Feb. 10, 1902: Trouble for Romeo

  • Blog Post by: Ben Welter
  • February 15, 2012 - 3:14 PM
A masquerade ball did not end well for one man wearing a rented costume at a dance in northeast Minneapolis. Although the Tribune’s account of the fracas makes no mention of it, my newspaper experience suggests strongly that alcohol was a contributing factor. That, and the man’s plumed hat and yellow, skin-tight breeches.


Dashing Costume, a Rich Yellow in
Color, Answers Those Who Wit-
ness His Arrest.
Masquerade balls will not be so attractive to Edward Wesley in the future as they have been in the past. The event that Wesley attended Saturday night cost him a night in the police station, and a few hard-earned dollars.
Wesley made great preparations to win the prize for the best costume at a dance in the Nordin hall, 108 Central avenue, Saturday night. Accordingly he rented a swell looking outfit, a rich yellow in color, with a medieval hat and a long plume in it. He looked like a nobleman of the middle ages, a royal knight. In fact, he was a Romeo looking for a Juliet.
It was rather late when Wesley, attired in his stunning costume and with a mask covering his face, entered the hall. It was after 11 o’clock, and the prizes had been awarded. This cut Sir Edward’s pride, and the more he meditated the more he felt aggrieved. Finally, it is said, he started a row, and several of the dancers were assaulted.
Patrolmen Sullivan and Huskins were called, and they had a busy time taking Wesley to the patrol box, a half block away. A crowd followed and all laughed at Wesley’s gay costume, which was so bright in hue that it attracted many others. The prisoner fought like a madman, and when the patrol wagon arrived his rented costume was badly worsted, and Wesley had only one slipper left. His skin-tight breeches were not the proper caper for a rough-and-tumble fight.
He was released on bail during the day, but not until he had paid the costume man $10 for the damage done to the relic of the Fourteenth century.
The masquerader will appear in the police court today.
This is what a Midwestern costume party looked like in about 1910. (Image courtesy



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