Sunday, February 10, 2013


Very  Few Invitations Were Sent to
the Nations Capital. The New York Times February 10, 1897

WASHINGTON,    Feb. 9.—The Bradley Martin ball has been talked of here with great  animation,   and at   the Washington Assembly ball at the Arlington last night there  was some anxious inquiry to learn who were the fortunate few Washingtonians  favored  with  invitations. According to the wise ones there were not a dozen requests sent here, and it is difficult to find any of the society people who can make a list of half a dozen.

The gossips of the Metropolitan Club are reasonably sure about some of the guests, but it is surmised that the best lists omit some members of the Diplomatic Corps, none of whom has been named as having been favored with cards from the hostess. Miss Alice Rochester, niece of Mrs. Bradley Martin, and one of the belles and most popular young ladies in Washington's army circles, will attend the ball as a lady of the Court of Louis Quinze.

Miss Brice will wear a splendid costume of Egyptian design.

Miss Kate Brice, who will also attend, will wear a sixteenth century gown of rare beauty, and both young ladies will have superb jewels to offset the rich fabrics and exquisite coloring.

Mr. Frank Andrews, of this city, who is a great beau and always sought after as a leading figure at all notable weddings, will be present at the ball in a gorgeous costume as a Louis Seize courtier.


Owing to the death of a relative of J. J. Van Alen, he has abandoned his idea of attending the Bradley Martin ball to-night. Mr. Van Alen was to have danced in the quadrille d'honneur with Miss Madeline Cutting. This decision, however, will probably not prevent the attendance of Miss Mae Van Alen, who, if she goes, has chosen a costume of the Louis XV. period. Her dress will be almost entirely of priceless lace, taken from the wonderful collection which Mrs. Astor owns. Added to this, Miss Van Alen will wear an elaborate garniture of gems.

Reasons to Believe That All Necessary
Protection Will be Given.

Chief Conlin's orders to the police of Capt. Chapman's precinct would seem not to have yet reached their destination, if they have been sent. Capt. Chapman was altogether unaware of them up to midnight last night, when he was seen by a reporter for The New York Times at the French cooks' ball at Madison Square Garden.

" I should be sorry to think," said the Captain, " that 200 men, as has been rumored, would be necessary to keep order on this occasion. I have no reason to expect any such number. But the Chief will let us know in the morning as to that."

The Captain would neither affirm nor deny that detectives were watching the Bradley Martin residence. Notwithstanding all this reticence, there is every reason to believe that unusual precautions are being taken by the police authorities for the preservation of order and the protection of the guests at the ball. All that the police of the West Thirtieth Street Station will admit is that the Bradley Martins have hired a number of special detectives to be on hand.

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