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PLENTY OF BARE BACKS AND LOW FRONTS
AID IN UNCOVERING GRAND OPERY SEASON
The birds of the dough were there,
With gems in their auburn hair.
The classical Janes of sassiety's
Turned out for the swell affair.
As conscious as they could be,
While somebody reached high "C,"
Society folks and the money -blokes
Turned out for Grand Op-er-ee!
They're off again!
Chicago folks who sip tea in the
afternoon, and eats in the evening
had a swell time lawst night showing
off silken gowns and oodles of jew
els at the Auditorium. Incidentally,
they listened to grand opera as she
really is. And judging from the gal
lery, she really was.
Vittorio Arimondi, Julia Claussen,
Rosa Raisa, Giulio, James Goddard,
Giacomo Rimini, Emilio Venturini,
Mabel Preston Hall, and last, but not
least, Rosie O'Grady, were all there.
The latter sat up on the roof with
her ear to a crack in the skylight
She's anywhere from $2 to $5 ahead
and today she is humming the som
ber tunes of "Aida" to her hearts
content in Italian.
Cleofonte Campanini directed what
went on on the stage and Dame
Fashion was in charge of what took
place in the audience, up as far as
the 75-cent seats.
The steen dozen boxes that run
haphazard around the edge of the
big theater glistened forth with jew
els, all colors of the rainbow, must
costly wearing apparel and lots of
arm and neck. There was everything
from sequins veiled in blue tulle to
turquoise blue velvet with white chif
fon in the boxes and plenty of plain
shirtwaist and skirt and patched
trousers up where the elevator
makes its last stop.
While "Aida" was being pulled on
one side of the orchestra, "The Chat
terbox" was well staged on the other
Mrs. Louis Aaron and Mrs. Edward
Ayer were there in a box; also in
Box A Mr. and Mrs. Edward Morris
of meat fame entertained a party of
friends. Others whom we know (by
name) who "were there," both as to
the play and as to clothes, were:
Maje McCormick and wife, the for
mer one of the reporters on the Tri
bune; Dave and Jim Forgan and
wives (they're bankers) ; Julius Ro
senwald, who runs a mail order fac
tory; John G. Shedd and wife; he
works for Marshall Field's; Cyrus
Hall McCormick, who makes thrash
ing machines for farmers; Max Pam,
brains of Siegel-Cooper's; Mrs. Louis
Huck, the boxmaker's wife; Howard
Elting, paint maker; Alexander Re
vell, who keeps a furnitur store; L. H.
Gary, who runs a bank; Howard H.
Spaulding, Jr., who married a mil
lionaire's daughter; he plays golf and
polo; Mr. and Mrs. Ryerson, who
make, steel, and Albert Loeb, who
works for Julius Rosenwald.
Among the meat packer and hog
baron class were Art Meeker and
wife, Miss Lolita Armour, Tom Con
nors and Eddie Morris. Miss Edith
Weiner and Count and Countess Bo
lognesi also were among those pres
ent. Among the gowns that were inter
esting appeared the following: White
satin and pearls; black net trimmed
in silver and a bunch of roses; pea
cock blue tulle; sapphire net over
white lace; also diamonds and sap
phires; pink satin with pearl trim
mings; silver tissue (not paper)
trimmed with blue brocade, and for
est green brocade with silver lace
and pearls. A smile went with each
costume. Most of the costumes were
low B-acked, tapering V-shaped
and drooping D-own at the shoul
ders. Sort of B. V. D., as it were.
Not since the Progressive conven-