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THE NATIONAL TKIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, JANUARY 28, 1882.
THE THREE LITTLE CHAIRS.
They Hftt alone by the bright wood fire,
The ray-haired dame and the aged aire,
Dreaming of days gone by ;
The Icar-drops fell on each wrinkled cheek,
Thoy botli had thoughts they could not speak.
And each heart uttered a sigh.
For their sad and tearful eyes descried
Three little chairs placed side by side
Against the sitting-room wall,
Old-fashioned enough as there they stood,
Their scats of flag and their frames of wood,
With their backs so straight and tall.
Then the sire shook his silvery head,
And, with trembling voice, he gently said :
" Mother, these empty chairs !
They bring us such sad thoughts to-night
We'il put them forever out of sight
In the small, dark room up-stairs."
But she answered: " Father, no; not yel;
For I look at them and I forget
That the children are away ;
The boys come back, and our Mary, too,
With her apron on of checkered blue,
And sit there every day.
"Johnny still whittles a ship's tall masts,
And Willie his leaden bullets casts,
While Mary her patchwork sews;
At evening the three childish prayers
Go up to God from these little chairs
So softly that no one knows.
"Johnny comes back from the billow deep;
Willie wakes fror.-: the battle-field sleep
To say 'good-night ' to me;
Mary's a wife and mother no more, ,
But a tired child whose play-time is o'er,
And comes to rest at my knee.
"So let them stand there, though empty now,
And every time when alone we bow
At the Father's throne to pray,
"We'll ask to meet the children above
in our Savior's home of rest and love,
Where no child goeth away."
Incidents in Army Life.
Archibald Forbes, in Youth's Companion.
"Was sind Sie?" "Who are you?" was the
standing challenge which newspaper correspond
ents had to answer in the early days of the
Franco-German war. It came in a rough, master
ful voice, now from a general, as the correspondent
showed himself in the fighting line, now from a
gendarme on the line of march, now from an
alert private soldier in the bivouac.
Attempted explanations were ruthlessly cut
short. There was hut one reply to the question;
the production of a regular authorization to ac
company the army signed by the proper func
tionary, the quartermaster-general of the army.
On exhibition of this, the correspondent found
no further trouble. If the interrogator was a
courteous man, pleasant civilities followed, and
such information as he j udged wise was accorded,
mostly scantily, yet good-humoredly.
If he was a bear, he simply grunted, and
turned away, with an air as if he would fain have
had the correspondent shot, only that the head
quarter authorization enforced his recognition.
The bears were somewhat plentiful in the early
days when as yet results were in suspense, and
there was always a perceptible access of bearish
iaess in a crisis when matters for the moment
were going crookedly.
But the "Was sind Sie?" trouble, to the prop
erly accredited man, was but a crumpled rose
leaf in his couch, so long as he wrote with dis
cretion. " Was sind Sie ? " however, sounded the
knell, as a correspondent, to every man who was
not duly fortified. He was simply arrested right
off, sometimes sent to prison, sometimes marched,
with more or less ignominy, out of the theatre
jof war, and curtly sentabout his business.
He who in his correspondence made indiscreet
revelations, or who ventured on unpalatable
comments, occasionally escaped with a warning;
but more often, especially if he were a German,
he got notice that his pass was revoked; and
that he had to depart for the frontier within
twelve hours, a destination to which he was duly
escorted by a stern field policemen.
The discipline of the German army is machine
like. Military precautious in war-time are as
rigorous a hundred miles behind the front as up
on the very picket line itself. At each. end of
every village stood a "double post' two sen
tries who challenged all comers and compelled
them to verify themselves.
During the siege of Paris I suppose there was
not a soldier of the Crown Prince's army who did
not know me by sight. But, all the same, when
traversing every village, I had to show my pa
pers. A sentry has often called out to me with
a grin: "Mr. Forbes, newspaper correspondent
attached to the Crown Prince's staff, produce
your legitimation ! "
How was the stickler for routine to know that
it had not been revoked? Once during the siege
of Metz, an officer and myself strolled out to the
front beyond the outside line of sentries. We
did not return until dusk, when the period nec
essitating a knowledge of the countersign had
begun. As we approached the lines a sentry
challenged, "Halt, give the countersign!"
My companion did not know it. The sentry
had seen us go out, and belonged to the officer's
own company ; but he would not let us pass in
without the countersign, and called up the ser
geant of the picquet.
My friend lost his temper for the moment, and
called the sentry a " dummer Kerl." The ser
geant arrived, came out to the front, and fur
nished the officer with the countersign, which
the latter repeated to the sentry.
"Eight! "said the sentry; and we passed in.
But the sentry had not done with us.
He stopped the officer, informed him that he
had committed the military crime of insulting a
sentry in the execution of his duty, and ordered
him into the sentry-box as a prisoner, until the
officer of the picquet could be sent for to take
cognizance of the sentry's complaint.
The matter ended by my friend apologizing in
the presence of that officer, to the sentry, not as
Private so-and-so, but as a sentry carrying out
Once a punctilious sentry lost me my dinner.
Daring the siege of Paris, the Crown Prince of
Saxony lived mostly in a large chateau near
Montmorency, and his staff and those attached
to it lived around.
My quarters were some distance off, and be
tween me and the Prince's chateau there was a
post and the inevitable sentry.
We all dined with his Royal Highness. Ordi
narily the reply to the sentry's challenge that I
was going to dine with the Prince sufficed
to carry me past the post. But one night a
sentry would have none of this representation,
and ruthlessly demanded the watchword.
At my request, the sergeant came forward and
gave me that magic " open sesame." But the
sentry declined to accept it, on the ground that
no civilian had a righ to know the watchword.
He was technically correct, and I had to return
dinnerless to my quarters. The contretemps did
not occur again, for I obtained an addition to the
standing orders for that post, that "Herr Forbes"
was to be allowed to pass on giving his name.
Even in te midst of good fellowship, the for
eigner had to be careful lest he offended the
touchiness of the German soldier on certain
points. That warrior has a sort of quasi-worship
for his sword, and it wounds his dignity as a
fighting man to have it lightly spoken of.
Once in the march to Sedan, I was eating under
a tree with a little party of soldiers. The ut
most good-fellowship reigned. I had mislaid my
knife, and I wanted to cut some bread.
"Here, comrade," I said, "just hand me over
that old toasting-fork of yours, will you, to slice
The real passion of the men was a caution.
With flushed face and flashing eyes, he protested
with many oaths that I had insulted his sword,
and he brandished that weapon and swore that
my blood alone could wipe out the stain with
which I had aspersed it.
In vain I apologized. His comrades felt with
and for him ; and although they hindered him
from actual violence, I was made a prisoner, and
hustled roughly up to an officer.
He shared the feeling of the men, and warned
me, with all solemnity, against thus incautiously
wounding a German soldier in his tenderest
point; then he told the men that I was a stupid
foreigner, who didn't know any better and didn't
mean any harm, so the' must forgive me. But I
did not rejoin that luncheon party.
The German army is the grandest military
force of the Old World. It glows with genuine
patriotism ; it is imbued with genuine self-respect
and self-control; it hails rigorous discipline as
the only guarantee for efficiency ; it brings the
intelligence of a nation to bear on the fulfilment
of military duty. And all these virtues belong
to it because it is a true national army, each man
of the nation, without regard of position, devot
ing a portion of his life to army service for the
general behoof of the commonwealth ; and ready
in war-time to obey the call of arms, in the use
of which his allotted term of service has perfected
I have tramped on the march with merchants,
professors, farmers, manufacturers, landed pro
prietors, who had come out of the reserve, back
into the ranks when the war tocsin sounded,
and were content to fulfil their duty as private
soldiers. There never has been army to equal it
in its broad national characteristic.
The German army that invaded France in 1870
went home with the cleanest record ever won by
any army in an enemy's country. There was no
rapine, no plundering, no brutality.
An army corps would march through a vine
yard without pulling a dozen bunches of grapes.
Often have I marched with a detachment into
some quaint, old-world village, wherein tradi
tions yet lingered of the Cossacks in the Napo
Some of the people had fled into the woods.
Those who remained were sunk into a stolidity
of terror. Before sundown, there had come a
beautiful change. You would see the sturdy
Teutons going to the fountain with the buckets
to draw water for the village women ; and other
hairy-faced Kerle playing with the children, and
mayhap holding infants in their arms, that re
minded the citizen-soldiers of the young ones
they had left behind on the other side of the
I have often heard French villagers say that
the German invaders treated them infinitely bet
ter than had done the French army ; wherein, in
truth, existed the canker of indiscipline, and
whereof the soldier was too often an enfant perdu.
During the siege of Metz, I lived mostly with
a German regiment on the extreme forepost line
on the eastern section of the circle of environ
ment. The regiment had three battalions in the
field, one of which remained on duty in the front
line for two days at a time, and then, giving
place to the relieving battalion, fell back into the
second line where duty was easier.
Myself and a stray dog were regularly trans
ferred from battalion to battalion, always remain
ing up in the front line. Thus I had excellent
opportunities for witnessing the working of a
German regiment under the strain of arduous
duty complicated by frequent skirmishes.
Nobody ever undressed in the front line. When
I wanted a good wash I had to ride back into the
second line. The colonel, major, and adjutant,
occupied quarters by themselves. The regimental
officers abode with their men, sometimes getting
a little room apart, in a shattered, roofless house;
sometimes bivouacking under a tarpaulin in a
garden, and always when on picquet duty re
maining out in the open air and awake.
It was seldom that a day or night passed with
out a skirmish, and the big guns of Fort St. Ju
lien used to fling an average of thirty shells per
diem into the already semi-pulverized village.
The strain for the two days was constant, but
was born with wonderful light-heartcdness. The
men, their erlswiirst cooked and eaten, would
gather round the inlying picquet fire, on the out
lying picquets neither fires nor noise was per
mitted, and join in the singing of patriotic
songs. I wonder how often the ragged gables of
Servigny have echoed to the Wacht am Rhein ?
Once a day the field post would come in. The
postal service in the German army was perfect.
Not letters alone those sacks contained, not
letters and newspapers merely; but parcels of
clothing and of edible dainties, the " love-gifts "
from friends and relatives at home in the far-off
To the quartermaster -sergeant fell the dis
tribution. Now and then there was no answer
to the name.
"Schmitt?" the sergeant would repeat.
"Killed!" came the response, pregnant with
sad meaning to the loved ones at home.
Ah, Muller is reported " Gefangen ! " a prisoner
taken on that lonely post down by Montoy ; or
"Sick in the hospital," as many thousands were,
in that drenching late autumn, when typhus and
dysentery were working their wicked will.
A FRENCH KNIGHT OF THE ROAD,
During the Regency of Philip Duke of Orleans
and the early part of the reign of Louis the Fif
teenth, organized bands of highwaymen, headed
by leaders whose audacious ingenuity for several
years completely baffled the vigilance of the
police, not only infested the remote provinces of
France, but even the immediate neighborhood
of Paris, and not uufrequently the capital itself.
The most redoubtable chiefs of these marauders
were Cartouche (whose exploits, besides having
furnished the theme of a contemporary poem by
the actor Grandval, and of a comedy by Legrand,
form the subject of one of Thackeray's most
graphic sketches) and his scarcely less notorious
rival Poulailler, a few passages in whose adven
turous career are, from their characteristic sin
gularity, worth recording.
According to all accounts, he was of a very dif
ferent stamp from the majority of his associates,
having received a fair education, and being
naturally endowed with a more than average
share of intelligence. His personal appearance,
moreover, was sufficiently attractive to enable
him to sustain Avithout disadvantage whatever
character the exigencies of his "profession"
might compel him to assume. What first led
him to the "road " is not stated, nor is anything
known of his parentage except that it Avas
"respectable" an epithet scarcely applicable to
his oavu mode of life. 1 1 is, however, certain that
at a comparatively early age he had already
planned and accomplished several daring rob
beries, one of Avhich, in particular, chiefly owing
to the social positon of the victim, became for
some days the talk of the toAvn. Among the au
dience at the opera on a gala-night Avas a lady of
high rank, whose splendid display of jewels at
tracted general notice: two diamond bracelets,
especially, of the finest Avater, exciting the enAy
of the surrounding fair ones, one of Avhom,
a princess of the blood royal, Avas so struck
Avith their brilliancy that she had eyes for noth
ing else, and extolled their magnificence in a
voice sufficiently loud to be overheard by the oc
cupants of the pit, Avhere Poulailler, disguised
for the nonce as an irreproachably-attired gallant
of the period, Avas standing. While most of his
neighbors Avere discreetly smiling at the august
lady's enthusiam, the idea occurred to him that
he might possibly profit by it ; and quietly leav
his place, he made his Avay to the box Avhere the
queen of diamonds sat enthroned, and, after apo
logizing for the intrusion, informed her that the
princess, Avhose admiration of the bracelets had
not been observed by their Avearer, had charged
him to request her to entrust one of them to her
for a feAv minutes, in order that she might ex
amine it more closely. Highly flattered, Madame
de B immediately unclasped the ornament
and handed it to her A-isitor, avIio, with many as
surances that the greatest care should be taken of
it, withdrew, and naturally made off Avith his
booty. Half an hour elapsed Avithout any sign
of his reappearance, and at length Madame de
B , growing impatient, summoned an at
tendant and dispatched him Avith a respectful
message to her royal highness, soliciting the re
turn of the bracelet, as the conclusion of the per
formance was approaching. The princess, in re
ply, sent Avord that she never had it, nor should,
under any circumstances, have taken the liberty
of asking for it ; and the unfortunate owner, con
A'inced that she had been the dupe of an ingeni
ous thief, Avas fain to console herself by reflect
ing that it might lurvebeen worse, as she had still
one bracelet left. Some days later, an individual
in the orthodox garb of a police official presented
himself at her hotel, bringing the Avelcome
intelligence that the missing jeAvel had been re
covered, and would be restored to her by the
magistrate in Avhose charge it had been deposited,
as soon as the latter had satisfied kimself, by
comparing it Avith the second bracelet, that it
was really the one she had lost. Madame de
B , OArerjoycd at the news, and not entertain
ing the least suspicion of her visitor's good faith,
at once delivered the precious object into the
hands of the supposed " exempt," and, it is need
less to add, neArer saAV him or either of her
Although, in the early part of his career,
Poulailler usually conducted his operations
single-handed, he nevertheless occasionally avail
ed himself of the aid of an accomplice, as in the
following instance : Strolling into the theatre one
evening, he remarked among the spectators a
Avell-knOAvn marquis, evidently more bent on
displaying his airs and graces then on listening
to the actors, and every hoav and then indulging
in a pinch of snulf from a magnificent gold box
set round with brilliants. The opportunity was
too tempting to be Avithstood, and Poulailler,
Avho had already recognized a confederate stand
ing at one of the side entrances of the pit, con
trived to exchange a feAV words Avith him, after
Avhich he quietly edged his Avay through the
crowd, and placed himself immediately behind
the marquis. Presently, addressing the latter
in a Ioav tone, he inquired if he might take the
liberty of requesting him to turn his face a little
to the right.
" Why so ? " asked the astonished beau.
" I ought not to betray secrets, monsieur," was
the reply ; " but you Avill not perhaps be offend
ed if I tell you that a friend of mineone of our
most talented painters Arho is standing near the
pit door on our left, has been commissioned by a
certain lady of the court to sketeh your portrait ;
and has just made a sign to me, signifying the
attitude most favorable for the purpose."
The marquis looked in the direction indicated,
and, perceiving an individual with a pencil and
note-book in his hand, whose eyes were intently
fixed on him, never for an instant doubted the
truth of the story; but, charmed with the homage
thus paid to his fascinating exterior, negligently
pocketed his snuff-box, and assumed Avhat he
considered to be an irresistible pose.
"Will that do? "he said.
"Admirably," replied his neighbor. " Keep as
you are for a feAV moments longer, and the like
ness Avill be perfect."
Five minutes elapsed, and the marquis, grow
ing rather Aveary of his constrained position, in
timated as much in a whisper to his new ac
quaintance, but receiA-ed no ansAver; and, on
turning around, discovered that he, as well as
the painter, had vanished as if by enchantment;
and, what Avas more serious, that his OAvn watch,
purse, and snuff-box had disappeared with them.
Trifles like these, however, Avere soon aban
doned by Poulailler for higher game ; and, with
the exception of an occasional visit to Paris, his
operations were henceforth chiefly confined to the
provinces, where, as the acknowledged leader of
a numerous and well armed band, he set at de
fiance the combined resources of the police and
" marechaussee.'' So skillfull'' were his expedi
tions planned, as completely to baffle the keenest
and most experienced of Vidocq's predecessors ;
Avhile, oAving to the rapidity of his movements,
and the constant reports of his sudden appear
ance, when least expected, first in one part of the
country and then in another, the popular belief
in his ubiquity Avas universal.
Traveling, never very safe in those days, be
came almost impracticable Avithout a strong es
cort, and even then Avas rarely undertaken except
in cases of absolute necessity. The lumbering
diligences of the period, hoAvever, still continued
to ply between the larger towns, but at uncertain
intervals, and scarcely ever with a full comple
ment of passengers ; and it was in a Arehicle of
this description, bound from Cambrai to Brus
sels, that Poulailler, starting on a " professional "
tour through Flanders, and so artistically dis
guised as to def' recognition, took his place one
morning, and listening for want of more profita
ble occupation to the conversation of his tAvo
felloAV passengers in the interior, discovered to
his great amusement that they were discussing
his own enormities and those of his band. One
of them, a portly individual in a clerical dress,
Avas particularly energetic on the subject, and
animadverted severely on the conduct of the
authorities, owing to Avhose culpable negligence
f-uch crimes Avere allowed to go unpunished;
adding that if he Avere in the place of M.Herault
(the then lieutenant of police) he would soon
haA-e the malefactors brought to justice. When
he at length paused for breath, Poulailler quiet
ly asked him if he had ever been personally at
tacked by the gang, to which the other replied
in the negative; but declared, neATerth el ess, his
firm intention on his next Aisit to Paris of seeing
M. Herault and impressing on him the necessity
of more active measures. HaA'ing ascertained by
a feAV skillful questions that his implacable enemy
Avas a canon of Brussels, named De Potter, and
that he proposed setting out for the French cap
ital in the course of the ensuing month, and tak
ing up his quarters at a hotel in the Rue Tonr
non, the robber laid his plans accordingly ; and
in three Aveeks from that date the lieutenant of
police received the following letter :
Monsieur, I confess to my shame that I am
on of Poulaillers associates, and if I venture to
address you, it is in the hope of obtaining pardon
for my past offenses in return for the secret I am
about to reveal to you. Poulailler, who lately
robbed and assassinated M. de Potter, a canon of
Brussels, is on the point of arriving in Paris,
wearing the dress and carrying on his person the
passport of his A'ictim."
After perusing this tmsigned epistle, M. He
rault instantly commanded a strict watch to be
kept at the different entrances to the city : and
a few days later the exempts posted at the Bar
riere St. Martin arrested an individual answer
ing exactly to the description given, and, in
spite of his cries and indignant remonstrances,
conveyed him to the official residence of their
chief. Fortunately for the prisoner, the lieuten
ant Avas at that moment giving audience to two
inhabitants of Brussels, who immediately recog
nized the neAV comer, and positively affirmed that
he Avas no other than M. de Potter himself.
Greatly incensed at the trick that had been
played on him, M. Herault, Avith a Aery bad
grace, ordered the supposed highAvayman to be
set at liberty and conducted to his hotel, AA'hich
he no sooner reached than he found aAvaiting his
arrival a letter, in precisely the same handwrit
ing as the one addressed to the lieutenant. It
ran thus :
' This Avill be a lesson to you in future, my
dear canon, not to Avish ill to those who have
done you no harm. You can scarcely have for
gotten certain remarks made by you between
Cambrai and Brussels a feAV weeks ago. One of
your felloAV-travelers, Poulailler."
As might naturally be expected, M. Herault's
indignation at having been so cruelly mystified
kneAY no bounds, and he decided forthwith on
offering a reward of a hundred croAvns, in addi
tion to a post worth two thousand livres, to
whichever of his agents succeed in capturing the
audacious highAvaymen. Shortly after, while he
Avas engaged one morning in the duties of his
office, the visit of Count de "Villeneuve Avas an
nounced ; and an individual perfectly unknoAvn
to the lieutenant haAing been ushered into the
lattei's sanctum, requested a priA-ate intervieAv.
In reply to M. Herault's inquiry as to the mo
tive of his coming : "A mere trifle, monsieur," he
said, "but, before entering into details, allow me
to secure myself against any possible interrup
tion." In another moment he had bolted the
door, antl draAvn from his pocket a dagger. "You
see this, monsieur," he continued; "it is poison
ed, and the slightest scratch produces instant
death ; you wish to see Poulailler, and I am here.
Remain quiet, and you haA'e nothing to fear ; a
single cry, and you aTe a dead man." With these
Avoids, he proceeded with a cord he had brought
for the purpose to attach the terrified magistrate
so tightly to the chair in which he was sitting
that he could neither move hand nor foot, gagged
him, and then, forcing open a chest standing in
a corner of the room, extracted from thence three
or four bags of money amounting to several thou
sand crowns, which he rapidly concealed about
his person, and, with an ironically respectful bow
to the despoiled lieutenant, unbolted the door,
and was far beyond the reach of pursuit before
the casual entrance of an attendant had spread
the alarm, and delivered M.' Herault from his
If there Avas one thing that Poulailler prided
himself on more than another, it was his gal
lantry towards the fair sex ; even when circum
stances compelled him to recruit his finances at
their expense, the operation was effected so courfc
teously and Avith such an irresistible fascination
of manner as almost to reconcile them to their
loss. Nay, one lady, it is said went so far as to
assert that, notwithstanding the first shock of
mortification experienced by her on seeing her
jeAvel-box rifled, and her diamonds transferred
from their cases to the marauder's pockets, he
had thanked her so gracefully for what he was
pleased to term a charming souvenir, that she
could not for the life of her be angry with him.
This avowal, backed up by others equally enthu
siastic, and magnified according to the fancy of
the narrators, naturally tended to inA-est Pou
lailler with a certain romantic prestige Avhich an
adventure one of the latest and most talked
about in his career contributed not a little to
One of his spies having informed him that a
large sum of money, the produce of Aa-c hundred
shares in Law's bank, had been temporarily de
posited in the Hotel de Brienne, he determined
on appropriating it to his own use; and, after
several ineffectual attempts, contrived to enter
the house unobserved, and concealed himself for
three days and nights in a garret, his only nour
ishment during that time being a small supply
of chocolate he had brought Avith him. His pa
tience A'is at length rewarded by the departure
of Madame de Brienne to a grand ball at the
Hotel de Marsan, followed by the adjournment
of the major part of her retinue to a neighboring
Avine-shop. Profiting by their absence he pene
trated into the state apartments, forced the lock
of an iron safe in madame's own chamber, and
took from it tAvo thousand louis in gold, and a
pocket-book, the contents ofAvhich he imagined
to be of considerable value. Finding, hoAvever,
on leaving the hotel, that the supposed treasure
Avas merely a collection of unimportant papers,
he returned them to their OAvner tAvo days later,
with a note couched in the politest terms and
signed Avith his name, requesting Madame de
Brienne to pardon him for inadAertently de
priving her of them, and adding that if the loss
of the tAvo thousand louis Avas likely to occasion
her the slightest incouA-enience, he Avould at once
restore them Avith two thousand more from his
OAvn private resources. This epistle, widely cir
culated at Versailles, greatly amused the court,
and for at least a week nothing was talked about
but the gallantry of the " Chevalier de " Poulailler.
So courteous a robber merited, it may be
thought, some indulgence; but lieutenants of
police in those days Avere not apt to be senti
mental, and Poulailler, betrayed a few months
later by one of his accomplices, Avas, after a sum
mary trial, condemned and executed. On ap
pearing before his judges, he boldly maintained
that, Avhatever might have been his offenses
against the laAv, he was guiltless of two charges
falsely imputed to. him; declaring that he had
never stained his hands with the blood of a fel-loAA'-creature,
nor failed in the respect which every
man of honor owes to Avoman!
THINGS TO MAKE A NOTE OF.
Real English Plum Pudding. Three
pounds stoned raisins, one pound of currants, one
pound of finely chopped suet, two quarts of
flour, or one quart of flour and one quart of
bread crumbs, four eggs, one coffee-cup of su
gar, one grated nutmeg, one teaspoonful of
cinnamon, half a teaspoonful of mace,
and one half teaspoonful of salt, and
milk enough to moisten the whole so it will
adhere, mix thoroughly and divide into two
parts and tie in strong pudding cloths, alloAving
a little room for the swelling of the fruit ; put
in large kettles with plenty of boiling water and
let it boil for six hours, filling up with boiling
water as it boils away. When the pudding is
done dip in cold Avater for a moment, then take
from the cloth. If you do not use but the one
pudding the day it is cooked, the other will
keep for months in a dry place, and when it is
Avanted you can put it in a cloth, drop in a ket
tle of cold Avater, let it come to a boil, boil for
one and one-half hours, and Avhen served it will
be as good as the first one.
Mutton Soup Boil a leg of mutton from two
to three hours and season Avith salt, pepper and
about a tablespoonful of summer savory rubbed
fine. Just before serving, add noodles made in
this Avay : beat one egg light, add a pinch of salt,
and flour enough to make a stiff dough; roll out
in a very thin sheet, dredge Avith flour to keep
from sticking, then roll up tightly ; begin at one
end and shave doAvn fine like cabbage for slaw.
Pound Seed-Cake One pound butter beaten
to cream, one pound sifted lump sugar, one pound
flour Avell dried, eight eggs (yolks and whites
beaten separately), and carraAvay seeds to taste.
Mix the ingredients, and beat all Avell together
for one hour. Put the batter into a tin shape,
lined with paper and buttered. Bake in a moder
Rice and Apple Souffle. Boil two table
spoonfuls of rice in half a pint of milk; and,
Avhen soft, the yolks of two eggs, and sugar to
taste; make a wall of it around the sides of the
dish. Stew some pared and cored apples until
soft: fill the centre of the dish with them,
fill up the apertures in the apples with candied
sweetmeats orjelley, and coA'er the whole with
the AAiiites of eggs beaten to a stiff froth and
sprinkle Avith white powdered sugar. Brown in
the OAren and serve with cream.
Fried Oystees. Choose the largest and finest
oysters you can get, take them carefully from
the liquor and dry them betAveen tAvo clean
cloths. Prepare some beaten eggs, also some
cracker rolled fine; and have ready hot butter in
a frying pan. Dip each oyster first into the egg
and then into the cracker, rolling it over until
uerfectlv encrusted, then fry quickly to a light
I brown. Serve the moment they are done on a
hot dish garnished with curled parsley.
Fkench Vegetable Soup. To a leg of lamb
of moderate size take four quarts of water. Of
carrots, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cabbage and
turnips take a tea-cup each, chopped fine ; salt
and pepper to taste. Let the lamb be boiled in
this water. Let it cool ; skim off all fat that
rises to the top. The next day boil again, adding
the chopped vegetables. Let it boil three hours
the second day.