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Fine Early Nineteenth Century Architecture Seen in Famous Mansion
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Dumbarton House Boasts
Proud Place in History
Of Old Georgetown
Restoration Stresses Period
Later Than That of Actual
Construction by Beall.
*• | \ UMBARTON" Ls one of the oldest and finest of the Georgetown
I 1 houses. It has been restored by the National Association of Colonial
| J Dames of America for use as their headquarters, and also as an
example of a gentleman’s residence of the early Federal period.
Dumbarton House is open to the public every day for a small fee. Originally
it stood on a high bluff in the “middle of what ls now Q street, where its
Biotiuiw iuvjkji way, oxiaucu uy xxuge«j
elms, and delightful drawing room
was the scene of many a party when
Georgetown was still part of Maryland.
No information is available as to the
actual date of the construction of the
house, but it is probable that it was
between the years 1740 and 175U. as it
is similar in design, brickwork and
exquisite interior detail to the great
houses constructed in Maryland and
Virginia at the time. It was built by
George Beall, whose father, Nmian
Beall, patended a huge tract of land
called the "Rock of Dumbarton” in
1703. This tract included the northern
part of Georgetown. Montrose Park,
Oak Hill Cemetery, and the land on
which the Cathedral now stands, as
well as part of Rock Creek Park.
George Beall protested vigorously
against the founding of "George
Town,” stating that he felt sure his
property would be demolished. In much
the same way that we resent similar
encroachments today. But in spite
of his objections, the city came closer,
eventually leaving the lovely old house
standing alone, last evidence of his
objections against the tide of progress.
For many years the city went around
the foot of the bluff, until in 1915 it
seemed necessary to cut Q street
through and build a bridge across
Rock Creek to connect Georgetown
with Washington proper. As there
is a town ordinance that a street may
not be cut through private prpperty
without the owner's consent, the Dis
trict government put the house on
rollers and moved it slowly and gently
to its present position. As the wings
of the house had no basement, it was
impossible to move them, and they
were later rebuilt and enlarged.
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J)UMBARTON HOUSE is eloquent
of the life of the early days in
the Federal City. Its wide hall and
curving stair, lighted from a high
Paladian window, must have given a
gracious welcome to the important
people of Virginia and Maryland as
they came to town for the festivi
ties of Government. This house was
lived in by people famous in civil
and official life, and many great plans
for the National Capital must have
been discussed before the drawing
room fire.
The house remained in the Beall
family until 1796, but in the next few
years changed hands many times. In
1805 It was bought by Joseph Nourse,
who was born in England, but lived
most of his life in Virginia. He was
the first register of the United States
Treasury, and came from Philadel
phia with the Government when
Washington was made the Capital.
He made extensive structural changes
in the mansion, including a new front
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and rear wall, embracing the deep
bays which are such a distinctive fea
ture of the house. As the house was
remode: ed with such excellent taste
at this time and was at the height
of its importance socially, it was de
cided to restore it in this period rather
than in the period of its actual con
In 1813 Mr. Nourse sold his home
to Charles Carroll of Bellevue, a
nephew of the famous Charles Car
roll of Carrollton. He gave the house
the name of Bellevue and it was
known as that until it was changed
to Dumbarton House by the Colonial
Dames in 1931. Charles Carroll was
a great friend of the Madisons, and
when the White House was burned
Dolly Madison rested at Bellevue in
her flight to Join her husband in Vir
ginia. At about this time a front
portico was added to the house which
was designed by the architect Latrobe,
who was intimately connected with
the buildings in the city during the
early Federal era.
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'T'HIS house has been constantly oc
cupied from 1750 up to the present
day. Many changes have taken place,
some reflecting the good taste and
judgment of the owner, others merely
the thoughtless following of a fad.
All the fine old mantels had been
removed, and many other fine interior
features either removed or plastered
over. Old windows had been bricked
up, new ones cut through the walls
which disturbed the nice balance of
the house. Would-be stone ‘‘quoins,"
or comer stones, were discovered to
be of painted wood nailed to the brick,
and were promptly removed. Many
other little tricks <ised to dress up
the house in an overelaborate age
were trimmed off to leave the clean,
fine lines of the simple, original, rosy
brick walls. Under paint and plaster
was revealed the beautiful detail of
the interior built at a time when car
penters and decorators knew their
business, and took pride in it.
Authentic furnishings of the period
have been purchased by the ladies
of the association, or donated, so that
the house seems to live again. In the
wings of the house has been provided
a working headquarters for the asso
ciation, which in no way interferes
with the atmosphere of the main
building. In the wide hall, and the
quiet beauty of the entire mansion
they have recaptured the spirit of a
graceful home at the opening of the
19th century. Here *they carry out
their plan—
‘‘Not ancestry, but heredity.
‘‘Not pride of birfh, but a sense of
obligation to it.”
Bolero-Frock Ensemble
This Model Should Be Made Up
In Soft Printed Materials.

J-JERE'S a particularly engaging ver
sion of the beloved bolero, favor
ite of spring fashions, topping a slim
dress with princess lines and flatter
ing shirring at the sides. You just
couldn’t wear anything smarter or
more becoming! The bolero puts em
phasis where it should be, at the top
of your frock. Worn with the waist
hugging dress It makes you look slim
and graceful.
Make this design up in soft material
that adapts itself to shirring—flat
crepe or silk print. Later it will be
very pretty in linen, especially if you
make the bolero in a dark shade and
the dress in a light tone of the same
color—two blues, violet and orchid,
beige and brown, for Instance. Be sure
to wear a harmonizing flower at the
neckline. A detailed sew chart ac
companies the pattern so that even be
ginners will have no trouble making
this bolero ensemble. I
Barbara Bell Pattern No. 1478-B is
designed for sizes 14,16,18, 20, 40 and
42. Corresponding bust measurements
32, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 42. Siz* 16 (34)
requires 6% yards'of 39-incb material
for dress and jacket.
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The Washington Star.
Inclose 25 cents in coins tor
Pattern No, 1478-B. Size.
(Wrap coins securely in paper.)
(Coprrlsht, 10SS.)
Where Beauty and Elegance Reign as of Old
The drawing room at Dumbarton House has a spacious dignity that typifies the houses of its period.
A Gilbert Stuart portrait hangs on the gray wall over the exquisite mantel. Sunlight shines over the old
china tea service* and gleaming silver onto the polished handmade floor. Damask curtains, in soft shades,
have a shimmering beauty all their own. Photo courteiy oi the National Association of Colonial Dame* of America.
Wise Mother Will
Change Routine
Just a Little.
gETSY had had her lunch and her
rest after a morning in school,
and she had gone out to play with
little Robin, aged 3, who lived close
by. Her mother was making the icing
for a cake and went to the open win
dow to beat it in the cool air that
was blowing through.
The children's voices came to her
ears as she stood there. First she
did not hear them distinctly, but be
fore long, shrill and clear she heard
her daughter's voice above the noise
of the beater.
“You bad child, you. Come right
into the house, do you hear? You—
Georgie Haven! I’ll spank your bot
tom so you won’t sit on it for a week.
Petrified with horror, Betsy's mother
stood before the window, the beater
suspended in her hand, her mouth
open, her eyes round and fixed. She
saw Betsy, red-faced with exertion,
haul Robifi across her knee and do
her bes. to make her word true.
Robin struggled free, ran to the
corner of the yard and said. “I'm not
going to play. I'm going home.”
"Oh, come back. Let's have some
more fun. You can be Georgie
Haven and I’ll-”
"I’m not going to play.” said Robin,
and disappeared through the hedge.
Betsy looked after him with the Irri
tated and helpless expression of one
annoyed by human vagaries past the
point of understanding. Her mother,
watching her, was coming back to
life. Shock, indignation, anger, shook
her in turn. How could her child
behave like that? Playing mother
and such a mother. Her tone and
gesture, her excitement, her strident
voice, the whole set of her body and
mind were contrary to anything her
mother had ever stood for. If ever a
child deserved a spanking
But something, awakened reason
perhaps, spoke clearly: "Then you
would be proving the child’s idea of
a mother. That is scarcely what you
want to do.” She took up her beater
and iced the cake.
Betsy, bereft of a playmate, soon
sntered the kitchen. "Oo, can I scrape
Lhe bowl?”
"Yes, I left a little for you. Through
"Yes. Robin went home. He was
mad at me. He's such a baby. He
sever wants to have any fun.”
“I thought you liked to play with
"I do. But he gets mad and goes
"Why did he get mad?”
"I was Mrs. Haven and he was
Beorgit, and I spanked him like she
joes and we were having such fun.
rhen he went and got mad.”
“But couldn't you play at being
a nice, kind mother and having a
lovely little boy like Robin? Seems
to me-”
“Oh, that wouldn’t be any fun. You
have to be a bad mother and have
a bad child and lick him for any
So next afternoon, and for many
other afternoons, Betsy found herself
very busy with visits to here and
there, games with a group of children
under a play teacher, trips to grand
ma’s, to the river and the zoo.
"I didn’t think the way her game
was heading was healthy. So I
changed the routine a bit.”
Wise mother.
Silk Ribbons Rejuvenated.
Often the silk ribbon ties of baby’s
bonnet and booties become stringy
snd stiff after befhg washed. To
avoid this, do not dip them in water
but wet them with lukewarm soap
suds and draw through the fingers a
Few times. Press on the wrong side
with a low temperature iron while still
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rJ'HE high spots in Goldilocks' visit to the Bears’ home are attractively
reproduced for embroidery for your tea towels. The gay scenes are
worked in simple stitches, so in almost no time at all you can have a set
of towels with such interesting motifs that the labor of dishwashing will become
a pleasure. They’re a charming suggestion for some one's hope chest, too. And
maybe little daughter will at last be encouraged to wipe the dishes.
The pattern envelope contains hot-iron transfer design for seven motifs,
averaging 6 by 7 inches each, with complete, easy-to-understand, illustrated
directions; also what material yon will need; color suggestions and illustra
tions of stitches used.
To obtain this pattern, send for No. 1004 and inclose 15 cents in stamps
or coin to cover service and postage. Address orders to the Needlework
Editor of The Evening Star.
(Coprriiht. mas.)
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Fashion Luncheons
Proving Popular.
rJ'HE fashion luncheons which have
been given each Saturday in a
local hotel are becoming so popular
that, although originally scheduled
to terminate at Easter, they will now
continue throughout the spring season.
Last Saturday every table was filled
with smartly dressed women, all eager
to catch a new idea or two about
style trends, and who were most
enthusiastic about the costumes shown
by one of the newer uptown shops.
Mrs. Royal S. Copeland, wife of
Senator Copeland, was the guest of
honor at the table reserved for the
local fashion editors and added many
sparkling comments about the various
ensembles as they appeared on the
8tripes walked off with a lot of
honors in sports and other daytime
dresses. Particularly notable was a
Oaucho frock with copper-toned,
pleated sheer blouse from a shoulder
yoke with full-pleated bishop sleeves
and a pleated skirt of navy blue,
wom with a perky little navy straw
sailor. A smart two-piece, long-boated
beige ensemble brought a lot of ap
plause, some of which belonged to the
handsome white Russian wolf hound
used as a mascot.
Stunning for evening was the black
net formal, with a huge net bow
covering one shoulder, first shown
with a finger-length cape of black
velvet with two large, deep red roses,
one on either side of the neck
Nm Only 99*
Cat On* To-day
GaU Dl. 8408 ar Writ* ”
0T7 Mat’!. Pram BM*.
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For Easter
Adopt Beautifying
Schedule Now, So
As to Be Ready.
| LIKE Easter—the whole spirit of
the season — the awareness of
oneself and of one's loveliness. I like
the feeling of spring everywhere, the
association with flowers, the exchange
of gifts, the desire to be well dressed,
the whole moving panorama.
It is stimulating. It adds interest.
Woman's inevitable desire for new
ness is (temporarily, at least) ful
There’s something else. And It is
very important. It serves, at once as a
challenge and an inspiration. A wom
an may neglect herself somewhat dur
ing the winter months. If she does not
have many social functions and there
is no urgency, no reason for having her
hair waved, or tinted, or her skin
treated, she falls into the all-human
tendency of putting off for tomor
row. But Easter comes.* There is a
definite reason for a facial, a perma
nent, a new make-up. a new hair style,
new clothes. The desire for beauty is
reawakened. Pretty soon the picture
changed. And seeing the improve
ment, receiving innumerable compli
ments, the average woman is inspired
to keep looking as lovely every day, not
just on special occasions. I've known
the spirit of Easter and spring to
transform a plain woman into a very
attractive one. And I sincerely feel
that the majority of women look their
very best during the spring season.
This is particularly true when Eas
ter comes late as it does this year.
Then there is enough time after
spring sets in officially, according to
the calendar, to do some pruning.
Then, too, women are more interested,
because the weather is expected to be
definitely balmy and winter w*raps can
be closeted. There isn't quite the same
urge when Easter comes early.
Winter’s Wear and Tear
In Home Sadly Exposed
By Spring Sunlight
Ingenious Use of Blossoms
And Other Flowers Helps
To Conceal Odd Defects.
Betsy Caswell.
Aixjnu witn me yearning lor new Bonnets, new frocks ana shad roe,
which seems to make up part of every Washington apring, comes the
desire for sonfcthlng to brighten up the house or apartment. The four
walls within which we live are very apt to look a bit seedy and tired
just about now; wide open windows let more light in to show up the worn
spot ,on the carpet, and the brilliant spring sunshine is pretty unmerciful
«uuui/ Lnuiguig tmwe craiu in uir“,
wall out into full view.
It is still too early to cover sofas i
ana cnairs; me
rugs can’t be r
taken up just
yet. and the
soothing dusk of
awnings lies still
in the future.
We must make
the best of the
situation as it is,
and try to give
our home that %
gay and lnsoucl- I
ant air that g
seems part and I
parcel of the 1
season out of
First and foremost, much can be
done with flowers. The markets and
flower carts are teeming with great i
sprays of bloom, which, bought for a
few cents, can be used to wonderful
advantage in the rooms at home. A
drift of peach blossom in a black,
modernistic jar; delicate sprays of
plum or pear flung across a dark
corner, lending it ethereal lumlnosito;
flamelike japonlca set In a shaft T>f
sunlight, will focus attention away
from the shabbiest furniture. Only a
few branches of any of these are
needed; as a matter of fact, the more
delicate and feathery the arrange
ment the prettier the effect.
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J^AFFODILS hold sunlight itself in
their radiant petals, and a clear
crystal bowl, through which the green
stems may be seen, Is the perfect con
tainer for a great bunch of them.
Freesia and early violets are lovely
In a squat silver dish. Magnolia
blossoms floating in a shallow platter;
lilies of the valley in a slim white
vase; blue and yellow hyacinths
catching the light, and breathing out
their exquisite scent—any or all of
these will bring beauty and the
breath of spring lr-to your home, liter
ally giving U a "lift” In overcoming
the doldrums of winter.
Another tonic for your dining room
table consists in bringing out any pale
colored glass and pottery plates that
you have had put away since last sum
mer. Use cellophane mats, instead of
cloths or linen doilies. Try glass or
pottery candlesticks instead of the sil
ver ones. Put some utterly silly or
whimsical object in the center of the
table—such as a huge glass fish, a
block of crystal with a groove down its
center for a few flower heads, a col
lection of white porcelain figures, or a
sailboat in chromium and blue glass.
"Anything goes ’—just so it is different
and gay and informal. If you still
stick to flowers for the centerpiece,
keep them light and airy in arrange
ment and use as many of the ones
that bloom in the spring, tra la, as you
INSIST that all comforters, quilts, fur
robes and extra blankets be put
away in closets in the day time and
not be allowed to stay folded on the
foot of the beds. Nothing looks hot
ter, or more stodgy. Spray your rooms
lightly with some faint floral or pine
scent—and get rid of incense until cool
weather comes again.
Bank the open fireplace with
branches of young green leaves, set m
low vases full of water. Or use for
sythia, pussywillows or branches of
flowering shrubs. Train ivy over the
Use your imagination and let it run
riot occasionally. Bring spring into
your house and, keep it there, until
the really hot days come rolling along
and the decks have to be stripped for
action in good earnest.
Dorothy Dix Says—
Deceased Have Absolutely No Right
To Rule Those Left Behind.
Dear dorothy dix—i am
an elderly widow. When my
husband died he left me very
comfortably situated, but he
planned that my son and his family
should live with me. However, we just
cannot get along together on account
of my son's wife, who makes every
thing very unhappy for me. This dis
tresses my other children very much
as they see I am depressed-all the time
and have lost the Interest and pep that
was characteristic of me in former
times. I desire more than anything
in the world to live my last years in
happiness and peaoe and I know that
my children want the same thing for
me. So what must I do about this un
pleasant situation which has arisen?
Answer—The only sane thing for you
to do is to tell your son and your dis
agreeable daughter-in-law that they
must get a home of their own. This
will be for the good of all concerned,
for no doubt your son's wife's hateful
ness is largely due to her resentment
at having to live in another woman's
house instead of having her own home
in which she would be mistress and
which she oould run as she pleased.
When a mother-in-law and a daugh
ter-in-law can live together in peace
and happiness it is a miracle because
everything about the situation tends to
make them clash. The only way it is
ever solved amicably is by one of them
being self-abnegating enough to make
a doormat of herself voluntarily and let
the other one trample over her.
Otherwise they will always be in
each other’s hair, for each will be de
termined to be the boss and run the
house in her own way. The Turk who
could bear no rival, near the throne
was no more Jealous of his prerogative
than ia every woman of her right to do
as she pleases In her own kitchen.
Then comes the conceit of both age
and youth, which are bound to result
in head-on collisions, for mother-in
law thinks that because of her age
and experience she knows everything;
that her ways are the only waya, and
daughter-in-law is firmly convinced
that she is inspired wisdom because
she is modern, and all of mother-in
law’s ideas are fossilized and should
be junked. So your experience in
not being able to get along with your
daughter-in-law is the common ex
perience of all women who try to live
with their son's wives. The only rem
edy is to break up the arrangement,
even if you have to sell your house
and go to live in a small apartment
or boarding house.
Don't be afraid to broach the sub
ject to your son and his wife, because
they will Jump at it and be as glad
to be rid of you as you will to be rid
of them. Anti don’t feel that you
should be bound by your husband s
plan for you all to live together. The
dead have no right to rule the liv
ing, and besides he would be the first
to want you to give up an arrange
ment that seemed feasible to him but
that has worked out so badly.
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J^EAR MlSb DIX: A friend of mine
tells me that it is not proper to
give a widow an engagement ring. -
He says that is for young girls who'1
have never been married and that the
Duke of Windsor did not give Wallis
Warfield a ring because she was a
widow. A WIDOW.
Answer—What nonsense! Of course,
a widow gets an engagement ring
whether it is her second or third or
fourth offense. DOROTHY DIX.
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refreshed, your skin delicately perfumed from
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