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SWELL SOCIETY SHAKES ITS FEET AND SHOWS
ITS SKIN AND JEWELS
The swellest event in Chicago's white shirt, with collar and necktie
fashionable and exclusive society was
pulled off last nigM 4rt the Black
It was the assembly ball, the last
of the season, and it brought out the
most beautiful gowns, the most daz
zling jewels, the lowest-necked
gowns and whitest skin of society's
most select women.
And the Chicago Tribune was the
belle of the ball.
It is customary for society to wine
and dine before dancing, so there
were numerous dinners at which the
members of the 400 were fed the best
there was in the Blackstone ice box.
The dinner that attracted the most
attention was the one given in the
English room by Robert Rutherford
McCormick, bachelor, and one of the
publishers of the Tribune. It was
given in honor of Mrs. Amie Irwin
Adams, who was divorced last March
from Edward Shields Adams, cousin
of the host of the evening and of the
harvester trust McCormicks.
The Day Book fsn't very strong on
society gossip, but this morning's Ex
aminer, telling about the McCormick
"French dancers in powdered wigs
entertained the guests, and great
golden baskets filled with fruit and
tied with pink satin made the table
attractive. The table was a horse
shoe for good luck and Mr. McCor
mick sat at the curve where he could
see all of his guests."
Mrs. Adams, the guest of honor,
appeared "in a white gown cut quite
low and scfuare in the neck, and with
the filmiest tulle sleeves, had a string
of pink roses, shaded to red. draped
from her shoulder to the waist line,
and it gave her gown and white skin
a lovely glow."
None of the papers described Mr.
Robert Rutherford McCormick's cos
tume, but it is fair to assume that he
wore black pants, black silk socks, a J
to match, suspenders, underwear, a
vest cut low in the neck, a spike-tail
black coat and a pleasant and hos
Among the guests at the exclusive
dinner given by McCormick were the
following well-known inhabitants of
our most exclusive society columns:
Mrs. Edward Shields Adams, Mr. and
Mrs. Orville E. Babcock, Mr. and
Mrs. W. Brewster, Air. and Mrs. T.
Blake, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Cnase, Mr.
and Mrs. E. L. Cramer, F. Foster
Gade, E. L. Hasler, Mr. and Mrs. C.
Hamill, Mr. and Mrs F. Johnson, N.
Judah, Mr. and Mrs. W. Kirk, Mr. and
Mrs. I. Mason, Mr. and Mrs. W. Mar
tin, Mr. and Mrs. L. Mitchell, C. Mc
Avoy, H. Porter, Miss Rozet. Mr. and
Mrs. Arthur Atwell Small, Mr. and
Mrs. John Towne, Mr. and Mrs. Ber
tram Winston and Mr. and Mrs. E.
The other noteworthy dinner in
the English room was given by Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Medill Patterson,
Mr. Patterson being a first cousin of
Mr. McCormick and joint publisher
of the Tribune with his cousin.
At this dinner the guests sat at
small tables for six, with centerpieces
of baskets of red roses and lilies.
The Patterson guests were: Mrs.
Wm. G. Neale, Mis? Anita Blair, Mr.
and Mrs. J. Borden, Miss Edith Blair,
Mrs. McCormick Blair, Mrs. Watson
Blair, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Chalmers,
Mrs. Hobart Chatfield Chatfield Chat-field-Taylor,
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Cudahy, Mr. and Mrs. John Alden
Carpenter, Mrs. Joseph Coleman,
Mrs. S. T. Chase, Mrs. C. Ely, Mfi5.
Charles King, Mrs. Byron Lathrop,
Miss Elizabeth McCormick, Mrs. Ed
ward S. Moore, Mrs. Arthur Meeker,
Miss Meeker, Mrs. C. B. Pike, Mrs.
Altogether it was a great night for
the Tribune and the 400.
The crystal ballroom was decorat-