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Soon To Enter Society 1894
Young women Make Their Bows to Society Now At An Earlier Age Than Formerly.
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.
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 party.
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.
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