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GOOD THINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. OF all days In the 7»ar Christ mas day Is the one for home gatherings, consequently the whole honse should be made to embody the poetry of decorative art. Make as much preparation aa pos sible in advance. T'r,-. soup should be made, skimmed, strained, seasoned and ready for reheating. The turkey drawn, cleaned and stuffed; the giblets boiled until tender, chopped fir.**- and put *•=-:» in the water in which th«--y THE FINEST NEWSPAPER BUILDING IN THE WORLD. THE small size of the lot, 70x75 feet, and the great height of the Claus Spreckels building, give it the unique distinction of being the high est structure in the United States in proportion to ground area. The de sign in fact is that of an Immense and beautifully symmetrical tower, rather than an ordinary commercial struc ture; but withal retaining every re quirement of a great office building. The exterior design, following closely the Italian renaissance, may be briefly were boiled, ready for the —nee. The cranberries cooked and turned into a mold. The plum pudding, which should have been made weeks before, be all ready to be reheated at serving time. The bonbons may be made two or three days In advance and carefully put between layers of waxed paper ln tin boxes. Nuts may be salted and kept in the same way. Hard sauce may also be made and put In a glass Jar In the refrigerator. outlined, as follows: The main en trance on Market street .« through an archway twenty feet wide by thirty five feet ln height, on cither side of which are massive columns supporting the richly carved entablature and cor nice above. On the frieze directly over the entrance Is the Inscription, "Claus Spreckels Building," and on either side above are carved pedestals and bronze electric light standards. The dadoes of columns show carefully modeled groups of figures representing trade and commerce, the arts and sciences, THE SAX FKAXCISCO CAM., STJ_ST)AY, DECE3IBEB 19, 1897. Make and turn :-"♦ square molds one j quart of lemon and one quart of eof- ! Cm Jelly. Make one dozen orange ! baskets by cutting the skin Into basket ! shape a.-.c scooping out the pulp. Wash ! these in cold water and put them aside in the refrigerator. Make a ten-egg sponge cake, and when cod put It in a tin box. A table for twelve should be twelve feet long, which will allow plenty of space between covers. On the right of ] the plate first put a knife, then a soup- j spoon, then the oyster-knife, if one is j needed. On the left two forks; close at the upper righthand side the mdi- ( vidual salts and glasses; a little to the left the bread and butter plate holding I the napkin neatly folded, with a piece j of bread tucked under the fold. The ginger sherbet should be made, 1 i while the two spandrels over the arch show figures of Victory ln bold relief. Between the second and third stories on a line with the top of the main en trance ls carried a broad, projecting cornice supported on carved medallions. The windows In the story above are arched with architraves richly carved, over which runs a heavy ornamented belt course forming a cap to this pe destal or base. The windows of the fourth story with projecting caps and balustrades sup ported by carved pilasters complete the ornamentation of the lower part of the building. No ornamentation other than molded architraves around the win dows appears above until we reach the carved belt cornice at the thirteenth floor line. This and the thirteenth story are treated as one, the columns 'with carved dadoes and capitals ex tending full height, the windows en riched between with carved archl repacked and put aside where there Is no danger of Its softening. The plum pudding may be put Into the steamer on the back part of the stove the hard sauce turned into the proper dish and placed In the refrigerator. The salad course ls no small part of a dinner. If yen cannot re*. lettuce or celery do not object to the inner white portion of a hard head of cabbage. Serve it with French dressing, delicate crackers toasted in the oven and hot cheese balls. Let the serving be done without hurry or commotion; the plates lifted from the left side and the serving done from the same. Both meat and vegetables are frequently spoiled and served cold trough lack of system in service. The ho*?*- will serve the soup from a large tureen; each plate traves and spandrels. The fourteenth story ls contained within the carved frieze surmounted by a heavy classic cornice forming one of the principal features of the build ing. The fifteenth story Is in a lighter design, being In effect a colonnade with pilasters between the many win dows; while the sixteenth story, cir cular ln contour, forms the base of the great dome — the corners of the square being carried up in octagon shaped turrets with columns at angles and arched roof of solid masonry. The dome itself contains three stories, be ing forty-five feet in height by sixty feet in diameter, with twelve dormers on each story. Above this rises a rich ly ornamented lantern, or open belve dere, thirty-two feet in height, sur mounted by a steel flagstaff carrying a gilded ball thirty-five feet above. The total height from the sidewalk to this topmost point ls 850 feet. I as filled will be lifted by the waitress | from the .-.'" side and Mr-red first to t the moat d:>- prig i guest After j the last peri has been serve-": and j all have eaten, the tureen will be \ lifted and carried lata the pantry. The ; deviled spaghetti may now be brought _ ln on small plates, and as the soup • plates are lifted these plates are put fin their stead. The turkey, dished and I garnished daintily, is then placed be i fore the host. The hot plates are | brought In and placed before • each ! guest as the spaghetti plates are lifted. | The waitress may now bring in the I sweet potato croquette. and place them j on the table, also the peas and the ■ cranberry jelly. The cranberry jelly I may be placed before the hostess, who ! will help and pass it to her nearest | guest, the waitress being occupied in The material employed in the ex terior of the building above the granite base to the line of the dome on the six teenth floor Is a light gray sandstone. The dome with its heavy ribs and dor mers is of terra cotta, in color to match the stone. The most complete system of steel construction and fireprooflng has been employed throughout. The masonry of the outer walls is simply a casing for the steel framework, which is riveted together as one continuous piece from the foundation, twenty-five feet below the grade of the street, to the apex of the dome. The system of bracing used is- calculated to withstand not only the most violent wind storms but earth quakes as well. Every piece of steel is thoroughly protected against fire or corrosion by a terra cotta covering. The floors are cinder concrete, filled be tween the steel beams; the Interior partitions are all of hollow tile. passing the turkey after it has been j carved by the host. After turkey is j passed the waitress will pass the ! vegetable dishes, going to the left of ■ the guest and allowing each person to _ serve him or her self. The peas will next be passed. Then, If necessary, the _ waitress will refill the glasses and pass j the bread. While this course is being served the ginger sherbet will be dished In the punch-glasses or small tumblers and The main entrance, or rotunda, wo stone.-* in height, is finished entirely in polished American marble, and all the cc moors above are wainscoted with the same material. The entrance doors are of galvano plastic bronze. Those in the center form an entrance to the of fice portion, those to the right to a large banking room, while to the left Is the entrance to the main business office of The Call. These offices of The Call are situated on the corner, with a frontage on both Market and Third streets, and are finished in mahogany and bronze, with all the modern con veniences 'of a great newspaper office. A mezzanine floor extends over a large portion of the room, thus nearly doub ling the capacity. The offices of the proprietors and managers are on the second story of the building directly above the business office. The base ment is occupied entirely by the press room of the paper, with mailing and placed ln saucers. Now the waitress brings In tba dessert plates, on each one of which la a finger-bowl on a dainty doily. These are partly filled with water, in which Is a spray of holly and a slice of lemon. A few sprigs of holly are now stuck In the plum pudding, a lighted match touched to the sugar and the pudding carried blazing into the dining room and placed before the hostess,' who will serve It on good-sized plates. other rooms adjacent- Back of the elevators is a flight of bronze and marble staircase running from the ground floor to the dome. Not a piece of machinery, however, other than the motors for operating the presses, is situated in this build ing. Boilers, pumps, engines, dynamos, and everything required to furnish power, light and heat are situated in the building on Stevenson street, 300 feet away. The artesian well and* city supply of water is also located there with pumps for forcing the water to* the top of the building, the pressure on the city mains not being sufficient to force the water to the great heicht of the building. -ae-gni Viewed by day or night, with the sunlight touching its white face or with the wandering mists caressing its dome, the building is magnificent in its simplicity and inspiring to the be holder.