Leo Lowenthal rode in the Mardi Gras parade

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Leo Lowenthal rode in the Mardi Gras parade - Coney's Mardi Gras Begins1; Record-Breaking...
Coney's Mardi Gras Begins1; Record-Breaking Record-Breaking Record-Breaking Crowd on Hand Salome Dance on a Float Did Not Take Place, Though Salome Salome Was There Fine Parade Follows the Crowning of the King and the Queen. In order that the apprehension of the anxious reader may be at once allayod, it Is stated In the beginning that Salome did not er ride in the altogether. A vague rumor had been circulated oh, just a breath, you know that she might tare forth as did the Lady Godlva in tho romantic romantic days of far-off far-off far-off Coventry, and quite a number of eager disciples of truth were on hand at Coney Island last nlgbt to see If she would really do it. The press agents had a hand in that rumor. But It really was a false alarm. The young maiden whom the management of the big carnival bad chosen to grace a float on the first night rode forth demurely, apparently apparently deeply oblivious of the "Ohs!" and "Ahs!" of mingled relief and disappointment disappointment which greeted her everywhere. It was this way: Some days ago, when the matter of Laving something strikingly original ,;nd unique in the first parade of the great Mardi Gras came up for discussion, It was suggested by some one that a certain dancer, whose "interpretation" of the dance of the famous daughter of the Herodias was said to be somewhat "broad" be engaged to give a realistic exhibition on one of the floats. One of the arguments advanced was that under the electric lights It would be Impossible Impossible for the spectators to tell whether she wore fleshings under her gauze or not. The management frowned heavily upon liie project, but yet they hesitated. It was said that the temper of the people would not stand for such a sight, even at carnival time, and that it would never, never do. And yet no definite statement was issued that it would not be done. Therefore the excitement of last night. As the momet for the parade to start arrived arrived the tension was almost painful. "I just wonder if that cree-e-c-ture cree-e-c-ture cree-e-c-ture cree-e-c-ture cree-e-c-ture cree-e-c-ture cree-e-c-ture (she pronounced it so) will dare to come out without er without anything er like It said in the paper," one corpulent and vtplently indignant woman said to her equally apprehensive companion. "Loidy, you c'n take it from me, loidy, dat she will," kindly volunteered a man who stood close by. "I was Just down ter the other end of the street, and I seen her. And, loidy " but the corpulent corpulent woman cut him dead with an icy atare, which would have cut short his earthly career had she had her way about It. As stated before, there was really no reason for this anxiety. The Lady Qodlva, or, rather, the Salome, rode in her chariot in the regulation Salome regalia, regalia, and she did not dance. In the cause of truth it may be announced that she was stout, had a double chin and that her only alarming feature were her eyes, which she directed coyly upon all, without fear or favor. Quite a number of people helped the management open up Mardi Oras. They took out the works, inspected them carefully, carefully, and found out what made it tick. No estimate of the number of people who were there is possible. Sufficient to say that they lined Surf avenue in a solid mass during the parade, taking up every bit of room from the curb to the roofs. If the first night of the carnival demonstrated demonstrated anything. It was that a world of progress has been made in the art of decorating decorating the amusement place. No exposi tion or world's fair ever held was prettier than was Coney Island last night. A ..number of the attractions had added colored incandescent" to tho regular lights, and this made a picture which for warmth of color and beauty marked an epoch in matters of the sort. This was especially true of the street down which the pageant moved, and the effect of animation was intensified by the floats, each of which was brilliantly illuminated illuminated with incandescents attached to traveling traveling rope trolleys. Noise Was Not Lacking. It was a very successful first night. The crowd, of course, amused Itself as of yore. The process was old, but the enthusiasm was all the fondest heart icould desire, and none but the members members of the anti-noise anti-noise anti-noise crusade would have found objection to anything. They threw confetti, rang bells, beat drums, yelled, screamed, ate, drank, and were taerry. Everybody did a booming business, business, especially the confetti man, the jnan with hideous masks the more hideous hideous the better the fellow who sold horns and other noise-making noise-making noise-making paraphernalia. paraphernalia. In the general melee the girls, or rather the pretty ones, suffered most. It is quite a treat to be legally permitted permitted to approach some winsome miss you'd get arrested for trying to talk to at any other time without an introduction introduction and filling her face and eyes with confetti. Then, too, with some little dexterity and practice It is possible to so time vour aim as to fill her mouth wiU confetti, or have it sprinkle down her meek, all of which adds zest to the evening. A great many of the women anticipated the occasion by wearing veils which protected them thoroughly. Straw hats suffered early in the evening. evening. The crowd did not wait until midnight midnight to begin knocking them off, and a number of men who were of the impression impression that this particular part of the programme would not come until late were compelled to go home bareheaded. But ihere was no trouble, at least not early in the evening. An unusual number number of police had been entailed to the grounds, and although the greatest or laxity was permitted, sings of rough house" were quickly and effectively nipped in the bud at the very beginning. beginning. Which was a very good thing, for the crowd of last night was out to enjoy itself thoroughly, and It was essential that the damper on the enthusiasm ba not entirely taken off. Parade Was Prettier Than Ever. The parade, by reason of the new method of lighting, was prettier than it "as ever been before. The formation was as follows: ' Platoon of mounted police ; Inspecto. O'Brien and Captain Kelly in automobilo. Committees In autos: ... v i mfllcers) H. Grashorn, president; W. B. Lake, F. P. Clayton and F. W. Kister. , Auto No. 2 L. A. Thompson, F. P. Gallagher Gallagher F Henderson, Louis Stauch, H. Wacke, E. Stratton, Dr. Ancelin, Dr. AU- AU- hBAuto No. 3 Dr. Zellcr, Robert Clark, jr M. W. Boylan, J. Studwell, B. G. t LLt s s Williamson. Walter Morson, Olaude Hagen, George Vanderveer and I. Segall. . , , Auto No. 4 Phil Jolly, W. Kopeland, R. Oarms, F. Lundy, Conrad Stubenbord, K. F Sutherland and Walter Von Wlegen. Honorary members F. D. Caruthers and J. Tennantr Bugler. Grand marshal S. E. Jackman. Escort of aids and women's aids S. Guggenheim, William Ward, L. Lang, J. Warshauer, John R. Lake, P. J. Collins, F. F. Clayton, H. Waller, George Still-well Still-well Still-well and R. A. Ludwlg. . St. John's Home Band (sixty pieces). Guard of honor to the King and Queen-Composed Queen-Composed Queen-Composed of degree teams of Court Ridge-wood Ridge-wood Ridge-wood No. 54 and Court Dahlgren No. 401. Foresters of America, under command of Captains Morgan nnd McAteer, led by E. F. Arbour and E. G. Higginbotham. Sergeant Klink, with twelve mounted police from the Coney Island Squad. Tho royal float, with King and Queen fAlderman Lewis M. Potter and Mrs. Caroline Caroline Popp). Samleln's Band No. 1. "Wallting Forest." Float. "Spirit of the Carnival," surround surround by grotesque figures. Gravesend Exempt Volunteer Firemen's Sons' Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps. Float. "Coney Island." Bauland's Bund. Float. "Heroes ot Our Country." Lam-lein's Lam-lein's Lam-lein's Band No. 2. Float. "Our Next President." Parkville Drum. Fife and Bugle Corps. Float, "Progress and Prosperity." Ferris' Band. Float, "Progress in Navigation From Claremont to Ocean Greyhound." Battery A Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps. Float. "Progress in Illumination From Candle to Electricity." Pitillio's Band. Float, "Press in Architecture From Cottage to Sykscraper." Devoy's Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps. Float. "Progress in Communication-Telegraph. Communication-Telegraph. Communication-Telegraph. Telephone, Wireless." Lamleln's Band No. 3. Float, "Progress in Travel From Ox Cart to Automobile." Float. "Progress In City Travel From Horse Car to Subway." Industrial parade Assistant grand marshal. Ph. Schweickert, jr.; aids, Leo Lowenthal, A. Arnhelter, Frank Schulze, William Lott, C. Van Buskirk, E. Broker. B. R. T. Band. Virginia Reel Float. Ox Heart and Cherry Tree Float. Steeplechase Band. Assistant marshal. Master Sutherland. United States Life Saving Corps. S. E. Jackman's Whirlwind Float and Women's Orchestra. Clubs Melville Social Club, Oneida Club, Oak Crest Club, The Farmers Club, Greenpolnt Y. M. C. A Brooklyn Athletic Athletic Club. Pain's float, "Fort Henry." Automobile parade. Mounted police. Battle of Confetti Lasted Until 1 o'Clock. The battle of confetti and the real celebration commenced immediately the parade was over, and it waged until long after 1 o'clock this morning. Tons of the small bits of paper were swept up by the employes of the Street Cleaning Department before sunrise, and when the tired business folk awoke to-day to-day to-day they found Surf avene almost as clean as though no Mardi Gras celebration had been held the night before. The asso ciation met shortly after the noon hour to-day to-day to-day and talked over the first night celebration. At 3 o'clock every detail had been worked out for the second night's frolic, and it Is safe to say that many of the committees will take to their beds until 6 o'clock to-night to-night to-night and rest up after their labors of the night before. Riding horseback Is not as easy as It would seem to most folks, and those who served as aides in' the parade can readily vouch for that, to. Then the hustle and bustle that goes with a celebration celebration of Its character and the Jouncing one receives when riding on floats, perched on springless trucks, is anything but pleasant. When the head of the parade reached West Twenty-second Twenty-second Twenty-second street and Surf avenue avenue it turned un the first named thoroughfare thoroughfare In order to give the floats an opportunity to pass the finishing point. King Lew and Queen Carrie were escorted escorted from Surf avenue across Tilyou's board walk to the Pavilion of Fun at Steeplechase Park, where they held a reception. reception. Lieutenant Brady and twenty patrolmen patrolmen were stationed about the big building, building, and, when the royal pair arrived for the purpose of being crowned preparatory preparatory to starting in the parade, it fell to the lot of Patrolman Matthew Bon-gard Bon-gard Bon-gard to escort the couple from their automobile automobile to the throne in the dancing pavilion. Bongard was the proudest policeman on Coney Island. He also saw to it that the king and queen reached their auto in safety after being crowned, and started them on the , way to the starting point of the parade at Neptune avenue and Ocean Parkway. It was about 1" o'clock when the last auto in the line passed West Eighth street on its way toward Steeplechase Park, and then the confetti throwers came into their own. CROWD SPENT MONEY FREELY. Business Men on the Island Profited From Last Night's Attendance. Every place from West Fifth street to the finish line filled up in a very few minutes. From sampling soda water at the Chambers drug store the crowd rushod to the whirlwind roller coaster. Tho ticket takers at this stirring ride were swallowed up in the mass, and it was necessary to engage more help in 'rdor to get the mob in line for a ride. Down to Dreamland they went, and then across the avenue to King Lew's pop corn tnd candy stand. The tasty corn and candy kisses disappeared in short order and the cashier never worked so hard before, tiaek again to the south side of Surf avenue the mass worked itself and threatened to purchase all the ice cream soda that Zel-ler's Zel-ler's Zel-ler's pharmacy had. John Kavako's Dcla-van Dcla-van Dcla-van Hotel and big balcony were crowded from 5 o'clock In the evening, but when the parade had passed the hotel thousands, thousands, It seemed, tried to get seating room in the big hotel pavilion and restaurant. The Rocky Road to Dublin scenic ride and the Ben Hur thriller alongside it were taxed to their utmost in the effort to handle the big crowd that was bent on riding. P. j; Collins, the proprietor of the Rocky Road, and William Johnson, who looks after business at the Ben Hur ride, had everything In the shape of a car running at exceedingly short headway. Confetti was thrown everywhere, and when Bill Fleming, who is the outside man nt the Dublin ride, opened his mouth to shout out the many beautiful scenes on the ride, he nearly choked as the result result of a largequantlty of the little paper that was lodged in his throat. He said he swallowed a pail of it. When a policeman policeman who was detailed in front of the Dublin ride faced the crowd after laughing laughing at Fleming, he, too, received a mouthful. mouthful. Over at Segall's big restaurant those who undertook to dine on the porch found their food showered with confetti as soon as It was served on the tables. That, however, didn't interfere with the eating, apparently. Several large parties were cared for on the balconies at Stubenbord's Hotel. "Connie" Stubenbord said he had arranged arranged for a party headed by Dr. Edward Behrendsohn of the Medical Association for Wednesday, and the Thomas H. Me-Aleer Me-Aleer Me-Aleer Association will hold forth to-nlsat. to-nlsat. to-nlsat. Across the street, at Vlelklnd's moving picture pavilion and restaurant, everything everything was jammed tight. It was impossible impossible to get from one side the avenue to the other for some time after the parade had passed. Down at Feltman's even standing room was at a premium. A rush was made for the frankfurter stands and the tasty morsel was purchased by the dozen. Old men and women climbed upon the carousel and rode for hours. Zlz, the popular ride at Feltman's, broke :lie record, and the German Garden was overflowing overflowing the entire night. The Kister pavilion across from Feltman's was crowded with a merry lot, and a shower of confetti prevailed ail evening and until .closing time. Just Like a July Crowd. The band Btand In front of Luna Park was a magnet and thousands passed through tho entrance after the parade passed toward the end of tho line. The park bands, three in number, were all in the parade and when they returned to the park the musicians found a July crowd taking In everything in the enclosure. enclosure. Manager Fred MeClellan was unable to find time for dinner. It. was his first miss of tho season, and he said j it spoiled his whole evening. Louis Miauen was in greai giee. l ne rusn was so great th-it th-it th-it the special police. l?d by Captain Jaek McLaren, were compelled to close the doors. The Interior of the mammoth dancing hall was a pretty sight and those who were fortunate in getting past the doors declared it to be the best decorated building on the island. Barney as on as to at ninety-five at an on Is of ! of

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle15 Sep 1908, TuePage 26

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)15 Sep 1908, TuePage 26
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