Belgium, that country which has united all nations by sympathy with its sorry plight, will be brought more vividly to Evanston and the north shore when Countess Francs Marie de Hemptinne, personal representative of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, will hold a sale of laces at the home of Mrs. Ernest Reckitt, 1120 Forest avenue, Evanston. The appeal the countess is making is in the hope, not alone by restoring the lace industry of Belgium, but, by doing so, to save the minds of the women in that stricken country who have lost everything--homes, husbands and sons. This charming woman, who is speaking in behalf of her suffering countrywomen, relates in the simplest manner the conditions of her people since the outbreak of the war, made interesting, not so much by the rectal of harrowing experiences, as by a belief in the sanctity of the brotherhood of man, which she kindles. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
For this charity, which is most commendable, the sale will be held this afternoon between the hours of 3 and 6 o'clock, with a most attractive musical program following a short talk by the countess at 3:30 o'clock. She will speak on the making of the different kinds of laces, and any one hearing her is anxious to aid in restoring this art industry, which otherwise may be lost to the world. The money secured will provide the makers with food as well as supply them with material to continue their work, and renew their interest in life. There will be on display laces of every variety of style, ranging in price from one to one thousand dollars. At the close of the afternoon there will be a raffle held on a luncheon cover.
Invitations have been issued by Mesdames Foster Branson, 1119 Lake Avenue, and Arthur J. Taylor, 835 Central Ave., for a reading to be given next Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Taylor at two-thirty o'clock. Mrs. Hedburg of Chicago, a reader of wonderful ability, will present "Madame Butterfly."
Mrs. Charles S. McCoy, enertained at bridge Wednesday afternoon at her home, 730 [unclear] Ashland avenue.
Mrs. Benjamin Hawkes will entertain at luncheon and bridge today at her home in Kenilworth. Covers will be laid for twelve.
Next Wednesday evening, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Beach will open their home at 1227 Ashland avenue, for an "Every Member" church dinner and social gathering. This promises to be one of many good times that no member should miss. Among other interesting things, will come the discussion of the new church building project.
Dr. and Mrs. Frank Smith Lower will entertain at Five Hundred this evening at their home, 614 Hill street, the occasion being their eleventh wedding anniversary. There will be three tables.
The Junior Methodist church under the direction of MR. roy Kirtland, closed their series of meetings for the year with a picnic at Riverside last Saturday. The party, forty-seven in number, started from Wilmette about en-thirty o'clock, on two large hayracks, returning late the same afternoon, and included the following young people: Esther and Ruth Morse, Dorothy Rodman, Margaret Rodman, Richard Rodman, Arline Woodcock, Elenora Reed, Jesse and John Shurtleff, Ethel Mae Sturgeon, Virginia Moore, Genevieve Emrich, Milton Emrich, Elise Warner, Ruth Stoker, Howard Warner, James Melville, Minetta Bachman, Arax Boyajian, Margaret Stafford, Rebeccah and Lillian Fitch, Harry Kirtland, Marguerite and Harold LUndberg, George Emrich, Walter Pattison, Dorothy Tyler, Lydia Weber, Vesper Gettman, Kenneth Page, Marjorie Smith, Gertrude Wheeler, Todd Wheeler, William Osborne, Ralph English, Dorothy Glover, Louise Stephens, Beatrice Rand, Harold Rand, Paul Stoker and Elizbeth Simmons. Mrs. George L. Emrich, Mrs. L.F. English, Miss Helen Kirtland, and Messrs. Hazen Patterson and Roy Kirtland were also members of the party.