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RcGord and GuÃ®ae
PER YEAR3 IN ADV ANCE.
Cpgi.Q^jjnlcatloDs should be addresseil to
ha 2: C. W. SWEET, 14-16 Veaey Street.
Publ/ishcd every Saturday,
Iiim>SEY, Susiness Manager.
"it Ã©-ntered aÃ tfie Posi-Offlce at New York. Y. Y., as second-c-lass â– nmller."
NOVEMBEK 6, 1897.
We are â– iufornieÃ£ that soine wncmitho'riseÃ£perso'ii or persotis un-
ftÃtoicÃ®i to theKecord aiid G-ukle have cndea'oored to coUect aecownts
Ã£ue to thispaper. Our custoiners are warnediiot to pa-y aivy inoney
to,otfier thÃvii O'iir autÄ©iorised agents aiid upon presentation of a
properly certifiedstateinent. RECOIÃŽl) AND GUIDÄ¨Ãš.
Ã…LTHOUGH a good niaDy people seem to believe ttie re-
suits of the elections of this weelÄ© caused tbe brealt of
prices OQ tbe Stoek Bxchauge, it is hard to discover auy foundÃ®Ã®,-
tion foi' their belief. The political reaction in this city was not
brought about by any fLnanelal or cun'eucy coasiderations, and
elsewhere the souud money position is raither improved thau
otber-wise by the eleetlons. The breali in prices was inevitable,
beeause the reaetion from the high Ãigures of September had not
run its course. Foolish tallÄ©: may have hastened the drop, but
Ãt would have come anyway. It is not to be espected that any
organized attempt to put up prices will be made so soon after
the big advance, especially at this season of the year, and iu the
face of the foreign politieal situation, with whieh the coming
Gongress will no doubt attempt to deal in the way characteris-
tic of that institution of late years. President McKiuley is not
likely, judging from his conÃºuct while in offlce, to do anything
that wiil interfere with the work his administration set out to
do, namely, reWve the business prosperity of the couutry; evei-y-
thing that he has hitherto done is opposed to auy such sugges-
tion. But there is no knowing how his hand may be forced 'oy
Congress, aud uutil the temper of that body can be gauged, no
uew movemeut to put up prices will be attempted. There may
be no ground for fear of Congi-ess, but the business eommunity
has beeu made cautious by ite conduet in the past, and will not
move until it is assured of the â– wlsdom of its intentious. Should
all go well meantime, there will most probably be a new bull
movement soon after the openiug of the new year, when the
January 'disbursements have had time to circulate. The ab-
sence of direct efforts to sustain and raise priees always leaves
the market open to the attacks of the professional bear forces,
whose efEorts are assisted by wbatever liquidation becomes nec-
essary from time to time. This is the situation of the moment,
and its inevitable consequeuees must become apparent. The
violenee of yesterday's" decline, however, suggeets the possibil-
ity of a temporai-y rally.
EUÄ¨tOPEAN business conditious are little, if auy, changed
from last week; money remalus compai-atively high and
in good demand. The ett'ects of the strike on British trade
have not yet come to the surface except as they help to improve
the industrial position of other eountriesâ€”Germany, for
instance, wliich is taking evei-y advautage possible from them.
Reports that relate to some time baek display an unprece-
dented prosperity. For instance, the report of the Postmaster-
General for the year endiug March 31st last is a most interest-
ing doeument. Not only had tbe mail and telegraph depai-t.
ments during the year a largely increased business, but the sav-
ings department deposits inereased to an amount uoparalleled
in its history, the total beiug roughly $540,000,000, or $55,000,OOC)
more than at the close of the previous fiscal year. That thcÃ© .
post offlce savings bank reaches the elass' for wbich it â– was Aq-
tended, thrifty workei-s, is sbown by the smallness of the^ver-
age deposits. We find from the report that 90.8% in cÃ¡umber
and 36.1% in amount were balanees of $250 anAf utider;
balances esceeding $1,000 were only 4% in number s.-'M 7.3% in
amount. Strange to say, while in Ireland the deprl^itors were
1 in 20 O.C population, as compared with 1 in 15 Ä©n ^jlngland and
Wales an.d 1 in 15 in Scotland, tbe average indiv^ual balance
was about $100 in Ireland as against $75 in Bngl j^nd and $60 in
Scotland. A I-iverpooI review of tbe cottou >jtraÃ£e estimates
that on the continent of Europe a mÃŤIUon np^y spindles have
been put up, resulting in overproduction Ãn Prance and Gennauy
and a falling offi iu the bu.siness of Lancashire. Tbe worid's re-
quirements of cotton for 1897-8 are estÃ®mated at 10,740,000 bales
of 500 Ibs. each, of whieh 9,410,000 bales of 484.87 Ibs. will have
to be supplÃed by the United States. The agreement of the flve
nations of the Latin Uuionâ€”France, Italy, Belgium, SwitzerÄ©and
and Greeceâ€”to inerease their silver eoiuage by a franc per head
of population, wiU add about 75,000,000 francs of silver to their
combined currency. Germany has already a commiSsion at
work prepariug data for making new commercial ti-eaties in the
coming year. Harvest losses iu Austi-ia and Hungary aud flood
damages in the former country are already teilÃng upon the
receipts of the raiiways aud transportation companies. The
Brazilian budget shows an increase of 40% in tbe personneÄ© of
the government departmeuts and 37.5% in the money require-
ments; depreciation of the eurrency aecounts for a eonsiderable
part of the inerease in expeuditures. Late advices predict.a
good harvest in Argentina. There is a decided picking up of
business in Australia aud New Zealand, whieh is improving the
position of the securities of these countries on tbe London Ex-
THE NEW DELMONICO'S.
T T is quite absurd to be withheld from public diseussioa of
â– ^ Delmouieo's, or its housing, througb feai- of seeming to ad-
vertise a business. Tinie, Delmouico's is a private business, but
it is also a public institutiou. It comes near being a national
institution. The eivilizing influeuce of its founders aud their
suceessors upou tbe city aud upon the couuti-y has been so
marked that it is, in a way, a mattcÃ- of publie coucera tbat the
chief dining academy, the "uptown Delmonico's," sbould be
wortbily boused, in respect not merely of convenience, but of
elegance. Tbe architectural enelosures and expressions of
DeÃmonieo's have been varÃ®ous. It is not particularly eheering
to have to say that the okÄ©est was the best. Tbat was the
buildiug at the corner of Beaver and Pearl, wbicb dated back to
the begÄ©nning of Delmouico's, and perbaps before, to just after
tbe great fire of 1S35. It had an air of old-world gentility and
ease Ti'hieb was veiy particularly appropriate to its oceupancy.
Tbe arcbltectural fixtures of the upto^wn Delmonico's have
been more varÃ®ed. Nobody could imagine, to look at the corner
of Fiftb avenue aud Fourteenth street now, tbat Ãt could have
ever been tbe sceoe of anythiug architeetural but a noisy rlot.
In fact, however, tbe " Grinnell residence," wbÃch beeame 'iie
first uptown Delmonico's, was one of tbose ample, siraple,
deceut mansious with whieh Bond street and Washingtor'
Square were once bordered, and of whieh relÄ©cs are ÃJ'""''* '^
seen there. It was a perfectly iuoffiensive, if nof;.*"^-'' ^'-'l^'Ã®*^* >
expression of wbat came to be the genius of"'''^^ "^^'
So mucb cannot be said of the hnW^'^ ^^'^'^ Delmonico's
alit after the nest fÃight, aud wher^VabÃŤdes, awaiting tbe com-
pletion of the new house at F(
street, which is the subject of tl/se remarks. Tbe present Del-
mouico's was always a a-ude/nd ugÃ®y building. Oue regreis
to remark tbat tbe external/Ã¢itions made to it to fit it for the
tenancy conveited mere c"^ity and ugliness into appalhng vul-
garity. These additj^ns took the form of preteutious and
preposterous iufiatio^s of sheet metal. Add that the intenor fit-
tings were, and sre-equally crude, pretentious and iuartistic-
and it wiU appeai- how unfortunate was the institution in its
arcbiteetural advisers of twenty-odd years ago, and what a eou-
tradiction of its spirit was its outward f oi-m.
Almost anytbing in the way of an arehiteetural enclosure aud
expression of a famous refectoiy would bave beeu beftter than
tbis But in fact, it ought to be said with emphasis, that m
its latest habitat Delmonieo's has been foitunate in its archite^2t,
positively and not merely by comparison. Tbe buildiog has its
ÃA-uIts, bas one very grievous and absurd fault. But upon the
-wbole, tbe stranger who has beard, as what sti-anger bas not, of
tbe place, and who comes upou its latest abode will find it en-
tirely eongruous witb a preconceived notion of wbat ought to be
the aspect of a restaurant wbich is also an institution. The
new bullding looks as if it might be Delmouico's. The archi-
tect's opportuuity was very good. His essential problem was to
disDOse of tbe public and private dining rooms and assembly
rooms of the kitebens aud offlces of a fasbionable restajirant
upon a corner plot about 125 on tbe street by 65 on Fiftb ave.
nue To tbis was added au additional and uot strietly congru-
ous'requirement in the provision of two stories of subordÃ®nate
rooms, apparently for lodgers. The architect has not been able
to make tbis additiou appear otherwise tban meongruous and
as we sball see, the treatment of it is the chief drawback to tbe
pÃnMnlete triumpb of his design.
Tnlhe oarrower, or avenue front, there is literally no subd,-
vision, that is to say, the wall is all in one plane f rom end to end.