Special Dinners, Dances and Luncheons 559
to the feast, and hence wits are set to work to devise a bit of mental stimulant.
The freedom of a luncheon is favourable to such ventures.
A dozen bright women were bidden to a luncheon at a house famous for unconventional and unique entertainments. The invitation read:
Mrs. Irving Knickerbocker
cordially requests the pleasure of
Mrs. Br ay ton Lee's
company at a "Mother Goose" luncheon
on Saturday, January the twentieth
at half after one o'clock.
No. 15 Bryant Square.
"Come with a whoop, come with a call, Come with a good-will, or come not at all." The faces of the guests showed most unconventional animation as they entered the dining-room and their eyes rested upon a centrepiece composed of a bank of flowers upon which reposed an enormous goose, made of white cotton-batting (purchased at the Japanese stores). Upon the back of the bird sat Mother Goose herself, crowned with high-peaked hat and adorned with large brass buckle, red cloak, and all. The doll's face was traced in sepia to resemble wrinkles—the nose and chin lengthened with wax and tipped with red. Each name-card had upon it some little painted souvenir of the classic of baby land, and the menu read as follows:
Victuals and Drink "She gave them some broth, without any bread." "You shall have a fish-y
In a little dish-y." "Baa, baa, black sheep."