Clipped From The New York Times
A Chthf.se DrNTfEK. The Kan Francisco Alfa gives the following description of the dinner given by the Chinese in that city to Colfax and party : " The guests' were received by the six Presidents and tbe Merchants' Committee, in the hall above the dining-room, on their arrival, when a general introduction all around took place before sitting down at the table. The chairs and side tables around the room were hung with scarlet coverings. embroidered with gold, and the dinner-tables adorned with fresh flowers in regular Oriental style. The dinner proper consisted of KW diBhes, forming 1M couth oe, and divided comprised three distinct sittings. At the first sitting the courses consisted of soups and almost numberless 'made dishes,' into the composition of which entered fish, flesh, fowl and vegetable BubsttnceH. in a thousand forms undreamed of to French cooks and Caucasian housewives generally. Tbe famous 'bird-nest soup," which was pronounced delicious by all who partook of it, and a vast number of sweetmeats and preserves oi diflerent fruits, wre included in these courses. As soon as ones dish had been passed around and tasted by each guetrt, it was removed and a new one brought on by the attendants. No knives, torkB or spoons of our patterns were upon the tables at the first two sittings; chop sticks, and the short, thick China spoons or scoops, being what each guest was expected to help himself with. The efforts of the uninitiated guests to master the chop-stick, and convey the food to their mouths with them, created a vast amount of amusement to the company, and sometime not a little mortification to the most awkward of the party. Some of the guests soon got the hang of the things' early, while otucrs. after repeated failures, gave up the attempt and contented themselves with spearing the niarnels of food with a single stick, as an Esquimaux would harpoon a walrus, or a achoolboy impale an unlucky bluebottle on a pin. Champagne, claret, and the finer qualities of Chinese rose-colored wines, were served in profusion with every course. At the last sitting, fruit only was served, all the varieties in tbe market being included in the list. At the end of each sitting the tables were entirely cleared, and the company adjourned to tbe reception room to smoke and ass away the time until the next was announced. At the end of the first Bitting the six Presidents paid their formal compliments to Colt ax and party, thanking them for their attendance, in Oriental style, through their interpreter, Carvalho, and receiving the thanks of their guest in return, and then ! took their leave according to the statutes in such cave made and provided," and everywhere recognized as rules of action by the Chinese. A Chinese bind was now introduced, and the ' guest were much amused and interested by their peculiar pcrfhraiance. on il the tables were ready lor the second sitting. During the second sitting a deputation of the merchants approached Colfax and Gov. Bros, and presented their compiimente, welcoming them to the least, and expressing their appreciation of the honor done them by their presence. The gentiemen replied tn short speeches, which were tramuated by Carvalho, and the merchants then retired. At the end of this sitting the company were entertained in -the reception-room with a Chinese historical recitative song, accompanied by the mut-ic of a full band, and Colfax was presented with a large red and gold letter or package, suiierscribed as tollowa: ' To His Excellency, the Honored Guest For His Ili-h Consideration." Within this were six slip of red paper, the usual Chinese visiting cards, inscribed as follows: ' The Compliments of tbe Sam Yup Company. The Compliment of tlie Yeong Wo Company. The Compliments of the See op Company. The Compliments of the Nin Yeone Company. The Complimeate of the Hop o Company. The Compliment of the Van Wo Company. . The Six Companies respectfully solicit your bright company at thsir festival this afternoon." At the end of the third and last Bitting a committee of the companies again approached Colfax and party, and repeating the fhawfra for the honor of their company, expressed their regret at not being able to fur nish a more sumptuous repast Colfax replied that the pleasure was all upon his side, that he returned thank for tbe honor done himself and friends, and that be was unable to conceive of a possibility of a more sumptuous repast being provided. A general ,hHTig of hand and exchvnge at compliment lot- -lowek, and the cenrpany separated at l'J o'clock the dinner having occupied a few minutes less than six hour. i r 4, f.