WOMEN IN RED SOX AND RED
SASHES AT SPANISH BALL
No charity ball this winter. Instead,
the Spanish ball. By calling it Span
ish ball everybody in on it is saved
the smell that goes with the word
"charity" these days.
Next Friday night they pull this
Spanish ball in First Regiment ar
mory. Ladies in red sox and red
moccasins, topped off with red fab
rics and ribbons, all a regular chile
con carne" red pepper red, will be on
parade. Spanish music, old fashion
ed rum-tum-tiddles played in Madrid
and Barcelona centuries ago, have
been searched out by Roy McWil
liams. Lots of live publicity work has
been done on the ball. Press agent
tempted all the time to bring in story
about J. Ogden Armour or Art Meek
er driving a bunch of Spanish fight
ing 'bulls from the stockyards down
Halsted street and over the Twelfth
street bridge and along to the armory
where they dance.
Besides our famous pig-stickers
there will also be present some of our
famous bankers like Charlie Dawes
and Jim Forgan, not to forget our old
pal, Sam Insull, who has people
guessing whether he's a great finan
cier or a great electrical engineer and
kilowatt expert, or both.
What's it all for? When the ladies
have shimmered in red sashes and
red sox and all the cash for tickets
has been counted and expenses paid,
who gets what is left over?
Answer: The Chicago Lying-in
hospitaL It has new building at 51st
st and Vincennes. Money needed
for plumbing and running expenses.
After the ball is over Friday night,
the water pipes will be put in.
Two dispensaries are run with hos
pital and 24,764 mothers last year
got medicine, lint and doctor's ad
vice. Though many mothers are
lucky enough to get a bed to lie in
at the Lying-in hospital, statement
of women at head of it is that "hun
dreds are turned away, every, jnear."
What sort of shacks and shanties the
mothers go to when turned away is
not stated in any survey taken.
Red colors, laughter and a big hoo
rah is the mood of the Spanish ball.
It would be thought a crime and an
indecency if somebody should print
slips to be stuck onto the dance pro
gram giving the statistics of the baby
death rate out around the Armour,
Swift and Morris slaughter houses.
University of Chicago survey pre
sented in testimony to U. S. industrial
relations commission showed baby
death rate in the stockyards district
is seven times as high as over on the
lake shore in the district where
Spanish ball dancers will come from.
Mrs, J. Ogden Armour will dance,
but a rope of pearls and other glad
stones she had last year will not be
strung on her shoulders.
Chief Healey will have a special
cordon of detectives and the trust
press a special cordon of reporters on
I PROMINENT IN NEW CONGRESS
dU. FITZGERALD jrflBDP'
Chairman of house appropriations
committee, who will oppose "budget"
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