Clipped From The New York Times
Evdna. Miles, Cor- uin. ana Memtt. CHINATOWN'S NEW YEAR. The Occasion . Celebrated with " Two Largo Banquets of Chinese ; "':-.'v-r r- lands. ,". Chinatown celet rated its New Year last night with two d nnera.. one given, by the. Chinese Merchai t Association ' and the other by . the Or ental Club. Both , were well attended. an a number of prominent guests were entertained at each board. The Chinese Merchant Association. 'banquet, which was riven at 14 Mott Street, numbered among Its guests Police Commissioner Partrid re, .Deputy - Commissioners Kbntein and rhurston. Judge' Warren W. Foster of G eneral Sessions, Justice Julius Mayer of Special Sessions, United States District Ai torney D. A. Lloyd, and Assistant District Attorneys Train, O'Connor, Townsend, a rid Tborne. There were also prominent 1 1 the various tables a large number of police Captains and Detective SergeaHts. and other minor public officials. - Mayor Low, who had accepted an invitation to t is dinner, did not arrive. The presiding gen us of the Teast was Tom Lee, the Mayor f Chinatown, who last night celebrated ils twenty-fifth year aa a Chinese mercha nt In this city. The dinner was opened by a fusilade of firecrackers, whlc i lasted for an hour, during which time tl e guests wriggled about in their chairs. - n all more .than luu.ouo firecrackers were set off. - This explosive appetiser was foil wed by bird's nest soup and other viand; of similar mysterious composition. Core nerV Physician Dr. Williams, who was ne of the distinguished fruests of the fei st. reassured the unin-tiated diners, wh n in doubt, by pronouncing Judgment on rich successive dish. Klce wine was. i he only beverage served with the dinner, nd a unique feature of the entertainment consisted In th carrying out of an am tent custom which compels the President and Secretary of the association to make l round of tbe guests and drink a glass of : ice wine with each one. Though rice wine is as strong as brandy, these two "hosts, notwithstanding that they clinked glasses wt :h more than 200 guests, returned to their, i eats unassisted. When the dinner broke up Commissioner Partridge and hii party were conducted through Chlnatow i. making a tour of the shops, the Opera I: ouse, and the Joss house. The Oriental C ub dinner, which took place at 24 Pell St ect. was a much similar entertainment Tl Is dinner started a little later than the mei chants' dinner, however, and many of the guests of the earlier feast went there.- Among those present at the Oriental Club wei e William H. . Baldwin. Jr.. Foster Backui . former District Attorney of Kings Coun ty, and a number of men prominent in the missionary world. At the merchants' dii tier all the guests were men, while at the tub dinner a large number of women attended. The Oriental Clu officers announced after tbe dinner that the following consists of the most elaborate Chinese menu ever prepared and served t other than Orientals in this city: . I , , - t Imported Fruits snd Nuts.-' Pineapple, Ly-Chee.i Oolden Lime. Carambola Pomegranate, I Almond. Fried Shark's Fla. Bird's Nest Souo. Broiled Squab, Broiled Chicken. Bundled Duck, winen v.uo vnicaen, atuanroom f-SaE noup. Mushroom Chicken, llushroom Chov gov. Lotus Seed Soup, Fsiicy Pastry. Mum Ke Tea, nowir-ear win.