January of the present year of grace will probably be a red letter month in the annals of New York society for some years to come from the gayeties it has already brought, and those which it promises to bring,. The dullness, so far as society entertaining and entertainment were concerned, of the Christmastide holidays, has been followed by a somewhat unexpected and unusual amount of gayety. This has not been confined entirely to one comparatively small and exclusive set, but other elements and sets of the now large and rapidly growing New York society world have also enjoyed an unusual amount of entertainment, so that the season has become a gay one to every person who considers himself or herself entitled to any position, or to whom any position is conceded, in New York society.
Mrs. Astor's ball of Jan. 4 was the precursor of what promises to be a notable series of similar handsome balls in the finest residences of New York, some of which have only just been completed and others of which have been closed for some years. Mrs. Sloane's large dinner dance, which really deserved the title of a ball was as beautiful and well appointed an entertainment in every way as was Mrs. Astor's, and this was followed by another ball given by Mrs. John Jacob Astor, by a dance at Mr. Perry Belmont's, by a ball at Commodore Elbridge T. Gerry's and by a dance to be given by Mrs. Frederic Bronson, while the series of dances and balls of the near future will have their climax in the fancy-dress ball which it is reported that Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Martin will give at the Waldorf on Feb. 10.