|Too much care cannot be given in any family to the ethics of the dining-room.|
AT THE FESTAL BOARD
Table Manners the Surest Test of Good
The ease that can come only from a lifetime familiarity with a well-appointed table and the adjustment of herself with her surroundings, which is a part of having known no other environment, is a charm that not all hostesses possess. Too much care cannot be given in any family to the ethics of the dining-room. At its best, the eating process has in it the elements of coarseness, and the most "delicate feasting" partakes of the animal side of life. No- matter how simple the routine household may be, nor how moderate the domestic purse, it is possible, if the mistress be so educated, to have at all times a well-served, well-mannered and well-ordered table. From such are graduated children who will suffer no mortifications in afterlife on the score of table etiquette, but who will be ready "to sup with Princes and eat in the palaces of Kings " at any time.
— From The New York Times, 1890
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