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Fancy Dress Ball.

Perhaps the most successful fancy dress ball ever given- in Ashburton was that which took place 'in the Oddfellows' Hall on Friday night, • Vtfhen.Mr and Mrs Alfred Curtis were the hosts, and the occasion the celebration of S the coming of age of their eldest son—Mr 1 Alfred 1 Curtis, jum\ The guests comprised between 200 and 300 of the youth a*ld fashion of Ashburton town and county, and the costumes, while all pretty , and graceful, were generally true to the character they represented or the idea they illustrated, many of them being magnificent in appearance, costly in material, and elaborate in work. In fact, it appeared as if both ladies and gentlemen had vied with each other as to who should appear in the most handsome costume. • For a country town —and it is not supposed that Ashburton claims to be anything else —the wonder is that so many and varied costumes could have been got together on one floor ; and, when the guests ranged up in tl|p* dance the effect was striking in the extreme, an effect that was greatly enhanced as they moved in cadence through the various figures. The music—that indispensable . and all-important element of a ball room— was supplied by the Flemings from Christchurch, and was really first-class. Neither violin nor piano showed the least sign of fag or falter throughout the long programme. Every part of the hall property was utilized. The room known as the ' 'Lodge" room upstairs did duty as a card and Bmoking room for the gentlemen, the usual dressing rooms were made use of, and the large stage was Jaid out as a supper room in the rear, while the front part provided accommodation for matrons and elderly gentlemen whose limbs have long ago lost .that suppleness and elasticity that a trip with a partner claims. After an interval for supper, Mr W. C. Walker, M.H.R., took the platform, and in a short speech tendered the thanks of the guests to their hosts for the magnificent entertainment which 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 expression to the sincere feelings of all present when he stated that it was the unanimous wish that his life throughout might be as joyous as was the present occasion. Cheers were then given for Mr and Mrs Curtis, and Mr Curtis, junr. During the early part of the evening that exceedingly pretty dance, the French cotillon, was very charmingly performed by three full sets of ladies and gentlemen whose evolutions in this exceptionally mazy and intricate dance were the theme of general admiraqion so much so that by general desire the cotillon was repeated during the second part of the programme. The following are the names of the ladies and gentlemen who took part in the cotillon :— First Set—Mrs Curtis and Mr Weston; Mr George Buckley and Miss Rees ; „Mr Reginald Curtis and Miss Traumann ; Mr Hamish McLean and Miss Buckley. Second Set—Mr J. Jamison and Mrs E. G. Crisp. Mr George Jameson and Mrs Mainwaring : Mi 1 H. Gifford Moore and Miss Jamison ; Mr Luxfordand Miss F. Pilbrow. Third Set—Mr Harold Curtis and Miss Craig; Mr F. Polhill and Miss G. Shury,Mr C. A. Low and Miss L. Pilbrow ; Mr E. B. Simpson and Miss E. Davis. Not by any means an uninteresting feature of the dancing were the sailors' hornpipe, given by Mr A. H. Shury, with a spirit that much younger men would have envied, and the Highland fling, which Mr Donald McLean, in his Highland character as the Maclean of the Isles, danced with his usual accuracy and grace.

As far as could be ascertained, the following is the guest''list, with the costumes :— LADIES. Mrs Alfred Curtis—Court Lady of the 19th century. A magnificent green satin dress, pearl and gold trimmings, with long green plush train, braided with gold. 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 pt.ndre. Mrs F. Makeig—Tennis. Miss E. Wiggins, Christchurch —Bessie. " Curfew must not ring to-night." Miss Rose McGowan, Nelson—ltalian Peasant. Blue velvet and crimson satin. Mrs Mainwaring—Sunflower. Miss May Mainwaring—Frost. Mrs Pe"ter Williams—Dresden China. Mrs M. Friedlander—Lady of the 17th century. Mrs Major Steward—Red Cross Nurse. Miss Steward—Romp. Miss E. Pilbrow—Good Luck. Mrs Rudolph Friedlander — Night. Diamond ornaments. Mrs E. G. Crisp—Portia. Cap and gown of cardinal plush, a most effective costume. Miss A. Matson, Christchurch—America. One of the prettiest of the short dresses. Miss Alice Roberts—Bird Maiden. Mrs McOwen—Queen of Spades. Miss McOwen—Flower Girl. Miss Traumann—Spanish Gipsy. Miss Craeg—Sea Nymph. A very effective and pretty costume. Mrs R. W. Hart—Snow. Dress of white areophane and crystals : red robin, and powdered hair. Miss Herman—Starlight. Miss Chisnall—Night. Miss Milsom—Comet Mrs D. Thomas—Geneva Sister. Mrs J. C. Bell—Powder and Patches. Mrs Henry Zander—Empire Court Dress. Mrs Edward Stephens—Foot Woman. MissTreleaven—Bridesmaid in "Trial by Jury." Pink and silver, white wreath, with pearl ornaments. Miss F. Pilbrow—Swiss Peasant. Mrs W. Power—Cards. Mrs John Davison—Evening Costume. Miss Davison—Flags of all Nations. A remarkably pretty costume, and most elaborately worked. Miss A. Lovegrove, Timaru—Pierrette. Miss Guinness, Christchurch—Cynisca. Miss K. Macpherson—Venetia. Miss Buckley—Red, White and Blue. Miss May Palmer—Fish Wife. Miss Bell—Fairy. Miss Beswick, Timaru — Highland Lassie. Mrs Arthur Field—Afternoon Tea. MrsAudley Merewether—Country Girl of the early time of George the Third. Mrsß. M. Cuthbertson—Colleen Bawn. Miss Brownell—Tambourine Girl. Miss Matson, Christchurch — Lady Teazle. Miss J. Shury—Neapolitan Fishwife. Miss Hopkins, Melbourne—Punchinella. Miss Ferguson—Pirate Queen. Miss Boucher—Olivia Primrose. Miss Jamison—French Flag. . Miss Gallaghan, Melbourne—Night. Mrs John Carter—Paulina. A very effective dress of blue silk with lovely ornaments ; powdered hair. Miss Cowper—Recruit, admirably got up. Miss Peel-Fergusson — Daughter of Clarence (Richard III). Mrs E. F. Wright—Court Dress. Black and crimson. Miss Maxwell, Auckland—Gipsy. Mrs' George Jameson—Spanish Lady. Mrs Edward Saunders—Gipsy. Miss S. Saunders—Sweet Girl Graduate. Mrs Restell—Roman Singer. Mrs Rollitt—My Great Grandmother. Mrs Quane —Quakeress. Miss G. Shury—Patience. Miss L. Pilbrow—Archery. Miss R. Davis—Phyllis. E. Davis—Vivandi i

Mrs Kohn—Bride. Miss Morris—Gipsy. / Mis 3M. Roberts, Southbridge—Swiss Peasant. Mrs Fooks—Zingara. Mrs Dr. Trevor—Red Cross Nurse. Mrs Wm. Simpson—Fishwife. Miss Alice Fooks—Yum Yum. Miss Edna Douglas—Columbine. Mrs H. W. Parsons—Red Cross Nurse. Besides a large number of ladies in evening dress.


Mr Alfred Curtis, sen.—Windsor Uniform. Mr Edward Saundera—Gentleman of the future. Major Steward—Judge of the Supreme Court. Master Steward—Malay Pirate. Master V. Stbward—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. Mr Maclean Dunn—Lochbui. Mr Alick McKay—The McKenzie. Mr Reginald F. Curtis—Lord Tollola in lolanthe. Black velvet with blue facings. Mr Gus. R. M. 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 Mountararat in lolanthe. Black velvet, with pink silk facing. A most handsome costume. Mr D. Thomas—Henry IV. Mr E. Brodie Simpson—Scarlet hunting costume. Mr E. G. Crisp—Gentleman 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. Mi* 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. Lechner—Tennis. Mr Alfred Harrison—Yachtsman. Mr Hamish 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 s (goin'-a'untin'.) Mr Alfred Pilbrow—Jockey. ( Mr J. P. Hargreaves—Major in Les j Cloches de Corneville. Mr C. P. Hugonin—Tennis, j Mr H. J. Luxford—Charles I. Mr Heywood—Swiss Mountaineer. ', Mr David Zander — Bunthorne in Patience. Mr P. Williams—Jack Tar. ! Mr H. Gifford Moore—Pygmalion—a Grecian sculptor. ; Mr F. W. Polhill—Masher. L , Mr W. H. Gundry—Grenicheux. 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. Mr William Simpson— Windsor uniform. ! MrE. J. Fooks—lrish Gentleman. Mr Alfred Orr—Spanish Sailor. ' Mr Charles Gifford Moore—Gentleman-in-Waiting. Mr Max. Friedlander, Mr Rudolph Friedlander, Mr John Davison, Mr W. C. i 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 2437, 10 June 1890

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Fancy Dress Ball. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 10 June 1890

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