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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A Paris night

Monday, May 1st., Les Sablons.

On Saturday I dined with Martin at the Restaurant Italien and then we went to Buffalo Bill. Most lugubrious, for besides bad weather there was bad lighting and little to see. We left almost at once and went to the Bal Tabarin in "the ball of the models of the two salons."

Buffalo Bill Cody (1846 - 1917) was a buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, scout and showman. After a varied career on the American West, Buffalo Bill created a travelling show called "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World". The show featured displays of horsemanship by American Indians. Sitting Bull and other famous American Indians from the Old West appeared in the show, as well as other notable personalities such as Wild Bill Hickock and Annie Oakley. In 1905 Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show visited the glittering capital of France.

Bal Tabarin was the name of a cabaret located at 36, rue Victor-Massé in the 9th arrondissement, Paris, France. It was opened in 1904 by the composer and orchestra leader Auguste Bosc (1868-1945) and was an immediate success.

Towards midnight there was a colossal crowd. Indeed I have never seen such a sight at a ball. A group of middle-aged married men on the loose like boys were near to us, and also a group of American girls in charge of a man. When the defile began it was impossible to move on the ground floor; the air was full of serpentins, and the band was deafening. The cocottes were perhaps not worthy of the occasion.

I left Martin there at 1.30, after having drunk more champagne than was absolutely necessary to sustain life. I got to Les Sablons at 12.30, dead.

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