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Philadelphia Inquirer (Newspaper) - January 30, 1898, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
N1 1 of i latest in news and literature Quarter of a million spent on this season s debutantes Debutante Wise the present social season has been for Philadelphia one of the most Brilliant in Many years. Twenty four buds in All have made their debut in society and As the Croven ing Effort of the season the Ball recently Given by or. And mrs. A Fred Craven Harrison in Honor of their daughter miss Kate Sheldon Harrison has been acknowledged by the press of this City an new York to be the most magnificent Debutante cotillion Given either in the Quaker City or old Gotham for seasons out of memory. The Only other affair that crowds the Harrison Cotillon for first honors is the Anthony j. Drexel dinner dance in horticultural Hall on last tuesday night. It Vega a Farewell affair As or. And mrs. Drexel will sail for Europe Early in february to cruise in foreign Waters for several months. Dinner dance was Only for two Hundred guests while the Harrisons had nearer a thousand but Bhe average Cost per guest at the former Fuget on was considerably greater As the expense of the affair would not be uner $15,000, possibly More. Of spending fortunes rapidly there Are just three or four the immense sum paid for the coming out of a few More than a score of Quaker City girls who enter society expected to respond the a cotillion Ball to which a thousand guests Are items named below Are not excessive. Rent of Hall for dance. Decorations. Supper. Favors. Raft gowns for Mother and daughter. Invitations carriages and All other incidentals $600 2,500 5.000 1.000 500 ways but the total ,$10,100 it is Safe to say that the Money spent in Philadelphia for the purpose of bringing out society girls would annually rebuild a Hundred dilapidated Tene received on an Equality with the family and too aristocratic by birth to be discarded these family barnacles Are utilized in a variety of ways by being assigned to the supervision of certain details of the approaching presentation reception. It is this poor relation who usually goes Over the family visiting list corrects it up to Date and attends to the engraving and distribution of the invitations. For a fashionable affair As Many As a thousand invitations Are frequently sent out the number who respond is regulated by the number of engagements and the condition of the weather but it Seldom exceeds three fourths of the whole list. Men Are not so numerous at Debutante receptions. The polite hours for a Tea or reception Are from o to 7 the masculine mind entertains a profound aversion to afternoon affairs and a Man will oftener than not for decorative purposes until the Debutante often stands literally surrounded by a Wall of Flowers during the presentation. The Flowers Given a fashionable Debutante at her first reception would fill a padded storage Van. American beauties and orchids Cost $1 apiece and $1000 is not infrequently spent on the single item of Flowers ments and incidentals will often equal this amount. Although not extraordinarily expensive Debutante teas still Cost pretty every Man even among the Rich set who can afford to go it Ond this stage in calling the attention of the fashionable world to his daughter. Those however who desire to offer a girl the advantages to be derived from a full season regard the first reception merely As the initiative to More elaborate affairs. To appropriate $3000 for the seasons theatre parties is one of the handsomest things a devoted Parent can do for his coming out Daug ter theatre party of twelve Means two parquet boxes for the Best show in town but twelve is a Small number and it More often happens that theatis party but others Cost something like fifty thousand that Cost thousands of dollars ten thousand for a coming out Ball l easiest method of unloading a few thousand dollars off hand is to a bring out Quot your daughter when she has reached the Debutante age and to do it in the fashion of the smart set of society. When you speak of society in Philadelphia you Are speaking Par excellence of the most exclusive and formal social coterie of any City in the broads United states. Paraphrasing the Mohammedan Dogma there is no society but Philadelphia society and this being the Case it is naturally expected that Philadelphia a debutantes As the representatives of the younger social generation should capture the honors for the dash splendor and costliness of their debuts. # a to Cieto is an organization governed by a tacitly understood code of by Laws to bring out a you Rig girl according to the letter and spirit of these in Laws costs a Small Fortune even granting that you limit her to the minimum showing recognized by society but if you Are anxious to bring her Forward prominently in aristocratic circles and show her up As one of the reign org Belles of the season you May spend As High As $., 1,000 on her during the three months in which she is making her debut. A Debutante is not created in a Dav after the first reception or Tea. As the Case May be where she is formally presented follows a season of luncheons theatre parties dances re Centi ens and germans. Five thousand dollars is accounted a to fling expend captions an a g. While 50,000 is an unusual but not an Ture for the season of a Debutante w nue impossible sum $10,000 is perhaps a fair average for the amount lavished on entertainments during the coming out season of a Young society girl. Just How this sum could be reached is demonstrated by the following figures a we first reception. Theatre parties and suppers. \ luncheons and dinners. 7 a a. T Usu dance. Gowns for Mother and daughter. Final cotillion a a a 1 a j $25,000 . T dances Are the most expensive entertainments that can be Given and a cotillion is looked upon As a a the thing. The favors alone at the Harrison cotillion Cost $2500 they consisted of a Large variety of parisian trinkets in Sterling Silver All mounted in Rich Floral designs. The Cost of the entire of for is not known but it is positively asserted that it could not have been less than $10,000, and the chances Are it came to a thousand or two Over. For ment houses the bouquets and Flowers used in the decoration of reception rooms would keep every cot in every City Hospital supplied with fresh Flowers daily the Price of the food thrown away or not consumed at luncheons and suppers would sustain the almshouse table and the value of the favors Given at the cotillion would be sufficient to buy a Christmas gift for every child in the slums. Debutantes Are presented during december and the fore part of january. Unti that time the fashionable have not As yet returned from their out of town places and the social reason is not in full swing. Months prior to the actual appearance of the Debutante Active preparations Are going Forward in anticipation of the coming event. Mother and daughter spend Days and weeks of anxious planning. The visiting list is revised the Modister clothe his sentiments proper in a bouquet rather than attend in a the. Greater the number of invitations sent out the More Active will be the sea son of the Debutante and As she is invariably accompanied Ever whereby her Mother both at the dances add she give and those attend the amount of costuming necessitated is considerable. In the score receptions that Mother and daughter must afterwards respond to it Neher w the same costume More than twice and it is looked upon As better form to have a new gown for every affair. The color for debutantes will probably always remain White the dress to be Cut slightly decollete. A wide margin is permissible for fabrics but silk taffeta or lace Are recognized As the proper thing. The most exquisite Ami costly gowns Are those of lace ranging from it to $-.0 a Yard or even More of the laces Valenciennes is the most Beautiful and by far the most exp a a �---1-o and Philadelphia leads the country when it comes to social events i and Mantua makers pay their respects the Floral decorator bows the caterer makes his Call and some morning when the paternal is sunk in Blissful reveries Over a Rise in stocks he is touched on the shoulder for Coin of a Bright yellow Shade and awakens with a Start to find that Gladys no longer cares whether All Gaul is divided into three parts or if the French primer ascribes the ownership of the table to the sister of the uncles Nephew. Gladys is no longer a child. The Debutante age is 18. If a girl graduates from her Seminary or private Academy before that time she usually employs the interim previous to the Date of coming out in perfecting herself in the graces of deportment. Her musical education if she possesses any Talent has naturally already been attended to if she has not been Able to outgrow entirely the awkwardness of the schoolgirl period she is Given a course of training in conjunction with her dancing lessons any impediment in her speech is corrected by a course in elocution and the instruction May go so far As to include the formal behaviour of the reception Hall. There Are women in this City who with Blue blood circulating through their veins but unfortunately classed among the reduced gentle folks manage to make a Good livelihood by teaching whist euchre polite Converse and the Allied arts to the. Scions of society. In this connection the a poor relative often figures conspicuously too poor to be \ v / a single costume of this fabric can Cost As High As a thousand Dol pensive Lars. W ova ecu ally Given at Home although permanent Debutante receptions Are us any a arrange with hotel managers for the use of their suburban residents generally arrange wit Tea and reception rooms. This season Large receiving parties have been to Tea an rect Puon i. H the Mother alone instead of being booed and the Debutante is presented by me Monaei helped to receive by a Host of friends. A the most conspicuous feature of a Debutante tear reception As distinguishing it from other similar functions is t e a unc beauties edition to the festoons of Smilax and the Bank o v of a m Debutante and orchids which the Floral decorator has arranged before receives dozens of exquisite bouquets. No Debutante could Possi the Flowers lavished upon her by admiring friends and the More popular girls receive As Many As seventy five different Floral offerings. The average number of bouquets received by debutantes is not far. T. A bouquets nowadays Are not As elaborate As those of e Sunset to Day a $100 bouquet ten years ago was quite As frequent As a. $ a Many of the Bunches of Flowers sent Are As Large in cd Curp d Bead of a barrel and with the exception of a very few Bunches Allar be enough Are invited to fill four boxes. Of course the entire party is afterwards taken in carriages to a fashionable hotel where a sumptuous dinner is served. A very few theatre parties on this scale it is unnecessary to state will cause an appreciable diminution of the $5000. But this is not All for it is a matter of obligation with the Mother of the Debutante to give one or two luncheons in the course of the season and if the father can afford it he give s the Debutante a dance in january or february to compete with this round of pleasuring the Supply of costumes has been sorely taxed and Mother and daughter Are constantly get a a Ting their wardrobes replenished. A fair average outlay for gowns for Mother and daughter is $5000 during the Debutante season. V with careful management and Economy 10,000 can be made to go a Long Way in launching a Debutante into the social element and it can be done very respectably for this amount. That is she can be Given a presentation reception a theatre party a luncheon and a Small cotillion and have a variety of very pretty gowns thrown in. For $25,000 a More elaborate program can be carried out the decorations will to More profuse the suppers More pretentious and a greater number of entertainments offered. The entire amount said to have been spent on miss Kate Sheldon Harrison this season including the cotillion Ball and All other fun notions incident to a Debutante Wei fully amount to $50,000, if not More. 9 i 9999m99999999�999 Emma the a cigarette a Birmingham scientist has studied and Analysed the faces of smokers. He divides them into three principal classes 1 the pipe face 2 the Cigar face 3 the cigarette face. The most common form is the pipe face. The constant use of the pipe As most smokers use that article has its effect upon the face because it is habitually carried in the same position every Lover of the pipe although he May not be aware of the fact has a favorite Way of holding his pipe Between his Teeth and lips. After Long continuation of the habit Small circular wrinkles form parallel to the curvature of the lips around the Stem. These Are crossed by finer lines caused by the pressure of the lips to retain the Stem in position. You May see these lines in the face of Frince Bismarck who is rarely without his pipe. While the Cigar is of softer material it is larger und thicker and As it is usually held in the same position in the Mouth the same unnatural curvature of the lips and the accompanying Fine lines and wrinkles Are the result. Or. Rockefeller the american millionaire is a great Cigar smoker the cigarette face is very common and is famil fkr to most people. There is always a nervous expression hovering on it and the nostrils Are generally expanded
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