At the handsome residence of Mrs. Mason-Jones,
No. 1 East Fifty-seventh-street, last evening, there
was a small dance for young people, given by the
hostess in honor of Miss Lena De Trobriand Post, her
great-granddaughter. The gathering calls up pleasant
reminiscences in the social world. Mrs. Mason-Jones
has entertained almost continuously for years. It
was 63 years ago that she gave her first ball in her
home, then on Park-place. The family had occupied
the old house with lions in front on Bowling Green
that was tenanted until recently by the British
Then they moved up to Park-place, later to
Chambers-street, and gradually uptown. The marble
structure the family occupy at Fifth-avenue and
Fifty-seventh street is on the site of the old
country seat of Mrs. Jones's family, and but a few
steps from where the merry young people were dancing
last night the lady who gave the ball in her youth
plucked apple blossoms from the trees and flowers
from the garden. At her first ball all the prominent
residents of the city were present. Except during a
few years spent abroad Mrs. Jones has continued her
entertaining, and her home, wherever situated, has
been the scene of social gayety.
The halls of the large house last evening were
filled with palms and rare exotic plants. Broad
steps ascend from the square hallway as one enters,
and leading to the second floor terminate at the
entrance to a large ballroom. In this the dancing
took place. It is a large square room, with high
ceiling and furnished with brightly colored
upholstering. It was ornamented last evening simply
with holly and a few flowers. On one side is a
reception room , which was given up to the guests
last evening, and was prettily decorated with
flowers and greens. On the first floor is the suite
The ball last night was intended for the younger
acquaintances of the debutante, and only a few older
people were present. It was an early ball, as Mrs.
Jones, who is 83 years old, wished to be present and
witness the social triumph of her
great-granddaughter. She had brought into society
her sister, her daughter, and her grand-daughter and
last night her happiness was complete at witnessing
the first ball given in honor of a great-grandchild.
The lady, who had seen so many changes in New York
society, and most of whose companions at her first
ball down town had passed away, received last
evening dressed in a dark costume and seated in an
arm-chair, with the debutante on one side and
Mrs.Charles Post on the other side. Miss Post was
dressed in a costume of white tulle with lace and
white flowers. Mrs. Charles Post received in a rich
blue velvet, trimmed with lace.
Forty couples took part in the cotillion, which
began a little before 11. It was led by Mr. Arthur
Mason-Jones, who danced with Miss Post. The favors
were bunches of holly tied with ribbons. Among the
hundred guests that were present were Mr. and Mrs.
Arthur Mason-Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Cruger Hazel, Mrs.
William Iselin, Mrs. J. Coleman Drayton, Mr. and
Mrs. Douglas, Mr. Schuyler, Mrs. Alexander Van
Rensselaer, Mrs. Woodbury, Miss Woodbury, Mrs.
Langdon, Mrs. Boardman, Miss Boardman, Mr. Julian
White of Paris; Mr. Chase. of Boston: the Misses
Emmet, Mr. J. Frederick Tams, Miss Helen Jones, Miss
Van Rensselaer, Miss Baylies, Miss Minturn, Miss
Otis, Miss Iselin, Mr. Kingsland, Mr. Aspinwall, Mr.
Whitehouse, Mr. J.J. Astor, Jr., the Misses Post,
Mr. H. Le Grand Cannon, Mr. Wells, Mr. Baylies, Mr.
Schermerhorn, Mr. Hamilton Fish Webster, Mr. Isaac
Iselin, Mr. Ellis, Miss Duer, Miss Dickey, the
Misses Warren, and Mr. Warren.