The imperial court of old Russia entertained on a grand scale. Strict etiquette
regulated all invitations. Persons of the three first classes of the " Table of Grades"—military and civil—were entitleJ to an invitation to all the balls and receptions, those belonging to inferior classes were invited to the larger and less select receptions.
According to the Courrier Socialist. writes our Russian correspondent, the same procedure has been introduced at the court of Stalin. It has been dec:ded to " receive," and these receptions take the order and discipline are maintained,
shape of banquets for 503 to 1,503 guests in the spacious halls of the great Kremlin palace.
As under the old regime a class of dignitaries is invited to all functions, others wait for a spec:al invitation, and, often cadge for it. Besides these ordinary guests a certain number of the rank-andfile communists are admitted: shockbrigadiers, men and women who beat a record in some branch of industry, artists, and so on.
Such banquets are N ery formal, strict