and the little instrument inserted directly in the center of it. It requires some
practice to properly manipulate it, and the idea is to see in which direction the
juice is going to squirt.
After ascertaining this by the use of the compass it is removed, and the fruit
is then pressed on both sides with both knees at exactly the same time, the mouth
having been placed at the proper angle indicated by the compass. If properly
gauged, it will be found that the juice will land fairly in the waiting mouth, hut
unless the instrument is a perfect one and the directions are fully followed, it may
result in a shot in the eye or in the ear.
It would be advisable to try this first in the privacy of the bathroom, as there
arc some very powerful grape fruits being served these days, and some have been
known to shoot over several tallies, and it must be admitted that it would be quite
embarrasing to have such a thing happen in public, as well as being a waste of good
Volumes could be written on this subject, no two people apparently agreeing
nn its proper consumption, as is evidenced by the weird and unearthly sounds eman¬
ating from a group of diners. The author is firmly convinced, after giving the mat¬
ter careful study, that the spoon should he entirely eliminated, unless there is a
brass band or at least a full orchestra playing, as a few musicians cannot hope to
compete with a table of diners eating soup. Taking these facts into consideration
a small sponge should be furnished each guest, as it does its work noiselessly and in
addition avoids waste. Every drop can be consumed by the use of a sponge, and it
also does away with the necessity of tipping the plate to get the last of its contents,
thus avoiding the possibility of its skidding into the lap.
Too many cocktails should not be taken before a dinner where soup is to be
served in this manner, as a steady hand is required if the sponge is to be used in a
refined manner. If not carefully and properly handled its use is not recommended,
as otherwise it might prove a messy operation.
This method also prohibits the guest from breaking up crackers in his soup, as
the sponge will not absorb the crackers. That alone should insure its universal
adoption, regardless of its advantages as a silencer.
FISH OR ENTREE
It should not be necessary to go much into detail regarding this course, as it
is hard to go far wrong. Suffice it to say that if fish is served, fingers should not be
used except as a last resort. The use of the spoon should also be avoided, and the
knife should be used almost exclusively. If by any chance, however, the knife fails
to remove a bone and it should become lodged in the larynx of the diner, it is per¬
missible to use the fingers to dislodge it, provided a large, stout tooth-pick fails to
serve the purpose. The tooth-pick should be tried first in all cases.
There are no special rules applicable to the eating of foods coming under the
general heading of entrees. .Much depends upon the character of the food, and
there are too many varieties to go into a detailed explanation of each. It is sug-