Music: The Nose and the Thumb

Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt stayed home with a cold. Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh and Lady Decies were, as usual, solidly barnacled with jewelry. Lucius Beebe, who had condescended to the wartime informality of a black tie, apologized: "I feel as naked as a jay bird." Somebody stole a mink coat while its owner, the wife of a South American diplomat, was not looking. It was said that Lily Pons had lost an emerald. An air-raid warden, in a tuxedo, white arm band and white steel helmet, wandered around the lobby announcing a blackout. "The...

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