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Fancy Dress Ball.

Perhaps the most successful fancy Iress ball ever given in Ashburxjn was that which took place in bhe Oddfellows' Hall on Friday night, when Mr and Mrs Alfred Curtis were the hosts, and the occasion the celebration of ;he coming of aye of their eldest son —Mr Alfred Curtis, junr. The guests comprised between 200 and 300 of the youth md fashion of Ashburton town and sounty, and the costumes, while all pretty md graceful, .were generally true totho jharacter they represented 'or"this idea" ' - Dhey illustrated, many of them being magnificent in' appearance, costly in. . naterial, and elaborato in work. In fact, t appeared as if .both ladies and gentle- ■'■"■'.■• nen had vied with each other'as to • who fS\ should appear in the most J handsome jostume.' For a country town—and it is aot supposed that Ashburtoif claimst6 ho-l'c\)j mything else—the wori&er is'-tnife.%*> nany and varied costumes could have '/ seen gojb together oh bne'floor ; r;'.aad ( '>:wbmi^,H'f-^ bhe guests ranged up' iri the'dance Haii , j? Bffect was striking, in the extreme/an. '-, affect j tha^was greatly; enhanced aa^they;-, .^' * moved,.in .cadence, through the vanou!/ i.xj iigures:- ...The music-^that indispensable. md all-important element of a ball tooxorsh^-y^il, wras supplied.- by , jthe Flerningi =< balm.,, : [ f ., Ohristchurch y \an£'V#» feanynrsfrclata.; r,?£ Neither yioJUn nor piano showed the lewti.t,^; sign of fag or'falter the long programme. . ■.'""'~” ■ .—~~~,~«x_, '„ Every part of the hall, property wag , utilized. The rp^mJcnpwn as .the "Lodge" room upstairs','did: dut^jas^a cardsand smoking room' for the gentlemen, -'. the usual dressing-rooms were jnade, use _of,- ' ; and .the large" 1 stage.; Was Ujd J bu£ fas'l»> : ; -:: supper room in the rear; while the 'front part provided accommpdattbp.,for matrons, and elderly gentlemen.whoie^liwiw we.M^. long; ago lost that' '-su^leri'ess^ahtf'-'elas-ticity th^t a trip .with a partner claims. . After an'interval* for supper^ MiiW^CM H Walker, M.H.'R.^took the platforii£, r and -y -ft in a,short speech tenderedihe thattWot^ta the guests to their hosts for the magnificent entertainment whjch had been provided, and their hearty congratulations to Mr and Mrs Curtis, and also to Mr Alfred Curtis, junr., upon the attainment by the latter of his majority. He said. he felt sure" he, simply/; gave .eipressidn^jfcb-ihi Utfi sincere feelings' of all '• present - wlien-ilie.'in-stated. m! that., was. ~ the unanimous wish that his life throughout might be us ■'■■-''I joyous as was the present occasion. Cheers were,'then;lgiven for Mr «ndi'l' Mrs Curtis, add Mr Curtis, junr. '\ During the early part of the evening that exceedingly pretty'dancej theFrenen' cotillon, was veryj charmingly performed by three full sets of ladies and. gentle- y men whose] evolutions in f-'A this exceptionally : mazy r and: intricate . r dancej'JV, were .the theme of general admira-: r , - qiori so; much so that by general desire the,; -, I cotillon was repeated duringr.the second nj> part bf the-programme. ;3Ehe following rp.,. are the names of the ladiesand gentlemen ...^ who tdok part in the cotillon :— ;• '/., ;.; „£ y > First Set-^Mrs Curtis rand' Mr :\^ Mr .George Buckley and Miss, Reesi.;',Mr,^"/, Reginald Curtis and Miss Traumam^}; Mr ; , s * 4 . HamishMcLeari and Miss; Buckley,^^;,^ Second Set-*-Mr. J.: Jamison. and Mrs j. E.G. Crisp. Mr George _< Jameson ;and:, \-[ Mrs Mainwaring: Mr H. Gifford Mocjre • and Miss Jamison; Mr Luxfordand Miss, ■ F. Pilbrow.'" i' ' '-'■' "d' J *•: ■' ' ''} A M Jj.l Third Set-^-MrHwold Curtis and. tyi*R. Craig; Mr F. Polhill and Miss G. Shiny; Mr C. A. Low and-Miss L. Pilbrpw; Mr E. B. Simpson and MissJE. Davis." : Not by-any. means an..uninteresting^^ feature of the dancing werefto'sailotl'^-l I hornpipe, given by \ Mrj 'A. H. Shttry, .hi. with a spirit that much younger .men X / J, would have envied,, and the Highlahd ':V l; j Highland character as the Maclean of the f '"* Isles, danced with his usual accuracy and : igrace,. ; -„ i •.■;,... As far aa could be; ascertained, the \ fpl- ; ! lowing is the" guest lisiv' with °the '; I costumes':— . . , - A , , " LADIES'/ -; ' ;_,' f ...- } : _ . Mrs Alfred Curtis—Court Lady of the 119 th century. A magnificent green satin dress, pearl and gold trimmings, with long green plush train, braided.with gold. • y | Miss Isabel Rees—Parthenia, in Mrs Norton's play of "Ingomar.".' , ;, Miss F. Brandon, Wellington—Spring Snow. Eau de Nile tulle, .covered with spring flowers; and snow pyudre. ;-, ' < /j ; < \ Mrs F. Makeig—Tennis. ■ Miss E; Wiggins, ChristchuftjhrT^Bsie.'^x " Curfew must not ring to-night." Miss Rose McCrowari.jNelson^ta^ani Peasant. Blue velvet and crimson ( satjupt, j ; Mrs Mainwaring-^jinflpwer^ * -Miss May Mainwaring—Frost. Mrs Peter Williams—DresdenjChjnA. rf Mrs M. Friedlander—Lady of the 17th i century. J" ' ■"•'■• t>'- c«ri • y lU\ k^ ) ;Mrs Major Steward—Red Cross Nurse. ,„, Miss Ste>rard-f-Romp. -V.:. ;._ ' ■■ • , -f -Miss E. Pilbrow^.GoodXrfek.(/;i L^A i ;Mrs Rudolph* Fri.edlander — Night. Diamond ornaments. \--J .•"*?> E " 'Mrs E. G. Ciisp-iEortia. Cap and gpwhfofi <»idinal ,plush\o*)n\o^ ;effej^ye- . costume. • --: i-i.I-i...•!['■', o<",i ■ -.houi'jo \ I . Miss A. Matson) ChxiitchurchH-Aineiicai One of- the prettiest bf the short drewse*. Miss Aliceßoberts—Bird Maiden. ' o ,^- ---: Mrs McOwenr—Queen of Spades, j ;/J Miss^McO^enrriFlower Giijl^","._,., „ Miss Trau^um^-SpanisfcGi^sy. 1' ''' Miss Craeg—Sea Nymph. A very effeci tiye and pretty costume.,, r . . „ Mrs R. W. Hartr^Sribw. Bress 061. i white areophane and crystals : fed - robing ' and powdered hair. ~ ."—.-. fX ' „,...._ Miss Herman—Starlight. y^ |-| Miss Chisnall-V-Night. 'f^ •, i Miss Milsom—^Cornet -'- -L', Mrs D.Thomas—Geneva Sister. Mrs J. C: Belt—Ponder and: Patches. Mrs Henry Zander—Empire Court Dress. . -.'.•■■■;.' '•■Xc)/ r Mrs; Edward Stephens-tFoot- vfdjnixi. -. : Miss Treleaveiv—Bridesmaid in^"'Tnal| by Jury." - Pink and sUyer, white wreath/ withpearl ornaments.' '„! i- ' J r^" :'fls* ■- • Miss F. Pilfcrow-^SwiM Peasant. 'x'j: '^ Mrs W. PowerT-Cards. „ „ „, Mrs John Davison—Evening Coeturae. HissDavisbn—Flags of all Nations. A remarkably ; pretty costume^ and most ■•- elaborately workett. < "'"l i 'r"'" „ ' >. -Miss A. Lovegrove, Timaru —Pierrette. ] Miss Guinness, Christehuroh^-Oy1ai««:r i Miss K. Macpherson—Venetia. Miss Buckley—Red, White and Blue. Miss May Palmer—Fish Wif©. : Misa Bell—Fairy. v Miss Beswick, Timaru — Highland Lassie. / , Mrs Arthur Field-Afternoon Tea. Mrs Audley Merewether—<Oouhtary Girl of the early time of George the Third. Mrsß.M.,Cuthbertson^rOoJleenJßawn. ■ ■[ Miss Brotmell—Tambourine ,(^irL j Miss Matson, Christehurch — Lady ", Teazle.-' >:" r-. r•' '"■': "j': V? •:'."-" r J "f ' j~',' MissJ. Shury-rNe»polit»n Fishwife; Miss H^pkin^,.. J /Melbou^^P.unphii: nella.. ..•, v .•-.*.... 4, yvvToxl) ' t :rt?<j* Miss Ferguson-TrPirateQueen. . ; - .. j : - .Miss.Boucher—oUy^ ;^mrj>^.,7^ (j r. , s 1 Miss Jamison —French Flag. .' Miss Gallaghan, MelbournerrNj^it,;. Mrs John Carter—Paulina. J "A viiry eflfective „dress of blue silk with lovely ornaments..; powdered hair.' ,?*?'■- Miss Cowper—RecruiV, admirably "got . up.'> •';.'.:;, ■; ..'_ t * >;) v. .*f;; ■■ ):n-r^ - . , Miss Peel-Fergusso^^-'Daughter of Clarence (Richard III)'. Mrs E. F. Wright—Court Dress. Black velvet and crimson.^ * V Miss^Maxwell, Auckland?— Gipsy. Mrs 'George" Jamesoh^Spanisn- Lady. . Mrs Edward Saundera—rGipsy. , , ; - MissS/Saiuiders^^weetGklGraMiuate. „";."_ Mrs Restell—Romaj^ Singer. - V Mrs Rollitt —My Great Grandmother. ; ■; '. ;Mrs Qiwaie—Quakeress. - ■ , .-, . „- •;-' ■ Miss Gt Shmy-^Patiehce. '"••» -'• - '\t, "": Miss L. Pilbr^w;rr-Arch?ry. Miss R. Davis—Phyllis;"' Miss E. Davis—Vivandiere,

Mrs Kohn—Bride, :; ,"> c - . Miss Morris —Gipsy: MissM. Roberts, Southbridge—Swiss Peasant. ■ Mrs Fooks—Zihgara. Mrs Dr. Trevor—Red Cross Nurse. Besides a large number.of ladies in evening dress. ■ , ■


Mr Alfred Curtis, sen.—Windsor Uniform. : Mr Edward Saunders--Gentlemah of the future. . • Major Steward—^Jddge of the Supreme „ Court. . , i : ' ■ Master Steward—Malay Pirate. Master V. Steward —Old gentleman of the 17th century. Master Harold E. Curtis—Prince of the Tower . Green velvet with gold trimming. , ' . Mr J. C.'Bell—Barrister. Mr Donald McLean—McLean of Coll. MrMacleanDunn—Lochbui. . : Mr AUck. McKay—The, McKenzde. Mr Reginjdd. I}. .Curtis^-Lord Tollola in loianthe'.: -Black velvet with blue facings.' • -. • \ :,t. ' ' ; ■:• Mr Gus. R. iM. Haughton JonesRip Van Winkle. . Mr C. A. Low—Jockey. Mr E. McPhail—Jack Tar. Mr R. G..Hugonin^-Footballer. Mr F. Makeig—Cricketer. '"' Mr W. Dixon—Master'of. Foxhounds. Mr Arthur'Field—Sundowner. Mr Alfred Curtis, jun.—Lord Mount-.; ararat in lolanthe. Black velvet, with j pink silk facing: A most handsome costume. . „ ...... Mr D.'Thomas—Henry IV. Mr E. Brodie Simpson—Scarlet hunting costume. Mr E. G. Crisp-rGenfcleman of the 20th century.. . Mr A. - L. Temple—Turkish cavalry officer's uniform. Mr W. G. Rees—Man-of-war's man, time of William IV. Mr Arthur Hart—Student. Mr Henry Zander—Turkish officer of infantry. • Mr George Jameson—Spanish Student. Mr J. Jamison—Barrister at law. Mr E. Jones—Knickerbocker. Major W. St. George Douglas—Major New Zealand Volunteers. Mr Francis Russell—Father Xmas. Master Williams—Court Jester. Mr R. B. Restell—Sundowner. Mr R. W. Hart—Windsor Uniform. Mr R. Lechher—Tennis.: Mr Alfred. Harrison—Yachtsman. Mr Hamiah McLean—Huntsman. Mr Edward Stephens—Captain of Volunteer Rifles. Mr Henry Weston—Grenicheux. Mr 'C M.. Brooke — GrOsvenor in Patience. - ' . Mr George Buckley—Bengal Lancer. Mr H. W. Parsons—Sailor. Mr H, H. Fooks—Neapolitan Fisher man. „, Mr -Charles Strange — Sopy Sponge (gohV a.'untin'.) Mr Alfred Pilbrow—Jockey. Mr J. P. Hafgreaves—Major in Les Cloches de Corneville. Mr C. P.' Hugoniri—Tennis. Mr H. J. Luxford—Charles I. Mr Heywood—Swiss Mountaineer. Mr.:-David Zander— Bunthorne. in Patience.- 1 . . Mr:F: Williams—Jack Tar. Mr H. Gifford Moore—Pygmalion—a Grecian sculptor. Mr F. W. Polhill—Masher. Mr W. H. Gundry—Grenicheux. l Mr"G: G. Merewether—Lawyer. Mr C. L. Hart—Sir Walter Raleigh. Mr Frank Curtis - Brigand Chief. Mr H. E. Seager—l6th century Mr R. M. Cuthbertson—Stockman. Mr Burdett Stewart—Maafu, Tongan. Mr, H. N. Parsons—Digger. Mr C. Wroughton—Foxhunter. MrWilliamSimpson—Windsoruniform. Mr E. J. Fooks—lrish Gentleman. Mr Alfred Orr—Spanish Sailor. Mr Max. Friedlander, Mr Rudolph Friedlander, Mr John Davison, Mr W. C. Walker, Dr Trevor, Dr Tweed Mr A. H ' Shury, Mr R. McOwen, Mr Mainwaring, Mr Humphreys, Mr A. Roberts, Mr Upton, and others in evening dress.

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Fancy Dress Ball., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890

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Fancy Dress Ball. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890

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