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THE WASHINGTON TIMES. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7,' 1913.
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Before I forget it I must tell
you that the Secretary of the
Navy and Mrs. Daniels are going
to entertain at a dinner party for
Lucie Hoke Smith and her fiance, Ensign
Simpson, on December 29 the night be'forc
the wedding. Airs. Daniels just has tht
"knack" of giving these prenuptial parties,
and they are always successes. The "dove"
luncheon she gave for the President's daugh
ter before her marriage to Mr. Sayre was
splendid and I know Lucie's dinner will -be
just as lovely.
The wedding is not to be a very large af
fair on .account vof- Mrs. Hoke Smith's ill
health, but there will be a number of house
guests and any number of informal parties
up to. the very day of the wedding.
Too bad you won't be here for the first
Georgetown Assembly of the season, Mon
day night Rememb- the one last Yea?,
when the new dances were not allowed and
the troubles that ensued? I'm told that Dr.
Mackall, the present president, has no objec
tion to the dances as they are, and everyone
is anticipating the best time ever. Isn't that
organization a wonderful thing? Just re
member, my dear Susan, it has been meeting
regularly since before Washington was
even a little baby city and Lafayette
is said to have attended one and some
one even went so far as to say that George
Washington was also a dancer in their midst
at one time. The dances are given this
season as usual at Linthicum Hall.
Did you know that the Edward McCau
leys, junior, were being congratulated upon
the birth of a little daughter, away out in
Constantinople, recently? And did you know
that the Guy Castles are receiving the same
felicitations? The Castle baby arrived about
three days ago, here in Washington.
Senator and Mrs. Oliver ace expected in
this country very. shortly now; in fact, they
are on the high seas, having sailed a day -r
so ago from London. They spent some time
with their son-in-law and daughter in Con
The McChords have taken a- house for
the winter. And guess what house they have
taken? The Scott house, at 171 1 Connecticut
avenue, which was the Turkish embassy.
Margaret is just so pleased with it, and is
already planning for parties and measuring
up that ballroom and calculating just how
many couples can castle glide in there. The
house is being gone over a little, and early
next week they expect to leave the Willard,
where they have always lived when in Wash
ington, and move into the house.
Unless their plans are changed, there will
be a real old-fashioned Southern house party
over Christmas, and all sorts of lovely things.
The McChords are the past-masters of en
tertaining, and it has always bothered Mar
garet because she lived in a hotel."
Your telling me about your new furs re
minds me to tell ou about the perfectly
gorgeous ones Airs. John H. Stephens is
proudly and justly so wearing these days.
You remember Mrs. Stephens. She is the
pretty little blonde lady from Texas. Wife
of Congressman Stephens. They used to
live at Congress Hall and arc- now in the,
house that they took recently, on the corner
of Maryland avenue and A street northeast,
directly in front of the Capitol. Well, to get
back to the furs. These furs are made from
some skins of genuine sea otter which Mr.
Stephens got in Alaska some time ago. He
took them over to Rose and they made them
up in the natural state without using any dye
or anything like that, and they are just about
the prettiest things I've ever seen. In color
they are the softest dove gray, and the fur
itself is like spun silk or spider web or what
ever is the softest, finest thing in the vorld.
They must be worth just lots of money, for
they arc so large. The stole is one of those
new collar models, and the muff is verv;
large and almost square, with very little bed
ding, and the linings used is the softest gray
The Stephcnscs have their home fixed up
so beautifully now, and it does i.iake that
nice, old-fashioned part of "Capitol 'Hill"
look like it should. Inside they have such
wonderfully fine Indian rugs and so man
interesting Indian and Alexican things.
Things arc rather dull down here now,
the weather and the social calendar are
more suggestive of early October than early
The regular Wednesday dinner dances
at Chevy Chase Club .draw larger crowds
than ever. Why, don't you know, some one
was telling me the other day that to save
your life you couldn't have put in another
table out there last Wednesday night?
On Friday the first of the dinner dances
inaugurated at the Army and Navy Club took
place, and it looks to me as if they will bs
as much of a drawing card as the Wednes-
days at Chevy Chase. Hostesses just find that
'there is no use to send out cards for Wednes
days any more for everyone is sure to nave
a previous engagement at the club and
everyone enjoys it more there than at any
one's house, so you know the answer.
I was told by a disappointed hostess the
other day that she thought it was a shame the
way folks did all their entertaining at the
clubs these days, but when you stop to con
sider the cost of eggs and a few other things
well, you see how it is.
Mrs. Dimock is going to entertain at a
party for Helen Walcott on December 30.
Helen Wajcott isnot going to make a formal
debut and this party will really serve as her
introduction to society. Airs. Dimock is de
voted to Helen, and they are often together.
I believe that accounts for the rumor that is
afloat down here to the effect that the en
gagement is about to be announced of Mrs.
Dimock and Helen's father.
Congressman William P. Borland, who
not long ago gained fame by bringing a baby
home under either arm with which to sur
prise his wife and augment his household,
was seized by another unique whim on his
recent trip to Panama, and bought a mon
key. She was a beauty as- monkeys go, and
while Air. Borland does not know the tech
nical name of the species he affirms that
she had a white face and was just about the
cunningest and rarest thing in the'monkey
line he ever saw. In fact, she was more
beautiful than good, and seemed wholly
lacking in appreciation.
Instead of groveling at his feet in grati
tude for being transported from the jungles
of Panama right into the very arms of a
member of Congress, she grew morose over
the matter, got to be a regular man hater,
and found her only solace when bedded oa
the nice soft muff of Airs. Borland.
Air. Borland tried to win her heart, but
three vicious bites nowmar his beauty.
, The monkey. Well she is out at the Na
tional Zoo where sport the wild animals cor
raled by Theodore Roosevelt in the wilds of
Africa and Yellowstone Park, the collection
of 'possums sent to President Taft and Pres
ident Wilson, and a collection of parrots and
things brought back by other members of
Congress on their various trips to Panama.
Yes, Alarie Peary, the Snow Baby, is to
be a debutante this season. I saw her at the
White House wedding and she is so pretty
Airs. Wilson gave her first formal musicals
last night in the East Room at the White
House, having issued invitations for it as
-late as Tuesday. It is the forerunner of many
such events, all of which will have not Airs.
Wilson, but Aliss Alargaret Wilson, as their
No. Gencvice Walsh, daughter of Sen
ator and Airs. Walsh, of Alontana, is not a
'debutante this season. She was presented
a year ago in Alontana after she nad gradu
ated from Vassar. Of course, it is her first
season in Washington and she will be identi
fied with the debutantes lor that reason.
The social season for the Congressional
Club is on, as it were, for the first formal
Friday afternoon tea was given the day be
fore yesterday. It was a beautiful party. I
met ever so many new Congressional women,
and they are all very delightful. The Cab
inet wonie.i called and everyone seemed to
have an enjoyable afternoon.
Cards for a th,c' dansantc on the 17th
hac been sent out by the club, and the danc
ing contingent of the membership are just
counting the days. Did you ever know of a
time when dancing was so popular? Some
how, everyone likes to dance in the after
noon better than at night, too. These after
noon dance parties arc just knocking the
spots out of dinner parties. Everyone
dances until the last moment. It makes one
cither too tired or late to get ready for din
ner, and most of the girls I know will accept
a dansant invitation in lieu of a dinner any
time. Next week will start with a flourish for
debutantes, and for once the Navy will have
the advantage by presenting one of the most
attractive girls of Washington. She is Mils
Margaret Fechteler, daughter of Captain and
Airs. Fechteler, who will have her coming
out on Monday. Airs. Franklin K. Lane,
wife of the Secretary of the Interior and be
longing to the same California set to which
Mrs. Fechteler belongs, will give a tea for
the debutante on December 17. The follow
ing day Miss Alargaret Britton will be .introduced.
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Every time I write I find myself enthus
ing more and more about the debutantes.
Helen Bache Kimmell is my latest discovery.
She is the prettiest, dearest little girl you
ever saw, and I'm sending you a picture of
her and I know you'll agree. She is the
daughter of Commander Harry Kimmel!, U.
S. N., and Mrs. Kimmell, and she is going to
be presented at a tea the day after Christ
mas. Numerous entertainments arc being
arranged for her. Among them is a dinner
dance, which your friend, Mrs. Ira Bennett,
is giving on December 30, and luncheons
with Mrs. H. C. Anslcy and Airs. Kite as
hostesses, and then Dorothy Dobyns is going
to entertain at a card party some time Christ
Of course, there was quite a cool atmos
phere at bonic of the Cabinet "at-homes"
last week, because the news was bruited
about that they did not intend to return calls,
especially on the wives of the several hun
dred Congressmen. But Airs. Bryan's recep
tion and several others took on a mighty
homey, democratic look, and it is likely that
before the winter is half over these Wednes
day events will be as popular in this Demo
cratic Administration as in the Cleveland
days, when the whole of the official world,
all the townsfolk, and hundreds of strangers
from one end of the earth to the other drop
ped in and left cards and sipped tea. Of
coursc, as several of the Cabinet women
have said, this general onslaught has its dis
advantages in that the people from out of
town never go to the trouble to make it
known on their cards and good, scarce time
is vasted in chasing and racing over the Dis
trict for streets that "arc not."
It seems to me that the girls in Washing
ton are overlooking something. Did you
know that right in Washington today there
arc two heirs to thrones and they are both
bachelors? Not the thrones, of course. I
didn't know it, either, until some one was
telling me abbut it the other day. Of course,
you remembe? Jerome Bonaparte. Well, he
is heir number one. He is the grandson of.
the brother of Napoleon, and if politics had
not changed in France he undoubtedly would
have been in line to the throne. Count Au
gustin Iturbide, who lives over in George
town and teaches Spanish in the Georgetown
University, is the other. He is the heir to
the throne of Alcxico. I couldn't begin to
tell you accurately all about how he is so, be
cause my knowlegde of history is not all it
should be, but he is a direct descendant of
Emperor Iturbide of Mexico, who ruled there
ninety years ago. When troubles in Alexico
were quite as bad as they are there now,
Count Iturbide's ancestor came to Washing-
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ton and married a Miss Green. They settled
in Georgetown, and I am told that their
home, Rosedale, is still standing. The pres
ent Count Iturbide does-ndt use his title, and
very few really know who he is. He is living
quite a retired .life nowadays but he was
quite a society leader some few years ago.
He is probably fifty years of age.
Mrs. Marshall, the wiYe of the Vice Pres
ident, just seems to be winning friends right
and left, and her Wednesday reception this
week will-be held in the lower drawing
rooms of Shoreham, so everyone can con
veniently' call who wishes. My but I wish
you could see some of the perfectly charm
ing gowns Mrs. Marshall brought back from
Chicago. I know it sounds windy and West
ern, that Chicago, but certainly since Mrs.
Marshall will not buy imported gowns acl
wraps she xould nowhere else find such per
fectly lovely and becoming things. '
Elizabeth Noyes was certainly a pretty
little bride and John Thompson was such a
handsome bridegroom. They were sweet
hearts from the time .when they were little
bits of children; and it was very beautiful to
see them married.
It was a great joy to the Noyes family
to have Mrs. Crosby" Noyes present at the
reception after the wedding. She made a
lovely picture in her white satin gown, which
was scarcely whiter than her hair, and when
she greeted the 'bride, who is a favorite
grandchild, it was very touching.
Here is another engagement that will in
terest you. "James H. Hilton announces the
engagement of his daughter, Miss Catherine
Salome Hilton, to Edgar Clark Campbell,
pay clerk in the Quartermaster Corps,
U. S. A.
How nice it is to have Anne Gleaves in
Washington again. Her father is command
ant at the Brooklyn navy yard now, you know.
She came down for the wedding of Helen
Downing and' Lieutenant Osterhaus, on
Thursday, and is spending some time with
Isabel Magruder. On Friday AnUe and Kate
DuBose went down to Annapolis for the of-
Beers' hop, and-all sorts of parties"are- being
given for her.
Of course, I hate to say "I told you so,"
but do you remember what I said a couple
of weeks ago about Katherine Jennings and
Chauncey Hackett being engaged? Mr. and
Mrs. Jennings announced the engagement on
Capt. Joseph L. James, U. S. N., and Mrs.
James have become the most novel hosts in
Washington, f$c when they entertained a
dinner party on Friday night in honor of the
Secretary ?f the Navy and Airs. Daniels
they took the entire dinner party on a trip
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to the moon. Of course, this wonderful new
dinner feature- is explained when you recall
that Captain James is in charge of the Naval
Observatory, over beyond Georgetown, ana
that hehas the wonderful Government tele
scopes at his command. After the dinner
and before the party went to the musicale
at the White House, Captain and Mrs. Jones
tdok them all to the room where the powei-.
ful instrument is kept, and they all said they
felt just like they had actually visited a
strange, new" country.
So enraptured were society women with
thfr "Spug" meeting and the "various meet
ings of the suffragists on Wednesday that
but a mere handful greeted Mile. Parlow,
the great Russian violinist, and had they
come in full force earlier irr the week, they
might even have robbed the Boston Sym
phony of its full house or broken up the bril
liant attendance at the three big weddings of .
Lieut. William H. -Santelman; who has
for some years directed the Marine .Band,
says the. standard of music has gradually
risen, until he now presents only classics on
his program for the more formal White
House entertainments.4 Of course, for the
receptions, where the lively time Is an in
centive for -"moving rapidly down the line,
marches and quicksteps, and even up-to-date
ragtime is resorted to, but the band has
never done harder work, or given more ar
tistic results than for this winter's program.
Everybody seems so anxious to entertain
for the debutantes, that there was quite a
mix-up on dance dates for the ena of the
month, occasioned by Mrs. Henry F. Dimock
changing the date for thedinner dance which
she is to give for Helen Walcott on Decem
ber 31 to December 29, thus taking the night
set aside by Airs. Haywood and Missr Doris
Haywood for their annual Christmas dance.
While all of Mrs. Haywood's guests had been
invited, she accommodatingly ch'anged fiw
day to that formerly selected by Mrs.
Did you hear that Julia Whiting is just re
enverine from an ODeration for appendicitis?
gh is. getting along finely now, and will be
out before very many days.
- Now I must hustle along with this letter,
for I want to go out to Mrs. I. T. Mann's at
5 o'clock. Mrs. Mann is giving the first of a
series of the' dansantes .this afternoon. In
stead of having her usual Saturdays at home
she has sent out cards for four Saturday
afternoon dances in December. Clever idea,
isn't it. Lots nicer than a jegular day at
home' That is for the guests.
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