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Dance of the Bachelors 1894

 Brilliant Scenes at their Ball in the Waldorf

The bachelors' ball which took place at the Waldorf last night will occupy a lasting and notable place in the annals of the social functions of this city. From the standpoint of exclusiveness alone the ball deserves to rank among the smartest of the smart affairs of the season. The dance was full of vivacity. But the ball will be chiefly remembered for the exquisite and unique beauty of the decorations of the several rooms set aside for the use of the guests independently of the ballroom. These decorations were designed and supervised by G. C. Boldt, the manager of the Waldorf.

The guests entered the hotel by the western door, and at once found themselves in a long lane of green foliage. The walls and top of this sylvan arbor bore gleaming fruit in the shape of thousands of tiny and colored incandescent lights. At the northern end of the lane were the elevators, partly covered by leaves and flowers.

The reception room, situated midway between the drawing room and the Neapolitan buffet, was a marvel of loveliness. The eastern and western ends were separated from the other rooms by huge crimson curtains, looped back with gold ropes and festoons of roses. The northern end of this room was completely hidden by terraces of palms and calla lilies. From the corners towered giant palms and ferns.

In the drawing room were clumps of palms, interspersed with onyx lamps with Guinea-gold shades.

Mr. Boldt, however, reserved his final effort for the room in which was the Neapolitan buffet. The buffet, itself, which occupied the southern end of the apartment, was backed by old gold and heliotrope plush curtains, in the centre of which were incandescent lamps forming the monogram, "K.B.B." On each side of the buffet was a gigantic cornucopia of gilt wicker, from which poured a stream of fruit of all kinds. Massive silver epergnes, the edges of each salver of which were fringed with electric lights, were filled with fruits and placed at intervals in and about the buffet. An ingenious arrangement of grape clusters and electric lights gave charming color effects. Pyramids of fruit filled in the odd corners, and flowers in profusion were everywhere. The food in the buffet also did its share to make the room attractive. The buffet was open the entire evening, and the Winter garden adjoining, in which the supper proper was served, was opened at 1:30 A.M.

The corridor at the northern end of the ballroom and the conservatory at the western end of the room were converted into bits of fairyland in the way as were the entrances for the guests. In the conservatory, however, electric morning glories took the place of the parli-colored lights in the entrance ways. The ballroom itself was not decorated.

The cotillion favors were beautiful, and consisted of Prince of Wales ostrich tips, fans, long ribbons, bearing the name and date of the function, strings of bells, and choice sprays of French flowers. There were five favor figures.

Mrs. Whitney Warren and Mrs.. Ogden Mills received the guests on behalf of the Bachelors. Mrs. Brockholst Cutting, who was to have received also, withdrew on account of recent death in her family.

The cotillion was danced at 1:30 A.M., and was led alone by W. Ritchie.

The bachelor subscribers to the ball were Richmond Aulick, James F. Bacon, Perry Belmont, Stewart M. Brice, R. McLeod Cameron, Hamilton W. Carey, Alfred N. Coats, Francis Brockhoist Cutting, William Cutting, Jr., William Gordon Fellows, Theodore Frelinghuysen, Center Hitchcock, J. Woodward Haven, Woodbury Kane, John Watson Lawrence, Cambridge Livingston, H. Ray Miller, Robert Shaw Minturn, Herbert D. Robbins, Peter Lorillard Ronalds, Reginald Ronalds, Charles E. Sands, Robert Cornell Sands, Francis Skinner, Jr., Louis Barton Strong, Henry Richmond Taylor, Robert B. Van Courtlandt, Worthington Whitehouse, Matthew Astor Wilkes, J. Baron Willing, and Richard T. Wilson, Jr.

Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Appleton, Mr. and Mrs. Ward McAllister, Miss McAllister, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Baylies, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Bend, Mrs. Bend, Miss Brewster, Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Bacon, Jr., C.C. Baldwin, J.D.R. Baldwin, Miss Baldwin, Miss Edith Bishop, E. H. Bulkleley, Gen. and Mrs. Lloyd Bryce, James L. Breese, Mr. and Mrs. William Burden, Henry W. Biby, Mr. and Mrs.. H. Le Grand Cannon, Sir Roderick Cameron, the Misses Cameron, T.F. Cushing, Miss Cushing, Miss Clews, Col. and Mrs. S.V.R. Cruger, Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Dyer, Jr., Mr. George Vanderbilt, the Misses Whitney, Miss L. de P. Webb, Miss Marie Winthrop, Dr. and Mrs. W. Seward Webb, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Waterbury, Miss Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Wilmerding, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Davis, the Misses Duer, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald De Koven, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Elliot, John G. Furman, Miss Fellows, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Forrest, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Francklyn, Mr. Gilbert, Miss Fair, C. Grand Le Farge, Commodore and Mrs. Gerry, F. Gray Griswold, Miss Marie Rose De Garmendia, Miss Greenleaf.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Havemeyer, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Havemeyer, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, Robert L. Hargous, Col. and Mrs. William Jay, Miss Sybil Kane, S. Nicholson Kay, Miss Kipp, Miss Anita Lawrence, the Misses Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. James Lawrence, William Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. J.F.D. Lanier, Miss Maud Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mortimer, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mortimer, Mr. Peter Mable, the Misses Chanler, Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Potter, Mr. and Mrs. F.K. Pendleton, Julian Potter, Alfred Post, Miss Post, Miss Eleanor Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Whitelaw Reid, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Dillon Ripley, Mr. and Mrs. Karrick Z. Riggs, Francis B. Riggs, Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Story, Miss Sybil Sherman, Mr. Appleton Smith, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Sloane, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sloane, the Misses Sloane, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stevens, Mr. G.N. Tooker, Miss Tooker, Mr. and Mrs. H.A.C. Taylor, William Tiffany.

The out-of-town guests included Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Bradlee, Llewellyn Barry, the Misses Brice, Miss Louisa Cushing, Miss Olivia Cushing, Albert Fairfax, John Ford, Miss Goddard, R.B. Hay, Capt. Helbert, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Livingston, Miss Katherine Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Prince, Count Sierstorpff, William Rathbone, Dr. Archibald G. Thompson, Miss Sara Thompson, Frank Thompson, Miss Anne Thompson, Miss Willing, Count de Laugier Rillar, the Marquis de Pateuad, Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Burnham, Miss Marie Stirling, Mr. and Mrs. Bacon, J. Gennadius, Baron von Hoffmann, Miss Palfrey, Bryce Allen, Edward Gray.

The dresses and jewels of the women quests were remarkable for their beauty.

 


Article Information:
Article Name: Dance of the Bachelors 1894
Website: http:www.thehistorybox.com |Researcher/Transcriber:    Miriam Medina
Source: New York Times Jan 19, 1894. p.6 (1 page)
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