long line of carriages drew up in front of the
Metropolitan Opera-house last evening and
discharged elegantly attired ladies and
gentlemen, who had come to attend the Bachelors'
ball, in numbers about 800 strong. The
opera-house presented an unwonted appearance,
arrayed as it was with a profusion of
evergreens, especially in the lobby, which
resembled a huge hothouse. The corridors were
decorated with geraniums and varieties of
plants, and on the stairway was a pretty floral
umbrella. Leading to the upper floors the
stairways were closed up with evergreens, and
through a bower could be discerned the stage set
with a castle scene. The flower of the beauty of
New York was present, the Bachelors evidently
having a distaste for that feminine genus known
as wall-flower, and having invited mainly the
young and pretty women of their acquaintance.
The rosebuds were out in full force, and made a
blooming appearance through the series of
waltzes, gallops, and polkas that largely
composed the order of dancing.
The guests began to arrive about 11 o'clock, and
were soon promenading through the corridors,
along which swung at intervals parti-colored
Chinese lanterns, to the music of Lander's
orchestra playing popular operatic airs. A few
of the boxes were open, and were taken advantage
of for an occasional tête-à-tête. The dresses
were noticeable for richness and display. The
ballroom, which was hardly large enough for the
number of dancers, was innocent of all
decorations. The supper-room, which is much more
commodious, was full of evergreens, and the
guests sat down at the small table, catered to
by Delmonico, about midnight, and were
sumptuously served. The favors for the German
were bouquets and fans, with the legend,
"Bachelor's Ball, 1884." inscribed on their
backs. It was danced about 1:30 this morning,
and was led by Lispenard Stewart and G.H.
Warren, Jr. A hundred and fifty couples
participated in the dance.
Among those present
were: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Aspinwall, Mr. and Mrs.
William Astor, Miss Astor, Major Bryce, Miss
Beckwith, W. B. Bininger, Mr. and Mrs. W.L.
Breese, the misses Binsse, P.T. Barlow, Mr. and
Mrs. George S. Bowdoin, C.C. Baldwin, Mr. and
Mrs. James Benkard, Mrs. Beekman, the Misses
Beekman, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Clark, Mr. and Mrs.
August Belmont, Jr., Prof. and Miss Chandler,
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cary, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Clews, the Misses Clift, Mr. and Mrs. Colford,
Miss Draper, Judge and Mrs. Daly, Mr. and Mrs.
W. Earl Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Delmonte, Mr. and
Mrs.W.B. Dismore, Mr. and Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. Ogden
Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Howland, Commander
Gorringe, Mr. and Mrs. H. Hoppin, Mr. and Mrs.
John G. Heckscher, Mr. and Mrs. A. Iselin, Jr.,
Mr. and Mrs. William Jay, Mr. and Mrs. J.F.
Kernochan, Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Lorillard, Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Leavitt, Mr. and Mrs. Luther
Kountze, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Martin, Mr. and
Miss McAllister, Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Mills, Mr.
and Mrs. H. Victor Newcomb, Mr. and Mrs. John C.
Peters, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Pell, Mr. and Mrs.
Rutherford, Mr. and Mrs. Tolfree, Mr. and Mrs.
Robert G. Remsen, Miss Townsend, Mr. and Mrs.
Lawrence Turnure, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Warren, Miss
Warren, Gen. and Miss Webb, Mr. and Mrs. W.K.
Vanderbilt, Mr. and Mrs. C. Vanderbilt, and Mr.
and Mrs. Wilmerding.
The bachelors who gave the ball are: George C.
Allen, Francis R. Appleton, Carroll Bryce,
William Cutting, F. Brockholst Cutting, Henry
Cram, J.D. Cheever, William B. Cooper, Alexander
B. Duncan, Augustus C. Gurnee, Wendell Goodwin,
J.B. M. Grosvenor, David L. Haight, Center
Hitchcock, Henry E. Jones, James H. Jones,
Woodbury Kane, Oliver K. King, Walter F.
Kingsland, Arthur Leary, J.F.D. Lanier, Herman
R. Le Roy, J.B. Livingston, N. Griswold
Lorillard, Thomas Maitland, Clement March, Peter
Marie, Thomas C. Meyer, W. Starr Miller, Pierre
La Montagne, J. Ridgeway Moore, F. Townsend
Martin, Richard Mortimer, Herman Oelrichs, Frank
Pendleton, Charles Grenville Peters, Richard
Peters, Edwards Pierrepont, James O. Proudfit,
Percy R. Pyne, Jr.; John W. Russell, Reginald W.
Rives, F. Augustus Schermerhorn, A. Wright
Sanford, Henry Sands, Lydig Suydam, Lispenard
Stewart, Lawrence Turnure, Jr., W.R. Travers,
Jr., Douglas Twombley, A. Ernest Vanderpoel, G.
Harry Warren, Jr., G. Creighton Webb, Matthew A.
Wilks, M. Orme Wilson, and James M. Varnum. The
patronesses were Mrs. William Astor, Mrs.
Francis R. Rives, Mrs. Adrian Iselin, Mrs.
Maturin Livingston, Mrs. Alexander Van
Rensselaer, and Mrs. William C. Schermerhorn.