Brooklyn Life from Brooklyn, New York on November 13, 1909 · Page 9
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Brooklyn Life from Brooklyn, New York · Page 9

Brooklyn, New York
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Saturday, November 13, 1909
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BROOKLYN LIFE. L9 r Photo by Paul Thompson. EXPONENTS OF OUTDOOR SPORTS AT THE VANDERBILT CUP RACE. From left to right: "Larry" Waterbury, the polo expert; Miss Eleanor Sears of lawn tennis note, Mrs. Richard McGrann, who fancies horses and Alfred G. Vanderbilt, the amateur whip. The Horse Show Opening. WHEN a building has been in use so many years and for so many purposes as the Madison Square Garden it is difficult to impart to it even by unlimited expenditure an air of festive elegance. The many uses to which the Garden has been put must have left their imprint. It seems as though the odor of countless cheap cigars smoked during political meetings and sporting events in the vast arena must linger in the air and as though the huge iron girders must be thick with the dust of ages. To efface the existing shabbi-ness and these real or imaginary aromas required a genius for decorating as well as unlimited money. Knowing the Garden as it has been for years few who attended the opening sessions of the horse show on Monday afternoon and evening expected to find the place so changed. It seemed nothing short of miraculous that all that was most disfiguring should have disappeared. The effect was really beautiful. The iron beams overhead are hidden by dull blue canvas stretched across the whole great arch. It is about the pendant chandeliers that the floral decorations have been concentrated. Each is a huge ball of artificial - flowers and streaming greens. Pink and white are the colors used, the tints alternating on the swinging lights, v A birchbark covering hides the pillars in the galleries and everywhere there are festoons of greens dotted with electric lights. In appointments the Olympia, where the great London shows are held, is far ahead of the Madison Square Garden. But even so the floral decorations at the last International Horse Show in London were no more effective than what has been achieved at the Garden. One feature of the Olympia, however, which is lacking, is the tea rooms and palm gardens. These are a great attraction at the London shows ; but1 owing to the restricted space back of the seats iat the Garden it would have been impossible' to attempt anything in this line. AS both the New Theatre and the Manhattan Opera House opened on the same evening, the attendance of society folk at the Monday evening session was naturally much affected. Knowing probably that it would be so, the proletariat, which will doubtless turn out in force and block the promenade later in the week, was not much in evidence. Many of the boxes were empty and the galleries were only sparsely filled. Those- who were on hand were there almost solely from an interest in horses and there was much enthusiasm over; certain classes. Some of the heartiest applause of the evening greeted the , four-horse draught teams when they entered the ring. There were bright ribbons tied to the manes of all the animals and they presented a very picturesque appearance, hauling without effort, the massive wagons to which they were attached,' several of which were brilliant in color. This was a refreshing novelty at an evening session of the New York show. The in and out jump was also an interesting spectacle. The lights annoyed the horses in this and while they nearly' all took the jumps . in one direction they ' invariably balked vrhth ridden the other way. ' ' , . ; THERE was a comparatively .large attendance, at the. first afternoon session of the horse show and by four o'clock most of the boxes had occupants, and the promenade was fair ly crowded. At the Outset of the afternoon's sport some excitement was furnished in the novice class for harness horses by the winner, Judge Moore's "Flourish," who, apparently elated at his success, proceeded to justify his name, by flourishing about the ring and winding up by nearly demolishing one corner of the judges' stand while the attendants and judges fled to every point of the compass. The British officers in uniform who occupied one of the middle boxes on the west side of the Garden proved a magnet of attraction. Until it was time for them to appear, they held a continuous reception. AH the afternoon parties who had just arrived in town would make the round of the boxes. John Drew was a conspicuous figure in a box on the east side of the arena and was kept busy for a long time acknowledging the salutations of his friends. His nephew, Jack Barrymore, was also there, but would not condescend to bow even to his . own shadow. . M UCH trouble was experienced in getting class 90, tan : dems, into the ring. Several rigs became entangled at the entrance and stable boys and drivers had some strenuous moments. Alfred G. Vanderbilt, who was awarded the red ribbon in this class, received a round of applause when, l'by a dexterous turn, he avoided a mix-up with Judge Moore's team which was acting badly. When the international contest started interest in the proceedings received a fresh impetus and all eyes were riveted upon Lieutenant Winfield B. Sif ton of Ottawa, who showed the English horses. , He rode in faultless style, but by an oversight the horses did not conform with the regulations for officers' chargers, being docked hunters, and so they failed to get an award; but many predicted that the Britons would be heard from before the week was up. They are certainly a fine athletic looking lot. The winner of the class was a militia man, Lieutenant Frank B. Barrett, First Battery Field Artillery N.G.S.N.Y., which was a rather good one on the regulars. The afternoon attendance included many school girls and small boys. . ; The Annual Yale Concert. THE latest news of social import concerns the appearance again in Brooklyn of the Yale Glee, Banjo and Mandolin clubs, whose concert here has usually been marked by important incidental festivities. The concert this year is to take place on Wednesday evening, December the twenty second, at the Academy of Music and is to be followed by a dance in the ballroom of the Academy, which promises to be invested with the usual fashionable importance. Mr. Davenport a Lectures. AS Mr. William E. Davenport has traveled extensively in Italy and has long been a keen student of conditions in that country the course of lectures he is now giving at Asacog House, 52 Sands Street, under the ; auspices of - the United Neighborhood Guild, is of exceptional interest. Next week Friday evening his topic will be "Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius." On the twenty-sixth he will give some personal' experiences at the destruction of Messina and on December tenth "The Italian Peasant at Home and Among Us," will be his subject. "Rome, Ancient and Modern," was his topic at' the first lecture on Friday evening of last week.

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