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THE BUFFALO COURIER. MONDAY. MARCH .21. 1904 SHOULD THE LEAP YEAR PARTY BE AVOIDED BY MODEST GIRLS? SOCIAL HAPPENINGS FOR THIS WEEK Informal Affairs Will Occupy the Time and Attention of Society Folk. Its Some Hold Opinion That Taking 'Advantagtj of Privileges Tends to Make a Girl Bolder I Than Is Becoming.

I 1 -v v- 'if rr K'rv- i 1 fr 'A A I i PS "''Mr1" 'it WHA SOME PROMINENT WOMEN OF THE CITY SAY ON THE SUBJECT OVER'ELABORATION SEASON'S TENDENCY Artistic Effect To Often Spoiled by Useless Work on Already Handsome Trimming. "We are seeing many mw gowns here In Gotham this month land are being treated to "views" galore. In antlcipa-' tion-of the Easter season that so soon will be here. We are hearing much discussion of thlsi period abd of that, of historic portraits and cf what-not, but through all one fact itself surely felt. The season is to be one of reproductions, of almost slavish copies pf faults as well as of the good things aid of far closer replicas of old-time designs than heretofore I have felt could come about.

Verily and indeed are we looking backward and, apparently, the view Is a fascinating onej for 1830 Influences take a firmer anjd firmer hold each week and any study of the latest designs must bring about the conviction that we are reproducing what is bad as well as what is good, not the charms alone, but also the folly of that time of many frills, much shirring and combinations of little things, and have quite forgotten all those lessons as to the value of line and fold that only a short time ago seemed! fixed tn.our minds and to have become part of our very being. Art seems forgotten. "We are doing all the things I which detract from height, which tend to destroy the dignity of the figure. We are expending untold energy to bring about results of doubtful worth, i We are exhausting our eyesight, destroying our nerves, all in the making of trimmings that -do not add to the gown, in the utterly undesirable occupation of sewing bits or silk on lace or otherwise striv MRS. AUGUST BECK.

Treasurer of the Ladies' Section of the Buffalo. Saengerbund. TVith the arrival of leap-year the funny men all over the country turn their talents toward filling the comic supplements and magazines with pictures of the forlorn spinster who has only been waiting for leap-year to make a final, desperate dash for a husband, or' with other pictures suggesting that women are very much alive to the opportunities by the one year in four. Undoubtedly, the Jokemaker bows the seed that results in the leap-year party, a species of entertainment in which many young people and some older ones see greut possibilities for fun. All sorts of ludicrous situations suggest themselves to the promoters of the parties, the novelty offered by the young women taking the initiative in ali details of the entertainment being, of course, the feature.

Kor a genuine leap-year party the young women are supposed to invite the young men whom they prefer, call for tbem with a carriage, if the party is a pretentious one, ask the men to dance, see that they have supper, and are escorted home and finally foot all the bills. Sometimes the innovations are not quite so radical, the women merely inviting the men to the entertainment, and inviting them to dance. A-s may be imagined there is apt to be an air of embarrassment pervading such a party. If a young woman has never before attended a leap-year party, it is probably with some trepidation that she rings the doorbell at a young man's house and asks his mother if he is at home. It is only natural that when she reaches, the party and must walk over to a man seated among the wallflowers and ask him for the pleasure of the next dance sh-j is somewhat embarrassed, and The Young Man and the other young men also feel out of their element in being compelled to simply sit and wait until they are taken out upon the floor.

As for kissing games and others of that ilk. it is undoubtedly true that when a modest young woman makes the advances she does so with a forced spirit of bravado. Joking proposals sometimes creep into the leap-year party sport, the leap-year privileges being used as a screen t. defend any boldness. Whether the leap-year party is a variety of harmless fun.

or whether underneath all the levity, the participators really enjoy the innovation which allows women to step from the sphere which men like to believe they occupy, is a mooted question. Can the young woman who takes part in such an entertainment keep her dignity and hold the respect of the men who axe participators, or she apt to, in the excitement of the occasion. beyond bounds and do thines whi h. while not absolutely wrong, are unbecoming to the womanly woman" Is not the leap-year party, with the wails of convention in a measure thrown down, with the encouragement to freedom between young men and women, and with the spirit of fun and frolic rampant. an entertainment which might be disapproved of by parents who want their daughters to be womanly women, and their sons to be manly men with chivalrous attitude toward women? This was the question which wa.o put to a number of promi nent women of the city, and with one i the parents believe that if the young boys and girls want to have such parties, it is wise not to bring up the question of sex.

thinking that wien they grow a little oldej- and more thoughtful they will see the folly of the leap year party. Possibly: they believe is as well to let the boys and girls go along as jolly young friends without having any more serious question suggested to them. And I believe that a girl can have maijy good boy friends a. girl friends. However, I believe that, the giris who would, enjoy leap year parties are usually the bold ones and they would be bold under any circumnan-ces.

The bold pirl is the one who while she might not propose in so many words, would by hen actions sug THE WEATHER Fair, Monday except rala In west portion, rising tera-vAMturo Triv rain and variable winds becoming fresh to bris easterly. MONDAY. March 21. DEMONSTRATlOu Knit Specialties FOR Infants and- Children "Arnold's' 'Knit Gauze Fabric is unlike any other and must be seen to be desired; must be worn to be fully appreciated, 4 Arapld Knit Night Gown made of I softest fabric known; full size and length, with a shirring string at bottom by which it can be drawn together. 'A perfect infant's sleeping garment; three sizes plain finish, 60c to 75c; silk "Arnold" Knit Undervcsts are soft and elastic, easily washed, will not shrink 359 up to silk at $1.40 up.

i 1 "Arnold" Knit Night Drawers are made with feet with double soles and buttoned opening at ankle; without feet. The price, 60c to $1.80 each. Arnold list of specialties for infants: Abdominal Bibs, Bath Aprons, I Diapers, "Gertrude' Suits, Leg lets, Night Gowns, I Outfits Complete. Underskirts, Waists, Wrappers. FOR CHILDREN.

Knickerbocker Drawers, Night Drawers, turn are cut in tiny scallops that are closely buttonholed with silk. Above this headmg are two others, cut and finished in exactly the same manner, both they and the flounce bLng gathered, and the three togelt ier a dainty effect not unlike Oiat of roee petals. The waist include, big sleeves and is much shirred and i is combined with the most charming chemisette cf fine white embroidery and finished with tapering revers. to match, that terminate at the wide d-rn-rux Hrrfi The shirrings on both waist and aferrt ar arranged In groups -with plain spaces between and mean infinite care and labor, but they are effective when complete and there is a. general air of dainty elegance about the gown that has a subtle charm Impossible -to resist A As I besan by saying the season is one of extremes and foolisn extremes, but.

in spite of the. fact rood things exist and are to 'be found If only on be not led astray. Beauty of line and fold Is beauty for all time. Mere fussl-ness Is never deslrntole and, even when, tolerated, will full surely have but a brief, uncertain life. Grace and charm to every woman by right.

Let h-r look, to it that she An nn rice them to what can be only a. passing whim, which has no genuine hoid on the better fashions, even of th IFSiug hour. MAT ANTON fenoto COMPANY OF HOLD'S Dog Show Will Be an Interesting Feature of the Week's Entertainment. Real social entertainments are few this week, but there are many affairs which will engage the attention of society during the coming week. First and most important is the dog show, which opens on Tuesday, and as many of society's devotees have dogs in the show those who have none will have to go and see them, for be it known that there are many dog fanciers among Buffalo's society women.

Automobiles may have their charms, but after all they are machines axid there is nothing half as interesting as a real live dog which has cost a goodly sum of money, and has the distinction of being a descendant of the nobility of the canine race. Society worships distinguished ancestry even in dogs. Mrs. Charles W. Goodyear and Miss Goodyear will be at home this afternoon end evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Langdon will b-; at home informally on Wednesday afternoon from 3 to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kendall of South Division Street will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner party on Wednesday evening.

The Magazine Club will give Its annual luncheon at the home of its president, Mrs. William F. Strasmer of Lafayette Avenue, on Tuesday afternoon Mrs. Edward C. Randall of West Ferry Street will give a luncheon for out of town guests on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Spencer of Auburn Avenue will entertain friends on Wednesday evening in honor of their golden wedding.

They will be assisted in receiving by Mr. Elihu R. Spencer and Mr. and Mrs. Charles E.

Austin. The members of the Twentieth Century Club will enjoy a view of the paintings of Miss Eleanor Douglass at the Wednesday morning meeting. Mrs. Henry Altman of Bryant Street invited a few friends to hear Mr. Elihu A.

Spencer read his new play at her home on Wednesday evening. Rev. Henri M. d'Aubigne will be the guest of the clergy of Buffalo at their dinner this evening. Mrs.

Albert Tilley of Wet Ferry Street will entertain guests on Wednesday afternoon. The members of the Buffalo Society of Mineral Painters have iss-ued invitations for a private view of decorated porcelaine at the Iroquois Hotel tomorrow evening. The Buffalo Women's Whist Club vill be entertained by Mrs. D. A.

Almas of Whitney Place this afternoon. Miss Helena Murray will give a luncheon at the Anderson tea. rooms to-. day for the executive committee of the 1 Jubilee entertainment at the Holy Angels Academy. The exhibit of pictures of Mr.

Four-nier. now at the gallery of the T. E. Morgan Son Allen, is well worth visiting. Mr.

Fournier has some beautiful canvases. The Women's Investigating Club will give a banquet at the Iroquois on Friday of this week. An enjoyable muieale will be given by Mi.s Ada M. Gates and Mrs. George R.

Haines in Hodge Avenue on Tuesday evening. Mrs Levi M. Powers of Lancaster will entertain friends at dinner on Tuesday evening. PROGRAMME FOR OAKDALE ASSEMBLY The Oakdale Assembly has arranged a literary and musical programme Tor its closing-. Lenten entertainment this evening.

Dr. Ida C. Bender will speak on "A Literary Pilgrimage to the English Lake District." The lecture will be preceded by the following numbers: Vocol solo, selected. Miss Holloran: recitation. selected.

Miss O'Connor; soprano olo. selected. Miss Frances Cooley. The To guest of ing to pile garniture on garniture until little that is really beautiful re mains. Luckily the girls and women are tall.

(Can quite young Nature have foreseen and prepared In advance for what has become upon us?) Were they not the effect -would be still more dire, but even their slender proportions are sorely tried- Horizontal lines on horizontal lines that destroy all dignity and sweep meet one at every turn. Bodices and sleeves cut to give a wholly unnatural breadth must be, according to la mode. Withal materials are cut into the merest scraps and are made Into such wee ruffles, such tiny puffs as sorely try the eyesight of the maker yet give little real effect. The dear old lady who demanded of her granddaughter how she could answer for time expended is cutting fabrics up only to be sewed together again Into frills, in place of realizing the beauty and using folds a la Grec would indeed haye cause to be scandalized today. Fuss seems to be the watchward.

elaboration the one result sought. Let us hop the folk who do the sewing will profit, for verily is it difficult to find gain of any other sort. As a matter of course there are some good things. All womankind has not bowed down and meekly accepted the dictum. But the gowns held the smartest are often open to Everest criticisms and the big names of Paris are attached to many things to make any real artist in dress weep bitter tears.

Oh. the fine shirringsl I have seen waists that were a mass thereof and ekirts with frills and flounces drawn up by means of the tiniest cords. Hidden away among the treasurer of almost every household is at least one gown made elaborate writh Just such work and how- many times- have we bregged of our broader sense of beauty, of our improed taste' Not that I dD not admire fine work. Nothing else is no truly elegant. But much that one sees today is literally labor lost, inasmuch as it produces no effect but one of fuss.

I am not a croaker. As a rule prevailing fashions have some Inherent good as a foundation. Even now I do not believe that these styles will take any permanent hold, but they are here and are conspicuous. I cannot write of fashions and Ignore them, and surely no one really thinks them good or desirable. In my own judgment they are due to the craze for novelty that must be appeased at any cost; to the sort of feeling that prompted a wealthy woman to sigh with weariness ovhr an exquisite tea-gown! of chiffon, because, forsooth.

chiffon had been worn for two seasons already. But whatever their cause they are not inherently good and I do not think can take any permanent hold. Happily even now street gowns are not open to criticism and are modelled on simple lines that are elegant and becoming in one and there are many carriage, reception, dinner and evening costumes that are beautiful in spite of (hese vagaries of la mode. A most dainty gown of delicately shaded rose silk makes an excellent example and shows some of the tendencies of the hour at their best, producing good results even if we do sigh a bit over the excessive labor involved. The skirt is one of the old ones revived and modi-fled and is shirred at the belt, but fotms a plain front panel with flounced sides and back.

The flounce is a deep one and is gathered to form a heading, its uppr edge being cut in deep, somewhat pointed, scallops thai in accord their opinions wer4 along the line that the leau-year arty is a dangerous form of entertainment, which might better be handleid with care. "For my own part." isaid 'Mrs. Henry Wertimer. president of the Monday Class, one of the prominent women's literary clubs, "I should decidedly discountenance the lead-year i party. Of course, I take it that such? parties are always given in a spirit of fun, tor.

no self-respecting girl would think of making capital out of leap-year privileges. But. even there are many other ways of having fun. While 1 will not say that participating in a leap-year party makes a girl unmaidenly, still it has a tendency to make her It may be given with the full knowledge of her and there may be no harm at all in it. But I should discourage the idea in my own sous' and daughters.

Modesty is the greatest charm of a dri and a certain bashful-ness in regard to the other jsex is more to be admired than too much freedom." Dr. Mary I. Denton, president of the Women's Investigating Club, one of the largest and finest women's clubs, said that all she knew of 'leap-year parties was from heresay. She thought much depended on the way; the patties were managed, but while there might be no -harm to them, still tjhere was a possibility, though perhaps a remote one, of their taking from a young woman the modest and retiring ways, which people look for In a womanly woman. i Mrs.

James B. Parke, who is president of the Scribblers, and: one of the thinking women of the city, does not look with favor upon the leap-year party. 'Possibly," said she. given in a private house where everybody knows everybody else; and there is proper chaperonage, they may be harmless, but given in a public hall, they are impossible.1 But there is no need of these parties, at any rate, for our gtrls nowadays are bold enough without being encouraged to go any farther. It all eoraes from the independence which girls are given and which in too many instances is not rightly guided.

I feel sorry for the girl who has few amusements, but I should not encourage her in the leap-year party idea. There are girls who start out early in life to earn their Own living, who grow independent and beyond the control of their parents, and who will not be guided in their amusements. On such girls the leap-year party is apt to have a wrong influence. The very men who would encourage a girl in making advances would be the first to reproach a girl." Miss Kate Putnam, who es president of the Women's Presbyteria! Society, said while she had not given particular thought to the subject, she believed that such a party might be-made very pleasant. or very disagreeable.

It would all depend on how it-was 'given and by whom It was given, and of course, it would have to be properly chaperoned. "However." said Miss Putnam. I believe that gtrls cannot be too careful and quiet In their conduct, and that as a general rule, it was best to let the men make all advances." GIRLS CASSOT AFFORD THEM. Mrs. S.

Garretson. whose fine old NUMBER IS any Butterick agent, or of the publisher, at PUBLISHING COMPANY. Unwed. Butterick home in Main Street. Is frequently the scene of the most delightful gatherings of young people, and who is most generous in hospitality, believes that the leap year parry is a thing that nviy well be left alone.

"While it may be given entirely in a spirit of fun," "said Mrs Garretson. "it is a variety of fun that might easily lead to results that might be; regretted. I am thoroughly in sympathy with young people, and do not 'believe in "drawing the lines too closely in resrard to their amusements. At some of the parties I believe the sport is carried to extremes w-hen proposal games are played. Even in a.

game a cannot afford to cheapen herself. Leap year games, too, I believe give enemies a chance to criticise. I do not believe it is wise for a girl any way to Lake advantage of leap year privileges, it Is always best to let the men do the inviting, for it cheapens girl to take the initiative and It also gives the man an opportunity to de- cWne, which of course, is apt to hurt the girl, good or bad. to say that he has I refused the advances of a Mrs. George A.

Ricker, a prominent member of the Buffalo Political Equality Club, when asked if she as a suf-freglst would take the stand that a woman ha just as much rig'ht to invite a man to a party or propose to him. as a man hns to take th- Initiative, said that as far as the right or w-rongness of the situation Went, that woman dies have an equal right with man. "But." said she, "in the majority of womn there Is an inherent d-elica-cy that maJies them shrink from making such advance. I believe It takes a way some of the bloom of a girl to feel that she is the aggressor. If had a daughter I should hesitate a long time before I should permit her to participate in a leap year party.

I believe that most of these parties are given bv the younger boys and girls. "Yes, I know. tha.t most of these parties are given by the oung people of very refined families. But. possibly JUST OUT! a copy; $1.00 a year.

Buildup. New York. i I For Fashion's Latest Word there is but one magazine that can be relied upon to cover every department of. Woman's Dress, authoritatively. And just so, Her Home is thoroughly treated of every room in it attractively, tastefully, by but one magazine! And Her Personal Beauty is adequately and scientifically taught in but one magazine! Her Children, Her Social Life, Her Reading, and Her Recreations all find fullest and most helpful expression in but one magazine! If you would appreciate all this.

gest it to the man. A man always has more respect for a iwoman who holds her own self-respect. I cannot imagine a woman wishing to propose to a man. When true love comes to a man and woman I believe they both recognize it. and th" situation adjusts itself naturally.

But if ianv- woman feels that she wants to propose to a man, of course, she has a i right to." SOME ARE COMING, SOME ARE GOING Mr. James F. Chard is in New Tork. -Miss Ada has returned from St. Louis.

Mr. Herbert Lee has returned from California. Mr. George C. Green of North Street Is in New York.

Mrs. A. P. Wright is in New Tork en route home from Atlantic Miss Nathalie Newhali; Is visiting friends at Rogers Hall, Lowell, Mass. Mr.

Frederick Pratt ahd Mr. Livingston Fryer return from New York today. The Hon. and Mrs. John Laughlln win remove to the Lenox i the first of April.

The Misses Maude and Katherine Tenbrooke of Oicott sper.t Sunday Buffalo. Mrs. Harry Ramsdell and Miss Mary Louise Ramsdell of Summer Street ar in New York. Mrs. Edward A.

Hall sjjent Sunday wUh Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel P. Hall of Highland Avenue. Miss Nathalie Clinton will go to New Britain.

Cor.n.. before Easter to spend a fortnight with friends. Miss Lewis of Brookline who has been the guest of Miss Hotchkiss of Summer Street, has returned home. J. M.

Evans of Buffalo has booked passage on the American Line steam-j ship St. Paul, which leaves for South- ampton today. The Rev. Mother Kirby, with the Sisters who accompanied her from Ot- tawa to be present at the jubilee cele bration at the Holy Angels" Academy on Saturday, leave today for Ottawa. WILL SPEAK AT i NORTH CHURCH The subject of the address to be (riven by the Rev.

Henri Merie d'Aubigne at North Presbyterian Church this jeven-inp: is "The Relierious Crisis in Fraiiice." All who are interested are invited. The Courier Pattern ServiCB. OIXTS BY MAY MA5T05. 4877 Mtases' Waiklnr Skirt, 12 to 16 MISSES' WALKING SKIRT 4677. The rule of generous flare about the feet with snug fit around the hips for the fashionable walking skirt is as tenaciously held to by young' girls as by their eiders.

This very stylish model is adapted to all the range of seasonable materials, but in the case ofthe original Is made of blue flecked etarnine stitched ith corticelli silk und is exceedingly attractive and pretty. The full length gore at the back gives a long line which is always admirable in addition to allowing for greater freedom of movement. The skirt consists of the circular portion, which is tucked across the hips to give the effect of a yOke, the flounce, and the back goresi, which are kilt plaited. The lower edge of the circular portion has a deep hem tinder which the plaited flounce is attached and stitched to position, the effect being a deep tuck over-lapping the plaits. The quantity of material irequired for the medium size is 5 8-4 yards 27 inches wide, 3 3-4 yards 44 Inches wide, or 3 1-4 yards 52 Inches wide, i The pattern 4677 i cut sizes for gtrls of 12, 14, and IS years iof age-In ordering, cut out tt above Illustration, stating size and number of pattern, and Inclose with 10 cents for pattern to The Courier Pattern Department.

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