual meals
snatched from bushes and trees there was
(no reason for communal eating. And
when he robbed a bird's nest or caught
fish in ""his hands his altruistic Impulses
were not aroused. He hid In the bushes
to eat, or at the beBt shared his prize with
his mate and offspring. But when he had
risen to the triumph of catching a deer In
a grapevine entanglement, he could, for th
first time In the history of the world, af
ford to be generous. He had no coli
storage warehouse and preservallne ha
not been Invented. The only way to save
the meat was to eat It, and, as ha could
not do that alone, he called In the neigh
boring troglodytes to share It with him.
The eating bee thus originated prevail!
to this day, retaining vestiges of Its priml
tlve signification. The barbecued pig or o
being more than one family could dlepos
of, became an excuse for getting togethe,
a crowd. Any family can finish i
chicken, but the sacrifice of so large a birr
For years the humble soda cracker remained
obscure and unappreciated. No one seemed to
realize its food value no one seemed to know
that it was one of the most nutritious rations
Then one day the soda cracker was
u discovered." The NATIONAL BISCUIT
COMPANY saw its value if properly pre
sented to the public. They set about to
bring its quality to the highest possible stand
ardthe result being Uneeda Biscuit,
which are to-day recognized as one of the
staple foods of the American people.
Nearly 400.000,000 packages of them have
been sold, and the food value of the soda
cracker is a settled fact..
NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY
as a gooa or a turkey Involves suoh
a train of leftovers that the host Is willing
to extend his hospitality. If our dinner In
vitations retained their original meaning
ws would have engraved upon them: "W
are going to have more than we can eat
at ojt house on such a day, and you can
have some If you come."
Whffore af the Feast.
The dinner Invitation Is, of coursn, a
polite fiction. The meal Is merely an ex
cuse, superfluous but Indispensable. Cer
tain people want to get together or the
host wants to get them together, and the
only practical way Is to give them a din
ner. Ws have been made so wary of each
other by the exigencies of our civilization
that to get acquainted with a man you
have to sulk him as you would a deer.
You cannot approach a stranger and say
to him, "You seem to be my kind of
man. I think It would be to our mutual
advantage to become acquainted." That
would be altogether too blunt and presump
tuous. - The mors modest and diplomatlo
way Is to assume that you have no mora
In common than a dependence upon food,
and say to him: "I have to eat and you
have to eat. Let us eat together. Possibly
between mouthfuls we may Indulge In a
little casual but profitable conversation."
By this subterfuge his natural suspicion
is disarmed and you sidle up to each other
while ostensibly looking In another direc
tion. Head-on collisions are avoided In
good society. By mutually agreeing to
adopt some such fictitious objective ss a
dinner, people can travel on converging
lines-and gradually approach one another.
Effect of the Banqaet.
We can endure human beings best when
they are stuffed. The object of putting a
heavy banquet before the speeches Is to
get the guests in a comatose state, so they
will not be bored, or. If they are, they will
not know it. When a man has eaten until
he can .eat no more, he will swallow any
thing. Food does not stimulate the mind.
It withdraws blood from the brain, render
ing one dull. To still further stupefy the
gorged subjects, narcotics, such as tobacco
and alcohol, are used, until It Is safe for tha
speakers to begin. It used to be the cus
tom, ss the gospel, according to John,
bears witness, to palm off poor wine on
the guests at a marriage feast when they
were too far gone to know the difference.
Nowadays we palm off poor stories when
the banqueters are In an uncritical state.
The hungry man Is critical. You cannot
catch him with old Jokes and please him
with platitudes. His wits are sharpened
by his empty stomach. Fill It and he Is
tamed. The most successful after-dinner
speakers eat sparingly and drink nothing;.
This gives them an advantage over their
aud'tors, who are busy digesting while
they are speaking, so anything they say
sounds brilliant and plausible. Read the
speeches you applauded Inst night In the
morning's paper, when your brain Is fresh
ened by sleep, and see what they amount
Thus the common meal, while losing Its
original purpose, has acquired new func
tions, and as a means of reuniting reluc
tant relatives, of promoting acquaintance
and of securing a patient hearing for any
and all causes, it Is a useful piece of social
mechanism. The Outlook.
Eqaal to the Occasion.
The bookkeeper, thinking the boss had
gone home for the day, had Invited a few
friends to assist him In disposing of a
feast that had been brought in from a
While the work of demolition waa In
progress the boss unexpectedly returned.
He stood In the doorway and surveyed the
"Er come In, Mr. Spllker," stammered
the bookkeeper, "and and help a hungry
bunch crunch lunch."
"No, thanks," said Mr. Spllker. "I pre
fer to stand her and watch an Idle clerk
shirk work."-Chlcago Tribune.
The Methodist cathedral In Manila, which
Is In process of erection, , will seat more
than 2,000 people.
Rt. Itev. Henrique da Sllva, titular bishop
of Trajanopolls and uncle to the reigning
king of Portugal, la visiting In this country.
He came from Lisbon to officiate at the
laying of the cornerstone of a new Portu
guese church In Providence, R. I.
Rev. Albert Negahnquet of Kansas, now
conducting religious labors among bis fel
low race men In Oklahoma and Indian
Territory. Is the only living Roman Cath
olic priest who Is a full-blood Indian.
Father Negahnquet was born on the Potta
wattamie reservation, near St. Marys
Kan.. In 1S77.
Henry Q. Davis, the vice presidential can
didate, will build a Presbyterian church
to coat loO.OOO at Gassaway, W. Va. The
avla Memorial Presbyterian church at
Slklns. that state, was built by Mr. Davis
'or his son, who was drowned off the coast
A great lntersynodlcal convention for men
from the fifteen central synods of the Pres
bterian church and the men of the Cum
berland synods, together with 100 special
-nr-enttives from the other synods and
foreign fields, Is called to meet In Omaha
. hi uary 19 to 21.
Rev. A. J. Burrows, president of Mar
quette college, Milwaukee, Wis., hss re- .
celved formal approval from Rome for the
consolidation of Marquette college with the
Milwaukee Medical college. It Is expected
that the new educational Institution will be
ready for students In less than two month.
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