A LEAP-YEAR PARTY
O NLY in one year out of four does the opportunity occur to enjoy the fun and frolic that constitute some of the privileges of Leap-Year— and one of the secrets of happiness is to take whatever of pleasure the hour brings. A Leap-Year party may be given at any time through the year; the favourite dates are December 31st and February 29th.
Upon receipt of an invitation upon which the numerals of the year are conspicuously written at the top of the sheet, and the words "Leap-Year Dance" in the lower left-hand corner, the young women hasten to write to the men with whom they wish to dance the cotillion, requesting that pleasure—though it is wise first to inform themselves whether or not the gentlemen in question have been included in the invitation.
On the evening of the entertainment many favoured swains are the recipients of large boxes from the florists —who usually have a sense of humour that may be appealed to—containing a tiny buttonhole bouquet in the midst of many wrappings—like a needle in a haystack—or one of huge proportions, composed of cabbage leaves, or an onion or cold-slaw cleverly wired to make a burlesque imitation of a chrysanthemum. These, of course, must be worn at the dance.