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FEBRUARY 8, 1891,
"TIioiiKiindn of Cnllorn nnd UuhIioIh of Can)
Old Men mid Old Women tiR Society
People Noted Statesmen iik Uonux-n
Iiook tit Qoii. Van Vliet and Horatio
King n Cabinet Day at INIrn. Wana
mnttor's Hor Dining-room and Ilor
ITninoiiIJcthuny Punch.
Lont begins nest Wednesday, aud Washing
ton society for thu next forty days will,
metaphorically speaking, put on sackcloth, eat
Ash on Fridays, and squat In the ashes of re
pentance. The season has been a gay one, and
tho dinners, teas, and receptions have been
numerous and extravagant. Tho Cabinet re
ceptions Rave a chance to the tourists and tho
bridal couples to see the noted women of
Washington, and the Cabinet ladies toll mo
their callers were numbered by thousauds. These
Cabinet receptions are peculiarly an American
institution. All tho wives of President Har
rison's counselors are supposed to be at homo
every Wednesday during tho social season and
the doors are thrown open to all. I suppose it
would be a small estimate to say that Mro.
Wanamaker has shaken hands with twenty
thousand people at her Wednesday receptions
this season, and you could hardly crowd the
cards she bus received into a two-bushel basket.
Let us join the crowd of tourists and make n
call upon her. Tho streets are dry, tho day is
pleasant, and we walk, going past tho White
House, by the Corcoran Gallery, past tho Metro
politan Club, whom Count Arco Valley, with
his monocle tij;htly pinched by tho flesh around
'his left eye, looks at us, and on up to Farragut
Square, on the south side of which is now rising
tho cream-colored brick mansion on tho ruins
of the flro which caused tho death of Mrs.
Secretary Tracy.
At the corner of Farragut Square wo turn to
tho right, along I street, and stop before a big
square three-story mansion of red brick, with a
.sort of a Grecian portico over its front door.
Tho street is filled with carriages, and coachmen
and footmen in livery with bugs on their hats
-sneer at us as they sit stiff and straighten tho
carriages of the nabobs. A wide awning ex
tends from the front door to tho edge of tho
roadway, and there is a carpet laid across tho
sidewalk and up the steps in order that Damo
Fashion may not soil her feet in coming in. A
portly butler 6tands at the head of this, and
the door has apparently opened by magic,
swinging noiselessly baclr on its big brass
hinges as we walk up tho steps. Ho takes our
cards on what looks like a collection plate nnd
motions us to the right. Wo kec-p on our
wraps and go in as our names are announced in
loud tones. A handsome lady in evening dress
stands near tho door. It is Mrs. Wanamaker.
She Is a straight, well formed, and fine looking,
and tho smile with which she shakes our hands
is a genuine one. She says a word or so about
the beautiful day, and then passes us on to tho
other ladies of the reception party, who aro also
dressed with trains, and who aro among tho
distinguished woineu of tho country. I note
that one of them is very pretty and that hor
dress is a corn-colored silk, and that another
has a light-blue crOpo with a gold girdle and
trimmings. This la6t lady is quite young. Sho
has a beautiful form and her face has strength
as well as beauty. Her name was slurred over
as we passed by her, and my friend asks in a
whisper who sho may bo. "Why that," was
my reply, "Is Miss Minnie Wanamaker. Sho is
tho daughter of the Postmaster General, and sho
is ono of the brightest girls in Washington. The
diplomats are crazy over her and sho is ono of
the best catches in America. Wanamaker is
worth at least eight million dollars and he has
only four children.
These words are whispered and wo movo
back under a beautiful painting, and I give a
running comment on some of tho visitors as
thov enter: "That gray-haired lady in blnck,
with tho bright eyes and fresh face, is Mrs.
Gen. Logan. She is well-to-do now, and sho is
just beginning to go into socioty after her hus
band's death. Sho diives ouo of tho finest turn
outs in Washington, and thero is no more pop
ular woman in tho country. Tho pretty, dark
faced little girl bohind her is Mrs. Maj. Tucker,
and thattall.tlne-looklug munis her husbaud,tho
Major. You see, men call hero as well as womeu,
and tho old call as well as tho young. That
tall, thin, old man who is now shaking hands
with Mrs. Wanamaker is Horatio King. Ho
was Postmaster General over forty years ago,
and when Buchanan was President and Jeff
Davis was a society beau ho had the place that
Wanamaker has now. Ho is seventy-five years
old, but he is as bright as a dollar, and ho es
pecially likes young girle, and 1 will elvo you
an introduction if you waut it." My friend re-
filied that sho did not care to bo Introduced
ust then, and I went on:
"That tall lady with tho rosy cheeks and
brown hair is Mrs. Senator Sherman. Sho is
fine looking, isn't sho? aho has been in society
here longer than Horatio King, and sho camo
hero with John when ho was elected to Con
gress, away back in 1854,"
'Before you were born ?"
"Yes, I know; but sho likes to go calling as
well now as she did then, and this Washington
society is a thing that grows on you. What a
lot that woman has seen I Sho knew Hairiet
Lano, She was a noted lady when Lincoln was
President, aud for four years 6ho had the same
place that Mis, Wanamaker has now, when
John Sherman was Secretary of tho Treasury.
Sho ha3 been ono of tho leaders of tho Sena
torial circle for years and years, and sho pre
sides over tho Senator's big mansion on K
street. That girl with her is her daughter
Mary. She will probably be as big an heiress
as Minnio Wanamaker, aud she is ono of tho
best liked girls among the daughters of the
"Wo seem to have struck tho rich people to
day. That plainly-dressed lady there who is just
coming Into the drawing-room is MraStanford.
She don't look like the wifooi the richest man
In tho country, but you ought fo. Beiher at a
big dinner or at a White House reception. "She
weais jewels at such times that areworth a for-
tune, and I have seen her when 6ho had a neck
lace said to be worth a hundred thousand dollars
shining out below that characteristic chin. Sho
is a woman of groat common 6enso, and she be
lieves in dressing rightly at tho proper places.
No one makes aftornoon calls except in street
dresses, and you see that all tho costumes to
day aro simple in tho extreme. That white
haired man behind her is another Washington
character. Note his jolly Bacchus-llkoface, his
white hair, his rotund form, and his courtly
airs. That is the greatest old beau in Washing
ton, and his name is Geu. Van Vliet. Ho and
Gen. Sherman aro great chums and thoy used
to make their calls together. That fine-looking
lady behind him is Mrs. Senator McMillan, who
is another rich woman witli beautiful daugh
ters, and thero is Mrs. Senator Wolcott, who is
also rich and pretty. Sho Is a newcomer in
Washington, but seems to bo growing very pop
"But let us go on to tho dining-room," said
ray friend. And with that wo walked on
through elegantly furnished apartments intc a
long room so big that you could turn a two
horse wagon load of hay in it without touching
tho walls. This room was lighted from tho top,
and its walls wore decorated with some of tho
finest pictures in tho country. Tho paper on
tho walls was of satin good enough to make a
dress, and it was of such a tint as to throw out
tho pictures. Tho Postmaster General has per
haps a hundred thousand dollars or so invested
in tho canvas which is hung on these walls, and
it is the same throughout the other rooms of tho
house. Tho dining-room is also hung with
satin, and as wo camo in hero I saw Gen. Van
Vliet taking a glass of Bethany punch. As tho
cool, lemouade-liko liquid flowed down his
throat I noticed a spasm of surprise crawling
from his chin on up toward his nose and on un
til it mantled his fair brow aud reached the
roots of his frosted silver hair. The Gonoral,
like most of tho Army officers, likes punch, but
he does not approvo of the article whon uot
made of the best old Jamaica rum or somo
other spirituous liquor. Mrs. Postmaster
General Wanamaker is a tomperanco woman.
She does not permit wine to bo served at her
Cabinet dlnncis, and sho has inaugurated this
Bethany punch, which is a combination of
lemons and oranges flavored in come peculiar
way that makes it actually appetizing. It has
become quite popular in Washington, and you
find it everywhere now, even though the Simon
pure intoxication articlo is served from a differ
ent bowl at tho same time. As wo muuehed
over indigc&tlblo salted almonds and took a cup
of tea from a piece of ohlua that was worth its
weight in gold, I asked my friend to take note
of a man standing on tho other side of tho room.
Jt was a tall, well-formed, fine-looking man of
perhaps thirty-five. "I see him," said sho in a
whisper, "aud who is ho?" "That," replied I,
"is the Ward McAllister of Washington. Ho
used to bo even more of an authority on social
matters when Mrs. Cleveland was hero than ho
is now. He is considered the handsomest man
in Washington, and his name is Dr. Ruth. ITa
has been' tho best man at fifty weddings, and he J
is ono of tho old 6tandbys of tho Navy. He is
a bachelor, however, notwithstanding."
Leaving tho Wanamaker mansion and cross
ing Farragut Square wo next wont past tho resi
dence of Senator Stanford, and in a few minutes
stood before tho big house of tho Secretary of
tho Interior. It is a red brick facing Franklin
Square, and it has tho same awning and carpet
leading out to tho steoet. Thero was tho samo
swell butler at tho door, and Mrs. Noble looked
not unlike Mrs. Wanamaker at tho right of tho
hall as wo entered. Sho greeted us just us cor
dially, and my friend said she made exactly tho
same remarks about tho weather in tho samo
tones as those wo heard at Mrs. Wanamaker's.
Tho crowd was almost as great as that at tho
Postmaster General's, and my friend seemed
surprised at tho number of public men she saw,
and asked mo who were tho chief beaux among
the statesmen.
"Fully one-half the Senators and Representa
tives," said I, "like to bo considered as society
men. That tall man with tho big head, tho
beefy shoulders, and the face like a great
Chinese doll is Speaker Reed. This is the first
time I havo seen him out this 6ea6on, but ho
usually goes to the receptions, aud ho looks like
another man whon you see him in a dress coat.
Tho Vice President makes tho regular round of
calls and all tho naval officers aro fond of
society. The diplomats all call and they aro
among tho most popular of tho society boaux.
Tho Chinese Minlstur and tho Corean Minister
aro among tho callers, and tho Corean Minister
always brings his wife with him. I met him
last night, and, noting that thero was some
change in his clothes, I asked him what it
meaut. Ho replied ho wasin mourning. "Oh,"
said I, "I suppose you are in mourning for your
little child who died tho other day ?" "Oh, no,"
said he. "I am sorry for my child, hut I do not
mourn for her. I mourn for our Queen
Dowager, tho iireatest woman in Corea, who
died a few months ago."
From Secretary Noblo's wo wont to Mrs.
Secretary Proctor's and tbenoo called upon Mrs,
Rusk and Mrs. Attorney General Miller. It
was, however, tho samo thing of handshaking
and chatting about little nothings, aud my
friend at tho end agreed with mo that it was
awfully nice, but that it must get awfully tire
Will Cabinet calling last? Yes, I suppose
so. Mrs. Secretary Blaine is tho only Cabinet
woman who has, so far as I know, ever objected
to it. She will receive none but her friends on
most Cabinet days, aud callers aro told that tho
wife of tho Secretary of State is not at homo.
Why should wo havo Cabinet calls? Why
should our Cabinet officers' wives hayo to dress
up and put themselves on dress parade to be
looked at by people about whom they don't
caro a cent every Wednesday afternoon ? Tho
expense of tho receptions is something. I
kuow of somo Cabinet officers who spend three
anl four times their salaries, and can't afford
(Concluded on Eleventh Page.)
"Woman's National Press Association.
The meeting of tho Woman's National Press
Association at Williard's Hotel Friday evening
was an unusually interesting ouo. When tho
president, Mrs. M. D. Lincoln, called tho meet
ing to order thero were fully two hundred
guests present, and many more came, but wero
unablo to get seats. The association elected
Mrs. M. S. Lockwood as delegate to tho
National Council, and it now has two delegates,
Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Lockwood, and Mrs. W.
N. Ralston and Mrs. Edward Roby alternates.
Mrs. Claudia B. Money was elected vice presi
dent for tho Stato of Mississippi.
Mrs. Lincoln introduced Miss Emma C.
Sickles, who gave a recital of her experience at
tho Pino Ridgo Agency, and also of her former
thrilling adventures at tho agency in 1884. Sho
is a lady of fine address. Miss Sickles was fol
lowed by Maj. Swords, who, through his in
terpreter, Capt. Pettit, told his story of sixteen
years' service on tho police force, and his efforts
at all times to ovado confilct and foster peace.
Ho was frequently cheered.
Mr. W. C. Johnson, a well-educated Tusca
rora from Niagara County, N. Y., made a
stirriug plea for his race. lie is a fine speaker
and has traveled extensively.
Mrs. Clara B. Colby was tho next speaker,
and her recital of Gen. Colby's rescue of tho
little Indian waif was listened to with deep In
terest, Tho General has adopted tho child,
whose pretty Indian name interpreted is Lost
Judge Moulton noxt spoko and was fre
quently cheered. Mrs. Edward Roby and Mr.
J. L. McCreery had much of interest to say, and
the largo audience seemed unwilling to leave
after tho meeting adjourned.
Miss Sickles will soon leave for Philadelphia,
and whilo thero will be the guest of Mrs. Fay, a
6ister of Postmaster General Wauamaker.
Courtship in tho Year 2,000.
Bellamy in Ladles' Homo Journal.
Whilo tho unmarried woman of the year 2,000,
whether young or old, will enjoy tho dignity
and independence of tho bachelor of to-day, tho
insolent prosperity at present enjoyed by tho
latter will have passed Into salutary, if sad,
eclipse. No longer profttiug by tho effect of
tho pressure of economic necessity upon woman,
toraakohim indispensable, but dependent ex
clusively upon his intrinsic attractions, instead
of being able to assume the fastidious airs of a
sultan surrounded by languishing beauties, ho
will bo fortunate if he can secure by his merits tho
smiles of one. In tho year 2,000 no man,
whether lover or husband, may hope to win
the favor of maid or wife save by desert.
Whilo tho poet, justly apprehending tho ideal
proprieties, has always persisted in represent
ing man at tho feet of woman, woman has
been, in fact, the dependent and pensioner of
man, Nationalism will justify the poet and
satisfy tho eternal fitness of things for bring
ing him to his marrow-bones in earnest. But,
indeed, we may bo sure that in tho year 2,000
ho will need no compulsion to assume that
They Aro Pure "Whlto, Woll Ulatchod,
Sound, and Floot Only Throo More Sun
days Remain Uoforo the Clono of tho
During the past weok tho proprietors of The
Herald succeeded in securing n handsome pair
of ponies to go with tho natty surry which will
bo given to tho boy or girl who is voted most
popular by tho people of Washington.
Tho ponies aro as pretty and usoful a pair as
over trod the asphalt of this town, and with tho
surry and silver-mounted harness thoy consti
tute a prizo which any rightly-constituted boy
or girl will bo sure to desire. Tho ponies aro
both pure white, of good size, well matched,
compactly built, of good disposition, and guar
anteed sound in every particular. Thoy aro
young, free goers, and possess plenty of endur
ance. Thoy can now bo seen on tho street
every day, and attract geneial attention by their
striking and handsomo appearance.
The voting tho past week has been heavy and.
somo of tho loading candidates havo polled a
very largo number. Miss Hough still maintains
her position at tho head of tho list.
Only three more Sundays remain bof oro tho
close of The Hekald's contest. It will end on
Saturday, tho 28th of February. It will thus bo
seen that tho friends of tho different contestants
for tho handsomo prizes offered by The Hebald
and leading business men havo no time to lose
in getting fn their votes.
The standing of tho various candidates last
night was as follows:
1. Edith W. Hough, 245 N. Capitol street.
2. Helen Seufforlo, 000 S street northwest.
3. Edward Fisher McKnow, 2434 Fourteenth
street northwest.
4. Fannie Ruddorforth, 815 First street north
east. 5i George L. Dietz, 239 Now Jersoy avenu
0. Madge Gilbert, Tnkoma Park.
7. Harold Jennings, G12 Fourteenth street
8. Clarence E. Frey, 3010 P street northwest.
9. Clement T. Keyworth. 1907 H streot north
west. 10. Edward E. Darby, 1245 Twenty-ninth street
11. Lucllo Colby, 1327 F streot northwest.
12. Flora Manning, 1323 T 6treot northwest.
13. Irene It. Wallach, 129 Indiana avenue north
west. 14. Mario Pushaw. 1314 Vermont avenue.
15. Herbert T. Doyle, 3010 O street northwest.
16. Charles T. Davis, Jr., 1430 Q streot north
west. 17. Katharine Wright Saxton, Konesaw avenue.
Mt. Pleasant.
18. Orton Hydo, Room 7, Sun Building.
19. Benjamin Harrison MoKeo, Executive Man
sion, 20. Hatha Morrow. 418 "Eighth street south westT
21. Welhelmlnn LaHnyne, 1117 B street south
23. R. Golden Donaldson, 209 Thirteenth street
23. Olarenco L. Purk, 715 S streot northwest.
24. Honry fehorwood, 1017 E. Capitol street.
25. Richard Drum White, 1330 1 streot northwest.
20. Katharine May Brooks, 2304 Fourteenth
street northwest.
27. Gnrnott L. Hobba, 809 K street northwest.
28. Birdio Hnlboran, 07 G street northwest.
29. John C. McCubben, 938 S street northwest.
30. Nannlo L. Armbrustor, 20L7 K street north
west. 31. Roberta S. Gillls.128 D stroet northwest.
32. Walter Foster, 942 S street northwest.
33. Chnrlotto Baldy Gndloy,700L street north
west. 34. Katio E. aasklus, 1205 Twenty-eighth streot
35. E. Frank Davis, 1544 Ninth street northwest.
80. William Charles Hammett, 804 Twentieth
stroet northwest.
37. Nellie T. Brouningor, 724 Thirteenth streot
38. Ethel Wyckoff , 003 Massachusetts avenuo
39. Teresa Bello Kondrup, 1001 Now Hampshire
40. Willis M. Baum, 712 B street southwest.
41. John A. Graham,823 Thirteenth stroet north
west. 42. Don Allen, 1305 Q street northwest.
43. Nellie Pattorsou, 1404 Thirty-flfth street
44. Charles F. Williams, 311 D street northwest.
45. Georgo W. Vlerbuohon, 340 Eighth street
40. Frank Ghlsolli, 1730 Pennsylvania avenuo
47. Marguerite Wrenn, 1004 C street southwest.
48. Frank Itay Howe, 1701 1 street northwest.
49. Bessio Clarko Bakor, 18 0 K street north
west. 60. Ireno L. Mooro, 494 G street southwest.
51. Fanulolt. IIarkncs8, 1804 1 stroet northwest.
52. Lizzie Van Vleok, 407 Fourth street north
west. 53. Nellie ChaEO. 23 E street northwest.
54. Florenco M, Davis, 2fa22 Pennsylvania Aye
nuo. 55. Warren M. York, 509 East Capitol streot.
50. Adolo M. Garlloko, 1113 M streot north
west. 57. Charles F. Storno, 311 D Btreot northwest.
58. Wlllio B. Caporton, 1604 G 6treet northwest.
59. E. M. nail, 302J Ninth streot southeast,
00, Christian Jacobson, 1227 Twentieth street
01, Ada Dermody, 817 F streot northwest.
G2. Richard J. Higgles, 445 Q streot northwest.
03. Frances T. Towers, 1841 Fourteenth stroet
01. Blanoho Kepnor, 1130 Twelfth streot north
west. 65. LulaEbor, 454 D street northwest.
60. James Joseph Winchester, 2013 G street
07. William H. Dempsoy, Jr., 1217 N streot
08. John Naylor Swartzell, 1107 N street north
west. 09. Samuel Shollabarger, Jr., 012 Seventeenth
street northwest.
70. Chnrlos E. March, 009 Massachusetts avenue
71. William Henry Hamilton, 013 South Caro
lina avenuo southeast.
72. Georgo II. League, 734 Thirteenth streot
73. Eddio T. Keller, 433 Tenth stroet southwest.
74. J. Edward Chapman, Jr., 18S4 Fifteenth
street northwest.
75. Charles D. Churoh, 300 Eleventh stroet
76. J. Strother Miller, 418 Third street north
west. 77. Elroy Curtis, 1801 Connecticut avenue.
The stocks of tho To-Kalon Vineyard aro
known to all who are conversant with Califor
nia products as of superior qualities, produced
from vines imported from tho most renowned
vineyards of Europe.
C14 Fourteenth street.
No branch offices or ogencles.
Drink Tanntmuser beer. II, Benzler.
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