This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
Be sure that your chicken is young. If in doubt as to this, it is best to make it tender by steaming. Place Sticks across a dripping pan full of boiling water, lay the chicken upon these, cover with a tin pan, set in the oven, and let it steam for half an hour. (The chicken should first be split down the back and wiped perfectly dry). Then transfer to a buttered gridiron, inside downward, cover, and broil till brown and tender, turning several times. Put into a hot dish, butter well, and serve smoking hot.