Unuaual interest is being taken by local enthusiasts of the grand old game of lawn tennis in the coming tournament which opens Saturday, August 17, at the Evanston Country club. The fact that the local championship will be decided during the play of the tourney is not the reason for the unusual interest being taken. The fact is that during the past two years there has been a great revival of the lawn pastime. Never before was such enthusiasm shown in the game as was exhibited during the play for the western and national championship at the Onwentsia club at Lake Forest two weeks ago. Each afternoon during the week and a half the play continued the magnificent grounds surrounding the club was packed with a throng of tennis enthusiasts. And it was not Lake Forest People alone who attended. Hundreds journeyed to the Onwentsia club daily from Chicago and the other north shore towns. Evanston was well represented each day. In fact so many followers of the game from this city went to Lake Forest that the ticket agent at the Davis street station of the Chicago and Northwestern road ran entirely out of regular tickets and was forced to use the kind you seldom see except when you board a train at Podunkville. The reason for the scarcity of tickets was the unbounded enthusiasm in the game of tennis as played by experts. Though the play in the local tourney will not carry with it the enthusiasm that characterized the play in the western and national tournaments, still there will be plenty of interest and the play is sure to be good. The fact that the entries are not restricted to members of the Country club, but are thrown open to every person in Evanston, will certainly instill keen interest and competition. Last year there were more than seventy entries in the singles and more than thirty pairs in the doubles. According to Harold Pynchon and Donald Miller, who are in charge of the affair this year, the tourney will far surpass those of former years both in regard to the number of entries and interest exhibited in the sport. On August 24 a tournament for women will open at the club and, according to present indications there will be no lack if interest in this play. From the opening of the men's play in singles until the close of the woman's tourney there should be no lack of sport at the Country club. Those who did not journey to Lake Forest during the two weeks of fun there should not fail to be in attendance at the local courts during the three championship series, for if you do not go you will never know how much sport you have really missed.
Mr. J. B. Westcott of the University club has returned from Fox Lake, Wis.
Mr. Melville Felber, 1115 Church street, has returned from Bear's Lake, Wis.
Mrs. John E. Wilder and daughters, the Misses Louise and Antoinette, are in Holland, Mich.
Mrs. Charles F. Murray, 2661 Stewart avenue, has friends form Michigan visiting at her home.
Mr. A. C. Galitz, 315 Davis street, attended the Bull Moose convention Wednesday in Chicago.
Born, Tuesday evening, Aug 6, to Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Howell, 2513 Park place, a daughter.
Mr. Joseph Wickman, accompanied by Carl Jruger, are at home after a ten days' visit in Colorado.
Mrs. W. L. Hess, 1230 Elmwood avenue is home after an enjoyable vacaton at Stratford, Canada.
Miss Sadie Hendrickson of the People's Gas Light & Coke Co., has returned from Lake Geneva.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Terras, 1309 Emerson street, are rejoicing over a little daughter, born July 28.
Mrs. John Meyer, 803 Davis street, spent a very pleasant time at Antigo, and other places in Wisconsin.
Miss Mary Flynn, 825 Davis street, has returned from a five weeks' vacation sent at Fond du Lac, Wis.
Miss Cora Callow, 831 Foster street, returned Wednesday from a six weeks' vacation in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Miss Alice Hasmer of St. Paul, Minn., is the guest of her cousin, Mrs. E. Clifton, 581 Ingleside place.
Mrs. Dibblee 2657 Stewart avenue, is entertaining her sister, Mrs. May Whitehouse, and friend from Milwaukee, Wis.
Mrs. O. H. Ahlbeck and son, Roy, 2229 Harrison street, have returned from a two weeks' visit in Lincoln, Neb.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Houston of Kansas City, Mo., are the guests of Mr. and mrs. R. A. Montgomery, 1130 Hudson avenue.
Rev. and Mrs. H. H. Harris, 820 Foster street, have as their guest Mrs. Harris's mother, Mrs. S. N. Wright, of Greenville, Mich.
Mr. G. M. Jorgenson, 1918 Lincoln street, left last week for Watertown where he will visit his brother for a short time.
Mr. Jacob Meissner and daughter, Miss Nathalie Meissner, 1236 Sherman avenue, have gone for a two weeks' trip to the Wisconsin lakes.
Prof. and Mrs. William Woodburn, Asbury avenue, will spend two weeks at Bloomington, Ind., and be home again after September 15.
Mr. O. B. Tennis, 1629 Judson avenue, has returned from a three months' trip to Europe.
Mrs. J. F. Lyons of Omaha, Neb., who was taking an electric course at the Visitation academy, has returned to her home.
Mrs. Fred Radcliffe, 2661 Stewart avenue, is entertaining her cousin, Mrs. Fred Buck and Miss Belle McChesney of Peoria.
Miss Leila Trivess, 2704 Harrison street, accompanied by her niece and two nephews, Hazel, Herbert, and Charles Cooper of Detroit, Mich., left Saturday for Saugatuck, Mich., where they will spend two weeks.
Miss Anna Jorgenson, 1913 Lincoln street, left last week for West Branch, Mich., and was joined by her sister, Miss Julia, Monday.
Mr. Wilson P. Watkins, secretary of the North End department of the Y.M.C.A., has returned from a two weeks' visit at his home in Kentucky.
Mr. Frank Whittier Smith and family, 1622 Ridge avenue, left this week Thursday for Cherokee Park, Wyo., to remain until the first week in September.
After a three weeks' visit as the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Chester A. Bush, 2310 Harrison street, Mrs. Margaret Grimes has returned to her home in Edgewater.
Miss Julia McGuire of Evanston and Mr. Martin Follrath, also of Evanston, were married at Waukegan on August 3. They are at home to their friends at 802 Davis street.
Miss Helen Shimmin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Shimmin, Pioneer road and Colfax street, has returned from an extended visit with her grandmother in Chicago.
Mrs. Edwin O. Williams and children, Gwendolyn, Owen, Robert and Charles, 2607 Park place, left last week for Beaver Lake, Wis., where they will visit until about the 1st of September.
Miss Eva Hellstrom, 2514 Pioneer road, accompanied by Miss Lillian Fitz Patrick, 2614 Prairie avenue, left Friday for South Haven, Mich., where they will spend about two weeks.
Miss Lillian Percival of the E. L. Fowler studio, 1641 Orrington avenue, is going to attend the wedding of her cousin, Miss Anna Sanders, at Cleveland, Ohio, August 15. She will be away until September 6.
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Lintner of Auburn Park, Ill., are guests for a couple of days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank F. Corby, 1462 Wesley avenue. Mrs. Corby's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Mowdy, also of Auburn Park, is visiting her children and little granddaughter.
Miss Ruth Aker, 913 Wesley avenue, is at Union Mills, Ind.
Miss Celia Campbell, 600 Davis street, is visiting in Cape Giardeau, MO
A. B. Van Deusen and family are having a grand outing at the Thousand Islands.
Miss M. Anderson, 620 Davis street, is visiting Mrs. C. D. Weiding of Menominee, Mich.
Mrs. Ida Lightcap, 732 Foster street, left last week for a short vacation at Birch Lake, Mich.
Mr. John J. Coleman of the Avenue House has gone to Denver, Col., on a business trip.
Miss Louise H. Ross of the Avenue House is a Petoakey and Charlevoix, Mich., for three weeks.
Miss Elizabeth Tennis, 1639 Judson avenue, sailed Saturday for home after an extensive trip abroad.
Mrs. Albert Heerens, 1432 Wesley avenue, is again at home after a six weeks' vacation in the west.
Miss Marie Fair, 603 Dempster street, and several Waukegan friends are enjoying an outing at Fox Lake, Ill.
Mrs. E. U. Kimbark and daughters, Misses Louise and Mary, left Friday for a visit to Wianno, Cape Cod, Mass.
Mrs. Rollin A. Keyes, 1210 Forest avenue, entertained Friday at luncheon a few friends. Covers were laid for six.
Mr. C. S. Thomas of the Avenue House has returned from a three weeks' vacation at the Dells of Wisconsin.
Mrs. Samuel Donnellon and son, Samuel, Jr., 813 Davis street, are enjoying a delightful outing at Muskegon, Mich.
Mr. Willard C. Davis of Lord's store, left on his two weeks' vacation Saturday and will spend it at his old home at Marcellus, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clarence Brown, 3335 Harrison street, and children left Monday for a two weeks' outing at Saugatuck, Mich.
Mr. Charles Kirk and sister, Miss Gene Kirk, of Findlay, Ohio, have been the guests of the Rev. Whiteside and family, 1577 Wesley avenue. They are on their way to California and Yellowstone National park.
Miss Esther Ward, daughter of Mrs. Agnes Ward, 825 Ayars place, left last week of Onarga, Ill., to complete arrangements for the coming year. She will have charge of the piano department at Grand Prairie seminary.
The little Misses Dorothy and Evelyn Hedblom, 912 Crain street, have made their first unchaperoned outing to Chicago, visiting an aunt. Instead of becoming homesick they have sent home for more money to prolong their pleasures.
Miss Margaret Reilly, principal of the high school at Austin, Tex., who comes every year to spend her vacation in Chicago, spent it this year in Evanston, during the Silver-Burdette Normal session. After visiting in South Bend she will return to her southern home.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Pond, 1117 Forest avenue, with their granddaughter, Miss Mildred Holmes, will sail from New York Saturday for an extended trip abroad. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 3930 Pine Grove avenue, Chicago, will accompany them as far as New York.
An interesting birthday surprise party was given Thursday in honor of Miss Bertha Voelker, 806 Grove street, at the home of Mr. Allen W. Bodell, 826 Greenleaf street, Wilmette. The evening was a delightful social event. Refreshments were served and games were played. Miss Voelker was the happy recipient of a handsome morocco leather handbag given by her young friends, also of a beautiful birthday cake. Flashlight pictures were taken and the guests departed after having spent an enjoyable evening. Those present were: Elsie McClintock, Mabel Ensigns, Lillian Kester, Catherine Putman, Olive Groims, Bertha Voelker, Alice Bodell, Nellie Gatrell, Gertrude Lawrence, Helen Nellissen, Catherine Fregan, Helen Brown, Nellie Ianson, Clara Kilby, Violet Reed, Julia Laurence, Hattie Merits, Miss Nellie Voelker, Miss Mary McDermott, Joe Samway, Jack Balmes, George Ludwig, John Bath, Patrick McDermott, Holley Potter, Oscar Rothberg, Charles Maitzen, Rollie Leck, William Leck, Joe Bodell, Aaron Rubin, Edward Nordberg, Merritt Bodell, Jerry Humbert, Edward Reed.
Mrs. Andrew Olsen, 1306 Lake street is visiting her mother in Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Fenner and children are spending their vacation in Springfield, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Miller, 2316 Central street, are enjoying their vacation at Hudson Lake, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Odell, 1302 Church street, are spending a few days at Frankfort, Mich.
Miss Lucretia Wright, 2715 Stanley avenue, has returned from a two weeks' visit in Manteno, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ryan, 2418 Park place