The Smart Set/November, 1913
NEW YORK — Cleopatra doing settlement work . . . the Twentieth Century Express running amuck . . . the turkey trot in Tammany Hall . . . nymphomania . . . Thais in the cloak and suit business.
Philadelphia — A village in long trousers . . . embroidered mottoes . . . Rogers groups . . . a cross between Fifth Avenue and Henry Van Dyke . . . Peeping Tom blindfolded.
Boston — A lecture by Peary on the North Pole . . . spectacles on the minor prophets . . . Brieux, Elbert Hubbard, “the social evil” . . . Christian Science, Gaby Deslys and eugenics discussed by clothing store dummies . . . “Sweet Adeline” played on a parlor organ.
Cincinnati — Valkyries drinking flat beer . . . dachshunds and sauerbraten . . . Jaeger underwear.
New Orleans — A Creole Carmen serving shrimp gumbo under magnolia trees … a decadent poet dancing on the levee . . . music, moonlight and miscegenation.
Chicago — A six-foot freshman in need of a hazing … a demi-vierge smoking her first cigarette … a shilling shocker without a shock.
Baltimore — “Dixie” with variations performed by fifty negroes on the jewsharp . . . steamed crabs and chicken a la Maryland . . . phoenixes, foot scrapers and Colonial house fronts . . . diamond-studded heels and lace stockings coming out of a cathedral.
Providence — Candles sputtering in the rain … an unkempt millhand in a deserted dance hall . . . imitation jewelry.
Los Angeles — Literary prophylaxis . . . Anthony Comstock removing the seven veils from Salome . . . odorless disinfectants and vacuum cleaners.
Richmond — A little middle-aged (female) member of the Southern aristocracy rushing about on a motorcycle … a shrinking violet pretending to be an orchid.
San Francisco — White slavers, Japanese farmers, houris and real estate agents opening California claret in a private dining room . . . tourists from the East . . . dolce far from everything.
Old Point Comfort — Bathing in milk and being rubbed down with velvet . . . strained honey and unrestrained honeymoons . . . souvenir postal cards . . early to bed . . . late breakfasts.