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Fi * U V R U 4 w VOL. 1., NO 9. WILMINGTON, DEL., DEC. 1S. 1883. PRICE ONE CENT. SIGN AND GRIP. —New Hampshire contains 67 lodges of the I. O. O F., with 8,605 members, an increase of 148 during the year. —Among the things to be chanced for at the Knights of Pythias fair in Middletown, in January, is a build ing lot on Ja prominent street. —The I. O. R. M. will dedicate their new hall at Trappe, Md., Janu ary 9, 1884. J. C. Millikin, Esq., a lawyer of Easton will make an ad dress. —Wilmington l.odge, No. 1,559 G. U. O. of O. F., will give an entertainment and festival in their hall, on Friday and Saturday even U. W. Had ings next. —Cincinnati contains 32 lodges of the 1 . O.O. F., with 6,000 members, an annual revenue $60,000, and valuable assets worth $300,000. Odd Fellows Hall is valued at $8o,ooo. —The Chicago Knights of Pythias are about to build one of the finest lodge halls in the country. St. Louis has a fine one already in course of building, and San Francisco is not iar behind. Hannibal, Mo., has several flourishing K. of P. Lodges, with about 500 members and a large hall valued at $6,500. —Hiram Grand Lodge has elected the following officers: G. M., Rich ard H. Weeks; D. G. M., George H. View ; G. S. W., Thomas S. Anderson; G. J. W., Caleb C. Jones ; G. S., Joseph T. Bass ; G. I ., Daniel P. Hamilton ; D. D. G. M., Henry S. Jenkins, George W. Hamilton, and Cyrus W. Moore. —The members of Industry Lodge, another good time on Tuesday even ing last when they discussed the advantages and applicability of com pressed air as a motive power. Prof. Reynolds, L B. Jones, Edgar H. Cook, W. N. McCormick and others spoke iheir views. — The order of Knights ot Pythias was organized at Washington, D. C., February 19th, 1864, by Justus H. Kathbone, who is recognized as the founder of the Order. Its growth, at the beginning, was by no means rapid, for although several Lodges were formed during that and the succeeding year, they weie but short lived, and at the close of the year 1865, there remained but one Lodge, having a membership of 52. With the year 1865, the growth of the Order became more substantial, and that year closed with 4 Lodges and 379 members. The next year was a very prosperous one, and the Lodges grew to 41, having a member ship of 6,847. J n *868 began the marvulous growth which first at tracted the general attention of the ! country, and which has continued j steadily ever since, showing the vi 1 tality and need of the Order. At I the end of 1868, there were 197 Lodges, and 34,62 > members, and I the Order began to find recruits in I other fields than the immediate vi- ; cinity where it first saw light. In a j few briet years it was planted in every | State and Territory of this country, , and active Lodges are now at work ! in 44 States and territories, the Dis- ; trict of Columbia, the Provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, j and British Columbia, and the Sand wich Islands. At the beginning ot the year 1833 there were 1876 Lodges, witli a tola, membership of 126,274 | Knights, and the Order is increasing at the rate of about 25,000 members annually —Pythian Banner. Full diess parles are all the rage Over a dozen are announced now. to take place. SOCIETY. —The party that was to leave the Lafayette Hotel and go to New Cas tle, on Tuesday evening next, has been transferred to Wilmington, and will take place in Webster's Academy. —A very pleasant party was given at the residence of Mr. John Alden, Second and Washington streets on Thursday evening, all present en joyed themselves very much. An abundant supply of refreshments was served. —Persons holding tickets for Prof. Fraim's Christmas matinee will please bear in mind that the exercises will commence precisely at 2.15 o'clock. —One of the social events of next week is the literary and musical en tertainment of the I. R. I. S. So ciety, of the Wesleyan College. The programme is excellent, and after the entertainment a social hour will be spent. —Mr. Fraim informs us that his Christmas matinee will be conducted on the same planas his Thanksgiving matinee. " No one admitted with- out a ticket." The tickets are good only if used by those whose names appear on them. -—Prof. Fraim will open his "se lect" sociables on Wednesday evening, Jan. 2d. Tickets will be issued for each one separate, thus insuring a select party at each soci able. —A very select dance was given in Prof. Webster's dancing academy, last evening. The affair was full dress, and a brilliant array of beauty and iashion presented itself. <—We understand quite ? social time is enjoyed by those who attend the entertainments given by the Young Peoples' Society of St Paul s M. E Church. —Prof. Fraim extends an invitation to parents contemplating sending their children to school, during the winter, to visit his academy, and compare his mode of teaching with the others in the city. He desires to say that he gives especial attention to small children. ! umishes the music, which gives the j assurance of ;i first-class article, 1 —Prof. Webster's Academy is in I great demand for parties, as there are seven to be given there during the I next three weeks, and all of them I full dress, ; j —At the close of the Bazaar of the Provident Society, last evening, quite a delightful time was enjoyed by a number of ladies and gentle men in Prof. Fraim's dancing acad emy. Dancing was the feature un til as reasonable hour. The affair was very select, and given by the mana gers of the Bazaar. —On Tuesday evening last, Profes sor Fraim started a class of 52 at Seaford. The class is composed of some of the best people of the town, and is one of the largest ever got up in the State. Prof. George Albert —Another select and full-dress party given by the same party of | young gentlemen who gave the one , on Friday evening last, was given in ! Prof. Fraim's dancing academy last ; evening. The party wasgiven in honor ( ,| a number of gentlemen from the j surrounding country and was both larger and more brilliant than the previous one. An orchestra from p.nladelphia consisting offline, vio | 1 jn and harp, furnished the music Webster's gentlemen's class for the second quarter now numbers over seventy members, as about twenty-five new scholars have joined since the second quarter began. And with the aid of his three able assistants they are all pro —Prof. gressing nicely. On Monday even ing for the first Urne in Wilmington, he introduced the military waltz, something entirely new and graceful, having such a military bearing, and the scholars pronounced it elegant. He also has received his association dances and they will be taught e.\- , clusively to his scholars during this ! quarter. These dances ate bound to ! become popular as they are taught by | all the association teachers in the j country, and they must be teachers ot ! experience, as no one can join unless ! they have been a teacher for five ! years, and then stand a very rigid j examination. I he scholars in the gentlemen s class have a great ad vantage in having three evenings in the week instead of two as heretofore as they will advance much more rapidly. The ladies and gentlemen met together on last Thursday even ing fot the first this season, and as most all of the gentlemen had ladies. It filled the room entirely and gave it the look of a party instead of a school and all with one accord pronounced the opening night a decided success in every particular, And the Prof, flatters himself with the idea that with the large number that is in this class, that it is the most strictly select class of gentlemen that he has ever had since he com me need teaching twelve years ago. The invitation cards for the Christ mas matinee, are as much sought for as they were on Thanksgiving, but as the number is limite, there will not be so much of a crowd as there was then, and will be as usual strictly se * ect - —About sixteen of the friends of the Misses Anna wad El... Oa sembled at the residence of their father No. 612 West F'ifth street on Monday evening last and started in J. D. Gorman's large hack with four horsesattached, for the Beaver Valley Mills. The happy spirits of the party would not long allow them to remain in such cramped quarters,and by the silvery light ofthe moon they trudged for quite a distance on foot. Arriv ing at their destination, they com pletely surprised Miss Ella Herves, to whose residence the party pro ceeded and who then immediately recollected that she was just nineteen years of age. The merriment soon began and was kept up until early the next morning. Refreshments were served. Miss Herves was also the happy recipient of many presents, both ornamental and substantial. Be sides those already mentioned, the following were present. Miss Josie Garrett, Miss Emma Brown, Miss Carrie McDaniel, Miss Essie Righter, Miss Lizzie Waddington, Miss Annie Traynor, Miss Annie Butcher, Ed w ird ,E. Garrett, B. Frank Taylor, Ellsworth Mi Call, George Patterson, John M. Garrett, Howard May, Howard Palmer, William E. Garrett and Frank Mayne. Miss Helen McCartney, Miss Annie A. Ford, Miss Sarah McCor mick and Miss Lizzie Jest, gave a delightful dance party on Wednes day evening, at the residence of John Sasse, at Fifth and Orange streets. The party tripped the light fantastic until an early hour the next morning. Refreshments were served. Among those present were ; Miss Bella Hurd, Miss Delane, Miss Lizzie and Lucy Frarer, Miss Martha Bader, Miss Mary McGovern, Misses Lena, Hannah and Mary Miller, Miss Emma Hoffman, Miss Jennie Walton,Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Walton, Janies Cannon,Martin Keogh,Joseph Bader, William Ryan, Frank Phalen, Thomas Earner, Austin V. Gaynor, Eugene McDermott, Robert Healey, Alfred Wingate, Joseph McCormick, a William McCartney. Jefferson King, James Ford, Thomas Keogh, Henry and John Sasse, George Bleyer, Joseph Frarer, George Jourdan, John Seiler. Andrew Mulrine, Charles McAteer. —Despite the stormy weather, , there were about 200 visitors at the ! closing of the first quarter of the ! ladies and children's class, on last | Saturday afternoon, at Prof. Web j ster's Academy, and was certainly a ! success in every particular. As the ! dancing of the little children was ! remarkable, so perfect did they go j through the waltzes and square dances, that we would have thought .hey had been taking a much longer time. And as we were looking on and saw how particular the Prof, with them and at the same time kind with all, we could readily see how it was that they were so proficient, After dancing about 6 numbers the Hyland Fling was danced by 2 Misses who had just taken the first quarter, and were taught by the Prof, for an entertainment outside of the school, and they certainly did him great credit. A fter that the Tambow Jig, a very beautiful and difficult dance was executed by 4 Misses, Also the Hyland Fling again bv two little Misses only 6 years old, which was the event of the afternoon, as we had never seen anyone so small dance anything of the kind before, and they went through it without the slightest mistake and all of the parents were delighted with the | progress the scholars had made in the quarter, and they one and all allowed them to continue for the next quarter. And the orchestra under the direction of Prof. Worth, dis . | coursed such fine music that we | thought that anyone could dance to 1 it. Good time and entirely new j music is Prof. Worih's motto. ! The Misses Maggie Ford and 1 was Ada Councell, on Wednesday even ing, gave one of the largest private; masquerade parties of the season. The company met at the residence: of Mrs. Rawnsley, at Sixth and Monroe streets, and proceeded to the residence of Miss Maggie Ford. No. 828 West Fourth street, where the evening was spent in social en joyment. Refreshments were served The majority of the party masked. and many of the costumes were hand some. Among those present were, Miss Marne Sweeney, Misses Flora and Phoebe Zebley, Miss Marne McCafferty, Miss Millie Scott, Miss Marne Shaw, Miss Ella Wall, Miss Mary and Josephine Ginder, Misses Nan, Maggie and Mame Taggart. Miss Mary Cottingham, Miss Fannie Gill, Miss Mary Kane. Miss Mary Ford. Miss Cecilia Price, Miss Mag gie Sweeney, Miss Agnes Coulton, Miss Emma Keelins, Miss Agnes Reilly, Miss Lucilla Allen, Misses Lizzie and Katie Borrell, Misses Sallie, Ella ami Lizzie Gibbons, Miss Mary Menton, Miss Kate Clark,Miss Mary O'Meara, Misses Lizzie and Ella Dougherty of Chester, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. John Mullen, Howard Stevenson, Dr John and Edward Fahey, John Newell, William Vance, Aaron Ker sey, James Keelins, William McCaf fertv, Frederick and George Hodges, George Albert, W. M. S. Brown, Frank Sevier, James Kane, John McCracken, Ulysses Pierson, Michr el , Peter and jarnes Taggart, Michael Lynch, Thomas Flynn. John Flynn, Dilworth Wells, John Wood, Wil liam McLaughlin, Frank Hasson, Martin Ryan and John Adams. —The ladies and children's class that meets on Saturday afternoon, now numbers sixty-five scholars, having had twenty new scholars to ., . _ . ... . _ , Maggte Campbell Maggie McGndy, Ann.e Conner, and Moitié Mafioftçy. Dancing was v.on».:i.:.«uc ° cl ° ck an(1 , ke Pt u P until tae wee ima , hours ' Refreshments were * rved - Amon g the many costumed , ad ' 5 s a ' ld gentlemen, were : Miss Mollie Earner, "folly ; Miss Katie "orphan"; Miss Maggie join since the second quarter began, and among the number are a great many ladies as well as children and the Prof, pays special attention to the instruction of ladies and children to make them graceful dancers. The classes in Chester a re progressing nicely under lue luuiou of Pro!. Webster. Their new quarter com menced last Tuesday evening, and in addition to those that had been taking in the evening, there were ten more joined making the number forty-six, and the ladies and children on Saturday morning twenty-six. —One of the most enjoyable select social parties of the season, consisting of about 17 couples, met at the resi dence of Mr. W. W. Wilson, No. 517 Tatnail street, on Thursday evening the 13th, and proceeded to the residence of Mr. Lewis Wilson, No. 932 Poplar street, where a most delightful time was spent in playing games, interspersed with vocal and instrumental music. About 11:30 o'clock the party adjourned to tne dining room where an excellent col lation had been prepared. After spending an hour in discussing the delicacies, they returned to the parlors where the festivities were re sumed till the " wee sma'hours,''when they all took their departure for their several homes well pleased with their entertainment and hoping to meet again in a like manner in the near future. —A very largo and enjoyable mas querade party was given in Sevier's dancing academy last evening by the Misses Mollie Earner, Katie Doyle, _ , ,, ,, ... ' " easn - nt , » Maggie McÇrady "spamsh girl, ; Miss Alin j e , . »? e , r ' "gipsy ; Miss M.° Mihoney, "negress , ^ lss Mary Campbell, Highland assie > Misses Maggie Collins and ^'.' ce r ,? a XI? e ' " F ' dlaI * queens; ^ lss F a Patton, Miss Mary Dolan, Agnes O loole and Mary McDevitt, ^' ss i\ etta l; uton ' Mollie Gorman, Miss Maggie Me Car thy, Miss Elbe Da.ey, Miss Kate Mahoney, " peasants ; Miss Annie Devlin, Miss Laura Russell, Miss Rmraa Ford > Miss Man,ie Farner > '* »egresses ; Miss Martha. Logue, " Martha Washington ; Miss Sallie L°g ue >. Miss Annie Meaney, bpan ls ? niaidens ; Miss Mary lord and Mlss . Ma gg*e Doyle, "night ; Miss A ' ime Gill, "old woman; Miss Annie Ryan, " daughter of the regi ment > ' M, *j Ma 8B» e Earner, "or P]? an » Misses Maggie and Mar - V Conner > " bndes ï Sall,e Daley,, ''evening star; ^ Iss Mar >'. L >' nch - "milkmaid; Katie Hefferin, "kitchen maid > James Earner, ^ rank M u ! v a n e y, negros ; James Cannon, and Jefferson King, "song and dance men >" A!fred Ring J 0Se P h Co.nbs, Benjamin Hammer, " schoo > boys ;" Thomas Davis, " devl1 Harr >' Monaghan, 'down ;' John Mulvaney, "Indian ;" Thomas shannon, John Shannon, "dudes ;' ^ ran ^ Dillon, Scottish Chief;* f cter , Sa,m,el Bail > al ' d J ose P h Dougherty, "negro women." There will be a large and select party given in the dancing academy of Prof. Webster on Friday evening next. The affair will be full dress'. It will be given by the same parties who have given several previously this season.