Rather than be compelled to include almost everything in a stock bill of fare, and to cross off several dishes each morning because unattainable, it is better to name too few; have the bill printed with a blank line or two, and write in something special every morning. It may be chicken or oysters, perhaps, in some places, but if only one kind of hash (the New York breakfast bill has three) it will be better thought of for being special that day than many of the stock dishes already printed in. This example shows the form:

Breakfast

FRUIT COFFEE TEA HOMINY OATMEAL

FISH.

SALT FISH AND CREAM FRESH FISH

BROILED MACKEREL CODFISH BALLS

BROILED AND FRIED.

SIRLOIN STEAK LAMB CHOPS

BREAKFAST BACON BROILED HAM

FRIED SALT PORK BROILED TRIPE

EGGS.

BROILED FRIED SCRAMBLED OMELETTES

COLD.

BAM TONGUE BEEF

POTATOES.

BAKED LYONNAISE FRIED

FRENCH ROLLS HOT CORN BREAD

DRY TOAST. MILK TOAST, BUTTERED TOAST.

As a commentary upon the absurd pro-fuseness of the American hotel breakfast these bills of fare, from one of the Peninsular and Oriental Royal Mail steamships, are appended. It is true they do not enumerate the breads,-coffee and vegetables, but neither do they offer many varieties of meats or fish, or of porridge, or miscellaneous ways of cooking.

Bills Of Fare

P. & O. ss. "Thames" (at sea between Gibraltar and Plymouth).

Breakfast

Porridge.

Fried Fish.

Mutton Chops.

Minced Collops.

Grilled Bacon.

Scrambled Eggs.

Curry and Rice.

Cold Ham.

Luncheon

Soused Herrings a. la Sardine.

Corned Brisket, Roast Mutton.

Bologna Sausages, Galantine of Veal.

Salad.

Mashed Potatoes, Cheese. Buns.

Dinner

Soup

Green Pea.

Fish

Salmon Cutlets a la Mai tre d'Hotel.

Joint

Roast Beef and Horse-radish Sauce.

Entrees

Rissoles of Pheasant a la Pompadour.

Macaroni a l'ltalienne.

Poultry

Roast Capon and Ham.

Curry

Mutton.

Pastry

Lemon Jelly.

Almond Custard.

Plum Pudding.

Therein may be found, likewise, good sanction for a class of "breakfast entrees," such as our sample bills show; there are minced collops, and curry and rice., Also, an idea for making curry a standing dish with a permanent heading, the kind of meat to be changed at will, tor dinner.

A Special Bill Which Is Large Enough For All Times. Peabody Hotel. Breakfast

Sunday, May 16, 1886.

Strawberries with Cream.

Oat Meal Cracked Wheat Grits.

Broiled

Spanish Mackerel, Maitre d'Hotel Sauce Dochesse Potatoes.

Spring Chicken, Water Crest • French Fried Potatoes.

Eggs

Fried Omelets Boiled.

Shirred Poached.

Bread, Etc

French Rolls Graham Muffins.

Corn Muffins Brioches.

Wheat Cakes Corn Cakes.

Coffee Chocolate Tea.