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DECEMBER 28, 1S90.
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NEW YEAR'S IN SOCIETY.
A HOLIDAY LULL
SUAIili OUK IJEriL.ES KEOEIVE CAIit
EUS AND Oim 11EAUX UIUNK WINK ?
Mrs. Johu W. lostor Favors Now Vonr'fl
Kocoptlons Mrs. Senator MclMioraon
TollH How Old Potor Stuyvosnnt Iiost
Ills toe on Now "Vonr's unci How Mrs.
President, Hayes's Tompornnco Feast
Caused n Drinking limit lit Wattlilng
ton Mrs. Wlndom lloliovos in Opon
House on Now Yonr's Mrs. Sonutor
Curlislo Advocate u Cold-Water Tabic.
New Year's comes this week, and with it
comes the vexed questions that have to be
solved on that day: Shall wo hold New Year's
receptions ? Shall wo offer wine or strong
drinks to our gentlemen friends ? And shall
wo require them to appear in morning dress or
iu swallow-tail coats? The leading ladles of
Washington hold widely different views upon
these questions. I have talked with some of
the representative women among them this
week, and 1 give you here the opinions of eight
Mrs. Foster, wife of the ex-Minister to Spain,
said: "I think New Year's receptions should
be continued. They should be held at Wash
ington if nowhere else in tho country. The
President and Cabinotinust keep open house on
that day, and tho ofllcers of the Army and Navy
and other young men can use the occasion to
pay their duty calls. I have spent much of my
married life abroad, and I am attracted to tho
custom by its hospitable associations. I have,
however, seldom kept open house myself, but
it has been because ray daughters and myself
have usually been invited to assist other Indies
on that day."
"How about the serving of wines to callers ?"
"Well," replied Mrs. Foster, "I am not a
total abstinence advocate, as 1 believe there are
often occasions when a glass of wine is a physi
cal necessity. Hut I do not approve of offering
liquor to young men, or, as a general thing,
older ones either. Of course, the latter have in
most Instances a better control of their appe
tites, and do not so easily succumb to 6uch
temptations. There tiro special occasions, such
as a gentlemen's dinner, for instance, when wine
should never be omitted from the menu, and
Mr. Foster always follows tho rules in this re
spect. If, however, I give any large entertain
ment 1 always confine ni3'sclf to coffee and buil
JosiaJleu of Uquoia CRtho dthcrhaud, my
daughter Eleanor, now Mrs. Lansing, is an ad
vocate of strict temperance, and upon tho occa
sion of her marriage last winter positively op
posed the suggestion of having wino or punch
of any kind. Many young men are tempted
every New Year's against their better resolu
tions to take a glass when offered by some fair
friend to whom they fear to give offense. It
would, however, be a pity to abandon tho Insti
tution merely becauso some aro weak enough
not to be able to resist overitidulgenco In drink
ing while upon a round of social calls, and I
hardly think that there is any serious danger
threatening Washington in this respect."
MKS. SENATOR MCPHERSON.
Mrs. McFhcrson, wife of the Now Jersey Sen
ator, said: "I think tho custom of keoping
open houso upon New Year's Day a most at
tractive one, that is, when not carried to too
great an extent, such as one is iuevitably drawn
into in Washington, where the practice often do
generates into a mere form. Of lato years the
habit has largely died out in New York and
Now Jersey, and tho New Year's hospitalities
aro now extended in an Informal way only to
relatives and personal friends, among whom tho
observance is kept up right royally. Tho reason
of this falling off is that so many abuses had
crept into tho observance that tho original sig
nificance of the custom had almost entirely dis
appeared. Tho old Dutch settlers were tho
originators of tho fasbtou, aud oven as early as
the days of old Poter Stuyvesant tho dignified
Knickeibockers Indulged in over dissipation
while upon their New Year's rouuds, and seemed
to cousidcr their duty only half porformed unless
each homo became tho scene of a regular drunk
enly bout. It is a well-known fact, though,
ono genorally suppressed amoug tho descen
dants of these early settlers, that tho first Gover
nor lost his leg through a fall sustained whllo
overcome with wino on Now Yoar's night, after
a day of social roistering.
"Although I personally approve of tho pleas
ant custom," Mrs. McPherson coutiuued, "I
seldom Individually carry it out becauso I am
generally opposed to tho offering of wines or
liquors of auy kind to young meu, aud it is Im
possible to draw tho lino without giving of
fenso. I would not llko any ono to urge drinks
upon my son, who fortunately Is exempt from
such weakness, and I would not caro to bo tho
ono to tempt auy other youth. Of courso 1
would not confine my refreshments to non-intoxicants,
but tho Senator is so imbued with
tho old Scotch habit of offering hospitality iu a
glass of whisky that he would never consent
to tho total omission of wiucs.
MKS. 1'RKSIDKNT HAYES'S TEMl'KRANOE 1'KAST.
"I believe, however, that such questions
should always bo left to tho Individual con
science. An oxample of tho futility of this
plan may bo dr.a.m from tho result of that
memorable temperance diuuor given by Presi
dent Hayes, where tho guests departed from
the Whlto House only to indulge to an un
limited extuut iu tho forbidden liquor either at
their clubs or at tho residence of some ono of
of tho company. Seldom have tho annals of tho
city recorded BUch a general abandonment
to intemperance as that night among tho proin
iuent guests who but a few hours previous wore
tho recipients of thogonorousaudin all respects
but ono lavish hospitality of tho Chief Execu
tive. A lady who was prcseut at tho time re
marked to mo afterwards that sho had uover
before or since indulged to such an extont, but
that on that evening sho with others had ro
turned homo to a champagne supper that was
A. PANIC ITS" THE POLITICAL MENAOERXE.
A Startling Apparition on the Volition! Horizon which Stnmpeiles the Animilcs,
prolonged far into the night. Doubtless a kind
of reaction set in with tho less temperate, which
extended to tho entire company. Yet I do not
advocate taking this incident as an oxamplo,
for each must bo governed in this matter, as iu
all others, by tho promptings of conscience.
Tho dispensing of hospitalities on New Year's
Is of such anclcut origin and so pleasant ti fea
ture of our social code that I would regret to
see it entirely disappear."
VIEWS l'ROtt THE WHITE nOUSE.
Iu the absence of Mrs. Harrison I called upon
Mrs. Dimmick to learn her views upon the sub
ject. Sho was reluctant at first, but llually
said: "I scarcely think my opinion of sufficient
Importance to tho public to require an expres
sion. To mo tho fashion is a most attractive
ono, especially as it is couducted in Washing
ton, and I do not think it will ever be aban
doned so long as public lovees aro held on that
day at tho Whlto House and homes of tho Cabi
net. In a placo of such a cosmopolitan charac
ter as Washington tho day has a charm that is
exclusively its own. For instance, tho officers
of tho Army and Navy upon that day don their
uniforms for tho first and only timo during tho
year, and so pay their duty calls and enjoy a
social visit with their friends prepared to re
MUS. HARRISON'S TEMPERANCE VIEWS.
"In regard to wines or offering of punch,"
said Mrs. Dimmick, "I prefer not to oxpress an
opinion, and I would rather hnvo you await
Mrs. Harrison's return ami consult her. I am
confident that tho Women's Christian Temper
ance Society would bo highly delighted with her
sentiments, and immediately set her upon n
pedestal In their admiration for hor strictly
temperance proclivities. Were it not that 6ho
does not feel herself justified in forcing her
opinions upon others she would uover permit
wines of any kind to be set forth, oven upon tho
occasion of a dinner party. Sho has, however,
never opposed tho time-honored custom of dis
pensing wines at all official entertainments, or
publicly discussed tho point. As for myself, I
think that circumstances should invariably gov
ern the cases. I am aware that the habit of
taking wine lias been sadly abused in moro
cities thau Washington, yet I think It should
be optloual with the host or hostess, aud so long
as tho President must pay for his public as well
as private dinners so long should tho question
of wiucs bo left to his individual choice and not
inado a mattor of compulsion. Still, as was
experienced iu the administration of Presideut
Hayes, au innovation would prove a sourco of
widespread comment and much adverse criti
cism. "As to tho wearing of dress coats by geutlo
men," concluded Mis. Dimmick, "although tho
rulo is a most decided one against such a breach
of etiquette during a noondoy call, yet iu a
placo llko Washington there is so much license
allowed in regard to dress that it would 6oem to
iullucnco even a question of this significance."
MRS. SECRETARY WlNUOJl'S IDEAS.
Mrs. Wludom, tho wlfo of tho Secretary, said:
"You may say that although I am not by auy
Concluded on tho Fourteenth Pago.
A PENSION PROBLEM
Arising Under tho Pension Kill Passed
Can pensions be granted under tho act of
Juno 27, 1890, for diseases contracted or wounds
received in tho Confederate Army ? Section
4710, Revised Statutes, states that "No money
ou account of pensions shall be paid to auy per
son who voluntarily engaged In, or
aided or abetted, the lato rebellion against tho
authority of tho United States." On March 3,
1877, tho above section was amended so as to
provido for such persons as afterward volun
tarily onllsted in tho Army of tire United
States and were wounded or contracted any
disease In tho lino of duty. Tho amendment
was added In order to provido for six regiments,
known as "United States Volunteer Infantry."
Theso regiments woro composed wholly of Con
federate prisoners of war, except tho ofllcers,
who voluntarily took tho oath of allegiance aud
enlisted in tho Union Army. Theso regiments
wero stationed on the Western frontier, and
some of them were rotaincd in service as late as
Novomher, 1800. It will be noticed that the
amendment to Soction 4710 provides for such of
this class as incurred disabilities from wounds
or diseases In tho line of duty in tho United
States Army. The provisions of tho amend
ment never have been applied to tho Confed
erates who enlisted in tho United States Navy.
Tho act of Juno 27, 1890, grants pensions to
soldiors who served ninety days and aro now
disabled from earning a support, provided they
wero honorably discharged. The officials of the
Pension Office wero of tho opinion that the act
of Juuo 27, 1890, did not includo soldiers who
had been iu tho Confederate service, as the act
is silent iu regard to this class of pensioners,
neither docs it repeal Section 4710 or wind up
with tho usual saving clause, viz.: All acts and
parts of acts inconsistent with this act are hereby
repealed. The question was referred to Assist
ant Secretary liussy, who decides that claimants
who served in tho Confederate Army prior to
enlistment in tho United States service are en
titled under tho act of Juno 27, 1890, and aro
placed on tho samo footing as all other Union
soldiers. Somo of the official minds of the
Pension Bureau aro bothered to know what to
do with thoso that wero wouuded or contracted
disabilities while in tho Confederate service.
Tho only restriction that tho act of Juno 27,
1890, makes is that tho disabilities must uot bo
tho result of tho soldier's own vicious habits.
Can tho Commissioner of Pensions, under the
prcseut existing laws and tho recent decision of
Uen. Bussy, refuse to graut a pension under tho
act of Juuo 27, 1890, for disabilities incurred in
tho Confederate Army ?
Excursion to Now York.
Tho Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Cqmpauy
will sell excursion tickets to New York at rato
of 9.03 for all Royal Bluo Lluo trains Decem
ber 24 to January 1, inclusive. Tickets valid
returniug until January 5, inclusive,
Drink Tannhausor beor. II. Bcnzler.
A POX CHASE IN VIRGINIA.
Members of tho Wooilly Ilunt Club Enjoy
Somo Fine Sport.
An invitation from Mr. Johu Mosely Worster,
of Fairfax Court-IIouse, to tho members of the
Woodly Ilunt Club to join in a fox chase on
Christmas Eve wns accepted by the following
members of the club: Messrs. J . Ford Thomp
son, Jr., II. W. Carpenter, Charles II. II.
Thomas, Gnstav Friebus, Raphael Casilear, and
Charles Hume. The party were accompanied
by Mr. James McElhone, Reynolds Nicholson,
and W. P. Metcalf. After a good night's rest
tho entire party weie in their saddles, all in
readiness for tho chase by 7 o'clock Christmas
Eve morning. The management of tho hounds
by tho host was pronounced by all a success,
for but a short time was consumed in getting up
a fox, which proved to be a red one, which was
run to his hole after au exciting chase. Tho
loss of the first ono only proved to increase tho
tho interest, and a great desire that another
6kould endeavor to save his brush by scurrying
away to his hole.
Shortly after tho first chase a largo gray fox
was discovered and away ho went, with a pack
of eager hounds and huutsmeu after him! Over
a courso of several miles and many stiff jumps
of stone hedges the object of tho chaso was run
down, and then the chaso in by the riders for
the brush was as exciting as ono could wish.
Between Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Thompson tho
brii6h was to fall, unless a stumblo or a swerve
by their respective hunters, but the first In was
Mr. Carpenter, with Mr, Thompson close up.
Mr. Cnrpeuter secured the brush, which now
hangs upon tho walls of Woodley Hunt. Tho
entiro paity wero afterwards royally enter
tained. It is qulto likely that a chaso will bo
gotteu up for New Year's Day.
Worthy of a Waft-.
.A gentleman who has something of a reputa
tion as a wag was passing a largo draper's shop.
There drawn up were three or four vehicles, and
amoug them was a closed brougham with the
driver fast asleep on tho box. Evidently tho
mistress was lnsldo tho 6hop. Without a word
tho wag 6tolo quickly up, and opening tho car
riage door carefully, 6lauimed it to. Iu a mo
ment the coachman straightened up and gazed
down tho street at tho electric lleht which was
fixed there as if he had uover seen anything so
interesting iu his life. Then ho stolo a look
over his 6houldcr aud saw tho wag standiug, hat
in hand, apparently talking to somo one iusido
tho carriage. "Thank you; yes, good day," said
tho wag, aud bowed himself gracefully away
from tho door, turning as ho did so to look at
tho driver and say, "Homo!" "Yes, sir! tch !
got up!" and offweut tho brougham "homo."
Where that "homo" was, who tho mistress of
tho carriage was, or what she did when Bho caine
out of tho shop, or what tho coachman did when
ho stopped at the doorof tho "homo" and found
tho carriage empty all that only tho coachman
aud lady know.
Drink Taunhausor beer. II, Bonzlor.
IN THE EXCITEMENT OVER THE HER
ALD'S BOYS' AND OIKCS CONTEST,
Hut Things AVlll Ho Wnrmor Tlmn Ever
From Now On to tho OIoso of tho Foils,
February 28 Frlonils of Candidates
Will Hnvo to Hustlo Now.
As was natural to expect, tho usual holiday
excitement, thogiving and receivingof presents,
and tho customary festivities for the young
folks which mark tho days about Christmas
distracted attention from tho contest as to what
boy or girl iu Washington has tho largest num
ber of friends. Thero was a falling off in tho
number of votes cast for the various candidates,
although the balloting continued remarkably
heavy, considering, tho season. Most of the
candidates were rcmemljered by tho frlonds who
are giving them a regular woekly quota of votes,
60 that their relalivo positions in tho race for
Tun Sunday Herald's beautiful prize turnout
aro about tho samo as they wero last week.
Now that tho holiday season is pretty well
over tho contest will bo livelier than ever. Only
nine weeks moro remain beforo the polls will
bo closed. This event takes place on tho 2Stb
of February, and thoso who wish their candi
dates to obtain tho distinction of being known
as "most popular," and getting the handsome
and valuablo prizes that go to the winners,
havo no timo to lose. They must put in their
votes fast and freely. Tho prizes are worth
working for, and The Herald wants to see
the contest made tho most interesting one over
held in Washington. So rally round your little
leaders and send iu your votes.
Here is tho list of candidates as thev now
1. Edith W. Hough, 213 N. Capitol street.
2. Madge Gilbert. Takoraa Park.
!J. Helen Seuirerlc, 000 S street northwest.
4. Georgo L. Dlotz, 230 Now Jersey avenue
5. Edward Fisher McKnow, 2124 Fourteenth
0. Edward E. Darby. 1345 Twenty-ninth street
7. Clarence E. Froy, 3010 P street northwest.
8. Fannlo Ituddertorth, 815 First street north
east. (). Luello Colby, 1327 F street northwest.
10. Maria Pusuaw. 1314 Vermont avenue.
11. Flora Manning, 1323 T street northwest.
12. Herbert II . Doyle. 3010 O street northwest.
13. Irene It. Wallaeh, 120 Indiana uvenuenorth
west. 14. Benjamin Harrison McKce, Executive Man
sion. 15. Oarnett L. Hobbs, SCO K street northwest.
10. It. Golden Donaldson, 20!) Thirteenth street
17. Katharine May Brooks, 2301 Fourteenth
18. Ilnttio Morrow, 418 Einrhth street southwest.
1!). Henry fahorwood, 1017 E. Capitol street.
20. Clarence L. Park, 715 S street northwest.
21. Clement T. Koyworth, 1007 II street north
west. 22. Walter Foster, 912 S street northwest.
2.1. Wolhelminn LaHaync, 1117 B street south
cast. 24. RichardDrumWhltc,1330Istreetnorthwest,
25. Charles T. Davis, Jr., 1130 Q street north
west. 20. John C. McCubben, 038 S street northwest.
27. Teresa Belle Kondrup.lOOl New Hampshire
28. Willis M. Baum, 712 B street southwest.
20. Katio E. Gaskius, 1203 Twenty-eighth street
30. Koberta S. Gillls, 128 D street northwest.
31. William Charles Hainmctt, 801 Twentieth
32. Georgo W. Vlerbuchcn, 340 Eighth street
33. E. FrnnkDavls, 1514 Ninth street northwest.
31. Don Allen, 1303 Q street northwest.
3). Nannio L. Armbruster, 2017 K street north
west. 30. Bessie Clarko Baker. 1810 K street northwest.
37. Irene L. Moore. 401 G street southwest.
38. Charles F. Williams. 311 D street northwest.
30. Frank Bay Howo, 1701 1 street northwest.
10. Marguerite Wrcnn. 1001 C street southwest
41. Frank Ghiselli, 1730 Pennsylvania avenue
12. Liz.io Van Vleek, 407 Fourth street north
east. 43. Charles F. Sterne, 311 D street northwest.
41. Willie B. Cuperton, ISOt G street northwest.
45. E. M. Hnll. 302 Ninth street southeast.
10. Fannlo It. Darkness, 1801 1 street northwest.
47. Adti Dcrmody. 817 F street northwest.
48. Charlotte Iliilcly Gndloy, 700 L street north
west. 40. Nellio Chaso, 23 E streot northwest.
GO. John Graham, 823 Thirteenth street north
west. 51. itlohnrd .7. Biggies, 4-13 Q streot northwest.
52. Ethel Wyokoir, 003 Massachusetts avenuo
53. James Joseph Winchester, 2013 G street
5f. Kathnrino WrlghtSaxton, Keuesaw avenuo,
55. Bluucho Kcpuor, HOOTwolfth street north
west. GO. Frances T. Towers, 1311 Fourteenth street
57. John Naylor Swnrtzoll, 1107 N street north
west. 58. Samuel Shollaburger, Jr., 812 Seventeenth
50. Charles 13. March, 000 Massachusetts avenue
CO. Nollio T. Brcuningor, 721 Thirteenth street
01. William Henry Hamilton, 013 South Caro
lina avenuo southeast,
02. Georgo II. League, 721 Thirteenth street
03. Christian Jacobsen, 1237 Twentieth street
A Simple Eiiacmont Ring- the
Tho day of tho hugo and brutal solitaire
diamond in au engagement ring is over. Men
will continuo to offer them to their flauc6s,
but if a girl wants to bo vory, very correct sho
must say: "1 prefer somothing extremely
simple a true lover's knot in very small dia
monds, or dlamouds and cat's eyes, or diamonds
aud rubies, but it must bo simple aud inex
pensive." Thero aro numerous good reasons
for this, tho chiof of which is tho vulgarizing of
tho solitaire diamond in every possible way.
Tho first thiiig a woman of vulgar taste buys is
a big diamond ling aud 6olItalro earrings, but
tho "correct" girl eschews earrings altogether,
and for a ring prefers something inconspicuous
and unique. A tiny truo lover's knot is thb thing,
or a little heart sot around with small stones.
Pearls aro beautiful, but not advisablo for
rings, as tho action of water ruins them,
For Boys and Girls,
Road tho anuouueoment on tho 14th pago of
to-day's Herald. It will intorcst you, aud your
sisters, aud your parents, and your cousiu6, aufl