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Activities of Women Prominent in the Social Life of the Nation's Capital
f *? ? ? ?? ? * - Al WA' Well, the Southern Relief Ball Is once more a thing of the past! For over a quarter of a century, the an nual ball for the relief of the moun taineer.* of the South, has been one of the picturesque and brilliant fea tures of each season and that organi zation has now added to its history one more ball as picturesque, as bril liant and as financially successful as any they ever gave. Those balls are all more or less alike, nevertheless. In the first place they are usually given at the Willard and both ball rooms are always crowdea to the point of suffocation. When I reached the Willard last Monday evening some time before 10 o'clock, the opening hour of the ball, the footman at the F street entrance, informed me that already some ten thousand people had arrived for the ball. Of course he wm adding a few thousand to make his story interest ing. but it did seem like the whole world and his wife and then som~. were inside. A small boy watching the throng surging through the hotel corridors down stairs, trying first to get in the elevators at one end of the buildin? and then at the other in at tempt to wt up to the tenth floor where the ball room is located, said to him*c!f but audibly, with his mouth opvn with astonishment, "This isn't a Vance, this is a fight." Access to th*? ball room waa pain ed Hl*h ease because of the uae of the elevators at both ends of the building. So often in the past oa rimilar occasions only the lifts at the I Valentines We still have a supply j \\ot our famous paper at I! : 40c per pound. Two packages of envelopes for j| I j Engraving a Specialty. Films, Developing Hausler & Co. j. Two Stores: h 1222 F St. 720 17th St. World's Best Stationery Products. S7-\ I AIGTO/M I F street entrance have been used, re 1ln .,he guests all being pack i ed like sardines around them for a | long time, causing much delay and j discomfort. When we entered the ( ball room last Monday we had nlmost to hunt for the receiving line for many of the guests gathered In front of the line to get a good look at Mrs. Carter Glass, the wife of the newly appointed Secretary of the Treasury, as it was her first appear ance in public in the form of cabinet hostess. As I sfood and gazed at her1 with the rest of the curious, I thought to myself, if they do have some of the official receptions at the White House after the return of the Presi dential pair from Europe. It will sure j ly seem strange not to see Mrs. Me 1 Adoo^ and Mrs. Gregory In the line | of Cabinet hostesses w*hich usually , receives with the President and Mrs. j ilson on those occasions. They were two of the youngest, if not the two j youngest, in that distinguished line. . and will be very much missed. Of I course, we all know that Mrs. Mc Adoo Is not much more than a slip . of a girl, and Mrs. Gregory, though she has a grownup daughter, looks more like her daughter's sister than (her mother, and Is really much pret ! tier than her daughter, though she. too. in quite attractive. Then one :wil| miss. also, at tho?=e White House 'receptions, the ever-present Mr. Mc [Adoo standing back of his wife greet ing friends over her shoulder when ' he wasn't sending admiring glances at her. ; Hut I am rambling, f started to | mention some of the points of j similarity between all of the South I c-rn Relief Balls. One always sees I there many folks one never sees ? anywhere else. You see many old dies of the old fashioned variety . ti at have forgotten how to dance. almost forgotten thev ever danced. . dr n't you know, dressed in styles of the hy-Konc days; always quaint j and refreshing looking. But the : gowns of by-gone days were not in the majority by any means; in fact I saw many very smart and now ones and evpn a few supgpstivp of the new silhouette of pre-war [ days; Tanagra silhouette, it is call [ Paris?I am told, the author i itics won't let me ro over to see | for myself for my husband is an j officer and on the o.hor side?the I new silhouette is shorter of skirt and lower of waist?some entirely I without backs?than before the war. ( The skirts are narrow. short | drawn up In front, causing them to I be quite plain and tifrht across the | back. In that form, the silhouette | is only becoming to slender form I and Ig apt to be greatly modified I be lore being generally adopted on [ this aide of the Atlantic. For more | than a year, smart women in Paris ' | have worn skirts several inches j j shorter than we Americans and with j the signing of the armistice, they j I cut off seveial inches more. Hut I many of the conservative French couturiers predict a gradual : lengthening of the skirts of the fair I Parisian. A few elegant Parisians | have already adoptej, in fact, the definitely lor.g skirt and it is said that even the French tailleur will j also grow linger although it will still remain a short skirt. Then too I saw the latest thing in coiffures which I understand is j sponsored by an interesting Frenchwoman. Her blonde hair. | closely cut. forms tight ringlets all over her head. There were several j of the sort at the ball, both blond, | and brunette. ~ j Then the veterans of the civil war ' in their gray Confederate uniforms-! they are always in evidence at the, Southern ball, but one sees fewer or i them each year. The contrast between those silver-haired men and the boys I in khaki brought many conflicting thoughts to the mind and tears to the eye. There were young soldiers with ' various decorations on their chests and old ones similarly .adorned. 1 saw one man. only a pilot he was. for he wore only one wins, who had fully half a dozen decorations. Then there wa? old Capt. John Hickey there, with several medals pinned to his gray uni form. These old gray-clad veterans of the army of the Confederacy mingled with the children of those "hose names have added to the glory ( th* saw'miss Jessica Smith for one | daughter of the daWner of the Stars , and Bars, wearing a gown made from j a black lace shawl that had belonged , to her mother, a belle of the old South. Miss Smith spent four years] of her life fighting that the hon" ?' designing tiie Stars and Bars should . be her fathVs. for anther man from Alabama claimed It. She thinks that | her greatest privilege In life ? her father s daughter, and whenever | her name Is mentioned, she is pleased if it is as his daughter. Just now Miss Smith Is a yeowoman In tne navy, and haj> been for two She was Just transferred from Nor folk to Washington last December. As I stood looking at those warriors of other days. I thought of the socie ties they have formed to keep alive the memory of their deeds, of th U D. C.. the S. C. V.?llkewlee the D. A. R- the 8. A. R-. the Loyal Legion, and downs of others, and wondered If the soldiers of today would soon get busy and form similar societies. Just the next day I lcar"e? that the first thing of the sort had already been formed; that the nrsi peat rtf the World War Veterans was instituted in the city of Batavia. N. i^. under the name of Glenn 8. Loomia. Post No. 1, World War Veterans. It Is formed on the lines of the old G. A. R. composed of civil war , veterans, and Its founders say eventually will be one of the most] influential orgnnlsatlons In the United States, for all the Americans who had any part In the war and who leave the service with clear I records, will sooner or later beoorac , members of some post of the W. ,W. | V. There ere pome new initials for | you. I suppose the officers serving in the world war will form other so cieties and those fortunate fnoURhj to serve in Europe will form still, other organisations. I The Batavia Post was named in honor of Glenn S. Loomls. the first, Genesee County boy to fall in bat tie. He was killed at Chateau, Thierry on June 7 last. Leaving ] college he enlisted In the Marines i and was among the first of the | Americans to reach France. Then too, each year, C. W. DeLyon i Nieholls comes down from New York to select the prettiest girl at the ball. He Inaugurated the custom j five years ago when ho selected Mrs. Hugh Roland French, formerly Miss; Ida Wynne, daughter of the then consul general to London and Mrs. . Wynne. King Edward declared her | to be the most beautiful woman at j the English court. But this year ? Mr. Nieholls selected three girls as the prettiest, all daughters of the South. j Miss Brpwn. daughter of Maj. Johnl Wilson llrown. of Baltimore, now In j France, wa^ one of the three. Mr. I Nieholls said that Miss Brown re- | sembied her grandmother, adding. "To those who knew the famous' Annie Austin, of New York, that' would be enough to Justify my se-1 lection." The other two thus hon- | ored were Miss Marguerite Calhoun , Simonds: of Charleston. S. C.. the j debutante daughter of Mrs. Clarence , Crittenden Calhoun, and Miss Mar garet Harding, daughter of W. P. O Harding, of the Federal Reserve I Board, who also hails from Dixie. Miss Calhoun was described by Mr. Nieholls as "a typical Charleston j beauty, with patrician features and, exquisite blonde coloring." Miss Simonds belongs to one of the ; finest old families of Charleston. n.( town that prides Itself on its old aris-, trcmcy and the difficulties It places | in the way of social climbers to In-, vnde the sacred realms of that aris tocracy. M'ss Simonds' mother was j n Miss Daisy Breaux. daughter of the j late Judge Breaux. of New Orleans. \ After the death of Mr. Simonds, she married the late Barker Gummere, of a line old New Jersey family, and | they divided their time between their j hoiues in Trenton and Princeton. She 1-ecame the wire of Capt. Calhoun, only a few months ago. He is some j ,G, t of a connection of his wife; through the Calhouns; I have forgot ten just how Miss simonds was one of the guests j at the dinner which Maj. William[ Eric Fowler gave at the Willard be- i fore the bal'. She looked very hand some in a gown of shaded pink soft i messaiine, with a rather tight fitting, undebut ante-looking bodice, sleeve-1 less. v?ith slender straps of rhlne-j stones over. :h ? shoulders. The skirt, .?.?I ' ^oun9TLa6ie5' Si)op 1217 G ST. N. W. New Arrivals in Spring Dresses Made of serge, tricotine and a few light-weight velours and jerseys in the latest tailored styles, many only one of a kind. Special at $25.00 New Spring Suits In box and blouse sty les, made in serge, poiret twill and tricotine, neatly trimmed and lined with fancy silks, priced at $39.75, $45.00, $55.00 A reduction of nearly 50 per cent on all remaining winter coats, made in velours and siKertone*. $29.75, $35, $49.75 Only 21 winter suits left, made of velour, silvertones and broadcloth; many fur-trim med. Were priced to $75.00. Most are marked as low as $29.75 iSit>/r/S in new spring models, made in serge and broadcloths, pr $10.00 and $13.75 Mrs. EDWIN F. GAY, wife of the new Senator from Louisiana. Their home is in New Orleans. Senator and Mrs. Gay have taken an apartment at the Connecticut. was tight about tlie feet, draped a I little on the hips both to the left of the front and the right of the back, showing a little of a silver lace un derskirt. Nancy I,ane and h**r broth er, Ned T^ane, were also in that din ner party but I saw them slip quietly out of the hotel immediately after dinner, without evn going pear the ball room. You see M!s.s La?e hap. not made her debut and her parents do not approve of her keeping late hours so her brother took hor horn*. If he returned later for the ball I did not see him. ' Gen. and Mrs. Harnett were at the ball and had with them a very attractive party of young j?eople, ! friend* of Mrs. Harnett's debutante , daughter. Miss Leila Gordon, who entertained them at dinner earlier in the evening. The honor guest at the dinner was the very youthful daughter of Col. and Mrs. John Rus sell. U. S. M. C.. whose engagement I was announced that evening to John i Drjdfln Kuser. of Bennettsville, N. J., son of Col. Anthony It. Kuser. and a prandson of the late Senator John F. Dryden, of New Jersey. Mlss Russell is hardly mor?? than a child and if .* h-* had not t>eeomo engaged would not have made her debut for two years yet. She is very precocious, though, always has be*n rather old I for her years, and Is extremely clever. She has traveled much with her par ents. a? her father's duties have I taken him to different parts of the world, and she speaks several lan guages. Her mother is an unusually ' attractive woman. I remember [meeting her once at a dinner party and found her extremely entertain-i I ing. She held the entire attention [ of the whole party with her .?orver | sation all evening. Col. and Mrs. I Russell have just returned from Haiti, but lajst winter they resided i in De Sales street. The wedding will take place tn the spring. Which brings to mind the fact that Lillian Birney has selected the date of her marriage to Capt. Edward R. Finkenstaedt, February 26. It is quite to be expected that she should have selected the little church at Chevy ' Chase for the ceremony as it was in that little church that those Birney -iris grew up. The Birneys lived foe years in Chevv Chase. Mrs. Harold Walker, who was Miss Aloncita White and a half-sister of Lillian and Cath erine Birney, the latter now Mme. von Schoen, also grew up in Chevy Chase, and it was not until she mar- j ried and went to Mexico to live and the Birney girls were left orphans and went to Mexico to reside with ' the Walkers, that they gave up their home in Chevy Chase. Then, upon their return to Wash- : ington. Mrs. Walker opened the Chevy I Chase house for a while, but has leas- , ed it'the last two winters and rented ' a town house. Their mother was Mrs ; Theodore Birney. the founder and firr-t president of the Mothers' Con- j press. She has be?*n dead quite a few years and Mrs. Walker practically raised ; those girls. She has beer, a real ! mother to them from the time of their j birth. Tjella Cordon, perhaps, has the best; time of all the season's debutantes un- i less it is Mildred Bromwell. When i Leila is not going to parties she Is j on horseback. Some one said the ; other day that it was an interesting coincidence that there arc twf> ex - i ceptionallv clever younn poetesses I smong the debutantes, France.? Hop- ] kins and I^-lia Oordon. Frances Hop- j kins has written several books of , poems. h**vin?r started when she was but a little tot. But then one might expect NevJl Munroe Hopkins* daugh ter to do things like that for the Hop kins are all gcnulses of one sort or another. But it develops that Leila Gordon is not the poet of that Vamlly, but her younger sister. Anne. She has written poetry and good poetry, too, since she was only 5 and at the age of 10 published ? very clever little Action story called "The Awaken ing." It was pronounced as quite remarkable by many who knew] what they were talking about. She hasn't written anything lately as, her days are full of so many and varied interests that she doesn't have time to think. Her mother, Mrs. Bamett, won't be at home to morrow as slie and the General j i went up to Philadelphia yesterday "l saw 'a"number of men at the ball (BS5?3-?1 \""t 'oTr"nol . a- pretty sure/, I Then Jo. Devereux w as the? and In evening cloth.*. H P,I I year* or'more ?- , bulance Corp.. .bout a week ago. |Kn ,er.-uxk'hi "father. ? ho returned from service overseas the same time as Joe. haa Just been ordrred to New Va where lie is w Terve as assistant to .ho port In-1 Robert Uohrer. who went <ne nr. Devereuxasmemb^of^hi; ambulance unit, ar cam Is the ^l^X'n-dTn^wldo^^fC.^ Uorden.' of the Marin. Corps. and ^ilTuo;r,r.na hi. sister Mrs Basil Bolder. all of George i town. \ ! Mrs. Brooke Bee and her .Istor.; Carol Wilson, were also at the ball. I , Mia. Bee looking as y| .??. oc pvpr One would never pub I of company K. of _ ??p *u,b,Ild. : . I /wwriTwwch""1^; day's ago. He Stated that he had re &dInformation that ?ut ?ve mem-, bra's sww >~?i w?wounded ... France. He Is a brother of Ralph Totten. Consul, 1 General at large ?" Europe, and a | ! cousin of George Oakley Tot.enHe was a graduate of U.e ^nd^mcer^ ' V^tirst ^lie'utenan* of infantry. rta.ph Totten is In Europe now mnVin-- * hurried trip tbroush the different countries. England. Franco, bpaln. ! ltaiv Switzerland and perhaps other.. guess he is a lieutenant oolo neTby now-Arthur II. Bolg was at , the hall; the first time I ha\e seen him Since he was an instructor of ar- I I tlllery at IW box with Mrs. Mark BHstol Mr* T 1 was ordered .o California and I don t ? know whether he eo- overseas or not iS. looked a little thinner. Mrs^ I naldwln. like so many of the.wives of ?he army officers who are being de tuned indefinitely In France, wants to go over there. There Is much dis-' c?*lon these days whenever a grout i i Of army women get together as to, i whether or not thi v tc to be allowed Keep. Hair Curlv in Most Trying Weatkw;j i You needn't worry about damp or I windy weather ,-n- llim.' the wa>v appearance of your hair K vou ' the .ilmerinc curlins method. Ar. I you can dance all even nu- withou I having your tresses stringing all | ,abIfUtyou"vefnever tried this simple j i method bv all m.ans procure a . bottle of liquid silmerino from your 1 druggist and follow the accompanv 1 ing Instructions. It will enable you to have just the prettiest wave, and [urls. so natural looking no one will | Kuess they were artificially pro- j I duced. The curlincss is quickly ac | quired and lasts considerably longer ( I than where the heated Iron l. u.ed, , I When the hair Is combed out it will be delightfully soft and fluffy. The I life, lustre and beauty of the hair are preserved by the use of tit ? ha.mless product. Therefore it l? afso prized as a beneficial dressing I for the hair. It i? quite pleasant to use and leaves no sticky or [greasy trace.?Adv. to join their husband* on the other fide, now that the war la over. There a great difference of opinion on the subject. tome per*tat In being opti mistic about it. othtra say thejr know it can't be done. Mn. T. Q. DontUd aon who was also at the ball, wants to go over to Join Gen. Donaldson. Mrs. James A. Woodruff, wife of Oen. Woodruff. Is another. (1 am an other.) Just now Mr*. Woodruff Is visiting the Billy Tafts In Philadel- i phia; Mrs. Taft was Stella Carus, y*/u j know. I hear that Billy Mitchell, now a! brigadier general if you please, is back, so maybe Col. Baldwin will re turn soon too. They were on duty at the same aviation field, near Tours, I think. They hsOe done much flying together over there. Oen. Mitchell went over before we entered the war as military attache at Parts and as an observer of the allied armies. Ills wife has been at her former home in Rochester, N. Y., most of the time during his absence. It will be nice to have the Mitchells with us once more for they w4re very popular folks; both are fine dancers and were al ways Into everything worth while. They were almost always at the Chevy Chase Club dances, the Army ~nd Navy Club dances?I wonder If those dances will be given again now the war is ove^?the administration dances which, I understand, are just starting up again, and?well. Just ev ei>where. They are both fine horse men. too, and rode a lot Billy Mitch ell was one of the leading spirits at the Riding Club in the good old days before the war. ? There were very few officials at j the ball?yes. I am still talking about the ball, with a digression or I two?and the Carter Glasses were; the ohly members of the Cabinet I saw there. Mrs. Daniels was to 1 have been In the receiving line but ] was out of town. It seemed quite j unusual to have neither the Presl- j dent and his wife nor the Vice Presl- } dent and his wife as honor guests, j The Southern Relief Ball is the ball above all othera that the White' House has made a point of patronis- j ing. There were quite a few Sena- j tors and Representatives with their wives there but only a diplomat orj two. I saw the Minister of Colom bia and Mme. Urueta and the Minis- ' ter of Ecuador and Mme. Ellsalde;j and oh. yes. M. and Mme. Phlllipe Barbler. of the Belgian Legation' staff, were also in the assembled i compsny. Of the Immediate administration circle I believe Mrs. Baker la the | only one who actually dances now \ the McAdoo* are gone. They were' both avowedly fond of dancing, and did it well. As for Mrs. Baker, she's devoted to it. Dances with all the' enthusiasm of a girl, and most1 gracefully, and the last time I talk-! ed with her was frankly regretting that her Illness of the fall and early winter had made It Inadvisable for! her to dance until her strength should more fully have returned. | She Is going out to some extent; I ? here are occasional dinners fori "The Secretary of War and Mrs. Baker." and they occasionally at- I tend dinners for other notabilities, j she goes to the big concerts, and - she takes part In small ones. Singing for the soldiers at hospi tals or cantonments, or at entertain ments arranged for them elsewhere, has been Mrs. Baker's special war | activity, even as it has been Miss I Silks and More Silks for Spring This charming frock, sketched for ; Fashion Art, is one of the popular ! new combination gowns?the chemise blouse of bright figured foulard, the close-pleated skirt of leaf-green crepe de chine with a broad crush girdle of the same. Margaret Wilson s?but she has to | go a bit slow for the present, and is cutting out the dancing, which is 1 a real sacrifice for her. | Of the others, the Marshall* at ! tend balls now and again, as do the 1 President and Mrs. Wilson, when in I Washington?though the President l hardly encourages dancing as a fea j ture of White House entertaining, j There has been practically none at I the Executive Mansion since the be I ginning of the present regime; | whereas, in the last administration j there were many for Miss Taft and j her friends, especially during the ' holidays when Robert Taft was ( home from college. Even the big I state receptions wound up with I dancing in the East room. I One seeg Mrs. Gregory and Mr*. | liamels i?t dances, but not dancing, j Sometimes, if it is a charity ball. | for an organization in which they | are interested, they are in the re j ceiving line. Sometimes they are j decorating box^s and not infrequent ly Mrs. Gregory chaperones Miss Jane Gregory and some of her girl friends. Mrs. Lane is not given to receiving lines, although she and Secretary I^ane quite frequently e? | tablish one of their own. as they watch a ball and their friend ? rtsrt with them In a bo*. Oiice In a whin Mr*. Lane Is cfcaperonlnr her youn* daughter, Miss Nancy, who, a? sh? iB not yet out floe* not go to many of the big dance* except during th? holidays, when rvlss are more oa lean In abeyance The rest do not. so far as I know, go to dance* Mn Houston, lo re sponse to a question of a couple ot weeks ajro to whether the Hou? tons wore goinjr to th* Russian ball, which many who never dance were attendlnr *s a spectacle, said: "Xo-o, we don't go to dance* We dine; me don't dance. You *ee. my husband 1* a very bu*y mwi. And anyhow at present the children are just get ting over tha chickenpox and we are more or lees quarantined'" Taking them a* a body, the Cab inet neither go to dances nor g)v? them, except the Marsha lis and the Daniel*. The Marshall*, up to th? time the Cnlted States entered the war. gave one or two big evening re ceptions with dancing each season. The last one waa on Inauguration Night two years ago. when they gave a dance in compliment to the Culver boy*, who had twice formed the Vic? President'* guard of honor in the inaugural parades Everybody en joys the Marshal Is' dances, and there was general rejoicing when it was known that Mrs. Marshall was plan ning to give one later this winter, when she knew more definitely of any White House social pldhs for the season. Just at present the MarshaTla have as their guest Mrs. W. V. McLallen. of Tndianapolis, who ar rived the d?y after their retur? from Philadelphia, where Mr. Msr shall made an address early in the week. The McLallens were neigh bors and intimate friends in Indian apolis. Mrs. McLalien ha* made them a midwinter visit every sea son since they have been in Wash ington. and her little son has oc casionally visited them. The Daniels don't give reguias ; dancea. but with four boys in the I family and frequent hous<- parties | of young people, a place to aance was a necessity in the house, and I *o they converted a perfectly good j attic Into an equally good ballroom, and at their big receptions anq things dancing on the side?or more literally at the top?is a usual fea ture. For there is nesrly always a bunch of young people at the hos pitable home of the Secretary of the Navy. There are several charity bslli scheduled for this month, snd le| me says right here?and I hav* i heard many, many express the same j thought?I do hope none of thr m i will have the Marine Band to fur nish music for the dancing. It is a | wonderful band and all that, but jit just can't get the swing into the music that one wants when danclnsj. jit takes all the "pep" out of th? ; balls where It plays, always with lout fail. Why ball committees per sist in having them furnish the ? music is beyond my comprehension, for it has long been unpopular with Washington's dancing set. It was j the one fly in the ointment at the ? Southern Relief ball. | Ever since the signing of the armis ; tice, tourists from Washington hav? been pouring into the "Sunshine City." ? Petersburg. Fla.. seeking relaxat.on and rest from war activities. At tbt OONTIMEn OK TAGE Fir?. Bbilipsborn Athe OUTER* GARMENT SHOP 608 T0.614 ELEVENTH STREET Beginoin g torn or row annual clearing sale of fur coats andfurs This sale is doubly important this year because prices for skins are steadily advancing, and are higher now than before Xmas. From al! indications, next winter's fur prices will be the high est ever known. Buy furs now=to store away as wel! as for immediate use? and you won't regret it. The entire stock, without a single reservation, is included in this sale at greatly reduced prices. Fur Coats Hudson seat (dyed musk rat) SI 95.00, value 5275.00 Nutria .5149.00, value 5210.00 Raccoon $ 149.03, value $210.03 M'nk Dyed Marmot. .$89.00, value 5115.00 F:ur Sets Fox 595.03, value 5? 50.03 Fox 585.00, value 5110.00 Wolf 559.00, value 575.00 Separate Scarfs Fox 545.00, value 559.00 Skunk 535.00, value 550.00 Wolf 525.00, value 525.00 Muffs Nutria 514.75, value 520.03 Raccoon 514.75, value 520.00 Squirrel $19.75, value 529.50 Hudson seai (dyed muskrat) 521.00, value 529.50 Skunk $42.50, value 555.00 $29.50 for choice?values to $60.00 Unrestricted choice of every fur=collared winter coat in the house at 529.50. High=class materials in black and colors, with collars of real Hudson seal, nutria and raccoon. Truly a wonderful offer.