The Family Circle Dancing Club took entire
possession of the upper portion of Delmonico's last
night, and seldom has that famous establishment been
the scene of a so grand gathering of the
representatives of the first society of New York.
Since eight years ago, when the club was organized,
its parties have been among the most quietly elegant
affairs of the season, and that of last evening the
first in a public place was no exception to the
others. Formerly the club had met at the residences
of each of the following people: Mr. William Astor,
Col. Delancey Kane, Mr. Butler Duncan, Mr. Ward
McAllister, Mr. George Henry Warren and Mr. Louis C.
Jones. These parties were always exceedingly select,
but of late years the attendance has been too large
for any private residence, and this year it was
decided to give a series of parties at Delmonico's.
Those to follow will occur on Jan. 31, Feb. 28, and
April 19. The last will be a fancy or "powdered"
ball. The cards for that of last evening were
limited to 225, and the efforts to secure admission
beyond that number met with unqualified failure. The
decorations, though not extensive, were in rare good
taste. The profusion of hand bouquets was only
equaled by the choice varieties of flowers used in
their construction. The reception-rooms and the
supper-room on the second floor were set about with
handsome ferns and fine tropical plants and no
attempt at elaborate decoration was made even in the
ball-room. The chandeliers were gracefully draped
with smilax and bunches of roses. The balcony was
hung with garlands of green, while opposite, in an
advantageous position, appeared the letters
"F.C.D.C." in artificial flowers.
The dancing began before 11 o'clock, the
collation was worthily enjoyed in due course, and
the scene had lost none of its brilliancy at an
early hour in the morning. There were present a few
over a hundred ladies. Several Parisian dresses were
greatly admired during the evening. The elegance of
the diamonds was another remarkable feature of the
occasion. Among those whose costumes aroused
particular interest were Mrs. Astor, Mrs. Wetmore,
Mrs. D'Hautville, Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mrs. Howland,
Miss Livingstone, Miss De Ruyter, Mrs. Bird ,Miss
Lanier, Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Neilson, Miss Vanderbilt,
and Miss Rutherford. Artificial floral trimming was
a feature of the costumes, as well as the absence of
anything in the way of ornamentation, except
diamonds, even on the part of those who wore few of
those gems. A list of those present includes the
following: Mrs. William Astor and Miss Astor, Mr.
and Mrs. W.W. Astor, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goelet, Mr.
and Mrs. Ogden Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. George Peabody
Wetmore, Mr. and Mrs. Ward McAllister.
Mr. and Mrs. F.S.G.D'Hautville, Mr. and Mrs.
Pierre Lorillard, Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mr. and Mrs.
Cavendish Bentick, Mrs. Pierpont Morgan, Mrs. Byam
K. STevens, Mr. and Mrs. William Rhinelander
Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. George Henry Warren, Mr. and
Mrs. S. W. Bridgham, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Howland, Mr.
and Mrs. John Steward, Jr., Gen. and Mrs. McClellan
and Miss McClellan, Mr. and Mrs. F.Sheldon, Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin A. Post and Miss Post, Mr. Johnston
Livingstone and Miss Livingstone, Mr. and Mrs. M.
Morgan and Miss Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. E. Morgan and
Miss Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Lee, Mr. and Mrs.
John J. Kane, Mrs. and Miss Marie, Mr. Peter Marie
and Miss S. Marie, Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Cutting, Mr.
and Mrs. Delancey Kane, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Morgan,
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Potter, Viscount Lymington,
Mr. Herman R. Leroy, Baron Blanc.
Marquis del San Marzano, Mr. E.N. Taylor and Miss
Taylor, Mrs. G.L. Hoyt and Miss Gertrude Hoyt, Mr.
and Mrs. J.F. Stone, Mr. A.R. Harter, Mr. and Mrs.
Roland Redmond, Miss Vanderbilt, Mr. and Mrs. T. B.
Baldwin, Mr. Rutherford and Miss Rutherford, Mr. H.
Pell and Miss E. Pell, Mrs. F.R. Reeves and the
Misses Reeves, Mr. and Mrs.. R.G. Remson and the
Misses Remson, Mrs. C.G. Peters, Mrs. Oothout and
Miss Oothout, Mrs. Travis Van Buren, Mrs. Martin Van
Buren, Mrs. Lloyd S. Bryce, Mr. C.N. Harris, Mr.
B.S. Wells and Miss Wells, Mr. B. Wells, Jr., Mrs.
Philip Allen, Mrs. G.C. Allen, Mr. F.T. Iselin, Miss
Appleton, Mr. G.G. Howland, Mr. Lloyd
Aspinwall, Mr. Frank Griswold, Dr. Dawson, Mrs. and
Miss Murray, Miss Isellin, Mr. and Mrs. Cobert
Iselin, Mr. Morgan Post, Mrs. De Ruyter and Miss De
Ruyter, Mr. Walter Kingsland, the Misses Emmett, Mr.
F.H. Baldwin, Mr. R.A. Gamble, Mr. H.R. Pratt, Mr.
T. Maitland, Mr. J.L. Harriman, Mr. J.F. Tams, Mr.
F. Gebhard, Mrs. Bird and Miss Bird, Mr. and Mrs.
George H. Bend, Mr. H.M. Sands, Mrs. Robbins and
Miss May Robbins, Miss Kate Bulkley, Mr. M.S. Kane,
Mr. Nicholson Kane, Mr. F.T. Martin, Mr. Oakley
Rhinelander, Mr. Le Grand Cannon ,Mr. Harry Stevens,
Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Dayton, Mr. John G. Hecksher.
Mr. Center Hitchcock, Mr. C.F. Winthroop, Mr. and
Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. W.B. Cooper, Mr. and
Mrs. C.R. Hone, Mr. J.C. Cram, Mr.R. Mortimer, Jr.,
Mr. Levi D'Oremleux, Mr. J.H. Hammersley, Mr. C.L.
Wilks, Mr. E.S. Wilks, Mr. George M. Miller and Miss
Miller, Mr. F.K. Pendleton, Mr. John L. Cadwalader,
Mr. and Mrs. Maturin Livingston and Miss Livingston,
Mrs. Torrance and Miss Torrance, the Misses Carroll,
of Baltimore; Mr. Lispenard Stewart and Miss Minnie
Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Hammersley, Mr. Augustus
Belmont, Jr., Mr. Alexander Duncan and Miss May
Duncan, Mr. Charles Lanier and Miss Lanier, Mr.
William Cutting, and Mr. O.K. King.