IN HIGH LIFE.
was beautifully frescoed in gay colors. At the back
of these parlors was another large room, used as a
dining-room on particular occasions; it ran crosswise,
and was most elegantly furnished. There was the
greatest profusion of silver scattered here and there
through this room, I ever saw in one house in this
country- On going up stairs, I went from room to
room until I had counted seven on the second floor, all
exquisitely furnished in rosewood ; there was a great
number of beautiful paintings. The third floor was fur¬
nished in mahogany, and was elegant. I then went
down to the basement. In the front is an office, and
a large family dining-room. Taken all in all, it is
a large and magnificent house. I have always been
treated very kindly by the whole family, from the
oldest to the youngest; so, like all travelers, I took
some refreshment and left.
I then went down the Fifth-avenue, to the house
of Mrs. B. Her house is five stories high. In the
basement is a kitchen, a billiard room, and an elegant
parlor for her servants. In this parlor are mirrors
larger than I have seen in many parlors even in the
city. On entering the principal hall, there was a
most beautiful figure in bronze of a horse as large as
life. Certainly the attitude and appearance were very
graceful. The first parlor was green and gold; the
drapery around the numerous windows was superb.
The second parlor furniture was the most delicate
shade of blue and gold; the wall was the lightest
tinge of rose and gold; the mantles of the most pure
and elegant marble, supported on each side by figures
having the appearance of the old Knickerbockers.
The tables looked like masses of gold and marble.