The younger set will soon be in its element.
There are probably no social incidents that serve to
bring so large a number of young society people
together as "coming-out" receptions. These social
functions will probably be more numerous this Winter
than in many previous seasons. They are looked upon
by young society girls as being among the most
important events in their lives. Even elderly women,
who have introduced daughters of their own to the
fashionable world, remember with pleasure their own
introduction. But the debut of today differs widely
from that of several years ago.
Now it is little more than a tea given by some
society woman in honor of her daughter. It does not
mark as distinctly as formerly the day after which a
young woman may attend the balls and dinners of
Five or ten years ago a girl rarely went to an
opera party, dinner, dance, or any other
entertainment before she had formally made her bow
to the social world at a "coming-out" reception. In
those days she was treated much as the English girls
are now-like a schoolgirl, who
is ineligible to anything more than a children's
But what a change there has been! Nowadays one sees
young girls who have not yet escaped from the
supervision of governesses at all kinds of
entertainments, even the opera. Society women
acknowledge that they are "pushing their daughters
forward" at earlier ages than formerly. They argue
that nowadays the young woman eighteen years old is
the equal in wit, knowledge of the world, good
sense, and in many other respects of the young woman
of twenty-one or twenty-two ten years ago.
The coming December may well be called a "month of
debuts." Most of the fashionable young women who are
to "come out" next month are already in town
spending much of their time at the dressmakers".
Florists have begun to receive orders for
decorations, and orchestras are being engaged, for
there will be dancing at some of the teas.
Among the most interesting debutantes will be
Miss Julia and Cornel Delafield, who will be
introduced to society on November 30 at the home of
their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Francis Delafield of 12
West Thirty-second street. The Misses Delafield are
already well known in New York society, their mother
having done a great deal of informal entertaining
for them, and having patronized one of the leading
dancing classes at Sherry's during the past two or
three seasons. They are excellent horse-women,
having ridden untiringly at the Riding Club, of
which Dr. Delafield is a member. They are both
brunettes, talented, and attractive in manner.
One of the earliest "coming-out" teas will be that
of Miss Jay, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John
Clarkson Jay, who will be introduced on Nov. 28.
Miss Jay will be assisted in receiving by fifteen
young women, and there will be music by Lander's
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Peabody will introduce their
daughter, Miss Anna Rutherford Peabody at a large
reception at their home on December 3.
A tea will be given on Dec. 4 by Mrs. Philip Sands
of 15 East Thirty-third street to introduce her
daughter. Miss Edith Sands. Miss Sands will be one
of this year's most charming debutantes. She is a
blonde with high color and unusually attractive
personality, and is well known at all
the most fashionable dancing classes and other
social entertainments in younger circles.
Among others who will be introduced in the near
future are Miss Gertrude Vanderbilt, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt: Miss Ethel Stokes,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anson Phelps Stokes: Miss
Lulu Robb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hampden Robb
of 23 Park Avenue; Miss Juliette de Neufville,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jules de Neufville: Miss
Nellie Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L.
Edwards; Miss Anita De Garmendia, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Carlos G. De Garmendia, Miss Caroline Lee,
daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Lee of 3
Gramercy Park; Miss Julia Bradley, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Edson Bradley: Miss Ethel Davies, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Julien T.Davies; Miss Marian
McKeever, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McKeever;
Miss Katherine Garrison, daughter of Mrs. William R.
Garrison of 618 Fifth Avenue and Miss Katherine B.
Van Rensselaer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kiliaen Van