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THE MOBlSTSTGr TIMES, EKIDAY,: MARCH 5, 1897
BRILLIANT INAUGURAL BALL Continued from First Page. New York city, under the baton of Victor Herbert, tlie eminent lender and composer, was posted at the east end of the hall and began the promenade music early. It is a famous baud and it was exquisite music, a he noble strains of Wagner's overture to "Tannhaeuser" made the first number, and the magnificent chords floated over the assembly like; notes divine. At the south side in another balcony was Will Haley's Baud, and the Inevitable com parison between the crack Gotham musi cians and our own talent was not in the least to the discredit of the latter. They plajed beautifully, and many were the compliments of the distinguished guests for the Washington musicians. While these bands played the ladles and gentlemen promenaded about the great hall observing the exquisite resalts of Chair man Roossle's decoration committee's work, filling dance programs, exchanging greet ings and discussing the coming of the Ex ecutive party. The movement of all the beautiful women In white and vari-tlnied delicate gowns, ablaze with Jewels, ac companied by their gallant escorts m the black and white of evening dress, m.idc a spirited picture of memorable beauty. Not all those on the floor represented the total attendance, for a great many, who had made the rounds of the parquet very early, sought the new point of view from the galleries. Others avowedly went there because they did not dance or wished to avoid the impending crush on the mala floor. Here were seats, and the people in the gallery not only made a beautiful frame to the scene below, but they had decidedly the best of it in point of com fort and view. The view from the gal lerjes took in the whole building, from floor to ceiling and from end to cud. Here It was that one became most impressed with the glories and magniricence of the occasion, for the whole scene struck the eye at once, and the effect was general and positive. By the time the Executive party arrived the hall was well filled and the guests had become keyed to the full festal spirit He found a great and glorious testimonial to hisorricsand himself awaiting Mm, and those present will not soon forget the great occasion which they witnessed and of which they were a part. THE PRESIDENTIAL TARTY. Congrntuluticuh Showeted Upon Mr- and Mrs. MeKinley. The President and his party were late in their arrival at the Pension Office. It was expected, and so announced, tl'at the President and wire would enter the build ing about 10 o'clock. It was alniOEt 11 when the siimal was sounded announcing their arrival. For almost forty minutes a division had MRS. JOHN D. LONG. been effected by the floor committee, form ing a passageway through which the Presi dential party would pass During that time there was practically no movement of the vast assemblage, pending the coming of Mr.andMrs. McKInley. At 10:30 the bugle sounded from the band gallery, announcing the advent of the party at the far end of the building. It was headed by the inaugural committee, and slowly passed down the long passage way from the west to the cast end of the building. The President, upon the leftside of Mrs. McKinley, was the recipient of repeated cheers as he ran the gauntlet un der the battery of 20,000 eyes. Upon the right of Mrs. McKInley was Mr. McCauley, chairman of the floor committee. Following came the Vice President and Mrs. Hobart, with Gardiner X. Hubbard, of this city, upon the right of the wife of the Vice President. The party was at once conducted to the, private dining-room where was spread the Presidential supper. oil present being the invited guests of the President and Mrs. MeKinlcy. The table was both long and broad, with the President and Mrs. McKinley sitting In the center on the north side, while upon the immediate opposite sat the Vice President, Mrs. Hobart, and Master Garret A. Hobart, jr. Thoe at the table were: Mr. and Mrs. James A. Gary, who sat next to and upon the right of the PresidentL At the left of Mrs. McKinley was M is. Marcus A. Hanna. At the right of Mrs. Hobart were Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner N. Hubbard. Diagonally across the table from the President was Mark A. Hanna, who sat next to Mrs. W. J. Boardman, jr. Others at the feast were Justices of the Supreme Court Harlan and Brown, Mrs. Brown, Mr.and Mrs. J. Addison Porter.Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius N. Bliss, Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Mr. and Mrs Herrick, Cleveland; Mr. Whlttamore, formerly of Cleveland, but now of this city; Miss Hanna, Mrs. Justice Field, Mr. R. C. Kerens, of St. Louis; Mr. Henry L. Swords, Col. Fred Erackett, C. J. Bell, Col. John M. Wilson, Gen. George B. Williams, and W. J. Boardman, jr. The supper luster for about one hour, and at 12:15 the President and his wife took Iheir departure for the White House. Those in the private dining-room, who sat at small tables surrounding the room, were Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Butter worth, Edwin B. Hay, Judge Louis Mc Comasand his beautirul daughter; Senator Cullom, Mr. and Mrs. Stilson Hutchins, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Halford, Mr. and Mrs. Jules Guth ridge, Mr. and Mrs. Beriah Wllkins, Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Noyes, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Walker, Mr. and Abner MeKinlcy, Mr. McKinley Osborne, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Barber, Mr. and Mrs. P. V- DeGraw, and perhaps fifty others. President and Mrs. McKinley wcie fre quently Interrupted dining the supper, by persons who wished to congratulate them, while others sought introductions. The President was in fine spirits. At one time during the supper he left his seat and went about the room shaking hands with & number of ladles and gentlemen, whom lie had not met since his arrival in Wash ington. In an Interview with a Times reporter the President was exceedingly emphatic In his expression of good opinion of the wisdom displayed by the Inaugural com mittee in its excellent arrangement of the Inaugural ceremonies. "Beautiful weather," he continued, "such as wc had today seemed to add to the Impression made upon the public. It had good effect. It inspires a gi eater love for country, and best of all, It was a bless ing to those who came from a distance to witness the ceremonies. True, the in auguration would have taken place no matter what might have been the condi tion of the weather, but a beautiful day on the occasion of an important function londa to the solemnity of 1t and fills the l&earts of the people with a feeling of veneration for 'the grandeur of our insti tutions. "I was particularly impressed with the beauty of the sentiment expressed by some one, I know not who it was, and in the absence of any music to suggest it, when I entered the reviewing stand, 6tartcd: " "My Country 'Tis of Thee.' "When this was quickly caught up by the assemblage and sang in chorus, it was a splendid illustration of the warmth of fidelity for country, lodged in the hearts of the people, no matter what may he the politics of the party in power." The President was lavish in his piaiscs of the brilliancy of the inatigutal ball and the beauties of the artistic deco)ation of the Pension building. GUESTS AT THE BALL, Distinguished Compnuy Assembled to Do Honor to McKInley. The distinguished guests of the evening were: President and Mrs. MeKinlcy, Abner and Mis. McKInley, Mr. Porter, Senator tuid Mrs Sherman, Lyman 15. Gage and wife, Gen and Mrs. Geary, Judge McKenna, Judge Wilson, Mr.and Mrs. Mark A. Hanna, Treasurer and Mrs. Morgan, Miss Morgan, Mr. Will Morgan, Gen. and Mrs. Lawrence Bennett, ot New York; Judge and Mrs. McCaminon, the Misses McCammou, Chief Justice and Mrs. Fuller, the Misses Fuller, Chief Justice atid Mrs. Nott, Justice and Mrs. Shiran, Justice and Mrs. Harlan, Jus tice and Mrs. Howry, Justice aud Mrs. Brown, Justire and Mrs. Peckham, Sir Julianand Lady Pauncefoteand the Misses Pauncefoce, Mexican Minister and Mine. Romero, Spanish Minister and Mine. Dupuy deLome.thc French AmbassadorandMnic. Patenotre, German Ambassador and liaron cse Von Thiehnan, Austro-Hungarian Min ister and Mine. Von nengclu.uller, the minister of Argentine, the Venezuelan Minister and Miss Audrade, Don Eduaido Andrade, Hawaiian Minister and Mrs. Hatch, Chilean Minister and Mrs. Gnna, Miss Gana, the Corcan .Minister and Mrs. Fnk Ye, the Chinese minister and Mine. Yang Yii, the Japanese Minister anil Mrs. Hoski Toru, Charles J. Bell and wife, Gen. and Mrs. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, of Chicago; Mr. Richard Ilardine Davis, of New York; Miss Serena North, of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Leltcr, Miss Leiter, Mr. and Mrs. Boardman, aud the Misses BoardmanMrs-Horstmann.MlssHorstmann, Mrs. Brown, and Miss Cuthbert, Francis Colton, Miss Daisy Collon, the Misses Geary, the Misses Patten, Stephen Elklns, Jr., John Wilklns, Joseph D. Felix, Charles H. Ball, Mrs. John S. Williams, Dewilt and Mrs. Arnold, W. E. Curtis and wife, Mrs. Hearst, Paymaster General aud Mrs. Stewart, U. S. N.; Col. J. F. Snplcc, of Baltimore; Rear Admiral Walker, Mr. and Mrs. B. II. Warner, Thomas B. and Mrs. Noyes, Judge Fort, of New Jersey, who nominated Vice-President Hobart, Mr. and Mrs- Hutchius, Senator Faulkner, Senator and Mrs. Briee, Miss Brice, Miss Helen Brice, T. Sanford Ecatty, Mr. Eeel, Senator Burrows and wife, Miss Peck, of Minneapolis; Senator and Mrs. Cushman, Mrs. John A. Logan, Mrs. Logan Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Logan, jr., Mrs. U. S. Grant, Mrs. Nellie Grant Sartoris, Miss Yivian Sartoris, Mrs. Charles Poor, the Misses Poor, Mr. Jesse Brown and Mrs. Wallack, Miss Rose D. Wallack, Mr. Rich ard Wallack, Mrs. K. Jones-Brown, Gen. Ruggles. Gen. Miles, Mrs. Miles, Gen. Mc Feeley, Col. and the Misses Livingstone, Gov. Lowndes, W. T. Malster, of Balti more, Gen. W. W. Dudley, Gen. Merritt, Gen. Bacheldcr, Gov. Tanner and wife, of Illinois: Gov. Black, of New York; Mrs. and Miss Duncan. LIKE ALADDIN'S CAVE. Ballroom a Very Poem of Light and Color. The details of the decoration of the ball are easy to describe, when compnred with giving an adequate impression of the result. As already said, the decoration, both in color and design, was unique. Yellow and white, and green took the place in the general thought of the artists, but there were mauy conceits in lights and complimentary colors, which were entirely elusive of description. Last night was the first opportunity presented of seeing what art could add to the beauty of the eight interior, massive pillars. The bases were draped In billowing white cloth to the height of about ten feet, over the top of which appeared potted plants, flowers, and vines. Among thtjse were placed a number of incandescent lights, in vari-colored bulbs, which made curiouB and marvelous tints on the shades of the leaves and flowers. By this device the massive pillars appeared to be set In gigantic jardinieres. The dark yellow and white or these columns were In pleasing harmony with the yellow aud white or the general display. Thi. pillars of the balconies were draped in white. Over the arches these colored materials were made to conform to the curves and were gracefully looped at the highest point of the arch. At the capital of each column was a cluster of white electric lights and from this cluster two pendants streamed away of the same col ored illumination. Just above the capital was a circlet of cedar intermingled with ivy and smilax, the circular form being marked out by brilliant points of light red, white and blue. At the line of capitals of the second gal lery, all around the hall, were arc lights at proper distances. At the capitals above and below were wreathsof evergreen, some massed and some trailing down the col umns. This charming effect on the two balconies was heightened by being re lieved against the inner wall of the build ing, which t although covered with white and green, was lighted dimly enough to make a good background and perspective. The railings of the balconies were rich In cut flowers and ferns. The cut flowers were lavishly disposed at the second bal cony and in the basin of the fountain. Over this scene there were three new features of the ceiling. One hundred thou sand yards ot white formed the new celling. It was formed into three domes, at the center, east and west ends. With in the dome was a circle or brilliant white electric lights. At the west end the special decoration was the American flag, over the second balcony, behind which an Ingenious de vice kept the stars and bars in motion, giv ing the effect of Intermitting stars and appearing and reappearing streams of red, white, and blue fire. At the east end was the gorgeous "Gol den Gate," typical of the original, and after the Wprld'sFair design It was an archway of yellow, the concentric circles receding, the material being yellow chaille shirred. The facade of the archway was also of yellow, but in fluted designs. Each of the receding arches was marked out by fifty electric liglits, which shone with brilliant effect. The archway rested on a base of yellow, supported by Doric columns. The special feature at the south end was the design of "McKinley and Hobart" in letters of Ted, white, and blue, the ma terial ot the letters being incandescent lights. Perhaps the most effective of all the conceits was the fountain and its Lasin. It was filled with ferns and tropical plants, the rocks In the center being pro fusely covered with azaleas, japonicas and flowering plants. Every feature of this decoration was broughtout and accentuated by myriads of scintillating electric points, which gleamed through flower and foliage with a suggestion of the bower of Spen ser's Faerie Queen. The space between the upper balcony J And the celling was covered with green luid with baskets and wreaths of cut flow- MRS. RUSSELL ers, which were distinctly visible from the floor, so perfect was the lighting. The cut flowers, which "were by no means, and purposely, a feature, were nevertheless in sufficient display to perfume the hall and relieve what might have been a too som ber efrect or the greens. It was in such a surrounding as this that the crowd began to assemble at 8 o'clock, and by 0 o'clock the floor was nearly coveted with the guests. At 9:30 o'clock the floor and galleries were filled; and with such an assemblage as is rarely seen, even in Washington. The number i present wap about evenly divided between ( ludies and gentlemen. With the exception of the military, the costuming was the regulation evening dress, but there was no monotony in this, by reason or the many handsome uniforms or governors MRS. HOWRY. and their starrs, military leaders and their stafrs, and the splendid uniforms or high privates at this very cosmopolitan ball. It was, however, the handsome ball gowns, matching in hues and effect the varieties or tint aud shades, that gave the expected, singular, interest to all, even to the charming wearers of these wonder ful creations. Some Idea of the brilliance and richness of the dressing or the oc casion may be had from the list of the female forms divine given below and of their exquisite plumage. HANDSOMELY' GOWNED WOMEN. Mncnlficcnt Dresses Add to the Beauty of the Scene. The beauty or the ballroom was en hanced by the magnificent toilettes of'the Indies. Following Is a partial list or the handsome dresses: Mmo. Regina de Itengifo, wire of the Colombian charge d'affaires, looked very jhandsomo in her gown of blue velvet, with a golden girdle. A magnificent tiara of diamonds was worn in her hair. Mmo. Gana, wife of the minister of Chile, was. beautifully gowned in pink satin and rose point, with diamond orna ments. Miss Gana wore a gown of Nile green chiffon over satin, and ornamented with pink roses, the whole being very becoming to her blonde beauty. Mine. Dupuy de Lome, wife of the minis ter of Spain, was in white satin, with Brussels net and diamonds. Mrs. Brice wore a superb costume of amethyst sat in brocade, which wasstudded with rhinestones and amethysts. Miss Brico looked radiantly handsome in her gown of white satin with pearls. Mrs. Paul S. Derrick, of Somerset, Pa., was gowned in cream satin and point ap plique aiul ermine. A handsome necklace ot pearls and diamonds was worn. Mrs. William McKinley Osborne, of Bos ton, appeared at the ball In a gown ot heavy moire antique, of a delicate yellow, with, a tinge of rose color. The bodice A. ALGER. was In Empire btyle, and waiT trimmed with folds ot chiffon and duchesso lace. The sleeves were of butterfly errect. and were finished .with lace anU r!bbon3. The round, full skirt was festooned with rows of gold-colored chiffon, beaded with pearls. A necklace or pearls and diamonds was among the jewels worn, and a Tringed girdle ot Roman gold completed the toilet. Mrs. Sherman, wite or the new Secretary or Stale, attended the ball In a gown or black velvet, with trtminlngs or point lace. A necklace or diamonds and ornaments or the same jewels in the hair completed a rich though .simple toilet. Mrs. Miles, wire of the general of the army, looked strikingly handsome in her gown of white brocade trimmed with rare lace; her ornajnents were diamonds. Miss Miles, who Is tall and fine looking, was most becomingly gowned in rose satin. Mr. and Mrs. Colgate Hoyt, ot New York city, accompanied Gcnf and Mrs. Miles Mrs. Hoyt worfe, a rich toilet of white brocade .with hanjlsoiuc luce. Mrs Elklns, Wire of,,Senator Elklns, who has so recently returned to the so cial world and opened her beautiful home with such lavish hospitality, looked ex tremely handsome in ise piuk moire and lace with superb diamonds-.,. Mrs. Bcnnct, of New i'ork,;wore a gown or rainbow moire and turquoise blue vel vet, with decollete corsage, draped- in lace; diamond ornaments. ? Mrs. Porter, wire or J. Addison Porter, who is to be private secrctarv to the Presi dent, was gowned In blue Ahii white satin, with ornaments or amethysts and pearls. Mrs. Henry Heistnndapt't'nrcd at the ball in a gown or ivory whitemoireantique, en traiue, with, trimmings jpt lace and jeweled embroidery. THJgr,, jewels were opals, diamonds and einerulda, and jeweled combs, set In diamond;?, and emeralds were fastened in the cojfftire. lime. I'loda was gowne'CHii white bro cade, with pink rlb1oris";' hei jewels were very handsome, and conspicuous among them was the necklace of rubies and pearls or old Florentine style. Mrs. Hatch, wlfeof the ministerotHawali, was gowne.l inplnk andivory brocade, with point lace and diamond ornaments. The Hawaiian minister and Mrs. Hatch have as their guests for inauguration Mr. W. O. Smith, attorney general of the Ha waiian Islands, and a party or friends from New York and Boston. Mrs. Byron Ambler, or Ohio, was gowned In mousseline de boie over canary-colored silk, with embroidered Ho wers, Valenciennes lace and diamond ornaments. Mrs. H Austin Brewster, of Rochester, X. Y., attended in a gown of black velvet, embroidered In silver, trimmed with &Ilver, embroidered white satin and raic lace. Mrs. J Converse Gray, or Boston, pink THE INAUGURAL SHALL SOUVEN1 satin, trimmed with lace.-.and embroidered in jewels. , The Baroness Von Tmclman was superbly gowned in white morq embroidered in pearls. Countess Ross; in gray, moire with yellow velvet, in gold. The corsage was trimmed with points of velvet and rhinestones and was draped in rose point cascaded in bolero effect. Miss Blancliard, a recent debutante, is a beauty ofthe vivacious Southern type and looked charming in her gown of white mousseline de soie, over white satin, with pearl ornaments. Mrs. Warren, wife' of Senator Warren, appeared in a gown qt jink brocade, with green velvet and piuk roses. Mrs. Augustus King, of Denver, at tended in an Elizabethian gown of white satin, with an embroidery of crystal beads and trimmings of fur. Miss Plummer, of Eoston, wore white silk and pearls. Miss Julia King, was gowned in green silk with violets. Mis"s Van Horn, of Wyoming, wore pale blue silk and pink roses. Mrs. Myron S. Heriick was gowned in white satin with diamond ornaments. Miss Mildred Hay, of Wyoming, wore pink chiffon over pink silk. Mrs. Blackburn, or Kentucky, white satin, brocaded In heliotrope, with trimmings of pearl embroidery and lace. Miss Blackburn, white satin and velvet, with silver embroidery and rhinestonca. Mrs. John A. Logan, Jr., who Is spend ing the winter in Washington, was much admired at the ball in her gown or rose colojed satin and tulle. Mrs. Gary, wire of the ruture Post master General, was strikingly handsome Jn her gown of seafoam green satin, em broidered in bilver aud trimmed with duchesso lace. Miss Gary looked very handsome in a gown or rose-cholored moire velour and duchesse lace, with trimmings of chitfon, in which Avas fastened a single deep red rose. Miss Ida C. Gary, lilac silk with rose point and a garland of lilacs. Miss Jessie A. Gary, pale blue satin, duchesse and oichids. Miss Madeline S. Gary, pale yellow satin and orchids. Mrs. Alger, the handsome and gracious wffe or the new Secretary of War, wore a magnificent creation ot white satin, with bodice oT emerald green velvet, embroidered In rhluestones and trimmed with rose point. The skirt was festooned with diag onal rurries or chlf 'on. Miss Frances Alger, white molrc velour, with shaded tulle, and sash of greeu crepe. The corsage was trimmed with pink roses. Mrs. Cushman Davis was regally hand some in her gown of black velvet with point lacel A necklace of rare and beautiful pearls encircled her white throat and hung below the waist line in Marie Stuart fashion. I'earl bracelets were worn and a magnificent diamond star shone In her dark hair, and diamond ornaments caught the lace on the corsage. .Mrs. Hubbard, of Minnesota, was gowned in seafoam green satin, with embroidered chiffon, and diamonds. Mrs. Cochran was gowned in anexquiaife creation or blue satin brocaded in orchids andtrimmed with duchesse lace, which was caught at the shoulders with clusters of orchids. Mrs. Blancliard, of Louisiana, who is, one ot the handsomest as well as most popular ladies of the Senatorial circle, was gowned In nn exquisite creation of Nile green satin embroidered in gold, with the bolero cascaded in rose iHjiut. Her jewels were diamonds and peails. Mrs. Benton McMlllin, the much-admired bride of the well-known Congressman from Tennessee, was very lovely in her Paris gown oT rose-colored satin veiled in pearl emnroldered tulle and ornamented with pink orchids. Diamond ornaments com pleted this beautirul-toilet. Miss Foster, the sister or Mrs. McMlllin. wore a mostbecoinlng gown of white moire velour, garlanded with white carnations and point lace. Mrs. Gorman, wire or the Senator from MRS. LYMAN J. GAGE. Maryland, was gowned In black and yel low brocade embroidered in cut jet, with superb diamonds. Miss Gorman, jellow brocade, with pearl passementerie and violets. MiRsMadlaGorman, wnsmuchadmiredin her gown or pale blue and white Dresden silk, with pearl embroidered tulle and rare lace. Miss Sallade, or Philadelphia, a guest or Miss Gorman, was gowned in white satin and point lace, with diamond ornaments. Mrs. Audunreld, attended the ball accom panied by her sister, Mrs De Hoven, of Philadelphia, anil a large party or guests. Mrs. Audenreid was gowned in black satiu. with point lace. Her diamonds were su perb. Mrs. De Hoven was gownedln Jewel tu gray satin, with rich lace. Mrs. Albert Akers, who Is one or the Southern beauties from Tennessee, was radiantly lovely in her gown of white satin, embroidered in pearls and trimmed with old lace, which was caught with diamond ornaments; Miss Pickett, a sister of Mrs. Akers, whosa blonde beauty makes a pleasing contrast to the brunette style of her sister, was most becomingly gowned in seafoam satin, embroidered In rhine stones aud trimmed with duchess lace. A necklace of superb diamonds clasped her beautiful throat. Mine. Dupuy de Lome appeared in white satin with Brussells lace and diamonds. Mrs. Gordon McKay, pink velvet, em broidered in golden seguins. Mrs Frank Gordonrose velvet with white. Mrs. John Sidney Webb, black chiffon embroidered in gold with torquoise and diamond ornaments. Mrs. Kirkland, ot New York, white brocade with pearls and diamonds. Mrs. Robinson, of Ohio, a guest of Mrs. Bpriah Wllkins, pink satin. Miss Wilson, daughter of Postmaster Wil son, a debutante and belle of this season, was becomingly gowned iu pompadour silk with lace. Miss Cornelia Hosford wore pink aud green brocade. Miss Nicolson wore crimson satin, with diamond ornaments Miss Stevenson, of Brooklyn, was be comingly gowned in whitesatlu,with white tulle and violets. Mrs. G. W. Morton, of Saratoga, wore a handsome gown or black mirror niolre.wlth point lacci trimmings. Mrs E. M. Rogers, ot Wisconsin, wore heliotrope satin, with velvettrimmings and point lace. Mrs. M. Hallowell Campbell, of New York, looked handsome la a Eeers gown ot lavender satin, with point lace aud pearl trimmings and diamonds Miss Cornelia Campbell wore an ex quisite Pnquiii gown of while silk cov ered with white tulle and toses, with pearls. Mrs. Kathleen Blake Watkins wore hun ters' green velvet trimmed with old lace, with cameo ornaments. Miss Lillian Lockwood was very be comingly g&wned in lilk grass cloth over lavender trimmed with honiton lace and black chiffon. Mrs. Mary Lockwood wore pearl gray silk, with point lace. Mrs. Charles Bell wore black tulle, em broidered with out steel. Miss Fargo wore white crepe, trimmed with Russian sable and point d'alencon. Miss Nancie Warren, of Bufralo, wore pink satin, with white mousseline de soie and Mario Antoinette fishue. Mrs. Potter Palmer wore an elegant costume or green brocade, with green vel vet and gold embroidery. Her jewels were diamonds and pearls. Miss Cook, or Wisconsin, was gowned in white, organdie, over gaslight green silk with 'lace trimmings, and carried pink roses. Miss Finch wore pink silk, trimmed with pink and green mousseline de soie, and carried pink carnations. Mrs. Henry Casson, or Wisconsin, wore cream silk crepe, the bodice or which was trimmed with jewelled Dresden chiffon and duchess lace. Mrs. Black, wife or Gov. Black, of New York, wore yellow silk, trimmed with violet velvet, wit!) rieur-de-lls aud diamond ornaments. Mrs. Grosvenor was gowned in cream brocade satin, trimmed in rote point with pearls. . Miss Grosvenor wore pink satin trimmed with cerise velvet and lace. Mrs. Leiter wore a handsome black lace gown embroidered in iridescent beads with Venetian point lace trimmings. Her jewels were rubles and diamonds. Mrs. Van Voorhis wore heliotrope moire velour embroidered in gold sequins. Miss Leiter wore rose-colored satin with white crystal trimmings and pearls. Mrs. Pretyman wore a handsome white satin gown, embroidered in seed pearls, with pearl ornaments. Mrs. Scofield, wife of Gov. Scofield, of Wisconsin, looked handsome in a pearl gray silk, trimmed with cascades or chif fon, embroidered In gold and silver sequins, with point lace anddiamond3. Mrs. Babcock, of Wisconsin, wore pearl satin brocade, the bodice of which was covered with silver-spangled mousseline de 6oie, with rose point and pearl trim mings. Her jewel3 were diamonds. Mrs. Gilbert, of Wisconsin, was becoming ly attired in black chlfron over old rose silk, with velvet trimmings. Miss M. Christie, of Wisconsin, wore gray crepe with lace, and carried pink roses. Miss Christie wore blue chirron, with cerise trimmings, and carried American Beauty rose3. .Mrs Jenkins, of Wisconsin, was gowned In white brocade satin, with point lace and diamonJs. Mrs Walker wore black brocaded velvet, with point lace and diamond-spangled chif fon. She also wore diamond jewels and carried yellow rosas. Mrs." M. A. Statrord, or New York, wore a gown of tan velvet embroidered with gold, with trimmings of sable and ! violets. - Miss Justice, the young authoress, of New York, was gowned in pale green velvet, the bodice of which was draped with pale blue chiffon, with poarls. Miss Coleman, one of the loveliest of the Army girls and a debutante and belle of this season, wore white satin, with lace and violets. Mrs. Stilson Hutchins, pink satin, with tulle and diamonds . Mme.Arrlaga.Pompadoursilk, with green satin panels and rich lace. Mrs. Lambert, of New York, black velvet, with handsome diamonds. Miss Lambert, Tompadour silk, with rich lace. Mrs. Walter S. Hutchins wore whltesatln brocade, with rose point. Miss Miimetree, 10-e brceade. Miss Elizabeth, green satin. Misa Fox, white satin and pearls. Mrs. Dolliver, white brocade. Miss Dolliver, seafoam green satin with mlror velvet and point lace and diamonds. Mrs. Ballinger, pale pink brocade with neat trimmings and diamonds. Miss Ballinger, white biocade. Mrs. Charles B. Howry, white satin and pearls with duchess lace. Airs. Nellie M. Baxter, CTcam silk lourdon lace, pearl passementerie, silver cloth front, Mermet roses. Miss Boardman, in yellow brocade and point lace. MKs Josephine Boardman, in rose col ored brocade. Mrs. Burnett, wife ot Mr. David Lau rence Burnett, or New York; magnificent gown or iole. velvet and .silk, with rose point and diamonds. Miss McCammon, white satin and point lace. Miv Edith McCammon, blue chitfon and silk. Mis Augusta Pratt, white satin, with duchess lace and mousseline dc sole. Mrs. Mark A. Hanna, white br-jcade and diamonds Miss Katydid Jones wore a dainty crea tion or v. lute crepe and silver embroidery, with knots or violet satin. TnivY HE ALLY D.VNCED. The Tonne Folks Hcversi d the Custom of Inauguration Halls. This was one ot the balls at which dancing, notwithstanding the paradox, was a rcature. After 12 o'clock, so many o'f the crowd having retired to the dressing rooms, or to their homes, or to borrowed chairs, heaters, or other coigucs of van tage for rest, that space was readily had to carry out the dance program. From near 1 o'clock this morning until the close, the attendants in turn had the rare pleasure of a dance to the inspiring music of the bands, and iu a hall in which it is said there will not be another ball ou an inaugural occasion. A MAGNIFICENT BANQUET. Fit to Set Before a King or Presi dent of the United States. The banquet last night was in pro portion to the balance ot the atrange ments so ideally perfected. Gen. George B. Williams had for months given his undivided attention to the details ot this Important division ot the executive plans. They say that the toad to man's heart is through his stomach, so it may be assumed that the final verdict on the perfection of the Inaugural ball was dependent upon the banquet. Gen. Wil liams was a happy choice for the post of chairman or the banquet committee. He is known in clubdom as one ot the most expert Judges of the cuisine, and he has a technical knowledge of the fine art ot gentleman's cookery which ttampa him a connoisseur of gastioncmy. Supper was served in rooms adjoining the east end of the south side of the ballioom. The apartments were spacious but none too large for the vast crowds who willingly gave up ths reasonable price for the elaborate supper. It was a buffet supper, served by 0. G. Essncr of Philadelphia. A continuous bufret was built the entire length of the rooms, and ftom this over 200 waiters dispensed the good things of the menu to the assembled guests. The following was the elaborate menu: Baw Oysters. jP Consomme InCups. Bioilcd Oysters. Oysters a hi roulette. Chicken Cutlets. Sweetbread Patties. Terrapin. Chicken Salad. Lobster Salad. Crab Salad. Game Pate. Toned Turkej-- rate de Fole Gras. Tongue. Smithfleld Ham. Boll Sandwiches. Vanlllalce Cream. Chocolate Ice Cream Lemon Ice. Boman Tunch. Cakes. Fruit. Care. Johannls Water. White Rock Water. It Is to the credit of .the committee and the caterer that every portion of this generous bill was carried out de liclously. The viands, breads, sweetmeats, Ices, creams, cakes, and drinks were all prepared with great taste and delicacy, and there was not only plenty, but it was good, and it was served expeditiously. It was no small feat to accomplish this successfully for the thousands present It was not the least of the memorable achievements of the occasion. Mr. Essmrr brought with him carloads or knives, plates, napkins, cups, flowers, prepared goods and provisions, made into dishes by the hundred cooks who made a bee hive of the kitchen. At an angle to the main banquet-rooma was a private room, to which especial invitations were given by the caterer. Hro was set the only table in the banquet rooms, and here the Executive party ate their supper seated. The decorations in all the rooms weie elaborate and pleasing in their main ef fects, but in this room roses and other rare flowers were employed with lavish profusion, and no private dining-room could have presented a more attractive ap pearance than this reception-room. Supper was served till a lute hour; la fact, so long as the supply or supper and the presence ot applicants made It necessary. Personals. Miss Cornelia Campbell, of New Tork. and formerly of Yirpinia. Is noted for her Southern beauty and many accom plishments. She has a toprano voice of rare quality and l.lgh register, and will shortly go to Taris, where she will be under the Instruction c f Mcrchesi. Mrs. M. Hallowell Campbell, mother of Miss CamplMll, is a bterarv woman of MRS. JAMES A. GARY. considerable note. She was connected with the Paris Figato for a number of years and Is now a ci nstant contributor to tfie leading magazines of U.is country writ ing over the name cf "HaL" Miss Farpo, Miss Nancie Warren, Gen. and Airs. E. M. Rogers, Miss Nieelson, Mr. George E. Cook, of Boston: Mrs. M. Hallowell Campbell and Mias Campbell of New York, Mtes Stevenson, Mrs. Bteke Watkins, better known as "Kit," and Gen. and Mrs. Morton are stopping as the Strathmore Arms. Miss Cornelia Hosford is visiting Mr. Charles Bell, of Connecticut avemie. Miss Holland, o Virginia; Miss Baylor, of Charleston, W. Vs., and Mrs. Trevilfan, of Richmond, are visiting Gen. and Mrs. Wil son, of Q street. Mrs. Blake Watkins, "Kit," of the To ronto Mail and Empire, is said to be the first representativerever sent from Canada to report our inaugural ceremonies. Miss Eva M. Ridgeley, uf West Virgiaia: and Miss Edaa Elliott, of White HH, Md., are viMting the Misses Bright, f Capitol Hill. SERIES OF GRAND CONCERTS. Programs of Herbert's Bund" and the Famous Glee Club. The scries of inaugural grand ccneer certs by Victor Herbert's Twenty-second Regi ment Band, N. G. S. N. Y., and the re nowned Republican Glee Club, ot Colum bus. Ohio, will besin at 10:30 o'clock this morning iu the Pension Building. The decorations for the inaugural ball " will remain undisturbed ami seats will be placed in the court for Uw accornuiedatfon of the audience. The concert this morning will be i haaor or the United States Army, represented by Gen. Nelson A. Miles and staTf. Mr. Her bert has arranged a program of eleven numbers, three by the Glee Club, a tram bone solo aad seven selections by the bead. The program contains the sextet from "Lucia,5' the grand finale from Verdi's "Aida," rollicking songs by the Glee CHb and enough pleasing popular musie to ren der the concert enjoyable to the geaeral public. The arternoon's entertainment win be in honor of the United States Navy, rep resented by Rear Admirals J. G. Wa!kr and F. M. Ramsay. The concert will begin at 2 o'clock and will consist en tirely of selections by the band. Tho program contains the same Class of rausio as the morning's entertainment but no numbers are to be repeated from the former concert. At 3:30 o'clock this evening ttte third concert ot the day, lu honor ot the Congress of the United States, represented by tu Vice President ( President ot the Senate, and Hon. Thomas B. Reed, ex-Speaker of the House. Both the baud and the gluo club participate in the even lag's program, and Herbert's grand mareb, "McKinley's Inauguration," will be heard in a concurs for the first time. Tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock the fourth concert, In lionor of the States of the American Union, represented by the governors thereof, accompanied by their staffs, will be given. The last concert, at S;30 o'clock Saturday night, will be in. honor of the people ot the United States, represented by the President and his Cabi net. Mr. Herbert will be assisted by aehorua of 500 voices, under the direction of .Mr. Tercy S. Foster, and it will be a fitting cliuiax. to such a notable serlesof eonoerte. Inauguration edition ot The Times, twenty-eight pagcs.includlng sixteen pages souvenir extra, ready today. Price, la wrappers for mailing, Five Cents.