The large ball-room at Delmonico's presented a
most brilliant appearance a little before 12 0'clock
last night. Ladies in elaborate costumes of richest
fabric were gliding over the highly polished floor,
accompanied by gentlemen in conventional evening
dress, which served to set off the warm colors worn
by their companions. It was the first of the
Patriarchs' balls, which are always successes, and
for which invitations are always coveted. The ball
last night was in no wise behind those of last year
in point of elegance and as regards the people
present. The decorations consisted of plaques and
panels of roses and delicate flowers. The new
balcony was filled with palms and exotic plants.
Drapings of smilax surrounded the mirrors. The
yellow shades that covered the gas-jets gave a
subdued light to the room, in which the
bright-colored dresses of the dancers appeared to
the best advantage. The number of debutantes present
in white dresses also added to the brightness of the
scene. Light dance music from the popular operas of
the day was furnished by Lander's orchestra, and the
floral decorations were by Klunder.
The ball began at 11 o'clock, and supper was served
down stairs at 12:30. An hour later the cotillion
was begun, Mr. J. Ridgeway Moore leading off with
Mrs. J. Coleman Drayton. It lasted until 3 this
morning. The new Patriarchs of the year were Mr.
Bayard Cutting. Mr. George S. Bowdoin, Mr. J.
Coleman Drayton, Mr. James R. Duer, and Mr. J.P.
Geraud Foster, There were many distinguished foreign
guests present. Among them were Viscount Dunga Van,
of Vienna; Lord Vernon, the Earl of Cork and Orrery,
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Arnold, Miss Arnold, the Hon.
Arthur Cadogan, Baron and Baroness Fava, of Italy;
Edward Joseph, of England; Count Horlencour, of
Vienna; Mr. and Mrs. Monroe, Paris, and Capt. Cecil
V. Holmes, of England. Among the others present were
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shaw Oliver, of Boston; Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Sargent, of Boston; Prof. Marsh, of
New-Haven; William B. Greene, of Boston; ex-Lieut.
Commander Henry H. Gorringe; of Delaware; Mrs.
William Astor, Gen. and Mrs. G.B. McClellan, Miss
McClellan, Miss Astor, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Iselin,
Lispenard Stewart, Gen. and Mrs. Webb, Mr. and Mrs.
Pierre Lorrillard, Jr., Frank Foster, Miss B.
Leavitt, L.E. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. B. Winthrop,
Samuel Parish, Miss Jennie Bigelow, John A. Hadden,
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, C.C. Baldwin,
Peter Marie, Edwin A. Post, Mr. and Mrs. C.A.
Robbins, H.L. Hoffman, W.T. Blodgett, Miss Jewett,
Mrs. R.G. Remsen, the Misses Remsen, Mr. and Mrs.
August Belmont, Jr., Mr. and Mrs.S.S. Howland, Mr.
and Mrs. J.V. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Berryman,
Miss Beckwith, Mr. N. Beckwith, Mrs. Julian James,
Mrs. W.H. Vanderbilt.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bowdoin, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Lanier, Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mrs. Kate
Bulkley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stuyvesant, Mr. and
Mrs. Livingston, Edwards Pierrepont, Mrs. Bronson
Murray, Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt, G. H. Warren,
Miss Warren, Mrs. Wilkes, Miss C. Wilkes, Mr. and
Mrs. S.F. Schenck, Richard Williams, W. B. Wetmore,
Mr. and Mrs. Dickey, Miss Julia Lynch, Mr. and Mrs.
Alexander Van Rensselaer, Mrs. J.P. Kingsbury, Miss
J. Louise Van Rensselaer, Mr. and Mrs. G.K. Duer,
Frank Pendleton, Mr. Henry Cram, Mr. George Allien,
Edward King, Edgar Dunn Elliot, Miss Alice King,
James Otis, Miss Otis, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Merritt,
Miss Fannie Swanh, Isaac Lawrence, C.F. Winthrop,
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clews, Mr. and Mrs. Luther
Kountze, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Mott, Mr. and Mrs. Ogden
Mills, Mrs. Baylies, Miss Baylies, Creighton Webb,
Phillip Schuyler, Miss Langdon, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. de
Peyster, Mrs. Speyers, G.S. Barnwell, Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Stewart, Miss
Lansing, Carroll Bryce, Miss B. Cutting, Mr. and
Mrs. David Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Iselin, Jr.,
Mr. and Mrs. C.O.D. Iselin, Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Emmet, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Johnson, Miss Johnson, Miss
Alice Johnson, Mrs. M. Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. H.P.
Belmont, Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Yznaga, Mr. and Mrs.
Oothout, C. Wyllys Betts, George Bird, Miss Sands,
Dr. Charles Carroll, Royal Phelps, Lawrence Turnure,
Jr., Willard Van Nest, F.H. Baldwin, George
Chisholm, W.R. Frances, Jr., Mrs. Marshall O.
Roberts, and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Roosevelt.