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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
Transcription 402FLIRTATION AT THE M OULTRI E HOUSE
and he failed to make his appearance. In his absence, however, we
perceived that the close devotions of Mr. B—d—g, representing "The
Southern Traitor," were by no means stinted; and we did not see
that the fair Jewess was at all scrupulous in bestowing her smiles
upon the ultra-Carolinian.
Here followed, in odd contrasts of costume, a score of gentlemen.
There is Dr. Ben. T–p–r, as a sailor in the merchant service, so well
delineated, that the door keeper refused him admittance, as a regular
Jack Tar. Col. Chm, with admirable spirit, personated
the same character. Mr. B–d–g appeared as "The Southern Trai-
tor," or rather as a personification of the Palmetto State;—the
decorations of his costume, fancifully arranged, consisting of cotton,
rice, and spears of the palmetto. Then there was Mr. Dan'l L–n–e,
as a French boatman, constantly seeking service, but only among the
ladies. Mr. DeS–s--re, as an English postilion, was no less assidu-
ous in the same way. Mr. T–v–u, as a pirate, seemed bent on
making his way, and his prey also. His dress was picturesque,—a
pink striped shirt, blue striped inexpressibles, and a cap of striped
purple. Mr. M–ni–d, as an English Jockey, looked the character to
the life. Mr. O'Ha's costume was a very rich one, which attracted
much attention, but we failed to find a fit name for it. We labored
under the same difficulty in respect to the habit of Mr. Thos.
Fr st, but have since been told that it was that of an Italian boat-
man. His dress was of white pantaloons ornamented, a jacket of blue,
edged with black, and a hat similarly decorated. Mr. Julius Bl—ke's
dress was neat and fanciful, but we did not ascertain the character.
This groupe passes, and here we have a bevy of beauties, closely
attended by sundry cavaliers. Of these hereafter. The ladies deserve
all our eyes, and fix them. Here comes Mrs. Be—ch, of Charleston,
personifying the flag of the United States, in other words, the
States themselves. This was quite a fanciful idea. The dress con-
sisted of a blue skirt, studded with silver stars, a white cashmere
tunic, with scarlet stripes and edged with silver fringe; the sleeves
of blue, looped with a star; a cap decorated with stars, a perfect
galaxy, soaring through which rose the American eagle. The whole
habit was fanciful in a high degree.
Next came Miss C. Sm–th, of Charleston, as "Edith Plantagenet,"
in Scott's novel of "The Talisman." Her dress was a handsome white