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We find no similar receipt of Mrs. Bowman's, hut cannot help thinking that, if carried out in its integrity, it would be found in harmony with the palates of persons of taste. Here is the one that comes nearest a very neat recipe for " Rabbit a la Poulette," in the excellence of which we have full faith:
Cat up a young rabbit and soak it in hour in water; lay it in the stewpan, with half-a-dozen mushroomi, a bunch of parsley, a teaipoonful of salt, half as much pepper, and two blades of mace; pour over a pint of comomme, and stew gently for balf-anhour. Then take out the rabbit, strain the sauce, reduce it a little over the fire, add a glass of white wine and two tablcspoonfuls of thick cream; put in the rabbit, and heat over the fire, without boiling, for a
?uarter-of-an-hour. Serve in the sauce, with sliced emon.
There is another mode of dressing this game, which our author apparently knows not, with which a Frenchwoman initiated us in '48, and which we have pleasure in bestowing on our readers: Take a young plump and white rabbit, cut it up, and carefully wash it, and lay it in lukewarm salt-and-water for an hour; then drain the pieces, and have ready a seasoning of pepper, salt, a few buds of sweet marjorum, common thyme, and winter-savoury, and a little mace. Pound these to a powder; take also a few rashers of bacon cut in small pieces; lay, in a deep earthenware pan (with a cover), some of the rabbit, and strew on it a little of the seasoning, then a layer of bacon, and Bo on alternately till the pan is nearly full. Pour in some strong stock, or good gravy, sufficient to cover it; tie down the lid with paper, and set it in the oven for an hour; then take out the rabbit, strain the gravy, add a glass of white wine, or a wineglass of good ale; thicken with two teaspoonfuls of corn-flour; return the rabbit to the gravy, and place the stew-pan where it may become thoroughly hot, but without boiling. We venture to predict that an increase in the number of rabbits sold would immediately follow upon the use of one or other of the above admirable modes of cooking them. Mrs. Bowman exhibits great niceness without extravagance in her receipts; their combinations are set before her readers in the clearest language, so that there is no mistaking the proper quantity of ingredients, or the proper manner of manipulating them. There are seventeen directions for the dressing of cod-fish—after all, a small number out of a hundred and fifty receipts for cooking fish. Those for pies, puddings, dessert-dishes, cakes, &c, are proportionately numerous, and all excellent of their kind. The soups are sufficiently various; nor is there any lack of sauces. The author has also paid due attention to those healthful, delicious, and important adjuncts of the tablevegetables, which are too often carelessly prepared by servants. The receipts here given may well account for the adherence of its members to vegetarianism—the potato monopolises sixteen paragraphs descriptive of as many ways of serving it. In addition, Mrs. Bowman
has given a list of "Maigre-dishes for Lent," any one of which would render fasting anything but a mortification. The list of entries and entremets forms also a very useful feature of the book, for which the publishers have also done their best. It is printed with charmingly clear type, on toned paper, and is sprinkled with illustrations of cooking utensils, poultry, &c.: in brief, we have seldom seen a work on cookery better arranged, or in which more pains has been taken to render the receipts easy of comprehension and manipulation, and their results satisfactory to the most fastidious appetite.
The Life-boat: a Journal of the National Life-boat Institution; No. 66.—As long as that element which, like a generous but capricious friend, loads us with benefits, and at the same time lacerates our affections in its savage mood—destroys its hundreds of lives in our narrow seas—so long, let us hope, will this or some kindred institution be maintained to do battle on the part of humanity, and to cry "Give, give," in the name and for the sake of its ceaseless beneficence. Every additional station and new life-boat is an added arm to this noble service, which is the only temporal means that can be counted on, to come between the crews of disabled and drowning ships upon our coasts. When we learn, from the report before us, that during "the last year-and-ahalf the National Life-boat Institution has, by its life-boats and other means, contributed to the saving of 1,600 lives, in addition to bringing to ports of safety 46 vessels from threatened destruction," we feel sure that the appeal made through the deeply-interesting pages of the journal, rather by the records of Life-boat services, than by dwelling on the danger as their crews pass through to save, will be sufficient to make this glorious charity remembered at a period when peace and good-will towards men incline each Christian heart to acts of mercy and benevolence.
We regret that our want of space precludes our giving a summary of the statistics of the wreck-regi8ter,many of which are importantly interesting. We are apt to wonder that, with increased intelligence, higher skill, and advanced science, the Iobs by shipwreck, instead of diminishing, appears yearly on tlie increase, forgetting that our ship-building progresses in an equal ratio to our house-building, and that maritime disasters are in proportion. Thus the number of ships lost in 1866 is in excess of 1865 by 277. The register for 1866 gives the total number of 2,289 vessels lost or damaged. Of these 1,961 are known to have been ships belonging to Great Britain and its dependencies, and 1,409 out of the number were employed in our own coasting-trade. Amongst colliers the number of wrecks amounted to 855, and many of these vessels are said to have been lost from unseaworthiness alone. Rotten and badly-found, these wretched tubs put to sea in a condition that leaves them a prey to the first foul weather. "There is only one thing," observes the writer of the rethe birthright of the poorest citizen, they would be less disposed to permit themselves to be sent to sea in what are no better than floating
port, "that will remedy the evil. If the men
;THE LADIES' PAGE.
ROSETTE CROCHET COVER, &c.
Materials.—Boar's-head crochet cotton, of Messrs. Walter Evans and Co., Derby, No. 16, and steel hook.
This pretty rosette may be applied to various purposes, namely, toilet cushions, antimacassars, and the rosettes may be arranged, according to fancy or circumstances, in a line or round. When arranged in a hexagonal form they require a little star pattern to fill up the spaces between the rosettes. The rosettes worked in lines make a pretty trimming for petticoats, and separately they may be used for caps and the corners of collars and cuffs.
Work always round, and in separate rows. Begin in the middle with a chain of 12 stitches, and close in a ring with 1 single, and crochet round this for the
1st row. 24 treble closely. For the first treble work 3 chain, and close at the end of the row with 1 single in the third of the chain.
2nd row. * 1 treble (for the first 3 chain), tben 8 chain upon that returning, passing over the last, 1 double, 1 half treble, 5 treble, which forma a little scallop, with which pass over 1 treble of the preceding row. After repeating the scallop from * 11 times, conclude the row with 1 double in the first treble, and carry the
thread with single stitches along the side of th next scallop as far as the point.
3rd row. Alternately 1 double in the point of a scallop, and 11 chain, 5 single in the first 5 chain lead to the
4th row. * 4 treble (for the first of which 3 chain), which are always separated from each other by 4 chain, in the middle stitch of a large scallop of the preceding row; then follow 2 chain, with which all the chain of the preceding row, as far as the middle of the next chainstitch scallop, are passed over. Repeat from * to the end.
For each little star pattern work a pattern for the middle, for which make 5 chain, and in the two first of these, returning, crochet 2 treble then 1 chain, and close with 1 single in the first chain for the little round, which is carried further with 3 chain and 1 single in the last chain but one before the treble; then work *, 1 treble (for the first 3 chain), 6 chain upon that returning, 1 double, 1 half-treble, and 3 treble; then pass over one or two of the under-pattern stitches, which repeat three times from *.
Materials.—Boar's-head knitting cotton of Messrs. Walter Evans, Derby.
This fringe is suitable for furniture trimming or for antimacassars, in wool or cotton. It is worked in the width. Cast on 9 stitches on needles in accordance with the size of the material you are using.
1st row. Knit 2, cotton forward, and knit 2 together three times. Knit the last stitch plain.
2nd row. Plain. The stitch that was made by bringing the cotton forward must be knitted
as a stitch, so that you have constantly nine stitches in the row.
Repeat these two rows until you have the length you require. Cut the fringe-loops, of any length you desire, and take care to keep the number of threads in them equal. Double the loops exactly in the middle, and insert the double part at the edge of the heading. Pull the ends through the double pait of the loop, and draw them moderately tight.
MEMS OF THE MONTH.
Dreary, drizzly, sloppy, "suicidal" November has, in tbe tray of weather, shown some consideration this year; indeed, the settled weather of autumn has made up for previous shortcomings, although the month just passed had fair cause for retaliation, in having the number of its "Guys" somewhat reduced (the custom is evidently dying out) and its City show shorn of the attraction it formerly possessed in the eyes of the mobocracy. The present Lord Mayor has done the state some service, and is, we think, to be commended for braving the uncomplimentary expressions with which his progress was so unmistakably greeted.
Tbe sad hurricane in the West Indies, which has been so fatal to the shipping as well as to life, is an almost unprecedented calamity, and the Royal Mail Company will be severe sufferers, the worst being not yet, we fear, ascertained. Whilst on the subject of steam companies we may congratulate the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company on obtaining the contract on favourable terms for twelve years certain. No other result was expected, as with the exception of the French Company, to whom it would have been most unpatriotic to have given it, we believe no other tenders were sent in. With the turn of the year we hope the financial affairs not of the P. & O., but of the country at large, will be in a more satisfactory position; in the meantime we should alleviate to the utmost those who are likely to be sufferers by the approaching inclement season, and we are glad to see that the initiative has been taken in the matter by the "Censor" of the Evening Star, who has opened a subscription-list for their benefit. If this was more general the winter prospects of the poor would be more cheery, and much real good might be effected at small individual cost.
The Ferndale Colliery explosion, some railway accidents, the Abyssinian expedition, the opening of the Parliament for a winter season for the first time since 1S57, and the Fenian meetings, with the meteoric shower, are events that have recently occupied public attention; whilst the most gratifying occurrence we have to record is that hopeful tidings of Livingstone have been received by Sir Roderick Murcnison.
The "Dickens dinner" was a triumph, the only drawback being the impossibility of providing a third of those who wished to be present with seats, which created some unavoidable discontent; but the event itself was a great success, the Lord Chief Justice and the guest of the evening particularly distinguishing themselves on the occasion. The way in which Mr. Dickens manages a not very powerful organ so that every word is clearly heard, is very remarkable, and is not the least charm of his
speaking, as it also is of his reading. Lord Lytton was quite inaudible beyond his table, though the matter of his speech as reported was excellent. Sir Edwin Landseer, one at least of the lions of the evening, was unheard even in the immediate neighbourhood. In proposing the • toast of tbe drama, Mr. Tom Taylor, who spoke for the volunteers, was very bappy and exceedingly distinct, but the room cannot be good for sound, as even Mr. Webster must have felt in returning thanks for the drama. In acknowledging the toast of the ladies, Mr. Buckstone wound up the proceedings in a way that created considerable laughter; but playing in a broad ^ farce Mr. Buckstone is one thing: speaking on such an occasion, though at an advanced period of the evening, is another. Mr. Dickens shares the authorahip of his Christmas number with Mr. Wilkie Collins, and we have been informed that "No Thoroughfare" has been written in such a way as will leave the responsibility of each to be discovered by the reader.
"The cry is still they come," these magazines; and we are to have Bond-Street a musical journal in the style of Hanover Square in which the music-hall element is to be introduced. In a different line Judy appears to have taken a stand/ the illustrations being good, and the paper and printing worthy of all praise. Mat Morgan's Tomahawk cartoons (as it is the fashion to call such designs) are very vigorous, but those in Banter are weak, and the same remark will apply to the letterpress, which is in the discursive style of George Augustus Sala, but not in his happiest vein. Banter and Toby surely must die a natural death, with so many formidable rivals in the field. Apropos, is the Halfpenny Punch, lately started, still in existence? We have a copy of The Manx Punch, a journal recently published in the Isle of Man; and we notice those new papers with different views, namely—The Witness (religious), The Fenian (political), and The City Clerk (mercantile and gastronomic).
Now that "The Double Marriage" is withdrawn at the New Queen's, there is a greater chance of Mr. Wigan meeting with the success we wish him. Certain it is that there is no finer performance of its kind to be witnessed in London than his life-like portrait of the poor old actor who is anxious for his daughter's de'but, whilst the artistic repose and finish of the original representative of John Mildmay has been universally acknowledged.
The comedy of "The Way to get Married," at the Olympic, has not been a particularly fortunate revival, but the elder Morton cannot be compared to Foote, whose play of "The Liar," as altered and compressed by Charles Mathews, proved so successful at this bouse. Mr. Addison in both pieces is excellent, and the company has been considerably strengthened by the reappearance of Mr. Soutar, and the engagement of Mr. M. Robson, who, in the line of old men, is a decided acquisition, but between whom and his talented namesake there is nothing in common.
We are glad to perceive that admirable actor, Mr. Relford, has at last been provided with a part to which he can do full justice, in Mr. W. Brough's original comedy of "Kind to a Fault."
Mr. Craven's pleasing drama of "Meg's Diversion" has been withdrawn from the bills of the New Royalty, wlicie it has occupied a prominent position for twelve months; and the same author's play of "Milky White" is now substituted. The burlesque of "Black-eyed Susan" still maintains its attraction, which has been most remarkable—and its uninterrupted run throws into the shade even that of the ever "Green Bushes."
We cull the following choice advertisement from a contemporary:
SEA-SIDE.—Kent.—To be LET, Furnished, Fronting the Sea, and within H mile of the BroadBtairs Railway Station, a COTTAGE containing Seven Rooms, and Kitchen and Scullery, with good Garden well-stocked with fruit-trees, Coach-house, and Stable, and Rooms over. Terms for winter season £5 por month.
We would respectfully ask where is the attraction in a garden well-stocked with fruit-trees during the winter season? The slight inducement may possibly account for the low terms at which the cottage furnished (!) is to be let, and
to those we would especially call the attention of our readers.
In times gone by it was a dead season as far as art was concerned, from the closing of the Royal Academy at the end of July till the opening of the British Institution in February. Now we have changed all that, and have a sufficiency of picture-shows all the year round. In the foggy days we have had just lately, the warm, "sunlighted" galleries, with their softly-carpeted floors, comfortable ottomans, and yielding divans, have been a great blessing. Besides the Dudley Gallery and Mr. Maclean's Exhibition, we have the Winter Exhibition of the two Water Colour Societies. I attended the private view of the ''Society" on the 23rd: there was an unusual display of choice sketches and paintings. The private view of the "Institute" takes place on the day these lines appear. I happen to know of several very admirable examples gone to be exhibited there. Next week we shall have an influx of the British farmer; and, moreover, we shall have an influx of that prolific race the "country cousin." The latter, it should be noted, do not care twopence about the "Cattle Show," but make it an excuse for a week's jollity and junketting in London. They invariably single out and stay with someone who, they think, can take them everywhere to see everything; and they go about sight-seeing with an energy and perseverance that is perfectly astounding. Amongst the many victims who have long suffered, and will have to suffer again, none is more patient and enduring than Youn Bohemian,
Beautiful England (Patriotic Song). Words by Charles J. Hunt, Esq. Composed by Geo. Powis. "i'll Be All Smiles ToNight (Song). Written by M. J. Ludlow. Composed by Geo. Powis.—(London: Powis & Co., 52, Newman-afreet, Oxford-street.)-Patriotic songs are ever popular in England, but never more so than at the festive period of the year approaching—a period when country and home seem doubly dear to every Anglo-Saxon heart, and these themes, which the scalds of old sang on the "Moder-nicht" of our Northern ancestors, continue to have a place at every Christmas hearth, and to underlie with manly
feeling that vein of sentiment which our lighter songs encourage. The words of the present song are eulogistic as the warmest lover of his country could desire. The air is musical and catching, and the accompaniment simple but effective. "I'll be all smiles to-night" is a really sweet and graceful melody, which our lady. friends will be obliged to us for recommending them. It is adapted for a mezzo-soprano voice, and requires considerable expression to do it justice; the defiant pathos of its refrain "Oh! none shall know my sorrow, I'll be all smiles to-night" specially so.
(Specially from Paris.)
First Figure: Failing Toilet.—Silk dress of a white ground, with small pink or lilac or blue stripes: either colour is pretty. The body, close-fitting and very high, is closed with nine buttons to match; sleeves quite tight. Black satin jacket fitting close to the waist, and cut away square at the front of the body, to leave the dress visible; a second skirt of black satin, reaching a little below the knees in front, is trimmed apron-wise at the bottom with a narrow lace edging, and ribbon trimming to match the colour of the dress; the Bide and back breadths are a quarter of a yard longer, and the former are draped in the centre, and finished with a bunch of ribbons to match the trimming, which iscontinued all roundthe garment. The topofthe jacket is finished with the same ornament, and a fall of lace forms an epaulet on the top of the tight-dress sleeve.
Second Figure.—Toilet of faye silk. The jacket-body, open in front, and not tight fitting, has large square basques slit up at the sides; sleeves tight, with epaulets formed of rows of velvet to match, bordered with a fringe, forming five tasselB. The wrist-band is tight to the arm, and ornamented with a fringe forming a tassel; long tassels also finish the corners of the basques. The skirt is long, and is trimmed up the gored seams and round the bottom, and has two ornaments of velvet fringed at the end, on each side of the front width, which is also trimmed up the centre. Fanchon bonnet of the same colour as the dress, ornamented with foliage, and a veil of the same shade. This veil, against taste, principle, and common-sense, falls at the back.
Open corsages en cceur are a success. Many ladies of good taste have adopted shawl-shaped lace collars, which are very becoming to the visage, and others that vary a little from the severity of the straight collar. We are making
many costumes of cloth; the skirts are always cut with bias seams, and have often only one plait behind round the waist We see aUo skirts fully plaited, a compromise to some tastes, which it is not wise or reasonable to wholly exclude.
Amongst the novelties, I must not forget to mention one for completing an evening toilet, or varying it a little; h is called the corsage Catalan, and is composed of white tulle boullonnes, separated by black ribbon velvets pearled with gold at top and bottom.
This corsage is high, and is made with s basque, at the bottom of which, each point of velvet is finished with a golden pearl; at the top of the corsage the velvets are doubled on themselves in little points pearled with gold, which forms a species of collar.
Here is the description of a dinner-dress which is quite new: The robe is composed of a first skirt of white satin, garnished at the bottom with a little pinked ornament ofgraiiet faye; the second skirt, or polonaise, which is the better name for it, is of granet faye, cut at the bottom in front en tablier Marquise. A row of flit «ato'n buttons of the same colour are placed on each seam of the skirt.
The corsage, open en eccur, is worn over and under one of white satin, made high.
The sleeves of this corsage are of satin, split a Vltalienne to the elbow, above which a oostflonne of tulle depends ; the nature of this toilet admits of several variations, and nothing can be more charming than the freplacing of the polonaise by a tunic of Chantilly lace, relieved at the sides by sprays of white lilac. Upon the satin sleeves above and below, bracelets of Chantilly, agrafes with a delicate little tuft of the same blossom. This Chantilly tunique Bhould hare a high body.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Prose received, and accepted, with thanks.— "The Flowers and Fruits of Palestine;" " The Season in Aldcrney;" "The Headsmen of France;" "Jetty;" "The Story of Old Jowlcr;" "Life in Paris;" "Goethe's ' Fatistus."
Declined, with thanks.—" Colonel Dace;" "Female Figures anil Fashions" (had this paper been less coarsely written we should have had pleasure in publishing it); "Dwalc Bank" (too morbid); "The Poacher's Penalty."
"Miss W., Wye-side, Monmouth."—Circumstances
having changed since we addressed this lady, « shall have pleasure in giving the MS. au appearance.
"Uock Ferry."—Our correspondent shall hear from us shortly.
Poetry received, with thanks. — " The Legend of Dnrant;" "Little Coro."
TO SUBSCRIBERS.—A new Novellctte will be begnn in our New-year's number.
Work-table.—Wc arc sorry to inform a "Subscriber from the First" that it is not intended to introduce the illustrations.
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