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AFTER twenty years it is interest- '
ing to read "Society as I Have
Found It." The author would
find it so different today. He'd'
be a very shocked and dismayed gen- j
tleman, no doubt, if be went again to j
the Newport of his youth and found
the circus set, led by Harry Lehr, going
through its paces. Pittsburg million
aires invading Bellevue avenue and
suffrage a way to society. Feminine
politicians at Marble House, where once
the Vanderbilts never considered the four hundred and first. This was in the
time of Ward McAllister's "400." The poor man couldn't draw lines to save
his soul today, i. c., as he likes to say in his book, he couldn't properly
separate the elect. They have got so hopelessly mixed with the others. Which
is a sign of progress from provincialism, no doubt. Harry Lehr ought to be
historian of the new order in New York. In San Francisco, E. ML G.
Why doesn't Greenway write his memoirs. Dictate them, at least. From
the days he first appeared In South Park to the climax of the Sharon ball, he
could make a fascinating story. "Society as I have Developed It," it might
be called, and for introduction he could quote Ward McAllister on the con
dition in which that distinguished gentleman left San Francisco society to
its fate in 1552. His residence of two years was distinguished by dinners.
But Hall McAllister was the important member of the family in- San Francisco.
Brother Ward was imported from Savannah to share the fortunes of Hall, a
brilliant lawyer In his day. However, winning success at the bar was an
insignificant accomplishment to Ward. He was an epicure first, a lawyer
afterward. Long afterward. His recorded impressions of San Francisco
begin with the price of eggs.
"Imagine me, then," he writes, "a well fed man, with always an appre
ciative appetite, learning on my arrival in San Francisco that eggs, without
which I could not breakfast, cost two dollars apiece." Gloom settled upon
him, he declares, but he had his eggs, and a bill of $225 for breakfast and
dinners at the end of a week. Later, when he discovered a fair balance be
tween income and expenditure, he built a house, a dining room with other
insignificant apartments, and there he gave dinners. "Such dinners as I then
gave," he declares, "I have never seen surpassed anywhere." Turkeys cost
sixteen dollars apiece, and were served with feathered tails intact. Eggs being
so expensive, the naive gentleman declares, an omelet souffle was always the
dish at dessert At one of the dinners of '51 the courses numbered seventeen,
and when turkey appeared a despairing lady sighed, "Oh, that I might have
some of it for lunch tomorrow." Evidently it was a human Impossibility to
consume more then. One wonders who she was. Some debutante's grand
mother, very likely.
Quite suddenly the western memories end with: "Two years was the
length of my stay in San Francisco." Thereafter the leader of New York's
"400" forgot San Francisco and never went west of Kentucky again.
E. M. G. could take it up at 1852. It was some time in the 70's he found
San Francisco society, but there are persons of the older time still living.
They could tell him of the intervening years. Mrs. Coit or Mrs. Darling, who
was Clara Hastings then. And who is said to have a fascinating book of
memoirs in her mind. But it would be less serious and in the vein than one
by Greenway. Few could write with proper seriousness of society in San
Francisco. From Mrs. Darling's point of view it might be satire. From
the czar's a history of development.
It was in 1875 that Greenway found society in South Park. He had just
arrived from Baltimore. Incidentally he is a Greenway of Baltimore, which
is to say, a Biddle of Philadelphia or an Endicott of Boston. Some one got
him an invitation to a ball the Givins were giving for their daughters, Carrie
and Maggie. Maggie was" afterward Mrs. Evan Coleman. Mrs. Germaine
Vincent (Lucy Givin Coleman) and Mrs. Jim Folli's (Mary Belle Givin), her
nieces. At the ball an elderly gentleman addressed himself to Greenway.
"Young man," said he, like a catechist, "who were your grandfather's three
"General Scott, General Albert Sydney Johnson and General Keyes,"
promptly aiJtjwered L. la. G.
"I." said the elderly gentleman, "am General Keyes." Thus giving Green
way his cachet. Thereafter E. M. G. was socially secure in South Park;
following society across Market street to its more modern setting and develop
ing those qualities of leadership that Ward McAllister displayed in New York.
With this difference: E. M. G. was always more famous as dinner guefet than
host. Which, after all, is an equally important thing to be, since a host would
be helpless without guests. While "Society as I Have Found It" is prin
cipally a record of dinners given, Greenway's book could be of dinners he's
attended, and not less diverting.
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Society bas just completed the busi
est sort of week, and yet another,
quite as strenuous, awaits those who
arfc identified with the smart set.
Dances, weddings, dinners, teas, theater
parties, not to mention the innumer
able informal affairs, arc fljling the
A debutante of last season,
who is actively participat
ing in this winter's gayeties.
social calendar from the top line down
to the last edge. Nor does the pros
pect for the rest of the month seem
to betoken any diminution of these ac
There arc the Christmas gayeties, of
course—enjoyable Sometimes, other
times sobered a ttifle by too much
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1912.
"family" entertaining and by the ex
haustion of mind, body and spirit, in
duced by the annual bugbear of Christ
Apart from this, however, there p
much to be done. Without considering
dates or chronological order, there may
be mentioned the impromptu cotillon,
at which a cotillon is actually danced
as It was 20 years ago in San Fran
cisco, and' which is furthermore dis
tinguished by Its delfghtfully early
hours and its carefully censored guest
list, the Christmas Greenway, which
has a holiday association all Its own;
the exclusive Gayety club dance, with
its group of pretty girls as hostesses;
the Wlnship ball, which will be added
to the list of elaborate affairs of the
winter and which will be the formal
introduction of Mrs. Wlnship's at
tractive young sister. Miss Margaret
Casey; the Neighbors' dance, which
veill be typefied by the delightfully in
formal character of its name; the bal
masque to be given by Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Alston Williams on New Year's
eve, and for which all manner of cos
tumes are being planned already; the
Informal dance the Henry Avery Camp
bells will give at their home on Baker
street for pretty Miss Laura Currey;
the dance Mrs. A P. Hotaling is to
give in honor of Miss Phyllis de Young;
the elaborate reception to be given by
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Blanding to pre
sent their clever, charming daughter,
Miss Henriette Blanding, to their host
of friends in the city's most exclusive
circles; the reception at which Mrs. J.
Leßoy Nickel will introduce her at
tractive daughter. Miss Beatrice Nickel.
These are but the main points, the
more important details of the "business
of frivolity" with which society 'con
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Dr. Harry Tevis will entertain about
100 of his friends at a New Year's cele
bration at the Palace hotel, which
promises to be uniquely delightful.
Doctor Tevis* ability as a host is pro
verbial and invitations to his affairs
Who is one of this seasons debutantes. •
are seldom declined. On this occasion
he will expect his guests to arrive at
11:30 on New Year's eve, prepared to
welcome 1913 in true carnival spirit. It
is whispered that confetti, serpentines,
horns and bells, with numerous other
adjuncts of the season, will help to
make merry the party and the supper
Preceding this celebration will be
several large dinners from which the
guests will go, among those to enter
tain being Mr. and Mrs. Frederick
Sharon, Mr. and Mrs. William S. Tevis,
Mr. and Mrs. George Pope and Mr. and
Mrs. G. 11. Mendell.
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Mr. and Mrs. Horace G. Hellmann
are planning one of the dinners of the
week for Thursday next In honor 'of
their attractive niece, Miss Mary Sel
den Hellmann, a debutante of the sea
son. She is the daughter of the George
If. Hellmanns and a granddaughter of
Mrs. Selden S. Wright. Her mother,
who was Miss Roberta E. Lee Wright,
is remembered as one of the beauties
and belles of former seasons.
Miss Hellmann herself is a tall,
graceful girl, inheriting her mother's
exquisite brunette coloring and having
much vivacious charm of manner.
After the dinner Mr. and Mrs. Hell
mann and their guests will attend the
first of the impromptu cotillons.
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To the list of social events to which
loyal San Franciscans point with pride
may be added now the Sharon ball of
last Thursday evening, given in honor
of Miss Louise Janin.
There is but one opinion concerning
it and that Is voiced in superlatives.
Never has a more magnificent, stately,
beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable
ball been given in tho city, declare
the fortunate Goo guests who were
The decorations surpassed anything
ever seen here before. Nor was com
fort forgotten In the making of beauty.
Up three steps, covered with velvet
carpets and rarest rugs, went the
chaperons and those who looked on,
to be seated in handsome golden chairs
on the platform at the end of the ball
room, the slight elevation giving a per
fect view of the dancers to the on
The supper, too, won volumes of
praise from those to whom the dance is
not the sum total of human bliss. The
guests were seated in the main dining
room and the following menu was
California Oyster Cocktail to Bell Pepper
Strained Gumbo ■in Cup
Diamond Back Terrapin. Baltimore
Boiled Breast of Chicken. Colbert
Parlait Ue Foie Gras
Celery Salad Heart of Romalne
Ice Cream. Butterfly on Boss
The gowns and jewels made the oc
casion a brilliant one and the pre
dominance of gold and silver brocades
and laces gave a barbaric touch to the
costuming and the presence of a num
ber of army and navy officers in uni
form, added to the colorful effective
ness of the scene.
Some of the guests arrived very
shortly after 9:30 o'clock and dancing
began early, continuing well into the
wee sma' hours, the last leaving short
ly after 5 o'clock in the morning.
One of the regrets of the evening
was the absence of Frederick Sharon,
the host, who was suffering from
grippe and a badly ulcerated tooth and
was too ill to leave his bed. Mrs.
Sharon was assisted in receiving by
Mrs. Mendel!, mother of the handsome
debutante guest of honor, and Dr.
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Something quite out of the ordinary
in lis, delightful characteristics was the
wedding of Miss Carolyn Murray and
Ord Preston, which took place on
Wednesday last at Fort Mason.
At 3:30 o'clock the wedding ceremony
took place in tbe presence of the fam
ily and a few intimate friends. Miss
Sadie Murray was the maid of honor,
Lieutenant Conger Pratt, U. S. A, was
the best man and the ushers were Cap
tain Malln Craig, U. S. A.; Captain Her
bert Brees, U. S. A.; Lieutenant- Max
well Murray. U. S. A.; the brother of
the bride and Lieutenant Campbell, U.
S. A. At 4 o'clock followed the recep
tion, to, which several hundred guests
Since General Murray has been sta
tioned on this coast he has taken the
deepest interest in improving the al
ready beautiful grounds of his official
residence and much has been done to
add to the charm of the gardens which
have the advantage of decided age for
a San Francisco home.
The. weather on Wednesday left
nothing to be desired by the most crit
ical and on the green lawns overlook
ing the waters of the bay the guests
were entertained after a few brief mo
ments in the and charmingly
decorated house. Mrs. Preston, who is
charmingly pretty, was unusually at
tractive In her exquisite wedding gown
of sat,in and rare old lace.
Many regrets were heard on every
side that her marriage will take her
from California, as her future home is
to be in Washington, D. C, where Ord
Preston has made his home for a num
ber, of years.
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Miss Rose Greeley and Miss Gertrude
Greeley were among the voyagers who
sailed on the transport for Manila on
Thursday last, a number of their
friends being on the deck to bid them
The Misses Greeley, who are the
daughters of General Greeley, are tall,
stunning girls, with much vivacious
charm. They will spend the winter in
the Philippines with their brother,
Lieutenant Greeley, and are planning
to return in the spring to America via
Miss Gertrude Greeley has been here
for the last month as the guest of Miss
Dora Winn at the home of the latter's
grandmother, Mrs. George C. Board
man. Several years ago Miss Greeley
traveled in Europe with Mrs. Board
man, Miss Winn and Major Winn, and
the friendship has been maintained
During her stay here Miss Greeley
has been entertained at a round of
gayetles, among thbse making her the
guest of honor being Mr. and Mrs.
Millen Griffith, Mrs. Carter Pomeroy,
the Misses Otis, Miss Ethel McAllister
and Miss Gertrude Creswell, while Miss
Winn has done much to make the visit
of her guest an enjoyable one.
Miss Rose Greeley delayed her de
parture from the Greeley home in
Washington, D. C. until last week,
joining her sister here a few days ago.
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Miss* Helen Garritt. whose father,
George Garritt, is one of the most en
thusiastic polo players of the Burlin
game club, entertained a party of
friends last Sunday at the polo field,
several of the guests going down for
luncheon and gathering afterward for
an informal tea.
, * * *
Portraits are shown this week of
three of the pretty and attractive girls
of the younger set who are prominently
identified with the winter's gayetles.
Miss Almee Raiseh has recently re
turned from a sojourn of several
months in Europe and is getting her
first tastr of the delights of the social
• Miss Dorothy Doe is another of the
Who will make her formal
bow to society Tuesday
debutantes of the winter and Mlbs
Marion Stone Is Just entering: on her
second winter of belledom.
* * *
Mrs. Prentiss Cobb Hale entertained
a group of debutantes at luncheon on
Thursday last at her home In Green
street, in honor of Miss Mildred Bald
win. Those present were: Misa Helen
'Johnson, Miss Linda Buchanan, Mies
Gladys Buchanan, Miss Laura Baldwin.
Miss Marie Buliard, Miss Marie V. Cal
vin, Miss Amylita Talbot, Mia* Mar
garet Casey, Miss Carrie Calvin, M!«a
Hazel Balmenteer and Miss Helen Elis
* » •
The Spinners, that organisation of
clever women Interested In matters ef
art, literature, musio and the drama,
will be entertained Tuesday at the
home of Mrs. William C. Lyon, In Green
* • •
Mrs. Bruce Bonney was the hostess s_|
a most enjoyable luncheon on Wednesj*
day last at her attractive hillside home
in Sausallto, the guest of honor being
her mother, Mrs. Richard Eddy.
Colonel and Mrs. Eddy, who have re
cently returned after several years*
sojourn in Paris, are at the St. Francis
for the winter, planning to go abroad
again in the spring.
A pretty wedding was celebrated in
Trinity Presbyterian church Wednes
day evening, when Miss Christens D.
Lindsay became the bride of Walter
Pregel Coffin. Rev. Dr. Dlckerson read
the impressive service. The church
was elaborately' decorated for the
event with quantities of roses and
chrysanthemums in varying shades of
pink. Charles MeKerral Lindsay gave
his daughter into the keeping of her
husband. The bride was a charming
picture in her robe of soft satin and
lace, with which she wore a tulle veil
crowned with orange blossoms. Her
shower bouquet was of whit© roses.
Attending her as maid of honor was
her sister, Miss May Lindsay, who was
gowned in pink charmeuse and bore a
sheaf of bridesmaid roses. The brides
maids were Miss Alice Lindsay. Miss
Hazel Petry, Miss Marjorie Orton and
Miss Irene Coffin, a sister of the bride
groom. The four bridesmaids were
dressed alike in gowns of pink chiffon
over charmeuse, and they carried
showers of pink buds. Oliver Dowdell,
a college friend of the bridegroom, was
the best man, and the ushers were
Wallace Collins, Knap Orion, Andrew
Dickson and Dr. Martin J'eid
Miss Emily Lindsay, gowned In w
dainty frock of hand embroidered lin
gerie and bearing a basket filled with
rose petals, preceded the bridal party
into the church and strewed petals in
their path. After a brief honeymoon,
which they will pass in the southern
part of the state, Mr. and Mrs. Coffin
will return to San Francisco to reside
permanently. The bridegroom Is a
graduate of the University of Califor
nia, having completed his course with
the class of 1908. He is an electrical:
engineer and is now associated in busi
ness with the Pacific Gas and Electric
company of this city.
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Clusters of evergreens and garland*
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