ONE MAY EVENING IN 1937 WE WERE invited by Mrs. Roosevelt to the White House to learn again an old dance, the Virginia Reel. She had always wanted to see this graceful old dance done in colonial costumes in the East Room and had decided that the White House spring party for the newspapermen on May 28 would be a fitting time to have it.
Five newspapermen and their wives--the Jay Haydens, the James Lloyd Wrights, the Fred Essarys, the Ulric Bells and the Clappers--joined Mrs. Roosevelt, her brother, Hall Roosevelt, James and Elliott Roosevelt, their wives, and the President in the East Room at 8:45 P.M.
Except for Mrs. Roosevelt, I doubt that any of us had danced the Virginia Reel since we were children. Our husbands had complained bitterly about going, but none could refuse Mrs. Roosevelt.
She was waltzing energetically with her brother Hall when we entered, although she had returned to Washington at 5 A.M. that day from one of her trips, written her column,