New York Times (Newspaper) - January 24, 1904, New York, New York
10THE NEW YORK TIMES. JANUARY 24. 1904.
ONE of the most important meetings of last week was that of the Calumet Club. As a new constitution was presented for ratification, there was a large attendance. Since the rearrangement of the initiation fee the Calumet Club has quite a waiting list. Its a " fairs are in excellent shape and there have been fewer resignations from it than from any of the fashionable Fifth Avenue clubs this first of the year. Th* club is very homelike, and it is a mos attractive place with its famous ground floor room and windows, from which its members look out on the passing show. It is indeed one of the best vantage spo s in town on the afternoon of a Winter s
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The Bachelors’ dance will be held at the Catholic Club on Friday, Feb. 5. The Art Committee of the club announces a lecture on church art by William Laurel Harris for this evening. The Lenten course of lectures will begin on Feb. 14 and will be continued on Friday evenings until March 25. They will be delivered by Dr. James J. Walsh, Ph. D., LL. D. On Dec. 31 there were on the roll 40 life, 979 active, 431 non-resident, 59 army and navy, and 11 honorary members.
William K. Vanderbilt, Sr., has màde a most creditable début in this.country as a golf player over the Florida links. He has played a great deal abroad, and there are private links at Idle Hour. Mr. Vanderbilt has also appeared on the links at Aiken. Mrs. Vanderbilt is also an enthusiastic golf player.
Richard T. Wainwright is the President of the Apawamis Golf Club, which, organized only a few years ago, to-day owns one of the prettiest of clubhouses and has excellent links, from which a superb view of the Sound and surrounding country may be had. The Apawamis is at Rye, near enough to New York to give to its many members the opportunity of having excellent links upon which to play on holidays and Saturdays, and even in the longer afternoons in the Spring and Summer. Richard Tighe Wainwright, its President, is a member of the Union and other well-known clubs, and lives ajt his country seat, Homewood, at Rye. He married Miss Crawford. Mr. Wainwright was one of the heirs of the late Richard Tighe and Mrs. Tighe. The Tighe residence on Union Square was a landmark until a short time ago. Mrs. Tighe died about ten years ago, and Mr. Tighe shortly afterward. Mrs. Tighe was a relative of the Stuyvesant family, of which Mr. Wainwright is also a descendant. Among the Directors of the Apa-wa-mis are B. L. Sackett of the Union, Calumet, and Riding Clubs; Thomas Townsend Sherman, and Sydney A. Law-ton.
Alfred R. Whitney, who, with his wife and party, is going to cruise on the new houseboat Ruffhouse, recently built for hirh, is the owner of Glimpsewood Manor, Morristown, N. J. The Whitneys have lived for some years in the country around Morristown. The late Stephen Suydam Whitney had a beautiful home near Morris Plains, where his w idow now resides. He had a large family, whose members have often been confused with the children of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Whitney. Alfred R. Whitney, who has been to Florida each Winter for twenty-four years, is an enthusiastic sportsman, and has many trophies of his successful tarpon fishing. He married a Miss Freeman, and is a member of the Union League Club. He has several grown sons and daughters. Like the late Stephen Suydam Whitney, he is a descendant of the famous Stephen Whitney, one of the most distinguished and renowned of New York merchants of the older days. ■
Although Robert Graves, who married Mrs. Henry B. Plant the other day, belonged to a number of clubs, the Union League, the New York Yacht, the Ards-ley, and others, he is not as well known in clubland or clubdom as his brother, “ Andy ” Graves, who is a member of the Calumet. Andy Graves has a fast
motor, and is one of the notable drivers on the avenue. He is extremely popular and goes in for all kinds of sports. Handsome Dan, his famous dog, was as well known at Yale as was his master.
“ Andy ” Graves has always with him some pet animal, and he is the owner of a number of blooded canines. Robert Graves, like his brother, is an ardent automobilist, but he is not as well known on the avenue and in the Park.
Wilson P. Foss, who returned the Eagle Cup, emblematic of the championship of the National Association of Amateur Billiard Players, to#the Liederkranz >-this week, is a native of Haverstraw. He resides there a great part of the year. He is a member of the New York Athletic Club. Mr. Foss has determined rot to enter into any more tournaments this year, and will play only for his own pleasure.
The Republican Club had its annual election this week and Louis Stern was «again unanimously made President. The Republican Club in its new home is one of thè handsomest and most commodious in the city. The meeting was notable for the number of well-known men who were elected members. Among these was Cornelius Vanderbilt, who is going in for politics. Mr. Vanderbilt’s health is much stronger than it was-a few months ago. He is still an active member of the Twelfth Regiment and takes great interest in military affairs. He has now, with the exception of his uncle George, the distinction of being the only bearded Vanderbilt. Another member elected to the Republican Club was F. Norton Goddard, who has also been very prominent in local politics for some years. Mr. Goddard was graduated from Harvard in 1882. He is a member of the Metropolitan, the Union League, and other well-known organizations. He married Miss Alice Winthrop, and is in the silk business.*.*
The Automobile Show was quite a rendezvous for society during the week, clubmen being very much interested in the various machines. William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., was one of the visitors, and Alfred Vanderbilt also looked in on two occasions. James Gerard and Reginald Ronalds were likewise frequent visitors. Of course Peter Cooper Hewitt, whose several electric inventions have given him as much if not morè fame than Cornelius Vanderbilt, was there frequently, and Col. John Jacob Astor, who is said to have more automobiles than any man in America and is also said to know more about them than a great many people, was a frequent visitor. James F. D. Lanier, Sydney Dillon Ripley, Foxhall Keene, Orme Wilson, Archibald Rogers, and R. Livingston Beeckman and his wife were also present. Col, Astor has deferred his trip to Europe for a short time. He was most interested in the foreign machines, which were exhibited in tne restaurant.
to the New York Athletic and to the Loyal Legion.
The Church Club, which has come into a great deal of prominence recently, is one of the most Interesting organizations in New York. Itsr rooms are at 578 Fifth Avenue. It was organized in 1887 and its object is to promote the study of the history and the doctrines of the church and to stimulate the efforts of churchmen for her welfare. Dr. Briggs, whose recent paper made such a commotion, has been a member for some time. George Macculloch Miller, a very well-known lawyer, is the President, and has always been de:T v interested in church affairs. His Su...-mer home is at Morristown and he is a Director of the New York, New Haven and Hartford and other railroads. Ex-Commodore Nicholson Kane is also a very prominent member. Commodore Kane is a ver y clever after-dinner speaker, and he will probably be one of the laymen who w'ill make addresses on the occasion of the dinner to Bishop-elect Greer on Wednesday at Sherry s.
William D. McCrackan, who has been in .charge of the publication bureau of “ Mother ” Eddy in New York until Mrs. Stetson ousted him, Is a member of the Authors’ Club, has written several historical works, and was well known in literary circles before he became so prominent in Christian Science, The Authors’ Club keeps up its interesting reunions each month. It has its rooms in the Carnegie Building. Its Secretary is Duf-field Osborne and its Treasurer Henry S. Brooks. To this club no one is eligible unless he is the author of a published book which may be classed as “ literature ” or of creditable work equivalent to such a book. The Year Book of this club is most interesting reading, as it contains biographies of all the members.
The Bachelors’ Cotillion, which has for many years met at a place called Lehmann’s Hall, in Baltimore, is about to change its place of meeting to a more modern building. Baltimore, like Philadelphia, believes in traditions, and there is some opposition to this new move of the Bachelors. So many Baltimore women have made their debut at the cotillion at Lahmann’s that a change of location "would seem as if the function itself —which is the principal one of the season in the Monumental City—had been abolished.
One of the most genial, courteous, and popular clubmen in the army is Col. Albert L. Mills, whose promotion to the rank of Brigadier General by President Roosevelt has excited much discussion. Col. Mills is the Superintendent at West Point. He is a tail, soldierly man with gray mustache. He can use but one eye, the other having been lost at Santiago, where he was frightfully wounded. At West Point he is so thoroughly in touch with officers and cadets that seldom has there been a man in his position who has commanded such universal esteem. Col. Mills is an excellent raconteur, and has a polished, easy manner, making every one who meets him at the Point thoroughly at home. He was one of the promoters of the Officers’ Club there, and has taken the greatest interest in it. When he visits in town he is put up at nearly all of the fashionable clubs, as he is a general favorite.
It was, according to the telegraphic reports, Edward Graham Taylor of the Union Club who had such a narrow escape from death while skating at Con-wago Falls on the Susquehanna. Mr. "Taylor is a bachelor. He belongs also
Tobogganing has been one of the sports of the week. It was the idea of Sydney Smith to build a toboggan slide at Hempstead, near the Meadow' Brook Club, and this amusement ha3 added much to the attractiveness of the Long Island village during the Winter. For years there was a toboggan slide near Eagle Rock, on the side of the Orange Mountains, but this has fallen into disuse. Skating on the little lake near Eagle Rock has, however, been one of the Winter sports much appreciated by many w'ho live in the vicinity of the Oranges. There is a small clubhouse at the lake, where there is a grill, and quite a number of supper parties have been given there. At Newfoundland, N.- J., where the country seat of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Cross is located, there have been parties of young people all Winter. There has also been excellent skating at Apa-w-amis and on a pond not far from Bal-tusrol. It is an excellent season for ice-boating, and the various clubs have had over a month of the sport.*.*
The Netherlands Club, w'hich had its dinner in honor of Baron Gevers last wreek, is a new but a much-needed organization, as there are many native Hollanders of position in this city. G. Louis Boissevain, who is one of the prominent members, belongs also to the Knickerbocker. He is a young banker and stock broker, and is in partnership with Robert Van Cortlandt. He married Miss Magee of Watkins Glen. He is one of the new members of the Coaching Club and has driven in several of the parades in Central Park. D. G. Boissevain is his cousin. He belongs to
the Union and married Miss Schiller. The Boissevains have been bankers in Holland for more than two centuries. The name is of French origin, and the family were originally from France and went to Holland during the persecution of the Huguenots.
Hie British Club at Biarritz is now one of the principal attractions of that watering place. Biarritz generally has a “ spell ” of bad weather in the month of January, when it becomes very cold and when drizzling, rainy days prevail, with not a little sleet and some chilling winds. The present British Club was founded in 1872 by Capt. Bellairs, the British Vice Consul, and perhaps a distant relative of the historical young lady who is the heroine of the eighteenth century play,
“ Sw'eet Kitty Bellairs,” now running so successfully in this city. The Duke of Coftnaught in 1882 laid the foundation stone of the Biarritz building. The membership is not altogether British, for among the members is Duncaiv Pringle, an American, and of that family mentioned in “ Society as I Have Found It,” by the late Ward McAllister. The Pringles have a large “ snipery ” in Louisiana, w'here for many years they entertained in the most hospitable manner, Mr. McAllister speaks of one of the Pringles as being the authority on matters epicurean in this country. This Winter club dinners have been among the attractions of the British Club. The chef is said to be excellent, and the menus delightful.
The wedding of Mr. Victor Bow'ring and Mrs. Hanbury, the widow of the British Minister of Agriculture, is one of the events of the near future. Mr. Bow-ring was in New York some years ago and was seen much at the clubs and in society. He has always cultivated Americans more or 'less, and his name frequently appears on the lists of entertaining “ Yanks ” in London. He is very artistic and accomplished, and is quite an adept with the needle, a fad which many Englishmen, especially army officers, are wont to cultivate. Mrs. Hanbury is very wealthy and is said to be somewhat older than her intended bridegroom.
Among the fewr Ambassadors who have otherwise than officially been prominent in the society of the Continental Courts to which they have been sent is Bellamy Storer, who is now at Vienna. Mr. and Mrs. Bellamy Storer go out a great deal in the exclusive Viennese society. Mr. and Mrs. Storer’s daughter married the Marquis de Chambrun, and she and her husband are passing some time with their parents just now in Vienna. The Ambassador gave a large reception, fol-owfed by a supper, in honor of his daughter and son-in-law, just after the new year. At their official reception, whieh was held on Jan. 4, Count and Countess Franziska Czernin were designated by the Lord High Steward to introduce the visitors. As is w'ell known, Bellamy Storer is an Ohio man and was very near to the late President McKinley. The Second Secretary of the Embassy at Vienna is George Barclay Rives, the son of George L. Rives by his first wife, who was a Miss Kean. George Barclay Rives is a widower, having lost his wife, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Montgomery Hare, shortly after their wedding.
The Atlantic Club is one of the new London organizations with an American following. Among the members are Chauneey M. Depew, Joseph Leiter, and W. Carson Kaae. It has extremely comfortable cardrooms and a very good chef. On the committee are Lord Lurgan, J. Pierpont Morgan, Viscount Castlereagh; Arthur Brand, the Earl of Warwick, Sir Leslie Falkener, Capt. Cecil Lowther, Capt. Hugh Fraser, Major Greville, the Earl of Aylesford, Col. John Jacob Astor, and Capt. G. Bagot Chester.
Peter Cooper Hewitt has entered a car designed in this country for the-famous James Gordon Bennett race which is to be held on Friday, June 17, over the Taunus course. Two other motors from this country entered in the race are one designed by the Peerless Company and. one by Mr. Alden Sampson. .
Charles Livingston Hyde, the banker, who is a member of the Metropolitan, University, Racquet, and other clubs, was/ graduated from Yale in 1886. He married Miss Edith Godfrey, the daughter of Charles Godfrey, who at one time was connected with the Drexel banking house in Philadelphia. Mrs. Hyde was and still is one of the handsomest young women in New York society, being tall and a brunette. Mr. Hyde inherited a large fortune from his father.