National Geographic : 1960 Aug
Italian Mantle and French Chandelier Adorn Andalusia's Gold-and-white Drawing Room This home early gained a reputation for hospitality be cause of the generosity of its hostesses. Peter Stephen Du Ponceau, Baron von Steuben's aide-de-camp, writing of one of these women, said: "While speaking of the stars of that day , I must not forget Mrs. Craig. S. She was a little woman, but perfectly beautiful. She had her education in Europe and spoke French and Italian with perfect purity. She had read a great deal, and her manners were most attractive. She would not Shave been out of her place in the most brilliant circle of Europe. . . . Her house was the resort of all that was S elegant and accomplished." Andalusia's "den of iniquity" stands apart from the main dwelling. Loving billiards and cards, both taboo in the strait-laced society of his day, Nicholas Biddle in 1830 built this little gaming house where he could enjoy his pastimes in privacy. HOWELLWALKER, NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF KATHLEENREVIS AND JOHN E. FLETCHER© N.G .S . ship of at least one year before achiev ing "citizenship." Members themselves, not servants, do all the cooking for the Fish House, as the group is informally known. Club laws are as unalterable as those of the Medes and the Persians. Among Fish House rituals, the build ing and drinking of its traditional punch demand precision and respect. It is solemnly concocted in a nine-gallon bowl brought back from China by a clipper captain 150 years ago and ceremonially presented to the State in Schuylkill. This made-to-order piece of Chinese "Lowestoft" is appropriately decorated with fish.