378 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
The Irish cook had prepared the dinner con amore, feeling herself "under compliment," as she expressed it, to do honour to the occasion. Some one proposed her health, which was drunk in something that was pronounced more like real "mountain dew" than the fiery "poteen" with the pretty name—a "wolf in sheep's clothing."
The ice-cream was in the form of a prosperous-looking porker, which stood firmly on his short legs, and when laid low by the sacrificial knife revealed in his interior all sorts of deliciousness in the form of "marrons" and candied fruits.
Stories and anecdotes of Irish wit and humour, bulls and blunders, circulated freely around the table, everyone's memory seemingly well stocked when once the train of thought was started. Some were gifted with a rich "brogue" that greatly enhanced the effectiveness of their narration.
One of the guests surprised her audience by saying that St. Patrick was not an Irishman at all, but a Scotch lad, who in the fifth century was stolen by a wild band of Irish pirates, and, when finally restored to his home, could not forget the heathen in the land of his captivity, and so returned to them as a missionary, devoting his life to their service.
When, after dinner, a young girl sang "Kathleen Mavourneen," with its pathos of love and longing, it was the more effective in contrast with the rollicking fun that had preceded it, and the little company separated with many protestations of enjoyment so unconventionally expressed as to carry their own evidence of sincerity.
A ST. PATRICK'S DAY LUNCHEON
Green at once suggests itself as the colour most appropriate for a St. Patrick's Day luncheon. As there is