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Fair Women Appear as Radiant Visions of Ancient Days in Jeweled Robes of Filmy Lace
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Rule 9 Was Welcomed Riot
ously, Gloriously at the
Mardi Gras Ball at
the Palace
tion on which will float the Noah's ark
of penitence—Lent. So they led the
devil a merry chase last night from
before midnight's holy hour to the
dawn's early light. Society did. So
ciety with the big: "S" and society with
the little "s" and society whose only
"S" has a line drawn through it, thus
But they might have spared poor
old anachronism.
He never did them any harm.
But when a mysterious gink will don
r domino on which are marked the
words and music of that touching re
frain "Everybody's Doin , It Now" and
pretend that he is at a Roman court it
looks like he Is the fellow who when
in Rome is determined to do as the Ro
man's don't do.
Everybody was a mysterious gink un
til the midnight hour.
All but Ned Greenway. He is sup
posed to be the Romanest Roman of
them all, but Greenway's idea of a Ro
man citizen was found in the Quatre
But at that, the annual Mardi Gras
ball given by the people of San Fran
fisco for the benefit of the Children's
hospital was a sumptuous affair and it
is a fine thing that the people, men
and women with whole arms and
whole legs and straight backs—there
was little concealment at the Mardi
Gras ball—and large hearts, should
gather at their frolic for the benefit
of the lame and feeble little tots at
the gray brick hospital in California
street. The cots in the hospital are
made softer on account of the fun and
erayety of the people who assembled
last night at the Palace hotel and
danced until morning.
There was only one near riot and that
was when a burly chap with a revolver
went up to a crusader in a chain mail
and asked him if he were going by par
cel post. The chain mail man didn't
like it—but what could a crusader in
the ancient Roman court do? He #4*
an anachronism and could be ruled eat
of court. There was only one thing to
save them, the crusader and other an
achronisms; they could have recourse
to Roman Jaw and take out a nunc pro
tune order and fit in right. As his
honor Associate Justice Sloss of the
California supreme court and Attorney
10. J. McCutchen and lesser judges and
lesser attorneys were there, such a pro
reeding would be appropriate and prob
ably a writ in n me pro tune was is
sued and the "now for then" proceed
ing? established. That would make the
motley masquerade proper for ancient
There were several hundred folks at
the Palace last night who were not
anachronisms. A pretty girl never is.
There was a girl, the Red Devil, with
Chippendale legs—which are preferable
to Mission legs, many of which were
also in evidence—who would not have
been an anachronism in anybody's
court. Caesar Augustus probably had
choirs of such beauties singing his
abundant charms. There were other
girls In costumes who might not have
been such anachronisms In the Garden
of . But why revert to that old
place? There were BO apple trees in
sight last ••'•:
There were iso trees in the palm
'■ourt, where the dance was held. The
palm court had been deforested.
Forgetting this old business of an
achronism —it will never more be men
tioned—the Mardi Gras ball was a
splendid affair and that part which
was the Roman court was a charming
The triumphant march began at
o'clock, but an hour before that
;ng started on the hardwood
On the side walls of the arena of
Murt were posted notices for the
•ion of the dancers, notices of
inn and conduct.
Rule No. 9 was the important one.
c No. 9 read:
-\'o one cared if the other rules were
heeded or not.
Rule No. 9 was followed wjth that
m rupuloueseeS) that obedience, that
devotion to the spirit and the letter
which marked the conduct of the cour
ti»!-s of Caesar Augustus.
If William Hooper, the Nubian slave,
had had a two edged ax instead of his
vociferous Panama-Pacific hora, with
instructions to behead any one who
disobeyed the Implied mandate of rule
No. 9, that order could not have been
more closely adhered to.
It is a healthy thing to see such a
large gathering pay such close atten
tion to a suggestion, to the mere hint
that "Raggiag- would he Permitted."
The Roman throne was placed at tlie
One of the merry groups of maskers at the Mcrii Gras. From left to right they are: Mrs. Benjamin Uchtenstein as a high caste Chinese woman, A. Livingston Gump as a Tibetan high
iriest, Miss Cordelia Me)ia as en Indian maiden, I. A. Daughcrty as a Hindu priest, Mhs Lenora Mejia cs a Mardi Gras sprite, Miss Lucille Levy as a daughter of the rajah ancPW. B. MacGregor
2s a britani.
west end of the ballroom. The deco
rators had found the ornate architec
ture of the place sufficiently noble for
a Roman court—old Augustus Caesar
would have been happy it he had had
such a brilliant hall as served last
evening—and this morning—for the
replica of his court. The throne wag
in green and gold and was graced with
those satirical Initials of the Roman
empire "S. P. Q. R,", which indicated
something about the ability of the sen
ate to rule Rome. That was the little
joke the Roman emperors had on the
senate, but the initials* looked erudite
last night.
The court came out of the white and
gold dining room into the inclosed
Palm court, a gang of old Roman sena
tors leading fatuously, with Ned Green
way, the czar, in his last year's Mardi
gras knickerbockers leading.
Then came the beautiful ladies of the
court — Mrs. Eugene de Coulon, Mrs.
Harry Hastings, Miss Anne Peters,
Miss Vera de Sabla, Miss Laura Pearkes
and Miss Aimee Raiscb. No old Roman
emperor ever had a more beautiful
bevy of maidens to march before him;
even the painters of Christian masters,
v.S.o select the moet beautiful creatures
tiny can fiad as food for the Roman
lions, never conjured more grace and
charm than was represented in the
graceful, merry faced girls in classic
gowns who etepped daijitily in the
path of the imperator.
There were a lot of Roman senators
and generals and such things with the
maidens. No one noticed them. They
belong to the mysterious gink class,
outshone for all their armor in the re
fulgence of the maidens of honor.
Then, then the emperor and his em
They were In regal garb and were a
regal pair. The emperor was clad in
a plum colored velvet mantle—which
might have been the royal purple, al
though !t was pretty red for purple—
and the empress is in a gorgeous gown,
than which she was more glorious.
Caesar Augustus was impersonated
by Ferdinand Thertot. The riot came
after Ferdinand.
The empress was Mrs. Clement Tobln,
who was a Mies de Sabla, a beautiful
blonde with shimmering jewels.
l>ast year at the Mardi <3*ras tht Dβ
Sabla jewels were stolen; but none
would ever think it to see the splendid
array that graced this gorgeous queen.
The only suggestion of the robbery
was in the presence of Tom Murphy of
Chief White's plain clothes squad.
The emperor and his empress and the
charming maids of honor and their
medley of escorts having reached the
throne, the merry niaelurs danced be
Miss Kathleen de Young (at the left) and Mrs. George Cameron, manager of the pageant, reho xotre among the
■ prominent figures on the ballroom floor.
fore them, at first with some decorum [
in columns of fours, but then came !
the riot, the rout, the mad merriment
of the Mardi Gras, in which the only
rule obeyed was that polite sugrges
tion contained in the before mentioned
Rule No. 9, towit:
The sumptuous hall was darkened
and from a balcony shone raye. of col
ored lights on the dancers and their
capers in their fantastic growns. This
Roman revel must.have been held after
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Masculine Kal.eidoscope Is
Riotous Refutation
of the Popular
Garbed in the habiliments of the
ancients and representing: every con
ceivable period and condition in the
history of the world, the masqueraders
presented a bewildering medley of color
and action. Cassocked priests, devils,
simpering gallants of ihe Elizabethan
period, grim faced crusaders, court jest
era with cap and bells atingle, becapped
and begowned students, muscular glad
iators—all commingled in a swaying,
laughing throng.
Mustached Bulgars borrowed matches
from turbaned Turks. His satanic !
majesty, through the medium of count
lees crimson representatives, levied toll
upon the gathering. Courtiers and j
lackeys became reminiscent over a now
decadent aristocracy. Happy-go-lucky
tars bumped into their superiors with
never a word of pardon. The gladiator
hobnobbed with the eerf. Nubian \
slaves, vassals and peasants met on j
common ground with lords of the man- i
or. The eye was distracted with the
ever changing shift of color.
Of clowns there were aplenty. Triose
of upstanding frame and stalwart build
favored tunic and the scarf of the
Roman. Others with a leaning for
the lighter roles discarded tweed and
broadcloth for the buff and jerkin. The
men repudiated the old indictment
charging a fondness for somber cloth-
Ing. They vied with the women in
their expression of color, role and char- j
acterizatlon. That many had expended
not only time but money was evidenced
in the wide range of costuming and the
careful attention to detail. Among I
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Costumes of Men "Rival in
Magnificence the Splen
did Gowns of Beau
tiful Women
Never has costuming *n magniflcejit
been seen before in San Francisco. All
the luxury, the richness of material,
and wealth of embroidery for which
the Roman court was famous waa
revived for last night's carnival. JSot
a detail of extravagance was spared,
and the result was a. glorious riot of
color and beauty-
As Empress Livia, Mrs.
Tobin was truly "queen." Her robr-T
was decidedly the most costly and ex
quisite in the room. The foundation
of silver brocaded velvet was em
broidered in Roman design with rhine
stoneß and emeralds. Her shoulders
and arms were bare but for a strip of
folded tulle which passed above the
shoulder and a medallion of lace em
broidered in rhinestones which fell
over the upper portion of her arm. Her
train was a handsome creation of heavy
net embroidered in rhinestones and
trailed the ground 10 feet behind. Her
hair was confined by a band of rich
silver lace and she carried a fan fash
ioned of three snowy ostrich plumes.
Her jewels were a rope of pearls bound
Hiree times about her throat, brooches
of diamonds and emeralds, which she
wore both front and back, and brace
lets of pearls and diamonds.
As Augustus Caesar, Caesar Fer
dinand was almost as gorgeous as his
empress. He wore a long robe of white
satin embroidered about the edge With
broad bands of gold and trimmed with
gold lace. A toga of red cloth, woven
in gold, fell from his shoulders. This
in turn was trimmed with rich gold
lace and on his head he wore a wreath
of gold laurel leaves. He carried a
scepter headed with the Roman eagle.
The maids of honor were gowned
alike, except for the mantle of satin
which fell from their shoulders. The
body of the gewns was of white satin,
fashioned with simple lines and em
broidered in gold bands , which were
jeweled with amethysts, emeralds or
opal to match the color of the toga.
Their hair was bound about with bands
of jewel Btudded gold and their san
dals were of white satin bound with
gold. Miss , Vera de Sabla as Fabia
and Mme. Eugene de Coulon as Va
leria, wore mantles of emerald green;
Miss Laura Pearkes, as Portia, and
Misa Maryon Dunsmuir, as Artenuse,
wore cloth of gold, and the two others , ,
Miss Aimee Raisch and Miss Anue
Peters, as llerenina and Cornelia, wore
The costumes of the men were equal
ly gorgeous. The soldiers from the
Praetorian guard wore blue and sil
ver doublets with mantles of rich blue
stuff embroidered in silver thread.
They were Dudley Gunn, Herbert Mill*.
Walter Martin and H. McDonald
Spencer. Courtney Ford as Drusus, a
praetor, wore a similar style, only tl\e
color was red in place of blue, arw
Allan Dunn as Caius, tribune of the
thirteenth legion, wore gold.
Burr Mclntosh was In white with a
toga of lavender and carried a scroll.
He impersonated Quintus, a patron of
literature. Giuseppi Cadenasso was
the poet Ovid in a costume of white.
The two train bearers were Dick Lee
and Cyril McXear, who as Greek slaves
wore short tunics of white trimmed
with bands of gold.
Alfred McKinnon was Dumnorlx.
Caesar's fool. His costume was gro
tesque— white with a short tog*
trimmed in gold, a wreath of gre<?n
leaves in his hair and a fool's wand In
his hand.
The costumes of the dancers were Iβ
accord with the beauty and wealth of
those of the court. There was every
variety, queens, dancing girls, slave*,
Indian princesses, Chinese mandarins.
Pierrettes, maids and matrons resur
rected from past ages of glory.
The costume worn by Mrs. Henry
Foster Dutton was probably the hand
somest on the floor. She went as a
Persian princess in a robe of Japanese,
brocade and cloth of gold embroidered
in emeralds and jade. A tiger skin fell
as a togra from her ehouldera and was
caught in the front with a jeweled
-lasp. The headdress was of peacock
feather?, which rose from a helmet of
gold cloth studded with pearls and
Mrs. Edward Earle Brownell Imper
sonated night in a gown of black vel
vet, tight fitting, over wide 3kirts ot
accordion plaited chiffon, the whole
smbroidered in silver stars.
Mrs. Leon Greenebaum was dressed
as a water lily in a costume of' green
and white satin, with an overdress Of
white tulle. The trimming wa.« Ot
water lilies, and a large lily, petaled
in tulle, formed her headdress. . jl
Miss Lurline Matson was an Orlef.'tMf
princess in a pink satin robe, with a
overdress of jewel studded blue tulle.
Mrs. E. M. Sexton was a Folly, in a
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