Sport: Scavenging

Mrs. Marshall Field III held the first Scavenger Hunt in London. Songwriter Cole Porter organized several in Paris. Last week energetic Elsa Maxwell, plump and practiced social impresario, introduced it to Manhattan as a new socialite sport. Occasion was a Hallowe'en charity party for the Maternity Center Association at the Waldorf-Astoria. From mid-evening until midnight 199 excited socialites scurried around the town trying to filch the assorted trophies demanded by Hunt Mistress Maxwell.

As organized by her, scavenging was a jittery version of the old-fashioned treasure hunt. The contestants paired off in...

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