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I Notes From the Social Calendar of Washington and Its Environs
Activities of Official
And Diplomatic Sets
In the Capital
Mexican and Spanish Envoys
Share Honors at Dinner
By Panamanian Minister.
THE Mexican Ambassador and Senora de Castillo Najera shared
honors last evening with the Spanish Ambassador and Sen
ora de los Rios, at the dinner party which the Panaman
Minister and Senora de Boyd gave in the Legation on New Hamp
r shire avenue.
The Minister and Senora de Boyd will entertain at dinner again
► Tuesday, March 29.
The Chinese Ambassador, Dr. Chengting T. Wang, was host at
L dinner last evening, his daughter, Miss Yohe Wang, acting as his
’ hostess.
The Minister of Finland and Mme. Jarnefelt were hosts at
* dinner last evening, their 18 guests including the Secretary of Com
merce and Mrs. Roper, the Bulgarian Minister and Mme. Naoumoff,
the Czechoslovakian Minister and Mme. Hurban. the Counselor of
the Polish Embassy, M. Wankowicz, and Mr. and Mrs. Carlos del
Representative J. William Ditter of Pennsylvania and Mrs.
Ditter were hosts at a reception and tea yesterday afternoon at
the Mayflower in compliment to the Lower Merion-Narberth Coun
cil of Republican Women, from Montgomery County, Pa. Mrs.
» Bertrand H. Snell assisted in receiving.
Mrs. John Y. Huber of Lower Merion is president of the group
that spent yesterday in Washington and visited both the Senate
and House galleries. Mrs. Helen Greenwood was in charge of the
trip, which is made every other year to the Capital.
Mrs. J. Roland Kinzer, wife of Representative Kinzer of Penn
sylvania, and Mrs. George Darrow, whose husband was in Congress
for many years from Pennsylvania, assisted at the tea table.
Representative and Mrs. Charles L. Gifford of Massachusetts
have taken an apartment at 2400 Sixteenth street for the duration
of the congressional session.
Mrs. William J. Fitzgerald, wife of Representative Fitzgerald of
Connecticut, and her daughter, Miss Marie Fitzgerald, have re
turned to their residence in Club Manor Estates, Arlington, Va.,
, from a 10-day visit with relatives in Norwich, Conn.
R * The assistant commissioner for vocational education, Dr. J. C.
[ Wright, and Mrs. Wright have left for a two-week trip through
L the Southern States along the Atlantic seacoast.
I Maj. G. B. Ringgold of the New York Military Academy, Corn
p wall-on-Hudson, is spending several days at the Martinique.
Maj. W. M. Hutson of the Michigan State College of Agriculture
> and Mrs. Hutson are spending an indefinite time at the Martinique.
Comdr. and Mrs. Charles A. Pownall of Somerset, Md.. have as
their guest for several-days Comdr. Pownall’s nephew, Mr. Walter
Pownall of Tyrone. Pa.
Comdr. and Mrs. R.^V Christie have returned to their residence
tin South Joyce street, Arlington, from New Haven, Conn., where
Jhey spent the last several days.
Comdr. and Mrs. Christie went to Connecticut for the wedding
of Mrs. Christie’s brother, Mr. Josiah G. Venter, and Miss Dorothy
„ Barnum, which took place last Saturday, March 19, at the home of
the bride’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Barnum, in Naugatuck, Conn.
Mr. Venter is a graduate of the class of 1912 of the United States
Naval Academy.
Miss Barbara Christie, daughter of Comdr. and Mrs. Christie,
who is a student at Arlington Hall Junior College, will spend the
week end in Annapolis.
Werrenraths Here
For Visit.
I Mr. Reinald Werrenrath will join
} Mr?. Werrenrath Sunday in the home j
^ ef her brother-in-law and sister. Mr. !
r ,#nd Mrs. Thomas R. Shipp, on Oliver j
street. Mrs. Werrenrath has been
—- here visiting her twin sister and Mr.
W Werrenrath is coming to give a lec
ture recital Sunday evening at Town
Hall. He will speak on “The Story
of American Song.” and will illustrate
« his talk with numbers which he will
•ing, his illustrations making a com
plete recital program,
v i Mr. and Mrs. Werrenrath are fre
fuent visitors in Washington.
Mrs. Boschen Returns
Mrs. Frederick W. Boschen, who
has been spending the past month at
Hot Springs, Ark., has joined Maj. Gen.
Boschen. U. S. A., in their apartment
it the Wardman Park Hotel. Miss
Betty Boschen. their daughter, who
has been visiting in New York for a
"* short time, has returned to Washing- j
ton and is now with her parents at
^ Wardman Park.
Mrs. Lea Hostess
Mrs. Charles M. Lea will entertain
a large group of women from Chester
County. Pa., tomorrow afternoon at
4 o'clock in her home on Massachu
setts avenue. They are Republican
voters living in the rural portions of
Chester County. Mrs. Lea's home is
in this county of Pennsylvania and she
comes to Washington for the winter
The visitors will come to Washington
in special cars and the trip has been
financed by a series of card parties
which the women planned and have
given in their several localities.
Miss McGuire Wed.
Announcement has been made of
the marriage of Miss Betty Frances
McGuire, daughter of Mrs. Benjamin
F. McGuire of Herndon, Va„ to Mr.
Steve Lumas Comings of Greenville,
Miss. .The ceremony was performed
Saturday, March f, in Rockville, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. Com'ngs will make their
home in Herndon.
.. A”,sse? paggy and Julia Vogel, daughters of Brig. Gen. Miss Julia Vogel is a student at Wilson College and her sister is a
and Mrs. Clayton B. Vogel, shown with their pet dog Bagaille. student at the Temple Business College.
—Underwood & Underwood Photo.
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Society in
The News
Stimsons Return
To Cathedral
Avenue Home.
FORMER Secretary of State and
Mrs. Henry L. Stimson arrived i
this morning from Highhold, ■
their place on Long -Island, j
and will be at Woodley, their home i
on Cathedral avenue, for a brief visit. }
Col. and Mrs. Stimson have a wide
circle of friends in Washington and
usually spend a part of the spring at' ,
Woodley, an historic place which has
retained the charm of the past and ,
added to it the interesting atmos- ■
phere of interesting owners of the .
present day.
There are few places within the city ,
with the charm of Woodley on a i
spring day, with its wide veranda at
the back, from which one may gaze
out oyer velvety green lawns to a
glimpse of the Potomac River and
the Virginia hills in the distance.
Many a delightful garden party has
been given there when Col. Stimson
was Secretary of State and. with Mrs.
Stimson, entertained foreign visitors.
Dean George B. Woods and Mrs.
Woods of Wesley Heights will leave
this week on a motor trip to Cleve
land and South Bend, Ind.. where they 1
will visit relatives and friends. They j
will then go on to Evanston, 111., to be
present at the wedding of their son.!
Mr. John L. Woods, and Miss Mary i
Torkilson. Miss Torkilson is the
daughter of Mrs. Lucy Torkilson. Mr.;
John Woods will have as his best man '
Mr. Jack La Favre, who was graduated
from the American University at the
same time as Mr. Woods.
On their way home Dean and Mrs.
Woods will stop in Allentown, Pa.,
where he will address the Lehigh Val
ley Torch Club. Dean Woods is the !
international president of the club!
. Miss Martha McIntyre has joined
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James D.
McIntyre, for her spring vacation
from Sweet Briar College.
Miss McIntyre has visiting her a j
i See RESIDENTIAL, Page B-4.)
Mrs. Vandenberg Hostess
Several Hundred Guests Attend
Birthday Party for Senator.
THE Senator from Michigan, 1
Arthur H. Vandenberg, was
given a very fine birthday 1
party indeed, last night when
lis wife entertained at the Sulgrave
Club in his honor. There are musi- 1
tales and musicales, but it is not usual 1
'or the guest artist to be a member
>f the family—alas, not many families
tan boast an artiste to compare even j1
•emotely with Miss Elizabeth Van
There were several things different '
'rom the usual evening gathering. ; j
yirst and foremost which impressed ,
nan.v of the guests was the delightful
nformality with which the hostess (
ind her husband greeted the several ,
lundred guests—there was no an
louneer. In other words, every guest
vas a true friend and there was no
[uestion of wondering who was com- •
ng up the stairs.
Mrs. Vandenberg chose the simplest
if black gowns of sheer mousseline
vith a bolero jacket and Miss Vanden- j
jerg's dress was of pale pink mous- j
ieline with a tight bodice and a full j
The program included compositions
if Chopin, the "Prelude in C Minor,”
he "Waltz in C Sharp Minor" and his
Scherzo m B Minor." The second group
vas Dubussy's "Clair de Lune" and "La
Cathedrals Engloutie” followed by sev
ers 1 selections of Brahms, a varied
program which showed to best advan
tage Miss Vandenberg's talent. The
iverture from "Die Meistersinger”
played on two pianos by Miss Vanden
berg and Dr.Kurt Hetzelwas such a suc
cess that they followed it up with the
Blue Danube" to every one's delight.
Have you ever heard "Happy Birth
iay to You” played on two pianos?
Veil, it sounds quite fine and very
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lifferent when played last night as
i fitting finale.
Supper was aerved afterward and
champagne flowed while the honor
?uest was toasted and wished the
jest ever. Included among the many
tuests was the Argentine Ambassador
ind Senora de Espil, the Peruvian
Ambassador, Senor Don Manuel de
Preyre y Santander, the Belgian Am
bassador and Countess van der Straten
Ponthoz. the Polish Ambassador, Count
rerzy Potocki; the Swedish Minister
ind Mme. Bostrom, the Minister of
Norway and Mme. Munthe de Mor
•enstierne, the Minister of Finland
tnd Mme. Jarnefelt, the Minister of
Portugal and Senhora de Bianchi, the
Counselor of the German Embassy
ind Frau Thomsen, the British
Counselor and Mrs. Mallet, the
Netherlands Counselor and Countess
•an Rechteren and the Attache of
he British Embassy and Mrs. Sims.
The Supreme Court was represented
»y Mr. Justice and Mrs. Owen J.
Roberts and their daughter. Miss
Elizabeth Roberts, and Mr. Justice and
Mrs. Stanley Reed. From the Senatorial
;roup were seen Senator and Mrs. Peter
Ooelet Gerry, Senator and Mrs. War
ren R. Austin, Senator and Mrs. Henry
Cabot Lodge, Senator Arthur Cap
per and Mrs. J. Hamilton Lewis.
Two New York Representatives, Rob
ert L. Bacon and Hamilton Fish were
(Continued on Page B-4.)
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Klebergs Hosts.
Representative and Mrs. Richard M.
Kleberg were hosts at dinner last eve
ning at the Shoreham.
Prince Del Drago
Host at Supper
For Comedy Stars.
rPHE First Secretary of the Italian
Embassy. Prince Marcello del Dra
go, gave an informal, on-the-spur-of-:
the-moment party last evening in hon
or of Miss Libby Holman and Mr.
Clifton Webb. • stars of Cole Porter's
play now’ at the National. Late sup
per parties tend toward pleasant in
formality and thus it was at the resi
dence of Prince del Drago. A buffet
laden with every kind of delectable
cheese, salad, cold meat and fruit
tempted the eye and palate.
The party was given with the as
sistance of Baron Paul Schell of the
Hungarian Legation and among the
guests were the Belgian Ambassador
and Countess van der Straten-Ponthoz,
who with Mrs. Truxtun Beale and the
Counselor of the Netherlands Legation
and Countess van Rechteren. went on
from the musicale given by Mrs.
Arthur Vandenberg for Senator Van
denberg on his birthday anniversary.
Mr- and Mrs. Jasper Du Bose, an
attractive couple whom many feel
“just make any party,’’ and rightly
so. were among the guests, and others
who dropped in during the evening
were Mrs. Eugene Carusi. Mr. and
Mrs. Anthony Rumbold of the British
Embassy, M. Charles Lucet of the
French Embassy. Mr. John L. New
bold and M. Anthony de Balasy of the
Hungarian Legation.
RU C Beauty Our Duty
ltf//Mr.PyI« NA.J257 b
By the Way—
■. . , , , - . . Beth Blaine -
rTHE Lenten social quietus of magnificently avenued Washington
with its marble buildings and spacious parks, is upon us. Let
us turn back the pages to the Jefferson administration, when the
death struggle of the Federalists was being waged within the
boundaries of our “Village-Capital.”
Then it was a veritable "Mayfair in the Mud” to coach
weary travelers arriving from all points of the compass. What
is now Pennsylvania avenue was a sea of mud, while the
Executive Mansion and the distant sparsely settled sections of
the Capital presented a sad and lonely vista.
Was it with malicious humor that the “Village-Capital” was
known as the “City of Magnificent Distances?” With only board
ing houses offering shelter to members of the Senate and House, the
distanct shaded streets and Colonial houses of Georgetown were a
reassuring reminder that gentility and comfort still existed.
Dances, teas, card parties, etc., within the boarding houses
flourished undaunted. As one woman wrote to a friend: "In
the Capital one must be ever in the gay whirl or lost in soli
tude.” Still a fitting description for the present day! The
shortcomings of the local cuisine found the Federalists ready
to accept an invitation to dine at the White House, due to
Jefferson’s capable French chef. Aaron Burr’s dinners were
the talk of the town and the Madisons’ breakfasts of apple pie
and boiled cabbage indicated the democratic trend and min
gled with the aroma of canvasback duck.
Diplomacy.of the diplomatic corps was sorely taxed. For ex
ample, remember the household troubles of Anthony Merry, the
British Minister! The British Legation was finally located in two
small houses at Twenty-seventh and K streets N.W., where there
was neither a pump nor a well, but where partridges could be shot
from the front door! The opulence of the Merry menage astounded
our statesmen, who admired their table accoutrements of solid
silver and were awed by Mrs. Merry’s scandalous gowns, while the
custom of serving coffee in the drawing room astounded every one.
And as for gossip, there was plenty . . . the sartorial de
linquencies of the President or his democratic articles of '
Pele Mele with reference to etiquette (all rank or titles, for
eign or otherwise, were on a par, hence no precedence was
observed at all). The flouting of Mrs. Merry, wife of the
British Minister, caused a diplomatic incident when Jefferson
offered his arm to Dolly Madison to qo in to dinner and Mrs.
Merry was left to shift for herself. The Merrys considered it
an affront to their sovereign, hence social amenities were dis
continued betw'een the White House and the British Legation.
Then there is the story of the French Minister beating his xcife
while the First Secretary of the Legation had orders to play
his flute to drown out her screams!
Yes, there was plenty to talk about! The Senate and Hou"
members were racing fans and during the session both houses s 1
for only half an hour, adjourning to the track!
Then, of course, there was the usual influx of famous
visitors. One season alone found Robert Fulton. Gilbert
Stuart. Jerome and Betsy Bonaparte and Zebulon Pike <Pike's
Peak) among the gay throng.
When Jefferson abolished his levees. exceDt on New Year Dn
and the Declaration of Independence Day. the'ladies in social dur' ■
geon who stormed the White House were courteously receive^
Thereafter they relinquished with a sigh their precious levees.
The discussion of an important bill or passing of an
amendment found all the inhabitants of the Village-Capital
picking their way through the mud to the Capitol,'the ladies
dressed in their best.
Religion found a sanctuary in the hall of the House, there be
ing no churches. The Marine Band played and again, of course
the ladies were richly dressed. At night lights were dimmed earl"
and in the boarding houses politics paused as the inmates read
aloud or joined in singing.
There was world-wide interest in the “New Capital of a
New Nation,” and when Monroe was in Paris during the
(Continued on Page B-4.)
Mrs. Ruhland Guest
At Luncheon.
Mrs. George C. Ruhland, wife of
the new health officer of the District,
was the guest in whose honor Mrs.
Joseph A. Murphy, wife of the di
rector of medical and sanitary inspec
tion of schools of the District, enter
tained at luncheon today. The other
guests included Mrs. Hughes, wife of
Senator James H. Hughes, who re
turned this morning from a short
stay in her Delaware home: Mrs.
Daniel L. Seckinger, wife of the as
sistant health officer; Mrs. Willard
Camalier, wife of the president of
the National Dental Association; Mrs.
R. L. De Saussure, Mrs. Hugh Jeffer
son Davis, Mrs. Henry Cook Macatee,
Mrs. John Byron Reed. Mrs. James
Cumming, Mrs. Harry Ong and Mrs.
Edwin Rowland. The guests remained
through the afternoon to play bridge.
Whites Entertain.
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley White enter
j tained at dinner at the Shoreham last
j evening.
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