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The Standard Magazine Section Ogden, Utah, November 1, 1913. I
II BillionJtollar Revelry By Night In IIIOcqoi,
Remarkable B j
I f0eSUS' '
!' MRS. 0. H. P.
j Men and women whose wealth
I combined would exceed the bllllon-
j, dollar mark, danced the tango, ex-
J hlblted a couple hundred thousand
j dollars' worth of newest Parisian
creations in clothes and wore a
' cool million In jewels at a ball
I given on the Imperator on its last
I trip across the Atlantic.
J These facts are obtained from a
j! crank who figures statistics on
every Imaginable subject Includ-
I Ing the number of hazel-nut tarts
I required to reach from a Dutch
j delicatessen to the moon.
1 This man got over In a corner
of the lounging room off the roso
ball room of the Imperator, and
jj busily plying stub pencil on pad.
figured with a few deft twists of
" - j eyebrows and said pencil that he
1 saw a billion dollars wriggling.
I stooping and wringing Itself into
pretzel curves on the ball room
1 floor before him.
j Being but a poor chap himself,
I say, not worth more than ten mil
lions it was quite some occasion
I And this happened almo.it 421
jj years to the day from the October
- I 12. 1492, that Christopher Colum-
I bus otherwise Chiist-carrylne-
I ij dove, the literal translation of his
I I name "sailed the ocean blue" and
I 1 discovered this America that has
j netted tho sroup of Americans who
. danced llsht-heartedly on the Im-
H perai.or, their mountain-high stacks
, ' ; of dollars.
' j Also this billion-dollar ball hap-
Hj pened on the rame ocean, but in a
. J different path across Its wide cx-
, ,' J panse. that had, a day or two pre-
. - l viously, swallowed more than a
I I I hundred victims from the Ill-fated
I . 'il Volturnp.
I J This revelry by night was much
" 'J the same sort of revelry that Is r-
I I s ported as having occupied the at-
tentlon of the first-class passengers
'I'M on tne nitrht the Titanic went down.
'rlM As with the last ball on the
H "'J Titanic, grr-M wealth was repre-
" Vj sented by the guests, and It was tho
I : L4 last gathering on board before the
I 1 steamship cleared port and the pas-
, .Vj! sengers separated to go to their
: totn or county homes.
I 11 19 n0t wltnout significance thai
i ' "1 r- ' tflc mor? than a hundred p r-
j.'- sons who were lost In the Volturno
' . i'tj disaster, two-thirds were lmml-
4 4 grants going to the "free land" to
-j'i seek their fortunes.
1 Leaving One Land of
1 Oppression for Another.
SSK&m! Being foreigners unskilled 1a
borers they wore but leaving the
i.&jSI suppression of tax-ridden empires
iffi-aa! on one side of the great sea for tho
"Rgfi& ,an1 where they would havo
learned tho suppression that la tho
JwNtrn Inevitable result of a billion or
jEmlXsfl more of wealth being controlled by
fitrB a group of persons whose number
SmSU Is so limited that tho first-claaa list
55jM9 of ono steamship can contain tho
tjfcjpSSk names of all.
jgjigHI To return to particulars of tho
SSkB ball it was probably the most re-
HBbB markablo revelry by night ever
MBCm held upon the high seas, and was
of the deep tho Imperator.
About 500 Americans, dnncers
and spectators, crowded the ship's
ballroom for the final festivity be
fore the arrival in New York
The fortunes of this half thou
sand persons have been estimated as
reaching the enormous total of
f 1 000,000,000.
For look who traveled on tho
Imperator. Put Judge Klbert II
Gary and Mrs. Gary first. Judge
Gary alone, the chairman of the
Board of Directors of the United
States Steel Corporation, has a per
sonal fortune estimated at $50,
000.000. He has an interest In
banks, railroads and industrial
corporations, tho aggregate cap
italization of which Is up in the
Then we have Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Payne Whitney and their pretty
young daughter, Miss Flora YVhit
m y Whitney Is understood to have
Inherited no les3 than $40,000,000
from his father. One of his fel-
low passengers was the broker, B.
Haruch, widely known on the
street as "Barney." who is be
nt ed to havo taken some $20,000 -ooo
out of the stock market. An
other well-to-do broker and society
man, who probably would have led
the cotillion at the billion dollar
ball if they'd had one, Is James
Cutting of New York and Newport
Cutting has frequently been re
ported as engaged to the wealthy
and beautiful widow, Mrs. William
r T r rr
Also on the passenger list were
Louis C. Tiffany, of the celebrated
Jewelry establishment, whose fath
er's estate wa.s estimated at $30,
000,000. The major part went to
Louis. Charles T. Crocker, tho
grandson of a California '40er, has
been credited with a fortune of
$20,000,000. including what his wife
brought him. The great wealth of
John R. Drexel. tho Philadelphia
banker, and of Oscar Straus, tho
merchant prince, needs no com-
r-ir. T?fV 9r" nl IS- ffv I'e
"SvJ " ' ' '
Mrs. Harry Pay no Whitney and
her children, John Hay and Flora.
Anc So was Harry S. Black, former
ly the active head of the "Sky
B raper Trust." The United States
Realty Company, of which ho was
president, owned t"'e Hotel Plaza.
According to reports. Black paid
the lump sum of $0,000,000 at tho
time of his divorce from the woman
who later was married to Tyler
Jules S. Bache a rich hanker, re
turned on the Imperator. So did
tho lawyer, James Deerlng, fr
years the private counsel of Charles
P. Murphy. So did John N". Willys
of the Willys 0erland Company;
John H. McCollough, Fran- is Wil
man, George M I-uidcr. Do Witt
Toimage and many other men of
wealth and note.
Nor was all the money repre
fented at tho billion dollar ball In
tho hands of men. Mrs. Oliver H.
P. Belmont was "among those p res
ent" aud her husband is supposed
to have left her $5,000,000. Mry
W. K. Vanderbllt was on the pas
senger list, too. and Miss Laura A.
Braun of Chicago, admitted that
she was nt least $200,000 richer
than when she went abroad. She
played baccarat wisely and well at
Enghlen. the resort near Paris.
So you see. it was really some
Party, and vou can t blame the
canny ones for getting Into cor-
-i-t 4 .(..- nut tb
4.. w ; i ': l 'Mn' ' '" 1 '" ' "' :--'i"'t : I' ' ir.nigh the
PS: '''"., ' 'l'- 1 ' :i u Is try modeled ceiling.
' ' JajB J Tho dec orations for the ball were
'it5gk'r ' TC' simple, but effec tive. The big pl.it-
ixBmmmMtL M. (orm at the rear, reserved for tho
HHHlfc. ship's orchestra, was banked deep In
' KCTwIr 'h pale pink and laender asters, with
SfBmw f'THs and palms sprinkled amotig
' . &'&?ix&&5&L them. There really was no other
' t space for flowers, as every inch of
H and those who sat around the sides
&Btflr ot (be room and looked on.
Dancing began at 0 o'clock.
Through Mrs. Degemhart. the social
director of the Imperator. thf Ilam-burff-Amerlcan
Company offered five
beautiful prizes, one to tho best
- dancer of the tango, two to the two
couples who one-stepped most
gracefully and two to tho two best
LtCxwMkma&tz'' i pairs of waltzers. The judge were
VVKAg SfiMiM ' Mra l ;: Maurice, the
BjMH fSBmW professional tango dancer, and his
HBP MSB? For about an hour there was gen-
TM&i JBnff i 1 era dancing on a floor as smooth as
HARRY PAYNE WHITNEY.
total,' as Manlallnl would call It;
And what Is a t)jn;on dollar ball
like? Really, tho short and simple
summary loved by the village news
paper fits this party, too "a good
time was had by all " The affair
took place in the rose ballroom, a
large and beautiful apartment Just
opposite the restaurant. It derives
Its name from the fact that carpet,
chairs and sofas are all In the nist
plowing shade of rose-red. Costly
glass, and to Inspiring music.
party In tho most exclusive Fifth
avenue residence could show more
wonderful costumes or a more ex
traordinary display of costly Jewel
ry. Iany of the women wore for
the first time frocks which they had
Just purchased In Paris for the com
ing season. There was no Informal
ity, no vketrhiness of costume, be
cause the dance wns on shipboard.
And here's n fushlon Up from ihu
AM B. LEEDS.
observant eyewitness, every one l
the wealthy and beautiful womfl
present wore a slit skirl"
But though they tangoed briikly.)
they were most dl?creet and raodtft
about it No standards of propriety
were set at defiance. And a little
after 10 o'clock chairs and carpt
i hanged the ballroom back to a con
cert room After the concert prop
came a linnl treat. On a little caM
peto.l square In the center of ttj
room Maurice and his wife fhoei
the ery. verj latest tanco slepa
a brand new skating waltz n.Ks
.-ere applauded enl h'J?lastleanj.
Then he ,'ae out the prizes to 14
fortunate terpsl'.horeans. And a ti
tle after 11 o'clock the billion doW
ball was m er
Oh, yes, though :he ball ws)
to every firs' class passenger, twj
took up a subscription for the mem
bers of the crew And the crt
wouldn't mind having a wm
dollar ball on every voyage.
British Channel Tunnel J
The project of tunneling tne OTJ
lsh Channel, so as to bring En"jH
and Fran-- Into lan. I communis
tion with each other, is recdW
Just at this tune such stronj
port In both countries that lesw
be fairly assumed that the
Will actually he undertaken In i
Immediate future. f
The London Chamber of tJJ
merce has already K'ien 113 '3
approval to the project, and H
the Associated Chambers olf
meree hold their annual '";'D
ntv.erp this month the drle
from London will urse Internaiw-i
approval of the plan.
A deputation of members 0in
llament waited upon the ?t102
short time since and urged I0"
ate a tion by the roiernment w"
offl lal approval of the PrJclt-:
Premier ao-sured the com
that the government's lndor7
would have been gl-en """cJ'r
but for the fact thit It "aS
Ban to devote some unh.f &
tl0n to the question whrtW'
tunnel might te a s-ur- c- of m l
danger to th kincd-m Tn j
sideratlon has. how ever. aim "
tirelv lost its wt-lght of recen .
The enKlneerlng and the
ends of the project hove Mtes
OUghlj canvassed and neltne r .
cms an) diitu uitu-s. i"nc coHi.
i.- thai the tunnel will cost g
U00 and will take ten '
complete. The estimated
business which would v-3
It would pay 4 vcr cent on i
and leave a substantial mar. .
No dlflcultiea are antiflP"
raising this amount. "Jf
construction be undert; tKtd tV
purely commercial chem
out government nsltnC It
either side of the ehann
believed that the tunnel rrfl
tore the larger share of u
business across the channe .
distance la but t hlrty "
were th tunnel through.
ney between r'onJtf" , , f
would be a matter of b"' ' (