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china was blue and white. Fastened around the tent-pole, an arrangement for lighting had been improvised. It was explained to us that it was an old wheel painted dark-green, and on that occasion at least hub and spokes were covered with foliage. At the end of each spoke was a candle-holder covered with sections of pine cones. In these were short, red candles with shades of red and yellow paper, to give the effect of firelight.
The repast began with clams on the half-shell. Corn soup followed, and then a bluefish deliciously prepared by the boatman in our host's service. A fire had been made on a heap of stones, and in the hot ashes the fish had been cooked. It had been first enveloped in thin strips of salt pork, then wrapped in damp seaweed. Sea­weed had been heaped over the stones to keep the heat in, and the fish was "done to a turn."
A very savoury fricassee, with baked potatoes and succotash, was next served. Then a course of green corn, roasted, and. eaten from the cob, was succeeded by a baked Indian pudding.
We took our coffee out of doors—our chairs having been placed near the water's edge—and our enjoyment of the fragrant bean was enhanced by whiffs of its aroma in advance, since it was made, picnic fashion, very near at hand.
When the moon rose, the silvery pathway of its reflec­tion seemed to end with the lapping water at our very feet.
We were in an appreciative mood, and when our hostess, seated in her chair, very simply but with expressive modulation of voice recited "The Blessing of the Cornfields," from Hiawatha, it seemed a fitting climax to a very charming entertainment.
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