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or catsup. The dried venison, powdered, mixed with half its weight of melted suet, seasoned and sealed from the air, constitutes the pemican described in No. VIII. of this series; the same article contains an excellent recipe for drying and smoking beef, but which could be used for venison. In freezing weather venison will keep indefinitely; it should be trimmed free from ragged and bruised parts, the hairs wiped off with a wet cloth, and the entire surface thickly powdered with ground ginger or pepper to protect it from insects and mice; it should be hung from a stout hook so that it does not touch anything, and in a dry place. An excellent pickle or marinade for venison ean be made of the claret remaining in opened bottles, with the permission of our California critic, who at least cannot make one Charles Lamb's reproach that “everything is sopped in claret, steeped in claret, basted with claret, as if claret were as cheap as ditch water.” A half-bottle of ordinary claret is well-wasted on venison, especially as the marinade can be used for the Sauce, or again as a pickle for other meat; to it add half a cupful of whole spices mixed together, such as cloves, allspice, mace, pepper-corns, or a red pepper, a broken bay-leaf, and a sprig of any sweet herb except sage, that being reserved for very fat meat and poultry; in this pickle turn the venison every day for a week, or longer, according to convenience. To cook it, drain it from the pickle, brown it in butter or sweet drippings, dredge it with dry flour, and permit that to brown, and then cover it either with the pickle or with boiling water; season the gravy palatably, and gently simmer the venison until it is tender; then strain the gravy, and serve it with the venison very hot. Venison chops or steaks are delicious first quickly browned in butter enough to prevent burning, and then simmered for about five minutes with the addition of a tablespoonful of currant-jelly to each pound of meat, the seasoning being of salt and cayenne. A perfect sauce is Mrs. Howe's for broiled venison or any game—a spoonful of dry mustard smoothly blended cold with four times its quantity of currant-jelly. A good soup can be made from the bones of venison boiled for three or four hours in water, with any cold gravy and scraps of meat—a pound to a quart of water—until the meat falls from the bones; break the bones and extract the marrow; rub it and the meat to a pulp through a colander or sieve, return it to the broth, and thicken it with flour and butter browned together, a tablespoonful of each to a quart of broth; season the soup highly, and serve it hot. No meat pie is more savory than a well-made venison pasty, the crust brown and crisp, the venison first stewed tender in good gravy, which is subsequently to be poured into the pasty through a funnel inserted in a cut in the crust after it is baked; the juice of a lemon or a glass of port may be added to the gravy. An English method of potting venison is to bake it with a little mutton suet and whole spices, in enough claret to cover it, until it is tender, and then pack it in earthen jars and cover it with clarified butter. Again the claret; but perhaps it may be permitted, so long as we do not suggest Lord Bacon's expedient of raising “a turf or two in the garden walks to pour down to each a bottle of claret to recreate the sense of smelling.” To pot the trimmings or remains of venison, stew them gently until quite tender in enough gravy or water to cover them; chop the cooked meat fine, then pound it smooth in a mortar, or rub it through a sieve with a potato-masher; season it highly, press it down firmly in small jars or glasses, and cover it at least a half-inch thick with clarified butter; close the vessels from the air and dust. Or, cooked and finely minced, mix the venison with an equal portion of minced or grated ham, season it highly, and pot it in reserve for a sandwich meat. So prepared, a spoonful mixed with three slightly beaten eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper, makes a most savory omelet for breakfast or luncheon.
INEW YORK FASHIONS.
ILVER rivals gold as a decoration of holiday S dresses, and is used on white tulle with pink roses, on black velvet, and on yellow satin of genuine golden shade. For holiday dances are white tulle dresses, with the ribbons of the sash and that on the flounces lined or striped with silver, making a pure toilette that retains its cool appearance through the long heated hours of the ball. More elaborate silver passementeries are on the black velvet corsages that are now worn with lace, tulle, Brussels net, or velvet skirts. For such a waist the neck is cut out round or in W shape, and the fronts are sharply pointed below the waist, while the back is a pleated postilion basque. Silver ornaments of cord and spangles in points extend down the fronts, around the sharp point, along the edges, and in set shapes at the top, spreading wider under the arms. The sleeves of velvet reach nearly to the elbow, and are open down the middle, with silver points on the end, and straps diagonally across the opening made of moiré and satin ribbon ending in bows. A skirt of black Brussels net is made demi-trained for such a waist, the back full and flowing, with stripes its whole length formed of wide velvet ribbon that has picot edges of fine jet beads. The front and sides are covered by two aprons of the net, edged with thread lace festooned in deep scallops, with a long-stemmed pink rose pendent in the lace between the festoons, and above the curves a silver ornament representing a double bow of ribbon with curled ends. Similar skirts are made of white net with white satin ribbon edged with silver, and silver bows on the aprons. Yellow satin corsages and skirts are ornamented in the same way. Black satins with silver or with steel gimps in points or in blocks are very handsome dresses for re
ceptions and for dinner dresses for young matrons as well as for those who are older. Plush reasserts itself as the season advances, and rivals velvet in midwinter toilettes. For instance, black plush is preferred to seal brown for cloaks, because it does not appear to imitate seal fur, and because it is more becoming than black velvet. It is made up in long full cloaks for those who find fur cloaks too heavy; these are lined with soft quilted satin, and trimmed with fur only where it is most needed—around the neck, the wrists, and on the soft muff of plush. Short plush mantles for young ladies have jet ornaments in V shape that almost cover them at the neck, but slope sharply to the waist; these are merely shoulder capes behind, reaching only to the waist line, but have long slender fronts that may be edged with fur rolled to look like a boa. Only black furs are used on black mantles, but for the colored plush mantles of golden brown, moss green, or blue there are more youthful trimmings of the light badger, silver fox, natural lynx, or of raccoon fur. Green cloth coats, terra-cotta, golden brown, and English pink coats are worn by young ladies with various dresses. The green coats are in moss shades, with fur trimming that may be either black or brown. Terra-cotta cloths are trimmed with jet and with black fur. The so-called pink coats are of the light scarlet shade of mixed red and white worn by Englishmen in their hunting suits. The covert coats introduced during the summer with lapped and strapped seams are made in darker brown and navy blue cloths, with two rows of horn buttons down their doublebreasted fronts; these buttons are sewed on through eyes in the middle, and are preferred to braid buttons for such jackets.
Among the holiday gifts displayed this season draperies form a conspicuous part, and are shown in great variety, from those with rich artistic embroidery that makes them objects de luze to other simple yet tasteful trifles for people of small means. Scarfs of soft silks, of Bengal Satins, and gauzes are embroidered or decorated with lustre painting to be used as easel draperies, or doubled in a soft. mass on one corner of a cabinet, or on a picture frame, or on the high back of a chair or a sofa–not spread out smooth like a tidy. Long narrow scarfs of plush or of twilled silk or light India silks irregularly embroidered are for mantel scarfs where they lie flat on top, hanging low at each end, or else they are festooned near one end, or they drop straight in front as a valance. A square of richly embroidered cloth in couched work is to be placed in the centre of a drawing-room table—not to cover it entirely—while scarfs for smaller tables are placed across to hang down in front and back, making a rest for small pieces of bric-àbrac, yet are not large enough to hide all the pretty wood of the table. Sofa cushions have one side entirely covered with darned-work in soft lovely colors in a design by William Morris, or else they are all white and gold, with yellow silk arabesques wrought on thick white satteen, or they are covered with Bulgarian squares, with much tinsel in the embroidery, or are covered more plainly with the brocaded India silks or plush.
For the dining-room are lunch cloths of white linen, bordered with drawn - work and fringed. Doilies of bolting-cloth or of sheer linen are wrought with lustrous silks in gold or copper colors, in vines or in solid Oriental block patterns, or else they have tiny butterflies in natural colors, or a spray of sea-weed, or flowers here and there, bluets, carnations, or daisies. For the centre of the dinner-table are white linen squares richly embroidered in colors. Buffet covers are of white linen, with the ends in Mexican drawnwork, or with the Limoges embroidery alone, with cords held by colored silks in button-hole stitches. Tray covers, buffet covers, and scarfs for the middle of the table are in the showy cutwork on white linen, with the pattern buttonhole-stitched in white silk, and the spaces between cut out.
Bags increase in variety and beauty, and are used for a touch of color in any corner or on many pieces of furniture. There are saddlebags—or double bags of Bengal satin—to hang as catch-alls on the gas jets, and there are bags of quaint old stuffs and rich brocades for wall-pockets, long knitting bags of plush painted or embroidered, reticules for fans and purse, brocaded
bags for an opera-glass, plush bags for photo
graphs, and large party bags of India silk for holding extra things for evening toilettes. Double bags of gay silk filled with orris powder are hung in a room to give out fragrance. Sachet bags of white linen with drawn-work and fringed ends, or painted with flowers, hold lavender, violet, rose, or heliotrope to perfume a drawer or chest of linen. Melon-shaped bags of cretonne or of India silk are pretty catch-alls. Wall-pockets for letters or newspapers are of gilded Japan straw or of matting, decorated with painted flowers and mottoes. Pocket-books are long and slender, and are chosen to match card cases that are still larger, and are made of the light, durable, and now fashionable pig-skin, with silver corners and coin-like clasps; or else they are of kangaroo-skin, or the prettily shaded lizard-skin, or that of the sealion, or the still popular crocodile-skin, or else of English morocco in bright “pink,” which is searlet, or else seal brown, dark blue, or heliotrope. For men are double pocket-books without a clasp, one side for money, and a lapped side tucked in for cards. Long lorgnettes of carved tortoise-shell are the favorite eye-glasses alike with young and old ladies; those brought from Europe are quite straight, plain, and slender, with a gold monogram for their only decoration, while those with curved ends and heavy carving are chosen here.
Amber lorgnettes, and others of gold studded with jewels, are shown also. Glove vinaigrettes of chased silver are pretty gifts; they are flat, and so small that they can be thrust inside the glove next the palm of the hand. For photographs are frames of repoussé silver and oxidized metals, and others of brilliant Rhine stones, which are now preferred to rococo setting of many colored stones. Leather frames in bright colors are used for a single picture, and also for folding screens for several photographs. Quaint. old stuffs, damasks, and brocades are the French fancy for covering frames, for toilette boxes, and for small cabinets in the shape of a sedan-chair, with glass shelves for displaying jewels, miniatures, and small bits of rare porcelain. The newest lamps are in tall slender cylindershaped vases that do not take up much room on the dinner-table or obstruct the view. Other lamps are mounted in very large porcelain vases from which they can easily be lifted, and the vases used for flowers. Silvered bronze is now used for the tall standard lamps that have an extension for raising or lowering the light for the piano. Persian designs on silver-bronze vases are new for lamps, and even the reservoir has the design carried out upon it. The newest shades are of embossed glass in amber or ruby tints with gold decorations. The chimney must correspond with the shade in color and decoration. Shades of thin gathered silk or of net embroidered with gold threads or of lace with fringe cover the glass shades. Bracket lamps and lanterns are in great favor, and there are small glass lamps called “fairy lights,” with a taper that lasts several hours, and a tray for flowers. Iron enters into the hanging lanterns and the high standing lamps, and is also much used for single candlesticks. Candelabra of metal or of porcelain are again in fashion, and are specially popular in Dresden ware, with figures and flower decorations in relief. Small shades for candles are of Bohemian glass with jewelled centre, and are arranged to go down with the candle as it grows shorter. Russia contributes many articles for gifts this winter in new bronzes of characteristic designs, glass-ware decorated with transparent enamel in brilliant colors, silk fans that are painted to recall legends and historical events, and many pieces of gold and silver ware ornamented with enamel in color and in niello-work. Russian porcelains are also new, with their gay rich coloring, and bowls and boxes of wood are painted in bright hues. For lovers of porcelain and china there are beautiful small pieces of old Dresden, representing tea-caddies, covered vases, small boxes, extinguishers, and candlesticks in low and in high shapes, for the chamber or the drawing-room. New bits of royal Worcester look like carved ivory, such as candlesticks of human figures, or carved vases representing antique gates, or else the pitcher vases like great tusks of ivory. The newest Doulton vases and jugs are in red shades etched with gold, or else in bright yellow, with flowers in color and leaves of gold. English crystal glass has new cutting in pillar and fluted designs, and others represent basket-weaving and mitrecutting. The newest pieces of carved glass aro in old Chinese shades of red and yellow, with intricate antique designs, rather than the flower patterns of last year. The inexpensive verre de soie, or silk glass, is in beautiful colors in fluted designs, as rare bowls, vases, bottles, and trays. Bright blue shades with gold decorations of flowers are in the newest vases of crown Derby. For an invalid are bouillon trays of English china holding a bouillon cup with two handles and top, a toast rack, salt, and pepper box. Dresden cups for bouillon have also a spoon and a cover. For infants are porringers of blue or pink china, or with a white ground and colored flowers. China finger-bowls and plates are newer than those of glass.
Among gifts for small girls the dolls most in favor have a bisque head with blue or brown eyes, and this season their blond hair has a curled bang and very full flowing tresses in the back. The jointed wooden body that assumes many poses is liked by many little women, while others prefer the kid bodies stuffed with cotton or with sawdust, and also fully jointed. Soft English rag dolls are for a baby's first doll, and there are so-called indestructible dolls that defy the wear and tear of destructive children. Those dressed in the first short clothes are in great favor, and in quaint, short-waisted English frocks and coats, with Normandy caps or Scotch bonnets. New doll-houses two or three stories high, with Mansard-roofs, front-door, and bay-windows, are arranged so that the whole front opens and displays each floor, with its drawing-rooms, chambers, etc. Brass furniture from Vienna comes in a box in sets for a room, with chairs, table, sofa, etc., or else in separate pieces, especially the brass bedsteads, that can be fitted up according to taste, now that doll blankets, lace spreads, and pillow-shams can be bought separately. For Dolly's dining-room are new sets of oak furniture with dark leather covers, and there are kitchen sets of nice white-wood—dresser, table, shelves, and chairs, all packed in a box. Other kitchen sets are displayed on the three walls of a room, and include all utensils in tin or wood. A picnic basket among the new things contains dishes, glass, cutlery, and napery for a doll's outfit. Perambulators and bassinets for dolls are made of bamboo furnished with muslin and lace.
Among the toys for boys are boats run by electricity, cable roads with cars and steam-engine, steam trains with tracks, and mechanical railroads, mills, carrousels, and workshops. Wagons of all kinds, from milk-carts to doctors' broughams, are stoutly made, and drawn by horses covered with natural skins. Suits of tin armor with
light the small boy. For baby boys are woolly lambs decked with gay bells and ribbons, rabbits that move ears and tail as they rock, and pugs, elephants, and roosters of Canton flannel, mounted on casters for wheels. The new games of rap, the electric instructor, and the district messen
diers, or animals, frog games, and steeple-chase are to amuse larger boys; and there are boxes containing everything for several familiar games, such as dominoes, checkers, and chess. A new set of blocks builds a log cabin in true Western fashion. Very light rubber balls are covered with felt to keep them from marring or breaking things, yet they bounce beautifully. The favorite sleds for coasting are long and narrow, with steel runners. Saddle-horses, on rockers or without, are covered with natural skins, and are as large as real ponies.
For information received thanks are due Mrs. M. A. Connelly; and Messrs. ARNold, CoNstABLE, & Co.; Lord & TAYLoR; STERN BROTHERs; TIFFANY & Co.; Society of Decorative Art; and Women's Exchange.
THE American colony at Munich, Bavaria, will
long miss the genial hospitality of their popular
Consul, Joseph WESLEY HARPER, who died at his post December 8, 1886, after nearly five years of exemplary service, and their grief will be shared by all in this country who knew this large-hearted and gentle-mannered man, whose kindly and sympathetic nature won the regard of all his friends. His home in the Bavarian capital was a delightful social centre, where the best people congregated, and where Americans abroad were sure of a cordial welcome—a typical residence, indeed, of a representative of our government. * Mr. HARPER was the eldest son of the late FLETCHER HARPER, the youngest of the four brothers who founded the house of HARPER & BROTHERS. He studied at Columbia College, and afterward read law, but never practised his profession, and passed much of his time in travel. Like the founders of his house, he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was in his sixtieth year at the time of his death. —The White House portrait of the late President ARTHUR originally showed a rose lying on the floor at the feet of the General. By his order the rose was painted out before the picture was accepted. —Collector MAGONE was asked if he believed in woman suffrage. “I believe,” he replied, “ that an intelligent woman has better qualifications for a voter than a man who is not intelligent.” —Messrs. F. A. P. BARNARD, HAMILTON FISH, Mokgan DIX, SETH Low, and J. W. HARPER, Jun., have been appointed by the trustees of Columbia College a committee to take measures for the celebration, on the 13th of April, 1887, of the one-hundredth anniversary of the revival and confirmation by New York State of the royal charter granted to that institution in 1754. —A friend of DAVID DUDLEY FIELD's attributes the fine physical condition of that octogenarian to a splendid inheritance from a vigorous ancestry, a life in which no sight drafts on old age have been drawn, the cultivation of the power of resisting all tendency to worry, the habit of daily exercise in the fresh air, and the Elvio of a free rein to a sense of humor. —Miss McLANE, daughter of the United States Minister to France, has been painted by Mr. G. P. A. He ALY in a pale pink ball-room dress, with a scarf of white tulle about her shoulders. —The magnificent new Ponce de Leon Hotel, at St. Augustine, Florida, will cost Mr. H. M. FLAGLER $2,000,000. It is almost finished. —Miss WINNIE DAVIS will return to Syracuse after a few weeks of New York at the New York Hotel. The Northern press has treated her with distinguished consideration—a fact to which Mr. JEFFERSON DAVIS, her father, is not insensible. —Professor J. S. NEWBERRY describes all earthquake as a movement caused by a shrinking, from loss of heat, of the heated interior of the earth, and the crushing together and displacement of the rigid exterior as it accommodates itself to the contracting nucleus. —Mr. WHISTLER professes to regret that London society looks upon him first of all as all amuser. “I have adopted this manner of gayety and persiflage,” he says, “because it is in my temperament, but it is only an envelop of my artistic nature.” —An Englishman in New York who does business as a woman's tailor declares that there are more money, and more taste in dressing among women this season than ever before, and that Fifth Avenue of an afternoon “is quite like Regent Street.” —At the first performance of Tristan and Isolde Mrs. EDITH KINGDoN-Gould was a conspicuous figure, in Mr. JAY Gould's box at the Metropolitan Opera-house, in a gown of white crêpe. Mr. JAY Gould has purchased a pew in the West Presbyterian Church, where Mrs. Gould is a member. —Mrs. Hicks-Lord's first reception in her new house (formerly General McCLELLAN's) on Washington Square, which had been lavishly and beautifully decorated and furnished, was a notable social event. —The “ladies' day” entertainments at the New York Athletic Club consisted of a variety of athletic feats in the presence of a throng of fashionable women and their escorts, who greatly admired the most daring of the exhibits. —Many fathers approve of that provision in General ARTHUR's will which gives his son no control of his legacy until attaining the age of thirty, and his daughter no control of her legacy until attaining the age of twenty-three. —Mr. JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL's successful attempt to raise $25,000 for the American School of Archaeology in Athens will be supplemented this winter by an attempt to endow the institution with $100,000, instead of supporting it by annual subscriptions from the leading colleges. —At Mr. CYRUs W. FIELD's recent dinner to Mr. HeNRY M. STANLEY covers were laid for eighteen persons, and the principal speakers were Mr. STANLEY and Mr. CHAUNCEY M. DEPEw. The host and his principal guest had been friends for many years, and before STANLEY went
ger, ten little Japs, ten-pins in comic figures, sol- .