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V I I M I B I V Bp^B I ' ^ mm ^B Br 'jf K? , ? r .5? ^ :;.?c B H Br " ''. ^IHr jfeja I |B B I ^ flBSSSH Col.Cosby jfA31E,R. QF CEEEMDNI THfc/N Lach Functionary, According to How Lined Up for the Procession Past President, Is Given His Rank in the Order of Social Precedence?And Tomorrow's Reception Will Be a Favorable One for Feuds Because of a New Chief Justice, a New Commander of the Army and a Number of New Diplomats ?Feuds Which Are Already Waging?The Vexed Duties of the Official Social Mentor. lOopvrigijt. 1010. br John Elfrotli Waikine.) tILL, the New Ye White House t morrow precipita seem more tbi new ambassadoi live new ministe and a new cor manding general the army, all to be placed in tl order of precedence when the President master of ceremonies lines up the ofl rial guests for the procession into tl VI.. nine room. New Year day in Washington society always the day of judgment, social speaking. It 1e the day when each oil cial learns his place, for here there Is ? exact place for every one. v a * Ka h official, high and low, each fo: eign grandee and lesser bureaucrat i the home government Is a block In great pyramid, of which the publ forms the base stratum. Washin. ton erected this social ITheo'ps and a hered to the . omcittional foreign mode Adaine maintained It, but Jefferson tor it dov. n. thereby creating such chaoe tbi aii later fre.-ide.nts of his political fait ba\ i respected it since it was rebuilt t iladlson The apex is the President, but from th lofty < apstone down there has alwaj been dispute as to how each succeasiv block should be left to lie in the stru ture. liven the second from the top hs been a cause of bitterness and strife, a at MAI SHE Is One of the Most Pleasant Additions to the Diplomatic Circle?Is a Member of an Illustrious Family of Lom'oardy and of Austria, and Has the Poise and Geniality of the Cosmopolite? Marchesa Is the Daughter of the Count Agostino Casati, fh# T ^ct A uciri?sr* ?..V, ituguiau UUVUUU1 of Lombardy, Who Witnessed the Stirring Scenes Connected With the Italian Unification. By Margaret B. Downing. tmatic corps, and h liad climbed high i the esteem of dip < can statesmen an Edmonde de.s Planches, protege ami favoi Ite student of Crirpi, comes to the Amer! ran capital undrr pleasant auspices. H and the marchesa have merely to take u the s<x ial duties relating to the charmin; /EXIN i'cnr ovv? B . r H . -Ma KB^ :?ai H .,.. v ~ ; :? B ; < = . >m -. 5K&Mb . . < "~-y b v u - ' BB , m EBHr .;vK Bj/WB B &?? B B'^ H f*' I I , **p jn^flefi^^^^v. y: ite ial BSSSSBSHBBSS^HSSSSH ;? 3)e.an Op The Dipi >vv though its place was Qrmly secured som 10 seventeen years aso. Those immediatei; s, below have been hammered at b rs disputant* in the past few years. Wi; ., the strife begin again Monday, when th ~ Marine Band, with its fanfare "Hail t or the Chief," signals the curtain's rise upo ie the national social drama? 3 The White House had scarcely bee j_ opened the second time to Mr. Clevelan when the late awakening of our mothe ltt country overseas to the fact that w were a world power of the first magni is tude necessitated the reconstruction o iy the social pyramid. A new block wa __ sent over from Jbhigland, one that ha never been seen before in this countrj m Previous to that if you had asked man; a member of Congress what an ambas sad or was he would, as likely as not, hav defined him as some befus&ed and be feathered personage who used to run er r" rands for the ancient kings of Persia of But wo found an ambassador among u a In IbOy and be straightway demande lc social rank second only to that of ou chief .magistrate himself. Pointing t K" the fact that he was the personal repre d- sentatlve of his sovereign and would. 01 ]. that account, be ranJced next to blgoi royal at any monarchical court of the o.< world, he planted his foot directly upoi 11 the pate of the late Lord High Bxecu 1? tloner Adlul Stevenson. Vice Pre? >y fdent of the United States, and strod boldly over that functionary. is * * r'S e Then Into the White House came th< c- Ohio Napoleon, the first skipper of thi is ship of state to appear relieved of sus 1- plclon thai his iirst mate was plotting t< RCHESA CU circle of friends made by the former incumbents of the Italian embassy. It was said that Baron des Planches was sent tc Washington to restore the social prestige of flip Italian nation, which had declined Tl.is mission seemed to have been most satisfactorily performed, and the Italian embassy, eight years ago an unknown part of official society, now takes ran'; with the British. German and French. Marchese Cusani Gonfalonier! and hit charming family, consisting of his wife, his daughter, the Donna Beatrice, and a voting son w ho bears* his father's name have been in Washington only since November 1. They are now conifortablj established in the Itallun embassy, a commodious building in New Hampshire avenue where that thoroughfare adjoin; Q street and liith. The embassy is onlv partially furnished, and they had U await tin* arrival of their personal l.e longings after the transfer had beet made of Baron <les Planches. The new chatelaine of the Italian king dom s American home may be describee more as a domestic woman than a devo tee of fashion. Being partially Austrian she is a devout member of the Romar < 'atholic Church, and has been prominen in all church activities of Iaimbardy where her former home Is situated, liei father, fount Agostino Casati. was tin last Austrian governor of l.onubardy ant )r Venetia, and he witnessed tiie thrllUns ft events connected with the great struggli is which began in 1H4S and ended wit! the Italian unification in 1S7t?. The younj daugiiter of" the ambaaaador. Donna Beat i- j-'ce. will get '-er first taste of socletj this winter, and. following the Eurorea* in custom, she will make 110 formal debut J. but will be present at her mother's cere u monial functions In the embassy. id * [ - lie Hi ?- The marchesa is a much traveled y woman, but she is making her first visit to the land of Columbia. Since - her marriage she has resided in seve eral South American cities, and for p some years in Vienna and Budapest, g For the past year the marchese an< GQ? IAL . i /r it/ rPTtW -M;v\ ^V :; ;v * :>; : . ^v<: ffiftiS :#&< : ' ; < : W >>?:C> ; : :>*?j?jiB |f: 0 i'Jr ^^BSK^^BB ^Hbr v:'' ^BBBBMfc|Hy Jn?fjB <jB/3^^^^^BPB^?:&: SKmiaSm^Bk^^B^H P^j^ ix ':?;/' ft%--; J^^B B^BB^^b -oma.7ic Corps And <3ecb e drop a spider in his coffee. He treated V officialdom to the unheard-of spectacle y of a brotherly presidential arm about "the II waist of the second in command, and e when the actors made their entrances o at the opening of his first social drama. the audience found Garret A. Hobart at his immediate right, in the center of the n stage, while Sir Julian Pauuceforte was d left further over toward the wings. Sir r Julian promptly complained to his foreign e office, which protested to our Secretary i- of State. Then President McKinley ruled f that because of their interdependent cons stitutional relation the offices of Presd ident and Vice President were inseparable r. and that the Vice President was as much y the heir apparent in America as was the i- Prince of Wales In England. And Prese ident McKinley stood pat. And the i- British foreign office swallowed the pill. Will the Baron I.adislaus Hengelmuller i. von Hengervar, privy councilor of Franz s Josef of Austria, and that monarch's d ambassador to America, who has been r dean -of the diplomatic corps for several 0 years, claim precedence over Mr. Siterf man? n Will lie try to wedge his block i" 1 under the capstone of the pyramid? i Happily enough, the challenge will not a be given at the New Year reception. In - more recent years the White House has i- fortified itself against such a war by e placing the Vice* President at the President's right hand before the blue room door is opened to the procession of guests. The dean will head this procession and afUr him the other eight ambassau dors and the twenty-eight ministers. The 9 Secretary of State himself, "Mr. Knox, if - you please," must descend fro*m his lofty j station as second mate of the ship of SANI CONFJ - his family have been living in the fam- i i ily seat, Casatl Kirziam, a famous 1 ? castle In the mountain region which t t surrounds Lak^ Magg ore, and many i . of the historic treasures of this home will beautify the Washington estaht llshment. Both the raarchesa and her l daughter are interested and charmed ; with life in the capital of the western world. i "The celebration of Christmas has fascinated me greatly," the marchesa i remarked. "It is so essentially a , feast of joy and good cheer that it . was really a pleasure to be on the r streets of Wash.ngton during the day i preceding its celebration. Everybody , was in a hurry and all were good hu? inored in the bustling and crowding of r the parcel-laden. According to the , eld way. which still holds in Italy, the . giving of presents occurs on the feast , of the Epiphany, or twelfth night in the Engl sh phrasing. "On Christmas the Italians celebrate I the greatest of Christmas feasts from . the religious standpoint. All over the country there are brilliant church ceremonials, nrncoasinna un<l luhlAmis: ^ and the chanting of hymns in the streets as well as the churches. Then there is a feast of good things. But , the gifts are confined to the Epiphany, j and Befati', a corruption of the term, . Is an Italian institution which corre* sponds in many respects with the Sanj ta Claus of the English, Americans and Germans. January 6, or the eve of the ' feast of the Gentiles, la to the small " Italians what Christmas eve is in this country. But the happy, care-free children of America cannot realize the I av and respect which the Italian youngster feels for the Befani. Santa Claus, with his round, red face and inerry. twinkling eyes, is a sociable being which the German and American and English little ones approach with 1 perfect confidence. They write letters to him, as I noted in your papers, and confidently present petitions through ' his acknowledged agencies. His reindeers have become a familiar sight to young and old, and appear to be as Interest ng to the grown people as to j the young. * * ? "The Befaul Is a tall dark woman of severe countenance and usually with an ominous frown. She conies down the chimney on the eve of the Epiphany, ringing a loud bell and tapping on the floor with a long, crooked cane. She places cakes and good things for the nice little children, but baga of Mhos and stones and letters of, rebuke for the 0 0 e!t? PRE( YEA i ^b $: <'"*' *;3^^:;t>^: i'y'' > ~" I fl l&fv?x* %?? 1 * .e.taryK?ioX state and act the usher's part Perhaps n other functionary than one who does th nation's business with these diplomat; can pronounce such names as Keighin Matsui or Phya Okh&ruj Varadhata should the President, with a sly asid< demand?"Say, what was the name o that tellow in the lilac pajamas?" 1 would be embarrassing for Master o Ceremonies Cosby to have to confess h didn't know. ? * * Mr. Knox hurries home ahead of tin gaudy horde of counts, viscounts, pashas beys, barons, dons, signors and mandar ins, who are to motor over to his yellov mansioh for the New Year stand-u] "breakfast," which our premier always gives to the members of the diplomatic body. So far so good. Back in the wes doorway of the blue room. Col. Cosby, the "lord chamberlain," has^slipped into th< place of the Secretary of State, lie is exalted enough to call out "the Chiel Justice," who has been coaling his heels while the several hundred diplomats have passed in, for such has been the rule foi decade upon decade. Will the new Chief Justice bristle al this? Will he protest that as the head of one of the three equal and co-ordinate branches of the government he is as inseparable, from the office of President a? is the Vice President., the titular head ol the legislative branch? At all ceremonies held within the Capitol building, under the dominion of the legislative branch ol our vested power, he will find himself placed, as a matter of course and custom, ahead of the dean of the diplomatic corps \LONIERI, 1 raughty ones. The small Italian, there'ore, does not look forward to Befani villi the happy assurance that the Amercan child does to Santa C'laus. Old St. Nilck over here seems a benign and forgiving sort of fairy, who gives to all, jood and bad, the good for obvious reasons and to the bad. perhaps, in order o induce them to be good. "New Year in Italy is a day for wishng good luck, as it Is all the world over, md in many parts of Italy these com mmeiiis 01 me season lane me iorm ?r i cluster of violets or other fragrant lowers. Parma Is the home of the most beautiful and fragrant of the violets, and hroughout all the region near by violets ire sent to friends and acquaintances to I^B 0$^ y..' JfflBH MARCHESA CONEALONIERI. (Copyright, 1010, by Dimension.) ?xpress the good wishes of the giver. Dn New Year masters give gifts to their etainers rather titan on Christmas, as in America, or on Epiphany, which is essentially the feast of the children. It nakes the day very joyous in this country that all receive their tokens on the fame day, Christmas, and the festival is vonderfully impressive in its truest sense >f being the season of peace and good ft'ill toward all men." The Italian ambassador and the Mar;hesa and Donna Beatrice will take their nitial part in official life at the reception vhich the President give* the entire soda!, political and diplomatic contingent t :edei g LE =f========= eke. OF THL^IEW'">&KR D 0 and his resplendent train. That has long a been the recognized order of precedence ? in either chamber of Coneress, but in 3 the White House it has been held that . diplomats, as strangers in the land, should 2 be given first place, after the President f and Vice President. t That he should stand with the President f and Vice President and thus complete a e triumvirate representing the thret branches of government might properly be demanded by the new Chief Justice. His venerable predecessor threw down , the gauntlet at one of President Roose" velt's early state receptions to the judl ciary when he as chief guest of honor - was made to wait in one of the parlors / until the last little attache of legation j had gone through the blue room doer. Some high officials have suggested a compromise which would let the Chief Justice : and other high officials below the Vice t President into the President's presence ? between the ambassadors and ministers, s When Chief Justice Fuller made his pro; test, .Count Cassini, then dean of the dipf lomatic corps, was sa d to agree with him t so far as the judiciary reception was t concerned, but whether the new dean would as readily aquiesce to the claims of the new Chief Justice is a question. 1 * ! " * * In Monday's New Year procession > through the blue parlor the Judiciary will be followed by the senators, representa' tives, officials of the District of Colum bia and then the officers of the army and ' navy. But there will be a new commanding general of the army. Maj. Gen. Leoni ard Wood, chief of staff, who was not in J7IFE OF TF New Year morning. They have all been received at the White House, and have taken tea with Mrs. Taft in the blue room, and were also among the guests at 'he debut reception of Miss Helen Taft. But the New Year pageant is the usual introduction of the new diplomatists and their womankind into the official set of Washington. This year the pageant will be brilliant and interesting from the diplomatic standpoint. * * There are now ten ambassadors accredited to this capital, and the only post left vacant by the death of Senor Nabuco, Brazilian ambassador, remains unfilled. All the others will puss in review before the President find Mrs. Taft clad in ceremonial court costume and accompanied oy the ladies of the families. After saluting the official world, the diplomatic corps lias the first opportunity of the season to meet eri masse at the breakfast served in the home of the Secretary of State. It is a gay and very enjoyable day for the ladies of the foreign corps, as they have none of the arduous duty which is attached to the high position of the American official hostess on the first day of the year. The Italians began their Washington career rather precipitately in order to entertain the bride of Rleut. Camperio, formerly Miss Eleanor Terry, daughter of Rear Admiral Terry. They had been here but a short time when that interesting nuptial event occurred, and as the young naval attache was an old friend as well as colleague and a member of the ambassador's staff the marchese hurried the usual preliminaries. Since that time they have been prominent In the social world, and will soon be among those to entertain Miss Helen Taft at a dinner dance. The Italian embassy has a small but very comfortable ballroom, and one which has' the rare advantage of possessing a gallery not only for the orchestra, but for spectators. Those who like to watch the dancers may do so without crowding those who wish to dance. Donna Beatrice has been carefully educated by private tutors, and is just learning English. She has the usual choice vocabulary which the book student acquires. The pretty young Italian is getting her experience rapidly, and is now no longer fearful of conversing other than In the French or Italian. Not many maidens in society at the capital can speak the language of Dante, but many are excellent French scholars. Miss Helen Taft speaks Spanish very well, and it is close enough to the Italian to permit the girls to become very chummy and companionable. The Donna Beatrice \irc" It vL VEE ^ ''^Ly' ' ' '' J # / / SsR ^ ;^;*fc' I . jfls * 1?: - MiH|fM : . . . .fcy.:^ilaLa^jKy : > " m ^i^hi^rsh^^i i bs^hhhhh^h IFL0MAT1C LXJNCHEOTt his present rank when the last White House social program was ended. Will there be resumed between him and Admiral Dewey the same quarrel over precedence which arose when the admiral, following a recent New Year reception, submitted through his flag lieutenant an implied protest against his being required to march in line behind Gen. Miles? If so, the head officer of our navy will remind the master of ceremonies that his rank is equal to that of a general sans prefix, which is two grades above the rank of Maj. Gen. Wood, while the latter may reply that officers of the army have always come "into the presence" ahead of those of the navy by virtue of the i army's naving been established prior to the navy. But there is one body in this New Year procession which will not quari rel over precedence, save where some one i disobeys the law of "first come first served," and then there will be no appeal to a higher power than "vox populi." down there on the cold street. This body will be the great serpentine line of "the general public," black and white, among whom Lincoln, during one of his receptions, said he delighted in taking his "annual public opinion bath." These precedence feuds may excite your risibles, but not those of the mentors of etiquette in official circles who about this time of year delve into precedents deeper than goes your man of law. Diplomats are always the cause of the most vexation, and even after they have been given their desired piaces in the line they are not always satisfied. It was only last January that the Marquis de Villalobar, minister of Spain, almost threatened to start the Hispano-American war all over again because PresiIE ITALIAN is fond of music and plays the piano with more than usual skill. She is taking an interest in the outdoor sports of American girls, and has joined one of the country clubs which gives cross country rides. She is, of course, a good horsewoman, for Lombardy, her home, is as famous for Its handsome and graceful woman riders as old Virginia is in this country. * * * Now that the diplomatic corps in Washington numbers some two hundred odd members it has become a distinct part of the official world and forms a sort ot independent adjunct. After much correspondence with the 'White House and the State Department the first dean of the ambassadorial -corps announced that the spouses of the personal representatives of king potentates and of some l-atin republics should make first calls on the wives of the President and of the Vice President of the United States, on the wives of the cabinet officials and of the associate justices, but that all other women in the official world must make first calls on them. The wives of senators resented this for a time, but they soon admitted the justice of the British ambassador's rulings, and fell into line. That is, as many of the women who preside over the homes of members of the upper house who desired to figure among the diplomatic corps. The Marchesa Cusati C'onfaioniera will neglect none of her obligations, and her young daughter will give Iter two-fold duties, those for her husband' colleagues ' and those for the younger set who have been so indefatigable in their attentions to her daughter and young son. But she is a woman who loves the purely domestic side of life, and already a homelike atmosphere has enveloped the state- , rooms of the embassy. She is fond of needlework and is always busy with her needle or with crochet instruments. She receives her callers with an ease and genial composure which raiely marks the intercourse of the European aristocrat with the western world. The young Donna mingles with girls of her class as unrestrainedly as though she had been born on the Potomac. The burdensome . etiquette which would restrict her in Europe has been dispensed with here to meet the accepted customs. Miss Taft sets the example of going about calling and attending teas accompanied by a girl or even alone, and the maidens of the diplomatic corps have perceived that they may follow this lead. Girls of Washington go to dances with y >s *%''.v'ijv .V^;' ^ : - *ife:-' .vW' * ^vi! Ik The. M&ntoil Or dent Taft Invited some ambassadors to pause J?eiiind the receiving line and let the marquis go on through. But the marquis was s on to come into his own. To aitend the celebration of the founding of Toledo, Ohio, last summer. he was commissioned as the personal representative of Alfonso XIII, and as such he was given precedence over all other dip'omais in attendance, including Sencr Don Francisco d? la Rarra. the Mexican ambassador, who. on hearing of the arrangement, stayed away from the ceremony. * * * Then some august foreign feelings were hurt at the Hudson-Fulton centennial. The British fleet in the bay shot off a twenty-four gun salute, which was promptly answered by Castle William; but the Frenchmen saved their powder. because, it is said, the French admiral through inadvertence had been left standing in tlie street after the milita.-y review, while the officers of ether flags were promptly taken to their boat landings. 'And then Gaston Darboux, official envoy of tiie French pre* dent, got his distinguished bach up because he was overlooked in the turmoil of naval welcomes. m * a Formal dinners, such as from now until Lent will contribute new chapters to the social history of our republican court, are as ofttimes the scene of these social feuds as the White House levees. We have spoken of the friction between the Chief Justice and the ambassador, but one of a much longer standing has been in the running between Chief Justices and Vice Presidents. So cautious hosts will refrain this winter from placing the knees of Mr. Sherman and of the new Chief Justice beneath their mahogany at one time. Indeed, the poor justices have been sailing upon doubtful social waters for lo these many years, and because the cabinet used to dispute the social rank, of these members of the highest judicial tribunal old-time hosts at the Capital will not invite both cabinet officers and members of the Supreme Court to the same board. Once cabinet members had such doubtful rank in the scale of notables that they, like the Vice President, had to be invited Into the blue room before the door opened, there to stand and receive with the President?as they still do?instead of venturing into the adjacent parlor to cause trouble while the master of eeremgnies lined up the courtiers. For there came to dispute the cabinet's rank not only the Messrs. Justice, but the Senate, which body has given Presidents more vexation over precedence than any other body of home officials. Many still conspicuous In the capital's drawing rooms remember an exciting occasion when a prominent senator's wife made a loud uproar because her host escorted the wife of a foreign minister instead of herself to the dining room and thereby designated her as the occupant of the honor seat at table, upon his right. A feud between the cabinet and diplomatic corps arose as early as the AMBASSAC their maids in the carriages, and they meet a cheperon at the ball or they trust themselves entirely to the chapcronage of the hostess. The dragon la as obsolete In Washington as hoop skirts, and the sensible foreigner may gasp a little at mm m m unjustly Accused. ANDREW CARNEGIE at a dinner in New York talked about the Scotch dialect. < "It's a hard lingo to understand," he said. "It often causes awkward mistakes. "Once an American divine spent Christmas in a Highland inn. On Christmas morning he gave the maid a tip of a sovereign, and he said. looking earnestly at her?for she \yas a pretty maid: " 'Do you know, Kathleen, you are a very good-looking lassie?' "Of course Kathleen was pleased, but, being modest, she blushed like a rose and answered: " 'Ah, na! Ah, na! But my kissin', sir, is beautiful!' "The divine frowned. , " 'Leave the room, you wicked young baggage!" he said, sternly. "He didn't know, you see, that modest Kathleen had been simply praising, in her Highland dialect, the superior charms of her Cousin Janet of Peebles." Logical Opposition. MRS. CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT, ad- J vocating woman suffrage in New v York, said: "I have never heard in all my life a * single syllable of logical opposition to b woman suffrage. The average opposition n is neither better nor wor^e than the argument of a certain carter. a " 'Ah,' lie growled, 'wot would women do with a vote If they had it? Contrary critters! Why, if T says to my old worn- a an. "Gimme liver and bacon for dinner,-" ci do I get it? Naw! I git tripe and onions.' " f< I- I V ;-fc ? I SI _ . B ffll v ^E HH^^V ^1 ( QH > Iii . la'fMi I BSsnflnHHB^n OrnaftL Etiquette. administration of Jackson, one of frh<>*? l?>rtfolio hear rs outraged 111?? delicate Sensibilities af Count Serrurier, the Preneli minister, by disputing Iii*- place o a stave oinner \ ro. ession. .\n,i trie upshot o: I h!1 was that the count stayed without arid sulked in his tent while "Old Hickory's" viands were being enjoyed by The les* elect. * * * So the newcomer in Washington aneiety has to burn the midnight oil long over an etiquette guide before venturing to act as host or hostess. A distinguished American, who lately went abroad as envoy to a foreign sovereign, lias told this story, illustrating the perils of the uninitiated: A new official's wife arranged a dinner, which was to include tiie Vic* President, the Secretary of State, the French ambassador, an Italian cardinal, the bishop of her church, and an old marquis with a famed hatred of the French repuolic. "Who's to sit at your right*.'" she was asked by a friend, expenenced socially. "Why. my own bishop, of course," was her unhesitating reply. "And his wife will go in with the cardinal." The friend, appalled on discovering tires* breakers ahead, advised her to submit the list of guests to the Vice President, and she declined with warmth. "But, my dear," the Vice President must always have precedence over all others and the marquis hates the French ambassador to his finger tips!" "1 don t care: I shall consult no on* about my own affairs." But other friends who found her in a. , calmer mood pointed out the only poMl~ ble. channel, and she at last agreed to be piloted. Three dinners she gave?one to the Vice President, one to the Secretary of State and one to her bishop, the one she had wished to especially honor. Wise hostesses who find themselves confronted with such social puzzles go uj? to the State Department and lay them before Assistant Secretary Alvey A Adee. who for many years has been the social mentor of all state functions(at the White House. The social snarl that he cannot untangle Is a bad one indeed, but lie had t<? surrender some time ago when called Into the Secretary's office to help place the dinner guests of a society woman who had arranged an elaborate furction. She had already sent invitations to about all of the pairs of high functionaries between whom there was friction over precedence, besides two women who were deadly rivals, two estranged naval officers, wlo were expected to clash at their nr\t meeting, and two titled foreigners, between whose families existed a feud compared to which that of the Montagues and Capuiets was h lovereasr The official mentor adjusted and removed his glasses several tinu-n wh!l<* squinting up and down the column of names, while the hopeful hostess made sundry sugc est ions as to how her guests might be seated. Then Mr. Adee turned his head to one side and, glancing at her out of the tail of his eyes, said: "Well. Mr. Secretary, under the circumstances, if I were the lady 1 should become desperately 111 and indefinitely postpone the dinner." >0R. first, but she soon succumbs to the Inevitable. The new chatelaine of the Italian embassy is ready to accept Washington ways, and she is expressing utter content at the prospect of spending the next few years as a resident of it The View Point. KWRS. -MARY T. METCALFE, discussing * * the pure food question at the Gotham Club's recent meeting at the WaldorfAstoria in New York, smiled and said; "I heard a food dealer once declare that chemicals in food must be all right, since salt itself was a chemical. "A queer argument, eh? It depends, you see, on the point of view. What non't we say under the influence of the point of view?" "Once, at Niagara, a gentleman said to lis hotel proprietor, pointing toward the 'alls: " 'Glorious, Isn't it?' *' 'Ah. but it ain't what It used to be.' he proprietor sadly returned. " 'No? Wliy not?' said the guest. "The hotel prop ietor shook his head. " 'Too many hotels,' he said." Wit That Bit. ADMIRAL LORD FISHER at a dinner in Philadelphia praised American rit. "Even the little boys," said Lord Fishr, "are brilliant wits. Thus, on a ferry oat I heard a little boy take down a fat lan famously. "The boy was selling holiday weeklies nd magazines. The fat man looked ar II the holiday illustrations, then walked way without buying anything. The bojr ailed after him with biting wit: " 'Hey. fatty, wot do ye take this boat >r?a free library T " ?