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SHRINERS JOIN
NIGHT PAGEANT
BANDS FILL THE AIR WITH
MELODY
Rolllcklnfl Wearer* of the Fez March
and Cheer and Grow Dry Long.
ing for the Ever-Flowlng
Fountain
(Continued from Pace On»(
stones. Discovered first In the sensu
ous lands of the orient, her dark
skinned potentates gathered them into
their treasure houses, both as an en
during form of wealth and for royal
adornment.
Men of all ages and classes have
looked upon them with desire; poets
have sung of their beauties; philos
ophers have speculated about them;
scientists have studied them; princes
have fought for them and they have
ransomed kings and won the love of
queens. They have been the fondest
experesslonsjof love in all ages.
Jewels have formed a striking part
in the world's history and well might
this tale of love and admiration be
applied to these stones represented
last night, for Los Angeles's fairest
daughters were the most precious jew
els shown.
When memory of the night goes back
and segregates the component parts of
the hilarity, the things that will stand
out clearest are the long, sinuous, irreg
ular, happy-go-lucky lines of Shriners
themselves, with their red fezes oft
awry, and their bobbing lanterns
swinging rakißhly over their shoulders
at impossible angles. Other electric
parades there have been, and other
throngs, but never yet has Los Angeles
beheld so jovial and altogether insou
ciant a bunch of marchers as was that
red-topped horde. It was unique and
delightful.
And what a mob of them there was!
Really it seemed as If every man In
town and n. few over had donned a
crimson sky piece and grabbed a
Chinese lantern, with his best dress suit
and his open front vest, allowing a
gleaming white shirt front to bedazzle,
and had turned out to have a good time.
There wasn't about this feature the cut
and dried aspect that the rest presented;
It was Irregular with a happy careless
ness; It was funny; It was sans cere
monie; it was great.
Of course the Arab and Bedoiun
patrols came in for much cheering.
Their evolutions, in their fancy oriental
garb, wtre complicated and intricate,
and performed with the precision of
clock work. Many a time the whole
cavalcade stopped that they might form
stars and crescents and crosses and hol
low squares, all of which were done per
fectly. They made splendid Impressions,
every one.
And the bands — was there ever so
much music in the air In Los Angeles
at any one time before and of such
mixed variety? From the magnificent
effects produced by the splendid Boston
and Montana aggregation, with the
stairstep drum majors to the bizarre
hoochee-couchee of the Syrian conglom
eration of orientalists, it was one long
saturnalia of sound. Many of the bands
attempted classic selections, and mur
dered them, but the wise ones clung to
that American piece de resistance, "Hot
Time," and "Dixie," and they got the
cheers. The bands were wretchedly dis
tributed and they never pretended to
play in uniform time, but who cared?
It was all to the good anyhow, and so
what was the odds? There was music,
and there was noise, and the tin hflrrts
drowned the melody at best, so It was
all In the night's fun, and !et it go at
that.
"OUR EMBLEM"
A glittering mass of shimmering light, a
Boft blush of thousands of softened lncan
descents, the gentle whisper and rustle of
gauzy draperies and like a breath from
the desert, sweet laden with a sentiment
that touched the very heart fountains of
those thousands there swept into line the
emblem of the shrine, the crescent claws,
scimitar and star.
Probably nothing within the length and
breadth of all that mighty pageant
caused the quick gasp of excitement, the
throb of patriotism, as It were, from the
Shriners, from the mothers and sisters
of those Shriners and from the thousands
of those who have learned to love the
mighty order of desert men since the
caravans made their first stop at the Los
Angeles oasis.
What the emblem really means to a
man of the order it is difficult to say. To
each man it has a different meaning. Not
the meaning that the clerk of the lodge
reads oft in singsong fashion, but a soul
ful meaning telling of the promise of hiß
fellow men, of a brotherhood mightier
than the thundering ocean in all its
Btorm, as strong as the grim, silent
desert that crushes with its silence, not
with its roar.
The float seemed to quiver and live. The
figure of the silent sphynx gazing un
moved out over the muss of life and glit
ter seemed to tremble and to move with
the thrill of welcome.
The mighty scimitar, emblem of the
Moslem's power, the curved sword of the
desert land, flashed and glittered; the
crescent of tiger claws, the star of the
shrine, the silent camel beneath the gauze
of drapery, all spoke of the shrine and
Its eastern origin.
Beautiful as were the other floats,
swimming In the glow of light, they spoke
only of things to be possessed for good
of wealth, while in the midst and glitter
came stealing softly the <lesert float with
Its emblem, a message of the brotherly
strength and protection coming from the
mass and glitter.
METEOR
Shimmering with thousands of lights,
the float Meteor proved one of the
greatest attractions of the electric pa
rade. From one end to the other in
terlaced with waves of gauzy drapery
the big- float, emblematic of the mes
sengers from the heavens, surged
through the crowded streets.
In the front of the float a bower of
red, gold and gTeen lights Intertwined
in a beautiful arbor In which a group
of beautiful young women reclined.
It Is said of the Meteor that the most
beautiful girls of the parade were with
that float, and It may well be Imagined
thnt that surmise was correct.
In the center of the float was a star
and crescent, emblematic of tho heav
ens as well as flttlng In well with the
general scheme of decorations In be
half of the Shriners.
A guard of Bhrlners marched with
»♦♦»♦»»♦♦»»»♦»♦♦♦»»♦♦»♦»♦»'
the float, while a number of boys from
the Polytechnic high school acted as
outriders
Aides Plummer and Maynard of the
staff of Division Marshal Shurtleß
were also in attendance on the float.
The Meteor was the second float In
line and with Miss Bessie Kramer as
captain and Ellah Gilbert, Ethel Macy,
Georgia Morton and Mildred Adams as
aides, this float gave to the visiting
Shriners an Impression of Los Angeles
and its beautiful women such as will
long be remembered.
EMERALD
With the harp of Emerald's isle as a
fairy background for the beautiful young
women who were banked gracefully on
either side, the magnificent float sailed
Jauntily along, receiving a merited round
of vociferous recognition.
A double stand of green electric
l'ghts formed a perfect emerald emblem
and caught at the ends were shamrocks,
both above and below. Dark haired were
the young women and rosy cheeked, giv
ing a true air of Celtic girlhood.
Garbed in white with the shamrock
dotting their gala gowns, three of the
dainty misses stood on the lower part of
the harp. Above on -a wire, as it wero.
stood three more perched. This was a
most pleasing arrangement, the green
lights gleaming in striking contrast with
the dazzling white which prevailed along
the line of route.
Following were the young ladles who
floated with the emerald: Mary Rose,
captain; Mary Weldon, Grace Rouse.
Mary Read, Eva Miller. Ada Espe, Jean
ette Niederer, Nellie Blair, Lena Blair.
A herald of the spring and a promise
of immortality In the olden days the
emerald float, with its dazzling rays of
green would well have won the favors
of rulers, an old time attribute of this
stone. There is but one charm that
this stone was credited with in the
middle ages that would not have ap
plied to the emerald of last night, and
that was that if unmarried it rendered
the wearer invisible.
Decidedly visible and bewildering to
the eye, the girls who donned the emer-
aid carried out the bewitching powers
of the stone which Is designated es
pecially for the month of May and Is
the stone for the Apostle John.
OPAL
The opal float was a laze of glory. A
beautiful butterfly fluttered its white
gauze wins in the foreground and drew
the girls behind In a golden chariot. On
each side of the car were two wheels
studded with pink shaded lights and at
the back two more in blue added their
part to the general delicate color scheme.
At each side were iarge white crescents
bordered with the yellow lights, support
ing small blue wheels which in turn bore
the handsome chair where the captain
sat. her beautiful face half hidden by the
shimmering folds of gauze which fell
protecting.- around her. *
The brilliant glow of color was artis
tically relieved by the black body of tho
butterfly to wh.ch the only touch of
color was given by the silver tipped gold
feathers.
In the front was the name "Opal"' In
white lights against a dark blue back
ground. Just back of the butterfly sat
the other eight girls of the float, their
becoming white gowns harmonizing de
THE PEARL
LOS ANGELES HERALD: WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 8, 1907.
lghtfully with the picturesque scene
around them.
The girls were Misses Gladys Lewis,
captain; Winifred Kellogg, Maude Sha
fer, Lillian Sylvester, Faye Sylvester.
Stella Scott, Charlotte Suinner, Lillian
Blckford, and Edith Berger and the out
riders, who were gayly dressed In yellow
and blue, were Walter McLeod, Lee Mar
ver, R. S. Taylor and Lester Overhols
ter.
The opal, one of the most fascinating
of gems and the most elusive, radiating
with lights, combines tho virtues of all
other stones, and although for many
years considered "unlucky," Is given
the attribute of "lulling woes to rest,"
THE TOURMALINE
to the Wearers born In the month of
October, for which month the stone is
especially designated.
Its pure radiating colors have been
the motif for many songs and poems,
and It has been hailed as a reflector of
the rainbow's colors, the superstition of
regarding the stone having been traced
to Sir .Walter Scott's novel, "Anne of
Gelersteln."
Although not extensively used by the
ancients, the opal was highly prized by
the Romans, who ascribed to it the
power of warning against danger.
They named it the "Paideros," or
"Cupid," and regarded It as the perfec
tion of beauty. Nonius, the Roman
senator, owned one set in a ring, valued
at nearly a million dollars, and history
records that for refusing to sell it to
Mark Antony he was sent into exile.
The next opal famous In history was
"The Burning of the Troy," owned by
the Empress Josephine.
GARNET
Weird and beautiful was the garnet
float. The dark red and green lights cast
a fitful glow against a dark background,
while here and there a yellow gleam crept
timidly.
A giant cricket reared its green body
from a bed of soft foliage and flowers
and held Itself erect on twelve long,
green legs. Two large wings, with red
lights shimmering brightly, stood out
from the body on either side and inclosed
the seat on which two beautiful girls, In
red dresses, trimmed with gold, were sit
ting.
Its massive head was held high in the
air and a soft glow of yellow light issued
from Its mouth. Half hidden by the
body's shadow and wltn the softly shaded
red and green lights touching their faces
could be seen the dainty forms of three
girls, each of them holding a bonquet of
red roses.
Large yellow eyes looked out boldly
from the cricket's head and down its
spinal column ran a long line of green
lights. Large wheels of green electric
lights stood on each side of the cricket
and from one end to the other green
THE GARNET
lghts shaded gradually into the blue and
back Into the green again, the change be
ing so light that only as it shimmered
and dazzled against the white could it be
seen.
Two big atanea, tipped with yellow
lights, guarded the approach to this mag
nificent float, which left a long trail of
soft light behind It. The girls on the
float were Misses Grace Breedlove, cap
tain; Edith White, Violet Nebelung,
Gretchen Foulkes. Bernlce Foulkes, Addle
Judy and Katherlne Smith, and the out
riders, all of whom were dreHsed In yel
low and red, were R. H. Conant, C.
Swarts, E. Swarts and J. D. Glllesple.
Garnet, derived from the Latin word
granatus, meaning like a grain, said to
have arisen in allusion of the stone to
the seeds of the pomegranate, was rep
resented last night by a float abounding
in the rich hues of red. reflecting Its
warm light all along as it moved on its
way, no less bright and beautiful than
the rosy hued maidens who adorned It.
The garnet la one of the stones that
has retained its popularity from an
cient times to the present, having been
In favor with the most ancient Egyp
tians and later by the Romans who
gloried in its brightness.
According to the Talmud the only
light which Noah had in the nrk was
afforded by a carbuncle, under which
name the garnet Is mentioned In tho
early ages.
It was emblematic of constancy, gave
and preserved health, reconciled differ
ences between friends, kept off the
plague and thunder and made Its
wearer agreeable, powerful and victor
ious and was the stone ascribed to the
tribe of Ijcvl In the old dispensation.
The girls on this float were pronounc
ed the most beautiful In tho entire
pageant.
PEARL
Following carefully In every detail the
sea scene came the pearl, the costly gem
of the shore. This was represented in de
tail elaborate. At each corner of the float
swam a sea horse, in gold, studded with
glowing electric lights. Seated In the
center in the form of a great shell were
three young women. Five others were
stationej in the bed of the float which
v/as arranged in the form of sea ferno,
sea fans and the entracing flora of the
ocean.
The entire float was studded with
miniature lights in gold and blue. Ef
fective use of the blue transformed the
bed of the float into an almost perfect re
production of the blue of the ocean,
while the accompanying colors were rep
resented in artistic detail.
The art of the designer made Itself
manifest in this piece and nothing that
culd add to the effectiveness of the float
was left undone. The young women,
gowned In costumes that carried out the
marine idea, sat surroimded by the for
mations of the deep. Electrically per
fect, the float, as it appeared, was a work
of art that could not be surpassed.
The young women whose appearance
enhanced the artistic value of the whole
were Miss Jennie Williams, captain, and
the Misses Winnie Kimball, Jennie Miller,
Isabelle Smith, Lydia Maurer, Rose Mul
vahill, Mary Weaver and Rita Potta.
SAPPHIRE
Blue was the tinge of the float sapphire
—a blue that contrasted beautifully with
the hundreds of Incandescent electric
flashes from the light bulbs. No fairer
girls could be found than the daughters
of California who graced the Idyllic crea
tion with Ethel Squire reigning above the
proud bird of paradise. With her were
Misses Leah Robinson, Ruth Holden and
Olive Belt, Gertrude Brands, Grace
Krepp, Helen Keady, Helen Charles,
Opal Rogers. Outriders Harry Dormer,
Leland Reaves, Will Abbott and Nelson
Smith often dodged flowers that were
thrown at t.ie fair creatures at different
points on the route, while applause was
continuous along the lanes of admiring
humanity.
The design was a huge circular envelop
ing cloud, through which the bird uf
blue could be noted flapping Its wings.
On each side, as though perched In con
templation, sat the maidens typifying the
\irtues of the stone.
The queen cast her eyes right and left
at the multitudes, but beyond smiling,
made no further acknowledgmSnt of the
showers of applause. This, too, was the
course of her aides who took the hom
age of all representatives of the country
with a sweet dignity.
Shriners who had marched and left the
ranks to review the electric floats, fol
lowing them, lingered on tho edge of the
crowds and vied with the waiting throngs
In cheering the girls In blue, testifying
to their beai/ty and the oharm of the de
sign of which they formed an integral
part.
Here and there high school boys gave
vent to familiar school cries which the
Bapphlre girls acknowledged by a blush
or a slight bow— no more.
Miss Gerturde Brands, seated on a for
ward perch, wop many worshipers at her
shrine of beauty, but took the evident
adulation as meant for all.
Special applause was noted by those at
tending the float when passing the Be
laseo, Orpheumand Grand theaters where
enthusiastic onlookers did their best to
show noisy appreciation.
At the hotels, ' too, the hand clapping
and handkerchief waving showed a gen
erous spirit. -
The sapphire girls retired from their
float feeling: that they had held aloft the
glory of California, which was reward
lndeed. •
The successful handling of the floats
T .nß. In « Measure, due to the skill of
ftlec(rlcj<in Prank Humo and Fireman
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T lip beautiful bluo eapphlra la also
<>Hn of .tho ancient BtnnnH iind la the
same name In nearly all Inneruafres. In
Chaldean, Hebrew, Qrook and Latin the
word had tho sama form up in modern
tongues. '
■In early times it was eonnldered a
preventive of despair ■ ana of fire, ■ a
destroyer ot poison and mads Its wearer
chaste, virtuous, pious, devout and
wise. lii tile Old dispensation the sap
phire was designated as belonging- to
Simeon and among tlio apostles to An-
Burton, the African explorer, is said
to have always carried a star sapphire
about with him as a. moans of winning
respect from the barbarous peoples
among whom he Journey t>d. The. say
ages believed that the stone must be a
talisman of great power, and feared to
lncur Its owner's enmity. :;;«mK»attttfia
MOONSTONE
It was a very wise old moon that
loomed up above a sea of clouds tc help
represent moonstone, on what was one
of the most beautiful of the electrical
floats.
It winked knowingly upon the entranc
ing maidens, basking In the warmth of
Its glow as it turned on its orbit. It
grinned at all who gased upon It with a
grin that was half demoniac and half
approving, and It moved from side to
side as If afraid It would miss something
worth seeing.
If there are any who ever doubted hav
ing seen the man in the moon they will
doubt no more, for he was much in evi
dence. His face was a laughing one and
red lights gleamed In his grinning mouth.
By an intricate mechanical contrivance
his eyelid was made to move at Intervals
and this caused him to wink. Surround
ing the outer edge of the moon were
rows of yellow electric and outlining the
bluo clouds beneath It were twinkling
blue lights with here and there a red one
to give a vivid touch of color. At each
side of the moon was a grotesquely
shaped figure resembling a Jack-ln-tho
box and these Jumped up and down In
the most puzzling and unexpected way
Imaginable. Where most of the floats
tried to strive for the beautiful, this float
endeavored to give a touch of the grotes
que and humorous, and the designers of
it succeeded In their effort to a remark
able decree.
In flowing robes of colors mingling with
the colors of the float the maidens sat
and It would have been hard to find a
more charming set. They were eight In
number: Miss Pearl Brooks was the cap
tain and her crew consisted of Misses
Annie- B. Johnson, Clara McClure, Bessta
Clarke. Alma Gockley, Ruth Burdick,
Olive West and Grace O'Neal.
Radiating the white light of night
the moonstone, said to contain an
Image of the moon, and ever a stone of
good luck has from the first been con
sidered one of the favored of stones.
During the period of Increase of the
moon it was considered a potent love
charm and during the decrease of that
luminary It was supposed to enable its
wearer to foretell the future.
In the middle ages carrying a moon
stone In the mouth was believed to be
an aid to the memory, and this belief
is still cherished among the Basques.
Scores of Shriners who went to Santa
Catalinji Monday picked up California
moonstones from the beaches of the
magic isle. As they watched the float
moonstone pass by laden with Califor
nia's fairest maids, the thought of the
uncut gems they held became a thou
sand times more precious to them.
TOURMALINE
Typical of California, the float Tour
maline won universal admiration last
night. Dazzling in its warm beauty, only
rivaled In color by the ruby and with
some of the most beautiful of California's
daughters adorning It this float, like the
stone for which it was designed, had a
strange attraction drawing all eyes to it.
Many were the exclamations brought
forth by the beauty of the float, com
posed as it was of two great arches, out
lined with flaming flowers, all In a tone
of red bordering on the deeper tone of the
ruby, but In the lighter shade of the
tourmaline. Behind etherial drapery of
the same shade the young girls who were
seated among the flowers were in an en
trancing pinkish glow that was seen long
before the float had left in Its wake a bit
of bright color.
Many of the floats contained a« strik
ing devices of decoration, but no more
beautiful float ever wended its way
through the streets than the tourmaline,
wavlrfg with the bright flowers Which out
lined all the seats, the graceful arches
and all given Just the faint tinge of mys
tery, but partially hidden behind the
gauzy drapery.
Like the first rays of the morning sun
over the mountains in San Diego, the
California home of the stone the float
was distinctly typical of California, and
the dark eyed beauties brought to mind
the days of the Benoritas who so admtrert
the bright warm colors of the sunrise
and among whom the tourmaline was a
fa M°ss E^Jna' Merft was captain of the
tourmalines. Others presiding at this
float were Misses Augusta Wackerbarth,
Marcla Forbes. Hazel William.. Louise
Tag Lorene Daehler, Florence Shaw.
Adfllne Jasberg, Vidaßbert. Laura. Har
ris Mary Brown and Hazel McClellan.
Evler Flllmore, Floyd Layne, Lloyd
Mills and Henry Wackerbarth acted as
the outriders.
California's own product, the tour
maline, was one of the beauties of the
parade last night. The tourmaline as
Ruskin says, is "a little of everything,
more like a medieval doctor's pre
scription than a respectable mineral.
The name comes from a Cingalese word,
turamali, which was applied to the
first tourmaline gems sent from Ceylon
to Holland.
The general value of this stone was
not known until the early part of the
eighteenth century when some children
of HoHand. playing on a warm sum
mer's day In a court yard with a few
bright colored stones, noticed that these
possessed a strange power when
warmed by the heat of the sun and at
tracted straws. The old superstition
regarding the hyacinth, under which
name the stone was called formerly,
was that when heated it charmed away
pain.
CRYSTAL
The crystal float, one of the white
beauties, was resplendent with the elec
tric lights that shine as little white balls
outlining i.ie larger globes which, formed
the decorative device of this float. On
each globe was seated a charming young
girl in white, the captain being seated on
i..c highest of these, overlooking all. The
float, as Indicated by its name, was In
the pure tone of white, the globes being
surrounded by Los Angeles maidens no
less beautiful than those on tho pinnacles
of the globes.
A mass of brigmt light, shedding Its
radiance on the bystanders, many a
young man doubtless saw a maiden that
he could wish for his future choice, the
eld time superstition of the crystal, and
while the radiance came from the many
electric globes cunningly hidden seem
ingly everywhere, the young women from
the high pinnacle to the edge o fthe float
shown forth in tho radiance of the spark-
Each globe seemed more beautiful tht»n
the first, and each girl seemed the pret
tier In the long line of bright colors.
All In white, glistening from start to
finish, the float well deserved the ancient
title of "unrlpo diamond," sclntllatlng In
the reflected lights of the floats that pre
ceded and followed it, which only added
to Its white brightness.
On the crystal float Mamie Cliff, the
captain of the young girls, occupied the
highest globe, while seated on eth other
globes and about thfl float were M^Hes
Nell Murray, Myrtle Thomas. Jessie Tag,
Francis firown. Susie Rlckerhauser,
Maud Tucker and Anna Taylor
The outriders for the crystal were J
C rum, J. A. Newton, Warren Cain and
J. Martin.
The dazzling beauty of the crystal,
bright, "translucent Image > of the > Eter
nal Light," was one of tho KO r Ke ou £
floats that passed on the groat white
way last night. The crystal rock was
more highly valited in ancient times
than at the present and was a favorite
among the aristocratic R° mn " wonl ttht e hhhoh n o
and Is also very popular in Japan at the
present for large crystal balls.
Globes of rock crystal were found
among the ruins at Nineveh andthe
Venetians curried on the art of engrav
ing on rock crystal to a I'lS'i^Rree
Among the iHlndoos it is called the
"unrlpo diamond." ..
Crystal balls are In fashion nt the
present tlmo In both Europe «"d Amer
ica an fortune tellers, the images of
objects seen through the spheres
being supposed, according to the fancy
which has survived from an early time,
to Indicate the observer s future.
TAPAZ
With the brilliancy from a thousand
lights dazzling the sight of tho spec
tators the Topaz float was one which
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THE TOPAZ
attracted so much attention along the
line of march that the other floats
which had gone before were almost for
gotten while the spectators stood en
tranced by the beautiful design and
then gave Vent to cheers as the full
beauty of It burst upon them.
It was one of the most beautiful
floats ever seen In any parade in Los
•Angeles, and the design was of the
most novel. A magnificent arch set
with flaming yellow lights which sent
forth soft rays, with bright colored
streamers flying gayly to the winds, it
was a spectacle to live long in the
minds of all lovers of beauty.
Seated In the center of the arch and
raised a trifle above the floor sat Norma
Gould, the captain of the crew of four
girls selected to accompany the float.
On her right sat Crystal Woods and on
her left Emma Janes. In front of the
float was seated Florence Sunderland,
while a few feet back of Miss Gould
was seated Vern Wright. These four
young women, each with light (lowing
tresses and with loose robes and dainty
rlbbona, reminded tho spectators of
nymphs Just from the sea who had
come on shore to dazzle mortals with
their fairy forms and faces. Exclama
tions of admiration were heard all
along the line. Cheers constantly
greeted the float as It passed through
the multitude which thronged the
streets.
The topaz, like the golden hues of
our own poppy, has shed its golden
light of cheerfulness and prosperity
from the days when it was worn as a
gem in the crown of the king of Tyre.
It Is mentioned In the Bible as one of
the stones to be put in the ephod of the
high priest and as forming one of the
gates of the Holy City, and Is today
used as the stone for the month of No
vember.
The name is derived from the Greek
topazlos, which Is the name of an
Island In the Red sea. The Portuguese
call the topaz "slaves' diamonds," and
It is said that a stone of the crown of
Portugal, reputed to be a diamond and
called the Braganza, is probably a
topaz of exceptional clearness and
beauty.
Probably the largest cut topaz was
presented to Pope Leo on the occasion
of his silver Jubilee. This stone
weighed nearly four pounds.
DIAMOND
Emblematic of purity and strength,
sparkling with light that added to the
brilliancy of the wondrous pageant of
dazzling beauty, the diamond float won
spontaneous expressions of admiration
as it moved past the throngs that lined
the streets. The diamond was probably
the most attractive and significant cre
ation In the line of Fawcet Robinson's
dreams of loveliness, comprehending as
it did a brilliant lesson In the most prec
ious of stones. Resting in tho center of
the float was an Immense diamond, a mil
lion times larger than the great Kohlnor,
outlined with a myriad of minature In
candescent lights, with the lovely maid
ens from the Polytechnic inside, dimly
seen through the filmy covering. The
massive base was a setting of gold and
green, made brilliant by 500 four-candle
power Incandescent lamps. Partially hid
den by the gauze at tiie four corners of
THE CATBEYE
the float were seated four other Poly
technic maidens protected by smaller dia
monds that radiated light and beauty.
Miniature lamps In green of eight-candle
power at the corners of the float formed
a marked contrast for the myriads of
white lights that lit up the street for a
great distance from the moving c«r.
Around the deck of the float were placed
in a most tasteful manner lilies typical
of the purity of the diamonds and of the
maidens whoso presence Hnd grace so
Perfectly represented the Idea of the de
signer of the resplendent picture. Tho
maidens were attired In rich gowns of
silk and satin and as the crowds gove en
thusiastic demonstrations of pleasure,
bore themselves with becoming grace and
'"Knlty. Tho diamond maidens were:
Lillian HJelm, captnln; Zllpah Reames,
M. Lucille Young, Hazel Janes, Isabelle
Nethersell, Mabel Guthrle and Alice
Crawford.
The diamond, that most entrancing
or nil preoioUß gems reflecting as It
does tho brilliancy of the sun, the
whiteness of tho moon and the colors
of tho rainbow, was ono of the most
brilliant of the many brilliant floats
and called forth universal admiration.
According to classical mythology the
diamond was first formed by Jupiter,
who turned into Btone a man known as
Diamond of Crete. Tho name diamond
comes from the Greek adamas, which
means unconquerable. This term was
doubtless applied because of the great
resistant power assigned to the mineral
by the ancients. Besides the well
known tradition that it could not be
broken by hammer and anvil they be
lieved that the diamond could only be
subdued and broken when dipped in
warm goat's blood. The change of the
name from adamas to diamond Is
thought by somo to have come from
prefixing to it the Italian dlsfano,
transparent, in allpslon to Its possess
ing tho property of transparency.
The diamond Is assigned to tho
month of April an emblem of Innocence,
a tailsnrhn against danger and giving
manhood and strength.
CORAL
Gleaming red In Its almost perfect
transplantation from the sea, Coral Was
one of tho most artistic floats seen in
the parade. Surmounting the reefs
swam a finny monster, wonderfully
made, which slowly propelled his enor
mous bulk through billows of zem zem
— so the Shriners thought — and contln-
ually opened and closed his whole-like
jaws as the ingivorating liquid perco
lated through the intricacies of his
gills. ■ • ■ ■ :
Seated about this leviathan -were six
of the most charming girls of Los An
geles. I Interwoven throughout the en
tire structure was a marine formation
of red brilliantly and effectively Illu
minated by - hundreds of ? gleaming
lights. In contrast to the red were
smaller, pieces of the rare blue corn.!,
the whole forming a sea picture the
like of which the visiting Shriners
failed to see even in the depths of the
"Mechanically and from the stand-
Mechanically and from the stand
point of the electrician the coral float
was one of the best on exhibition.
Along the entire line of march this
masterpiece of the designer's art was
greeted with applause perhaps surpass
ing that accorded any other. '
Seated in the float and adding not a
little to its lustre were Miss Sarah Pat
ton, captain, and the Misses Edith
Sutherland, Harriet Ponnall. Madgo
Moon, Ruth Sidey and Mortonic Penne.
Coral which formed such a beautiful
spot of dainty color last night, was
greatly, prized by the Greeks and
Romans and by the former it was
called go-rgela and was believed to have
originated from the blood which
dripped from the head of Medusa and
which becoming hard was planted .by
the sea nymphs in the sea. .>;
lnI In the middle ages coral was used In
medicine and was hung on fruit bear
ing trees as a protection from hail.
blll TT o ht th a i nn ss d da VV y in tt d hh S e Brahmins and Fakirs
of the cast place coral UP™ the: r dead
to prevent evil spirits taking poa- :
session. . . ; . -
AMETHYST
Like some great white cloud of purest
snow floating down the street as it
drawn by unseen hands, floated the gor
geous creation which the designer had
been inspired to produce as the amethyst.
A bower of filmy white, the snow white
purity of the dream, almost dazzling tne,
eyes of the beholders, its coming was
heralded far In advance by the enthusi
astic exclamations of the gazers. A lacy
film hung down from the great _ bow
shaped arch which supported the struc
ture, within which sat nine of the most
beautittil of the fair damsels who took
part In the magnificent pageant. • ■ „„
Like a great . fairy bower the craft
slowly wended its way through the dense
crowds that lined the sidewalks. - And
ever and anon a cluster of brilliant blue
lights would relieve the Intense white of
the gorgeous figure, blue lights that
looked all the more blue because of their
white background. '•■■ ■■ '■ _i,it» hnii
And lilies there were, great white be
shaped flowers that hung around the arch
and hid Its outlines with graceful bloom
lilies that waved and fluttered with round
mi
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