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Date: January 24 1896


Throngs at the White House Despite the Weather.


Washington Was Gay in Spite of Jupiter Pluvius, and the Day Was Made Notable by Any Number of Teas, Dinners, and Receptions - Miss Katherine Bryant Was a Charming Debutante, and the Young Folks Also Danced at Miss Dels' Academy.

In spite of the drizzling winter rain without, the reception at the White House last night, in honor of Congress and the judiciary, was a brilliant event, and attended by a large assemblage of official dignitaries and their families.  The superb floral decorations of the several parlors, mingled contrast to the dreariness without.

The adornments of the East Room were the most elaborate of the season, and were exceedingly artistic in their arrangement.  The four mirror rests at the north and south end were banked with giant Farleyense and maidenhair ferns.  On the top of the mirrors were groups of ferns and from an arrangement of five date palm leaves at the top center of the mirrors were festooned ropes of smilax.  The massive mantels at the east side were banked with red and white roses over a delicate fringe of white hyacinths.  The mirrors were crowned with ferns and plants, and in the center near the top were immense wreaths of red and white roses, against a background of a single fan palm leaf.  The mirrors at the west side were similarly decorated, with the exception of a variety of bright hued foliage plants in place of the roses.  Directly over the four doorways were shields of red, white, and blue of the Stars and Stripes, and in the plants which filled the transom to the entrance of the inner
 corridor, and the garlands which entwined the gold and white pillars, were countless sparkling red, white, and blue miniature electric lights.  The large electric globes, with the crystal chandeliers, were decked with garlands of smilax, which laced and interlaced most effectively across from one globe to another, meeting in the center chandelier.

The Green Parlor adjoining was prettily ornamented with palms and rubber plants.  The mantels were decorated with growing primroses and pink begonias, against a background of ferns.

The Blue Parlor, always the center of attraction upon such an occasion, was trimmed with garlands and flowers.  The window recess at the south was filled with towering palms, and the gold framed mantel rests were banked with the choicest of blossoms.  The decorations in the Red Parlor were similar to the other rooms, with the exception of the banking of the mantel, which was of pink begonias arranged in red and white basket jardinires.  Palms were also arranged in the corridor, and garlands of asparagus crossed from the chandelier to the corners of the room.

President Cleveland, who enjoys this reception quite as much, if not more than the others of the season, had a cordial hand-clasp for the guests.  Mrs. Cleveland gave her usual hearty hand-shake and smile to the many dignitaries and their friends who passed through the Blue Room, between the hours of 9 and 11.

Mrs. Cleveland was gowned in blossom pink satin, the skirt elaborately spangled with silver, and the dcollet bodice finished with spangled effect and pearl fringed passementerie and lace.  She wore a diamond necklace, a diamond star upon her brow, and jeweled ornaments in the coils of her hair.

Mrs. Olney's gown was a handsome one of black velvet, the skirt opened over a white satin petticoat trimmed with black fringe, and the bodice trimmed with superb lace.

Mrs. Carlisle wore a rich toilet of rose lavender brocaded satin, trimmed with a deeper shade of velvet and lace.

Mrs. Lamont was richly gowned in pink satin, the bodice trimmed with clusters of pink roses and lace.

Mrs. Harmon looked very handsome in silver gray brocaded satin and silver and crystal passementerie, with lace.

Mrs. Wilson's toilet was of lavender brocaded satin with white chiffon and lace trimmings.

Mrs. Hoke Smith wore a splendid gown of pale green brocaded satin, the skirt opened over a petticoat of white silk and chiffon, and the bodice trimmed with cerise velvet, lace, and chiffon.

Miss Morton was gowned handsomely in lilac colored moir antique trimmed with point lace.

Miss Herbert was not receiving owing to the illness of little Herbert Micou, the Secretary's grandchild.  The Secretary also was not present.

Among the guests of distinction were Mr. and Mrs. Woodward William Baldwin, of New York.  Mrs. Baldwin was formerly Miss Katherine Willard, and her engagement was announced last winter at Mrs. Cleveland's card reception.  Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin are the guests at the White House of the President and Mrs. Cleveland.  Mrs. Baldwin's gown was a handsome pearl gray brocade and chiffon combined.  Although the reception was well attended, there was no jame, and it was well over by the hour of closing.  Among the guests were Oswald Garrison Villard, son of Henry Villard, of New York; Robert T. Paine, of Boston; Ex-Senator Edmunds, of Vermont, and Dr. and Mrs. Herbern, of New York.

The Chinese Minister and Mme. Yang Yu gave a dinner last night at the Chinese Embassy.  The table decorations were La France roses, and the favors were cards painted by a Chinese artist, with appropriate designs suited to the occasion.  The menu embraced a collection of Chinese dishes and dainties.  The large ball room of the legation was elaborately decked with floral designs, and objects of Chinese art, and hither the guests repaired after the feast.  The guests were Senator and Mrs. Sherman, the Brazilian Minister and Mme. Mendonca, the Mexican Minister and Mme. Romero, Hon. and Mrs. John W. Foster, ex-Senator and Mrs. Henderson, and a number of the members of the Chinese Legation.  Fourteen covers were laid.

Secretary and Mrs. Carlisle were host and hostess at a dinner party last night.  The artistic decorations were of La France roses and ferns, and the candle lamps were shaded with a color to correspond.  The guests were Justice and Mrs. Brown, Senator and Mrs. Elkins, Mr. and Mrs. Bowler, Gen. and Mrs. Miles, Mrs. and Mrs. Floulke, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nelson Page, the Guatemalan Minister and Mrs. Lazo Arriaga.

Chief Justice and Mrs. Fuller were host and hostess last night at a handsome dinner of fourteen covers.

The marriage of Miss Katherine Merrick and Martin McMahon Ramsay, Passed Assistant Paymaster, U. S. N., which was solemnized yesterday morning, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, was one of the prettiest nuptial events of the winter.  The bride is the daughter of the late Richard Merrick, the distinguished jurist, and the late Mrs. Merrick, both members of prominent families of this section of the country.  The bridegroom is the son of Admiral and Mrs. Ramsay, notable figures in Washington official life.  The church, which is handsomely finished, almost entirely of white marble, was beautifully decorated with palms and profusions of choice and exquisite blossoms, which blended upon the high altar with the brilliant illumination of hundreds of candles.

The ushers, who seated the large assemblage of guests, were all navy friends of the bridegroom - Passed Assistant Surgeons H. B. Fitts and J. A. Guthrie, and Ensigns Arthur Bainbridge-Hoff, John R. Edie, and L. McNamee.  They led the way to the altar, followed by the two bridesmaids, the younger sister of the bride, Miss Mildred Merrick, and the sister of the bridegroom, Miss Ramsay, who were prettily gowned in pale green taffeta with a Dresden effect in pink rosebuds.  Graceful hats trimmed to correspond, completed the artistic toilets.  The bride was escorted up the aisle by her brother, Mr. Richard T. Merrick.  She wore a beautiful gown of white satin, trimmed with the exquisite point lace which adorned her mother's bridal gown, and her bridal veil was the one worn by her mother when a bride.

The wedding ceremony was performed according to the solemn rites of the Catholic Church by Rev. Father Healy, S. J., of New York, assisted by Rev. Father Mackin, rector of St. Paul's.  Rt. Rev. Bishop Keane and Fathers Lee, Dougherty, Gillepie, Hyvernaut, Ennis, and others were in the sanctuary, with Dr. Garrigan, of the Catholic University.  The ceremony was followed by the celebration of a nuptial mass by Rev. Father Healy, and shortly after noon the friends of the young couple partook of a wedding breakfast at the home of the Misses Merrick, on S street.  Later Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay left for an extended trip.  Upon their return they will reside in the city permanently.

Among the relatives who were present at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. F. B. McGuire, uncle and aunt of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. George Hamilton, the Misses Merrick, Admiral and Mrs. Ramsay, Mrs. K. R. Hill, and Miss Alice Ramsay.  Among the out-of-town guests were Gen. N. T. McMahon, Miss McMahon, Miss Ella McMahon, Mrs. Brockhurst Cutting, the Misses Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay Turnbull, the Misses Turnbull; Messrs. Arthur and William Turnbull, all of New York City; Mrs. Esther B. McMahon, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Devereux, of Utica, N. Y.; Maj. and Mrs. Ramsay and Mr. George D. Ramsay, of New Orleans; Mrs. George D. Ramsay, of Harrisburg; Mr. and Mrs. William C. Ramsay, of New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Turnbull, Maj. and Miss Turnbull, of Morristown, N. J.; Mrs. George Frick and the Misses Frick and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frick, of Baltimore; Mr. and Mrs. George D. Krumbhaar, Mr. Ramsay Krumbhaar, Mr. William Krumbhaar, Mr. Alexander Krumbhaar, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Krumbhaar, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Krumbhaar, of Philadelphia.  The collection of gifts was large and unusually handsome.

Miss Katherine Bryant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bryant, was formally introduced to society last night at a handsome reception at the National Hotel.  Mrs. Bryant and the debutante, who wore a girlish gown of mousselin de soie, trimmed with lace, and carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley tied with white ribbon, was assisted in receiving by several of Miss Bryant's former schoolmates.  Supper was served in the large dining hall, which was elaborately decorated with flowers and palms for the occasion.  Dancing was one of the pleasures for the younger set.

Among those present were Gen. J. D. Brady and son, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vance, Dr. and Mrs. W. J. Hoffman, Mrs. Charles Givens, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Townsend, Mrs. E. E. Meredith, Miss Ida Richardson, Miss Murphy, Mr. James Murphy, Miss Walker, Miss Reid, Dr. and Miss Stoutenburgh, Miss Small, Miss Angela Small, Miss Dorothy Flynn, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Wallace, Miss Callaghan, Mr. Charles Townsend, Mr. Ford, Mr. Donnally, Miss Talty, Mr. Talty, Mr. Duncanson, Mrs. William Small, Mr. White, Miss O'neale, Mr. Hoffman, Mr. and Miss Gaddis, and Mr. James Hamilton Lewis, of Seattle, Wash.

At the tea given by Mrs. Alexander Smith yesterday the decorations were all of pink.  In the drawing room there were palms and roses.  A table of polished oak was covered by a large embroidered center, in which was placed a silver loving cup of exquisite pattern, an heirloom in the family, filled with La France roses; at each of the four corners of the linen cloth were large drinking cups of silver, bearing the crest of William Penn.  These were also heirlooms, as were the pink capped candelabra and the rest of the plate.  Mrs. Smith received in a gown of dark plumb silk, with touches of lavender velvet.  She was assisted by Mrs. Edward Stevens, the Misses Minetree, Miss May Hill, and Miss Edith Pratt.

The marriage of Miss Barbara Stern to Mr. Isaac B. Nordlinger, a young merchant of West Washington, took place Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, at Carroll Institute Hall.  Rabbi Louis Stern performed the ceremony.  The bridal party marched into the hall preceded by two little flower girls, Miss Rita Baer and Miss Celestia Goodman then followed the ushers, who were Mr. Simon Lyon, Abe Richold, Sam Rothschild, Silas Rosenthal, David Oppenheimer, Moses Sanger, William Sahm, Joseph Dreyfuss, Ben Nordlinger, and Ben Baer.  After the ceremony the guests partook of a bountiful supper in the banquet hall.  Telegrams were received from many parts of the United States wishing the young couple a happy future, and remarks were made by those present, among which were toasts responded to by Rabbi Stern, Simon Lyon, I. W. Nordlinger, Louis Eiseman, Myer Nordlinger, and J. Dinkelspiel, of New York.

Among those present were Mrs. Jenette Stern, Mr. Sol Stern, Jacob Lyon, Mrs. M. Oppenheimer, Rabbi and Mrs. Stern, Mr. and Mrs. A. Berwanger, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Oppenheimer, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Kahn, Mr. and Mrs. D. Goldsmith, Mr. and Mrs. H. Oppenheimer, Mr. and Mrs. S. Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. B. Nordlinger, Mr. Henry Goodman, Mrs. Rice, of New York; Mr. M. Baer, Mrs. Goodman, Mr. and Mrs. Lew Eiseman, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Nordlinger, Mr. and Mrs. B. Nordlinger, Mr. and Mrs. M. Blumenthal, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Baer, Mr. B. Baer, Mrs. Dreyfuss, Mr. and Mrs. W. Nordlinger, Mr. Joe Dreyfuss, Mr. Mayer, Mr. B. Stein, Mr. A. Stern, Mr. Joe Bluemthal, Mr. Ben Dreyfuss, Mr. William Sahm, Mr. A. Richold, Mr. Silas Rosenthal, Mr. Sam Rothschild, Simon Lyon, D. Oppenheimer, Max Oppenheimer, Moses Blumenthal, Jacob Stern, Myer Nordlinger, R. B. H. Lyon, Max Goodman, Ben Nordlinger, N. Nordlinger, Moses Sanger, Gus Nordlinger, and Mr. J. Dinkelspiel, of New York; and Misses Frances Strauss, Carrie Nordlinger, Bertha Lyon, Gertrude Stern, Bertha Goodman, Beckie Dreyfuss, Sarah Alexander, Amanda Stern, Helen Sanger, Amelia Stern, Bella Stein, Edna Dreyfuss, Suavia Nordlinger, Blanche Lansburgh, Amelia and Sophia Oppenheimer, Josie Goodman, Winnie Stern, Bertha Alexander, Fannie Bluementhal, Miss Sleestein, of New York; Miss Amye Reizenstein, Miss Olga Rosenband, of Newark, N. J.; Mrs. Dinkelspiel, of New York, and Masters Dave Baer and Jessie Goodman.

After supper the young folks enjoyed dancing until a late hour, the music being furnished by Goodman's Orchestra.  During the evening the ushers were presented with beautiful souvenirs, with the compliments of the young couple.  They were the recipients of many beautiful and costly presents, and left the city last night on a two weeks' trip north, visiting Niagara Falls, N. Y.; New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City, N. J.  On their return they will be pleased to see their friends at their home, 3113 N street northwest.

A wedding was solemnized on Wednesday evening at the residence of Mrs. Alice Hammond at Terra Cotta.  The contracting parties were Miss Alice Colton Hammond, of Terra Cotta, and Mr. Harry Buffum Mason, of this city.  Rev. R. R. West, of Brookland, performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by members of the families of the bride and groom, and a few intimate friends.  Mr. George Ernest Mason, brother of the groom, was best man, and Miss Mabel McKee, of Friedricton, New Brunswick, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor.  The bride was handsomely gowned in a changeable shot silk dress, trimmed with pink swans-down and white chiffon, and carried a bouquet of Bride roses.  After the ceremony a light luncheon was served, and the couple left for an extended bridal tour north.  Those present at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Colton, Mr. and Mrs. George Mason, Mr. Buffum, and the Misses Buffum, of Oxford, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. Godwyn Y. Atlee, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Lord, Miss Lord, Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Lynch, Mr. and Mrs. Cooley Teasdale, Misses Wiltberger, Grace Moore, Bettie Guinard, Nina Brown, and Messrs. John Kelley, Wiltberger, Clarence Brown, Stewart Colton, Andrew Hammond, and Jack Oliver.

Mrs. James Green's tea was a most artistic occasion in point of floral decorations.  In the white and gold drawing-room the posts of the high mantels were twined in ferns and La France roses, finished with a fringe of pink primroses above.  In the reception hall a similar effect was given in carnations, maidenhair ferns, and smilax.  Festoons of smilax trimmed the stairway, and were caught with small clusters of pink carnations.  The tea table was profusely decked with La France roses and ferns, with pink shaded candles.  The mirror rests in this room were also banked in ferns and La France roses.  A small porch, which had been inclosed [sic], was screened with palms at the entrance, concealing the orchestra, that played through the afternoon.  Mrs. Green received in a most effective gown of white silk, the bodice of which was covered with embroidered chiffon and trimmed in rose-colored satin.  In her hands were a large cluster of La France roses.  Her assistants were her mother, Mrs. H. Clay Stewart, in black silk and lace; Mrs. Duval, Mrs. W. H. Moses, Mrs. William Henderson, Mrs. Hornor, Mrs. Richardson, Miss Emery, Miss Cochrin, Miss Fill, and Miss Eleanor Bryan.

One of the handsomest teas of the day was given by Mrs. Q. Thompson Swan, of I street.  The decorations for the hall and drawing-rooms were of palms, wreaths of smilax, white lilies, and red carnations.  In the large Japanese vase standing in the bay window were lilies and red carnations, with palms on either side.  The rear drawing-room was decked with red and white, and the tea table was a striking arrangement of red and green.  The crystal chandelier above the table was a mass of smilax and red tulips, while beneath it, in a gold plateau, were arranged tulips and Easter lilies.  Vases of exquisite ware held smaller bunches of the two flowers, and red candle lamps finished the effect.  Mrs. Swan received in a Paris gown of violet and gray silk, the front of the skirt, which was formed of bands of silk over chiffon, caught with loops of pink velvet, and filled in with spangled lace; bertelles of pink were arranged over the shoulders, and the neck was filled in with gray tulle.  Mrs. Swan's assistants were Mrs. and Miss Crosby, Miss Phoenix, Mrs. Tittman, the Misses Mullen, and Mrs. Lancaster.

Mrs. McMurtle entertained yesterday in her home, which abounds in art treasures collected by European travel.  There were few floral decorations, only handsome palms and here and there a cluster of red roses.  The tea was served from a polished mahogany table, arranged with doilies, and a vase of red and pink roses under a red shaded dome above, and flanked with pink candles.  Mrs. McMurtle received in a gown of black satin, trimmed in jet, and was assisted by Mrs. Van Reipen, Mrs. Michler, Mrs. Kilbourne, and Miss Packer.

Among the pleasant events of the evening was the dance given by Miss Deis, Miss Chandler, and Miss Schott.  Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. and Miss A. Copeland, Mr. and Mrs. Kern, Miss Hudson, Miss Stewart, Miss Brokitt, Miss Fitch, Miss Brooks, Miss Toratman, Miss Willenbucher, Miss Cetchan, Miss Ungar, Miss Appleby, Miss Reeves, Miss Bubridge, Miss Yelott, of Baltimore; Miss Huck, Miss Hass, the Misses Hendrickson, of Trenton, N. J.; Miss Bixley, Miss Ward, Miss Baldwin, Miss Mitchell, Miss Bean, Miss Brock, Miss Lowe, Miss Siebert, Miss Walker, Miss Trimble, Miss Morris, Miss Anderson, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Wasserback, Mr. Kemp, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Gensch, Mr. De Graw, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Hass, Mr. Hall, Mr. Blaine, Mr. McKlidin, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Hazelton, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Bryant, of Philadelphia; Dr. Davis, Mr. Fitch, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Gaddis, Mr. Breitmire, Mr. Copeland, Mr. Slaughter, Dr. Brown, Mr. Garland, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Beard, of New York; Mr. Strong, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Pearler, Mr. Byrnes, and Dr. Allen.  A collation was served from a table prettily decked with American Beauty roses and ferns.

Miss Lena McConnell, of Talladega, Ala., will be here for the remainder of the Washington season, Miss McConnell is a niece of Gen. C. M. Shelley, and is the guest of Gen. and Mrs. Shelley at the Metropolitan.

Mrs. Edgar Allan, of 1501 Eleventh street northwest, will not receive to-day, but will receive Friday, the 31st, assisted by Mrs. Bernard Lee Grove and a bevy of young ladies.

Mrs. Max Goldsmith will be at home to-day and succeeding Fridays.

Mrs. O. D. Hyler entertained with a luncheon Wednesday afternoon at her residence, 428 M street northeast.  Her guests were Mrs. Perry, Mrs. Wiggins, Mrs. Kellam, Mrs. Schott, and Mrs. Brennan.

Miss Pearline A. Fitch, formerly of Washington, but now of Washingtonville, N. Y., is the guest of Miss Chandlier, of 213 C street southeast, and will be glad to see her friends during her sojourn here.

Miss Townsend, daughter of Hosea Townsend, of Colorado, is the guest of Mrs. Senator Teller.

Mrs. and Miss Hichborn will not be at home to-day, but will receive their friends Friday, the 31st.

Mrs. Daniel B. Lucas, of Charlestown, W. Va., is visiting Mrs. Armat, 1700 Oregon avenue.

Mrs. Judson Clements and Miss Netherland will be at home to-day at 1831 Corcoran street.

Miss Adelaide Johnson will have with her Tuesday afternoon, January 28, at 4 o'clock, Mrs. Ellen A. Richardson, of Boston, and Mrs. Cheney, of California.  Mrs. Cheney will give a talk on Beethoven, and his power as a musician.

Mrs. James G. Maguire, wife of Representative Maguire, of California, will not be able to call or to receive this winter, owing to continued illness.

Mrs. G. Richard Thompson will be at home to-day from 3 to 6 at 1907 G street.

Miss Rhees and Miss Flora Rhees will not be at home this afternoon nor on the following Friday after 4 o'clock.

Miss Elizabeth Upham Yates, one of the leading lecturers of the National Suffrage Association, will arrive from Canada to-day to attend the convention in this city.

Mrs. M. E. C. Wilbur and the Misses Wilbur, of 1719 Fifteenth street northwest, will not receive to-day. 


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