The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, October 25, 1902, Page 3, Image 3

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    THE COURIER
SOCIETY NOTES
LIFE'S MAZY WHIRL
Dame Nature changes her garb with
the seasons and It Is always beautiful
and gratifying to look upon, but not
all the trees are dressed alike. Some
wear yellow, some brown, some red,
some green robes at this time of year.
Fashions for women change too, but
when a certain style of coiffure, a cer
tain cut of gown, or a certain color,
meets with favor, It Is adopted almost
unanimously by women who seem to
have no individual taste. The fact
that a thing is worn "in the east" is
sufficient. When a box party at the
Oliver filed in one night this week. It
was noticed that three of the occu
pants wore gowns of the same color
and cut similarly, and' all wore black
hats. Some one asked if a uniform had
been adopted. Even those who consid
er the subject of dress as too trivial
for personal consideration, admire a
characteristic costume.
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Fan tan. a game new in Lincoln, but
old in oriental countries, was the game
plav Thursday afternoon and evening
at the parties given by Mr. and Mrs.
F. W. Hellwlg and Misses Gertrude
and Grace Altken. at the Hellwlg home.
Not only the game, but the decorations,
were oriental in character. Japanese
lanterns were strung across the celling,
umbrellas were grouped around th
chandeliers, and fans were artistically
arranged on the walls. Chrysanthemums
fresh from the flowery kingdom, and
many ferns, added to the effect. The
lunch cloths and napkins were Japan
ese and the score cards bore little Jap
men done in water colors by Miss Ger
trude Altken. the deep purples, blues
and reds being used. Little Japanese
hair ornaments were given to the lad
dies as souvenirs and tlie prizes were
Japanese figures painted by Miss Ait
ken. A light luncheon was served to
which an oriental touch was given by
tiny umbrellas standing in the glasses
of ice cream.
In fan tan an individual score is
kept, and the players who first throws
' uown his last card Is the winner and
announces his victory by crying "fan
tan." At these parties a first, second,
and third prize were given besides a
consolation, which all had a chance to
win as a deck of cards was thrown
around one at a time, to the players,
and the one who got the last jack re
ceived the consolation prize. The
charm of novelty added to the pleas
ure always experienced by the guests
of Mrs. Hellwlg and her sisters.
The M. M. card club Is composed of
congenial people who always have
good times at their meetings, but the
acme of jollity was was reached by
them Saturday evening, when they
were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Van
Brunt, and Mr. and Mrs. Lee at the
Van Brunt home. The house was very
pretty. Indeed, with red carnations and
ferns for decorations. The score cards
were hand painted autumn leaves. Six
handed euchre Is played this season
by the club, but no prizes are given.
After the games a gong was sounded
and a perfectly appointed railway
lunch room, which bore no resemblance
to Mrs. Van Brunt's kitchen, but such
it really was was thrown open, and
the guests were served doughnuts, hot
tamale sandwiches, cheese, pickles, and
coffee, from a lunch counter. The
hosts and hostesses, In white raiment,
graciously waited upon their guests.
The members of the club are Mes
sieurs and Mesdames Clinton R. Lee,
R. T. Van Brunt, D. A. RIsser. C. H.
Rudge. R. M. Le Gore, C. H. Warner,
C. D. Traphagen. E. E. Spencer, M. W.
Folsom, H. T. Folsom. I. G. Chapln,
J. C. Seacrest, H. B. Ward, F. D.
Cornell, Doctor and Mrs. S. E. Cook,
Doctor and Mrs. R. H. Wolcott.
A cheery new home, prettily fur
nished and tastefully decorated with
autumn leaves, was the setting for a
housewarmlng given Thursday even
ing by Mr. and Mrs. F. L. De Witt.
Thirty-two friends shared in the Joys
and festivities. High five was played
for a time, and later there was lovely
nsuslc by Mr. Haydn Myer, Mr. and
Mrs. O'Shea, Mrs. Georgia Bell, and
Miss Gertrude Ernst, and Mrs. J. A.
Hayden entertained the company with
recitations. A luncheon was served in
two courses by Mrs. De Witt assisted
by Mrs. Haydn Myer. Next Tuesday
Mrs. De Witt's attractive home will be
again opened to friends, this time for
a kensington, when thirty-five ladles
will be entertained.
The average American has a very
vague Idea of the annoyances that He
In wait for the man "who would a
wooing go" in old England, of the
day on account of the king's grand
parade from Buckingham palace to the
city. We had to abandon St. George's
church In Hanover square for the same
reason and because the boundary lines
of that parish had been .changed un
known to my flnncee. Had It not been
so, then In order to have been married
there my financee would have been
obliged to take out the license Instead
of myself- When we discovered that
she resided In the Westminster parish
we had to abandon this on account of
the king's parade. So we selected the
Holy Trinity church. In Sloanes square,
which was our second choice, our first
choice being St. George's In Hanover
square, where my financee frequently
attended service, but was not a com
municant. We encountered consider
able difficulty In adjusting arrange
ments for the Holy Trinity, but with
the aid of a curate and a clerk of a
vestry It was settled by my being ob
liged to take up a place of abode for
fifteen days by renting a small room
and depositing therein a small port
manteau, but am not obliged to even
sleep there one night, nor do I Intend
to, but It requires all of this under the
singular circumstances Involved in this
Instance to comply with the London
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CECILIA BLAIR WARD,
Five years.
Daughters of Mr. and Mrs.
CHARLOTTE BALDWIN WARD.
Three years.
H. B. Ward, 1520 D street.
thorns which concealed themselves
under the otherwise uncrumpled rose
leaves In the path of Mr. C. E. Hoch
stetler when he went In quest of his
marriage lines and the church In which
the happy event Is to take place next
Saturday, as the following personal
letter will give interesting proof, says
the Kansas City Star:
"We have set the date of our mar
riage for Saturday, 9:30 a. m., October
25, at one of the most fashionahla
churches In London for weddings. Holy
Trinity. Sloanes square. The Rev. Mr.
Win Haley will officiate. We shall leave
Victoria station for Paris by the 11
o'clock a. m. train, same day, where we
shall spend our honeymoon. The Holy
Trinity Is about the smallest parish,
but wealthy and most fashionable, so
much so that ladies and gentlemen are
permitted and do attend Sunday nighty
services in evening dress. We have
had a hard time to select a church, as
you cannot be married in a church nor
obtain a license unless your place of
abode has preceded the date of the li
cense by fifteen days, affidavit on oath
must be made by either one of the con
tracting parties to that effect, then
upon payment of $10.62 a license will be
granted. I found that I was in St.
Paul parish. We could not use any
church in that parish for the reason all
thoroughfares would be blocked on that
marriage law. Plain service by license,
which fee Includes all church charges,
is 1 pound Us Od, or about JS.50 (organ
or choral service not included), but In
addition to the church charges you are
expected to give each of the clergymen
a fee of 2 pounds or more. I first visited
an American embassy, when I received
the Initial marriage license Information
from Mr. John RIdgely Carter, second
secretary, then visited the vicar gen
eral's office, after which I met the vice
American consul, who gave me the in
formation as to how British subjects
who visit America for a short time are
dealt with by an American custom
house. My fiancee was born and has
always resided in England."
Mr. Hochstetler adds the following
facts concerning the fees for London
marriages: Poor people and communi
cants pay Is 6d (thirty-two cents) to
the church. No license required, but
the bans are read in church for three
successive Sundays to qualify. Easter
Monday is free marriage day, and at
but one place In London Little Red
church in Bethnal Green road they
marry them off in wholsesale lots. It
Is a happy day for the "costers." So
you will observe that London weddings
are to wit: When bans are read,
thirty-two cents; free, no charge. Red
church; regular license, $10.62; special
license $1 5. The latter can onlv be
Cm n ted as a special dispensation from
the archblahoa of Canterbury and In
cases of Illness, requiring affidavits
from doctors, clergymen, etc., and Is
rarely done.
Tact and ready wit are difficult to
acquire and many well-meaning, but
awkward persons will sympathise with
the blunderers of whom the New York
Tribune tells:
A "break." In the ever changing ver
nacular of social parlance, signifies
some unfortunate chance remark that
either refersto or suggests some sub
ject best to be avoided. Every one
knows how often such "breaks." as
they are called, occur, and how there
seems to be some perverse fate that
makes one go out of one's way to talk
of topics that must necessarily sug
gest the one forbidden. If there Is any
one at the table, for instances, who
has some personal defect, the imp of
perversity will probably cause the most
tender hearted person present to drag
that particular misfortune Into the
conversation by alluding to some one
who Is similarly afflicted. Or If there
is some family skeleton which must
not be spoken of,' it will always be
brought forward by proxy.
"I am the most unfortunate Individ
ual in the world about such things,"
complained a young man recently. "It
is simply Impossible for me to steer
clear of an unpleasant topic. It Is like
a lodestone to me. and I am drawn in
its direction whether I will or not. The
other day I" went with a house party
to the M 's, who are all abnormally
fat. 'Now. Bill,' I said to myself, 're
member, not one word nbout corpul
ency!' But In spite of all my efforts I
managed to drag in the subject several
times. To my horror, I heard myself
mention Barnum's fat woman to Mrs.
M , speak of someone's death from
fatty degeneration of the heart when
conversing with Mr. M , talk ad
miringly of Miss Slender' figure to
Miss M and allude to the disad
vantage of carrying weight to young
M , who nearly broke his heart at
college because he grew too heavy'to
'compete In the games. There wnrf a
perfect fatality about It, and I am sure
they must have thought I did it all on
purpose."
"It was worse with me." laughed the
young woman to whom he was speak
ing. "I went to stay with some people
whose prominent family trait was a
remarkably large nose. Like you. I
resolved before-hand never to mention
the defect, but the prohibitive word so
preyed on my mind that, on one dread
ful, never-to-be-forgotten day, I said
to my host at the table. 'Please give
me some nose!' I intended to ask for
salt, but the awful word got ahead of
it and slipped out of my mouth quite
clear and distinct. I was too much hor
rified to pass It off, and grew red as a
peony, feeling ready to cry. but Mr.
A burst out laughing. I know ex
actly how it happened, dear child.' he
said, 'and you mustn't mind It a bit.' "
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Even persons whose tastes are edu
cated to enjoy the best there is in
music sometimes enjoy the more
frivolous style. Just as literary peop'e
sometimes enjoy that written In a
lighter vein. The persons who were
so fortunate as to be quests of Mr.
and Mrs. Ross Curtice at their musi
cale Thursday evening, were thorough
ly delighted with the masterly per
formance of the two colored musicians.
Mr. Carder of Lincoln, and a p'anist
from Chicago, who gave a program of
rag time music and coon songs. This
rollicking music was preceded by sev
eral serious selections. Mrs. Curtfce
played a violin solo. "A Simple Con
fession," by Thome. Mr. Will O'Shea
contributed a cornet solo, "Till Then
Dear Heart," by Louis Tocaben. Mr.
George Johnstone, whose songs are a
welcome addition to any program, sang
"A Rose Fable," and Mrs. Will O'Shea
played "Plerette." by Chamlnade. Mr?.
O'Shea has recently returned to Lin
coln after an absence of several years,
and few people have had an opport
nity to hear her play, those who have
been so privileged, pronounce her a
valuable addition to the list of local
pianists.
Mr. O'Shea exhibited his exceeding