THE CAPITAL: Life Among the Party-Givers

Now that wealthy Perle Mesta was moving to Luxembourg to be the U.S. minister, something was missing in the capital's social life. Who would take her place as the No. 1 partygiver? Sweltering Washington, where bureaucrats are grateful for a drink or a dinner in the July heat, was anxious for an answer.

Last week Gwendolyn Cafritz, lithe, lynx-eyed wife of Washington Real Estate Millionaire Morris Cafritz (rhymes with "Say Fritz") stepped forward to take Perle Mesta's place. From her luxurious mansion on Foxhall Road, Mrs. Cafritz issued invitations to a mint julep...

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