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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 02, 1913, LAST EDITION, Image 4',
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WOMEN REVEL AT BALL COSTING A QUARTER
OF A MILLION DOLLARS
Newport, R. U Aug. 2. The bar
baric splendor of the most costly and
luxurious ball ever- given in the
United States broke up here today
as the dawn came creeping in from
The ball was the. much-talked-of
Mother Goose affair given by Mrs.
Stuyvesant Fish in her magnificent
home of Crossways lio the sassiety
colonies of Newport and Narragan
sett One quarter of a million dollars is a
conservative estimate of the cost of
that one night's revelry, that would
have shamed the Bacchanalians of
The costumes of the fairy charac
ters assumed by the society women
alone must have cost close to $100,
000. The supper that was served in the
small hours of the morning must
1 -c run up to nearly ten thousand
Twelve million dollars' worth of
jewelry sparkled and scintillated on
the bare necks and arms of the
The fact that the costumes were
costly is not to be taken as a sign that
there was very much of them. The
fact is they were the most daring
ever worn at a society affair in
There were five hundred guests.
They were arrayed, regardless of
cost, to represent the characters of
Anderson's and Grimm's fairy tales.
airs. Fish, the hostess, was the
Queen of the Fairies. She wore a
gown of silver hue, trimmed with
rhinestones and spangles. In her hair
she wore a silver star fitted with an
electrical device and carried a wand
in which twinkling electric lights em
phasized the brilliance of the jewelry
with which her costume was loaded.
Lacings of diamonds and rhinestones
and buckles of sapphires and dia
monds were on her slippers. j
Miss Edythe Deacon and Mrs. Ar
thur Scott Burden went dressed as
"The Brothers." They wore very
short and very tight knee trousers
Miss Margaret Caperton appeared
as Fatima in a Turkish harem cos
tume. Mrs. Reginald G. Vanderbilt was
Mrs. Herman Oelrichs- was Mother
Little Red Riding Hood, little Miss
Muffet, Blue Beard, Queen of Hearts,
Beauty and the Beast they all were
But there were more plain fairies
than anything. A fairy might be sup
posed to wear so very diaphanous a
costume, you know.
No one was permitted to come near
the Crossways while the ball was go
Hundreds of private' .detectives
were stationed around the magnifi
cent grounds. Their orders were to
shoot to kill if anyone persisted in
trying to reach the grounds.
And so what common people there
are in Newport were forced to look
on at the blaze of light coming from
the Crossways from a distance.
There were more than 10,000 elec
tric lights and lanterns of goblin
heads and dragon shapes in the gar
dens, where the first of the festivities
The supper with its quantities of
costly wine was very late. After it
was over came a "pick and puck"
dance, more daring than the most
daring of tangoes. '
That wild dance kept up until the
morning sun began shoving its
beams above the horizon.
That was the signal to the weary
dancers that their night of revelry
was over; that the day had come;
that it was time for them to sleep.
They went home, drab-looking,
wan, in the pure light of the morning.